Things to do in New York this Saturday

Start your weekend the right way with our guide to brunch and the best events and places to go in the day and during the evening.

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Sakura Matsuri

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Despite our apocalyptic, Hoth-like winter, the cherry blossoms did finally turn up, albeit a week or so late. That should still put them on schedule to bloom for this year’s Sakura Matsuri. The annual fest is about much more than flowers, though: The celebration of Japanese culture past and present includes taiko drumming, a kimono fashion show, samurai sword demonstrations, folk-dancing performances, and sets by J-pop singer Hitomi Himekawa and eight-person Okinawan pop ensemble Ryukyu Chimdon Band. Expect plenty of cosplay-clad attendees: Even if you don’t dress up, you can take a course on manga drawing or partake in a traditional tea ceremony. Oh, yes, and look at the pretty flowers, too.

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, at President St
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Sun Apr 27
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Hester Street Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
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  • Free

The outdoor LES bazaar kicks off its fifth year, with veteran vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Macaron Parlour, along with 2013 Vendy Award winner Khao Man Gai NY. Carnivore newcomers include Hudson & Charles (Texas-style chili, porchetta sandwiches), Ssam-BBQ (all-natural Korean 'cue), and Zhà Pan Asian chicken and waffles. Rosette’s Warren Hode will be on site, mixing speciality tonics for opening day.

  1. Hester Street Fair Hester St, at Essex St, 10002
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Sun Apr 27
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Andrew White Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Andrew White has mastered classical oboe and played bass with Stevie Wonder and Weather Report, in addition to running his own record label for more than four decades. But it's the D.C. lifer's meticulous transcriptions of John Coltrane solos that have helped make him a cult hero in the jazz world. Here, White—a dizzyingly virtuosic saxist in his own right—plays a rare local gig in the company of pianist Wade Beach, bassist Steve Novosel and drummer Nasar Abadey.

  1. The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Sts, fifth floor
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

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  • Free

Nestled between tried-and-true fare like snacks and face painting are some ultracool activity stations, including Chess NYC speed tournaments and soapy wands from Gazillion Bubble Garden. Storytellers, puppeteers, and cast members from Broadway and Off Broadway shows perform on the festival’s main stage throughout the day. Greenwich St between Chambers and Hubert Sts. Subway: 1 to Franklin St.

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The Bunker Featuring James Holden

  • Price band: 2/4
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The semimonthly party showcases DJ and producer James Holden in an extended set. The evening will also include music by Bryan Kasenic. The duo of Timothy J. Fairplay and Scott Fraser is in the Panther Room, as is Mike Servito.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Corrosion of Conformity + Kings Destroy + Roadsaw + Ruby the Hatchet

  • Price band: 2/4
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One of the Southern metal scene's proudest institutions, Corrosion of Conformity made its mark in the mid-’80s with a walloping mash-up of Sabbathian sludge and Bad Brains–style hardcore. The Raleigh, NC, band has weathered a bunch of membership changes in the intervening years; the current lineup is the trio heard on 1985's still-gargantuan-sounding Animosity, as well as a badass self-titled 2012 comeback LP. Hopefully we'll get a preview of the forthcoming IX (out June 24) at this intimate gig.

  1. Saint Vitus 1120 Manhattan Ave, between Box and Clay Sts, 11222
  2. Sat Apr 26
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DragOn: The Dollhouse

  • Price band: 3/4
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Attendees are invited to rock their most original drag creations for this annual fund-raising contest. Judges Justin Jedlica, Amanda Mason and Patricia Field will select the evening's top look, while Occupy the Disco provides tunes throughout the party. Proceeds go to GMHC.

  1. Maritime Hotel 363 W 16th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 10011
  2. Sat Apr 26
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DragOn: The Dollhouse

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Attendees are invited to rock their most original drag creations for this annual fund-raising contest. Judges Justin Jedlica, Amanda Mason and Patricia Field will select the evening's top look, while Occupy the Disco provides tunes throughout the party. Proceeds go to GMHC.

  1. Maritime Hotel 363 W 16th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 10011
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Third Annual New York Boylesque Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
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The always-explosive combo of Daniel "King of Queer Sleaze" Nardicio and Thirsty Girl Productions' Jen Gapay is behind this yearly showcase of XY-chromosomed bumpers and grinders from around the world.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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Jessica Lea Mayfield + Gambles

  • Price band: 2/4
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Young Black Keys protégée Jessica Lea Mayfield's albums artfully showcase the songsmith's voice, which somehow seems both lived-in and fresh, youthful and cynical. She takes the stage for a pair of shows behind her gritty yet gorgeous new effort, Make My Head Sing.

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Locke

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Othello

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Fading Gigolo

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Manakamana

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The Young Girls of Rochefort

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Only Lovers Left Alive

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Under the Skin

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