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
UD - 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
UD - 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
UD - 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
UD - 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.

UD - 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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