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Best Weekend Food Events: Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas, Polar Bear Plunge Party, and Kanpai to 2017

New Year’s Eve Party
Porchlight (271 Eleventh Avenue)
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Porchlight is hosting a summer camp themed New Year’s Eve party. The party includes live bluegrass and country music along with cocktails like hot chocolate with bourbon and a vodka based “bug juice.” There will also be camp themed food including fondue, packed lunches, and grilled items served on a stick. Tickets are $170 and include all food, drink, gifts, and live entertainment; reservations here.

New Years Eve Beach Bash
Surf Bar (139 North 6th Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Feast on an all you can eat taco bar or drink up in beach attire during this New Years Eve bash. Tickets — $75 per person — can be reserved here.

’80s Retro Open Bar New Years Eve Party
Action Burger (292 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Break out some ’80s attire and enjoy a three hour open bar and unlimited arcade games starting at $35. The bar also features a selection of board games and is offering food and drink packages for groups of two or more; RSVP for the ticket of your choice here.

Polar Plunge Breakfast and Beverages
Steeplechase Beer Garden (1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Steeplechase Beer Garden is offering a hot breakfast and cold beer for guests planning to take the traditional New Years Day plunge. Reservations are $40 and are inclusive of unlimited food, beer, and Bloody Mary cocktails; RSVP here.

Kanpai to 2017
Webster Hall (125 East 11 Street)
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Begin 2017 with a sake ceremony, sushi, and live entertainment. The party includes bites like mochi, golden curry udon, and over twenty different kinds of sake; reserve a $25 ticket here.

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Coming This Spring: The Village Voice’s 61st Annual Obie Awards

The Obie awards, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway’s highest honor, returns to the stage again this spring. 

Since the Village Voice established the Obies in 1956, winners have been a veritable who’s-who of theatrical talent in New York, saluting the most innovative and exceptional work on (and off) the stage. In 2014, the American Theatre Wing got into the Obie action, partnering with the Voice to honor New York theater’s finest with Obies for years to come. 

The Voice and the American Theatre Wing just announced that the 61st annual Obie awards will be held at Webster Hall on May 23, with a killer host to boot.

Lea DeLaria, an Obie and Screen Actors Guild Award–winning actress, will return to host the show for the second year in a row. Since the premiere of Orange Is the New Black in 2013, she’s been recognizable as her outspoken character Carrie “Big Boo” Black. However, DeLaria’s had a close relationship with the theater, performing as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician years before her breakout role.

Meet the judges of the 2015–16 Obie awards: 

  • Michael Feingold, a Voice theater columnist and longtime Obie Judge chairman
  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine, a 2009 Obie winner for her performance as Salima in Ruined
  • Oliver Butler, a 2014 Obie winner for his direction of The Open House
  • Ricky Ian Gordon, a 2006 Obie winner for his composition of Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Clint Ramos, a 2013 Obie winner for sustained excellence of costume design
  • Juliet Rylance, a 2010 Obie winner for her performance as Rosalind in As You Like It
  • Marilyn Stasio, Variety‘s senior critic

For a complete list of Obie award winners from years past, visit the Voice‘s Obies archive.

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CIRCLING OVERHEAD

Our friends over at Vulture have really pulled out all the stops for their second annual pop-cultural extravaganza. Not only are they bringing out the big names — a coffee and chat session with Jerry Seinfeld; ditto for Amy Poehler, Tavi Gevinson, and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon — but Vulture Festival‘s two-day roster of events is remarkably diverse. Enjoy a panel on “Animated Voices” with stars from Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy, or “Hollywood Power Stylists,” with the people who create looks for everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Lady Gaga. Sit in on a screening and discussion of one of four new films — Inside Out, The Overnight, Odd Mom Out, and Difficult People — or tag along on art critic “Jerry Saltz’s Mad Tour of the New Whitney.” Banks and St. Lucia play Webster Hall tonight.

May 30-31, 9 a.m., 2015

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VOLSTEAD ACTS

Rumored to be owned by Al Capone in the 1920s, Webster Hall became famous as the “Devil’s Playhouse,” known for its risqué events at the height of Prohibition. This afternoon the club is bringing those heady days back for the third annual East Ville Des Folies, a speakeasy-style beer and whiskey tasting. Wet your beak in hard-to-find hooch amid four floors of live entertainment, like swing jazz bands, trapeze artists, circus acts, and burlesque performers takin’ off the ritz. VIPs enter at 1:30 and get the jump on a selection of limited-edition giggle water before the hoi polloi arrive.

Sat., Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m., 2015

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GLOBE THEATER

An international music festival crammed into a single evening thanks to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual Manhattan confab, GlobalFest serves up a dozen acts only hardcore National Public Radio junkies will likely have encountered previously. Headliners of a sort, Congolese-Belgian artist Marie Daulne’s formerly a cappella group Zap Mama returns augmented by local Afrobeat juggernaut Antibalas, with whom they’ll be touring this spring. Tonight also marks the local debut of Sam Lee, the youngish, stylish baritone singer and song collector with a unique take on British Isles traditionalism. GlobalFest’s other picks to click include the brassy yet subtle ten-piece Brazilian Afrobeat group Bixiga 70; Nairobi, Kenya’s highly stylized (yet modestly monikered) Afrosoul conglomerate Just a Band; and Riyaaz Qawwali, a multinational U.S.-based Sufi-sounds collective.

Sun., Jan. 11, 7 p.m., 2015

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Star Slinger

Dance music lovers’ favorite hip-hop beat-maker, U.K. DJ and producer Star Slinger is known for his collaborations with rappers from Lil B to Project Pat, working with producers Teki Latex of Paris’s Sound Pellegrino label and releasing on Skrillex’s vanity label, OWSLA. Phew! With all those collaborations under his belt, the Manchester-based Star Slinger is doing U.S. shows, with mysterious DJ and producer Trippy Turtle of the FoFoFadi crew in tow. The anonymous Jersey club–influenced producer is one of a few animal-named artists (along with Cashmere Cat) to win our hearts in 2014. Join the diverse duo at Webster Hall’s grand ballroom, as they add their touch to the long-running Friday club night Boys & Girls, which is open to everyone 19 and older.

Fri., Jan. 2, 10 p.m., 2015

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Patti Smith

The Godmother is ready for the Ballroom. A forerunner of New York’s punk rock movement who is still plugging away with the fervor that defined her career, Patti Smith wraps up the old year with two shows in two nights. She undeniably toned down her early volume and frenzy with 2012’s Banga, a dreamy and determined album that plays like an epic, but that doesn’t mean the endlessly influential Smith is keeping quiet. In such a tumultuous year, it only makes sense to finish things off with someone louder than the rest of us. The shows are open to everyone 18 and older. Doors are at 7 p.m. The shows are sold out, but tickets are available on the secondary market.

Mon., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 30, 2014

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American Football

Originally active from 1997 to 2000, American Football reunited this year, to sold-out shows and what Pitchfork nominated a “best new reissue” of their self-titled masterpiece. A band of University of Illinois alumni, each member has one foot in AF and one in another band from the same scene, emulating the kind of interdisciplinary closeness that college campuses produce (frontman Mike Kinsella, for one, is formerly of Cap’n Jazz and currently in Owen). Although they self-identify as an emo band, the “emo” comes out more in the tender instrumentation and minimal moodiness of post-rock rather than any sort of power-chord-driven angst.

Fri., Oct. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., 2014

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Tove Lo

Swedish singer-songwriter, Tove Lo is entering legit pop star territory with her chart-storming “Habits.” It’s a cathartic tale of nursing a broken heart by binging, going to sex clubs and throwing up in the tub with an infectiously anthemic power pop chorus. Though her songs are in the dark, unpolished vein not so often present in mainstream pop, she has, with her revealing lyrics and ear for a good tune, stumbled upon mainstream success. After this tour, she’s heading out on the road again to open for Katy Perry.

Wed., Oct. 1, 9 p.m., 2014

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DOWN AND OUT

Since 2011, the Downtown Festival, hosted by Downtown Records, has called NYC one of its homes on three occasions. Now with locations across the country — Cleveland and Minneapolis are hosting their inaugural fests this year — Downtown Festival boasts a pretty fantastic list of who’s been the talk of each respective town. Naturally, Kiesza, this year’s breakout star with her one-shot music video for house-pop jam “Hideaway,” is headlining the three-day, two-venue event alongside Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Jungle, and Autre Ne Veut. The festival takes place at both Irving Plaza and Webster Hall, which means that the venues will be close enough for you to hop between with your weekend pass. Whether you’ve been paying attention to burgeoning acts or not, this weekend event is a perfect way to stay in touch with what NYC has to offer.

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 1. Continues through Oct. 4, 2014