Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for the weekend’s best events (March 28-March 30), from a Lock Picking Party at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen to Lady Gaga at Roseland Ballroom’s final shows.
1. CLASS: Obscura Society NYC Presents the Lock Picking Party at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen on March 28
One of the first things you learn after moving to New York City is to never, under any circumstances, call a 24-hour locksmith, because they are crooks who won’t give you a quote over the phone and will force you to empty your checking account at 3am. Learn how to solve your own lock problems while sipping a cocktail and listening to old timey jazz music at this combination class/party. The price of admission buys you your very own lock picking kit to take home. Neat.
DETAILS: 7pm-10pm; $75; 20 W. 44th St.; atlasobscura.com
2. MUSIC: Lady Gaga at Roseland Ballroom on March 28 and 30
After more than 50 years as a venue for live music and dancing, Roseland Ballroom is closing its doors (boo). For its final performances, the historical hall has selected Lady Gaga, who is on something of a publicity streak after her deeply subversive performance on SXSW’s Doritos Bold Stage. What kind of intensely theatrical spectacle she has in the works is anyone’s guess, but puke-o-phobes are probably safe (been there, done that).
DETAILS: 9pm; $52; 239 W. 52nd St.; roselandballroom.com
3. FOOD: NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Penn Plaza Pavilion on March 29, 30
Calling all gluttons for punishment! You are cordially invited to hurt so good when the second annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo makes its return to the Penn Plaza Pavilion. With zesty events like the Spicy Knish Eating Contest and the Bloody Mary Mix Down Championship, plus a plethora of piquant vendors vying for the Screaming Mi Mi Awards, it’s guaranteed to be a scorching good time.
DETAILS: 10am-7pm Sat, 10am-7pm Sun; $10-$100 (VIP ticket options); 401 Seventh Ave.; nychotsauceexpo.com
4. SPORTS: Red Hook Criterium at The Brooklyn Terminal Project on March 28, 29
Pro road racers compete with bike messengers and plain old obsessives at this fun but competitive fixies-only track bike race. Nosh on vegan snacks from Monk’s Meats and view some bike-themed art at the official pre-party Friday, watch all the crazy 5K action on Saturday, then top it all off with a Sixpoint Brewery sponsored afterparty. It’s so Brooklyn it hurts.
DETAILS: various times; $15 pre-party, $10 after-party, free to watch race; 72 Imlay St., Brooklyn; redhookcrit.com
5. COMEDY: Damien Lemon at Carolines on Broadway in March 28, March 30
“Professional sh*t talker” Damien Lemon has been steadily gaining fame for his satirical web show D. Lemon in the Morning and his appearances on MTV2’s Guy Code. See him along with fellow Guy Code performer Jordan “everyone’s black friend” Carlos when he brings his relatable “alt” (which we believe is code for “actually funny”) comedy to Caroline’s on Broadway.
DETAILS: 7:30pm and 10pm; $27 plus two-drink minimum; carolines.com