Friday, September 30, 2011

Easter Egg

Did you see Community last night, with guest Martin Starr (I just typed "Roman" by accident)?

Ah, but did you notice....THIS?

Look at the yellow sign to the right of Annie's head

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another free one at the Ace Hotel

Jack Daniel's strikes again: Thursday 10.6 from 10p-1a Jack Daniel's and Thrillist are putting on "The Next Round," party with free JD Honey. The location is "secret" until you RSVP, but it's Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel. You can add one guest to your RSVP, too.

Free open bar and karaoke

I thought Internet Week was a while ago, but okay. ShareThis and the Advertising Club are throwing a 3-hour open bar and karaoke party at Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel. 10.5, open bar is 8-11p, but the event runs until midnight. You're going to want to RSVP ASAP. Seems like a fun night. [Via The Printup]

The Clock

This is exciting news: MoMA has announced that it is buying "The Clock," Christian Marclay's 24-hour film using hundreds of shots and scenes from different movies to count down every minute of the day. I had never had to wait on line to get into an art gallery before, but when "The Clock" was on view at Paula Cooper Gallery this past winter, I waited for at least 45 minutes. Totally worth it. I was there from the 2:30-4:30p block, so I got to see a bunch of "getting out of school scenes." It's really a marvel of visual and sound editing, and spans so many different kinds of movies (I recognized about 1/3 of the ones I saw). I hope MoMA keeps the museum open to run 24-hour screenings every once in a while.

More cheap and free food

1) Blackboard Eats is giving out codes for 30% off buzzy gastropub Mary Queen of Scots (115 Allen St.). They have a limited number of passcodes, so get on it. 

2) The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Food Network have set up shop at the Slice (Little W. 12th St. at Gansvoort Plaza) from today through 10.3. A bunch of free food-related events are going on, which also means free tastings.
- Stop by every morning 11a-1p for free illy espresso and samples of "morning juice mixology" (don't worry, non-alcoholic).
- Friday 9.30 kickoff with a Wicked Spoon buffet (free small plates) from 6-9p.
- Sunday 10.2 Zagat is hosting a free olive oil tasting at 1p (limited seating).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Another free scotch event

Thanks to my friend Ben for pointing this out to me: "Raise the Macallan" scotch tastings, 11/1-11/4. All of the time slots are post-work and at 82 Mercer. I imagine that there will also be light food and a ridiculous pitch by a brand ambassador, like at the Johnnie Walker tasting a couple of weeks ago. Good times.

Heidi's House

Another good place 50% off on ScoutMob: Heidi's House (308 E. 78th St.). I've heard good things about this place from friends, especially about their macaroni. Also, they serve my favorite beer (Left Handed Brewing Co. Milk Stout), which I don't find most places. Good low-key local bar with decent food.

Louis C.K. and Frank Oz Tickets on Friday

Not the same event, mind you. That would be bizarre, but I'd probably go.

In case you haven't heard, Louis C.K. is doing two stand-up sets at the Bell House this Friday (9.30). I'm still not sure how much tickets are, but the Bell House is a relatively small venue for a non-comedy club, and it should be great. The sets are at 7p and 9p, and tickets for both go on sale the day of (Friday) at 10a, with a max of 2 tickets/order. These are going to go fast, so stand by your computer at the appropriate time.

The other event you're going to want to plan ahead for takes place at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria on Sunday, 10.23 at 2p. As a special event in conjunction with the Museum's Jim Henson exhibit (on through January '12), Frank Oz will be interviewed by the president of The Jim Henson Legacy. Clips from Oz's performances and films will also be screened. Tickets are $30/$25 for members/free for Silver Screen members, and go on sale Friday 9.30 at 11a. 


Psychology joke

Hey, nerds!

alt text: "Funding was quickly restored to the NHC and the APA was taken back off hurricane forecast duty."
[via xkcd]

I'm not super interested in dev. psych, but I'll take it where I can get it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

BBC Tapings and Free Amstel Event

If you're interested, fill these out now:

1) Would You Rather? with Graham Norton live taping at Manhattan Center Studios (34th St. and 8th Ave.), 9.26-29 and 10.3-5. All tapings begin at 6:15p, and you can enter for more than one ticket.

"'Would You Rather with Graham Norton' is a new series taping for BBC America in New York City. It is a 1/2 hour panel show that features comedians and celebrities engaging in the popular game "Would You Rather." Graham will present the panel with predicaments ranging from the philosophical to the preposterous. The panel muse, deliberate, discuss and argue before deciding which choice they would make. Don't miss all the naughty fun with Graham and his fabulous panelists."

Fill out the form to win tickets here.

2) This e-mail from Flavorpill just arrived in my inbox: free happy hour (6-8p on 9.29) with Amstel Lite at the Knitting Factory. There will be free Amstel, free food from Frites'N'Meats, music, and a general festive atmosphere. Sounds fun. RSVP here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jumping through hoops for free Grey Goose, and more

There is some crazy thing going on Wednesday night (9.28) at SouthSide Night Club (1 Cleveland Pl.) at which "young and fabulous people" get "unlimited bottles of Grey Goose." I imagine that you regularly describe yourself as young and fabulous, so you might be interested in this. The write-up is long; go to My Free Concert for the full details. RSVP to events and arrive at midnight sharp. Also this:

This place has a strict and obnoxious door policy. You can probably understand what to expect by visiting this website:
The decisions made by the door person or nightclub in no way reflect us.
Either way, please RSVP if you are concerned about entry. But show up wearing your finest if you have any concerns.

Haha what? Best of luck.

For more of a sure thing, head over to John Varvatos (315 Bowery) on Thursday 10.6 for free Moonshine, Heineken and a performance by Drivin' n' Cryin'. I don't like Heineken and can't handle Moonshine, but last time I got a free dog tag bottle opener, so there's that. Doors at 8p, concert at 9p. RSVP to

Dominic Wilcox's Watch Sculptures

Oh, these are wonderful:

Unrequited Handshake

The girl is hanging onto the butcher's arm as the pig floats away

Hide and Seek

The amazing thing is that the hands of the watches still move, and I assume keep correct time. Check out the rest here.

I'm sorry, but I still won't watch 27 Dresses with you.

In The New Yorker, Mindy Kaling professes her love for romantic comedies:

"I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from “Alien” and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it."

That's the best argument I've heard in favor of romantic comedies, although it doesn't change how painful watching How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days was. Kaling then proceeds to take down all the rom-com stock characters, from The Ethereal Weirdo (aka Manic Pixie Dream Girl) to The Woman Who Works in an Art Gallery. Read the rest of "Flick Chicks."

Week o' parties

YOU GUYS: How to Make it in America is throwing two late night happy hours (10-11p and 12-1a) with free Hendrick's Gin and free Hudson Whiskey every day this week (M-F). These will be good. Tonight from 10-11p free Hendrick's Gin at The Stanton Social (swank) and 12-1a free Hudson Whiskey at Gallery Bar (with DJ Ali Shaheed of A Tribe Called Quest). My Free Concert has the full line up and Facebook links for each event (I recommend RSVP-ing). 

One more thing: if you RSVP'd to and/or attended the Brooklyn Magazine launch party at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, a free pass to the Chile Pepper Festival this Saturday (10.1) should have arrived in your inbox. I'd post my ticket for all of you, but it says they'll be checking names at the door, so I don't think it would help. These normally run $15, and while I'm not exactly sure what admission includes, there will be lots of music and free samples of sauces and chocolate. Plus, you get to hang out in the Botanical Gardens again. Pretty! 

Cheap and Free Food

A couple of online deals:

1) 50% off Blue Dog Cafe (101 W. 25th St.) from Scoutmob. I'm posting this because I don't see deals in Chelsea very often, and this place looks good for a pleasant lunch or dinner, and it's open until midnight.

2) Groupon has a deal for tacos and/or enchiladas at Oaxaca, which I've heard is good. You can use this at any of their three locations (Boerum Hill, Gowanus, or near the Bowery). $6 for 3 tacos/enchiladas OR $10 for 6 OR $20 for a football party platter. It'll be gone late tomorrow.

3) GrubHub's Digital Food Fest is happening 9.21-10.14, and a bunch of different restaurants are participating in daily delivery deals. Yesterday, Peanut Butter & Co. delivered two of their sandwiches for 1 penny each. From 12-10p today, Katz's deli will deliver either a corned beef or pastrami sandwich for $10 to the first 200 customers (these are normally a lot more expensive. And they're huge). Check Facebook for the full schedule and delivery zones.

Strange Mercy

I gave the new St. Vincent album a spin and let me just say, yesss.

I've had "Cruel" stuck in my head this weekend, probably because of the music video:

[via Vodpod]

Can someone tell me why Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is the worst movie, but something that sounds like fractured Snow White with crunchy guitars is the best? kthanks.

In its entirety, Strange Mercy is worth a listen (or ten). I think it's fairly accessible to those new to St. Vincent, although as huge fan of all of Annie Clark's output, I may be a poor judge of that.

Any bets on whether "Surgeon" or "Cheerleader" will be the next single off the album?

Keep in mind the 11.3 concert at Webster Hall.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Monday 9.26

A couple things, mostly music:

1) Risk! open storyslam at Three of Cups Lounge downstairs (83 1st Ave.). Similar set-up to The Moth (throw your name in the hat if you want to tell a story; free podcast), but this is free! If you're lucky it'll be less crowded than The Moth always is. Optional theme: practical jokes.

2) Free Twin Sister concert at Other Music (15 E. 4th St.). 8p (I recommend arriving a bit early, as the set will probably be short and the store is not huge). 

Twin Sister- All Around and Away We Go
Twin Sister- Nectarine

3) Oh Land with support from Graffiti6 and French Camp at the Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.). $15a/$17d, doors at 8p, show at 8:30p. Sold out, check Craig's List.

Oh Land- Sun of a Gun
Oh Land- White Nights (Max Tundra Remix)
Graffiti6- Stare into the Sun

4) The Head and the Heart and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.). $20, doors at 8p, show at 9p. Sold out, check Craig's List.

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down- Bag of Hammers
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down- Feet Asleep

Career, life, future angst

n. the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of a small cabin, just the kind of hypnotic diversion that allows your thoughts to make a break for it and wander back to their cubicles in the city.
[via my favorite tumblr Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows]

Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues

Free Aveda

Via The Printup, a coupon for a free hair repair kit from Aveda, or $30 off an online purchase. Go here for the full coupon.

Manhattan in Marble

Check out Yutaka Sone's "Little Manhattan": an 8 foot long model made out of 2.5 tons of marble.

[via Gothamist]

"Little Manhattan," along with the rest of Sone's exhibit, "Island," is on display at David Zwirner gallery (533 W. 19th St.) through 10.29.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday 9.24

Mixed weather for tomorrow, so a bunch of options:

1) The Bushwick Beer Garden is holding a free Oktoberfest celebration: 321 Harman Street, 1R, Brooklyn.

"The BBG is not a bar but a space for getting together with old and new friends alike; BBG events are always free to attend. BYOB and feel free to dress up or come as you are, try traditional foods on hand or bring something special to put on the grill. Make this your first, last or only stop at this rain or shine event." [via Nonsense NYC]

This sounds like drinking in a vacant lot with other people. But look--they have a Facebook event!

2) The 11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival is this weekend, and it expectedly focuses on left of center films. Official Saturday Night Party from 7-11p at the New York Aquarium (602 Surf Ave.). Burlesque, dancing, music. $15. I believe there's also a special screening of Warriors at 10:30, but it may or may not be sold out.

3) Neighborhood Stories hosted by Justin Vivian Bond free at the (temporary) BMW Guggenheim Lab (Houston St. @ 2nd Avenue), 7-9p. 

4) Another bizarre one from Nonsense NYC--Secret Wars: A Live Art Battle
"Freebase vs. Seeone. Black and white live art battle. White walls, black paint, and 90 minutes on the clock. Music by DJH2O and DJ PJIII." At The Loom (1087 Flushing Avenue #119, Brooklyn). 8p-1a, $4.

Music after the jump

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fangirl Friday

I am so glad Season 4 of Parks & Recreation finally started. Hitfix [via Splitsiderhas an interview (spoilers, duh) with showrunner Michael Schur about the thought process around the Leslie-Ben situation [sigh].
"He gave me an eclair, Ann!" 

[Somewhere someone is already writing slash fan-fic in which "giving an eclair" is an unspeakably dirty act]. 

As an aside, Community also premiered last night, replete with a musical opening number about how they're going to "be less weird than the first two years combined!"

Brought to my attention by my friend Marcy (blog plug) is Details magazine's "The Ultimate Oral History of Wet Hot American Summer." It's a lot of everyone calling each other "so funny" and Ken Marino having some strong opinions about his character's look. Also, they LIVED AT THE CAMP while filming. I would have loved meals in that mess hall.

KEN MARINO: The crew stayed in one bunk area for kids, and all of us [in the cast] stayed in the nurse's quarters—basically the room Janeane and Joe destroy looking for the phone.

PAUL RUDD: Janeane Garofalo's room had a bidet, which we all thought was super-weird and really funny, and we were always making bidet jokes throughout the shoot. We were watching Showalter do the old Catskills Alan Shemper character [at the talent show]. After the song "Day by Day," and he just went, "Day, Bidet," which is a funny joke in and of itself. But we'd all been joking about bidets and using "bidet" wherever we could. So that one had us all in hysterics, because it was working on many levels, one of which no one would ever get but us.


JANEANE GAROFALO: I never watch any of the other stuff I do, but I will watch that movie any time. It's like looking at photos of a wonderful time in your life. I was always assuming people would get the same kick out of it. Then I realized, "Oh, you can't expect people to understand how fun it was.


Details also has the "Complete Oral History of Party Down," so, you know, if you're still wasting time (9 whole pages!).

Insert quotation here

Wish-list alert: punctuation lamps from Tabisso.

They come in over 20 different punctuation marks, but I'd definitely go for two quotation marks or parentheses on either side of a couch.

hey hey hey

Latin Nights

Bacardi is throwing another "Latin Nights" event, this time at the Empire Hotel Rooftop (44 W. 63rd St.). I haven't been to any of these yet, but it sounds like a good time: 3 hours of free cocktails, piragua, casino tables, and salsa dancers. RSVP ASAP at Wednesday, 9/28, 8-11p. NB: "Dress code enforced (no hats, sneakers, or shorts)."

Is it just me, or has Wednesday been the new "free-party-Thursday" lately?

"Don't sex me to jail!"

Hooray! A new BriTANick video is up. I saw this last week at their first Mankerthon show at UCB, but gladly re-watched it. 

The Mankerthon was a great mix of individual stand-up, sketch, and interstitial golden oldies songs. The sketches were mostly new/live-only material, although some dialogue from "A Monologue for Three" was cleverly re-worked in a bit about mind-reading helmets. Also, Chris Lowell was sitting a couple seats down from my friend and me, and Nick's dad was directly in front of us (which made the "getting-caught-jerking-off" story that much more hilarious/uncomfortable). I believe this show will be a monthly occurrence, and it'll probably be a hot ticket, so plan your $5 comedy nights accordingly.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday 9.22

Let's start with music this time:

1) Did you get into the (short) Girls set at Other Music last night? Me neither! It's okay, cause a full concert is going down at the Bowery Ballroom tonight. Support from Nobunny and Papa. $22, doors at 8p, show at 9p. There's also a show Friday night, but both are sold out. And because I like you, I'm reposting the mp3s.

Girls- Honey Bunny
Girls- Hellhole Ratface

2) Big Troubles, Cuffs, The Ice Choir, and Ford & Lopatin (DJ set) at Glasslands in Brooklyn. $10, 8:30p.

Big Troubles- Misery
Big Troubles- Freudian Slips

3) Fool's Gold and AM & Shawn Lee at the Mercury Lounge. $10, doors at 9:30p, Fool's Gold set at 10:30p.

Fool's Gold- Street Clothes
Fool's Gold- The World is All There is

4) I hope you RSVP'd: free Beach Fossils, Caveman, and Chairlift (DJ set) concert at Santos Party House (96 Lafayette). Free PBR and Vitamin Water (not combined). 7-10p. If you're last minute and feeling lucky, try RSVP-ing to Check the earlier post for mp3s to whet your appetite. 

5) Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces will be performing songs off her solo album at Barnes & Noble Union Square (33 E. 17th St.) 7-9p.

Eleanor Friedberger- My Mistakes

6) Satellite Magazine launch party at Norman's Kil (the new whiskey and grilled cheese place I've been wanting to try--609 Grand St., Brooklyn). Free drinks of some sort. 8-10p. RSVP to Magazine parties are the best!

7) Gargyle presents EAYRSLEE collection. I don't know anything about this place, but I hope there are gargoyles wearing argyle. 16A Orchard Street. Free drinks, 7-10p. RSVP to

8) Stereogum Monthly party at Veronica People's Club (also a place I've been meaning to get to--105 Franklin St., Brooklyn). 10p-1a. This time the theme is Boy/Girl Songs. There will be bloggers and free booze (from 10-10:30p--Reyka vodka). 

9) To wrap up ICF's mini-series, a free screening of the film Wildstyle at Washington Square Park. I guess on the early side now that the sun sets so much sooner. 

Eating Your Spirit Animal

"Do I have to kill my spirit animal myself?

As a general rule, yes, at Joe’s Spirited Spirit Animal Hunt you have to kill your spirit animal yourself. In extreme circumstances, a soul mate (you must provide three tickets stubs of concerts you’ve attended together) can assist you in killing your spirit animal. This can be done by acting as a decoy so you can sneak up on your spirit animal, or by filming the killing so it can be put on YouTube. But it’s not really fair to the spirit animal if it gets ganged up on."

Go to McSweeney's now and read the rest of Sam Burnett's funny and out of left field piece, "Eating Your Spirit Animal: An FAQ." My laughter was partially that of the hysterical variety because it reminded me of dæmons in The Golden Compass. The dead fish! I just ruined it for you, didn't I?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ty Mattson

Guess what's not coming back on schedule? Mad Men! Guess what's starting up again soon? Dexter! Combine the two and you get Ty Mattson's wonderful alternate opening sequence:

[via Drawn]

The ice truck is a nice touch.

Conan Lottery

Do you have fantastic luck? Then enter the Conan lottery with the rest of the tri-state area. They're taping in NY at the Beacon Theatre 10.31-11.3. You can register for up to four tickets, but you can only enter the lottery for one date, so choose wisely. [via Splitsider]

And while we're on the subject, it's worth keeping abreast of the Band Bench situation over at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Earlier this week there were lotteries for nights featuring Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Elbow.

It's a bonfire

New track off of Childish Gambino's upcoming album, Camp. Audio NSFW.

Bonfire by Childish Gambino


One of the funniest photo/caption pairings I've seen:

                                 Young people party.

Via NYTimes Dot Earth blog. Teenagers be crazy, for a change.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wednesday 9.21

1) Here's hoping you RSVP'd to this ahead of time, since the list is closed: Svedka and New York Magazine present a cocktail competition at Above Allen at Thompson (190 Allen Street). Expect mixologists from Theater Bar and Sushi Samba (among others), a lot of free booze, and the opportunity to vote. Updated time info: 6-8p, so perfect for post-work.

2) Cheap Thrills magazine launch party at 64 Kenmare St. This is the first issue of a magazine "dedicated to collages." Free Champagne Henroit, 7-9p. See the flyer at The Printup.

3) Celebrate Mexico Now opening night reception at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU (53 Washington Sq. South). This is the 8th year of NYC's "only festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture." Free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, 8-10p. See the flyer at The Printup.

Music after the jump

Every Thing On It

Wish list alert: The posthumous book of Shel Silverstein poems, Every Thing On It, came out today! Pick it up at your local bookstore or Amazon.

[via Jezebel]

What do I always say is the most important thing?


You might be interested in the Arrested Development reunion recently added to the New Yorker Festival schedule. On October 2 at 4p, Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walters (if you're going to see Anything Goes that afternoon, expect an understudy) will appear in a panel discussion at SIR Stage 37 (408 W. 37th St.). Tickets go on sale tomorrow (9.21) at noon, and will probably sell out immediately. 

Speaking of theatre, I can't go because I'm going to see the revival of Follies that afternoon, but you can schedule your life better and do both things! Cheap bastard alert: Follies has started selling student rush tickets the day of each performance. You can pick up 2 tickets per valid student ID for $35 (+$2 service fee) each when the Marquis Theatre (46th St. between Broadway and 8th Avenue) box office opens. Read the NY Times review

Credit: Joan Marcus

Tuesday 9.20

Three concerts + one comedy show + one mysterious open bar + mp3s:

1) Aggravating-to-type-but-aurally-wonderful tUnE-YaRds at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St.), with support from Prussia. $20 and sold out, but you might try Craig's List. Doors 8p, show 9p.

tUnE-YaRds- Gangsta
tUnE-YaRds- Bizness

If you're looking for food and drink pre- or post-concert, may I plug the non-NYU-overrun GMT Tavern on the corner of LaGuardia and Bleecker.

2) An Oh My Rockness Presents show: Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble) headlining, and a handful of others. Glasslands (289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn), 8:30p, $10.

Born Gold- Wrinklecarver

3) Another Dirty Beaches/Frankie Rose concert, this time at the intimate Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St.) Frankie Rose goes on at 6:45p, Dirty Beaches at 7:45p. $12.

Dirty Beaches- Lord Knows Best
Frankie Rose and the Outs- Candy

4) Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show: Gabe Delahaye, Janeane Garafolo (!), David Rees, and Lang Fisher at Union Hall (702 Union St., Brooklyn). 8p doors, $5.

5) Drunken Dragon Night at Macao Trading Co. (311 Church St.) Burlesque and/but what appears to be a diverse open bar 9-11p (I can't repost the flyer, but it includes Wild Turkey, Campari, Espolon tequila, and Flor de Cana rum). Must RSVP to 

Foster the People Afterparty

This showed up in my inbox today:

According to this, the concert beforehand is sold out, but Terminal 5 is a shitty venue anyway.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Free Fun

Plan ahead...

1) Pandora and State Farm, odd bedfellows, are putting on a free Roots concert on the Intrepid, 9.29. It says food trucks and photo booths will also be there, but it's unclear if they will be free. Doors at 6p, show at 7. RSVP now to for tickets. 

2) Enter at Free Night NYC to win tickets to concerts, dance performances, and off-Broadway shows. Between 9.16-9.23, enter to win tickets for performances 10.1-10.16, and between 9.30-10.7 enter for tickets 10.17-10.31. [via The Printup]

The Printup also has a write-up of the Brooklyn Magazine party at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens I recommended. I can personally say, it was a beautiful night and venue, and can you beat free oysters and Blue Marble ice cream? No. No, you cannot.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday 9.17

Get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather! And/or listen to some music:

1) New York City Honey Festival, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, 10a-sunset. God, I love honey. How many free samples can you stomach? Celebrate the first full year of legal bee-keeping in NYC! Feat. a meade making class at 3p. I can't imagine why I find urban bee-keeping so romantic.

2) It's the second-to-last weekend for Governors Island this season! If you haven't been yet, or even if you have, it's time to go. Ferry's free, leaves from South Street Seaport. Tomorrow from 12-5p RECESS is having a bocce ball tournament, and there's also an art fair this weekend. Figment's insect-themed mini-golf, along with tons of art installations across the island, will be open until 9.25. Check out the calendar for the full breakdown.

3) Wine Down to Sundown at Treehouse Loft (96 Fort Green Place, Brooklyn), 6-10p. Free art exhibit, music, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to

4) Thank You For Listening (Amber Jean Young) art show at VeraMeat (315 E. 9th St.), 6-9p. Free wine, snacks, and live music.

Unable to nab tickets to the free Hold Steady concert at the Beekman Beer Garden? Don't worry, you've got other options [via Oh My Rockness]:

- Paper Garden Records Multiverse Playground III: So many acts, including Caged Animals, Twi the Humble Feather, and ARMS, along with DJ sets by Bear Hands, Delicate Steve, and Pattern Is Movement. 11a, 104 Emerson Place, $8.

- Javelin concert at 285 Kent Avenue, w/ Prince Rama and Amil Byleckie Band. $12, 8p.

- Frankie Rose, Dirty Beaches, and Lantern at Glasslands. $12, 9p

- Hunx & His Punx, Natural Child, The Beets, and Making Friendz at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. $10a/$12d, 7:30p.