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NYC weekend picks: Queens Night Market, Easter fun and more things to do

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.

ASPCA adoption at the Auto Show (April 19-28)

If you happen to be going to the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

If you happen to be going to the New York International Auto Show, you might walk away with a new friend, rather than the promise of a new car. Subaru America and the ASPCA are teaming up in an exhibit that encourages visitors to make rope toys for the ASPCA and their own pets and custom pet tags all for free, but donations will go toward the ASPCA. Visitors will also get to adopt and take home a dog or puppy from the new Mobile Adoption Van if they get approval from the ASPCA. (noon to 4 p.m., Javits Convention Center,  aspca.org)

Easter egg hunt for dogs in Prospect Park (April 20)

Barkbox is hosting an Easter egg hunt just
Photo Credit: BARK

Barkbox is hosting an Easter egg hunt just for dogs on Saturday. They'll hide 250 Easter eggs around the park's Long Meadow and Dog Beach, which you and your pup can search for during off-leash hours. Every egg comes with a code for a free BarkBox. (Free; 8 to 9 a.m.; Prospect Park;  facebook.com/barkbox)

Celebrate our planet at the Earth Love Fest (April 21)

Conservationist organizations, artists, musicians, climate experts, eco-fashionistas are
Photo Credit: Oceanic Global

Conservationist organizations, artists, musicians, climate experts, eco-fashionistas are coming together on Sunday to celebrate Earth and raise funds for Oceanic Global, a non-profit organization that works to drive the adoption of sustainable practices, support political action, and create global awareness of earth conservation. It will start with an early morning dance party with Daybreaker and continue with a free community festival with interactive art installations, educational panels, circus performances, face painting, yoga, meditation, sound healing, music, and an eco-bazaar. (Free, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 99 Scott Ave.,  facebook.com)

Bloody Mary bar and hipster bunny photos at the Tuck Room (April 21)

Easter at the Tuck Room is going to
Photo Credit: Tuck Hospitality Group

Easter at the Tuck Room is going to be a colorful one with a Bloody Mary bar, soul food (herb roasted chicken, petit filet au Poivre and a Mediterranean turkey burger), a chance to get your photo taken with a "hipster bunny" and Easter egg hunts every hour. (RSVP to 212-776-8273; 11 Fulton St. at Fulton Market;  thetuckroom.com)

See James Murphy at Knockdown Center (April 20)

LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy teams up with
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Marcelo Hernandez

LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy teams up with techno queen Nina Kraviz for a night of music to help you dance yourself clean at the massive Knockdown Center, with DJ Justin Cudmore. Will Murphy be able to work "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down" into his set? Time will tell. ($20 to $40; 10 p.m.; Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth;  knockdown.center)

See Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets (April 20)

For his first American tour in 25 years,
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Andrew Redington

For his first American tour in 25 years, Pink Floyd co-founder and drummer Nick Mason has assembled a band that includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp and Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt to tackle music from Mason's early days in the band. ($129 to $189; 8 p.m.;  Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan;  ticketmaster.com)

See 'Clue' onscreen at Film Forum (April 20-21)

Jonathan Lynn's 1985 comedy "Clue," possibly the first
Photo Credit: Paramount

Jonathan Lynn's 1985 comedy "Clue," possibly the first film adaptation of a board game, featured an eclectic cast (Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's) and featured three different endings that were sent randomly to theaters. The film tanked but has since become a cult favorite. This weekend, Lynn will host a screening that features all three endings. ($9; 11 a.m.; Saturday is with director Jonathan Lynn in person; Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., Manhattan; filmforum.org)

Take a Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo (through November)

Billed as the
Photo Credit: WCS Zoos and Aquarium/Julie Larsen Maher

Billed as the " biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America," this guided tour features 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs arranged through a wooded area, including such giants as Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. Afterward,  guests can try out dinosaur-themed activities and explore a fossil dig presentation. ($39.95, $29.95 ages 3 to 12, two and under free -- admission is part of the Total Experience package; 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx;  bronxzoo.com)

Shop, dine and enjoy a taste of Queens (Saturdays)

In celebration of the cultural diversity found in
Photo Credit: Queens Night Market/Sharon Medina-Chavez

In celebration of the cultural diversity found in the borough, the Queens Night Market features dozens of vendors selling food and other wares plus art, live performances and entertainment. ($5 only required for this Saturday; 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays, April 20 to Aug. 17, also Sept. 28 to Oct. 26; New York Hall of Science: 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens;  queensnightmarket.com)

Meet the instruments of rock stars (through Oct. 1)

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Collection of David Swartz

"Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" is a retrospective of more than 130 musical instruments used over some 70 years of popular music by musicians including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Eddie Van Halen,   Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Prince. In the photo: No. 6 Les Paul Deluxe, once destroyed by Pete Townshend of The Who and since restored. ($25, The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave.,  metmuseum.org)

See 'Do You Feel Anger' (through April 20)

A debt collection agency hires an empathy
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

 A debt collection agency hires an empathy coach (there's an idea!) in Mara Nelson-Greenberg's dark comedy "Do You Feel Anger?" Margot Bordelon directs the New York City premiere with, from left, Ugo Chukwu, Megan Hill and Justin Long. (Tickets from $45; the Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., Manhattan;  vineyardtheatre.org)

What Price Hollywood film series (April 8-20)

In conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art's
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures/Photofest

In conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art's exhibit, "What Price Hollywood," the MoMA is looking back at sexual politics in an accompanying film series. Actresses like Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, and Gloria Grahame often upheld gender norms, while later players, like Peggy Cummins in "Gun Crazy," Marlene Clark and Duane Jones in "Ganja & Hess," or "Divine in Female Trouble," were able to subvert gender limitations, the MoMA says. Pictured is "Midnight" from 1939, featuring Don Ameche and Claudette Colbert. Check moma.org for the schedule and tickets.

Preservation Film Festival (April 2 - May 3)

This five-borough film festival focuses on historic preservation
Photo Credit: Nathan Kensinger

This five-borough film festival focuses on historic preservation in New York City and the issues that intersect with it through film like "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" with Cary Grand and Myrna Loy, "The Battle for Brooklyn" about Atlantic Yards and eminent domain, and "Managed Retreat," pictured, about three city neighborhoods that were purchased by the state after superstorm Sandy to be demolished.

See a play at The Shed in Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards' entertainment complex The Shed opens this
Photo Credit: Dan Wilton

Hudson Yards' entertainment complex The Shed opens this weekend with an array of programming, including "Norma Jeane Baker of Troy," a spoken and sung performance about quite an unlikely combination: Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe. It stars Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw. (From $49, Saturday, April 6 through May 19 at The Shed, 545 W. 30th St., theshed.org)

See Daveed Diggs in "White Noise" (through April 21)

Daveed Diggs (
Photo Credit: Getty Images WireImage/Bruce Glikas

Daveed Diggs ("Hamilton") stars in the world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' "White Noise," a drama that examines race and friendship among a group of progressive, educated friends. The Public Theater's artistic director Oskar Eustis directs. (From $40, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan; publictheater.org)

See 'Lincoln Kirstein's Modern' at MoMA (through June 15)

A playwright and a poet, art connoisseur and
Photo Credit: Estate of Paul Cadmus/The Museum of Modern Art

A playwright and a poet, art connoisseur and philanthropist, Lincoln Kirstein helped found the New York City Ballet and recovered artwork looted by Nazis during World War II. MoMA is paying homage with this exhibition that looks at the tastes of a visionary and shows how his approach helped influence the mission of the museum itself. In photo: Paul Cadmus' set design for the 1937 ballet "Filling Station"; ($25, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.; moma.org)

See the films of Lauren Bacall (through April 26)

"B Is for Bacall" is MoMA's wide-ranging tribute
Photo Credit: Warner Bros./Photofest

"B Is for Bacall" is MoMA's wide-ranging tribute to the great screen siren, including much of her work with Humphrey Bogart (such as "Dark Passage," pictured) and such lesser-seen titles as Vincente Minnelli's "The Cobweb" (1955) and Lars von Trier's "Manderlay" (2005). ($12 or free with $25 museum admission, MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St.,  moma.org)

Feast your eyes on the art and personal style of Frida Kahlo (through May 12)

The iconic Frida Kahlo's style is a shining
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Museum / Nickolas Muray

The iconic Frida Kahlo's style is a shining example of how heritage, ethnicity, opinion and personal struggle can combine to create unforgettable art. "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving" at the Brooklyn Museum is being billed as the largest U.S. exhibition in a decade that's focused on her career. It expands beyond her creations to feature some of her personal items that reveal how the artist also worked on creating a unique look intended to broadcast her mindset. Photo: "Frida on Bench," 1939. (11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday to Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, through May 12; 200 Eastern Pkwy., Prospect Heights,  brooklynmuseum.org)

The Enigmatist (Fridays and Saturdays)

David Kwong, a magician and a crossword maker
Photo Credit: David Kwong

David Kwong, a magician and a crossword maker for the New York Times, is putting on an evening of puzzles, cryptology and illusions on Fridays and Saturdays in January, with two performances each night. ($85-$125, 7 and 9:30 p.m., The High Line Hotel, 180 10th Ave., enigmatistshow.com)

Free Flatiron Tour (every Sunday)

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID)
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) hosts free, 90-minute walking tours of the Flatiron District by professional guides each Sunday. You'll stop by the famous Flatiron building, the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower and more. (Free, 11 a.m., meet at the tip of the Flatiron building at 23rd Street, flatirondistrict.nyc)

'Drag Race All Star' viewing party (Sundays)

If you're a
Photo Credit: VH1

If you're a "Drag Race" fan, head to Loverboy Bar NYC in the East Village for a weekly viewing party hosted by Siren Starlite, Jacob Shoemaker and the creative collective Witch House. (8 p.m., 127 Avenue C, facebook.com)

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

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., facebook.com)

Drag Queen Brunch (every Sunday)

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with
Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with Toro Loco's Sunday Drag Queen Brunch, featuring performances from the city's best drag queens and live music, like electronic saxophonist @livesax. For $50 per person, you'll get two hours of unlimited share plates and up to five signature brunch cocktails each. (15 Stone St., 917-262-0444, toroloconyc.com)

Tour Ellis Island's hospital

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known
Photo Credit: Untapped Cities | Augustin Pasquet

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known as an entrance point for turn-of-the-last-century European immigrants, also has a history of holding the ill who arrived but weren't deemed healthy enough to enter. This around two-hour tour of the century-old disease wards shows how those treated and held here ate, lived and, sometimes, died. Dress for the weather; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not wheelchair-accessible; children must be 10 or older. ($75, 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays until the end of 2018, Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty National Monument, untappedcities.com)

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