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Daily 5: ‘The Realistic Joneses,’ The Great Street Meet, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for May 6’s best events, from The Realistic Joneses at The Lyceum Theater to The Great Street Meet 2014 at Judson Memorial Church.


The Realistic Joneses

See Marisa Tomei and Michael C. Hall in ‘The Realistic Joneses’ tonight (Photo: Joan Marcus)

1. MUSIC: Slint and Spires that in the Sunset Rise at The Music Hall of Williamsburg

Despite releasing just two albums during their brief initital run as a band (1986-1992) and receiving relatively little attention at the time, post-rock outfit Slint has had a huge impact on the weirder side of “indie rock.” Save a few reunion shows, the band’s members have all been focusing on various other projects since then (Tortoise, The Breeders, King Kong, Will Oldham) but now they’re playing together once again to coincide with the 23rd anniversary reissue of their seminal 1991 album Spiderland. Catch ’em while you can!

DETAILS: 8pm; from $30, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 66 N. 6th St.;

2. THEATER: The Realistic Joneses at The Lyceum Theater

Four ridiculously talented (and mostly rather famous) actors — Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei — star in this new play by Will Eno. Already dubbed “funny and moving” and “wonderful and weird” by The New York Times, The Realistic Joneses follows the story of two couples living next door to each other, both named Jones, whose lives become entangled in various ways. Deals with the big, scary things in life as well as the small, funny things.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; $149 (get tickets!); 149 W. 45th St.

3. ART: Salon Zürcher at Zürcher Studio

Want to check out the work of emerging artists but intimidated by the vastness of fairs like the Armory Show? Consider checking out Salon Zürcher’s 7th “mini art fair.” Presented as an intimate alternative to the big, crazy art-stravaganzas, the salon nonetheless has a decent amount to see, with six galleries — and a wide variety of artists –from the U.S. and Canada represented. Highlights include Becca Lowry, Jonathan Monaghan.

DETAILS: 12pm-8pm; free; 33 Bleecker St.;

4. FESTIVAL: 31 Days Of Non-Stop Hip Hop

From L.L. Cool J to Nicki Minaj, the borough of Queens has played a key role in the development of hip-hop music and culture. All this month, the funky-fresh M.C.s over at the Queens Library are honoring that fact with a series of performances and workshops showcasing the art form’s history while looking ahead to its future. There will be dance contests, poetry shows, graffiti workshops and more, but tonight features a hip-hop memory jam at the Linden Boulevard branch, as well as a talk on Teen Fashion Entrepreneurs from FUBU founder Keith Perrin at the Far Rockaway branch.

DETAILS: various times; free; various locations;

5. FOOD: The Great Street Meet 2014 at Judson Memorial Church

Did you know that some of New York’s best restaurants are on wheels? Sample the city’s tastiest street food at this gala benefitting the Street Vendor Project, a non-profit advocating for the rights of people who make their living selling goods on the street. There’ll be tasty treats from the Cinnamon Snail (delightful vegan donuts!), Solber Pupusas (of the famed Red Hook ball fields), NY Dosas, Wafels & Dinges and more, plus music from DJ Mike Levitt. The all-important, ticket price-justifying open bar will be handled by The Bronx Brewery.

DETAILS: 6:30pm-10pm; $40; 55 Washington Sq. S.;

Want even more fun? 15 Things to Do in May.
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