Adam Green and Binki Shapiro will perform at the Animation Block Party opening night.
Belgian Restaurant Week
It's Belgian Restaurant Week, chocolates for everyone! Chocoholics and fine dining aficionados will delight at the complimentary Neuhaus chocolates being offered at a variety of upscale New York restaurants through Sunday. Belgian beer hot spot Brasserie Magritte is among the roster of participating restaurants, as well as MARKT, BXL Café & East, Brabant, and La Maison du Croque Monsieur. visit belgianrestaurantweeknyc.com
Animation Block Party Opening Night
Thursday, July 25, 9 p.m.
Now in its tenth year, the Animation Block Party is the east coast's premier animation festival. In their collaborative musical project, headliners Adam Green (Moldy Peaches frontman) and Binki Shapiro (of Little Joy with The Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti and Los Hermanos' Rodrigo Amarante) have turned heads with their melodic, late-'60s duets. Name dropping aside, you get two anti-folk heroes for the price of one, and with Hooray for Earth opening, a night of great music to boot. Tickets are $20. 66 North 6th St., Brooklyn, 718-486-5400
The Designated Mourner at The Public Theater
Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 3:30 p.m.
Starring Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Pine, and Wallace Shawn, who also wrote this critically-acclaimed gem, The Designated Mourner was first produced in London in 1996. Today, its relevance resonates loudly as the just-opened play paints "survivors" in a new, perhaps less admirable light through its cast of three artsy intellectuals. 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555
BY SIMONA RABINOVITCH