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NYC Weekend Event Guide (4/29-5/1)

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Cherry blossoms! Wine and Kickstarter! Jim Jarmusch! The High Line! Another weekend in the greatest city in the world, another guide from Huffington Post NY to get you started.

Friday, April 29

Behind Jim Jarmusch

Where: Museum of Arts & Design, The Theater at MAD, 2 Columbus Circle
When: 7PM
Price: Tickets are $10 for general public, $7 for members/students, $7 for FIAF members.

Lea Rinaldi documents the acclaimed American filmmaker behind the scenes of Limits of Control for three days in Sevilla. A rare, intimate glimpse of Jarmusch working with some of the world's greatest actors including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Isaach De Bankolé and Jim Hurt.

The Cuban Cowboys At BamCafe

Where: BAM Cafe, 30 Lafayette Ave
When: 9PM (Bar opens at 6PM)
Price: FREE

The Cuban Cowboys, according to BAM, "specialize in marrying son, mambo, and other Afro-Cuban forms with distortion-heavy indie rock gilded in pop miscellany—from surf guitar and hillbilly punk to power chords."--sounds like a good soundtrack to a warm (at last!) Spring night.

The Future Of Libraries

Where: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave at 42nd St.
When: 7PM
Price: Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 FRIENDS/Seniors/Students

John LeCerc is retiring as president of the New York Public Library after 18 years of service. To celebrate his career he's joined tonight by Bruno Racine, president of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, for a conversation about the future of libraries in the digital age.

Saturday, April 30

Five Boro Bike Fest

Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park (Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Plaza and Pier 1 vehicular turn-around area)
When: 10AM-4PM
Price: FREE

May is Bike Month, and to kick it off come to scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park where Bike New York will offer live entertainment, classes, bike repair, and an expo with demos and giveaways. A perfect opportunity to get yourself ready for summer cycling and enjoy a nice day in DUMBO.

Cherry Blossoms at The Brooklyn Botanical Garden: Sakura Matsuri Festival

2008 Cherry Blossom Time-lapse at Brooklyn Botanic Garden from Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Vimeo.

Where: 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
When: April 30-May 1, 10AM-6PM
Price: Adults: $15, Seniors (65 and over): $10, Students (12+ with valid ID): $10, Children (12&Under): FREE, BBG Members: Free

In the Japanese tradition of honoring every moment of cherry blossom season, come to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and admire all the blooming flowers. Performers, comedians, manga artists and much, much more will be there to entertain while you stroll through one of the country's most beautiful and expansive gardens.

Highline Book Exchange Project

Where: The walkway runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street inbetween 10th and 11th avenues.
When: 5PM-7PM
Price: FREE

As part of the PEN World Voices Festival, the magnificent High Line is offering a romantic, literary Saturday evening. Bring a favorite book of yours to the Meatpacking District's elevated walkway and stop by the event table under the Standard to get your Ex Libris. Then take an evening stroll and find someone to whom you'd like to bestow your book. The High Line then asks that you "walk away" after the exchange--but hey, maybe you'll meet the bibliophile of your dreams and together you'll enjoy one of Manhattan's most spectacular views of the sunset.

Sunday, May 1

Doctor Who Sundays

Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
When: 7PM
Price: Free

Come get loaded at the end of the weekend while watching the latest Doctor Who episode with a bunch of other fans in Prospect Heights.


Brooklyn Kickstarter Party

Where: Brooklyn Winery,
When: 8PM-10:30PM, doors open at 7:30
Price: "$10 gets you a ticket, a free half pour of wine, and the comfort that all ticket proceeds go directly to the four featured Kickstarter projects."

Come support the Kickstarter projects of some of Brooklyn's most exciting artists, writers and musicians at one of Williamsburg's greatest new venues. Presenters will include Juliet Linderman and Gabriele Stabile of the Refugee Book Hotel Project-- Mike Rugnetta, Stephen Bruckert, and Patrick Davison of MemeFactory Writes a Book--and Brian Frye and Penny Lane of the Our Nixon documentary. Guests will get the chance to meet and talk to these creative teams and maybe donate a dollar or two. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Kickstarter projects. The Brooklyn-based gospel/folk band Spirit Family Reunion will also perform in support of their own effort to raise funds for a new van.