Movie Night: ‘The Aristocats’
March 10, 7 p.m.
Koneko Cat Cafe, 26 Clinton St.
Cuddle up with one of the adoptable kitties at Koneko, the only one of the city’s growing number of cat cafes with a bar, for movie night. Tonight’s feature is the 1970 Disney classic “The Aristocats,” and your ticket includes popcorn and a beverage of your choice (beer, wine, coffee or tea).
40 Years of Movie Magic: The Past, Present and Future of Industrial Light & Magic
March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall at 92nd Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
“Star Wars” is much more than a cultural touchstone for sci-fi enthusiasts. George Lucas invented many of the special effects techniques as he went along, and his Industrial Light & Magic studio has continued to be on the forefront of special effects, most recently with with “Jurassic World” and “The Revenant.” Meet some of the people making the magic happen, including “Star Wars” model and texture supervisor Dave Folger and “The Revenant”’s Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Jason Smith to hear what you’ll be seeing next.
‘I Am Not an Allegory’
Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place
Overeducated, underachieving young adults who are struggling to find their purpose while facing the overbearing pressure of modern life — sound familiar? In the new production by Horse Trade Theater Group, “I Am Not an Allegory (these are people I know),” six women taking a dance class together end up discussing their difficulty with being seen and heard when they bring up issues like sex and race.
March 11, 6-10 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.
This Friday, the Village Voice brings together its favorite restaurants from all five boroughs for its ninth annual walk-around tasting event. Sample savory and sweet dishes from dozens of participants (Brooklyn Bread Lab, Swine, Veselka, Queens Comfort, etc.) while sipping complimentary beer, wine and spirits.
The Boy Band Sing-Along
March 11, 9:30 p.m.
Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn
Loving a boy band is the kind of all-consuming, agony-ecstasy endeavor that only our teenage selves had the time and energy for. But what a ride it was. Revisit the glory days of the ‘80s, ‘90s and early aughts this Friday at Union Hall, with all the music videos (lyrics included, in case you’re rusty) that set your adolescent heart aflame. Whether you were all about *NSYNC, terrible hairstyles be damned, or your heart still beats for One Direction (RIP), you’ll be among friends. Come to dance, dress up as your favorite boy band member for the costume contest, step inside the themed photobooth, school your squad for the Boy Band Dance Off and, because we’re all grown up now, themed drinks.
“The Simpsons” Backstage Tour with Mike Reiss
March 11, 9:30 p.m.
The Striker, 123 E. 24th St.
Mike Reiss has been writing for America’s most iconic cartoon family for 26 years, so he’ll have plenty to discuss about what it’s taken to get this far, from wrangling guest stars to dodging censors and the high-profile people who have had something to say about the show along the way. He’s also bringing rare clips from the show, as well as “The Critic,” which he helped co-create, and “Queer Duck.”
FIRST Robotics Competition
Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St.
The robot revolution is coming, friends, and it all starts at seemingly harmless events like the FIRST Robotics Competition. But until our dystopian future arrives, we can keep making them fight for our amusement in this weekend’s real-life “Battlebots” competition, with over 200 international robotics teams putting their creations in the ring for epic battles to the death. Free to the public, this showdown’s next step is (obviously) global domination.
March 11, 8 p.m.
Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
When she isn’t busy charming her co-hosts on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg is appearing in shows and films, writing books (like last October’s “If Someone Tells You ‘You Complete Me’…Run!”) and, of course, working on new material for her standup. Though you can usually only catch the entertainer in big festival lineups, she’ll be doling out her saucy punchlines solo this Friday.
Asia Week New York Open House Weekend
March 12-13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This showcase of Asian cultures spans the city’s museums, galleries and auction houses from March 10-19. If investing in historic and contemporary Asian art is not in your budget, you can still ogle the goods during Open House Weekend, when some venues will be open to the public.
Living History: Technology from the American Revolution
March 12 & 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Free with admission ($20)
The young, scrappy and hungry American revolutionaries of the 1700s had to figure out how to wage a war as they were fighting for independence. This weekend, the 3rd New Jersey Regiment’s Jersey Greys will be at the Historical Society to perform tactical demonstrations and drills to show the techniques developed by Revolutionary War soldiers for fighting and communication on the battlefield.
March 13, 6-8 p.m.
Pizza Beach LES, 167 Orchard St.
Sure, it’s hard to throw a rock without hitting some delicious pizza in NYC. But it’s good to have moves of your own. Every Sunday at Pizza Beach LES, starting this weekend, you can learn to make a perfect hand-crafted pizza — and there are free wine and snacks during the class.
Come On, Get Happy: An Evening with Dan Harris
March 15, 7 p.m.
HomeBase, 888 Broadway
You know his name from “ABC News,” “Nightline” and “Good Morning America” — but you probably remember Dan Harris for his panic attack on live TV in 2004. Ever since that crisis, Harris began pursuing a more mindful lifestyle and wrote “10% Happier” about changing his life through meditation to help others do the same. Now he’s sharing his insights and leading a class, with wine and treats prepared by Daphne Cheng, executive chef at Mother of Pearl.