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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Video Games Live

Video-game theme songs (think Mario, Tron, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts) get an orchestral makeover in this popular traveling event. 

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Beacon Theatre Saturday January 31 2015
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Whitney Cummings

Critics' pick

Cummings, a Chelsea Lately regular, sidesteps the merely spunky with the aid of a tart tongue and enough vitriol to knock down all idiots she encounters.

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Carolines on Broadway Saturday January 31 2015
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Sugarcube

The winter pop-up art venue has free live music, film screenings, dance parties and craft workshops all month. 

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South Street Seaport Until Sunday February 1 2015 Free
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Catz N Dogz + Heidi + El_Txef_A

Critics' pick

Catz ’n Dogz’s Grzegorz Demianczuk and Wojciech Taranczuk deliver bass-heavy, technocentric beats. Heidi, an affiliate of the Get Physical camp, is an excellent spinner (you don’t get to spin at at top clubs like Fabric, Panorama Bar, Space Ibiza and Watergate by sucking) who also hosts BBC Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust show; El_Txef_A is the house and techno DJ who runs the Spanish label Fiakun Records.

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Winter Carnival at Bryant Park

Winter is here and it ain’t leaving anytime soon. Enjoy it with the inaugural Winter Carnival at Bryant Park, where you can take free curling lessons, taste soothing hot chocolate and enjoy some of the best seasonal ales at the Outdoor Winter Brew House. See short plays by the Drilling Company on Fri 30 at 5pm, and come back on Sat 31 at 7pm for the Silent Disco.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Saturday January 31 2015 Free
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Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl

Critics' pick

Leg warmers live on with Reagan-era fixated combo Jessie’s Girl playing vintage hits like “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bookended by period-apropos DJ sets. Kelly Ripa apparently endorses this party—and since she’s a graduate of the seminal ’80s teen dance show Dance Party USA, it’s safe to consider her something of an expert.

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Le Poisson Rouge Saturday January 31 2015
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"El Greco in New York"

Critics' pick

Romantics and Modernists alike treasured the old master El Greco (1541–1614) for the skewed perspectives and strangely distorted figures that fill his paintings—that is, when they weren’t blaming those aesthetic quirks on drugs, madness, or astigmatism. 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Sunday February 1 2015

Beloved Sisters

Critics' pick

The kind of finely etched family drama that fans of Downton Abbey will flip for, Dominik Graf’s gripping German saga turns an 18th-century ménage à trois into a psychological feast.

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Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Critics' pick

Decades after her family was torn apart by the Holocaust, documentary director Yael Reuveny dives into the past in a quest for historical certainty.

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The Interview

Critics' pick

A compelling and genuinely radical feature, Seth Rogen's comedy fashions The Great Dictator and Inglourious Basterds into a cross joint and then lights it from both ends.

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Selma

Critics' pick

Ava DuVernay’s masterfully controlled portrait of the fight for civil rights would be a landmark even without the timeliness of its story or the urgency of its unassailable values.

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Two Days, One Night

Critics' pick

A star like Marion Cotillard might seem like an odd fit for the Dardenne brothers’ brand of social realism, but this story of a woman campaigning to keep her job is as honest as it gets.

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American Sniper

Critics' pick

Clint Eastwood offers his complex take on American exceptionalism in this biopic about the deadliest sniper in Army history. A jacked Bradley Cooper hits the bull’s-eye in the title role.

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A Most Violent Year

Critics' pick

Oscar Isaac does his best Michael Corleone in J.C. Chandor’s tense, wintry drama about competing businessmen in 1981 NYC. Jessica Chastain’s fiery turn brings the heat.

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Leviathan

Critics' pick

A vodka-soaked middle finger to Putin, Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest Russian drama is a whale of a movie—grotesque and a little bloated but impossible to ignore.

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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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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!!!