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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International African Arts Festival

Critics' pick

While this four-day festival started as a small community fund-raiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. This year’s lineup is as jam-packed as ever: Catch a performance by Talib Kweli on Fri 3, and return on Sat 4 for jazz musician Norman Connors, Grammy Award–winning rock band Living Colour, and special events including a barber competition, parade and fashion show.

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Commodore Barry Park Until Sun Jul 5 Free
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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 July 11 2015 - Saturday September 5 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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Now Showing
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The Third Man

Re-released as part of the NFT’s Carol Reed season, ‘The Third Man’ continued the director’s collaboration with Graham Greene and, like ‘The Fallen Idol’, it’s about secrets, lies and the tension between naiveté and loyalty. The location, however, has shifted from London. Summoned to occupied post-war Vienna by his schoolfriend Harry Lime, brash American pulp writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives to find his old chum being widely mourned, especially by the actress Anna (Alida Valli), though less so by British Major Calloway (Trevor Howard). In this quartered, ruined, double-talking city, however, it’s as well to take nothing at face value… A considerably more harmonious collaborative effort than Allied powersharing, ‘The Third Man’ remains among the most consummate of British thrillers: Reed and Greene’s sardonic vision of smiling corruption is deliciously realised with superb location work, a roster of seasoned Viennese performers and the raised eyebrow of Anton Karas’ jaunty zither score. Although his screen time is famously scanty, Orson Welles’ Harry haunts each scene: everywhere and invisible, he’s a smirking Cheshire cat of a villain, a superb case study in shameless charisma as poisonous contagion. Audiences, like many of the characters, have tended to fall for his charms, fondly recalling the privilege of being taken into his confidence rather than the rotten core it conceals. The film, however, is less charitable, pursuing the performer backstage into the sew

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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 8 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 Until 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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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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Now Showing

Dope

Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy follows three high-school nerds who call Los Angeles’ frightening Inglewood home. It’s a euphorically funny indie that flips the script on Boyz n the Hood

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Now Showing

Infinitely Polar Bear

Line up now for Mark Ruffalo’s most complex and likable performance to date, as a mentally unstable parent who, despite frequent mood swings, must care for two rambunctious girls.

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The Third Man

Carol Reed’s 1949 comedy-thriller feels unlike any movie of its era. Now, thanks to an immaculate restoration, it looks like it was filmed only yesterday.

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Eden

The ’90s French house-music scene (the very one that produced Daft Punk) is lovingly evoked in Mia Hansen-Løve’s bittersweet drama about losing yourself in the moment

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Inside Out

Critics' pick

A new Pixar movie is always cause for celebration, this one more than most: By comically exploring a young girl’s internal psychology, the studio approaches near-experimental highs. 

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Now Showing

Love & Mercy

Beach Boys fans, catch a wave to this heartbreakingly good biopic of Brian Wilson, portrayed by two dynamite actors: Paul Dano as the young genius and John Cusack as the fragile, overmedicated adult.

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Now Showing

Mad Max: Fury Road

Post-apocalyptic visionary George Miller returns to the series that made his name, and the results are spectacular: jaw-droppingly violent, surreal and worth the 30-year wait

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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!!!