Daily 5, Weekend Edition: NYC Improv Festival, Talib Kweli, More
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 21-March 23), from the NYC Improv Festival at People’s Improv Theater to Talib Kweli at Webster Hall.
1. FILM: Style Wars: The Original Hip Hop Documentary at The Bronx Museum of the Arts on March 21
Once upon a time, 1980s New York provided fertile ground for graffiti artists to make the urban landscape their canvas. Learn about hip-hop and graffiti culture at this special screening of the newly restored Style Wars: The Original Hip Hop Documentary, a film directed by Tony Silver that won Best Documentary at the 1983 Sundance Festival. Producer Henry Chalfant and artist Jane Dickson will introduce the film and answer your questions; Bronx Brewery beer is available for a small donation.
DETAILS: 6:30pm-9pm; free; 1040 Grand Concourse; bronxmuseum.org
2. COMEDY: NYC Improv Festival at People’s Improv Theater on March 21-23
Done properly, improv comedy is a hilarious practice that dazzles us with its endless possibilities for wacky scenarios and outrageous outbursts. See improv groups from all over the world ply their trade at this weekend-long festival of improvised comedy and workshops. Participatory events include one in which you do improv in the dark, as if it wasn’t scary enough already.
DETAILS: various times; $10-$60; 123 E. 24th St.; nycimprovfest.com
3. MUSIC: Talib Kweli at Webster Hall on March 23
Since his days repping Black Star with Mos Def and Hi-Tek, socially conscious MC Talib Kweli has been the benchmark by which many other hip-hop acts have been measured. See the legendary artist spit some rhymes (and maybe talk about police brutality) when he plays Webster Hall in support of his new album, Gravitas. With Phony Ppl, Yc the Cynic, more.
DETAILS: 6:30pm doors; $22.50; 125 E. 11th St.; ticketweb.com
4. FLOWERS: Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square on March 23
Spring might not have quite sprung yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend at this massive in-store flower show held annually at Macy’s and sponsored, hilariously, by Zyrtec (among others). With large displays in the store’s windows, main entrance and ground floor, including a massive gown made of red blossoms, plus free workshops (terrariums!), this Secret Garden themed event should have you smiling and/or sneezing in no time.
DETAILS: 9am-9:30pm; free; 151 W. 34th St.; social.macys.com
5. DINNER: Moroccan Nights Package at Le Souk on March 22-23
Throw down like Moroccan royalty without ever leaving New York City at this West Village hot spot. Startng at $78 per person, Le Souk Harem’s Moroccan Nights VIP package gets you skip-the-line privileges, a comfy, pillow-strewn seating area, a bottle of Absolut, unlimited mixers, and a big, tasty hookah for the table. There’s also a full menu, belly dancers, fire dancers, and DJs to keep you stimulated.
DETAILS: 6pm-11pm; $385 for four people (get the package); 510 Laguardia Pl.