Guide to the Weekend: Welcome Back

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Spring break is behind us, and now it’s time to celebrate the delightful lull before finals come into full swing. The city might be our classroom, but this week we’ve got the time to make it our playroom.   

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Zing, Zang, Zoom!

Various times until April 13th, Madison Square Garden Seventh Ave at 32nd St (212-307-7171)

The circus has come to town!  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bring a little bit of magic and whimsy the the big city, so catch them while you can!

Price: $15-150

Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

Daily 10am-5:45pm, American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100)

If you feel like you need a more concentrated dose of warm-weather splendor, head into the vivarium.

Price: $13.50 students

Friday and Saturday

Two Girls for Five Bucks

Friday and Saturday 8pm, Ars Nova 511 W 54th St btw Tenth and Eleventh Aves (866-811-4111)

An Off Off Broadway sketch show for two nights that raises their glass of wine (and their Xanax) to their “anti-chick-flick” style of desperation.

Price: $20



Every Friday 10pm-4am, 40C at 40 Ave. C nr. 3rd St. (212-466-0800)

It’s an ongoing Britpop Dance-a-Thon designed specifically to appeal to the spiky-haired-tight-pants lot. It’s a Lower East Side tradition at this point. The dress code is “nymphomaniac new wave,” so apply piercings accordingly.

Price: $5, free before 11pm



Saturday 12-7pm, super secret location (somewhere in SoHo)

Wish you had more fun when you worked? This secret gathering of like-minded folks know exactly what you mean; this “non-conference” calls for more playtime in the workplace. Co-conspire over free drinks.

Price: $66, but $44 if you enter the promotional code “happy”.  Also, make sure that you enter your cell phone number when purchasing tickets so that you can receive up-to-date information on the secret location.  

Accomplice: New York

Saturdays 1-5pm, super secret downtown location

Has the spring fever gotten you feeling more daring than usual? Want to do something with a group of friends that isn’t playing the housing lottery? This unique urban adventure sends groups of up to eight on a part interactive theater, part scavenger hunt, part walking tour of the Village rife with puzzles and intrigue.

Price: $65


Bacon Takedown

Sunday 5pm, Radegast Hall & Beer Garden 113 N 3rd St Brooklyn (718.963.3973)

The culinary competitor that sponsors the always-popular Chili Takedown has now expanded his reach to include the greasy and delicious realm of bacon. Thirty chefs compete for the title of top baconner, and you can be the judge! There are rumors of bacon-and-bleu-cheese cookies…

Price: $10 for unlimited bacon samplings

Phillip Meyer (American Rust), Deborah Copaken Kogan (Shutterbabe) and Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife)

Sunday 7pm, KGB Bar 85 E 4th St between Bowery and Second Ave (212-505-3360)

Remember when reading was fun? Head down to the Lower East Side to indulge yourself in some not-for-homework literature as these three authors read from their latest works.

Price: Free!


1 Comment

  1. delightful lull?

    if you are so worry free, bowg, wana write my thesis for me?

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