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15 kick-ass things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 5 

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show Metropolitan Pavilion; 1pm, $15–$20
This two-day expo is every retro-sifter’s dream, featuring more than 90 clothing and textile dealers. As always, you can browse a range of price points starting around $20. Trendheads should beeline for styles from local and out-of-town treasure troves.

Winter Carnival at Bryant Park; noon; free
Winter is here and it ain’t leaving anytime soon. Enjoy it with the second annual 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.

“Warhol By the Book” Morgan Library & Museum; 10:30am; free with museum admission
Beyond reinventing celebrity and creating pop art and experimental films, Andy Warhol also designed book covers and commercial illustrations. Check out some of the provocative artist's most underrated works from before the Factory began. 

Big Ass Party for Bernie House of Yes; 7pm; $22 in advance, $30 at the door
You’re going to feel the “bern” after this kick-ass party is through. Head to Bushwick’s magical watering hole, House of Yes, for a wildly fun night of dancing in honor of everyone’s favorite presidential candidate, Bernie! The affair will be topped with aerial performers, sword swallowers and socialist sing-alongs. 

My Geeky Valentine Rockbar; 8pm; $5
The sexiest fanboys and girls don't have to wait for Comic Con to get naughty. Join burlesque and drag stars Alex Beckett, Nyx Nocturne, Ginger Rodger and more for some sickening cosplay, dancing and more, all catered to the hottest geeks in town. 

Sat 6

Madison St to Madison Ave Lunar New Year; 11am; free
Celebrate the Lunar New Year all day long during this action-packed festival full of musical performances, shopping discounts from local stores and family entertainment. The festivities begin with a historic signing ceremony that celebrates the partnership of Madison Avenue BID with the Bund Association for Promotion of Commerce & Trade, Shanghai and China.

Lunar New Year at Brookfield Place; 1:30pm; free
Ring in the year of the Monkey (with the Monkey King himself!) at Brookfield Place in partnership with the New York Chinese Culture Center. Get ready for energetic dance and music performances, as well as demonstrations of Chinese customs such as a martial arts demo and theatrical players in full traditional makeup-up and regalia. 

Party Like It’s 1999: Score Like the Fugees Edition The Bell House; 10pm; free
It's been 20 years since the Fugees dropped their game-changing album The Score, which means that the Bell House is required to throw down some of the best tracks from Ms. Lauren Hyll, Wyclef Jean and Pras, along with jams from other sterling voices of the ’90s hip-hop scene. DJ Steve will also hook up more dance tunes from R&B, pop, and rock genres.

“Cats Take Over the Moving Image Studio: Workshop” Museum of Moving Image; noon; free with admission
How’s this for a purrfect afternoon? This famous Astoria museum is offering a drop-in studio session, where folks of all ages can make their own media projects inspired by “How Cats Took over the Internet” exhibit. Create a super cool cat-in-space animation or use Lil Bub and Grumpy cat as your muse for designing your own cat celebrity. 

Drunk TED Talks: Drunk in Love Littlefield; 6pm; $5
The coming weeks of Valentine's Day means it's time to talk about one thing: love. But philosophical thoughts and questions regarding relationships may or may not change for Drunk TED Talks. Watch as Eve Peyser, Michael Arcenaux, Alana Levinson, Josh Gondelman, and Maris Kreizman try to tackle one of the most arguably stressful topics while hammered!

Sun 7

Greenpointer’s Valentine’s Day Market Greenpoint Loft; 1pm; free
Here’s proof that Valentine’s Day is awesome. Join Brooklyn blog,, in spreading the love with fun (and free!) activities, food and refreshments, live music and plenty of cool merchandise from over 50 vendors. We’re totally going for the Super Crush Gin & Juice cocktails, craft beer, henna tattoos and massages.

Shwick Love Market House of Yes; 11am; free
Whether you’re looking for a treat for a loved one or to treat yourself, Shwick’s pop-up market has a bevy of goodies. Scour wares from dozens of vendors as love songs play all day long—may they guide you toward vegan lipstick from Color Me Chad, arty porn from Math Magazine, sweets from Red Raccoon Cafe and a whole lot more. Stop into the LoveStruck photo booth for a completely adorable nonselfie memory. 

The Gander’s “Second Annual Gander Bowl” The Gander; 4pm; $
Football fans (or those who like to eat and drink) should definitely flock to Flatiron, where American restaurants with big screen TVs rule the nabe. At the Gander, diners and game-goers can enjoy an all-you-can-eat and drink special ($65 per person), featuring traditional tailgating delicacies such as wings, sliders, ribs, mac & cheese in a warm and welcoming setting. The booze runs the gamut from coolers and kegs of beer to punch bowls and a hefty wine selection, which means you’ll be feeling mighty fine by half time.  

Company XIV: Snow White Minetta Lane Theatre; 8pm; $40–$65, premium $75–$105
Having previously given a haute-burlesque twist to Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick invites us to take a bite of his latest nightlife-performance spectacle: an elaborate, adults-only version of Snow White, featuring Company XIV's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

Morrissey Party at Rumpus Room; 10pm; free
Creative types should check out DJs Dima Dubson and Benjamin Cho as they dust off the oldies and heavy-hitters by brit pop singer, Morrissey. Sure, you'll be crying into your wine glass during "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," but as soon as "Do Your Best and Don't Worry" comes on, you'll be bumpin' and grindin' like it's the 1990s. 



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