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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.

Pacino's Way film series (all weekend)

Billed as
Photo Credit: Universal / Everett Collection via The Quad

Billed as "New York's first extensive retrospective" of Al Pacino's movies, the more than 25 titles -- starring and/or directed by the iconic actor, and most on 35mm -- include "Scarface" (pictured), "Cruising" and "The Devil's Advocate." ($16, Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.,

'Mean Girls' musical previews (through April 7)

You've seen the film, what, 56 times? And
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

You've seen the film, what, 56 times? And now, you can see the musical about the terrors of being a teen, which is now in previews. Super fetch, since you'll be seeing all those Plastic-pleasing moments before anyone else. And check out our tips for seeing it on a budget. In previews until it officially opens on April 8. (8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays,

Comedy shows

All Weekend: ImprovFest: Watch and laugh as improv
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All Weekend:

ImprovFest: Watch and laugh as improv teams from around the city perform all weekend. Passes are $30.


Comedy and dance party: Rising stars and established comedians alike will test out their newest material (Sydnee Washington, Jake Marshall Head, Emily Winter, Nimesh Patel, Dina Hashem and more) while you bite into free pizza. After the show, there will be a free dance party. Secret Loft (14th Street and Sixth Ave., Manhattan) 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

"Camouflage: A Comedy Show" Free pizza is obviously a good idea, so that's what you'll find at "Camouflage" as well. This "chill, house-party" comedy show features acts like Tim Dillon (Comedy Central), Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central), Drew Michael ("Saturday Night Live") and Chloe Hilliard ("Last Comic Standing"). There will also be pay-what-you-want beer. Big Irv's (381 Hooper St., Brooklyn) 9 p.m. $10.


Oh, Such a Good Show, Oh!: Union Hall boasts that this show will "be the most fun you have all year." Hosts Ethan Beach and Josh Nasser host this stand-up/sketch show with local comedians from a slew of shows, including Aparna Nancherla, Django Gold and more. Union Hall (702 Union St., Brooklyn) 7:30 p.m. $10.

"Dead Talks: Ideas Worth Undeading:" A parody of Ted Talks, this comedic lecture series brings back "dearly departed" historic figures, like Marilyn Monroe, Julia Childs and Steve Irwin, to talk about their lives and their ideologies. Hosted by "God," about a dozen comedians take on the roles for laughs. Caveat (21 A Clinton St., Brooklyn) 7:30 p.m. $15.


"The Gotham All-Stars"This professional showcase features comics from shows like "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "The Daily Show," and other shows and films. This Sunday's lineup includes Teresa DeGaetano, Buddy Fitzpatrick, Mark Viera and others. Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd St., Manhattan) 8 p.m. $15.

Sun-Earth Day (March 24)

Meet NASA solar scientists, look through telescopes at
Photo Credit: AMNH / D. Finnin

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,

United By Blue cleanup (March 24)

Clean up Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth with United
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Clean up Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth with United By Blue and you'll get a free lobster lunch by Luke's Lobsters and a free tour of the park. About 175 people or more are expected to turn out for the beach cleanup. Sign up online. (Free, 10 a.m., Gateway National Recreation Area, USS North Carolina and Hudson roads, Staten Island,

Plant pop-up brunch (March 24-25)

Pick out a potted plant and accessories by
Photo Credit: Asia Coladner

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
Photo Credit: AP Images for Macy's/Diane Bondareff

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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