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18 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Lea Ceasrine

March 20

LUCKYRICE New York Feast; Mandarin Oriental New York, Upper West Side, 8pm. $150.
It's the 6th annual all-you-can-eat-and-drink Pan-Asian feast with yummy dishes like Pig & Khao green curry and shrimp, Morimoto spicy cold noodles with pork belly, and roasted duck for two. Award-winning pastry chef Pichet Ong will even be there for an exclusive meet and greet - you might even score a signed copy of his book!

PLATFORM 2015; Danspace Project, East Village, 8pm. $20.
Two New York City ballet dancers join forces with choreographers Jillian Pena and Troy Schumacher at this innovative space for Claudia La Rocco's curated work; "Dance Dialogues." 

The Stepfathers; Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 9pm. $10. 
The supergroup of seven improvers was founded by Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan and comedic genius Chris Gethard. This flagship show is funny, cute and a little bit brutal. 

Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene, 7:30pm. $25. 
The Kodo group has wowed the world on five continents, in over 3,700 performances. In this amazing percussion ensemble, nearly 30 members perform the sounds of serpents, demons and lions. 

March 21

Spring Craft Beer Festival; Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, 12:30pm and 5:30pm. $45.
As if you didn't drink enough beer on St. Patrick's Day, spend your Saturday filling up a 5oz. tasting glass with dozens of beers including Angry Orchard, Samuel Adams, Blue Moon, Einstok, and Goose Island. 

The Fest for Beatles Fans; Hilton Westchester, Upstate New York, 12pm. $75.
The longest day of this three-day festival will include a concert with Beatles cover band, Liverpool, and a viewing of the psychedelic Pig Light Show (aka Joshua Light Show). Also, snag some Beatles memorabilia and collectibles sold by vendors all the way from England.  

Super Sabado!; El Museo del Barrio, Spanish Harlem, 1pm. Free.
Every third Saturday of the month, El Museo presents gallery tours and art workshops for participants to enjoy. This weekend, create your own thaumatrope (an early moving-image device) and learn some Mexican moves with artist Alda Reuter. 

The Bullpen; The Playroom Theater, Hell's Kitchen, 4pm. $30.
Joe Assadourian served 12 years in prison, but that didn't stop him from finding humor in life - in this solo show, he plays 18 characters who tell his trials and tribulations. 

The Last Party; Eldorado Auto Skooter, Coney Island, 9pm. $35. 
Celebrate Nicky Siano's 60th birthday (the famous resident DJ from 1970s nightclub Studio 54) as he mixes disco-arcade beats underneath a stellar light show. Your ticket includes two glasses of beer or wine, plus there will be birthday cake all night long!

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction; Union Hall, Park Slope, 8pm. $10.
Can you say, sexy literature? Bryan Cook's comedy show includes comics about favorite American characters like Theo Huxtable or Bilbo Baggins. Special performers like Jared Logan, Dave Hill, and Ashley Brooke Roberts read prepared and improv pieces. Things might get pretty raunchy. 

Coffee and Tea Festival; Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint, 11:30pm. $25.
The 10th annual event is bubbling with more than 60 international exhibitors and 100 different tastings to try. Sweet and savory snacks will also be available, so bring your family and friends for this relaxing day out.

The Comedy in Dance Festival; Triskelion Arts, Greenpoint, 8pm. $16. 
29 companies come together for this celebration of humor in movement - some of which include the Cocoon Central Dance Team and a duo of modern dancers turned comedians who share their unchoreographed performances. 

March 22

Macy's Flower Show; Macy's, Herald Square, 10am. Free.
So, spring is still being indecisive, but the flowers aren't! "Art in Bloom" displays a beautiful arrangement of pop-art gardens, interactive 3D flowers, and contemporary and surrealist art, too. On the opening day, Martha Stewart will present the first of seven Bouquets of the Day. 

"Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power"; The Jewish Museum, Upper East Side, 11am. $15.
She exuded beauty and girl-power too - Helena Rubinstein established intimate salons for women back in the early 1900s. See her vintage beauty ads, kickass products, and her large collection of African and Oceanic sculpture. 

Meredith Monk; Carnegie Hall, Midtown West, 3pm. $43.
Avant-garde vocalist Meredith Monk is celebrating her 50th anniversary of creating work in New York City, and will be accompanied by her acclaimed Voice Ensemble. 

An Evening of Humorous Reading; HiFi, East Village, 8pm. Free.
Humor writers gather for the the monthly event's one year anniverary. The most memorable readers from prior nights will participate including Dave Hill (Tasteful Nudes), Seth Reiss (Late Night with Seth Meyers, New Yorker), and Melinda Taub (Funny or Die, McSweeney's).  

ASSSSCAT 3000; Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. $10.
The show that made UCB famous, the theater's best improvisers and special guests from comedy monoliths (like SNL, 30 Rock) team up to create a show that is completely different every time. The 7:30 show is sold out, but standby tickets are usually made available ($10), while the only way to get into the free 9:30 show is to stand in line so get there early. 

Knock: A Journey to a Strange Country; Players Theatre, West Village, 2pm. $35.
Several surrealist stories, inspired by the writing of Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms, are brought to life by the Lost & Found Project, a division of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene RU. The vignettes, which are tied thematically to exploration and migration, combine to create an emotional dream-like experience. 


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