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15 lovely things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer Picht

Fri 12

Love at the Tenement Museum; 6:30pm; $30
Discover the affairs of the heart that played out among New York’s optimistic working-class immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries on this guided tour. You’ll be able to ease your real-estate anxiety on a stroll through Orchard Street the old-school lover’s lane of the LES: Orchard Street. 

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Theater for the New City; 8pm; $10
In this joyful annual powwow, members of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, founded in 1963, perform traditional songs and dances and tell stories inspired by Native American cultures across the continent.

TRESemmé Runway Studio Spring Studios; 8am; free
Whether or not you have invitations to shows, TRESemmé wants you to look fierce for Fashion Week—like, just stumbled off the runway fierce. Grab your girlfriends and head to Spring Studios to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from NYW and nab the latest hair styles and trends from the second they hit the catwalk. 

Daniel Sloss: Dark SoHo Playhouse; 7pm; $26.50
The Scottish comedian makes his solo New York City debut with five nights at the Soho Playhouse with. Watch him tear apart a heckler's complaint letter onstage and turn family hardships into moving, hilarious commentary with his personal take on black humor.

Company XIV: Snow White Minetta Lane Theatre; 8pm; $40–$105
Having previously given an 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.

Sat 13

Enchantment Under the Sea Dance Party Videology; 4pm; $22.09
Find your very own earth angel, change your destiny, or just show off a rad tie and cardigan at this tremendous Back to the Future tribute. Bring your best 1955 vibe and dance like there’s no tomorrow (if you’re Marty McFly, there might not be).

Cupid's Workshop Refinery Hotel; 3pm-7pm; free
This pop-up event in Refinery Hotel's rotating sidewalk-level Hatbox space will be stocked with luxurious gifts for sale, delicious chocolate and even a kissing booth. The hotel will be offering a complimentary beer and wine happy hour from 5pm-6pm for those who like a little buzz with their last-minute holiday shopping.

Chinese New Year Family Celebration China Institute; 11am; free
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the China Institute. Take your friends and family to the traditional lion dance and kung fu performance, along with zodiac-themed arts and crafts. If the yummy holiday treats make you curious, you can learn how to make dumplings and lanterns at workshops ($15). 

Ponycon Grand Prospect Hall; 10am; $15–$75
My Little Pony—the TV series and line of toys with outstanding hair— is becoming a movement. Attend the fourth annual gathering of Pony fans (including Bronies) to rejoice in art, performance, video and unrestrained Pony culture. Better make sure you deep condition your mane before convention time. 

Cupid’s Undie Run Stage 48; noon; $40–$55
Join this scantily clad, one-mile Valentine’s Day dash to Brass Monkey bar to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Must register (and wear some form of undies) to participate.

Sun 14

Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular Highline Ballroom; 7:30pm; $30, VIP $50
No matter how cynical you may be about Valentine’s Day, you’re certain to get all sorts of tingly feelings as the dames and daddies of the Thirsty Girl Burlesque crew show off their delightfully dirty routines. Vocal powerhouse Shelly Watson hosts a packed lineup of NYC burlesque icons, including the beautiful and buxom Dirty Martini, bristly-chested Brewster and the unpredictable Corvette LeFace. 

So Far Gone: Drake Night Baby’s All Right; 11pm; $10–$15
Cry the tears of Drizzy while dancing away the pain with three DJs and a Drake-themed photo booth. Just hold on, we’re goin’ home—after the 1am champagne toast. 

Brooklyn Chocolate Takedown The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club; noon; $20
Love or hate romance and Valentine's Day, we can all agree on this: we love chocolate. Chow down on the sweet treats from 20 different chefs until you're all cocoaed out. Four real-life couples have met and married through this event—so beware.

The Wonderful World of Boning Union Hall; 7:30pm; $8
Lux Alptraum reenacts old-timey sex-ed videos to communicate the sometimes-terrifying realities of human sexuality in the most awkward and unintentionally hilarious ways possible. In terms of exorcising your middle school gym-class trauma, this is a pretty fine start.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade Sara D. Roosevelt Park; 1pm; free
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at two key neighborhood fetes organized by the Better Chinatown Society. At 1pm, a parade of hundreds of costumed marchers and performers (along with dragon and lion puppets) will wind its way from the corner of Canal and Mott Streets through Chinatown and Little Italy to the park. Snag a spot at Forsyth and Hester Streets for the best view.

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