Friday 7/28

[Clubs]

Non Voyage
Jamming on the high seas

Boat parties are usually fun in theory. When the vessel is rocking so much that you get nauseous, the music is bad, and you want to leave but can't, the experience can lose its flavor real quick. That's why the Frying Pan has been around for so long. The stationary venue gives you all the joys of partying onboard (climbing ladders and sitting on rails as if it's a jungle gym, margarita in hand) minus the horrors of throwing up on the deck, or worse, on your date. And the music is never bad when you opt for the weekly Turntables on the Hudson party. It features world music (think tribal, house, and rare grooves) via resident DJs Nickodemus and Mariano, and there's even a percussionist (Nappy G) adding extra oomph to the bass. Go crazy, but not overboard. At 10, Frying Pan, Pier 63, West 24th Street and the Hudson River, turntablesonthehudson.com KEISHA FRANKLIN


[Theater] Parlor Floored
The Living Room fest puts its feet up

Since HERE Arts Center purchased its home last year (a rare triumph for a downtown theater), construction and adjustments to the space have made for precious little lebensraum. But that hasn't stopped the center from inviting audiences in for the 17th installment of its American Living Room, albeit in a new space. Currently New York's oldest continuous emerging-artist festival, it runs from July 28 through August 30. Past Living Rooms have been decorated with then unknown artists and companies such as Elevator Repair Service, Basil Twist, Camryn Manheim, and NTUSA, so this year's lineup ought to include several of tomorrow's luminaries. The festival is furnished with plays, dances, multimedia experiments, and per- formance pieces concerning Limbo, Fox News hosts, Emma Goldman, Morton Feld- man, and how to compose a musical score incorporating car alarms. The fest will plop down at the 3LD Technology, a gorgeous new space that recently entertained Dead City. How you like it sofa? At 8:30, 80 Greenwich Street, 212-868-4444, here.org, $15, $10 for donors ALEXIS SOLOSKI


[Sports]

A Class Hit
Nothing minor about these teams

In 1957 the Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn and headed to L.A., leaving generations of their fans pining for a home-borough baseball team. They saw their prayers answered, at least in part, in 2001, when the Mets brought one of their Class A affiliates to Coney Island. Managed and coached by former Mets like Howard Johnson and Mookie Wilson, the crowd-pleasing Cyclones have steadily built a following of their own. We've chosen this weekend to spotlight the team because it's the minor-league version of a subway series—the Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees. Unlike the pre-1957 crosstown rivalry, this one is still developing. At 7, Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-720-9265, $5–$11; Saturday at 6, Keyspan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-499-TIXS, $7–$14ANDREW ABER


[Festival]

Birds of a feather
A Native American powwow

It's hard to imagine what the New York City area was like before the West India Company took root here (it was one of the first invaders of the region). Formerly known as Lenape territory, this area was marshland and hills inhabited by Native American peoples living in log-cabin-like structures and eating oysters by the pound. Although most of the indigenous people who thrived here are gone, their heritage can still be honored at the 28th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow. Tribes from all over the Americas, from Comanche and Iroquois to Cherokee and Mayan, gather at the Queens County Farm Museum—the city's only working historical ranch, dating back to 1697, replete with livestock and an orchard. Chow down on eats like Navajo tacos, fry bread, buffalo, and alligator, while checking out jewelry, artwork, woven blankets, leather goods, and more for sale. There are also dance competitions scheduled throughout this three-day event. It's far, so head out early—take the E or F train to Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike Station, and then the eastbound Q46 Bus to the Little Neck Parkway stop. Bring the kids! At 6, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens, 718-347-3276, $4–$9 KEISHA FRANKLIN


Long live the days of the basement party, reminiscent of our high school/college years when dark dwellings were the best places for sensual bumping and grinding, and illegal alcohol consumption. Brooklyn's Manjinga party has taken the essence of the basement shindig and turned it into more of an adult affair—it's kind of like a reggae party that takes trips to Brazil with the occasional samba performer and $3 mojitos and caipirinhas (made specially with sorrel fruit, commonly found in the Caribbean). This monthly includes music by resident DJs Lumumba and Troy O, who spin everything from dub and Bahian flavors to hip-hop and classic soul. By 1 a.m. the place is usually so packed and hot around the bustling dancefloors that complimentary fruit is doled out to cool people down (a nice respite can also be found in a chill-out room located in the back). And if you're all tuckered out but not ready to leave, you can sit and watch timeless flicks projected on the walls (e.g., The Wiz). It's a step up from our freshman days. At 8, Sputnik, 262 Taaffe Place, Brooklyn, manjinga.com, free before 10, $7 after KEISHA FRANKLIN

 
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