By Richards Burroughs

May 5, 2017, 2:30 pm

 
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So indeed it is the weekend once again. The new healthcare bill has been passed by the House and now moves on to the Senate. Yet nobody has any idea what that means for the people, because Republicans, like the Democrats did with the AHA, didn’t wait for the bill to be scored the the Congressional Budget Office, before introducing it. So if you have a preexisting health condition, perhaps you should hit the town this weekend, and give a long kiss goodnight to your healthcare coverage.

In fact, maybe do it on Friday, on Cinco De Mayo. Do it on a day that celebrates Mexico’s unlikely victory against the French, while the unlikely president of America gloats over a healthcare plan that is unlikely to be better than the previous plan. Nothing says “uninsured” like a shot of tequila! This weekend is also the Kentucky Derby, if you’re into making horses race for human entertainment.

Ok, ok, I’ll stay on a happy note, as there’s a lot of fun stuff to do this weekend. Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Party with a Purpose

Konjo Isizwe Afro Renaissance Ball, 411 Willoughby Avenue, Friday, 7pm-10pm, $55-$65  (BedStuy)

This is a black tie fundraiser dinner for Konjo Isizwe Academy which features a headline performance by Grammy Award artist Bilal Oliver. The educational philosophy at Konjo Isizwe Academy is rooted in a profound respect for each child as a special individual with a unique form of intelligence. Konjo is an Amharic word for “Beautiful” and Isizwe is a Zulu word for “Nation”, and Konjo Isizwe is building just that: a beautiful nation. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

Roots Woman

Meagan Simone Live, Island To Island Juicery & Brewery, 642 Rogers Avenue, Friday, 9pm, free (PLG)

Meagan Simone is a singer and songwriter with a lovely voice, who also happens to be a plant-based enthusiast. Having been called a maverick in the world of plants, she is manifesting word, sound, and power! She believes in the healing power of frequency and vibration, and sings chants, spits poems, talks about her healthily lifestyle, picks away at her guitar, strokes her piano keys, free-styles and spins vinyl. She’s a natural fit to perform at Island To Island, which specializes in plant-based nutrition and healing. If it’s not thunderstorming, make sure to check out the backyard.

 

CINCO DE MAYO Celebrations

Here are my picks to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Celebrate responsibly, and remember, Cinco De Mayo doesn’t celebrate Mexico’s Independence, but celebrates the victory over France in 1862. Don’t get twisted and talk like an idiot!

 

Sounds Like Fun

Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway, 5pm-4am

This is taken straight from their Facebook Event Page:

“Join us for our 9th Annual
“CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA”

Starting early, going ALL NIGHT.
PATIO IS OPEN TIL 1AM!

Every year, we celebrate the end of the cold winter by pimping out the patio, slinging fresh margaritas, tacos and excellent tunes!

We will be serving:

  • TACOS! Baja Fish, Veggie or Meat
  • Chips and Guacamole
  • Chips and (housemade) Salsa
  • Burrito Bowls
  • Cheeseburgers and Fried Chicken Sandwiches
  • HAPPY HOUR 4PM-8PM
    $5 Wells, Draft
    $6 Wine, Margs, Sangria
    $6 Cheeseburger & Fries
    $6 Veggie Buger & Fries

DJ’s Mickey Perez, Tres Dos & Prince of Queens will be spinning Latin, Salsa, Disco, Cumbia, Afro, Tropical, World.

 

Call Ahead about the Block Party

Rocco’s Cinco De Mayo Block Party, Rocco’s Taco & Tequila Bar, 339 Adams Street, Friday 11am-Saturday 2am, Free

This one spills all out into the street, but with the rain expected on Friday, I’m not sure how it’s gonna work. BUT – it’s gonna be run. They do it up big and it’s a fun Mexican drink and culinary experience. Apparently they have 330 tequilas! They prepare guac right at your table! Click here for their Facebook page and figure it out. Maybe call them up and see what’s the plan!

 

Friday Rules!

No More Hell For Friday, MayDay Space, 176 St. Nicholas St, 6pm, Free (Bushwick)

This celebration of Cinco De Mayo has more art to it. Frida Kahlo is the muse and inspiration for the artists and poets who are gathering to celebrate her. Expect an art exhibition, music and good food. Click here for the FB event page for more info.

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