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25 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Mar 6

Alex Da Corte, "Die Hexe"Luxembourg & Dayan, Upper East Side, 10am. Free.
"Die Hexe" means "the witch" in German, which explains the macabre feel of this installation featuring a series of vignettes that look like rooms of a brightly–lit haunted house. 

Screaming FemalesSilent Barn, Bushwick, 8pm. $13.
The local indie-rock band play in support of Rose Mountain, a new LP that lives up to our sky-high expectations. 

First Fridays at Tenement MuseumThe Tenement Museum, Lower East Side, 6:30pm. $40.
Play your best Sherlock Holmes to find out more about the lives of former New York residents (aka actors) on this interactive tour through the Tenement Museum. Grab a beer while you play the role of building inspector.

The Armory ShowPiers 92/94, Midtown West, 12pm. $45, seniors and students with ID $30. 
Armory Arts Week's tentpole event returns to the far West Side with mega helpings of contemporary and modern art divided, respectively, between Piers 92 and 94.

Andrés + Aurora Halal (live)Good Room, Greenpoint, 10pm. Price TBA.
The Detroit native is known for his unique fusion of house music and fuzzy hip-hop. All the better to dance to, we say. 

Twin Peaks: An Invitation to LoveParkside Lounge, Lower East Side, 9pm. $15.
Pay homage to the late, great TV classic in the sexiest way with the fourth anniversary of Francine's Pink Room, a David Lynch-themed burlesque show featuring characters from the fictional soap opera created within the cult series. 

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 coax you into at least a shimmy.

Grey Gardens; Film Forum, Soho, various times. $13.
Grey Gardens has become a Broadway musical, an HBO drama and a shorthand for squalor. Experience the cult favorite at Film Forum.

Mar 7

Big Apple ConPenn Plaza Pavilion, Midtown West, 11am, $20.
We know, your true brilliance of cosplay is hidden behind that monotonous nine-to-five job. Hide no more because this March marks the 20th anniversary of NYC’s longest-running comic-book, science-fiction and fantasy convention—created by magician and actor Michael "Mike Carbo" Carbonaro—where nerd flags fly free. 

George FitzGerald + Leon Vynehall + Kenny Larkin + Lee Jones; Verboten, Williamsburg, 11pm. $25, advance $20.
London's George FitzGerald, who's spent the past few years crafting some incredibly groovy house rhythms for Domino Records while simultaneously running Man Make Music, returns to Verboten. 

Sex with Betsy and Alise: An All-Female, Sex-Positive Comedy ShowCoco 66, Greenpoint, 10:30pm. $3.
Sex and Feminism. Betsy Kenney and Alise Morales. Sounds like four great tastes that go great together. Expect a hot and hilarious night. 

BjörkCarnegie Hall, Midtown West, 8pm. Various prices.
No Björk performance is anything less than an event, but this one, kicking off a lengthy run of local shows in support of her new album, Vulnicura, seems like it could be a life changer.  

Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day ParadeRockaway Beach and Boardwalk, The Rockaways, 1pm. Free.
The 40th Annual pre-St. Patrick's day parade kicks off at 1pm, so you can start the green festivities early.  

Lee Foss + Eskuche & Nu Sky + Psychemagik; Output, Williamsburg, 10pm. $40, advance $20.
These guys run the Panther Room with resident Nikola Baytala, while Hot Creations boss Foss and his labelmates Eskuche & Nu Sky control the main room with support from Brooklyn's finest, DKDS.

Vicky Shick Dance92nd Street Y, Upper East Side, 8pm. $25–$29. 
A remounting of the mesmerizing Pathétique, Miniatures in Details includes a playful, exaggerated new prologue.

Blind Idiot God + Oneirogen + Rhyton + GnawThe Paper Box, Bushwick, 8pm. $13, advance $10.
The instrumental rock trio rocks hard with its heavy metal songs, featuring the arrival of bassist Will Dahl. This weekend’s gig presents a rare opportunity to hear abstract discord pumped through arena-worthy equipment. 

Chappie opens in theaters
Sci-fi writer-director Neill Blomkamp follows District 9 and Elysium with this story of an exceptionally gifted robot that walks, talks and thinks like a human.

Mar 8

"Björk"; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown East, 10:30am. $25.
No, you're not seeing double—Björk is having a musical performance and exhibit opening this weekend. The Icelandic alt diva's arty antics are given an institutional seal of approval with her MoMA retrospective.

From Book to Broadway: A Conversation with Hilary Mantel92nd Street Y, Upper East Side, 8pm. $38–$47, 35 and under $15.
After a luminous run in London, the stage adaptations of Mantel’s Booker Prize–winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, are coming to Broadway! The author and director Jeremy Herrin discuss making that happen.

The Audience; Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Midtown West, 8pm, $75–$145. 
You've seen Helen Mirren play Queen Elizabeth II onscreen; now the British acting powerhouse plays the monarch in a series of meetings with prime ministers over the decades.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey present Circus Xtreme; Barclays Center, Downtown Brooklyn. $25-$110 
Yay, the circus is back! Also, for the first time, animal trainers will give the audience a peek at how they train and care for the elephants, addressing often controversial animal-rights concerns head-on during the show. So—yay, the circus!

"Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection"Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown East, 10:30am. $25.
MoMA presses the reset button on its contemporary art galleries with this collection showcase of works created over the past 30 years

Hold On to Your Butts; Peoples Improv Theater, Gramercy & Flatiron, 8pm. $18.
This shot-for-shot live remake of Jurassic Park is exactly like the film, if the film had no budget at all.

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