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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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Smorgasburg

At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry). Highlights include Vietnamese food from Bep, Goa Taco’s avant-garde fare as well as incredible sandwiches from newbies Heros and Villians  and Red Table Catering. Go on, give into gluttony. (We won’t judge.)

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East River State Park , Williamsburg Saturday June 4 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016
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DanceAfrica

Now in its 29th year, this African-diaspora cultural festival showcases two companies from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, with both modern and traditional performances.

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BAM Howard Gilman Opera House , Fort Greene Until Monday May 30 2016
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Well-Strung

This charming and cheekily named singing string quartet has been honing its craft all over the world for the past couple of years. In their latest set the boys share selections from their new album, Popssical, which includes their take on the likes of Beethoven, Ravel and Taylor Swift.

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Saturday May 28 2016
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Cole Escola Is the First Gay President

The saucer-eyed costar of Logo's Jeffery & Cole Casserole returns with his solo comedy act, which offers to reveal new facets of a talent that gleams with scrappy razzle-dazzle. Blending boyish mischief with dizzy charm and the ruthless coyness of a starlet bent on fame, Escola's comic persona suggests a street urchin raised by The Match Game.

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The Duplex , West Village Saturday June 25 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016
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American Ballet Theatre Spring 2016

The company—including dancers Stella Abrera, Roberto Bolle, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Maria Kochetkova, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns, Diana Vishneva and James Whiteside—returns for its spring season. ABT resident choreographer Alexei Ratmansky dominates the lineup with two triple bills of repertory pieces (May 17–23) and two full-length works: The Golden Cockerel (June 6–11) and The Sleeping Beauty (June 27–July 2). Other highlights of the season include two ballets by Frederick Ashton, Sylvia (May 9–14) and La Fille mal gardée (May 24–30).

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Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Monday May 30 2016 - Saturday July 2 2016
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Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

At the climax of his latest Off-Broadway show, Mike Birbiglia delivers a tirade of four-letter expletives with an apologetic smile. For the stand-up comedian who gained a large following through personal tales of social awkwardness and unusual medical conditions on NPR’s This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour, the riff is a departure from his normal vocabulary, but not his signature method of winding, honest storytelling. 

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Lynn Redgrave Theater , Downtown Sunday May 29 2016
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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.

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Washington Square Park , Greenwich Village Until Sunday June 5 2016
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Bushwick Flea

Tired of the tourists snatching the best retro threads at well-known fleas before you even have a chance to dig? Bushwick Flea joined the area’s market scene last year, and a few vendors from the original Brooklyn Flea sell their goods, so sift through their prime loot and avoid the masses. Other sellers run the gamut from Alpha & Omega jewelry to Zingara Vintage. Bonus: live music every Sunday!

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Bushwick Flea , Bushwick Until Wednesday November 30 2016
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Something Rotten!

Do you still, to this day, fondly remember that 1986 Taming of the Shrew episode of Moonlighting? Whenever blue, do you stream Shakespeare in Love or Blackadder II? Elizabethan fops and wenches forming a stagewide kick line cause a little flutter under the ruff? If you said “yes” to two or more, then hie thee posthaste to the St. James Theatre, where Something Rotten! has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years. 

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St. James Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016
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La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival 2016

The annual La MaMa Moves! festival runs riot with dance: Programs include Ballez's Sleeping Beauty & the Beast (Apr 29–May 8), a queer spin on fairy tales; Tiffany Mills Company's After the Feast (May 12–15), set in an urban dystopia; and Cardell Dance Theater's Supper, People on the Move (May 14–15), a piece about immigration. Performances are in multiple venues within the La MaMa complex.

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Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. , East Village Sunday May 29 2016

The Nice Guys

Legendary screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) is back with an ultraviolent, ultra-funny private-eye comedy set in the 1970s, starring Russell Crowe and a riotous Ryan Gosling.

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Weiner

Sexting ex-politician Anthony Weiner won’t be remembered for his discretion, but you have to wonder what inspired him to let a documentary crew queasily capture his comeback—even as more allegations arise.

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Sunset Song

British filmmaker Terence Davies is back with a gorgeous turn-of-the-20th-century romance about a young farm girl, her abusive father and the glorious second chance she gets after he’s gone.

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Love & Friendship

The cattier, comic side of Jane Austen comes to life in a return to form for director Whit Stillman, here reuniting his dynamic duo from The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.

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Captain America: Civil War

It’s Chris Evans’s Cap’n versus Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man—a showdown of sincerity against sarcasm—in the latest Marvel megachapter, one with unexpected gravitas and emotion.

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Now Showing

The Family Fang

The estranged clan at the heart of Jason Bateman’s prickly, intelligent domestic comedy isn’t as royal as the Tenenbaums: The family members are all intense artists who have a lot to learn about being nice to each other.

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The Meddler

Susan Sarandon brings the bagels, the Joisey accent and a boatload of mothering to this warm comedy about a recently widowed mom who needs an outlet for her relentless caregiving.

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Sworn Virgin

The arrestingly serene Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love) takes on her most ambitious role to date: an Albanian “sworn virgin,” one of that culture’s unmarried women who pledges to bind her breasts and live out her life as a man. The real-life setup is a knockout, both ancient and timely, and even though Rohrwacher never quite passes—she looks too much like Barbra Streisand’s Yentl—the movie is on to a larger point, namely about the fluidity of sexual identity and our universal penchant for self-reinvention.

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Sing Street

Dublin teens growing up in the gritty 1980s turn to Duran Duran, MTV and plenty of hairspray in the euphoric latest from Once’s John Carney. It’s a film about making your craziest dreams come true.

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Now Showing

Green Room

A down-on-its-luck punk band finds itself challenged when an audience of racist skinheads goes nuts, in Jeremy Saulnier’s violent, impressively creative thriller.

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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: Christina Izzo

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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By: Dan Q. Dao

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Evie M
Evie M

Charcuterie Masters , Queens. Saturday February 27

Danny S
Danny S

Southside Johnny n The Asbury Jukes...B.B,KINGS You Gotta Catch em Before SSJonny Drops!! lol

Santa C
Santa C

Don't want to wait in line to see SANTA? SANTA SATURDAYS at the Omni Berkshire Place at 12 East 52nd St. are in full swing from 9-6  every Saturday until 12/20. A real beard Santa this SANTA will pose for as many pictures as you would like and will answer any child's questions and accept lists.

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?

MS
MS

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!!!