You can do better than socks on Father's Day. Show your dad some love with these things to do, plus find out where to get great gifts for Dad.
Father's Day takes place on the third Sunday of June every year. Father's Day 2014 is on Sunday, June 15. Got it? Have you put it in your smartphone's diary? With an alarm? Good, maybe set another alarm three week's beforehand just in case - you'll want to be good and ready this year.
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Things to do with dad: Whales, Giants of the Deep
American Museum of Natural History: The museum's iconic big blue whale gets some company with this exhibit, which visits New Yourk courtesy of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Artefacts on view include a maddive 58-foot-long sperm whale skeleton and items made from whale bones (such as weaponry and jewellery).
Radio City: Stage Door Tour
This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theatre includes a look at the Roxy Suite - created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931 - a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally re-created version of the vaunted Rockette kick line. Tours leave every half hour.
Old Jews Telling Jokes
So some Steins, some Leibowitzes and a few Lipschitzes go to the theatre. They’re grey and growing whiskers—but then again, so are the gags they came to hear. Don’t accuse it of false advertising: Old Jews Telling Jokes sets up the crowd for the punch line before anyone sits down. The five cast members—including two professed “young Jews”—do sing the occasional song, act in a few sketches, and deliver heartfelt monologues about the Old World and the purpose of laughter.
But for the most part, the actors step downstage, alone or in pairs, and lob old chestnuts into the house. There are a few nods to life after the Exodus (e.g., a vibrator joke), but overall, classic tropes are in play: Jew walks into a bar, Jew sees the doctor, Jew gets stranded on a desert island (with two, count ’em. two shuls). The performers all have fine rhythm, but the standout, Marilyn Sokol, brings a talent for character and an elastic mug to everything she does.