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15 out of sight things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 11

Big East Tourney Madison Square Garden at various times; $10–$60
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 Big East men’s basketball tournament and experience college ball like it’s meant to be played. We’re talking hardnosed, powerful hoop played on the most epic court in the world: Madison Square Garden. And you can be right at the heart of it. 

Boy Band Sing-Along Union Hall; 9:30pm; $10
Revisit the cherubic voices of the late '90s and early aughts at this group-singing party. Serve up your finest boy band realness for the costume contest (any Carter brother will do) and prove how well you know "Pop" during the dance competition. This is a one-night only, judgment-free zone for any die-hard fan of 98 Degrees, Hansen and the rest of the boys. 

Kitten N’ Lou: Overexposed! Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe; $22 plus $20 minimum
Burlesque queen Kitten LaRue and drag king Lou Henry Hoover hit the Beechman with a campy explosion of impressive choreography, lip-synching, videos and pasties. This new new show, created with help from collaborator BenDeLaCreme of RuPaul's Drag Race, is like a brilliantly deranged lost episode of So You Think You Can Dance with better costumes and a sense of humor.

Judy Gold Feinstein’s/54 Below; 7pm; $35–$80 plus $25 minimum
Gold's long list of accolades includes two Emmy Awards and a pair of American Comedy Award nominations, and she's done specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Logo. Her brash stand-up is a tour de force, and now she's ready to bring the Gold rush to Feinstein's/54 Below.

Distorted Diznee Laure Beechman Theatre at West Bank Cafe; 9:30pm; $20 plus $20 minimum
A host of maniacal drag dames slap on clamshell bikinis, yellow ball gowns and Maleficent horns to parody and praise their favorite Disney princesses and evil queens. 

Sat 12

35st Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom Brooklyn Botanic Garden; 10am; free
Head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for this day of workshops focused on sustainable and mindful city gardening. Broken up into morning and afternoon sessions, this celebration of nature offers workshops on fermenting apple cider, composting, walking meditation and edible mushrooms. Arrive at 10am to sign up for your desired classes; space is limited. 

RadioLoveFest BAM Harvey Theater; 7:30pm; various prices
See the faces behind the voices you love at this second annual event. Catch live tapings of public radio juggernauts Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!Death Sex and Money and even a live talk from A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keeler—or learn about the business at talks by the medium’s luminaries. Several on-air personalities are presenting and discussing films, and if you like some tunes with your radio, the festival features four concerts.

London Irish vs. Saracens rugby match Red Bull Arena; 3pm; $30–$200
The first official rugby match on American soil kicks off in New Jersey this weekend, with a special pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration. Drink green beer from the beverage tents, chow down on snacks and listen to live music before the match pitting two of Europe's most popular clubs goes down. Tickets start at just $30.

Prince vs. Michael Jackson Dance Party One Last Shag; 9pm; Suggested donation $10
Rage hard at this lively fundraiser for Heights & Hills, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that supports older adults. While the fundraising and raffles proceed, you can dance deliriously to tracks by MJ, the Artist formerly known as Prince, George Michael, Whitney and more. 

A League of Their Own presented by Molly Webster BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building; 7:30pm; $14
Whether it's your first introduction to the Rockford Peaches or you've seen Tom Hanks face off against Geena Davis a thousand times, you're certain to be delighted by this screening of Penny Marshall's seminal womens' baseball comedy. Radiolab's Molly Webster gives an introduction before Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Lori Petty take to the bat on screen. 

Sun 13

Shwick Spring Market House of Yes; 11am; free
This part indoor market hosts more than 60 vendors at its new Bushwick location at House of Yes—and judging by the list of "makers," it’s worth the trek if you’re coming from across the bridge. Gran products ranging from clothing to art from local vendors, and make sure to grab some finger-licking grub to fuel all your shopping endeavors. 

Morbid Anatomy’s Festival of Arcane Knowledge II Morbid Anatomy Museum; 10:30am; $25
The borough's most defiantly bizarre museum is busting out with a full day of panels, talks and performances on some of the world's most fantastic macabre gems. Visit an arachnoid and insect petting zoo, witness sword swallowing, learn about serial killers in history, see rare and unusual films and even try custom perfumes. After a whopping day of gothic mischief at the museum, the group heads to Halyard's for a private party. 

Mister Sunday Shea Stadium; 3pm; $20
Hometown heroes Mister Saturday Night (Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin) have released a mix CD, founded a label, played Beats in Space, toured the world and expanded their weekend reach with the daytime Mister Sunday, spinning their array of underground house, disco and techno rhythms for your dancing pleasure. Join them at Brooklyn's cozy Shea Stadium venue for some close, sweaty jams that will make you forget the winter weather. 

The Poetry Brothel House of Yes; 9pm; $30, VIP $75
This interactive performance series constitutes a literary cathouse, where male and female burlesque performers and big band musicians accompany poetry readings behind closed curtains. VIPs enjoy private listening sessions, and Doc's Absinthe is complimentary for all from 8–9pm. The March Hare edition at House of Yes promises to be wackier than a hookah trip shared by Alice and the Caterpillar. 

Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia Essex Restaurant; 8pm; free
Competitions in Westeros rarely end well, but the clever folks at Trivia A.D. promise a fun, treachery-free evening of trivia based on the highest-rated HBO series in history. Study up on the Targaryen family tree, fine Dornish wines and good-looking Stark sons if you and your team want to survive. 

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