What To Do in New York City This Weekend: February 1-3, 2019
Has the impending polar vortex got you feeling down and out? Ready to wrap up and enter full-on hibernation mode for the next three days? Well snap out of it, New York - while our wind chill factor may be 10 below zero the next couple of days, it’s nothing like the city-halting SIXTY FIVE BELOW that our friends in Minneapolis and Chicago are experiencing. In any event, warming temperatures (and our enticing list of things to do this weekend) will have you up and out of your house in no time. Here’s what we’ll be tuning into as we craft our perfect weekend.
Thursday, January 31
While our weekend roundups don’t usually include Thursdays, this event - which supports one of our favorite non-profits - was too cute to pass up. Stop by QED in Astoria at 7pm for Pup Quiz, Hotshot: A Night of Canine Themed Trivia to benefit Friends With Four Paws. There will be drink specials, raffles, prizes, the hilarity of comedian Jenn Wehrung - and maybe even a furry friend or two.
Friday, February 1
Friday marks the first weekend in February and the beginning of Black History Month. To kick things off, the Museum of the Moving Image is beginning a Friday night film screening series starting with this week’s screening of Body Games: Capoeira and Ancestry - a documentary that traces the roots of this Brazilian martial arts practice to Africa. Don’t forget - admission to the museum is free on Friday nights from 4-8pm, so hop on the newly-reopened N/W train and head to Astoria to take full advantage.
Saturday, February 2
Did you miss last week’s Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival? If you’re bummed to have missed out on all of the delicious and boozy offerings from last weekend, don’t fret - you’re second chance is here with this year’s Winter Warmer! Head to the Brooklyn Expo at either 1:30 or 5:30 on Saturday to enjoy two hours of unlimited spiked drinks and seasonal winter ales, as well as music, games and delicious food from some of the city’s best local vendors. Click here to get your tickets!
You might need some of that booze to prep for you for the night ahead - if you decide to make your way to Irving Plaza for Poppy’s “Am I A Girl?” tour, that is. Even sober, you’re not going to want to miss the opportunity to see this internet phenomenon live and in person. Poppy is the YouTube sensation and internet persona behind the hit YouTube song/video “I’m Poppy,” which has reached nearly 20 million views since it was released in 2015. As WIRED writer Lexi Pandell wrote in her extremely entertaining article Welcome to Poppy’s World, “Poppy means nothing. Poppy means everything. Poppy is exactly what she purports to be. She is Poppy.” Grab your tickets to see YouTube come to life (and try to decipher Poppy for yourself) here.
If Poppy’s not really your thing and you find yourself looking for a more intellectually attuned way to spend an evening, may we suggest this year’s third annual A Night of Philosophy and Ideas? Over 60 philosophers, artists, thinkers, and creatives will get together at Brooklyn’s Public Library (and at the behest of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy) starting at 7pm on Saturday night…and lasting until 7am Sunday morning. That’s right, we’re talking about an all-nighter with some of the world’s great thinkers, poets, and activists. A philosophy extravaganza for the ages, join this group of intellectuals for conversation, dialogue, and musical performances. More information can be found here.
Sunday, February 3
If you’re looking for a unique way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit early, sign up to take a BYOB Bubbles + Truffles: Candy Making for Adults class with Home Cooking New York. You’ll learn to make pink and green peppermint patties, assorted truffles, and caramel nut brittle, as well as how to temper chocolate. Enjoy a cheese board to nosh on while you make your chocolates and sip your champagne; boxes will be provided so you can take your chocolates home as a gift for your loved ones - or for yourself, no judgment here.
And speaking of Valentine’s Day, this weekend is the first weekend of February, officially heralding in all things pink and heart-shaped. Since Christmas is officially over, now is the time to start thinking about how to impress that special someone. We can think of no better way than cooking up something straight from the heart - like these delicious chocolate-covered strawberry cupcakes or pink sweetheart swirl bark from Sally’s Baking Addiction.