Well, another weekend is upon us. And it's not just any old weekend, it's St. Patrick's Day weekend! Be Irish for a day and partake in the fun. Of course, you can attend the 5th Avenue Parade in Manhattan on Friday, the most popular parade in the city all year. It starts at 11:00 a.m. on 5th Avenue around 44th Street. In Astoria, McCanns Pub (36-15 Ditmars Boulevard) is offering free corned beef and cabbage throughout the day. From 7-10 pm, $25 gets you an open bar and buffet at Crehan's Bar (41-04 31st Ave.). The Shannon Pot in LIC also invites you to join them on St. Patrick's Day. Other possible suspects are Gibney's (32-01 Broadway) and The Irish Rover (37-18 28th Ave.)
On Saturday, P.S.1 in LIC presents a talk and roundtable discussion on the topic “Regarding the Avant-Garde.” Participants include n+1 (Brooklyn's journal of politics, literature and culture) editors Mark Greif and Keith Gessen, n+1 art critic Dushko Petrovich and artist Eliza Newman-Saul. On Sunday, Jessica Stockholder discusses her past work and her current exhibition at P.S.1, Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air.
If you are in the mood for new music (I often am), come check out Astoria's own Lost Dog New Music Ensemble performing six new works by New York composers David Fetherolf, Silas Nathaniel Huff, Jonathan Pieslak, Erin Rogers, B. Allen Schulz, and Stefan Weisman. The concert starts at 7:30 at Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria, Queens (Crescent Street at 30th Road). Or, stop by Waltz-Astoria Saturday night for a wine tasting. For $20, you get the opportunity to taste a number of different wines and learn about them at the same time.
On Sunday consider taking a tour of neighboring Roosevelt Island. The 92nd Street Y is organizing a Roosevelt Island hike this Sunday at 11am. Cost is $25 and reservations are recommended. Later that day, come by Freeze Peach between 4 and 8pm and say hi, as I'll be preparing and serving coffee, tea, and snacks to help raise $$ for the Hell Gate CSA.
And on top of it all, throughout the weekend great movies are playing in town at the Museum of the Moving Image.
As always, more fun, here.