Friday, September 3, 2010

How to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Time Out created a list of things to do to ensure you take advantage of the long weekend!

TimeOut 1)Start with a scare
You may not be able to sleep after watching the creeptastic 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Rubin Museum, 150 W 17th St at Seventh Ave; 212-620-5000,; 8pm; $7 bar minimum). Australian author Georgia Clark (She’s with the Band) will introduce the film, in which “pod people” take over the earth, one sleeping person at a time. Tonight’s screening is the final one in the museum’s “Memento Mori” series, which features films that examine death. (We recommend finding a puppy to hug once the movie’s over.)

2) Send in the clowns, and the pies
The Brick theater starts it’s three-week-long clown festival with a pie right in the kisser. At today’s New York Clown Theater Festival (starts at Union Square subway station, Union Sq East at 14th St, and continues at the Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-907-6189,; 5pm; free), a goofball crew of jugglers, stilt walkers and more perform, before hopping on the L train to stage a public pie fight outside of the Brick Theater. That’s right, a public pie fight! Once you’ve wiped the cream from your eyes, the evening finishes with festival highlights from Clown Cabaret. Thankfully, the festival runs through September 26, so you’ve got plenty of time to shower and wash your clothes.

3) Hey, you, come join the one-wheel ride
We hope you’re a balanced person, because that’s what you’ll need to take part in the epic Brooklyn Long Distance Ride (2–7pm, free) that kicks off the New York Unicycle Festival (locations and times vary; visit for details. Fri 3–Sun 5; free). If your unicycle riding is a tad rusty, join the ride at the Brooklyn Bridge, or later at Prospect Park to get back in the saddle away from cars. The festival takes over Governors Island on Saturday (noon–5pm, free) with freestyle displays, basketball and hockey games on unicycles, and a mass ride around the island. You’ll want to at least join in at the end of today’s ride, because that way you’ll end up at the…

4) …Coney Island’s firework finale
Is it just us, or is Labor Day a disappointing holiday? Where are the hours of colored, coordinated explosions? Have we fallen asleep and awoken in Communist Russia? Get your fill of fireworks at the last of the weekly Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island (fireworks can be viewed from the boardwalk between 5th and 21st Sts, Coney Island, Brooklyn;; 9:30pm; free). Stake a spot at Beer Island ( and settle in, or fork over $26 for four hours of unlimited rides at Luna Park ( and see the fireworks upside down.

5) All Tomorrow’s Parties, today!
We, too, are tired of our übercool friends gushing about how excited they are about All Tomorrow’s Parties this weekend while we spend the weekend in the city. So indulge yourself in a little smugness by seeing Beak at the Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St between Bowery and Chrystie St; 212-533-2111,; 8pm; $20), before it hits ATP on Saturday. A three-piece from Bristol that includes Portishead’s producer and multi-instrumentalist, Geoff Barrow, the trio combines lockstep rhythms, psychedelic melody lines and a hard-edged, near-punk sensibility that will leave you texting your ATP-bound friend, “I can’t believe you missed this!”

6) Hunker down with some cool techno
DJ Spinoza’s regular, and regularly banging, night of house and techno, The Bunker, at Public Assembly (70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-4586,; 10pm; $20, before midnight $10), touches down with another installment, this time featuring Jan Krueger and Daze Mazim of the Hello?Repeat Soundsystem label, celebrating the imprint’s fifth birthday with machine funk all night long. The front room is given over to another great label—the Netherlands’ Clone—with Space Dimension Controller, Dexter and head honcho Serge joined by Bethany Benzur, of Brooklyn’s own Kiss & Tell shindig.

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