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The Weekend It List: May 3-5

Your time off is precious.

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fiesta it.

With Cinco de Mayo falling on Sunday, surely
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With Cinco de Mayo falling on Sunday, surely you'll be in search of a good marg on your day off.

The colors of Mexico's  flag -- green, white and red, representing Mexico's 1862 victory in the Battle of Puebla -- will be everywhere. So will the deals.

Hundreds of restaurants and bars will be holding their own descuentos, festividades y celebraciones (discounts, festivities and celebrations). Taco Dumbo is handing out "taco dollars," which are good for two free tacos a week for a year; The Horny Ram is selling its $13 margaritas for $7, from 4 to 7 p.m.; and Caliente Cab Co. is offering a $100, 55-ounce margarita filled with Mezcal and topped with fresh pineapple and mango juices, 24 Karat edible gold flakes and sparklers. Share that last one, por favor.

For those who want to celebrate beyond imbibing, Nitehawk Cinema is bringing in a live mariachi band before it screens "Book of Life"; elsewhere in Brooklyn, House of Yes hosts a free night of dancing with music by Mickey Perez and Milagro Verde. 

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

ferry it.

You may not have one behind your apartment,
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You may not have one behind your apartment, but just 800 yards from lower Manhattan, a "backyard" awaits on Governors Island.

The 172-acre island is officially open, and, this weekend, everyone can get to the island for free: Ferry admission is waived.

Once you arrive, the green pastures, cycling paths and pristine views of the skyline are yours for the taking. And while kayaking and biking are always available options, there's so much more to do.

For one, Collective Governors Island is back for its second year of glamping -- you know, how New Yorkers do the sleeping outdoors thing. For the price of a very expensive hotel room, you can rent a "Summit" tent with all the amenities of that very expensive hotel room, or you can go with a more affordable option and get a "Journey" yurt that still is very chic for a tent. Either way, the six-acre campsite offers the opportunity to huddle around a campfire on the island.

And plenty of activities won't cost you a thing. Beyond the many art exhibits and educational events offered, one of the best bargains is simply walking along the East River to see Manhattan from a different vantage and, for a limited time, blooming cherry trees.

see it.

You could see
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You could see “Tootsie” on Broadway because you’re a fan of the 1982 film. Or, you could see it for the bragging rights that you may have witnessed the year’s best musical.

The production is up for 10 Tony Awards (with 11 total nods), making it the year’s third-most nominated musical, behind “Hadestown” and “Ain't Too Proud.”

“Tootsie” doesn’t fall into the film-to-stage musical trap by sticking too closely to the original. Instead, it makes plot upgrades to fit nicely into a Time’s Up world. For starters, it evolves its female characters, like Lilli Cooper's Julie and Sarah Stiles' aspiring actress Sandy, into strong, fiercely independent fixtures in the musical production.

"It's like a love letter to the movie. It doesn't feel like a copycat. It's definitely its own beast, but it still has all those lovable characters and all the hilarity of it," says Stiles, who earned a best actress Tony nomination for her part in the musical. "It's all in there the way the movie is, but it's written for this time."

Playing at the 46th Street Marquis Theatre, "Tootsie" has four shows set for this weekend. 

force it.

With you, May the fourth be. OK so
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With you, May the fourth be. OK so it’s not an “official” holiday, but for "Star Wars" fans throughout the world, May 4 is the punniest way to share their love for a galaxy far, far away. This year we’re celebrating Star Wars Day the best way possible — with lots of sabers, Vaders and party favors. 

If you happen to get a break from battling midtown traffic and fighting off the pigeon menace, then there are plenty of happenings to check out. And yes, dressing up as your favorite character is encouraged. Wear a cosume and you might just get a bonus – like the drink discount being offered at Coney Island Brewery’s "Star Wars" party. 

You can also challenge your movie memory at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, set your sights on some sexy stormtroopers at a burlesque show, and, for those who truly hate the not-so-successful holiday musical, rewatch (and totally make fun of) the 1978 CBS special. 

drink it.

A beer just tastes better when drunk with
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A beer just tastes better when drunk with friends. Throw in schnitzel and bratwurst, and you've got a party.

Fortunately for all those with no backyard to speak of, the city has outdoor beer gardens that even a native of Germany could appreciate. And the spring weather means it's high time to grab your friends and head out for a date with good brews and delicious food.

If you want your experience as authentic as possible, try Zum Schneider in the East Village, which features 100-year-old beer hall chairs from Munich as well as beers like Schneider Weisse and Andechs Vollbier. Head up to Harlem to try German meatballs, sausages and braised pork knuckle at Bierstrasse. Or try Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, which has been serving up the foods and drinks of the owners’ Czech and Slovak ancestors since 1910. 

Because, really, you shouldn't have to wait for Oktoberfest to enjoy a cold, bold brew outdoors.


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