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shop, drop, + drink in williamsburg: 50 businesses (in god we trust, life:curated, catbird, momofuku milk bar, more) offer special sales, discounts and giveaways to celebrate the arrival of spring >>

10am-7pm (saturdays): tot-tastic! new tater-tot purveyor that tot spot opens outside williamsburg's artists + fleas market: crab spiced with crabby mayo, bacon spiced with bourbon spiked ketchup, more. $4/order or $14/four, $1/extra sauces. 70 n. 7th st. >>

3pm it’s world pillow fight day! bring a pillow to washington square park and start whacking. free. >>

4pm: brain cave 2012: some of the the best of brooklyn's diy music scene, including shilpa ray, family band, she keeps bees, monogold, caged animals, snowmine, more, come to the bell house, $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

5-11pm: brooklyn museum’s target first saturday celebrates exhibit keith haring: 1978-1982 with haring-inspired print and button making, gallery talks, a book discussion with new york times writer will hermes, break dancing by floor royalty crew, music from the library is on fire and comandante zero, and a 70s-80s dance party spun by junior vasquez. free. >>

5:45-7:45pm (thru 6/13): 120 works of photographer francesca woodman (nsfw), who committed suicide at age 22 in 1981, are on display at the guggenheim. pay-what-you-wish saturdays 5:45-7:45pm (reg $18). >>

6, 8pm: enjoy old-time mystery radio plays in a 1940s-style studio accessed by a secret bookcase entrance! partners + crime mystery booksellers, $7 (rsvp). >>

6:50pm (+ 4/8): director lena dunham (tiny furniture, hbo's girls) presents eight films featuring female relationships at bamcinematek’s ‘hey girlfriend! lena dunham selects’ series: mulholland drive, the last days of disco, clueless, more. tonight: vamps followed by q+a with amy heckerling and alicia silverstone. $12. >>

7pm: doc. surviving progress – based on ronald white’s a short history of progress – examines the concept of progress in the modern world and the mistakes societies have made. with margaret atwood, jane goodall, stephen hawking, more. q+a with co-director harold crook tonight. cinema village, $11. >>

7:30pm: jones street station play le poisson rouge with the girls (feat. community's alison brie, cyrina fiallo, and julianna guill). lpr, $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

7:30pm: new music groups janus and big farm perform at public assembly, $10 >>

7:30pm doors: comediennes arden myrin and lisa delarios get their always fun 'party machine' on at union hall. tonight: sara schaefer, ben kronberg, team submarine, lane moore and adira amram + the experience. union hall, $5. >>

8pm: tyler fischer's 'fresh fisch' variety show at the pit features jeaneane garofalo, the daily show's wyatt cenac, sketch group anti-social wife, the jesse scheinin band, and a special guest. $8. >>

8pm: grammy-nominated jazz singer theo bleckmann performs reimaginings of kate bush songs at the highline ballroom, $15 adv, $20 dos >>

8pm: robert wilson and philip glass' einstein on the beach is reinterpreted by five teams of artists chosen by wilson. baryshnikov arts center, $20 >>

8pm (ends today): internationally acclaimed french ballerina sylvie guillem makes a rare u.s. appearance to present her production with sadler's wells, 6000 miles away. lincoln center's david h. koch theater, $25+. >>

8pm (+ 4/12-14): 28 choreographers and clowns highlight the lighter side of dance at the 3rd annual comedy in dance destival. triskelion arts, $15. >>

8:30pm: singer-songwriter sonya kitchell plays rockwood's stage ii, free >>

9:30pm: folk pop singer-songwriter elizabeth + the catapult performs at rockwood's stage ii, $10 >>

10pm: 'you made it weird' live podcast with host pete holmes and guests michael ian black, matt mccarthy, and jim gaffigan. gramercy theatre, $12. >>

10pm: doll parts (dolly parton cover band) and the gentlemen callers (60s-era country classics, mariachi numbers, more) play the way station, free >>


10pm: doll parts (dolly parton cover band) and the gentlemen callers (60s-era country classics, mariachi numbers, more) play the way station, free >>

10am-4pm: where else does plastering a hat with jelly beans and marshmallow peeps count as festive? the annual easter parade and bonnet festival hit fifth ave (starting at 49th st.). >>

5pm: the tandem reading series tackles the topic of 'fitting in or getting out'. a short discussion and reception follows. the cell, $5 or a story gets you in. >>

5-8pm: learn the story behind and listen to kraftwerk's autobahn from start to finish (on vinyl, of course) at classic album sundays. bellwether (594 union ave, williamsburg), $10. >>

7pm: it's time for the annual easter graphic novel reading @ kgb bar, with host robyn chapman and featuring ellen lindner, leela corman, jon lewis, and sean ford. free admission, book donations and $5 raffle tickets benefit the center for cartoon studies and the sequential artists workshop. >>

8pm: honky-tonk harmonies reign as the sweetback sisters play jalopy, $12 >>

8:30pm: singer-songwriter angel olsen plays littlefield, $8-12 >>

10pm: watch the latest mad men episode with other aficionados at brooklyn winery, free >>

+ all weekend

the brooklyn flea moves outdoors to fort greene (10am-5pm saturdays) and the williamsburg waterfront (10am-5pm sundays), while smorgasburg reopens (10am-6pm saturdays) for the season >>

10am-6pm: the dekalb market reopens with a spring weekender featuring a beer and wine garden ($1 mimosas until 2pm!), 40 retail and food vendors, a curated flower and garden market, classes and workshops, a petting zoo, live music (michael arenella + his dreamland orchestra, dj nikodemus, naomi shelton + the gospel queens), more. 138 willoughby st., brooklyn. >>

10am-10pm sat, 10am-7pm sun (thru 4/15): check out all the shiny new cars at the annual new york international auto show. jacob javits center, $15. >>

11am-7pm sat, 12-6pm sun (thru 4/23): jesse frohman’s kurt kobain photographic collection is exhibited at the morrison hotel gallery (313 bowery), free >>

1-7pm (thurs-sun thru 6/5): 'this side of paradise': the historic andrew freedman home (which once housed the rich elderly who lost their fortunes) is taken over with site-specific works. 1125 grand concourse (bronx). >>

thru 4/10: doc. the island president follows former maldives president mohamed nasheed in his fight against the forces of climate change that threaten to destroy the island nation. film forum, $12.50. >>

thru 4/22 (closed mon-tue): visit the noguchi museum in queens for free to see new exhibit 'civic action: a vision for long island city' (reg $10). >>

thru 5/1: hanami, a month-long celebration of the japanese tradition of enjoying the cherry blossom season, begins at the brooklyn botanic garden. $10 (free saturdays 10am–12pm). >>

thru june: be mindful of traffic while viewing artist rafael barrios's optical illusion sculptures on park ave bet 51st + 67th sts >>

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