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The Weekend It List: Aug. 17-19

Your time off is precious.

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instagram it.

Freshly unwrapped on Wednesday, Candytopia offers another Insta-centric,
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Freshly unwrapped on Wednesday, Candytopia offers another Insta-centric, expansive exhibit, should your feed be in need of some color. And if you're going to pay for yet another "experience," it might as well come with artwork made of candy pieces, eh?

One of the nearly 12 rooms is a gallery featuring portraits (hey, Cardi B and Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka) and re-creations; an Andy Warhol (er, Candy Warhol) "Soup Can," the title card tells us, is made of 2,900 pieces of candy and took 71 hours to construct. Other spaces provide underwater adventures (hello, gummy shark) and fantastical creatures ('sup, confetti-tooting pig). Throughout, visitors can grab handfuls of candy and submerge in a pool of "marshmallows."

The selfie room awaits.

glamp it.

A recently opened glamping experience counts public transit
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz-Gordon

A recently opened glamping experience counts public transit accessibility among its selling points.

True, you may want a good audiobook for your commute to Camp Rockaway at Jacob Riis Park in Queens: It's a subway to a bus, or take advantage of summertime beach buses that depart from four Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. (Or ferry it.) But once there, you'll stay on the grounds of an historic, Art Deco bathhouse, refurbished as Riis Park Beach Bazaar, with food and entertainment (including pool tables and a video arcade). A dozen canvas tents, furnished with queen-sized beds (linens provided) and solar-powered fans and lights, sport small decks with lounge chairs. The accommodations are just a quick stroll to the beach, so you can sleep to the sounds and scents of the Atlantic Ocean (which we hear is pretty stellar by day as well).

Camp Rockaway, incidentally, isn't your only new option to glamp where none had glamped before. Governors Island opened to overnighters in July.

watch it.

What's your Winona Ryder reference point? If it's
Photo Credit: Fine Line Features / Via Quad Cinema

What's your Winona Ryder reference point? If it's "Heathers," there's probably no need to sell you on Quad Cinema's Utterly Winona film series; you've been with her for nearly 30 years. If it's "Stranger Things," you're primed for a real-world deep dive into her IMDb.

Whether it's nostalgia or education that gets you to the Ryder retrospective, which starts Friday, the healthy lineup covers commercial successes ("Edward Scissorhands") and experiments ("Night on Earth"), great directors (Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence") and generational touchstones ("Reality Bites").

And, if the sheer Hollywoodness of "How to Make an American Quilt" (Sunday) leaves you needing an emotional cleanse, a Francois Truffaut roundup at Metrograph provides just the art house antidote.

eat it.

We know that our city is home to
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

We know that our city is home to some great eats but, let's face it, sometimes we're lazy -- we prefer "busy" -- and don't always push ourselves beyond our routines. That's part of the appeal of rankings, right?

The latest from Lonely Planet is "Ultimate Eats: The World's Top 500 Food Experiences," and NYC offerings show up nine times. That sounds like a perfect weekend project.

And while we may question the placement of some items -- really, the knish at Yonah Schimmel all the way down at 499?!? -- any excuse to savor a Cronut, Reuben and cheesecake works for us.

binge it.

Matt Groening's new series appears in your Netflix
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Matt Groening's new series appears in your Netflix queue on Friday, complete with the buzz you'd expect about a show from the guy who created an animated show with nearly 30 years of episodes. "Disenchantment's" Homer is a drunken princess (Abbi Jacobson of "Broad City"), with demon Luci (Eric Andre) and elf Elfo (Nat Faxon) rounding out her primary posse.

"It has elements of 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama,' but also Monty Python, which I'm a huge fan of, and 'Game of Thrones,' " Andre says. "This is like the next level of Groening-created animated series."

"Disenchantment," unlike Groening's other shows, is serialized, following the Medieval adventures of the trifecta, led by a strong, willful female (say what) hoping to break from familial expectations. In other words, a natural for a good, solid binge.


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