For two weekends every October, the sounds of laughter and German folk music echo across a field in Lake Worth. The American German Club's traditional Oktoberfest celebration, which sprawls across 10 acres under an open-air pavilion and a tent, has been going on for 40 years now and doesn't show any signs of stopping. Each day kicks off with the parade of flags and, sometimes, a ceremonial keg-tapping. Afterward, indoor and outdoor kitchens perpetually sizzle up authentic German bratwurst, leberkäse, and pastries. Meanwhile, bartenders pour four styles of Hofbräu Bier, as well as imported liquors and domestic brews. While vendors display traditional German crafts, the festival's stages erupt with folk-dancing, choral singing, and Bavarian tunes from two German groups, Heldensteiner Band and Die Lustigen Bayern.
While winter is the best time to engage in "Internetainments" such as solitaire, lonelitaire, and playing charades with your mirror, today's deal will get you back out into the physical world for a little human interaction. For $27, you get one ticket to see the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Ages of the Moon at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea (a $65 value). You can use your Groupon to see any performance during the show's run (January 12 to March 7, 2010), so long as there are tickets available. Check out the theater's calendar of show dates and times here.
The two-day Lake Worth Reggae Fest imports island cuisine, authentic reggae tunes, and tariff-free Caribbean vibes to Bryant Park one weekend a year. Freshly prepared Jamaican fare provides on-the-go sustenance through the day, and reggae-centric merchandise brims over with comfy apparel and stacks of music. Live music satisfies souls throughout both days of the festival, with British reggae/R&B singer Maxi Priest taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. The singer, best known for the hits “Close to You” and “Set the Night to Music,” headlines an eclectic lineup that also includes Inner Circle, Jahfe, Mixed Culture, and The Resolvers.
TV stars and pop-rock paragons The Monkees have tickled eardrums and enchanted fans with catchy melodies and clever, sophisticated songwriting for four decades. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the band's genesis, three of the original four Monkees—Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork—have reunited for the first time in a decade to resurrect such hits as "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Daydream Believer," as well as tunes from their cult-classic film Head. Like a scratch-and-sniff oil painting, the evening promises to be a multisensory experience, as a mélange of Monkees covers, rarely heard tunes, and video clips weaves a pre- and post-performance tapestry of entertainment.