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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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The Sweetheart Soiree

The Jazz Age Lawn Party’s Michael Arenella hosts this black-tie affair with cocktails, live music and even dance lessons in an 1847 townhouse that’s now an exclusive club.

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Norwood , Chelsea Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 14 2016
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Ponycon

My Little Pony—the TV series and line of toys with outstanding hair— is becoming a movement. Attend the fourth annual gathering of Pony fans (including Bronies) to rejoice in art, performance, video and unrestrained Pony culture. Better make sure you deep condition your mane before convention time.

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Grand Prospect Hall , Park Slope Saturday February 13 2016 - Monday February 15 2016
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Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony is serving up his vibrato-intense, knees-to-the-floor croon twice in Feb, hitting MSG Feb 6, then heading over to Prudential Center Feb 13 to deliver his third-annual Valentine's Day show. Confirmed fans will sway along to the singer’s soap-opera-tastic ballads (of which there are many), impassioned salsa gems, midtempo pop hits and ravey dance numbers.

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Prudential Center Saturday February 13 2016
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Cupid's Underwear-only Run

Join this scantily clad, one-mile Valentine’s Day dash to Brass Monkey bar to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Must register (and wear some form of undies)  to participate.

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Stage 48 , Hell's Kitchen Saturday February 13 2016

Lamb

Well-wrought if nerve-shredding, Ross Partridge’s second indie, about an unusual friendship between a broken-down adult and a sad preteen girl isn’t the kind of drama that screams out to be made

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Anomalisa

The hand-wringing neurotics of writer Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) take on a touching fragility via stop-motion animation in his latest dark night of the soul

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Son of Saul

The subject of Auschwitz does not suffer fools, and Hungarian director László Nemes is not one. He uses his feature debut to create an immersive hellscape of unspeakable power

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A film that straddles nostalgia (expertly wrought) with a modern sense of humor, J.J. Abrams’s sequel is more than anyone could have expected. Prepare to bliss out

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45 Years

Into a lifetime of marriage an ocean of love (and pain) is poured, the waves of which can be scanned in Charlotte Rampling’s magnificent, tremulous turn as half of a couple that’s about to mark its anniversary

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The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino is back and doing what he does best: talk, talk, talk. His latest, a wintry Western, is actually a nail-biting conversation piece

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Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore, still the baseball-hatted icon of lefty discontent (if looking schlumpier 26 years after Roger & Me), delivers his latest documentary provocation, which refreshingly turns out to be one of his more hopeful and celebratory efforts. Of course, he’s celebrating everyone but Americans: After setting up his slightly wacky premise—a fictional meeting with military generals who, exhausted from their war-mongering, send him out to plant the U.S. flag on foreign soil and steal their resources—Moore heads abroad to examine how foreigners live, work, play and punish. The people and policies he comes to know will shock all viewers, not just the Moore faithful, who have come to settle for less: Sexy Italians enjoy their six weeks of paid vacation and five-month maternity leaves, yet still boast higher national productivity. French public-school kids are taught to treat lunchtime like a class, tucking into cheese courses, lamb skewers and tomato salads. (Moore tries to push a Coke on a little girl who wrinkles her nose.) The documentary gets increasingly serious as we meet intelligent Finns with no homework, Slovenians with no college debt, Germans with no illusions about their national shame, and humane Portuguese cops with no war on drugs (they’re not illegal there). Of course the director is picking and choosing here—defaulting Greece is conspicuously absent—but only the stubborn will find fault in these compassionate social programs, many of which originated in the U.S

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Joy

David O. Russell’s wacky screwball spin on the rags-to-riches biopic opens with the title: "Inspired by stories of brave women." He could just as easily have borrowed the opening line from his last film, American Hustle: "Some of this actually happened." Joy is loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the Long Island single mom who in the early 1990s invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop and became a shopping channel superstar. Cinema is full of American dreams: stories of men battling to build empires. This is a film about three generations of women. It has some of the macho stuff—the nostalgic voiceover, Scorsese-style, by Joy’s grandma (Diane Ladd); Cream’s "I Feel Free" blasting out; and it ends with Joy sitting behind a giant I’ve-made-it desk like Don Corleone. But Russell also mixes in elements of kitsch soap opera, allowing the dialogue to tip over in bigger-than-life melodrama. Only he could pull off a film with one foot in daytime TV and the other in Goodfellas. Written by Russell and based on a story by Annie Mumolo (who co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig), Joy is brilliantly feminist. We first see Joy as a little girl, making a fairytale forest kingdom out of paper. All that’s missing is a prince, says her sister. "I don’t need a prince," she replies. Later, Joy meets Bradley Cooper’s TV exec, the boss of the QVC Channel that will make her a star. Both their hearts skip a beat—but this woman doesn't have time for that. Joy is too busy

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Carol

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara lay out a feast of finely shaded acting in director Todd Haynes’s tender, exquisitely wrought romance

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Macbeth

Critics' pick

Many great directors have tackled Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, but they didn’t come armed with actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, a perfect power couple.

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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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By: Dan Q. Dao

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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!!!