WEEKEND PICKS
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.

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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.

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Weekend Pick: Lobster Art of Expression Presents Phantasm

Tired of clubbing, but don’t want to stay in this weekend? Well, this Thursday, enjoy an interactive art exhibition that forces you to indulge in all 5 of your senses. The Art of Expressions presents you with Phantasm. They will be featuring art from various artists as well as a jewelry exhibition and live performances. This event is meant to showcase all artistic platforms and display the talent of the generation.

Define the meaning of Phantasm with a night surrounded by different ends of the artistic spectrum. Preview intricate fashion lines, and sip on cocktails while admiring the eccentric array of art plastered across the walls. Starting at 8pm and lasting throughout the night, this event is a great way to start you weekend. Gain a bit of culture while creating a slight buzz from the drinks, and meeting some new people.

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Weekend Pick: Block Party at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar

Summer means being outdoors, but summer in NYC means commanding an entire block for your own enjoyment. That’s right, there’s a block party on the horizon and it definitely surpasses your average outdoor rendezvous. The exclusive block party at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at Mondrian SoHo will be something you do not want to miss out on. With multiple ticket options, you have the choice to get a VIP table with pitchers of Sangria and brunch options or the general admission ticket which offers two drink tickets and two food tickets.

The variety of food and drinks are extensive, although they remain the realm of Italian cuisine. Enjoy the cooling taste of gelato in the heat of summer while sipping your favorite cocktails. There will also be pop up markets for those who need a daily a shopping fix. Shop, drink, mingle, and eat to a soundtrack graciously provided by DJ Dangerkat.

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Turn Down for What with Lil Jon at 1Oak Southhampton

Lil Jon has been all over the musical map since the early 90s. Also a rapper, producer, and former star on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, the Atlanta born force will be showing off his DJ skills this Saturday night at 1Oack Southhampton, and you do not want to be anywhere else.

What: Lil Jon at 1Oak Southhampton

When: Saturday, August 16th, 11pm

Where: 1Oak Southhampton, 125 Tuckahoe Lane, Southhampton, NY

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A List Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Phoenix

“Don’t think a one night stand only lasts one night.” As powerful as those words are, we wish they were our own. However, they were strung together to create the memorable tagline for one of New York’s newest off-Broadway plays, Phoenix. Starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, the show recently made its big debut and we were there to capture the range of reactions as viewers, actors, and crew members filed into the exclusive, jam packed after party held at The Leonora.

The consensus on the performances was that they were nothing short of amazing. Everybody raved about the chemistry, and the relevance of the play. Montego Glover of the hit show Smash told us, “it’s a very modern take on relationships, it’s actually a very current take on relationships.”

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Weekend Pick: Verboten Presents The Dirtybird BBQ

San Francisco comes to New York City this weekend when the dirtybird BBQ takes over Brooklyn this Sunday with the hottest in house music and delicious food. With labelhead Claude VonStroke taking the lead, dirtybird artists Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Justin Jay, Ardalan, and an extra-special surprise guest will all set up shop in Williamsburg for the day, serving up sizzling summer beats from the decks of a sunny outdoor stage while Chef Grillson and chef Chris McLaughlin keep everyone well fed while supplies last.

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Weekend Pick: BangOn!NYC Presents Short Shorts 3: From Dusk 'til Dawn

Who wears short shorts? Well, pretty much everyone at BangOn!NYC's Short Shorts 3: From Dusk 'til Dawn this Saturday will be. Starting at 6pm, at a yet-to-be announced location in Brooklyn, New Yorkers will embark on a 12-hour sonic journey with music by Secret Guest, The Scumfrog, and a special live sunset performance by Wolf + Lamb's own Navid Izadi, not to mention a whole host of other musical talent performing across both indoor and outdoor stages, as well as a silent disco in collaboration with WeSC.

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Weekend Picks: Saturdays at the Refinery Rootop

Acting as a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, the Refinery Rooftop boasts a enchanting fireplace, stellar bar, and a stunning view of the Empire State Building.

The drinks include variations on standards, including a Fall Spice Margarita and a pecan-infused Nutty Old Fashioned. For snacks, the Refinery Rooftop has upscale pub food including a smoked eggplant dip and a lamb meatball with golden raisins.

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Weekend Picks: Shark Week Aboard Shearwater

In case you didn't already know, as if it's not the most important thing ever, Shark Week is finally here, and instead of the usual boring run of the mill happy hour, Manhattan By Sail is having an one hour sail in celebration of the most dangerously entertaining week ever. Climb aboard the Shearwater Classic Schooner in you most creative nautical outfit for an afternoon of specialty cocktails, like the "Shark Infested Water," and contests to win a complimentary sail for you and your first mate.

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Weekend Pick: Alexi Delano and Blond:ISH at Circle Line in Pier 83

In wonderful partnership with reSOLUTE, this Sunday, Sheik 'N' Beik presents Alexi Delano and Blond:ISH at Pier 83. The lovely Anstascia D'elene and Vivie Ann Bakos, aka Blond:ISH, will be baring their hippie spirits for all to see on this extra special Circle Line cruise, while the Chilean born, Swedish raised Alexi Delano brings his unique brand of minimalist techno on board for what will surely be one of the most titillating things you do all weekend.