This weekend, food and art intersect in three different galleries, one of which involves the actual French fries of 100 different New York restaurants. Also: Megan Amram of Parks and Recreation explains science to the modern woman, enormous sculptures made out of canned food occupy the Financial District, and the first annual Festival of Light illuminates DUMBO.
Happy Hour at Rye (5:30 p.m., Friday, $5-10)
As we reported earlier this week, Rye’s $5 burger and $5 old-fashioned happy-hour special is one of the best gourmet meals this city has to offer, whether your budget is tight or the loosest. Each burger has two patties topped with American cheese, house-made pickles, special sauce, and frisée on a potato bun. The burger is small, so order two if you’re not thirsty; or start your weekend classy with two old-fashioneds. Either way is a win.
Petrichor Performance Collective at Panoply Performance Lab (6 p.m., Friday, Free)
Move over, Marina Abramović. The Boston-based Petrichor Performance Collective explore queer, cultural, and racial identity in solo performances that blur the lines between visual and performance art. Helina Metaferia and Esther Neff, respective members of Petrichor and the venue, Panoply Performance Lab, discuss the legacy of performative practices at 6 p.m, before the show.
Suno Deko at Cameo Gallery (7 p.m., Friday, $8)
So you don’t want to spend money on, or don’t have interest in, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. Atlanta electropop artist Suno Deko’s languorous, wave-like riffs provide a good alternative to the lineup of the fest. Steve Sobs opens, departing from the pop Pretty and focusing on pronounced guitar and the ethos of returning to suburbia.
Fries of New York at 168 Bowery (11 a.m., Saturday, Free)
New York is a diverse place, and that doesn’t exclude the city’s french fries. You’ll find them curly, herb-sprinkled, in wedges or shoestrings, rusty gold or butter-yellow — any shape or size or color, in accordance with a chef’s whim. Sir Kensington’s ketchup presents a gallery of 100 individual “fry specimens” — real fries coated in a layer of resin, so it looks like it came straight from the fryer — collected from iconic New York establishments that range from Balthazar to Papaya King. You’re advised not to eat any of the fries in the gallery, but encouraged to think about what your fry of choice says about you. (And then go eat them.)
My Mother’s Store at Five Myles Gallery (5 p.m., Saturday, Free)
Decades before Jack Ceglic became the co-founder and designer of Dean & Deluca, his parents ran an egg and butter store on St. John’s Place, a stone’s throw from the location of this exhibit. Ceglic’s charcoal portraits of food surround an installation in the hues of egg yolks and butter. The reception takes place at 5 p.m., but feel free to absorb this abstract homage to Brooklyn in the ’40s — and the rapidly changing Crown Heights — all afternoon.
New York Festival of Light at Manhattan Bridge Archway (5 p.m., Saturday, Free)
New York’s first annual Festival of Light takes place under the archway of the Manhattan Bridge and the Pearl Street Triangle, where food trucks and lighting designs from renowned international artists bring to New York what cities like London and Berlin have already experienced. You’ll see an installation composed of umbrellas with LED strips that are triggered by the weather and the movement of people around it — by the artist who designs lights for Elton John and Beyoncé. Music by Total Fitness, Jasper Stapleton, and DJ X-Dream adds sound to the spectacle.
Science…for Her Launch Party at PowerHouse Arena (6 p.m., Saturday, Free)
Want to host your own Big Bang, or maximize the spring constant of your mattress? Look no further than Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram‘s book Science…for Her, a textbook written in the style of Cosmo. Rolling Stone calls Amram one of the “25 Funniest People on Twitter” and Jezebel deems her a “national treasure.” John Hodgman joins her in conversation. Say “Kale!!!”
Canstruction at Brookfield Place (10 a.m., Sunday, Free)
The most picturesque food drive in New York is back. This annual design competition, in which architects, designers, contractors and students build structures out of non-perishable food, is on view until November 20, when their work will be dismantled and donated to City Harvest. Past sculptures have included entire dining-table sets made from Goya cans and life-size chess pieces made of tuna.
Seasonal Highlights Tour at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1 p.m., Sunday, $10)
Winter is nigh, so see what’s great about autumn at the best place to see what’s great about autumn: the consistently awe-inspiring Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Walk by the golden larch in the Japanese Garden and the still-vibrant Cranford Rose Garden on a guided Seasonal Highlights Tour, or wander on your own time, before it gets too cold for you to leave Netflix alone in your apartment.
Ripe at The Front Room (1 p.m., Sunday, Free)
Your encounters with nature don’t have to stop with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It is also the first weekend of artist Emily Roz’s “Ripe” show. Roz’s oil paintings of seed pods from a specific Southern Magnolia tree from her youth bring Georgia O’Keeffe to mind, but the wildness and drama of Roz’s depictions are something of her own. It’ll be hard not to blush.