Things to do for August 21, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

Beijing to Flushing in one weekend...

Friday
Nike Sportswear in Soho
FRIDAY SWOOSH

Nike Sportswear in Soho

The sneaker giants land downtown with the first Nike Sportswear shop in the world, bearing exclusive sweats, windbreakers and custom running shoes so you can color-coordinate with your gym's paint job...provided you can elbow your way past the crowd of sneakerheads.

411: Opens Aug 22 at 10am, 21 Mercer St (between Grand and Howard)

Friday
Central Park Hot-Air Ballooning
FRIDAY WINDBAG

Central Park Hot-Air Ballooning

Friday is your last chance to take a ride in Central Park's hot-air balloon, affording you unparalleled views of the city from 30 stories up, and making you feel like you've just finished a really cheesy movie from 1986. Only it's better, because it's real life.

411: 7am-10pm through Aug 22, Central Park, Cherry Hill (72nd St, West of Bethesda Fountain), check weather at 617-314-6241

Friday
Bobo's New Cocktail Menu
FRIDAY CLOWNING

Bobo's New Cocktail Menu

The subterranean townhouse/resto/late-night cocktail haven is unveiling a new drink list at week's end, and giving us a whole new lease on nightlife. At the moment, it's shrouded in secrecy, but our tipsters say it may or may not include a caketail.

411: 181 W. 10th St (at 7th Ave S.), 212-488-2626

WEEKEND SALE-ING

Unruly Heir
This all-under-$100 sale will set you up with seersucker hoodies, button-downs and a generally fresh-faced preppy demeanor.
411: Starting at 12pm, Aug 22-23, 64 Macdougal St (at W. Houston), 212-643-0406  

John Varvatos 
The rockist of fashion guys is marking down stock, including men's sportswear, shoes and suits up to 75 percent off. Sadly, he's leaving the amps at home.

411: 8am-7:30pm, Aug 20-22, 260 5th Ave, (between 28th and 29th)

Sunday
US Open Practice Matches
SUNDAY WARM-UP

US Open Practice Matches

A longtime trade secret, this off-the-menu US Open event lets ticketless fans take a gander at top players warming up. You'd better get there well before the 11am start time though; you're up against Nadal groupies and Eurotourists with jet lag on their side.

411: 11am, Aug 24, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, 718-760-6200

Wednesday
Sam Mason's Brooklyn Barbecue
WEDNESDAY Q

Sam Mason's Brooklyn Barbecue

The master of the sweet-savory divide is luring foodies out to Brooklyn for a night of roasted pig, Heartschallenger ice cream and absinthe shots to turn this into more than the usual beer-and-bacon hoedown. Sadly, you'll have to provide your own gummy bear.

411: 7-11pm, Aug 27, Hope Lounge, 10 Hope St (between Roebling and Havemeyer), 718-218-7191

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