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Your Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, May 18 to 21.


See Stephen Colbert in conversation with Frank Rich at this weekend's Vulture Festival.   

1. If you weren’t one of the few to snag tickets to see Solange at the Guggenheim on Thursday, the Red Bull Music Academy has a few other events for its final weekend, including legendary Brazilian singer Eliza Soares at Town Hall on Friday, and a ten-year anniversary party for the Sacred Bones record label on Saturday, with performers including Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Marissa Nadler, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Jim Jarmusch.

2. Hey! This weekend is also the Vulture Festival. Cuddle up to everything culture from a concert with Cat Power to talks with Aziz Ansari, Desus and Mero, Connie Britton, Stephen Colbert, and many more. Plus: screenings and a highly recommended art tour of the Whitney with the guru himself, Jerry Saltz (that one’s sold out, but there’s a standby line).

3. Summer must be right around the corner, because this Thursday kicks off the free House of Vans parties in Greenpoint. On the docket: Digable Planets and Joey Purp, with Beach Fossils and Royal Headache coming up later this summer. Make sure to RSVP on the website.

4. Also ready for summer: the new backyard space at April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger. If you're in midtown, stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. for happy-hour deals, or try a boozy milkshake (the Chocolate Chipotle Mezcal one is especially dangerous).

5. Get your Brahms on at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, when the always adorable piano man Daniel Gortler tears through Piano Sonata No.3 Op.5 in F minor and Partita No.6 in E minor.

6. And this week, the Brooklyn Historical Society cut the ribbon on a new DUMBO location. Visit for free this weekend, and stop by the original space in Brooklyn Heights for great exhibits on the legacy of Jackie Robinson and Truman Capote’s Brooklyn.

7. Beginning on Thursday is the Look + Listen Festival, putting on classical music in art galleries, all for free. Thursday night is at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in Chelsea. On Friday, find So Percussion and more at BRIC House in Fort Greene, and on Sunday, Terrance McKnight curates a lineup at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

8. See the play that garnered the most Tony nominations, A Doll’s House, Part 2, with Laurie Metcalf and Condola Rashad.

9. Or head to Forest Hills Stadium for British indie-pop minimalists the xx in support of their excellent new album, I See You, on Friday and Saturday. Opener Sampha enhances the lineup.

10. At the Bell House, see Ian Svenonius and the Make-Up reunite with their gospel post-punk. Saturday is sold out, but they've added a second show on Sunday.

11. And on Friday at the Barclays Center, Future is joined by Migos, whose Culture recently went platinum; Young Thug; Torey Lanez; and Kodak Black on the Nobody Safe tour. Will you be safe? You’ll have to go and see.

12. Explore Harlem while finding delicious new restaurants at the Harlem EatUp! festival. Go for individual dinners with guest chefs like Bill Telepan and Laurent Tourondel; pay as you eat in the Harlem Stroll marketplace; or buy a ticket for the Ultimate Grand Tasting on Saturday and have access to unlimited bites and drink samples, plus glasses of Bordeaux every hour. Learn how to taste wine, then drink all the wine.

13. And if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make cider, enhance the experience by doing it at Pouring Green-Wood with Joy Doumis and Jeremy Hammond, local brewers who make a hard cider with apples harvested on property. Learn their process, sample the product, and have a happy weekend!

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