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15 fantastic things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer Picht

Fri 19

Body Positive runway show The Alchemical; 7:30pm; free with R.S.V.P.
NYC-based clothing company SmartGlamour is hosting a body-positive catwalk (sizes XXS to 6X) to launch its spring collection, featuring trendy women's looks for all shapes and sizes. Bonus for attendees: The free event features a complimentary champagne toast following the presentation at Grape & Vine (52 W 13th St). R.S.V.P. at and make sure to use the hashtag #Imflattered during the show. 

Athena Film Festival Barnard College, Lehman Lawn; 9am; $12–$80
The annual festival that celebrates powerful women behind and on screen features a stacked lineup of powerhouse performances, inspiring documentaries, and stimulating discussions for its sixth year. Catch features like Suffragette, Freeheld and Truth and stirring documentaries including He Named Me Malala, A Ballerina's Tale: The Misty Copeland Story and Radical Grace. Be sure to arrive early to grab seats to see feminist directors like Paul Feig and Karyn Kusama discuss their work. 

“Kimono on the Runway” Japan Society; 6:30pm; $10–$13
Gaze upon an authentic kimonos as Kouichi Fujii, president of a kimono textile company in Kyoto, Japan, talks about the history and creation of the delicate sartorial item. 

Pushing Daises Party Videology; 9:30pm; $5
Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean lovey-dovey couples or, er, bitter singles can’t still reap the benefits of the most romantic holiday of the year by chuckling at two lovers who can’t touch each other. TV Hangover is paying homage to the brilliant but unfortunately short-lived show Pushing Daisies—a rom-com about a man who can restore life to the dead with the tap of a finger. As always, there will be booze, drinking games and trivia to keep you looking alive—a pat on the head from Ned won’t be necessary. 

Tamara and Evelyn’s Tarot Variety Show The PIT Loft; 7:30pm; $7
If you've ever wanted your fortune read by comedians, you're in luck! Show up pre-show for a free tarot card reading (first come, first served) then stick around for a variety hour that fosters community, creativity and trying to figure out your future from a pack of cards.

Sat 20

Lunar New Year Bazaar Flushing Town Hall; 11am; $5, children $3
The Queens crowd gets down for the Year of the Monkey with a bazaar blowout featuring martial arts, performers, crafts and yummy Chinese food. As with any new year, prepare for a crowd. 

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience Kings Theatre; 7:30pm; $45–$95
Theresa Caputo’s claim to fame is her gift for speaking to those who have passed, and millions of fans of her television show, Long Island Medium, are hard-core devotees. Now you can see her do a live reading and judge for yourself at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre.

Bloody Mary Contest L’Apicio; noon; $54–$80
Fun fact: The hallowed combo of vodka and tomato juice (a.k.a. your go-to hangover cure) was perfected right here in Gotham, when we added horseradish and hot sauce, and topped it all off with garnishes. And  thanks to our favorite brunch spots, we know that no two Bloodys are the same. That’s why Bloody Mary aficionados like Bar Primi, Blue Smoke and Bowery Meat Co. are battling for bragging rights. Head to East Village spot L’Apicio to taste the competitors’ outrageous concoctions, grab some finger-licking brunch snacks and get an early(ish) start. 

Crazy Since da ’90s Presents: Ya Dig! Union Hall; 10pm; $5 after 11pm, free with R.S.V.P.
Go beyond the ’90s with past and present gems that can't be ignored. Resident DJs Stefonix, Bbeats and Bianca will be stirring up a mix of your favorite grunge, Hip Hop, pop, R&B and House hits with no decade limits to hold them back. Get ready to pound your Reebok pumps to the floor to jams from Babyloon Zoo, Coolio, Ace of Base, Tears For Fears, Nelly and more. 

Winter Succulent Garden Terrarium Workshop Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum; noon; $10, materials fee $20
Learn how to make a sturdy succulent garden for your desk or bedside at this hands-on workshop. Horticulturist Maria Colletti will show you many inventive ways to make hanging globes, terrariums and mosh dish gardens in the Museum's lovely green space. 

Sun 21

Copenhagen Street Dog Winter Hot Dog Championship Jimmy’s No. 43; 1pm; $20
Place your bet on the strongest link at this second annual hot dog showdown, hosted by Danish meat gurus Copenhagen Street Dog and beer bar Jimmy's No. 43. The competition pits inventive dogs—last year included the Yucatan-inspired Mexi-Dog and the Vietnamese-accented Hot Hanoi—against one another to find the people's champion, which wins a swanky pig trophy. Your ticket is good for three gourmet sausages and unlimited classic rød pølse links, all washed down with for-purchase draft beers ($8 to $12) at Jimmy's.

Friends Brunch Trivia Bierhaus; noon; free with registration
Rack your brain for answers from the best TV show about twentysomethings of the late 90s, and channel your best "unagi" during each of the five challenging rounds of trivia. It's a free afternoon round hosted by Trivia, AD—but the brunch special (one entree and half a liter of Hofbräu Beer) will run your $16. 

Broad City Trivia Essex Restaurant; 8pm; free
Prepare to scream, “Yas, queen!” every time you get a question right about the hilarious lives and adventures of BFFs Abbi and Ilana. (Just don’t invite Bevers.) 

Mister Sunday Shea Stadium; 3pm; $20
The hometown heroes of Mister Saturday Night—Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin—have released a mix CD, founded a label, played Beats in Space and toured the world. Their summer party series, Mister Sunday, is so popular, it can't be confined to summer. The boys hit Shea Stadium for a bit of daytime fun, spinning their signature array of underground house, disco and techno rhythms for your dancing pleasure.

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes Lynn Redgrace Theater; 4:30pm; $65
At the climax of his latest Off-Broadway show, Mike Birbiglia delivers a tirade of four-letter expletives with an apologetic smile. For the stand-up comedian who gained a large following through personal tales of social awkwardness and unusual medical conditions on NPR’s This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour, the riff is a departure from his normal vocabulary, but not his signature method of winding, honest storytelling.

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