Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
• For $35, you get a one-day festival ticket for Saturday, June 18 (up to a $70 value). • For $35, you get a one-day festival ticket for Sunday, June 19 (up to a $70 value). • For $70, you get a weekend pass for both days of the festival (up to a $95 value).
When British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife stumbled upon a piece of unclaimed Manhattan hilltop, they knew it would be the ideal spot for their summer home. Built in 1765, the 8,500-square foot Morris-Jumel Mansion—as it's known today—was the centerpiece of an estate that extends more than 130 acres from the Harlem to the Hudson River. Loyal to the British crown, Morris left America during the Revolution; in the fall of 1776, General George Washington used the home as headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights.
Today, the mansion offers guided tours of its historic property. After becoming president, Washington returned on July 10, 1790, to dine with cabinet members that included future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; you can visit the dining room where they ate together. More than 40 years later, in 1833, Aaron Burr got married to Madame Eliza Jumel—the widow of the mansion's second namesake owner, Stephen Jumel—right in the parlor of this estate.
Besides tours, the mansion now hosts rotating exhibits that display everything from period costumes to the axe Washington used to floss his wooden teeth. There are also events throughout the year, from classical and jazz concerts to wine tastings and, once, a lively debate between Burr and Alexander Hamilton scholars.
• For $7, you get a general-admission ticket to one Program 1 feature (a $14 value). Program 1 features are scheduled for Friday, July 22; Saturday, July 23; Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July 31, in the Peter Norton Symphony Space. • For $6, you get a general-admission ticket to one Program 2 feature (a $12 value). Program 2 features are scheduled for Sunday, July 24; Monday, July 25; Tuesday, July 26; Wednesday, July 27; and Thursday, July 28, at The Producer's Club.
In the mid 1980s, a new type of music and dance started to emerge in the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadalupe. The style, named Zouk, was distinguished by its distinct rhythmic pattern: two quick beats followed by a slow down beat. ZoukFest NYC focuses on the Brazilian type of Zouk dancing. To date, it claims members across more than 50 countries throughout South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and more, with U.S. communities is cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Members and nonmembers alike regularly come together for dance classes and special events, including an annual dance parade held in New York City.