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

Critics' pick

The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors Sat 4, with Saturdays in East River State Park, and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

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East River State Park Saturday April 4 2015 - Sunday November 22 2015 Free
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NYC Pillow Fight 2015

Critics' pick

At New York’s 10th annual International Pillow Fight Day, the flash mob turns Washington Square Park into the city’s bedroom.

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Washington Square Park Saturday April 4 2015 Free
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Relationshit

Critics' pick

Lynn Bixenspan and Morgan Pielli host this monthly panel of comedians and qualified specialists who tell tales of their own relationship highs and lows, and then offer advice to audience members.

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The Tank Saturday April 4 2015
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Rashaun Mitchell

Critics' pick

Former Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell continues his choreographic explorations in his newest evening-length work, Light Years, featuring Silas Riener, Cori Kresge, Hiroki Ichinose and Melissa Toogood.

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New York Live Arts Until Saturday April 4 2015
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Furious 7

Released in the wake of star Paul Walker’s untimely death in a car wreck, Furious 7 was always going to lay it on thick with the nostalgic montages and hug-it-out "I’m gonna miss you, dog" macho bonding. But for all that, the filmmakers can’t quite get around the fact that, over recent installments, Walker’s boy-next-door ex-cop Brian had become something of a second-string player, neither as memorably menacing as Vin Diesel’s antihero Dom or as quick with the kiss-off one-liners as Dwayne Johnson’s lawman Hobbs. And now he’s got another smart-mouth beefcake to contend with: Jason Statham, chomping down great chunks of scenery as "legitimate British badass" Deckard Shaw, on the trail of our heroes after they hospitalized his brother in the previous movie. The chase takes them to Tokyo, the Dominican Republic, Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan (really?) and finally back to their home turf on the mean streets of L.A., for a final showdown packed with helicopters, drone strikes, wrench fights and more glistening auto-porn than a fistful of Superbowl commercials. If none of this is quite as blood-pumping as it ought to be, that is largely due to director James Wan’s decision to shoot every car sequence in such jittery close-up that it’s often impossible to tell what’s going on. But the face-to-face fights are a lot more fun—a Statham-Johnson smackdown resembles nothing more than two shaved pitbulls in a washer-dryer—and the sheer sense of ludicrous joie de vivre is impossibly infectious. 

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Release date: Friday April 3 2015
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Picture This

Critics' pick

Greg Barris hosts this stand-up showcase during which each performer gets assigned an illustrator to capture their act in a single image.

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Union Hall Saturday April 4 2015
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I'm Looking for Helen Twelvetrees

Critics' pick

I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees: Theater review by Adam Feldman David Greenspan is to the mannerism born.

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Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement Until Saturday April 4 2015
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It Follows

Imbued with the kind of idea that can turn a horror film into a sensation, David Robert Mitchell’s thriller sets a relentless camera on characters that have no idea what’s in pursuit.

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Man From Reno

A Japanese detective novelist escapes her latest book tour, hides in San Francisco and gets swept up in a murder mystery. A brilliant performance from Ayako Fujitani (Steven Seagal’s daughter) helps cement this as the best indie neo-noir since Brick.

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Amour Fou

The great Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) returns with this austere true story of the doomed 1810 romance between German writer Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel. Forget period whimsy; this melodrama will sting for months.

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White God

A Hungarian girl's loyal mutt is taken from her and transformed into a ferocious dogfighting champion. Eventually he escapes and leads a canine revolution that must be seen to be believed.

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While We're Young

Noah Baumbach's acerbic new comedy mines a hilarious generational clash from the unlikely friendship between a fortysomething documentarian (Ben Stiller) and his young hipster apprentice (Adam Driver).

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Jauja

Viggo Mortensen’s star-making Lord of the Rings role has empowered him to do all sorts of strangeness, like this hypnotic Lisandro Alonso oddity about a Danish engineer who loses his daughter in 19th-century Patagonia

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Grey Gardens

Among the strangest real-life family dramas ever captured, a classic dysfunction doc is back onscreen

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Seymour: An Introduction

Hawke’s first documentary is a gentle and loving tribute to a man so anachronistically convinced that talent is its own reward that the film might soon serve as our only proof that people like him ever existed

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It Follows

The camera is relentless in this killer thriller
that rewrites the rules

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Now Showing

Amour Fou

The great Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) returns with this austere true story of the doomed 1810 romance between German writer Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel

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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!!!