City By Subway: Coney Island Art to Topshop Events

From painting on Coney Island to a Chelsea film festival, the subway gets you where you need to go this weekend

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The best way to start off the weekend is always with family - so head to Coney Island on the N train for barrels of fun on the boardwalk.   People of all ages are welcome to take part in an art competition where contestants paint and beautify the garbage cans that line the Coney Island boardwalk.  Competitors break into four different groups - family, high school students, college students, and professionals.  Guest judges from around Brooklyn are invited to rank the garbage art and the winning cans are displayed for the entire summer along the waterfront.  The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

After you’re covered head-to-toe in primary colors – hop on the N train and head back into Manhattan to Canal street.  Walk up Broadway to Broome Street and check out the hotly anticipated Topshop. Topshop is already a household name in London – and it has finally hit our city after a five month delay.  This weekend the retailer has a full slate of in-store events including top name DJs, VIP vacation giveaways and complimentary pampering sessions.  Supermodel Kate Moss will even be on hand to launch her new clothing line for the opening event. 

Before maxing out that plastic – head to Lafayette and Prince Street to Delicatessen.  The eatery has been open since last July – but this week – newly appointed executive chef Michael Ferraro is debuting his personal touches to the menu. The restaurant is experiencing the ultimate rebirth – and has added a variety of new entrees.  Halibut carpaccio is eighty-sixed while grilled mahi tacos are also a new offering.  In addition to Prince Edward island mussels, grandma’s meatloaf, and so much more. This new revamp will make a believer out of almost everyone and the prices are right on target.

Once you’ve gorged yourself on the baked to order milk and cookies – pay your bill and catch the 6 at Bleecker Street and head to Astor Place.  Walk east on 10th Street to Saint Marks Church for the ontological theatre performance of Astronome – a night at the opera.  This is your last chance to see the historic first-time collaboration between director Richard Foreman and composer John Zorn.  It’s the type of avant-garde performance that you really have to see to believe – and is definitely geared for an adventurous audience.  But John Sorn’s score - dominated by grunts, groans, and babbling – is something only found in the New York theatre scene. Tickets range from $25 to $35, and the show officially closes on April 5th.

Everybody loves a film festival, so get ready to watch some celluloid creativity. Take the l from 14th Crosstown to 8th and hop the C/E one stop to 23rd Street for the 14th annual Gen Art Film Festival at the Visual Arts Theater.  From April 1st through 7th Genart will premiere seven shorts and seven features.  It’s a great opportunity for the general public and film buffs alike to experience the festival scene like a true insider. For as little as $25 each night you get a ticket to both the screening and after-party.  I’m personally excited to see ‘Picture Me’ – an intimate look at the modeling industry through the eyes of model Sara Ziff as well as ‘Finding Bliss’ - starring Leelee Sobieski and Kristen Johnston – which will close the event on April 7th.

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