Events to check out this weekend, August 16 to 19.
1. Take a trip to the Columbia Waterfront.
This week we heard the news that Andy Ricker will shut down his acclaimed Brooklyn spot Pok Pok Ny, a leader in northern Thai cuisine. That gives you until September 2 to make a trip over to western Brooklyn for some Hoi Thawt and Khao Soi. If you go today, which happens to be National Rum Day, might as well toast to the restaurant with a Salted Yuzu Daiquiri, made with Barbadian Cockspur rum. It’s really only proper.
2. Combine stories with sweet treats.
Love storytelling and ice cream? Tonight’s your lucky night, with the seventh anniversary show of Yum’s the Word, hosted by Robin Gelfenbien, which always ends with a homemade sweet treat. And if you’d rather just have the ice cream, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out the latest in must-tastes (plus stretchy ice cream from the Middle East), or just stay home and make your own.
3. Take in a picture show.
Pack a picnic basket for the free Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, rounding out this Thursday with Dr. Strangelove and Friday with The Muppets Take Manhattan. Then beginning Friday go a little further uptown for horror-film festival Scary Movies XI, through August 23 at Lincoln Center, with films including Blood Paradise, about a crime writer sent to the Swedish countryside who finds the dark side of farm living, and retro screenings including Dead Calm, with Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill on the open seas. Who doesn’t love Halloween in August?
4. Sculpt your life.
The elongated sculptures of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti are on view through September 12 at the Guggenheim, in a comprehensive exhibit in collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris. If his figures inspire, head to SculptureCenter in Long Island City on Saturday for Clay Club, the original name of the museum and a day nodding to its past, with 2,000 pounds of clay hauled in for artists and the public to mold to their creative whims. Show up between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for music, food, drinks, and a hands-on artistic experience.
5. Salute to hip-hop.
Tonight Big Daddy Kane honors Wyclef Jean at the Wingate Park concert series in Brooklyn, with Slick Rick, Wyclef Jean, Kool Moe Dee, and Mr. Cheeks, while on Friday Open Mike Eagle takes the stage in Brooklyn at Elsewhere. The Chicago-bred, L.A.-based MC has collaborated Hannibal Buress and his show The New Negroes with comic Baron Vaughn is coming soon to Comedy Central but last year’s concept album Brick Body Kids Still Daydream hearkens to his native city with a more serious bent: examining the politics of displacement in public housing through Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes, former home to his aunt and cousins, which were demolished in 2007. Nerdcore rapper Mega Ran opens.
6. Enjoy some snacks and tunes.
Sink your teeth into some Brother Jimmy’s, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Mighty Quinn’s, and Pig Beach as you listen to the bluesy tunes of the Slam Allen Band, Danielle Nicole, Vieux Farka Touré, and more at Saturday’s free annual Hudson River Park Blues BBQ. Then if you’ve been meaning to make it to Spain but just haven’t quite bought the ticket, head uptown for for Paella Sundays at Boulud Sud. Take a buddy or two beginning at 5 p.m. for family-style tapas, paella Valenciana, churros and a glass of sangria for $49 per person (minimum 2 people).
7. Play around.
The new Tracy Letts play Mary Page Marlowe follows an accountant from Ohio who leads a seemingly ordinary existence, when certain events bring up lost memories and she realizes how complex her life actually is. Fascinating! It’s already been extended, but closes this Sunday. Obie, Drama Desk, and Princess Grace Award winner Lila Neugebauer directs.
8. Rock at Rockaway beach.
There are only a few more weekends to hit the Rockaways before the weather turns chilly. Might as well start tonight, where your beach time will come with a side of a screening of the Goonies. Show up on Friday for a free SummerStage show on the boardwalk by Chicago dance duo Gilligan Moss, and at around the same time there will be a lobster boil and campfire at Riis Beach. The mirrored orbs of the Rockaway! exhibit by Yayoi Kusama roll away from Fort Tilden on September 3, and not too long after piping plovers will also apparently abandon us for the Bahamas. If you’re a bird lover, bring your binoculars.
9. Dance it off.
Round out the weekend with two excellent and free SummerStage shows on Sunday. Up at Marcus Garvey Park catch the Grammy-nominated Rapsody who you may also recognize from a guest verse on “Complexion,” on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. With her is Baltimore’s Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh. Over in Central Park is Brit DJ, fellow Grammy-nominee, and dance architect Mura Masa, in a beat-heavy double bill with Canadian artist and producer Jessy Lanza.
10. Sedate yourself with comedy.
If you’ve been meaning to catch the standup of the Daily Show’s “Brit Correspondent” Gina Yashere, this Friday and Saturday at Gotham Comedy Club is your chance, with four chances to see her touch on everything from growing up in a Nigerian household to her intense germophobia. (Maybe don’t expect to shake her hand.) Then remind yourself that you’re still alive at the everything-goes, monthly Not Dead Yet variety show, this Sunday at C’Mon Everybody, with a lineup including Jo Firestone and Larry Owens.