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Sakura Matsuri 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photograph: Filip WolakSakura Matsuri 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

20 super-cool things to do this weekend

Written by
Jaz Joyner

Apr 24

Green FestivalJacob K. Javits Convention Center, Hell's Kitchen, 12pm. Single day pass $12.
Earth—We've only got one (as far as we know). Celebrate it at this three-day fest with over 300 exhibitors that offer eco-friendly services, earth-conscious products and educational demonstrations.

CrookersPacha, Hell's Kitchen, 10:30pm. Free.
This Italian DJ carries the torch for the once two-man crew that worked with Kid Cudi on the hit "Day and Nite." Prepare to move. 

Brooklyn Poets Reading Series; BRIC House, Fort Greene, 7pm. Free.
For a more literary Friday night, don’t miss this excellent all-poetry quarterly series, featuring three talented guests (David Tomas Martinez, Tyehimba Jess and Mahogany L. Browne are on deck), plus drinks and postreading dancing.

Adult Beginners; opens in theaters
Can Kroll possibly improve on C Czar and Dad Academy? The Kroll Show is over but looks like you can still get your fix on his weird style of comedy with this movie. 

Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet SlamNaumburg Bandshell, Central Park, Lenox Hill, 1pm. Free.
Where art thou, poetry fans? Bring forth your listening ears for hours worth of enthusiastic Sheakspearean-sonnet readings by 154 readers of all ages.

Cobain: Montage of Heck; opens in theaters
You're never going to get a better view of the Nirvana frontman than you do in this documentary directed by Brett Morgen.

Apr 25

Sakura Matsuri; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, 10am. $25.
The celebration of Japanese culture past and present includes taiko drumming, a kimono fashion show, samurai-sword demonstrations, folk-dancing performances, and sets by J-pop singer Hitomi Himekawa and only lasts today and tomorrow. Be there or be oh-so-square. 

Bacon and Beer Classic; Citi Field, Queens, 11am. $59-$129.
Join breweries and restaurants from all five boroughs at this suds-and-swine bash, where you can glug down more than 120 samples of beer and nosh on bites made better with bacon (chocolate-and-bacon-covered pretzels, anyone?).

Brooklyn Zine FestBrooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights, 11am. Free.
The fourth annual Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to grant wings to more than 150 talented but lesser-known writers, artists and publishers. 

NYC Chili Cook-Off; Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, 12pm. $12.
Taste your way through contestants' chili recipes ranging from spicy Mexican to sweeter, New York barbecue styles.

"Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967"; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West, 
This show looks back on Warhol’s one-person debut at L.A.’s Ferus Gallery in 1962, in which he first unveiled his "Campbell's Soup Can" paintings.

Dachshund Spring FiestaWashington Square Park, Greenwich Village, 12pm. Free.
Weiner dogs reign supreme at this 23rd annual canine fest. Bring your little guy or simply take in the ultimate pooch gathering happening all around you.

Hot Sauce ExpoBrooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint, 10am. $10. 
The weekend-long affair for heat-seekers features more than 45 hot-sauce vendors slinging samples, a Bloody Mary competition and spicy-food eating contests.

Discosynthesis; Union Hall, Park Slope, 12am. Free.
Head to Union Hall for a monthly disco party in all its corny goodness. We'll be surprised if those addicting beats don't make your body rock to those Boogie Night-esque beats.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross; MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, 2:30pm. $35–$125.
The Jersey stadium transforms into a motorcross battleground as a speedy daredevils go head-to-head in this world Championship dirt bike extravaganza.

Apr 26

Tribeca Film Festival; Tribeca Cinemas, Tribeca, various times. $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?

They Might Be Giants Music Hall of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 7pm. 
Tonight's show, as part of an ongoing series through June, is devoted to the band's new record, Glean.

Grounded; Public Theater, Downtown, 8pm. $85–$150.
Anne Hathaway goes it alone at the Public Theater in this solo drama about an ace pilot who becomes a drone operator. She spends half the day bombing targets halfway around the world, then goes home to her family. Julie Taymor directs.

Mark Morris Dance Group; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene, 6:30pm. $25–$85. 
The master choreographer presents his company in two excellent programs that include Spring, Spring Spring, as well as two of his stellar dances set to music by Lou Harrison.

Tulip FestivalWest Side Community Garden, Upper West Side, 11am. Free. 
Experience a spectacle of 12,000 rare spring beauties, featuring tulips, cherry blossoms and other flowers that only come around this season. 

Hank GreenGramercy Theatre, Flatiron, 7pm. $29. 
"Internet guy" and musical talent Hank Green continues his eastbound tour with indie-rock group Driftless Pony Club. These New Age rock stars teamed up with musical friends Harry and the Potters, you know, just the first wizard rock band.

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