Here’s what to do in New York City this weekend

MUSIC

Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Wednesday, 6 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., $100, 212-533-2111, www.boweryballroom.com

It’s been almost a decade since Lauryn Hill went solo from the Fugees and miseducated us about that thing, that thing, that thiiiiiiiing. Then she went all Axl Rose and disappeared for a long, long time. Now, fresh off a prison sentence for tax evasion, she’s back for two performances that should be epic.

Slayer

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., The Theater at MSG, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, $35-$74.50, 212-465-6741, www.theateratmsg.com

With albums like “Reign in Blood,” “South of Heaven,” and “Hell Awaits,” it really is no surprise that Slayer has been called satanic and banned numerous times. But the thrash metal group, which makes up one fourth of the “Big Four” (Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth are the others), is back for their first performance in NYC since 2011. Don your pentagram t-shirt and inverted cross necklace, and get ready to party like it’s 1988.

Wall Street Rocks For Our Heroes and Battle of the Band Finale featuring Sugar Ray

Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., $75, 212-376-6242, www.wallstreetrocks.org

Hosted by Sirius/XM Radio and VH1 Classic’s Eddie Trunk, it’s Riffhanger against Big Dog Party in the final round of Battle of the Bands. The night will be topped off by the ‘90s Nostalgia Tour headliner Sugar Ray — who still just wants to fly, at least when Mark McGrath’s not hosting “Extra” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” that is. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warriors Project, Operation Finally Home and Reserve Aid. Who thought anything good would come out of the ’90s?

FOOD + DRINK

Irishman-Irish Whiskey Tasting

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Noorman’s Kil, 609 Grand St., Williamsburg, Free, 347-384-2526, www.noormanskil.com

The Irish are known for drinking, fighting and leprechauns, and while there hopefully won’t be any fighting, we are hoping for at least one leprechaun at this free whiskey tasting.  Learn about “The Irishman” whiskey and pair it with one of Noorman’s Kil’s delicious grilled cheese sandwiches!

Brooklyn Punk/Hardcore Record Swap and Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

Saturday, 1 p.m., The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, East Williamsburg, $3-$5, 631-377-1998, www.the-living-gallery.com

Box up your old 45s, mix a batch of your homemade guacamole and set up shop at this Thanksgiving for punk-rock vegetarians. Any type of music is welcome, but vegan/vegetarian grub is encouraged. Email paperxwalls@gmail.com or gruffbeardrecords@gmail.com for dirt-cheap table prices if you wish to sell some records. Proceeds benefit Occupy Sandy, Hope for NY and City Harvest. Bring a potluck dish and pay $3; bring nothing but yourself and pay $5.

Fifth Annual Latke Festival

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Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., $55-$110, 212-463-0200, www.greatperformances.com

Ever had a bad latke? Didn’t think so, and even though we’ve never had a bad latke either, they are apparently not all created equal. Find out at the Latke Festival, just in time for Hanukkah, as restaurants, including Miles End, Sylvia’s Table, Kutsher’s Tribeca and more compete for “Best Latke People’s Choice” and “Best Latke Judges’ Choice” awards. The judges are you (duh!), Ben Leventhal (Eater), Lee Schrager (NYC Wine & Food Festival), Alan Boss (Metropolitan Pavilion) and more. All proceeds will be donated to The Sylvia Center.

THEATER

Forty-Five Candles: An Evening of Fiction in Which John Hughes Characters Grow the F*ck Up

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope, $7, 718-638-4400, www.unionhallny.com

Join Joe Garden (The Onion, Adult Swim), Emily Flake (The New Yorker) and more in this night of John Hughes fiction that sees Ferris Bueller as a charming Goldman Sachs executive and The Breakfast Club’s Claire as a divorcee mother daydreaming about her high school boyfriend. Get there early for good seats.

FILM

All Day Auteurs: Sergio Leone

Wednesday, Noon, Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Free, 718-782-3468, www.videology.info

You’re in a desert and you’ve got your holster, poncho, cowboy hat, horse and bad attitude, and you swear you’re in the American West, but for some reason all you can smell is garlic, onion and basil. Ah! You must be in a Sergio Leone spaghetti Western. Catch a day full of Leone’s Western flicks, mostly filmed in the barren deserts of Italy, while sipping on delicious booze from Videology’s full bar.

BOOKS

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., Free, 212-334-3324, www.vol1brooklyn.com

Love it or hate it, everyone loves to write about his or her feelings on New York. Inspired by the collection of essays in “Goodbye to All That,” Vol. 1 has gathered a crew of authors to read about either hunkering down or quickly fleeing the Big Apple. Authors include Emily Gould, Chloe Caldwell, Isaac Fitzgerald and more.

HOLIDAY

14th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

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Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Square, Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th St., Free, 212-581-7762, www.winterseve.org

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with jugglers, stilt walkers, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-stars, Brianna Thomas’ Jazz Quartet and food from over 30 of Lincoln’s finest eateries at amazing prices – tastings are just $1-$4! Don’t be a Grinch — start the night with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park. Many of the restaurants are donating proceeds to The Actors Fund.

The Winter Garden Holiday Fest

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m., Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., Free, 212-417-7000, www.brookfieldplaceny.com

The holidays are upon us and if you don’t kick them off on the right foot, you might lose your way and end up a Scrooge! The Winter Garden Holiday Fest has just what you need — “A (15 min) Christmas Carol” (a very abridged version of the Dickens’ classic), Scrapkins supervising the tots as they build their own winter sleighs and ride them down an “ice flume,” plus an igloo playhouse, goodies from the Mudtruck and One Girl Cookies, live tunes from the Metropolitan Klezmer band and more.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Winter Therapy Walks

Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Free with garden admission, 718-623-7200, www.bbg.org

Cold weather and early sunsets got you down? Brooklyn Botanic Garden has your back. The urban oasis hosts monthly walks to help you chase away your seasonal blues, and the first one is coming up this weekend. The tours are led by Brooklyn-based psychotherapist Lynne Spevack, LCSW, but please, save your other issues for some 1-on-1 time on the comforts of a therapist’s couch.

ART

Life in Public: An art show inspired by New York City streets

Dec. 2, 6 p.m., Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, $50, 718-460-8000, www.wythehotel.com

Artwork inspired by NYC street life from street artists, photographers, sculptors and more, is up for auction to benefit Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization which works to expand transit options for all New Yorkers. Food will be provided by Reynard and drinks by Brooklyn Brewery. Artists include David Byrne, The Yok, Chris Stain and more.



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