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21 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Apr 10

Ex Machina; opens in theaters
Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go) steps behind the camera for this sci-fi tale starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac.

Yankees vs. Red Sox; Yankees Stadium, Bronx, 7:05pm. $20-$360.
The two teams have competed for more than 100 years, and the rivalry still stands. Witness the ongoing battle at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Ian Black; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $33 plus two-drink minimum.
The likably smug stand-up shows off his smarts at one of the best comedy clubs in town.

Dior and I; opens in theaters
In the wake of John Galliano's toxic departure from Christian Dior, soft-spoken Belgian designer Raf Simons assumed the mantle of the label's creative design, but with only weeks to complete his first collection. Frédéric Tcheng's suspenseful documentary is a study in coolheaded leadership that Project Runway wanna-bes ought to consider homework.

Clouds of Sils Maria; opens in theaters
Juliette Binoche plays a stage actor past her glory days. She agrees to a new role playing the older friend of the character she once made famous. Psychological torment—and an unusually complex turn by Kristen Stewart—ensues.

Upset + Colleen Green + Charly Bliss; Shea Stadium, Williamsburg, 9pm. $12, advance $10.
Relive the golden era of ladycentric alt rock with these crucial L.A. acts.

Live from Outer SpaceThe Cobra Club, Bushwick, 9pm. Free.
The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

Apr 11

OK GoTerminal 5, Midtown West, 7pm. $30. 
The quirky Chicago alt-rock band—more famous for its music videos than for its actual music—has a new album, Hungry Ghosts, and, yes, a trippy, optical-illusion–laden video for the single “The Writing’s on the Wall.” But are people actually into the band? This big T5 gig suggests so.

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

MoCCA Arts FestivalCenter 548, Chelsea, 11am. $5 per day. 
This cool comic expo welcomes you to check out books, magazines, and gear from more than 300 major and minor publishers.

Gillian Walsh; The Kitchen, Chelsea, 8pm. $15, seniors and students $12.
In her rigorous and cool (as in temperature) Scenario: Script to Perform, Walsh delves deeply into her ongoing investigation of formal structures alongside a sound score by Stefan Tcherepnin.

Sufjan StevensBeacon Theatre, Upper West Side, 8pm. $55–$59.
Your favorite indie pop troubadour scales down the arrangement and dials up the emotional wallop, as he presents songs from this haunting latest, Carrie & Lowell.

Party Like It's 1999; The Bell House, Gowanus, 10pm. Free.
Exactly 20 years ago, Friday hit the scenes and brought us hip-hop classics. Go dance like Felisha before she got son'd to these late ’90s jams. Yeah, you heard us right. 

Fixed: Shit Robot; Good Room, Greenpoint, 10pm. TBA, advance $5.
Frequent Fixed fixture Marcus Lambkin is neither shit nor robot. He's a techno DJ and his mixes are "technically" good. See what we did there? 

Brooklyn Flea; Fort Greene, 10am–5pm. Free.
Antique and vintage lovers, rejoice! This hipster hang is back in action every Saturday and Sunday at Fort Greene and Williamsburg locations through November. 

An American in ParisPalace Theatre, Midtown West, 8pm. $57-$147, premium $240.
Adding to the season's minicrop of classic shows (On the Town, Gigi) comes this stage adaptation of the 1951 Gene Kelly movie musical. 

Apr 12

Stevie Wonder; Barclays Center, Brooklyn, 8pm. $49.50-$165.
This is your chance to hear Stevie Wonder perform his landmark double-LP Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety. Miss this gig at your own peril.

Brooklyn Bloody Mary Festival; Industry City, Sunset Park, 1pm. $30–$35.
For three hours, go bottoms up with unlimited samples of the beloved brunch cocktail from Kings County's best restaurants and bars.

Brooklyn Mac and Cheeze Takedown; The Royal Palms Shuffleboard, Gowanus, 12pm. $20. 
Mac lovers, cheese lovers, mac-and-cheese lovers: It's your time. Snack on a mac combos by the expert chefs, and help discover the cheesy champion.

Stephen Petronio Company; Joyce Theater, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $10–$59.
This season is an exciting one for Petronio, who unveils his Bloodlines series, in which he will add dances by master postmodern choreographers to his company's repertoire. The program includes Petronio's Locomotor Non Locomotor and Merce Cunningham's 1968 RainForest.

Alice Smith; Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 9pm. $30, advance $25.
When she sings softly, Brooklyn soul singer-songwriter Alice Smith has a silky flow that likens classic voices from the Motown era. When she hits the big, high runs, she's like no one else—goose bumps guaranteed.

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