Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for May 27’s best events, from Too Much Sun at Vineyard Theatre to the book lauch of Should I Go To Grad School? at the Strand.
1. THEATER: Too Much Sun at Vineyard Theatre
Seasoned stage and screen veterans Linda Lavin (Alice, Gypsy) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends With Kids, Kissing Jessica Stein) combine forces with playwright Nicky Silver in this new Off-Broadway family drama. Set in a picturesque seaside town, the play follows the story of an aging actress (Lavin) who breezes into her fragile daughter (Westfeldt)’s life and causes numerous troubles for her, her husband, the teenage neighbor who sells her husband pot, and said pot dealer’s dad (with whom she has a romance). “Lavin sucks the poison out of every zinger, swirls it for a moment, then spits it out,” says Time Out New York. Delightful!
DETAILS: 7pm; $80; 108 E 15th St.; vineyardtheatre.org
2. GAMING: Assalamualaikum Babycastles at Babycastles Gallery
Think videogames are an unlikely medium through which to examine the lived Muslim experience? Think again! In Babycastles’ latest interactive exhibit, various original (and a few hacked) video games provide a window into various Muslim-identified individuals’ experience of religion, art, war, surveillance and more. They’ll be embedded in an immersive physical installation created along the same themes. This being opening night, there will be a performance by multi-instrumentalist/electronic whiz Lichens, plus tunes from DJ Lamin Fofana.
DETAILS: 6:30pm-9:30pm; $8; 137 W. 14th St.; babycastles.com
3. MUSIC: Bloodmoss Showcase feat. Total Slacker, Future Death, Sunflower Bean at The Studio at Webster Hall
Following the well documented death of beloved D.I.Y. venue 285 Kent, booker Ric Leichtung has branched out to other, less illegal spaces, including the bottom floor of megaclub Webster Hall. Tonight sees a showcase co-presented by the awesomely named Bloodmoss Records and Leichtung’s music blog Ad Hoc featuring Brooklyn’s Total Slacker, whose fuzzed out jams and ’90s obsessed lyrics have been garnering positive attention for some time now. Also: Austin noise punk act Future Death (it’s their record release show!) and neo-psych band Sunflower Bean.
DETAILS: 8pm; $10; 125 E. 11th St.; facebook.com
4. BOOKS: Should I Go To Grad School? at The Strand
If you’ve ever uttered the above six words — and if you’re a recent college grad struggling to find footing in this economy, the chances are high — you will appreciate this book of essays on the subject from a diverse cast of grad school attenders and avoiders including actor/professional grad student James Franco, New School professor Simon Critchley, and author Sheila Heti. Tonight, some of said writers gather for a spirited discussion of the pros in cons in an effort to help you make your decision. With: Simon Critchley, The New York Times‘ Amy O’Leary, n+1 editor Nikil Saval.
DETAILS: 7pm-8pm; free with book purchase; 828 Broadway; strandbooks.com
5. TOUR: TCM Classic Film Tour
Hollywood might have fake NYC sets, but nothing beats a scene shot on location in the Big Apple; the City of New York has played a role in too many great movies to count. See the sites of numerous iconic scenes in this classic film tour, which takes you to over 60 key locations from films like King Kong (the Empire State Building) The Seven Year Itch (that subway grate!), Superman (Grand Central Terminal), Ghostbusters (Central Park), Manhattan (the Manhattan Bridge), Rosemary’s Baby (the Dakota), and more. No extra charge for getting knocked up by a demon.
DETAILS: 11:30am; $38.50 (get tickets!); begins at 1650 Broadway;