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24 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Mar 13

New York Spring SpectacularRadio City Music Hall, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $25–$120. 
Spring is in the air! Travel through NYC landmarks its a seasonal performance starring the Rockettes and featuring celebs like Broadway's Laura Benanti. 

NYC Craft Beer Festival; Lexington Avenue Armory, Midtown East, 10am. $55–$75.
At this suds celebration, beer buffs can sip unlimited samples of nearly 150 local (Braven, Gun Hill, Dyckman) and cross-country brews (Founders, Down East Cider House), plus sit in on brewing and tasting seminars led by suds experts.

Cinderella opens in theaters
Kenneth Branagh directs a live-action version of the classic fairy tale, with British actor Lily James (Downton Abbey) as approachable "Ella" in the title role. Cate Blanchett is wickedly good as her evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, dressed to kill in the style of a 1940s femme fatale.

Women of LettersJoe's Pub at the Public Theater, Greenwich Village, 9pm. $20.
They’re women. They read letters. It’s a simple premise that produces poignant results. This week's theme: “a letter to the thing that vanished.”

It Follows opens in theaters
In this fun, meta horror film indebted to the work of John Carpenter and others, the characters find themselves followed by a mysterious, slow-moving presence that can assume any human form.

Stay Up: Jamie 3:26 + KonLocation TBA, Manhattan, 11pm. Location TBA 23:00 $TBA, advance $15; tickets at residentadvisor.net
Chicago house man Jamie 3:26 and Boston lord of the edit Kon team up with Brooklyn's A. Pop for another ace edition of Stay Up.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival; Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea, 11am. $30–$50.
The fifth annual fete showcases two days of meat-free samples, cooking demonstrations and seminars on vegan and vegetarian living.

"Laurie Simmons: How We See"; The Jewish Museum, Upper East Side, 11am. $15.
Lena Dunham's mom puts the l'oeil into trompe l'oeil with her photos of fashion models whose closed eyelids are painted with images of eyes.

Meghan Trainor + Sheppard; Irving Plaza, Gramercy & Flatiron, 7pm. Sold Out. 
"All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor keeps the hit train rolling with her latest single "Lips Are Movin" and this gig at Irving Plaza.

Mar 14

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men; Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, 11:30am. $12.
The behind-the-scenes exhibit displays the actual sets of the infamous ad man's retromodern office and Pasadena-inspired kitchen, plus his iconic tuxedo and the box containing evidence of his true identity. Enter the world of the ever-dapper Don Draper for the first time ever and feel a little better about the show ending soon!

New York City FIRST Robotics CompetitionJacob K. Javits Convention Center, Midtown West, 9am. Free.
It's only a matter of time before robots rule the earth. Witness how technology has progressed so far at this competition. 

The Celtic AppalachiaSymphony Space, Upper West Side, 2:30pm. $40-$60.
Expect a lively night at The Celtic Appalachia where Irish-inspired bands from all over rock out for your listening pleasure.

Horse Meat Disco NY Residency; Output, Williamsburg, $TBA, advance $30. $22. 
The disco daddies of Horse Meat Disco come to us from all the way over in London for a night of revelry right here in Brooklyn. 

Ms. Lauryn Hill; The Cutting Room, Murray Hill, 8pm. Various prices.
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a decade and a half since Fugees alum Lauryn Hill’s universally revered neo-soulster debut collected 10 Grammy nominations. Now she's back, and grooving the stage once again. 

MurderfistPeoples Improv Theater, Gramercy & Flatiron, 11pm. $10.
Wild and aggressive but not confrontational, Murderfist is about as punk as sketch comedy gets. Raw, committed performances and loopy jokes undermine theatrical unity every time, but the mess this crew makes is well worth any necessary cleanup.

Golden Dragon AcrobatsBrooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (at Brooklyn College), Midwood, 2pm. $25, children $12.50. 
Hailing from China, this troupe presents a spectacle of acrobatics, traditional dance, elaborate costumes and music. Culture vultures like us drool for this crew. 

Kindness + Pell; Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 8pm. $20. 
On his new LP Otherness, Adam Bainbridge enlists big-name pals like Devonte Hynes, Kelela and pop sprite Robyn, some of whom may or may not join him.

St. Patrick’s Day in Irish New YorkSt. Paul's Chapel, Financial District, 1pm. $18.
Explore NYC's former “Little Ireland” district, learn about the incredible contribution Irish immigrants made to the overall history of the city and understand why this day is more popular in New York than it is in Ireland at this tour. 

Mar 15

Annual Brooklyn Brain Jam; Littlefield, Gowanus, 1pm, $12–$15.
At the second annual Brain Jam, there'll be science presentations, geeky trivia, a sci-fi spelling bee and a ton of brain games that will make you feel incredibly smart. Or incredibly not smart. 

"Madame Cézanne"The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side, 10am. Suggested donation $25.
Although Paul Cézanne’s wife was his most frequently painted subject, she’s been shafted by art historians, who have tended to focus on the artist’s still lifes, landscapes and figurative studies of bathers. Come give her the revelry she deserves.

Just Food ConferenceColumbia University, Morningside Heights, 8am. $65.
The brainy culinary convention returns with a packed lineup of intensive seminars, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and film screenings focused on food education and policy.

Village Vanguard 80th Anniversary with Jason MoranVillage Vanguard, West Village, 8:30pm and 10:30pm. $30, Mar 15 $40, plus one-drink minimum.
Moran, a pianist with an uncanny knack for animating history, has curated a fascinating anniversary which features a rare club appearance from saxist Charles Lloyd's New Quartet.

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day ParadeProspect Park, Brooklyn, 1pm. Free.
It's a friendlier alternative to the controversial, official St. Patrick's Day Parade where you can show off your Irish pride. Yay for inclusive celebration!

Al Madrigal; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $35 plus two-drink minimum.
The Daily Show correspondent reports on his life instead of just skewering the news.

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