- This weekend, get ready to get funky, I mean... punky, with the 2011 FREE Afro-Punk Festival taking place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on August 27 and 28. Rarely will the likes of fresh stars, Toro y Moi, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green and others come together for such a celebration of multi-culturalism and diversity. The musical acts begin each day at 11am and continue on through the early evening. The Festival will also host the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC, the "Nike Battle for the Streets, " and will feature a bike show displaying dozens of exotic custom-made Harley-Davidson motorcylces, international food trucks, and unique artwork, such as "The Skate ArtWall," an oversized mural that will depict over 140 skateboards. Start counting down the days until the weekend!
- Looking for something a bit more low key? Grab your blanket and picnic basket and head to the ninth annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. As the summer season of outdoor movies winds down, catch five straight nights of movies at the landscape just north of sheep meadow in the park, at sundown. This year's film festival, which began last night and runs through Saturday evening, August 27, puts the theme of music on centerstage, and all films will highlight a musical genre or performer(s).
UPDATE: Afro-Punk 2011 has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. Stay safe New York!