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Get Out And Do This: Political Drinking and Summer's Last Cookouts

By Heidi Patalano | September 10, 2013 7:09am
 Get around town this week with a handy guide from DNAinfo New York.
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SOHO — While Fashion Week winds down, the mayoral race heats up and the anniversary of Sept. 11 is marked, there are plenty of ways to participate in major moments happening this week — depending on what you’re after. DNAinfo New York compiled a list of the events you can't afford to miss.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
If you’re voting in the Democratic mayoral primary, pat yourself on the back for participating in the democratic process by heading to one of the primary parties.

Progressive social group Drinking Liberally will host events in Brooklyn and Manhattan for those eager to see the election results come in after the polls close at 9 p.m. In Brooklyn, head to Building on Bond in Cobble Hill for political discourse, a full dinner menu and beer specials. In Manhattan, Tonic in Midtown will host festivities thrown in partnership with Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century. Be sure to RSVP in advance of either event here.

Wednesday, Sept. 11
On this somber day, a public dance event at Lincoln Center will "represent the common threads of humanity which unite all mankind into a single force." For the third year in a row, the Buglisi Dance Theater will perform “The Table of Silence Project 9/11”. At Lincoln Center at 8:15 a.m. sharp, more than 100 dancers will participate in the tribute on the plaza. For those who cannot make it, the ceremony will also be streamed online here.

Thursday, Sept. 12
Brooklyn’s always got the beat, but on Thursday, its rhythm takes on a new dimension. The Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater Festival will kick off its second year with an extravaganza at the Brooklyn Art Museum. The museum will host several live theatrical, dance and musical performances that will take place throughout the building as a part of the BEAT Festival. While there is a suggested donation to enter the museum, the event itself is free.

Further into Brooklyn, the most quintessential of neighborhood establishments gets the installation treatment. The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture (CSAA) will hold Bodega Night in Bushwick from 7 to 9 p.m. Three bodegas in the area will become galleries for the works of local artists. According to CSAA, the event has "the dual purpose of featuring groundbreaking new works by emerging artists and creating the opportunity for interaction and dialogue between Bushwick’s arts and immigrant communities.”

Friday, Sept. 13
The week so far has been about serious artists doing culturally valuable things. But when it comes down to it, serious artists acting like idiotic, self-righteous egomaniacs are way more entertaining. That’s why Litquake and WFMU are coming together for “Way Behind the Music: A Benefit for Litcrawl NYC” at Le Poisson Rouge. Julie Klausner, Dick Manitoba and others will read from music memoirs written by Pat Boone, Jewel, Vince Neil, Justin Bieber and Billy Corgan, among others. The proceeds from the event will benefit the literary pub crawl, which starts the next day in the East Village.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Any Debbie Downer will remind you that the season for outdoor food festivals will be coming to an end before we know it. Sweet Tea City’s Third Annual Tailgate Series warrants some special attention. The entertainment group specializing in traditions and music of the American South will hold the event at the Upper West Side’s Boat Basin Café, where revelers will gather for BBQ, bratwursts, beer and even a few games of beer pong and cornhole. Tickets are $85 in advance and $90 at the door.

Sunday, Sept. 15
What better way to work off a beer-pong induced hangover than getting up at 7 a.m. Sunday morning to run a marathon? The ING Marathon will be holding a Tune-Up event in order for participants to prepare for the real deal on Nov. 3. This 1- mile run through Central Park begins at 7 a.m. and starts on East Drive near 102nd Street.

Feeling less energetic? Keep the chill cook-out vibe going into the finish of your weekend with the All-Star Cookout in East River State Park in Williamsburg. As part of Taste Talks, a two-day conference celebrating cutting edge culinary talent, some of the city’s foodie legends (The Mast Brothers and April Bloomfield among others) will pair up to present a Taste Talks Tasting Menu. For $65, you can join either the 1-3:30 p.m. session or the 4:30-7 p.m. session and enjoy each tasting dish and two drinks. For an additional $40, all-you-can-drink beer and wine pairings are available.