Your perfect weekend: What's in store

Learn about punk history, catch the return of HBO's Girls and more of the best things to do.

The New York Dolls

The New York Dolls Photograph: Roberta Bayley

How packed is this weekend? So packed that we don't even know which events we should highlight in this blog post! But highlight we shall: Here are some of the coolest things taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

At powerHouse Arena on Friday, Punk magazine cofounder John Holmstrom fetes the release of a new book chronicling the indie publication's history. The tome features photos of legendary musicians like Debbie Harry, the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls.

On Saturday, you can support indie Brooklyn artisans at the Gowanus Nite Market; fill up on a hearty winter fave—cassoulet—at Jimmy's No. 43; or go see the cast of Archer do its thing live at Irving Plaza. See? So many options!

If you are the sort of person who cares about twentysomething ennui and the TV shows that depict it, good news: There are a few bars showing the season-two premiere of HBO's much-discussed series Girls on Sunday. But if that's not your thing (we sympathize), there are a few other events happening that day. (Our actual pick? The WFMU Mini Record Fair. Go buy some LPs and help the station out!)