Weekend Fun

What You Should Do in NYC This Weekend: May 11–13, 2018

Plan your Mother’s Day weekend—without lifting a finger.

ETHEL String Quartet. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

This weekend is all about the most important lady in our lives: Mom. Treat her to something different this year—a Southern feast, rare musical performances, or a loonier take on the typical Mother’s Day brunch.

Eating + Drinking

Chow down Louisiana-style at the Crawfish Boil, the annual four-hour smorgasbord of juicy andouille sausage, your favorite brews, and tray upon tray of the Cajun crustacean. Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park; Saturday, May 12; 1–5 p.m.

Live Music

Performers from all around the world join forces at NYU Skirball’s Bang On a Can Marathon, a 10-hour concert featuring some of music expert John Seroff’s favorites: sets from string quartet Ethel, violinist Mazz Swift, and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, as well as a John Cage tribute performed by So Percussion. NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place (between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South), Greenwich Village; Sunday, May 13; noon

Immersive Experience

Follow the lives of four men as they deal with familial conflict and a lost sense of identity while coming to terms with being HIV-positive in Accelerate!’s interactive As Much As I Can. Harlem Parish, 258 West 118th Street (between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard), Harlem; through Thursday, May 24

Photo courtesy of Harley & Co.
Special Event

Throw it back to your carefree childhood Saturday morning routine at Spoons, Toons & Booze at the Bell House. Cartoons run on a loop, cocktails get a nostalgic upgrade, and Mom can’t stop you from enjoying that third bowl of Lucky Charms. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus; Sunday, May 13; 1 p.m.


Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons stars in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night, an autobiographical drama about a family’s undoing by way of addiction, illness, and the troubling truths of their past. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene; through Sunday, May 27

Photo by Hugo Glendinning
Person Who Makes NY Special

Restaurant owner. Curator. Performance booker. Mom. Learn how artist Tina Stipanovic makes her high-demand schedule work…while also managing to create her own incredible sculptural work.

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