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May 1-3

That’s right, tomorrow is the first day of May! That means, amongst other things, that it’s the start of Wildflower Week! There are tons of events in all 5 boroughs and you can browse by borough, day or type of event. My pick for the weekend is the Wild Project Green Roof Tour on Saturday:

 The Wild Project Theater lives up to it’s name with a mix of native wildflowers, groundcovers and sedumon its roof. The roof is one of the few green roofs in New York City that include native species. It is 1,500 square feet with a small deck area, solar panels, and lightweight pavers made from recycled materials. The roof was installed by the green roof installation company Alive Structures in September 2007.

You can help add some wild color of your own by donating brightly-colored fabric, sheets, and other clothing to Amanda Browder for use in her newest project- The House Blanket. She plans to cover her apartment building in Greenpoint in its own technicolor dreamcoat.  Drop off your donations and check out her other work at 303Grand (her opening reception is Friday).

Saturday is another notable art opening- The Great Out Doors opens at Artbreak Gallery; this exhibit showcases 30 doors decorated with some of the most unique street artwork being created today.

door

Friday night head over to BAM to see a free performance by Baba Israel:

Emcee, poet, and beatboxer Baba Israel is known for his powerful lyrics and freestyle skills. Debuting at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, BabaIsrael has since gone on to collaborate with such luminaries as Meshell Ndegeocello, Rahzel, Afrika Bambaataa, and Vernon Reid. Backed by Yako440 and DJ DP One with special guests Core Rhythm, D-Cross, Eagle Nebula, Duv, and Breez Evahflowin, Israel explores the intersection of hip-hop, theater, and politics.

On Saturday The Millions is running its first Indie Bookstore Walking Tour. The tour will include six bookstores and will end with a party at Freebird Books & Goods.

Saturday is also one of the only sporting events I am willing to watch, after all, it involves mint juleps and enormous hats. Yes- I speak of the 2009 Kentucky Derby! This year I will be celebrating at The Bell House where there will be…

•  Tailgating BBQ 2-5pm
•  Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck During BBQ
•  Free Mint Julep Happy Hour 5-6pm
•  The first Annual Live Under Card “Horse” Race
•  Call to the Post Performed by Bugler Jason Rambler
•  My Old Kentucky Home Performed by Ms. Carolyn Sill
•  Race shown on HUGE screens with BIG sound
•  Live Band Karaoke After Race
•  Prizes Given for Best Hat & Best Dressed Man
•  Free Dub Pies In Between Karaoke Sets

Add to that New York City Barndance and hats by La China Loca and you have quite the day at the races!

kentucky-derby1

On Sunday you can be the first to experience The Greenwich Village Follies:

High spirited and deliciously raunchy, The Greenwich Village Follies offers an overview of the Village’s history in the form of an old-school musical revue.

Use discount code EBGVF when purchasing online to get your tickets for $20 (no need to thank me).

On Sunday you can also be the first to experience jazz brunch at Swing46; George Gee and his big band- the Make-Believe Orchestra will play smoky Count Basie arrangements while you sip unlimited bloody marys and mimosas.

If you didn’t make it to the party at Montien’s that I posted, you have another chance to party for a cause at Arts in Action- an art auction to support the filming of the pilot episode of ‘Foreign Bound’:

 A travel-reality show that focuses on inspiring and educating the younger demographic and aims to promote cross-cultural understanding and effective communication between borders. Pilot episode set to shoot in Thailand this summer.

 The party will be on the rooftop of 304 W 90th (buzz Apt. 4F) from 1 to 3 on Sunday.

Have an excellent weekend and check back for additions!

April 24-26 What to do?

First of all can we just stop and freak out for a minute that it’s going to be in the EIGHTIES this weekend?! My uncle called me and reminded me to clean my air conditioner’s filter before turning it on (you should too)! In other words, you should get outside as much as possible this weekend!

I told you all about my wonderful picnic in Prospect Park last weekend and the subsequent rambling through the Cherry Orchard in the Botanic Garden; those would both be excellent activities for this weekend as well.

If you’re a fan of beautiful old villas and landscaped gardens overlooking the Palisades and you’ve never been up to Wave Hill this is certainly the perfect weekend to check it out. There are various events for Arbor Day happening, including tours of the gardens where wild flowers, magnolias and lilacs are in bloom. The views are dramatic and there’s a lovely Sunday brunch buffet (make your reservation by 4pm today).

Wave Hill

Wave Hill

Another great outdoor activity- join New York Like a Native on a walking tour of a part of Brooklyn you don’t know well or that you think you know well. You’ll learn something new about the history of your area and most of the tours include a treat (like a beer or an ice cream cone).

For a somewhat more active learning experience you can participate in a crazy scavenger hunt on the LES with the Anthropologists on Sunday. When did you last go searching for clues downtown?

If you want your sunshine with art on the side the TOAST is for you:

The TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour of approximately 100 artists’ studios throughout TriBeCa. Bringing artists and the public together, it provides an opportunity for visitors to interact with the artists and see their artwork at the source, the artist’s own studio. An artist-run organization, TOAST has led a true metropolitan “grass roots” path.  It began as an ad-hoc group of artists who wanted to revive a neighborhood art walk.  Now a not-for-profit organization, it is still a grass roots effort, run by the participating artists. Neighborhood businesses and supporters supplement most of the needed funds not covered by the artists’ entry fees.

When you’re ready to step indoors there are several fantastic exhibits worth checking out. First, the exhbit of Picasso’s later works at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea has gotten fantastic reviews.

Picasso at the Gagosian Gallery

Picasso at the Gagosian Gallery

A new exhibit at the Met, “The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984,” has also received some good buzz. Thirty artists from the Boomer Generation are represented by 160 works in all media.

They were all making art that combined elements of Pop and Conceptualism with social concerns about consumerism, political power and gender. Their work kept ideas to the fore but rematerialized them as images. Many of those images were photographic, extracted from everyday life, a life that was increasingly a creation of media culture, as Andy Warhol well knew.

This piece, by David Salle, sparked my interest and I’m hoping to check it out in person sometime soon.

David Salle- 'The Coffee Drinkers'

David Salle- 'The Coffee Drinkers'

Tonight is the opening of a much more contemporary artist’s exhibit at 3rd Ward; check out the work of Poster Boy, which is now being endorsed by the advertisers!

A piece by Poster Boy

A piece by Poster Boy

Also tonight, you can party for a cause at Montien’s, where there will be great drink specials to raise money to shoot the pilot episode of “Foreign Bound” : A travel-reality show that focuses on inspiring and educating the younger demographic and aims to promote cross-cultural understanding and effective communication between borders.

There’s a great line-up tonight at Crash Mansion, including new releases from Musiciens Sans Frontieres and Josephine. RSVP to NewYorkUnderbelly for reduced admission. 

Saturday night get a double dose of soul with  Dig Deeper and yummy soul food at Five Spot Soul Food; get your tickets here.

Dig Deeper

Friday and Saturday at BAM you can see St. Matthews Passion– an incredible operatic piece by Bach. There are only stage seats remaining so get yours right away!

Also at BAM Saturday is the 10th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival: The New Cookers:

A swinging hard bop jazz quintet—born out of the tradition of the late, great jazz genius Freddie Hubbard—The New Cookers are known for their driving rhythms and engaging performances, celebrating the original Brooklyn jazz music makers and adding their own sound to that rich legacy.

On Sunday you can get a hefty dose of Shakespeare for free at Symphony Space, where the Classic Stage Company will be presenting Shakespeare Birthday Marathon 2009.

shakespeare

And don’t forget about the improv comedy festival at the Creek LIC that I mentioned earlier, not to mention the first roller derby game of the season and the Wit’s End Jazz Party, both of which I also detailed previously.

Have an amazing weekend and stay tuned for additions!