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22 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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May 8

RadioLoveFestBrooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Fort Greene, 6pm. Various prices. 
The unapologetically nerdy event features live tapings of some of your favorite podcasts like Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, plus panel discussions with several on-air personalities.

Night Lights; Wave Hill, the Bronx, 6:30pm. $25.
Fun fact: Did you know 2015 was named International Year of Light? This year's show features Chris Doyle's new, luminous outdoor installation, The Lightening: A Project for Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden.

Saun & Starr; Ginny's Supper Club, Harlem, 7:30pm. $20.
Bronx Natives and Sharon Jones back-up singers Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe support their super funky, heartfelt new Daptone release. 

The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum; Location TBA, Contact site to request a free visit. 
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were two of the best skaters in the early 1990s, and now their controversial legend lives on in this Kickstarter-funded project with a collection open for anyone to see.

Global Beat FestivalBrookfield Place Winter Garden, Battery Park City, 8pm. Free.
Sample sounds from Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Libya and beyond at this promising three-night fest, featuring many groups making their NYC debuts.

Bronx Week; Various locations and times.
The 10-day festival highlights the northernmost borough with a film festival, a parade, neighborhood tours and food from the area's best local vendors.

North Coast Six-Year Anniversary Show; Union Hall, Park Slope, 9:30pm. $10. 
This absurdly talented, hip-hop obsessed improv troupe, whose high-energy gigs showcase both their freestyle and comedy skills, celebrate its six hilarious years together. Audience members are invited to hang out and party after the show. 

Daniel Avery + Lone (live A/V show) + My Love Is Underground Label Night; Output, Williamsburg, 10pm. $TBA, advance $30.
Joining the funky, hotshot producer is Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) doing a live A/V show featuring Konx-om-Pax and his trademark throwback sounds, as well as Fixed's JDH and Dave P. Head over to the Panther Room for Brawther and Jeremy Underground from France's My Love Is Underground label.

The World of Apu; Film Forum, various times. $13.
It's the final film of Satyajit Ray's celebrated trilogy (which begins with Pather Panchali and Aparajito). Award-winning American directors like Wes Anderson or Martin Scorsese have cited Ray as a huge inspiration. Go see why. 

May 9

An Act of GodStudio 54, Midtown West, 8pm. $55–$149.
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons drops the lovable genius act and plays the omnipresent being for a while. We hear he's pretty heavenly in the role. 

NYC Spring Wine Festival; Broad Street Ballroom, Financial District, 3pm. $99–$199.
Sip your way through 200 vino samples—from deep reds to bright whites curated by Vintry Fine Wines—during this walk-around ballroom tasting, and don’t forget to chow down on the charcuterie and crudités.

"Gilbert & George: The Early Years"; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West, 10:30am, $25.
The famed Brit "living sculptures" duo got their start in the late 1960s when they gave conceptual art a sardonic, Edwardian twist. MoMA delves into its holdings to examine those defining years with photos, videos, drawings and assorted ephemera.

Bayou 'n Brooklyn Cajun Music FestivalJalopy Theatre, Carroll Gardens, 8pm. per day $30, 3-day weekend pass $50.
The fest cooks up a grand Saturday supper and offers dance lessons, as well as fiddle, accordion and guitar workshops. The nighttime fun includes performances by Gina Forsyth, a fiddle wizard from New Orleans, and ZydeGroove, a band known for its signature zydeco style.

LIC Flea & Food; Long Island City, 10am. Free.
Vintage lovers will enjoy this open-air bazaar, which organizers hope will become Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea. 

Jason Moran: Harlem Nights/ U Street LightsApollo Theater, Harlem, 8pm. $35–$45. 
The polymathic piano great unites artists from Harlem and D.C. — including pianist Marc Cary, Gerald Clayton and Bertha Hope—to connect the jazz legacies of the two locales.

May 10

Mother's Day; various locations and times.
Step up your game this year with our hand picked Mother's day events from weird, to chill and everything in between.

PEN World Voices Festival; Various locations and times. 
On the last day of this massive festival, now in its 11th year, brings together 100 writers from 30 countries to contemplate change, international politics and the value of free speech.

Japan DayNaumburg Bandshell, Central Park, Lenox Hill, 9:30am. Free.
At Japan Day in Central Park, try your hand at origami, slurp up some tonkotsu shoyu ramen or nosh Hello Panda chocolate, get your face painted Kabuki-style and even take part in the four-mile fun run.

Hamlet with Peter SarsgaardClassic Stage Company, Downtown, 3pm. $71.
Shakespeare’s dark classic returns with a star who’s done turns both on the Great White Way and the silver screen, Peter Sarsgaard. Today's the last day to see the award-winning thespian in action.

I Love You, Mom; Magnet Theater, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $7.
For Mother's Day, comics including Hannah Chase and Jon Bander perform improv as their actual noncomedian moms to join them onstage.

Smorgasburg; Brooklyn Bridge Park, 11am. Free.
Nosh like no one's watching once again at the weekly foodie fair full of artisanal goodies like gluten-free baked goods and oysters.

Jeff Garlin; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $44 plus two drink minimum.
Tonight the Curb Your Enthusiasm star closes out his four-night run at Carolines—expect a big bowl of laughs.

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