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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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Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition

Critics' pick

Let your beard hang low for this eighth annual competition, hosted by emcee Adam RealMan and That Metal Show's Don Jamieson. Awards include Best Moustache (both Natural and Styled), Best Fake Beard and Worst in Show. In addition to the follicular feats, check out performances by sideshow starlets Betty Bloomerz and Serpentina and stand-up from Jim Daly. Competitor registration starts at 6pm.

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Sideshows by the Seashore, Brooklyn Saturday September 5 2015
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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

Critics' pick

Every year around Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, hundreds of artists from New York and around the world gravitate to Washington Square to exhibit their wares. A spread of jewelry, metal work, ceramics, graphics, oils and acrylics are laid out for art lovers to choose from. Tourists, collectors, students and teachers crowd this sidewalk show from University Place at 13th St to the West 3rd St to immerse themselves in day full of craft and color.

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Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015
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The Bitch Seat

Critics' pick

Lyssa Mandel invites guests each month to display their most "poignant/painful creations from their adolescence"—from talent show choreography to deep poetry—followed by a cutting late-night-talk-show-style interview.

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Union Hall, Park Slope Saturday September 5 2015
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Richmond County Fair

Critics' pick

Grab the fam and head to Historic Richmond Town, a preserved museum-village dating from the late 17th century, for its 34th annual county fair. Three stages of live music, puppetry, dance performances and rides are sure to entertain. Plus, check out the Ultimate Air Dogs: These athletic pups perform tricks while jumping off a dock into water, catching serious air (20 feet!) in the process.

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Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island Saturday September 5 2015 - Monday September 7 2015
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Skin Tight USA

Stretch some spandex over your bod, and head to this sexy-superhero bash hosted by Mischief Matthew with DJ Jeff Jackson. Costume rentals are available for $8 if you're feeling heroic.

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Nowhere, East Village Saturday September 5 2015
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NYC Unicycle Festival

Critics' pick

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents three days of one-wheeled races, games and exhibitions. Demonstrate your cycling prowess on a 13-mile ride from City Hall to Coney Island in honor of Brooklyn Unicycle Day (Aug 31 at 3pm; unibridgetour.info). On September 1 and 2 join New York’s legendary King Charles Troupe for team activities—all on a cycle—including hockey, basketball and even sumo wrestling. Expect attempts to break Guinness World Records, DJ Sky King spinning and plenty of beginner lessons for newbies.

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Governors Island, Governors Island Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015
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LIC Flea & Food

Critics' pick

Vintage lovers will enjoy this open-air bazaar, which organizers hope will become Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea. Take a train or ferry (a free bus shuttles visitors to and from the East River Ferry Terminal) to the market, and browse Harold and Maude vintage duds ($5–$250), Deepcuts kitschy totes ($20) and cartoonish prints ($14) from local artist Kudu-lah.

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LIC Flea, Long Island City Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015
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NYC Beach Bus

Get the party started early with free Sixpoint beers in a bus full of beachgoers. The NYC Beach Bus heads to Rockaway Beach and Jacob Riis Park with pickup locations in Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn a few times a day on the weekends. With a round-trip cost of $14, it's a steal. Pickup at 168 Flatbush Ave and 412 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn

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Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Rockaways Saturday September 5 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015
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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 , Long Island City 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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We Are Your Friends

Since Neighbors, Zac Efron continues to outfox his critics with this knowingly silly (and fun) drama about a rising DJ, crafted in the same mold as Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.

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Mistress America

Effervescent Greta Gerwig and NYC specialist Noah Baumbach (on fire this year with While We’re Young) collaborate on this tart comedy about urban free fall and frenemy frictions.

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The Mend

Sibling dysfunction gets an exhilarating shake-up in John Magary’s NYC-set ultra-indie, starring an intense, totally transformed Josh Lucas, who flips the script.

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The End of the Tour

You won’t see Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segel through the same eyes after you witness his dense dramatic turn as late Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace. 

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Ricki and the Flash

Suffused with heart and a scrappy sense of bar-band durability, Jonathan Demme’s latest, starring Meryl Streep in a defiant turn, serves up family drama at a driving, insistent pace.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Check out funky British newcomer Bel Powley as a free-spirited San Francisco kid making her adventurous way into ’70s-era womanhood in this ambitious female-friendly comedy.

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Only Aardman Animations—the British creators of Wallace & Gromit and other lovable, moldable claymation characters—could find an irresistible movie to be made about the story of an amnesiac farmer and his flock at loose in the big city. Much of the beauty of this big-hearted, stop-motion caper (a spin-off of an insanely successful BBC kids series) is the entire absence of decipherable language. Instead imagine grunts, mumbles, bleats and screams as Shaun the Sheep tries to engineer a day off from Mossy Bottom Farm but causes his bewildered owner to bang his head and wander off into the unnamed metropolis (which looks a lot like England’s Bristol, where Aardman has its HQ).  Amid the chaos, it’s sometimes hard to work out exactly which sheep is Shaun, but that doesn’t matter when there are great slapstick scenes in a hospital, a hair salon, a fancy restaurant and an ominous animal pound. Maybe an hour would have been enough, yet even the slower patches have charm to burn.

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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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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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Eating out?

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!!!