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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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Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

Never mind the fact that it happens every year—New Yorkers still get cherry-blossom fever during Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s swoonworthy festival. The two-day fair marks the end of Hanami (the Japanese seasonal tradition of blossom appreciation) and includes a cosplay fashion show, bands playing traditional tunes, dance performances and, of course, all those pink-and-white petals.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden , Prospect Park Saturday April 30 2016 - Sunday May 1 2016
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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 April 30 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016
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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Brevity is power. Take British playwright Alice Birch’s angry flaying of the status quo, staged as a series of funny and horrifying vignettes. Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. comes in at 65 minutes, a perfect length. An hour and a half would seem conventional; two hours would grow unbearable. The linguistic and visual density that Birch and director Lileana Blain-Cruz achieve leaves you emotionally winded yet still engaged.

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Soho Rep , Tribeca Until Sunday May 22 2016
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Brooklyn Flea-Fort Greene

Arguably the granddaddy of the borough’s slate of bazaars, the Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea is still in full swing. The location is jam-packed with more than 150 vendors selling retro jewelry, tchotchkes and everything you don’t need (but want anyway).

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Brooklyn Flea , Bedford-Stuyvesant Saturday April 30 2016 - Saturday November 5 2016
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“David Hammons: Five Decades”

David Hammons is one of the most important American artists today, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it. An artist of his stature would have been recognized by now in major museum surveys, but as one of the first African-American artists to have emerged in the context of ’60s Conceptualism, he has always remained elusive and apart from the largely white art world as matter of strategy.

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Mnuchin Gallery , Upper East Side Until Friday May 27 2016
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Viva Saturdays

Nightlife vets John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena present this man-heavy big-room Saturday night dance featuring an ever-changing cast of DJs. Shirtlessness is encouraged, but not required.

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Stage 48 , Hell's Kitchen Saturday April 30 2016 - Saturday May 14 2016
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Scoop warehouse sale

Clean out your closet and raid Scoop’s! Nearly everything in stock is whittled down, so snatch styles such as Scoop leather skirts ($99, usually $398), IRO blazers ($176, formerly $705) and Billy Reid polo shirts for men (once $95, going for $24) at this beloved sale.

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260 Sample Sale , Soho Until Sunday May 1 2016
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The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Remember Bill Nye the Science Guy? Great! Now imagine him as a bartender who is deeply interested in the history of ethanol alcohol, really likes wigs and costumes, and just joined a coed barbershop quartet. That description of Anthony Caporale’s The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking may sound far-out, but the show is both educational and entertaining. (It's also a fine showcase for a cappella classics arranged by Josh Ehrlich and performed by a gifted ensemble that includes the show's director, soprano Nicole DiMattei.)

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SoHo Playhouse , Downtown Until Saturday December 31 2016
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Tulip Festival

Every Spring, the West Side Community Garden overflows with tulips, and with over 13,000 in bloom this year, the neighborhood space will be alive with color. Visit the free garden for horticulture tours, flower arrangement courses and live performances or to just enjoy the verdant scents and serene views.

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West Side Community Garden , Upper West Side Saturday April 30 2016

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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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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The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories get a vivid treatment via a live-action Mowgli and impressive animal animation. There’s even room for Bill Murray’s Baloo to hum a little “Bare Necessities.”

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Hardcore Henry

From beginning to end, this vigorous action film puts you in the head of a punching, jumping, fearless cyborg hero. It’s a video game come to life and also the first movie of its kind.

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Now Showing

Everybody Wants Some!!

A hilarious, deeply relaxed comedy about male bonding, Richard Linklater’s baseball-minded latest ranks right up there with his masterpieces Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.

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The Dark Horse

After suffering a nervous breakdown, chess player Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis) volunteers to teach a group of disadvantaged children how to play the game.

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Midnight Special

Indie writer-director Jeff Nichols channels his inner Spielberg for a gripping thriller about a child with strange powers—and the adults who want to stop him. Transitions to Hollywood are rarely this sharp.

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City of Gold

Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold eats (and chats) his way across the town he rules with a sharp pen in Laura Gabbert’s endearingly off-kilter profile.

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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!!!