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17 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Jan 16

Blackhat opens in theaters
Any new film by Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat) would get us excited. And this one's a cyberthriller starring Chris Hemsworth—our hearts are pounding already.

Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden; Madison Square Garden, Midtown West, 8pm. $25–$205.
This rowdy competition is for the best bull riders in existence, so expect it to get buck-wild.

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival; Grand Prospect Hall, Park Slope, 7:30pm. $35, advance $30; Sat 17 $55, advance $48; two-night pass $80, advance $69.
Balkan music takes center stage at this two-night fest featuring 60 different bands. 

Unlocking the Truth + Cinema Cinema + Netherlands + Wormburner; Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, 8pm. Free.
The tween metal band that signed a $1.8 million deal with Sony Music in July perform for your head-banging pleasure.

Jan 17

Sinbad; Apollo Theater, Harlem, 8pm and 10pm. $38 plus two-drink minimum.
Just like the title of his 2010 special, a lot of us have been wondering "Where U Been" when it comes to the big time comedian turned Celebrity Apprentice contestant. Wonder no more, because the veteran funny man is back with new jokes.  

The Bunker presents Jeff Mills + Dasha Rush + Eric Cloutier with Big Booty Hoes; Output. $35.
This is the one time you can shout big booty hoes without being offensive. Use it wisely. 

Civil Rights Weekend Scavenger Hunt; The New-York Historical Society, Upper West, 10am. Free with museum admission.
Kids of all ages are welcome here to learn more about the equal voting rights movement with an in-depth scavenger hunt.

Kara Walker, "Afterword"Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Chelsea, 10am. Free.
Kara Walker presents her first solo show since her blockbuster public-art project at the old Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg.

Jan 18

Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes: MLK's March Continues; Apollo Theater, Harlem, 3pm. Free. 
Head to the historic Apollo Theater for a celebration of the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and MSNBC's Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. R.S.V.P. online for guaranteed admittance.

Horse Meat DiscoCielo, Meatpacking District, 10pm. $25, advance $20.
Spank boys Sean B and Will Automagic get the party started, while hosts Marco Ovando, Casey Kenyon, Ryan McNally and Emerson Barth keep you entertained.

First Look Festival; Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, 7pm. $12 per screening. 
Weird is the new cool. Uncover innovative methods in filmmaking at this experimentally driven film festival featuring movie makers that embrace the strange.

Stevie Wonder Jukebox Musical: Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience; Cameo, Williamsburg, 7pm. $10.
What's better than a memorable Stevie Wonder hit? An accumulation of Stevie Wonder hits accompanying a super wonky comedic play. This is a hot mess and we can't wait.

Reggie Watts Audio Abramovic; Public Theater, East Village, 7pm. Free.
Reggie Watts channels artist Marina Abramovic's former works with a "personal performance" featuring YOU. Sit with the comedian one-on-one for exactly four minutes to hear whatever improvised song strikes him.

Jan 19

29th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene, 10:30pm. Free.
Acclaimed activist and educator Dr. Cornel West is the keynote speaker at BAM’s yearly celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. 

The Black Experience; Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre, Chelsea, 8pm. $5.
Whether you've asked for it or not, Jonathan Braylock leads you through the painfully unapologetic journey of the modern African-American experience. Get ready to cringe and/or be enlightened. 

The Wayans Brothers: Marlon and Shawn; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm and 10:30pm. $60 plus two-drink minimum. 
The Wayans boys responsible for the Scary Movie series and the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. are coasting just fine on their own these days. All things broad and bawdy are likely to be in evidence when they take the stage.

Shrouds Then and Now: An Affectionate History of Winding Sheets and Burial Garments; Morbid Anatomy Museum, Gowanus, 8pm. $8. 
It's oh-so-morbid and even more interesting; New York funeral director Amy Cunningham leads you through the history of burial fabrics in religious traditions, and endeavors to prove how awesome eco-friendly shrouds are for the future of burials on this crowded earth.

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