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MUSIC

“Love Rocks NYC!”

Feel good while you rock out. Get in on one of the hottest concerts ahead of festival season while supporting a worthwhile cause with “Love Rocks NYC! A Change Is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Love, Hope & Peace.” The benefit will feature performers like Cyndi Lauper, William Bell, Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Mavis Staples, Susan Tedeschi and Patty Smyth. All proceeds go toward God’s Love We Deliver, which provides 1.6 million meals annually to New Yorkers in need. March 9, 8 p.m., Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, $99-$500, loverocksnyc.com

IN MEMORIAM

20 Big Years

As long as Brooklyn stands, the Notorious B.I.G. will never truly be gone. Artist collective Spread Art NYC have brought together local artists, muralists and filmmakers for a three-day event to commemorate the rapper on the 20th anniversary of his shooting death. A documentary following Biggie’s rise to fame, “Bedford and Quincy,” will also be screened. March 10-12, various hours, Bishop Gallery, 916 Bedford Ave., Bed-Stuy, free, facebook.com/SpreadArtNYC

ARTS

“Life Is A Cabaret”

For 50 years, songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb created some of theater’s most iconic music with cult-classic shows like “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “Kiss of the Spider-Woman.” This year, as Kander celebrates his 90th birthday, the duo’s legacy will be honored at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, led by Steven Reineke, presenting “Life Is A Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb.” Broadway’s Caissie Levy (“Ghost”) and Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”) will perform. March 10, 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at Seventh Ave., $40-$130, newyorkpops.org

SPRING

Making Brooklyn Bloom

New York’s green thumbs gather for a full day of fun and educational activities centered on nature and gardening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. With workshops, panels, films and guided tours, Making Brooklyn Bloom pairs the knowledge of pros with practical applications for gardeners and conservationists of all experience levels. March 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., free, bbg.org

ACTIVISM

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Women don’t contribute to Wikipedia as much as their male counterparts. Help change our history’s narrative by participating in this event, hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, where you’ll learn how to edit articles on Wikipedia, especially those relating to the arts. Bring your own laptop and contact the museum to learn about child care during the event. March 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 4 W. 54th St., free with RSVP, moma.org

DANCE

The Beauty of Ballet

The School of American Ballet presents a free lecture on the fundamentals of ballet, from going en pointe to gravity-defying grand pirouettes. Each step and the physics behind it is demonstrated by former soloist Katrina Killian and advanced dancers from SAB using famous sequences from shows like “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake.” March 11, 2 p.m., Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Ave. H, free, brooklyncenter.org

PARTY

A Grateful Purim Party

Purim is actually one of the more fun Jewish family holidays. Sure, it’s still a bit macabre, which is why pairing festivities with the music of the Grateful Dead seems inspired. Brooklyn Bowl’s A Grateful Purim Party is open to all ages, featuring a performance from the Terrapin Family Band, plus a costume contest, storytelling and a talk on spirituality. March 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 11 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, $15, brooklynbowl.com

STRANGE & UNUSUAL

Oddities Flea Market

Here’s how to spend that $2 bill you’ve had stashed away since you were 8: admission to the Oddities Flea Market, two levels of the strangest purveyors and presenters of weird, wild and wacky antiques, jewelry, art, historical artifacts and rare finds. There will also be tarot and palm readings, a restaurant and two bars with specialty drinks. Participants include Atlas Obscura, Obscura Oddities & Antiques, Curiosity Antiques, Arcana Obscura and Invisible Gallery Brooklyn. March 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave., $2, bkbazaar.com

FOOD

NYC Food Truck Fest

Everything’s better from a food truck. This Sunday’s Grand Bazaar NYC, with over 100 vendors selling everything from art to housewares to raise money for Upper West Side public schools, will be joined the New York Food Truck Association. The 12 participants include last year’s Vendy Awards food truck Rookie of the Year, Empanada Sonata, along with Neapolitan Express, Luke’s Lobster, STUF’D, Big D’s Grub Truck, Souvlaki GR and more, with some of the food truck proceeds also going to charity. March 12, 100 W. 77th St., free, eventbrite.com

SPACE

Frontiers Lecture: Pluto Revealed!

Fans of our former ninth planet should head to Hayden Planetarium Space Theater for an evening with Jeff Moore, a team leader on the New Horizons mission, who will dive into the results of the data gathered from the latest exploration. March 13, 7:30 p.m., American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., $15, amnh.org

SINGING

Mets 2017 Anthem Search

Have you ever watched someone perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of a sporting event and thought, “I could do better”? Amateurs and pros alike are invited to compete in the Mets 2017 Anthem Search, where the first 100 entrants are guaranteed the chance to sing anything but the national anthem in front of judges (including local radio hosts and Rachel Bay Jones of “Dear Evan Hansen”). The winner will sing in front of a live crowd at a Mets game this season. March 14, 10 a.m.-noon, Citi Field Press Conference Room, Roosevelt Ave. between 126th St. and Shea Rd., Queens, free, mets.com

FILM

CineKink

Sex is natural, sex is good, but not everybody does it the same way. For those not in the mainstream, there’s CineKink, an annual fest dedicated to portraying sexual kinks in a more normative light on the big screen. The festival runs for a week each year, showcasing works from novice to professional, from shorts to features, from the insinuating to the explicit. Screenings may be free or require a ticket. There’s also a fundraising gala and after-party. March 14-19, various locations, free-$85, cinekink.com

 

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