Through September 14
John Waters: How Much Can You Take?
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Manhattan
Explaining John Waters is sort of like describing a spicy food to someone who has never ingested a pepper. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pinpoints the cult director’s first six movies as “enduring staples of the midnight-movie circuit: maniacal exercises in high-camp shock humor, each with the emotional pitch of an opera and content that wouldn’t be out of place in a psychological text on sexual fetishes.” So, naturally, they had to ask: how much can you take? We’ll find out this week while the center presents selected works from Waters’ wild and wonderful(ly trashy) collection, including early shorts, “Cecil B. Demented,” “Cry-Baby” and “Pink Flamingos.” Admission is $13 per person for each screening.
Deal nearby: Lura
Friday, September 12, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Grove Alley Paint Night
Grove Alley, at Grove Place and Hanover Place, Brooklyn
Most of the time a dead end is far from being a good thing, but at this stretch of road in Downtown Brooklyn, they’ve transformed a closed-off alleyway into a place to party. This Friday, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership teams up with the Gowanus Night Market to fill the dead end with a live painting from local street artists, music from DJ Chela and performances by F.Stokes, Napoleon and Legs.
Deal nearby: Madiba Restaurant
Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rockaway Beach at Beach 97th Street, Queens
This year’s Honey Fest has already gone far beyond its previous four years, and it hasn’t even started yet. For the fourth annual event, the festivities have been expanded into an entire week of honey-soaked soirees. Alongside themed dinners, a cocktail competition, apiary tours and beekeeping classes, they’re upping the ante at the fest itself, too. Folks can enjoy a day on the beach, with plenty of art, food, music, film, a bee-product marketplace and honey straight from local hives.
Deal nearby: The Burger Bistro (Bay Ridge)
Sunday, September 14, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Taste Talks All-Star Barbecue
East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
Sure, you could probably try to roam the city for a day, hell-bent on trying barbecue from the best chefs in the biz, but if you aren’t that ambitious (or you value your arteries too much) this Sunday is your juicy opportunity. At Taste Talks All-Star Barbecue, hungry carnivores savor bites from the likes of Lee Tiernan, Danny Bowien, Ivan Orkin, Daniel Delaney, Andy Ricker, Eli Sussman, Max Sussman, Will Horowitz and more. Together, they’ll host two three-hour tasting periods, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Deal nearby: Fanny