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NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

Library After Hours: Starry Messengers (March 23)

The stars have aligned at the New York
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The stars have aligned at the New York Public Library. This free after-hours event will celebrate all things outer space, giving visitors access to collections exploring the artistic, cultural, and scientific history of astronomy, screening 16mm archived films, lectures on the cosmos with Astronomy on Tap, star-themed crafts and music by I Like It. (Free, 7 to 9 p.m., Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave.

Comedy Shows

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"Las Culturistas Live: I Don't Think So Honey!:" 50 comedians and performers will each get one minute to go off on the hottest pop culture moments of the day and past moments that turned them into Culturistas. The Bell House (149 Seventh St., Brooklyn) 8 p.m. $20.


"Your Love, Our Musical:" Comedians Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman pick a real couple from the audience, interview them and then turn their love story into a fully improvised musical. Caveat (21 A Clinton St., Brooklyn) 7 p.m. $20.


"Women in Comedy: A Love Letter to Myself:" This two-hour variety show takes a diverse group of women (stand-up, improvisers and musical comedians) and asked them to write and read love letters to themselves on stage. Proceeds will go toward Union Hall (702 Union St., Brooklyn) 8 p.m. $25.

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
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Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St.,

Sun-Earth Day (March 24)

Meet NASA solar scientists, look through telescopes at
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Meet NASA solar scientists, look through telescopes at microscopic organisms from the bottom of the ocean, and engage in hands-on activities at this event that explores the relationship between Earth and the sun. You'll also get to explore the solarium, an immersive digital art installation that lets you see what it's like inside the sun's atmosphere; collect species; build a sustainable arctic marine food web in a fun card game where players face the challenges of a changing climate; and view a NASA satellite, the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission that studies magnetic force in space, in a virtual reality experience. ($23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street,

Plant pop-up brunch (March 24-25)

Pick out a potted plant and accessories by
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Pick out a potted plant and accessories by local artists from Greenpoint shop Homecoming while you brunch at Selamat Pagi, an Indonesian-inspired restaurant, this weekend. Order the sticky black rice with yogurt while you shop for your next plant friend. Shoppers at Homecoming can get a card they can use for a free drink during the pop-up and diners can get a $5 off gift card for Homecoming. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 152 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint,

'Legally Blonde' brunch (March 24)

Bend and snap at this
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Bend and snap at this "Legally Blonde" brunch party, where you're encouraged to dress with Elle Woods in mind. 5th & Mad will serve drinks such as "the Harvard" and the "Delta Nu" cocktails, a main dish, a dessert and a free glass of Prosecco. Your bend and snap will be put to the test -- when a "blonde bombshell" drag queen shouts "bend," you should be ready to shout back "and snap" to win a free shot. You'll also get to compete for "Miss Hawaiian Tropics" for a free bottle of champagne. ($30, noon to 5 p.m., 7 E. 36th St.,

Macy's Flower Show: "Once Upon a Springtime" (March 25 - April 8)

It's a floral fairy tale at Macy's for
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It's a floral fairy tale at Macy's for the store's annual spring flower show, "Once Upon a Springtime." Flowers, plants and trees take over windows and countertops, are featured in gardens and on bridges on multiple floors. Events range from a floral workshop with Martha Stewart to a sip-and-paint class and a men's grooming and beer tasting. (Free, events range up to $24, Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.,

Rooftop Sweat Series (every Sunday)

Get a workout and brunch all in the
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Get a workout and brunch all in the same setting at this weekly series held every Sunday at The Sanctuary Hotel's Haven Rooftop. You'll enjoy an hour-long meditation-infused fitness program by LIFTED surrounded by the city skyline, which will be followed by brunch with mimosas. ($75, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 132 W. 47th St.,

Visit a new-to-you brewery

One of close to 10 breweries to open
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One of close to 10 breweries to open in NYC in 2017, Five Boroughs Brewing Co. in Sunset Park has a rotating roster of 10 beers available in its taproom. Sip a sampler flight while playing a board game -- and you can even bring Fido to this pet-friendly spot, next to a 12,500-square-foot production facility. (open 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 4-11 Fridays, noon-11 Saturdays and noon-10 p.m. Sundays; 215 47th St.)

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