Hey, it’s June. And it’s Friday. Why are you still at work? Here, to help inspire you to GTFO for some TGIF, are some of the cool things that are going on around the city this weekend. Highlights after the jump (and we’ll see you on Monday).
6/20 Little Dragon + Lawrence Rotham @ Terminal 5 — 8:00pm, $30
Do you remember the summer of “Ritual Union?” We do: the sun was always out, we were constantly in jean shorts, and we’d have been driving with the top down if this wasn’t New York and we actually had cars. Relive those synth-infused memories tonight at Terminal 5, where Sweden’s top pop band will be hitting the stage with R&B-obsessed performance artist, Lawrence Rotham.
6/21 Bon Appetit‘s Greenpoint Grub Crawl — 11:30am – 5:00pm, Greenpoint, $149
New restaurants are opening at a mile-a-minute in Greenpoint these days, meaning that it’s probably time to play catch up. Luckily, the trusty foodies behind Bon Appetit are offering to do some of the legwork with us. This all-day extravaganza starts off with quinoa porridge and chorizo at Coco, but who knows where it might end up. Other things on the menu include artisanal cocktails, shuffleboard, a traditional Maryland crab boil, and a whole lot of new friends (see: artisanal cocktails).
It’s artist Michael Alan’s birthday tomorrow, and he’s celebrating with a 9-hour extravaganza version of “The Living Installation,” an immersive art piece that calls for 9 models to act out the world’s most notorious fable, Alice in Wonderland, while Alan covers their bodies with paint, fabric, and flowers. Also featured: live musical soundscapes, drinks, dancing, coffee, and food. Participation is welcome — guests are invited to draw things and dance along — so prepare your stamina, leave your hang-ups at the door, and fall down the rabbit hole.
6/21 Dum Dum Girls + Hospitality + TEEN — 7:00pm, doors at 6pm 9th St & Prospect Park W., Brooklyn, FREE
Bring a picnic blanket, some sparkling water, and your friends — Prospect Park’s free concert series is kicking into high gear this weekend with the fuzz-pop power ballads of Brooklyn’s irresistible Dum Dum Girls, plus the shoegaze-ry of Hospitality and TEEN (that last one being the side project of Here We Go Magic Member, Teeny Lieberson, hence the name). Nothing says summer better than leather-clad ladies shredding on guitars under the setting sun, eh?
6/21 Make Music New York — All day, all over Brooklyn, FREE
June 21 is going to be the longest day of the year, a fact you can celebrate musically with Make Music New York, who are putting on over 1,300 free concerts across the five boroughs. Look for them on sidewalks, street corners, in parks, and at the end of piers. Special projects include Punk Island, an all day fest of chaos featuring more than 90 bands over the course of ten hours on Staten Island’s Coast Guard pier.
6/22 Phantom Creep Cinema — 3:00pm, Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, $5
For true lovers of all things freaky-creepy-crawly, scary stuff is never relegated to one time of the year. Case in point: Phantom Creep Cinema, a homage to the horror classicist in us all. Hosted by The Might Moloch, this old-fashioned film screening will feature vintage horror, sci-fi, and animation all afternoon at Morbid Anatomy Museum’s Observatory. It’s getting hot as hell out there, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself with some serious goosebumps. OooOooOoo!