This Weekend: Oscar Parties and More!
by simona rabinovitch
Daniel Boulud's Daniel restaurant serves as the official east coast Oscar party venue
The Laramie Project Cycle at BAM
February 21-22, 7:30 p.m.; February 23-24, 2:30 p.m.
This weekend is your last chance to catch the critically acclaimed revival of The Laramie Project Cycle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Directed by Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski, the Tectonic Theater Project production includes the original Laramie Project from the year 2000, based on the real-life story of a 21-year old gay college student Matthew Shepard, whose brutal murder was the result of hate-crime, and a new sequel, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100; bam.org
Dance Under the Influence at the Museum of Arts and Design
February 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
Dance Under the Influence this weekend at the February installment of the Museum of Arts and Design's monthly performance series. Featuring tap dancer Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, as well as the work of various contemporary choreographers, these imaginative shows are elegant, athletic, and musical. 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777; madmuseum.org
Daniel Boulud's Official Oscar Party at Daniel
February 24, 6:30 p.m.
As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' only official New York viewing party for friends and family, Daniel’s private Oscar soirée, hosted by the Academy's New York program director, Patrick Harrison, features a special menu created by chef Boulud himself. Hors d'oeuvres named after famous films include Life of Pi (tiger shrimp samosa with tandori, hearts of palm), Amour (duck and apple with cranberry gelée), and Royal Affair (smoked sturgeon, caraway potato, aquavit gelée, caviar crème fraiche). Like the A-list awards ceremony itself, Daniel’s party is by invitation only and promises to be celeb-studded (think Angela Bassett and Christine Ebersol). 60 E. 65th St., 212-288-0033; danielnyc.com
Oscar Party at Mullanes
February 24, 7 p.m.
Don't have an invite for Boulud's viewing fête? Watch the red carpet and 85th Academy Awards ceremony (hosted by Seth MacFarlane) in your living room, or head to a neighborhood watering hole for a viewing party. Mullanes Bar and Grill in Fort Greene (just a hop and a skip from Barclays Center) is hosting its annual Academy Awards Party with an in-house photographer and prizes awarded to guests for categories like, "outstanding performance on the red carpet," "best dressed," and "worst dressed." 71 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-797-7606; mullanes.com
photography by Andrew H. Walker for gettyimages.com