This weekend, Friday, February 8, to Sunday, February 10, you can choose from events and happenings around New York City that involve food, drinks, music, sports, and film. Don't miss the kickoff of the BAMcinématek Richard Pryor film fest and the Apollo open house weekend.
Friday, February 8
The weekly African Jazz Night at Zinc Bar is showcasing Cameroon musician Kaïssa -- she's internationally known and has performed with Paul Simon -- and her group will be performing three sets (82 W. Third St. between Thompson and Sullivan in Greenwich Village; 212-477-ZINC; sets at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and midnight; $10-15 cover).
Grand Central Terminal just turned 100 years old, and February is the start of celebrations. Opened 100 years ago on February 1, 1913, Grand Central is the largest train station terminal in the United States. A major multimedia exhibition about the terminal is on display from now through March 15 (8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, Vanderbilt Hall), as well as a long list of other activities through May. You can find more details here.
In town again, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will descend on the city starting this weekend (70 Lincoln Center Plaza, February 7-14).
Richard Pryor fans will want to head out to BAMcinématek's film fest of a whopping 18 films with Richard Pryor in them. The Richard Pryor film festival, "A Pryor Engagement," (30 Lafayette Ave. in Brooklyn, Feb. 8-21, $9 and up) includes a range of movies from standup films and collaborations with greats such as Gene Wilder, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, David Lynch, and tons of others. Some films will be shown as double features, and there will be special appearances by mystery guests.
If you're in Flatiron, The City Bakery is putting on their annual Hot Chocolate Festival (3 W. 18th St., 212-366-1414), where you can try out a different variety of hot chocolate each day. The features for this weekend, from Friday through Sunday, are bourbon, milk chocolate, and Vietnamese cinnamon.
Saturday, February 9
Film and Drinks
The Moviehouse at the 3rd Ward is showing its 100th movie, and to celebrate, they are gathering scores of filmmakers and artists for screenings of their first films (195 Morgan Ave. in Brooklyn, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 718-715-4961, RSVP for entrance fee, free for members). Many of the filmmakers who started by showing their work at Moviehouse have gone on to make bigger films and gain international acclaim. The event will include drinks, a DJ, snacks, and creative conversation.
A truly unique event in New York City that seems designed for the hipster in all of us, Out of My Mind Vintage is putting on an event they are calling Vintage Vogue & Vinyl. Dubbed as a "gussying up party for guys and gals," it is Saturday afternoon (Union Hall on 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., free entrance). You can browse vinyl records and compete to win a prize for best vintage outfit or get your hair or nails done for $20. There will also be music by DJ Mr. NYSE.
Sunday, February 10
Black History Month
The Municipal Art Society is having a Black History Tour on February 10. The tour will cover the uptown Trinity Church Cemetery on the outskirts of Harlem and will be led by a writer Eric K. Washington. It will explore some of the history of the people in the area. The meeting point for the tour is disclosed after the tickets are bought (call 212-935-2075 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; or online; $20, members $15).
The legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem has a month of programming in February to celebrate Black History Month. A highlight is their annual free open house weekend (February 9-10, noon-5 p.m., free) to let the public in to hear musical performances, see art, and get back inside the Apollo to see what's new and what's being offered in the coming year.
Vegan desserts lovers can join the vegan bakeoff in Gowanus at the Bell House (149 Seventh St. in Gowanus, Brooklyn; starts at 3 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door). Sponsored by the skint, the price of your entry gives you judging rights for the competing treats.
FashionWorth stopping by, the Shoe Obsession exhibit at the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology, (Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, 212-217-4530, February 8-April 13) will feature about 150 examples of contemporary footwear. The emphasis will be on the extreme, lavish, and imaginative, including work by labels including Manolo Blahnik; Salvatore Ferragamo; Christian Louboutin; Roger Vivier; and design houses Azzedine Alaïa, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Prada.
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