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The Weekend It List: Aug. 10-12

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funktify it.

DJ Stormin Norman embraces the notion that his
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DJ Stormin Norman embraces the notion that his annual Sundae Sermon dance party is a "Woodstock of Harlem."

With DJs spinning disco, funk, soul, reggae and old school hip-hop across five hours, it's an outdoor event built around a great unifier: shaking your body.

"That was kind of the premise," Norman says. The genesis of it all was a desire to bring back those days when "music wasn't as divided on the dance floor as it is now."

And while the festival has grown over its 10 years -- going international, with the Sermon mounted as far away as Sydney and Johannesburg -- it's free once again in St. Nicholas Park.

eat it.

With a rebel yell, we cried s'mores, s'mores,
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With a rebel yell, we cried s'mores, s'mores, s'mores ...

No? OK, maybe if Weird Al celebrated National S'mores Day. But even if you don't need a theme song, people: S'MORES are among us. Let's eat.

The annual food holiday that celebrates the perfect confluence of the big three -- marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker -- is Friday, and the options abound, enough so that you can do a right proper s'mores crawl if you'd like. From a free, s'mores-inspired sundae in SoHo to a s'more that's bigger than your head in the Meatpacking District, the varieties available in this city mean S'mores Day can, in fact, become S'mores Weekend.

We'll toast a s'mores cocktail to that, no matter what's on the playlist.

drink it.

You might think sporting a beard is as
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You might think sporting a beard is as much a requirement for brewing as are hops and yeast. Not so, say the (many) women involved with the inaugural Beers With(out) Beards, including organizer Grace Weitz.

"This is the perception I want to change," she says, armed with metaphorical clippers that aim to cut away at the stereotype across days of events that include a Friday dinner-meets-industry panel and Sunday workshop led by the city's first female cicerone (a beer educator, akin to a sommelier).

Those perhaps more into the drinking side of the business will want to put Saturday's tasting festival on the calendar too: It features more than 20 breweries, with lady-led Lineup (Brooklyn) and Moustache (Long Island) among those representing.

do it.

Canal Street has its hand held high for
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Canal Street has its hand held high for attention, and non-tourists won't be mocked if they listen.

True, it's a part of Manhattan often overrun with out-of-towners, but a new, rotating, multi-venue art walk of sorts beckons with experimental art. Twenty otherwise empty storefronts will change up monthly across a year, on Canal between Broadway and West Broadway.

Current works on display include "Threshhold," centered on the plight of refugees; "Be a Good Neighbor," blown-up photographs of everyday NYers; and "Yellow," where you can get up close with those brightly colored inflatables that are generally more comfortable in front of car dealerships.

watch it.

Ever-restless Brooklyn filmmaker Spike Lee returns with a
Photo Credit: David Lee

Ever-restless Brooklyn filmmaker Spike Lee returns with a period piece based on a true story of a black detective who manages to infiltrate the Klan with some Cyrano de Bergerac-style flair.

Don't expect to escape the news cycle with "BlacKkKlansman" -- that's not in Lee's DNA. But you should saddle up for vintage Lee, connecting cultural dots out loud while weaving in humor and spot-on late-'70s fashions. (Side note: We should all at least try the shade mustard once.)

John David Washington (Denzel's son) stars as the veiled lawman, directing a fellow detective (Adam Driver) as he makes his way up a local KKK chapter's ranks. Set in Colorado, where the Klan has historically held great power, and has been in the news recently as a Republican gubernatorial candidate distances himself from a stained familial legacy, the links between past and present are made clear. Even Donald Trump supporter David Duke (Topher Grace) makes an appearance.


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