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Weekend Hot List: Blood Orange, Sand Sculpting Contest, More

Don’t miss out! Every weekend, picks the best things to do in New York City. Read on for August 16-17’s best events, from Blood Orange at Central Park Summerstage to the 24th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk.


Dive installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel by Jana Winderen

Dive installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel by Jana Winderen

1. MUSIC: Blood Orange at Central Park Summerstage on August 16

Producer/singer/songwriter Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange) has been a busy guy as of late. In addition to penning hits for crossover indie pop stars like Solange and Sky Ferreira, he released his own sophomore album, Cupid Deluxe, to critical acclaim in 2013 and still found time to compose a score for Gia Coppola’s film Palo Alto. See the charismatic crooner play sad but funky love songs with his excellent backing band at this sure-to-be-popular free event. With Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.

DETAILS: 7pm-10pm; free; Rumsey Playfield (enter at 69th St. and 5th Ave.);

2. ART: Dive at Park Ave Tunnel on August 16

Dive deep under the streets of Manhattan with this immersive installation by artist-with-a-science-background Jana Winderen. As part of the Summer Streets 2014 festival, Winderen turned a seven-block-long pedestrian tunnel — normally closed to the public — into an immersive light and sound installation meant to mimic the experience of being underwater. For added authenticity, wear a wetsuit.

DETAILS: 7am-12:30pm; free; Park Ave. & E. 33rd St.;

3. FOOD/DRINK: East Ville Hoedown at Webster Hall on August 16

Booze, bacon and BBQ abound at this honky tonk hootenany in celebration of all things Southern. Occupying all four floors of Webster Hall, this bodacious blowout will have gallons of booze (beer, bourbon, bacon-flavored moonshine!), plus food by Michael Rodriguez, former pit master of Austin’s famous BBQ joint, the Salt Lick. If you’re not in a coma after all that, you can boogie down to an assortment of country bluegrass bands or get your picture taken in the mechanical bull photo booth. All the fun things about the south with none of the racism or humidity!

DETAILS: 2:30pm-5:30pm; $50; 125 E. 11th St.;

4. SPORTS: 24th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk on August 16

For the 24th year in a row, Brooklyn Community Services is putting on a big old sand sculpting contest, and for the 24th year in a row, it’s going to be awesome. Children and amateurs compete against real sculptors to see who can make the coolest thing out of the gritty substance. Prizes include cash and bragging rights, and there will be additional entertainments on the boardwalk like a magician and a Latin band. It’s not too late to enter if you’re feeling ambitious.

DETAILS: 12pm-5pm; free; beach/boardwalk W. 10th St.-W. 12th St., Brooklyn;

5. MUSIC: The 11th Annual Madonnathon at Brooklyn Bowl on August 16

Do you live for the Material Girl and… various artists’ interpretations thereof? Then dress up like your preferred Madonna era and head on down to this not-at-all-cultish tribute to Her Madgesty. Hosted by Cathy Cervenka and friends, the night will feature numerous cover songs performed by such fine folks as Tammy Faye Starlite, Shannon Conley (of Lez Zeppelin) and “renowned Madonna tribute artist” Chris America, plus a Madonna makeover booth and costume contest. Winner gets to sing a song onstage!

DETAILS: 8pm; $15; 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn;

6. COMEDY: Doug Stanhope at Highline Ballroom on August 16-17

One of those “comedians’ comedians,” Doug Stanhope is known for his caustic, irreverent take on American politics and culture, his grotesque and vulgar imagery and his libertarian views. He told a marvelously disgusting joke to a baby in The Aristocrats, almost ran for president in 2008 and raised money for that atheist tornado victim in 2013. See the Hicks-ian comic at Highline Ballroom this weekend… provided, of course, you’re not easily offended. With Mishka Shubaly.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; from $35, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 431 W. 16th St.;

7. TALK: Presentation Party Night Four Year Anniversary at Brooklyn Desks on August 17

Hey eggheads! Talks and lectures are pretty okay, but why go to a regular old lecture when you could go to a presentation party night? In celebration of four years of informative (but chill) events, this free monthly learning party is happening once more at a new Brooklyn location, with free food and beer while supplies last. On the docket tonight are “Slow Down: An Anti-Social Media Guide,” “The Benign Plights of Being Bald” and “The Movie Space Time Continuum.” Potluck/BYOB!

DETAILS: 8pm; free; 49 Wyckoff Ave., 1st floor, Brooklyn;

8. FESTIVAL: Astoria Park Shore Fest 2014 on August 17

Food, music and family activities come together at this cute little festival, which will be shutting down traffic on Astoria’s Shore Blvd. for the third and final time this weekend. After a day of exercise and a day of food, the theme this time is “Make Shore BoulevART,” which despite its awful name sounds quite fun, with workshops in painting, music, dance, etc. Bring the kids!

DETAILS: 1pm-6:30pm; free; Shore Blvd., Queens;

9. FILM: Left Bank Picture Show: Raiders of the Lost Ark at Left Bank on August 17

If popcorn and nachos are too pedestrian for your schmancy movie snack needs, check out Left Bank restaurant’s Picture Show series, which invites you to chow down on high-class movie-inspired cuisine — oysters on the half shell, stuffed clams  and so on — while watching some of American cinema’s greatest classics. This week’s selection: the 1981 blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark, which stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, the man who must keep the Ark of the Covenant from falling to the Nazis. Themed dishes hopefully do not include monkey brains.

DETAILS: 8:15pm; movie is free, food prices vary; 117 Perry St.;

10. BRUNCH: Shearwater Champagne Brunch Sail on August 17

Nibble on a quiche and toast the good life while sailing around Manhattan pretending to be rich for a day! It all takes place on the lovely Shearwater, an 82-foot vintage schooner yacht with more than a glimmer of Jazz Age elegance about it. From Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island, you’ll see some great things as you sip Prosecco while kicking back on the Art Deco furnishings or the breezy main deck. Swag.

DETAILS: 11am; $81 (get tickets!); North Cove Marina (Liberty St. at South End Ave.)

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in August50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

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