We’re headed south of the border.
Celebrate Mexico Now Festival
What: Explore the burgeoning contemporary music, art, and food scenes from south of the border via installations, lectures, and more.
Why: Award-winning short films, a performance by Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, and an insect-pairing dinner (we expect you to eat the worm).
When: Thru Sept. 30.
Where: Various locations. See the full schedule online at mexiconowfestival.org.
M Z Wallace Shop
What: The fabulous accessories line gets a new home uptown, outfitted with artwork by Marcel Dzama and James Welling.
Why: The stain- and water-resistant Teflon-coated nylon bags can survive any urban challenge.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 993 Lexington Ave., b/t 71st & 72nd Sts. (212-737-0347).
Chopped, Presented by DailyCandy
What: Turn the tables on the Food Network judges by sampling and rating dishes like Aarón Sánchez’s agave-glazed pork belly tacos and Scott Conant’s yellowtail with olio di zenzero and pickled onions. Wash it all down with basil gimlets, bourbon tea, and other Ted Allen creations.
Why: They’ve held the last 50 tickets just for DC readers. Couldn’t snag one? Check out other must-taste festival events.
When: Oct. 8, 10:30 p.m. (But best get clicking quickly!)
Where: Landmarc, 10 Columbus Cir., b/t 58th & 60th Sts., 3rd flr. Tickets ($100) at 866-969-2933 or online at nycwineandfoodfestival.com.
What: Master of uncommon scents Anne McClain hosts a free DIY aromatherapy fragrance class in the park.
Why: Walk away with a custom-blended vial of your own personal Zen.
When: Sat., 3 p.m.
Where: McGolrick Park, Russell St., b/t Driggs & Nassau Aves., Greenpoint. R.S.V.P. (required) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Follow trusted critics and friends’ restaurant recommendations or create your own lists on this new social foodie site.
Why: Sign up for DailyCandy’s list of current favorites.
When: Your stomach is growling.
Where: Online at dinevore.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors
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