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


The Soundtrack Series – Music on TV: Theme Songs & Jingles

Dana Rossi NY listings

Thursday, 7 p.m.
The Gallery at LPR (Le Poisson Rouge)
158 Bleecker St.
$5-$8, 212-505-3474

For the rest of your life “Thank you for being a friend” will always be more than a Hallmark greeting card — it’ll be “The Golden Girls” song on NBC. Catch this storytelling series, hosted by Dana Rossi, as writers and performers share stories about TV themes and commercial jingles that have become intertwined with their lives in some way. Really hoping someone has an “It’s Velveeta vs. Cheddar” story.

One-On-One: 826NYC Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular

March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall
123 W. 43rd St.

826NYC celebrates 10 years of providing free literacy and writing programs for students ages 6-18, with a night of conversation between some of the most distinguished NY-based artists, musicians and performers. Hear from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Roots drummer ?uestlove, Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and more.


Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Competition


Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Apr. 1, 7 p.m.
Carolines On Broadway
1626 Broadway
$15 + two-drink minimum, 212-757-4100

Sixty-four comedians go head-to-head to see whose jokes are funny enough to land them a weekend gig at Carolines, a spot in the 2014 New York Comedy Festival and of course, some cash. The first night all 64 funny, or not so funny, acts will perform minute-long stand-up routines and only 32 will advance to the next round. Each week the rules will be different and each week the competition gets cut in half until it’s down to the Final Four.


ChocoBrewvana: The Chocolicious Beer Dinner

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
508 Gastrobrewery
508 Greenwich Street
$80, 212-219-2444

If the idea of chocolate and beer for dinner doesn’t put a smile on your face then surely nothing will. But we know it does, and that’s why 508 GastroBrewery is partnering up with chocolate critic and The Chocolate Life founder Clay Gordon for a six-course meal, where each dish incorporates chocolate into its recipe and is paired with a specific house-made craft beer.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.

Who needs meat anyway? Sample bites from vegetarian vendors and take in lectures by doctors, nutritionists, vegan athletes and more. The lineup also promises stand-up comedy — we’re thinking no pigs will be harmed in the telling of those jokes.


The Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash

Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Bell House
149 Seventh St., Gowanus
$15-$20, 718-643-6510

In what would’ve been Johnny Cash’s 82nd year, celebrate the man in black with two days of music, booze and film. Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion perform some classic Cash favorites and archivist Clinton McClung shares some film clips. DJs will be spinning, bartenders will be slinging and you’ll be walking the line.

NYC’s Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Party: Fat Friday

Friday, 9 p.m.
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk St.
$20-$90, 212-529-7194

Since New Orleans is kind of a long walk from here, Fat Friday brings Mardi Gras to Manhattan. For one night only, in true Bourbon Street style, throw some beads, eat some jambalaya and stomp your feet to some traditional Cajun music. On the roster are Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir and DJ Douggie Style. Proceeds benefit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, The Roots of Music and FIGMENT.


New York Comic Book Marketplace

Saturday, 10 a.m.
New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Ave.
$15-$30, 212-971-0101

Mike Carbo brings his famed comic book convention to the New Yorker Hotel with more than 100 vendors featuring not only comic books, but also toys, collectibles and related fun. An area dubbed “Artist Alley” will feature special guests like Brian O’Halloran (you know, Dante “I’m not even supposed to be here today” from “Clerks”), and wrestling legends Sgt. Slaughter and Rowdy Roddy Piper. Buy and sell comics and score some autographs.


Kids Food Festival

Saturday-Mar. 2, 10 a.m.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
42nd St. at Sixth Ave.
Free, 718-406-7506

Fight childhood obesity while learning about the benefits of a balanced diet, sampling food and taking part in fun activities. Buy $25 tickets to participate in different seminars like Cupcake Creations with Carlo’s Bakery, or hit up the Kids Food Festival Main Stage for the free events like learning to make your own granola, a sampling of “funny foods” and yoga.  Ronald McDonald is basically the devil in clown shoes and make-up, don’t let your kids be fooled.


Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton + Q&A W/ Peanut Butter Wolf

Mar. 2, 7 p.m.
289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg
$12, 347-227-8030

Have a sneak peek at Jeff Broadway’s documentary about LA-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film takes viewers behind the scenes of the avant-garde label featuring never-before-seen concert footage and interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Mike D (The Beastie Boys) and other artists that have helped to shape Stones Throw. Founder Peanut Butter Wolf will be on hand for a Q&A.


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