Things to do for September 29, 2011

The Weekender

Tom Petty, Noodles and Saddam Hussein

The weekend is planning one hell of an October surprise.

Thursday
Eating Venison Off Saddam’s Plate
SEASON’S EATINGS

Eating Venison Off Saddam’s Plate

Park Avenue welcomes the rainy season (once known as autumn) the only way it knows how: with an off-menu dish of date-syrup-infused venison, served on Saddam Hussein’s personal plates. Don’t worry, they’ve been washed since the invasion.

Saturday
A Social Network for Basketball Junkies
NOTHIN’ BUT NET

A Social Network for Basketball Junkies

Your dreams of NBA scab-dom: more attainable than ever. Still, you’ll need to squeeze in a few scrimmage runs before the 2011-12 season doesn’t start. Solution: Indoor Hoops, an online pickup basketball community that lets you reserve indoor court space and organize local pickup games online. Option B: sign with the Turkish Lakers.

Tuesday
Hey, Joe’s Pub Is Open Again
PUBLIC EYE

Hey, Joe’s Pub Is Open Again

So, Joe’s. It’s been a while—the place has been closed all summer, in fact. The next time you go, you may notice a few changes. Better sight lines. Bigger bathrooms. The notorious Loser’s Lounge covering Phil Collins songs. In other words, good changes.

Opens Oct 4, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8543

Wednesday
A Star-Studded Noodle Feast at Betel
BETEL-MANIA

A Star-Studded Noodle Feast at Betel

West Village Thai joint Betel is bringing you a three-course noodlepalooza, replete with an open bar after-party and fresh kanom jin noodles flown in from Thailand. It’s all prepared by a celebrity chef from Australia. Nobody does hung lae curry like the Aussies.

Oct 5, 6pm and 9pm, $150; after-party at 11pm, $40; Betel, 51 Grove St, 212-352-0460, reserve here

UD Hookup: Mention the Daddy when you book and they’ll knock 50 bucks off your ticket price.

The Tribute Tom Petty Deserves
TOM TOM CLUB

The Tribute Tom Petty Deserves

Tom Petty. Singer. Songwriter. Legend. Not playing NYC this week. But a few other people are. Welcome to Petty Fest 2011, a raucous concert featuring the likes of Norah Jones, a guy from Fountains of Wayne and... Will Forte, all paying tribute to the man himself. American girls welcome.

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