WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Scram Jones at Liberty Theater

Liberate your weekend with Liberty Saturdays!

Liberty Theater Saturdays is back for another awesome week, this time featuring New Rochelle native and Grammy nominated producer Scram Jones. Having already produced for some pretty big names like Wu-Tang Clan, Mariah Carey, Jae Millz, Saigon, and Lloyd Bank, Scram Jones makes his return to the beautiful Liberty Theater for an unforgettable night of hip-hop.

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Table Tennis and Vodka Join Forces Tonight at Troy Liquor Bar

Enjoy table tennis? Enjoy vodka? Want to do something to commemorate the US Open without having to actually watch the US Open? Then head on over to Troy Liquor Bar (675 Hudson St.) tonight between the hours of 10pm and 12am as they host a Grey Goose table tennis tournament. Enjoy delicious Grey Goose Honey Deuce cocktails and a night of games and giveaways. Troy Liquor Bar will also be awarding the winner of the tournament two tickets to the US Open Tennis Championships! Now that is a fun Tuesday night.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Get Ready for the GRAND OPENING of Liberty Theater Fridays

Just when you thought the all the summer fun had ended, Liberty Theater has taken the initiative to revive what is left of the season, while also changing the Friday night game forever. Friday nights have become the new Tuesday night, which was the new Thursday night, which was the new Saturday night. Still with us? Great.

The party series kicks off with the GRAND OPENING on Thursday, September 5th, and as the stage is set to welcome such artist as Va$htie, DJ Scratch, Scram Jones, Splurt, and NEM Nation, each week, you won’t want to miss a single moment.

An old abandoned theater that was ingeniously transformed into one of Manhattan’s most unique party venues, Liberty Theater might hold the title for its creative structure. If you’ve ever been to a Broadway show, you can envision the interior of the club. Add some strobe lights and subtract a few seats, and you’re there.
WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Bloody Burlesque at Kings County Saloon

Three words: Babes, blood, beer.

Confused how or why those three things go together? Let Bloody Burlesque show you how!

Friday night at Kings County Saloon, Honey Badger Burlesque is bringing "Chuck's Bloody Bloody Birthday" to Brooklyn for what will be the goriest, sexiest, and only somewhat disturbing show NYC has ever seen. Think of it as a slasher film meets burlesque review with all the blood-stained pasties and tassels you can handle, starring Charles Stunning, Ms. Chery Delight, Fern Appeal, and Nelson Lugo.

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Weekend Pick: NYCRuns Labor Day 5K and 10K

Feeling like exerting a little energy doing something other than partying on your day off this Labor Day? Sweat out the weekend and work off those extra calories with NYCRuns on Roosevelt Island on Monday, September 1st, by participating in the Labor Day 5k or 10k.

You can go as fast or as slow as you want across the 3.1 or 6.2 mile distances, all while taking in the lovely city views offered all around Roosevelt Island. Don't worry about bringing anything extra with you either, your $40 admission includes a post-race spread of bagels, cream cheese, fresh fruit, ice cream, and Muscle Milk for your enjoyment.

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Weekend Pick: Labor Day Weekend Party Cruise aboard Serenity Yacht

Let's face it, everyone wants to have the best plans possible for Labor Day weekend. Why? Because it's basically the last time you'll be able to celebrate like it's summer before the cold wind and rain that has been creeping in here and there finally takes over. Keeping that in mind, wouldn't you like your last summer blowout to be something wild, crazy, and adventurous? We figured as much, which is why we want you to know about the Labor Day Weekend Party Cruise aboard the Serenity Yacht this Saturday.

This party cruise has got all of the things that make a good party great: a live DJ, drinks made by a crew of mixologists, and of course, a beautiful yacht on which you'll cruise around New York City in absolute style. Boarding for the Labor Day Weekend Party Cruise starts at 8:30pm, and the boat won't be back until midnight, so come ready to get a little lost at sea with a stellar cast and crew of party people.

What: Labor Day Weekend Party Cruise aboard Serenity Yacht

When: Saturday, August 30th, 8:30pm

Where: Pier 15, 78 South St., New York, NY

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Weekend Pick: Brazilian Day New York

This Sunday, August 31st, will mark the 30th anniversary of the Brazilian Day festival in New York, an annual celebration of the country's Independence Day. The festivities will include a whole host of music, dancing, food, and drink enjoyed by green and gold clad foreigners and natives alike. A number of popular Brazilian musicians are slated to perform on the festival's main stage, located on East 46th Street between Fifth and Madison in the heart of Little Brazil, throughout the day.

ONLY IN NYC
US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

It's tennis time New York City! For two weeks, right up until September 8th, NYC will be the stage upon which the capital of the tennis world is built during the US Open, where all the biggest and best stars of the sport will compete under the lights of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the last Grand Slam event of the season.

Whether you're actually a fan of racquets and fuzzy balls flying over nets at high speed or not, the US Open is by and large one of the most anticipated, talked about, and attended events of the summer, and it happens here in NYC. The matches start Monday, August 25th at 11am, and tickets start at $58 per day.

ONLY IN NYC
Do All the Things This Labor Day Weekend

Contrary to its title, labor Day is a day of relaxation, enjoyment, and pleasure. While some may choose to take advantage of this day off from work by shutting the curtains, turning off the phone, and disabling the doorbell, others choose to be outside during one of the last summer holiday weekends. As the temperatures begin to drop, we have to come to grips with the fact that fall is upon us. This means the number of outdoor activities is dwindling. Utilize one of your last free weekends by enjoying an outdoor festival, unique to the streets of NYC. Can’t find one? Well, that’s what we’re for!

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Weekend Pick: 2014 Lebowski Fest NYC

This Friday August 22nd, turn on your Dudeism and head over to Lucky Strike Lanes at 8pm for an event filled with all the bowling and trivia you can stomach (along with those White Russians). And on Saturday, August 23rd is the Lebowski Fest Movie Party, complete with a screening of the film and music from the band Cover Me Badd, a punk group playing Lebowski-esque songs at Gramercy Theatre.

Lebowski Fest is an annual festival that started in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2002 in celebration for the 1998 Coen Brothers cult film: The Big Lebowski. The fest is usually held over two nights in various major cities including Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, New York, and even London. The 48-hour event is usually filled with booze, bowling, costumes, bands, and a screening of the film.

CULTURE CLUB
BAM: 24-Hour Movie Marathon

Over the past several years, arts programs have suffered tremendously in schools nationwide. Art and music teachers have been laid off, arts education programs have been done away with and even field trips have been eliminated due to budget cuts.

While the concept of art leaving schools is a bleak one, there are still wonderful arts-forward programs that are alive and well and fighting to keep arts available, and accessible. One is right here in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (better known as BAM) education programs offer creative enjoyment to over 30, 000 students, teachers, and families each year. BAM is the largest cultural center in Brooklyn and is known for its progressive and avant-garde offerings. They are hosting their 24- Hour Movie Marathon For Arts Education, starting at 8pm on Friday, September 5th. Proceeds from the marathon will support BAM Education’s in- and after-school programs in art, poetry, film, dance, theater, and much more.