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20 super-cool things to do this weekend

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Jaz Joyner

Fri 17

Unfriended; Opens in theaters
Set aside the window of a Skype chat, this slice of high-concept horror finds a group of teens tormented by the account of a recently deceased friend. Even in the afterlife, there's no escaping social media. 

Brooklyn Folk Festival; St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn Heights, 8pm. $20–$25; three-day pass $80.
30 bands, from bluegrass to Balkan to Irish, perform over three days. Don't miss signing workshops, free-for-all jam sessions, the square dance competition or the banjo toss. 

The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed with a Sense of Humor; Union Hall, Park Slope, 7:30pm. $8.
Sex educator Lux Alptraum invites you to watch classic educational videos on the subject as she provides commentary with the help of comedic friend Brendan McLaughlin. This may be less awkward than your junior-high class, but there'll be just as much giggling.

Ivan SmaggheLe Bain, Meatpacking District, 10pm. Free.
Ivan Smagghe—the former Black Strobe maestro and current It's A Fine Line editor, who's been a leading figure of the French scene since the early days of this millennium—serves as the headliner.

Seth Troxler + Eats Everything; Output, Wiliamsburg, 10pm. $40, advance $30.
Two DJs who cultivate goofy, fun personae but take their music quite seriously present a night of top-notch otherworldy techno.

Felix and Meira; Opens in theaters
Maxime Giroux’s Félix and Meira captures the dislocating loneliness of Lost in Translation without leaving its characters’ native Montreal.

Residency! Juan MacLean + special guests; Cameo, Williamsburg, 8pm. $10.
It's hard to imagine getting the chance to see an artist of his size in a venue anywhere near this size for this price anytime soon. So basically, you should go to this one. 

Tribeca Film FestivalTribeca Cinema, Tribeca, 10am. $10–$35.
The 14th edition of spring's essential NYC film event brings a surfeit of world premieres, along with a special 25th-anniversary presentation of Goodfellas with special guests. What—are we clowns? Do we amuse you?

Leslie Jones; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $35 plus two-drink minimum.
The comic—whom you'll recognize from Chris Rock's Top Five— takes a break from her Saturday Night Live gig to return to the stage all weekend.

Sat 18

Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic; Liberty Theater, Midtown West, 8pm. $75, VIP $150–$250.
The long-abandoned Liberty Theatre in Times Square is now home of this sinfully retro burlesque entertainment. Expect showgirls, burlesque, aerialists and plenty of spirits—plus a murder mystery!

Smorgasburg; East River State Park, Williamsburg, 11am–6pm. Free.
Nosh like no one's watching once again at the annual foodie fair full of artisanal goodies like gluten-free baked goods and oysters.

Earl Sweatshirt; Best Buy Theater, Midtown West, 8pm. $30.
The drawly, gangly Odd Future prodigy supports his recent surprise release, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Yes, we agree—the title is bad ass. 

Earth Day at Prospect ParkAudubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park, 1pm. Free.
Head to Prospect Park’s historic boathouse to become one with nature. Start off by interacting with live wild animals then ends in a symphony of instruments made of reused and repurposed materials with the “Bash Trash Performance and Parade.”

Kelela88 Palace, Chinatown, 11pm. $25. 
L.A. singer-songwriter Kelela's and the experimental-dance sound has gotten attention from the likes of Solange and Bjork, and we'll bet it captures yours, too.

"Yves Saint Laurent and Halston: Fashioning the '70s"Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea, 12pm. Free. 
Now in its final day, this exhibit showcases the work of two legendary designers who truly captured the bold, sexy look of the time.

Sun 19

Earth Day at Union SquareUnion Square, Gramercy, 12pm. Free.
This Manhattan park gets a whole lot greener for New York’s 25th Annual Earth Day. You’ll learn all about sharing economies and eco-friendly living with exhibits of green vehicles and transportation, demonstrations from environmental campaigns and nonprofits and some live performances too. 

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal PodcastCarolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 6pm. $22.
The comedian and actor invites Lewis Black to the live recording of his popular podcast, where Gottfried discusses crazy past and present Hollywood stories with artists he admires. This time Gottfried is joined by Lewis Black.

Bust Craftacular's PrimpedBrooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, 11am. $5.
The $5 admission to this kick-ass party gets you access to more than 65 indie sellers peddling everything from vegan beauty products to retro home goods, plus free services such as Fringe Salon braids, a Floss Gloss nail bar, tarot readings and more. 

The Orchid ShowNew York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, 10am. $10–25.
The New York Botanical Garden explodes into a tropical floral extravaganza for the 11th annual Orchid Show. This year the design, by staffer Francisca Coelho, thoughtfully incorporates trees felled by Hurricane Sandy.

Five Times in One NightEnsemble Studio Theatre, Hell's Kitchen, 6pm. $30–$40.
It's closing night as a man and a woman come together over and over—in his epoch-spanning comedy about sexual union through the ages.

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