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16 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Feb 6

Women of LettersJoe's Pub at the Public Theater, Greenwich Village, 7pm. $20. 
The Australian-made literary salon returns, this time focused on the topic of 'a letter to the thing that has vanished,' with guests like actress and '80s icon Molly Ringwald, award-winning adult film star and director Stoya and comedian Sabrina Jalees.

Fifth Annual Athena Film FestivalThe Diana Center (at Barnard College), Morningside Heights, 12pm. Individual films $12, students $5; all-access pass $80, students $25.
Here’s an event that screams that girls truly do “Run the World,” with media to back it up. It's a feminist film fest at (where else?) Barnard College.

Jupiter Ascending opens in theaters
Postponed from last summer, the Wachowskis' new film, a sci-fi spectacular starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, finally comes to the big screen.

The Shame Game; The Bell House, Gowanus, 9pm. $10.
Sharing your deepest regrets with large audiences isn't usually a thing, because #embarrassing, but here, it's the main event. Comedians Ginny Leise and Soojeong Son, plus some of their local funny friends, share their most shameful stories for your entertainment. 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opens in theaters
This is the second movie to come out of the little yellow sponge that became a global kids' TV phenomenon. We're guessing it's for little kids and fans (we know you're young at heart).

The Bunker: Magda + Mike Servito + Wrecked + BMG; Output, Williamsburg, 10pm. $TBA, advance $15-$30.
The Bunker continues to deliver lineups including only the best techno talent from around the world, this time with Magda headlining.

Bitten: A Food Conversation; Scholastic Auditorium, Soho, 8:30am. $200.
Attend this all-day conference to pick the brains of gastro powerhouses as they discuss the future of food while filling up on complimentary breakfast and lunch from Cómodo and Colonia Verde.

One Step Beyond: Todd Edwards + Beautiful Swimmers; American Museum of Natural History
An apt party name for house-music originator Mr. Edwards.

Feb 7

Cupid's Undie RunStage 48, Hell's Kitchen, 12pm. $30–$55.
Don your favorite, possibly Valentine's-themed underthings for a one-mile run, or walk, to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

East Ville des Follies; Webster Hall, East Village, 2:30pm. $50, VIP $60.
Classy boozehounds and carnival fans can indulge all their vices at this beer-and-whiskey festival. 

Fourth Annual Eat, Drink & Bloody Mary Contest; L’Apicio, East Village, 12pm. $50.
Choose your favorite morning cocktail as 18 of New York City’s most popular brunch spots (DBGB, the Smith) compete for the title of best Bloody Mary.

Party Like It’s 1999: Boys on the Side of February; The Bell House, Gowanus, 10pm. Free.
Reminisce on that one time Drew Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker played besties at this music-driven throwback party celebrating 15 years since the '90s dramedy Boys on the Side was released.

D'Angelo; Apollo Theater, Harlem, 8pm. $56–$226.
The R&B singer is back with a new album, Black Messiah, which he released (after a 15-year gestation) with no advance warning in December. Seriously though, have you heard his new work? It is, in one word, dope. 

Feb 8

Fleetwood Mac: On with the Show; Prudential Center, Newark, 8pm. $49.50–$199.50.
We imagine the M.O. of this year's reunion tour will be the same as last year's: a set list crammed with hits, during which Lindsey, Stevie and Christine graciously share the spotlight. And try not to grin when Mick Fleetwood takes his lovably kooky drum solo during the encore.

Verité; Claire Tow Theater, Upper West Side, 2pm and 7pm. $20.
A woman exploits her life for a memoir in this biting satire by Nick Jones (Orange Is the New Black).

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Powwow; Theater for the New City, East Village, 10pm. $10, children under 12 $1 at matinees.
The oldest Native American dance company rounds out their special 51st anniversary run with a final performance including traditional songs and culture-rich storytelling.

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