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The Weekend It List: March 22-24

Your time off is precious.

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smell it.

True, there's still a chill in the air,
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True, there's still a chill in the air, but the city is slowly waking up from its slumber. And that means you can begin to stop and smell the roses -- literally.

Get a head start on Sunday, when "Journey to Paradisios" takes over Macy's. The annual flower show, with a blooms-in-space theme, sees the flagship store drop to 60 degrees. Expect strange plantings by the beauty counters and topiaries in the shapes of the sun, moon and stars.

Planning for the extensive display began shortly after the close of last year's show, from conception to sketching to installation. "What was beautiful about this idea was we didn't find any great examples of it, we couldn't find any images of flowers in space," creative director Rick Pomer says.

Another other-worldly experience awaits at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Its Orchid Show, open through April 27, features renditions of Singapore's famous orchids and its vertical gardens, arches and innovative "super trees." Make a night of it and, Saturdays this month, head to its Orchid Evenings for music, food and a taste of Singaporean culture.

Or, take the season head-on with our spring bucket list.

throw it.

Gray, it's time to go away -- the
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Gray, it's time to go away -- the colorful celebration of Holi has begun, bringing cheer to the city during the first days of spring.

The Indian holiday, which is based on the legend of Krishna and his desire to match the skin of his beloved Radha, is celebrated as an expression of love and joy all season long in the city. Parties typically require the throwing of powdered color (gulal) and water balloons.

While Holi technically falls on March 20 to 21 this year, there are several options to toss gulal throughout the weekend, including a block party with smoke bombs at Frankie Goes to Bollywood on Spring Street, a "color blast" party at Dorrian's Red Hand in Jersey City and Stage 48's Holi brunch parties.

solve it.

True crime fanatics, this one's for you: A
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True crime fanatics, this one's for you: A festival dedicated to the most intriguing cold cases.

Stretching through the weekend, "Death Becomes Us" pieces together the rare opportunities to sit before the wrongly accused (Amanda Knox, Damien Echols, etc.) and the experts who've turned such cases into a Hollywood obsession.

Murder cases that have captivated audiences will be up for debate -- like that of the Zodiac Killer who terrorized California in the '60s and '70s, as well as the stories surrounding Echols, who spent 18 years on death row, and Knox, whose time imprisoned in Italy for the 2007 death of her roommate has been sensationalized in books, films and a television series.

"What you can expect from this festival is people sharing a stage who've never shared a stage before," director Jenn Tisdale says. "I would say it's the wedding day of festivals, something old, something new, something borrowed and something gruesome."

download it.

Looking to grab a bite or a drink
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Looking to grab a bite or a drink this weekend and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of options in the city? We've all been there. Fortunately, there are apps (and apps, and apps) for that.

Next time your friends ask "so where should we eat?," you'll be prepared if you've downloaded SALT (iOS only). The app helps you bookmark, organize and share your favorite eateries and bars -- you can even make reservations and order an Uber to your preferred spot. Or find where you want to go at an actual glance, with Popcity's (iOS) customizable map of your chosen food photos. Instagram fans will love it.

If a hopping happy hour is what you're after, try out Happy Hour Monster (iOS, Android). The app uses your location to point you in the direction of your closest happy hours, trivia nights and boozy brunches. Developers haven't left out food truck fans, either. Roaming Hunger (iOS, Android) users can save their favorite kitchens on wheels and discover others nearby. It even offers a booking option, through which you can hire gourmet food trucks to cater your next event.

watch it.

After his Oscar-winning
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After his Oscar-winning "Get Out" debut, Jordan Peele returns with an equally as enticing horror flick.

"Us" tells the story of the Wilson family -- mostly following mom Adelaide (Lupita Nyong'o) -- who suffered a mysterious childhood trauma, set on the Santa Cruz, California, boardwalk, that we witness unfold during the opening sequence. Decades later, Adelaide and her family are terrorized in their home by a clan cloaked in red that seems awfully familiar.

Our critic gives it three stars, making it most likely worth the while for any Peele fan.


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