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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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Warm Up at MoMA PS1

Critics' pick

After 18 years, MoMA PS1's Warm Up is bigger than ever, with music aficionados and sun-worshipping revelers flocking to the museum's courtyard to take in the top-tier lineup of bands, DJs and producers, along with the same great taste in art, beer and food it's boasted from the beginning.

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MoMA PS1 Saturday August 1 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015
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U2

Critics' pick

Last year was a weird one for U2, what with that unfortunate iTunes snafu surrounding the release of Songs of Innocence, and Bono's Central Park bike accident, which led to the surreal occurrence of the Boss (and, yes, Chris Martin) filling in for the famed frontman at a World AIDS Day gig this past December. Tepid as Songs was, though, you know you still want to be there when these Irish stadium-rock faves blast through their myriad hits as part of an insane seven-night MSG run.

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Madison Square Garden Thursday July 30 2015 - Friday July 31 2015
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Magic Mike XXL

It's been three years since Mike Lane's (Channing Tatum) retirement from stripping, but the former dancer misses the excitement and feeling of being on stage. Most of all, though, he misses the best friends that he ever had, the crew known as the Kings of Tampa. Opportunity comes knocking when the guys look him up as they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a stripper convention. With the promise of outrageous fun, a reinvigorated Mike can't resist the chance to jump in and take it all off again.

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Ice Factory Festival 2015

Critics' pick

In the helter-skelter of summer theater festivals, the cool curatorial heads of the Ice Factory always provide a welcome breeze. This year's lineup of plays and multimedia performance includes work by the Assembly, Blessed Unrest and Glass Bandits. Robert Lyons and Kristin Marting's Dostoevsky adaptation Idiot kicks things off (through June 27).

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New Ohio Theatre Wednesday July 29 2015 - Saturday August 8 2015
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Why did the fans turn late-nite screenings of this cult favorite into an elaborate ritual of dressing-up, singing along, throwing rice and waving cigarette lighters? Well, for one thing, the material inspires affection, given its knowing pastiche of everything from Universal horrors to '50s grade-Z sci-fi, and a shamelessly hedonistic, fiercely independent sensibility that must have seemed a welcome relief from the mainstream bombast of other '70s musicals (not exactly Jesus Christ Superstar, is it?). 

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“KAWS: ALONG THE WAY"

Critics' pick

The former street artist, who's taken his game up a notch, designing a ballon for the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, and also creating the set for last year's MTV Music Awards at the Barclays Center, fills the Brooklyn Museum's lobby with an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture depicting his signature character, Companion—a sort of skull-headed Mickey Mouse with Xs for eyes—as a pair of of identical figures, with one consoling the other.

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Brooklyn Museum Wednesday July 29 2015 - Sunday December 6 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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An Act of God

Critics' pick

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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"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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Brooklyn Flea-Fort Greene

Critics' pick

Arguably the granddaddy of the borough’s slate of bazaars, the Brooklyn Flea has its spring awakening. The Fort Greene location is jam-packed with more than 150 vendors shilling everything from retro jewelry to tchotchkes that you don’t need (but want anyway). 

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Brooklyn Flea Saturday August 1 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015 Free

Phoenix

Germany’s hypnotically fascinating Nina Hoss plays a Holocaust survivor so transformed by plastic surgery she’s unrecognizable to her husband (who may have sold her out to the Nazis) in this superb, unsettling psychodrama.

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The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer surpasses his devastating The Act of Killing with another essential doc about the Indonesian genocide. The follow-up hits even harder as an indictment.

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Tangerine

Hell hath no fury like a trans Hollywood hooker scorned in Sean Baker’s grab-you-by-the-collar indie. Captured via iPhone with a grungy beauty, the tale has a serious core of defiance.

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Amy

The sad, self-destructive story of Amy Winehouse gets a sympathetic airing in Asif Kapadia’s documentary, which is both a cautionary tale and, when the music’s on, a celebratory one.

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Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is due for her TV-to-film crossover, and with this dazzling Judd Apatow–directed NYC dating comedy (also a roar of feminist pride), she’s got it.

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Minions

Remember those weird little blobs from the Despicable Me movies? Of course, you do—they eclipsed the main story. Now they have their own supremely silly vehicle. Rejoice.

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A Poem Is a Naked Person

Long buried by its subject, rocker Leon Russell, this doc is finally getting a proper release. It’s not only a delivery device for the music, but a time capsule of early ’70s lifestyles.

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Jimmy's Hall

The politically engaged Ken Loach, one of England’s most accomplished directors, brings an Irish tale of rebellion and community to life. The film thrums with tenderness and rage alike.

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Minions

Remember those weird little blobs from the Despicable Me movies? Of course you do—they eclipsed the main story. Now they have their own supremely silly vehicle. Rejoice.

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Now Showing

Fresh Dressed

Behind hip-hop’s beats and rhymes was an equally important impulse to carve out a unique fashion identity. Sacha Jenkins’s thoughtful, thorough documentary charts the rise of rap style.

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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?

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!!!