By Hannah Moulden, Special To The Baltimore Sun
9:14 AM EDT, September 30, 2011
New York City
Good news: Off-Broadway week, a chance to see a play in New York City on the cheap, is here. Now through Oct. 9 (it's technically more than one week, but who's counting?) Broadway junkies can pick from a variety of genres, including musicals, comedies and dramas at a 2-for-1 discount.
You can choose from more than 25 Off-Broadway productions, including "The Submission," staring Jonathan Groff, "We Live Here," "The Awesome '80s Prom" and "Fuerza Bruta." Off-Broadway theaters, which have between 100-499 seats, can be found in a variety of locations in Manhattan. For a complete list of Off-Broadway shows and to purchase tickets, go to nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend
Thousands of people will gather this weekend in Virginia Beach to stretch summer a bit longer at the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend.
The outdoor festival will feature hundreds of artists and food vendors. Crowds can catch one last taste of summer with funnel cakes, chicken on a stick, Italian ices, crab cakes and more. Groups such as the Carolina Soul Band and Groove Train will perform along the 32 blocks of boardwalk, and artists will compete in the North American Sand Sculpting Championship.
The Neptune Festival Boardwalk weekend starts Friday and continues through Sunday on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront between 2nd and 26th Streets. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Call 757-498-0215 or go to neptunefestival.com.
The Rocknoceros, a Virginia-based children's band with members named Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie, are celebrating the release of their new album, "Colonel Purple Turtle," with two concerts at Easton's Night Cat. The Rocknoceros have even written a book, "Colonel Purple Turtle's Purple Turtle Journal," that corresponds with the album.
Coach Cotton, whose specialty is singing and playing the tambourine, is the leader of the band. Williebob jumps between the guitar, mandolin and banjo, while Boogie Woogie Bennie plays a bass drum, cymbal and keyboard all at once.
The Rocknoceros will play shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, at NightCat, 5 Goldsborough St. in Easton. Tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to nightcatmusic.com.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
For a trip back in time, head to Manheim, Penn., where the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is in full swing. The faire offers classic turkey legs, artisan beer and wine, and parents and children can enjoy music and dancing from the renaissance era. The faire also has jousting, Shakespeare shows and even a human chess match. This weekend, the fair celebrates Oktoberfest with fresh-brewed beer, bartending competitions and traditional German games and shows.
The Renaissance Faire runs through Oct. 30 at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery at 2771 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Penn. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Single-day tickets are $24.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 5-11, and free for children under age 5. Rides or games are not included in the ticket price; prices range from $1-$3. Call 717-665-7021 or go to parenfaire.com.
Andy Warhol Exhibits
If you didn't get your fix of Andy Warhol last year at the Baltimore Museum of Art, don't worry — two Washington museums now have pieces by the iconic American artist.
About 80 of Warhol's works (including drawings, videos, photos) centering on Warhol's fascination with the media are on display at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit is appropriately called "Warhol: Headlines." The exhibit runs through Jan. 2 at the gallery, located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue N.W. Free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Go to nga.gov.
More than 100 of Warhol's hand-painted canvases are on display at the Hirshhorn Museum, at Independence Avenue and 7th St. N.W. The exhibit, "Shadows" stretches 450 feet and runs through Jan. 15. Free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Go to hirshhorn.si.edu.
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