NYC Weekend Guide, Nov 19-20

by Logan B.

The weekend is quickly approaching, and for all you New Yorkers out there, I’ve scoured the scene and put together some recommendations.  Feel free to quibble with my picks, and bring our attention to anything I’ve missed.

What I’d Be Doing If I Were Cool:

Friday: Ani DiFranco’s in town this weekend at the Beacon Theater, which is nice because even my wife can get excited for an evening of feminist indie folk-punk (or whatever Ani is).

If not that, I’d be at Tim Berne’s Science Friction at 55 Bar.  Tim’s been doing some of the most interesting, progressive stuff in Jazz the last few years.  This isn’t exactly what you’d hear at Jazz at Lincoln Center, but it’s surprisingly accessible for contemporary avant-garde jazz.

Saturday: Sweden’s The Hives are at Webster Hall.  Word is their concerts are fantastic.

If live music’s not your thing, there’s always some hip indie-flick happening:

Days Of Being Wild is playing for a week at Film Forum.  Seemingly universally critically acclaimed, it was orginally made in 1991 by Wong Kar-Wai.

What I’d Be Doing If I Weren’t As Cool:

Catching up on some recent mainstream movies that have looked interesting, like The Incredibles, The Polar Express, and Ray.  Probably not Kinsey.  Any other suggestions for the "not as cool" crowd?

What I Will Be Doing:  Stake Conference.  When did this get to be so friggin’ long?  A Saturday evening adult session, a Saturday afternoon leadership session, throw in a baptism in the early afternoon and I’m booked.  What I need is some excuse not to go.  I’m accepting suggestions for that, too.


12 thoughts on “NYC Weekend Guide, Nov 19-20

  1. Good call, Steve. You could do that and still be totally cool. I was just so stoked about the Hives I didn’t loook much more at Saturday options.

  2. I like your thinking, man! I’ll tell people I have a pressing matter in the city. After all, what could be more pressing than Steve and the Hives?

  3. Badly Drawn Boy would be great. And you could do a lot worse than The Incredibles. I tend to see Stake Conferences as semi-optional. With two little ones, we’d have to get a babysitter to go to the adult session, and the Sunday two-hour session is usually too much for toddlers, so we’re in the foyer anyway. I say, go worship in Sheep’s Meadow, or the Cloisters, or the N.Y. Botanical Gardens, or in the beautiful fall leaves upstate.

  4. Greg, would you say that Stake Conference is worse for toddlers than normal church (pre-nursery)? Off the subject, but I’d love to hear what parents really think about Church when they basically have to sit in the foyer. And what could be done about it, I wonder.

    Logan, do you really go to live music activities? I have seen a number of concerts, but always as an Event with a capital E. Otherwise, it costs too much and I’d rather get the CD.

    But speaking of which, I went last week to hear the Britten War Requiem, at Carnegie Hall, with a giant chorus and St. Luke’s Orchestra. Much of the music is very difficult to listen to, even for me, but I found the last movement (Libera Me) really transcendent, and I was certainly glad I was there.

  5. D.,

    Yeah, Stake Conference is worse. If you aren’t there on time, you are in the far reaches of some enormous cultural hall, on hard chairs with a wood floor. Plus it’s longer, and there is no sacrament for the kids to look forward to and get involved with. My only thought on what could be done about it is to shorten it to one hour: Opening hymn and prayer, announcements, 15 minute talk (Stake pres.), musical number, 15 minute talk (Stake RS pres.), closing hymn and prayer.

    I actually don’t spend much time in the foyer during normal sacrament meetings. We just spread out on a side bench, and bring a few cars, trains, and snacks for the three-year-old. The infant goes out to nurse sometimes, but other than that we do pretty well.

  6. Not as much as I like, D. That’s where the “If I Were Cool” qualifier comes in. But I’m actually really hoping to find some way to make Ani DiFranco work this weekend (although admittedly time and money may make it too hard), and I already have tickets for KlausFest in December (Velvet Revolver, Korn, Franz Ferdinand, Chevelle, Jimmy Eat World, and I may be missing someone).

  7. The key cultural event of this weekend in NYC is the opening of Almodovar’s “Bad Education”, which has received almost universal gushing praise. I loved “Talk to Her”, and Gael Garcia Bernal rules.

    Also, I’d like to go check out the Muppets at BAM:

  8. You’re all wrong of course. The cultural event of the *year* in NYC is this weekend — the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art. But avoid the crowds and go see Muppets in Brooklyn.

  9. Wendy, I was intrigued by Bad Education too, but was less excited after two sources I read that have had mixed feelings about it. The Village Voice called it “fairly predictable” and “rarely reach[ing] a boil”.

    And New York Magazine liked it better, but still thought it “may be at once too gimmicky and too sincere”, and that “Almodóvar may be becoming a bit too self-conscious for his own good”.

    Those are two of my main sources, but if you’ve heard a lot of other good things about it, maybe I’ll see it anyway.

  10. I thought of mentioning the reopening of The Modern myself, but it’s going to be there a long time, and I wouldn’t try this weekend if I were…any of you.

    I’m very much interested in Bad Education, but I’ll probably wait until the DVD. It’s just much better to see these things my way.

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