Things to do in New York this Saturday

Start your weekend the right way with our guide to the best events and places to go in the day and during the evening

Photograph: Oliver Correa
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BookCon

Critics' pick

A literary pop-culture mash-up, the second annual BookCon arrives in NYC for an afternoon of author Q&As, literary trivia games, panel discussions and more. The event's headliners are John Green, Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari on his soon-to-be-released book, Modern Romance.

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
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Aloha

It’s been four years since Cameron Crowe, director of sticky, heartwarming all-American comedies like ‘Almost Famous’ and ‘Jerry Maguire’ last made a film – the very nice but forgettable ‘We Bought a Zoo’. Now he’s back with a Hawaii-set romcom packed with more celebrities than Vanity Fair’s Oscars party. We can’t quite get our heads around the plot. But Bradley Cooper seems to be some kind of military contractor on his uppers. The trailer opens with him getting a royal bollocking from his boss Alec Baldwin. Then he’s off Hawaii to fly planes with Emma Stone and have deep and meaningfuls with his ex (Rachel McAdams). It all looks typically Crowe – sunny and sweet – and we’re enjoying Bill Murray dispensing twinkly, hard-won wisdom in the trailer.

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"Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life."

Critics' pick

Examine the influences of plants and wildlife in Kahlo’s work while surrounded by flora and fauna yourself.

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New York Botanical Garden Until Sunday November 1 2015
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An Act of God

Everyone loves Jim Parsons, but does he inspire Godlike levels of adoration? We shall learn when the sitcom star (excellent in Broadway revivals of The Normal Heart and Harvey) stars as the Supreme Being in a 90-minute solo show.

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Studio 54 Until Sunday August 2 2015
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Red Bull Music Academy: Sleeping Bag Records: Go Bang!

Critics' pick

Acting as an after-party of sorts to the BAM show earlier in the evening, the Red Bull Music Academy festival closes itself out by memorializing Sleeping Bag Records, the groundbreaking, genre-free imprint started by Arthur Russell, (with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales), and its sister label, Fresh Records.

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Good Room Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
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Shakespeare in the Park

8pm. Delacorte Theater, Central Park at 81st St. As it did last summer, the Public Theatre is running two plays in repertory at the Delacorte. 

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Delacorte Theater Until Sunday August 23 2015 Free
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LIC Flea & Food

Critics' pick

Vintage lovers will enjoy this open-air bazaar, which organizers hope will become Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea.

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LIC Flea Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015 Free
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OutdoorFest

Critics' pick

New Yorkers are spending more time in the open air than we used to (thank you, bike lanes), but it’s still good to have a little push out the door. That’s exactly what OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to do: get apartment dwellers to engage with the natural environment around the five boroughs. Look up the full schedule to save your spot for outdoor yoga, fishing, walks, nature-film screenings, trivia, bouldering, surfing and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.

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Various locations Friday May 29 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015
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San Andreas

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is a helicopter pilot on a mission to save his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits LA. Nothing new there, then.

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Release date: Friday May 29 2015
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Smorgasburg

Critics' pick

The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors, with Saturdays in East River State Park and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

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East River State Park Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday November 22 2015 Free
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Mad Max: Fury Road

Post-apocalyptic visionary George Miller returns to the series that made his name, and the results are spectacular: jaw-droppingly violent, surreal and worth the 30-year wait

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When Marnie Was There

If this ends up being the final bit of magic from the legendary animators at Japan’s Studio Ghibli, they’re going out on a note of pure effervescence, via a tale of adolescent awakening.

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Pitch Perfect 2

Singing sass and song in equal measure, those a cappella Bellas roll on in a sequel that improves on the original

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Slow West

For those of you who can't even remember what the last decent Western was, here's a witty, dirt-caked indie to take your mind off the question

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Burning with understated passion and a fine central performance from Carey Mulligan, Thomas Hardy’s romantic classic comes to life in an adaptation that’s far from stodgy.

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Iris

Nonagenarian NYC style icon Iris Apfel glows in a winning profile that celebrates her lifelong gift for going it alone (and haggling with salesmen).

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Welcome to Me

Long a comic treasure, Kristen Wiig branches out in this complex portrait of an obsesssive-compulsive lottery winner who buys her way onto a TV show.

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Forbidden Games

What are two adorable French kids to do during a war but keep on being kids? They play, they mourn, they reveal the folly of adults.

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Felix and Meira

A lonely guy and an unhappy Jewish wife (not his) complete each other in mysterious ways in this beautifully observed romance, a quiet storm.


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Eating out?

The 50 best brunch places in NYC

A weekend in New York just isn’t complete without brunch. See our picks for a late breakfast on the weekend.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Grab a drink

The 50 best New York bars

Whether you favor craft brews or serious cocktails; a beer-and-shot special or a transporting glass of wine, NYC has a game-changing bar to slake your thirst

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mirian C
mirian C

If you are a classical music lover and a lover of legendary Pianists, please attend AGUSTIN ANIEVAS in his only NYC appearance this Saturday April 4th, at 5 PM at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street. TICKETS only at $5, presented by 5 @ 5 at DiMenna.  for more info: http://www.mirianconti.com/5--5-at-dimenna.html

No reservations needed, general admission, all tickets $5!!! where in NYC will you find great music with great artists for $5?

Marc S
Marc S

This Saturday is also the pop-up market from The Seed : MARKET.

They have 50 vendors (food, drink, beauty and craft), cooking demonstrations, keynote presentation and morning yoga session. Everything is free! Also, the famous food truck The Cinnamon Snail will be having their last day on NYC streets.
Details here: http://theseedexperience.com/the-seed-market-february-28th-2015/

Chris F
Chris F

What about the Belmont Stakes? The world will be watching to see if the 1st Triple Crown winner will happen since 1978 and only the 12th in 130 years!!!