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NYC weekend picks: Go to an anime con, barbecue out 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.

Q&A with Glenn Close (Aug. 17)

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"The Wife" follows Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) as she deals with the mounting pressure of putting her husband and his career first. Close, along with novelist Meg Wolitzer, will be on hand to take questions after the screening. ($17, 7:30 p.m., The Paris Theatre, 4 W. 58th St., citycinemas.com)

Asahi Super Dry Experience (through Aug. 17)

This pop-up bar offers flowing Asahi beer, a
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This pop-up bar offers flowing Asahi beer, a fun virtual reality area where guests tour though Asahi's future state-of-the-art beer factory and cruise the night sky and the city's nightlife. (Free, 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, P.S. Kitchen, 246 W. 48th St.)

Liquor Lab cider cocktail class (Aug. 17, 21)

Learn how to make four cider cocktails with
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Learn how to make four cider cocktails with small-batch offerings from cideries like Redbyrd, Orchard Hill, Slyboro and South Hill from Liquor Lab's expert bartenders at Cider in Love, plus there's pizza. ($60, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 138 Wooster St., second floor, liquorlaboratory.com)

Emerging Music Festival (Aug. 17-18)

Ten rising indie rock, pop, blues and soul
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Ten rising indie rock, pop, blues and soul bands from the New York City area are performing at Bryant Park for the Emerging Music Festival: Evolfo, Ohmme, Palmas, Underground System, EZTV on Aug. 17 and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton & Terry Waldo Rum House Jass Band, Madison McFerrin, Katie von Schleicher, Plastic Picnic and Native Sun on Aug. 18. (Free, starts at 5 p.m., Bryant Park, bryantpark.org)

Liberty City Anime Con (Aug. 17-19)

Billed as the largest convention of its kind
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Billed as the largest convention of its kind in New York City, the Liberty City Anime Con is a lively three-day event that goes beyond film screenings and artist panels to include glowstick-waving dance parties each evening. Attendees also can try their luck in a video game arcade or check out live music that matches the anime attitude. Scheduled acts include electro-pop musician Reni Mimura, rockers LeetStreet Boys and J-pop duo 2UNE, pictured. Cosplay also will be a major portion of the proceedings; check libertycityanimecon.com/cosplay for rules on what can be included in an outfit. ( $60 for three-day ticket, Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, libertycityanimecon.com)

Clay Club (Aug. 18)

SculptureCenter is bringing 2,000 pounds of clay to
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SculptureCenter is bringing 2,000 pounds of clay to its Long Island City exhibition space to allow artists and the public to create projects with the help of six artists (Alisa Baremboym, ektor garcia, Ficus Interfaith, Steffani Jemison, Sara Magenheimer, and Jesse Wine). In addition, there will be music, food and drinks from local vendors. (Free, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 44-19 Purves St., LIC, sculpture-center.org)

Park Slope Summer Stroll (Aug. 18)

Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic for
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Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic for the final Summer Stroll. See who will win the third annual Artichoke Pizza Eating Contest (last year it was Wayne Algenio with 14 slices in 10 minutes), learn how to salsa in the street, dance to a silent disco and more. Don't miss the vintage cars by the BKLYN Car Club, giant chess, the Paprika Marching Band and more. (Free, 5 to 9 p.m., Fifth Avenue, between Dean and Sterling Place, parkslopefifthavenuebid.com)

Cue up the barbecue and blues along the Hudson (Aug. 18)

Back for its 19th year, Hudson River Park's
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Back for its 19th year, Hudson River Park's Blues BBQ Festival combines delicious food with the soulful sounds of the blues. This year's concert lineup includes such artists as the Slam Allen Band, Welch-Ledbetter Connection and Vieux Farka Toure. Several city barbecue-focused restaurants will be serving the grub; craft beer and desserts will also be available. (Free, starts at 2 p.m., Hudson River Park's Pier 97 (at West 57th Street), hudsonriverpark.org)

Flame Con 2018 (Aug. 18-19)

Billed as the world's largest LGBTQ comic con,
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Billed as the world's largest LGBTQ comic con, the fourth edition of this annual family-friendly event is a two-day celebration of art, entertainment and related subjects. The schedule of events includes live performances, workshops and screenings -- and cosplay is absolutely part of the fabric. ($25-$65, noon start time, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel,11 Seventh Ave.,flamecon.org)

Battery Dance Festival (Aug. 12-18)

New York City's longest-running free public dance festival
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New York City's longest-running free public dance festival is back again with an entire week of performances covering a slew of dance styles from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, Botswana, Belgium and more. Between 10:30 a.m. and noon each day, there will be free dance workshops. Each night ends with a dance party for everyone. (7 to 9 p.m., Robert Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City, batterydance.org)

'ÉLÉPHANT' (Aug. 16, 19)

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"ÉLÉPHANT" follows the story of Clérèse, who grew up in a 19th century Parisian brothel where her mother, Magdith, works as a prostitute. Magdith struggles to protect her daughter, but everything turns upside down when a young man arrives and Clérèse's belly begins to grow. The play, put on by the Rising Sun Performance Company, was inspired by an amalgamation of fever dreams, works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the documentaries "Born in a Brothel" and Netflix's "Whore's Glory," and the playwright's (Eva MeiLing Pollitt) journeys to France. ($20 to $25, 8 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, The Kraine Theatre, 85 E. Fourth St., horsetrade.info)

India Day Parade (Aug. 19)

Organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of
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Organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the 2018 edition of this annual procession will once again pay homage to the Asian-Indian community as performers and others march down Madison Avenue with actor/politician Kamal Haasan serving as grand marshal. (Free, noon to 6 p.m., along Madison Avenue, from 25th to 38th streets, fianynjct.org)

Indie-rock singalong (Aug. 19)

The bands All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional
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The bands All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional are turning the South Street Seaport into a giant indie-rock singalong as they make some summer memories. All Time Low, pictured, has rolled out the new singles "Everything Is Fine" and "Birthday" for the summer, and Dashboard is still promoting the underappreciated "Crooked Shadows" album, including the anthemic "We Fight." ($45, 6 p.m., The Rooftop at Pier 17, 89 South St., ticketmaster.com)

'Pretty Woman' musical

It's opening weekend for this long-awaited musical, taken
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It's opening weekend for this long-awaited musical, taken from the hit 1990 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Andy Karl and Samantha Barks, pictured, take on those roles in the updated Cinderella story about a hooker with a heart of gold and the businessman who falls for her. (From $99, Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., ticketmaster.com)

'Utterly Winona' film series (through Sept. 1)

A retrospective on Winona Ryder, whose intelligence and
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A retrospective on Winona Ryder, whose intelligence and slightly Goth sensibility made her an unusual Hollywood star during the late 1980s and '90s. Highlights include her breakout film "Lucas," the Tim Burton classic "Edward Scissorhands" and her career-defining, anti-teen-flick "Heathers" (pictured). ( $16, Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., quadcinema.com)

Catch a movie under the stars

Enjoy a summer outdoor movie screening this weekend.
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Enjoy a summer outdoor movie screening this weekend. Here's what's playing:

Aug. 17: "Selma" at Hansborough Rec Center in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "A Wrinkle in Time" at Jacob Schiff Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Hancock Playground in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Ferdinand" at the Playground for All Children in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 8 p.m.; "The Lion King" in Von Briesen Park on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "Avengers: Infinity War" in Bloomingdale Park on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "The Karate Kid" (1984) at Hudson River Park's Pier 46, 8:30 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "The Muppets Take Manhattan" at Central Park, sunset; "The Karate Kid" (1984) at Pier 46 in Hudson River Park, 8:30 p.m.; "A Wrinkle in Time" (rain date Aug. 24) on Roosevelt Island, 7 p.m.; "This One's For The Ladies" at Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, $16, 8 p.m.

Aug. 18: "Wonder Woman" at Marx Brothers Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Roy Wilkins Rec Center in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Despicable Me 3" at Marc and Jason's Playground in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Rampage" at Willowbrook Park on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "The Emoji Movie" at De Matti Playground on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "Coco" at Mullaly Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "The Breaker Upperers" at New Design High School, Lower East Side, $16, 8 p.m.

Aug. 19: "Saving Jamaica Bay" at Beach 94th Street in Rockaway Beach, 8 p.m.; "Guardians of the Galaxy" at Randall's Island Park, 8:30 p.m.

Here's a full lineup of movies this summer.

Investigate Lower Manhattan street art

Not all graffiti is artistic, but lower Manhattan
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Not all graffiti is artistic, but lower Manhattan -- the place that nurtured singular talents such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat -- boasts both street art cred and artistic importance. Take this two-hour/1.5-mile tour, which includes both a visit to Basquiat's old studio and the largest street mural in Manhattan, learning along the way about the birth and progression of graffiti culture. ($15 to $20, 1 p.m. daily through 2018, from East Houston and Lafayette streets to 109 Mulberry St. grafftours.com)

Steve Cohen’s Chamber Magic (Fridays and Saturdays)

Dubbed
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Dubbed "The Billionaires' Magician," Steve Cohen performs intimate parlor magic show on weekends at the Lotte New York Palace's Madison Room. Prepare yourself for mind-reading, sleight of hand and his trick "Think-a-Drink." You can grab a drink at the Palace's cocktail bar, Troubles Trust, before or after the show and order the special '"Think-a-Drink" cocktail. Come dressed in cocktail attire. ($100-$150, 7 and 9 p.m. and as well as 2 p.m. on Saturdays, 455 Madison Ave., chambermagic.com)

Summer Streets (Saturdays)

Enjoy 7 miles of car-free roadways from 7
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Enjoy 7 miles of car-free roadways from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first three Saturdays in August. The route winds from the Brooklyn Bridge to the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park, spanning Centre Street, Lafayette Street, Fourth Avenue and Park Avenue. There will be five "rest stops" with free activities, including a 165-feet-long zip line at Foley Square and an 8-feet-tall bouldering wall at Astor Place. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the open road with rented bicycles, roller skates or handcycles. The programming also includes cultural activities such as live music, kid-friendly art workshops and walking tours of Park Avenue architecture. There will also be water fountains and concession stands providing sustenance along the way.

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