EATER: There’s no shortage of star wattage at the New York Wine & Food Festival, but we have a single name for you: Anthony Bourdain. The man. The legend. The fearless traveler and unapologetic street-meat lover who tells it like it is (on Rachael Ray: “The sooner she stops cooking, the happier we'll both be.”). He talks “On the Road” with Frank “Born Round” Bruni at the TimesCenter on Saturday at 6PM.
COUNTRY-STYLE: Don’t miss a rare opportunity to catch the Sweetback Sisters live at the Living Room: Zara Bode and Emily Miller layer gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honky-tonk melodies – the kind that make Loretta Lynn fans weep – and you just know you’re in for some hot and/or mournful fiddle. Trust us: These guys are brilliant. Saturday, 11PM.
COULDA, WOULDA…: Three weeks of classic-packed Elia Kazan goodness await you at Film Forum, starting with the gorgeous, taut-as-a-tightrope “On the Waterfront,” in which Marlon Brando reminds us that he – ex-boxer, loose cannon, pigeon-breeder – coulda been a contender. Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger and Hoboken also star, all in a shiny new 35 mm print. Saturday and Sunday, see schedule.
OPEN WIDE: Dig out your comfiest walking shoes for Open House NY, the country’s largest architecture extravaganza – and also a rare glimpse to peek at usually-off-limits-to-the-public spaces in all five boroughs. With more than 350 tours and events packing the weekend, you’ll need to get selective, but there’s truly something for everyone, from the bowels of the Apollo Theater to Murray’s Cheese Cave to behind-the-scenes spots in the Standard Hotel. All weekend; full list (some events require reservations) is here.
PADDLE: Have you been meaning to do that kayaking-on-the-Hudson thing since the season started in late spring? Yeah, us too. This is the very last weekend it’s happening, before the Downtown Boathouse packs away its oars ‘til 2010. Boats, paddles, life jackets and other necessities are provided; all you’ll need is to wear a bathing suit and know how to swim – they’ll even provide some paddling tips. 72nd Street at the Hudson River, all weekend, 10AM-5PM.
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