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

FOOD + DRINK

The 2014 Roger Smith Conference on Food

Thursday-Saturday, 7:45 a.m.
Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave.
$45-$399, 212-755-1400
www.thefoodconference.com

Join over 100 presenters and 31 panels for discussions about food, wine, urban farming, food technology, the impact of TV cooking programs, knife techniques and more. Pre-game with some workshops Thursday and kick into full-on conference mode on Friday –– no suit and tie required.

LIC Flea and Food

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Saturdays and Sundays, starting April 5
Corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, Long Island City
Free to enter, 718) 224-5863 ext. 206
www.licflea.com

The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it’s time to get outside and get your thrift on. The Queens flea market/foodie hub is back for a second year, with over 85 vendors selling food, jewelry, fashion, furniture, antiques and more.

MUSIC

Africa Now!

Thursday-Sunday, Various times
Apollo Theater
253 W. 125th St.
$10-$65, 212-531-5305
www.apollotheater.org

The second annual festival celebrating today’s African music scene is back at the Apollo. It’s four days of family fun, film screenings, musical performances, cultural events and more culminating in a huge concert featuring Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara, Senegalese trio Les Frères Guissé, and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

SEXY STUFF

Nerdlesque Festival 2014

Thursday-Sunday, Various times and locations
Free-$45
www.nerdlesquefest.com

Get ready to don nothing but a pair of spectacles and your b-day suit as the combination nerd/burlesque festival takes the city by storm — or maybe keep your clothes on and just keep a watchful eye or four. Epic Win, RAWR & D20 Burlesque intertwine pop culture, nerdiness and sexiness with performers from all over the world. See Nasty Canasta, Jessabelle Thunder, Cherry Bomb and more reveal what’s so hot about knowing your multiplication tables by heart.

Sexual Adventuring – A Tantric Approach

Sunday, 5 p.m.
Shag Brooklyn
108 Roebling St., Williamsburg
Free, 347-721-3302
www.weloveshag.com

Join Tantra experts and authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson as they share their thoughts on sexual consciousness, emotional intimacy and long-term love.  They’ll be signing copies of their latest book “Partners in Passion,” and teaching you how to love long time. Maybe they’ll give a sampling of some of their moves — if the mood’s right, who knows?

MUSIC

Unsound New York

Thursday-Sunday, Various times
Various Locations
Brooklyn and Manhattan
Free-$25
www.unsound.pl

This curated festival of music explores genres from new classical to underground club sounds to experimental music to electronic dub, while incorporating screenings, art, light shows and more. Musicians include Stara Rzeka, Porter Ricks, Håkon Stene and others.

ART

Affordable Art Fair

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Thursday-Sunday, Various times
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.
$15-$75, 212-255-2003
www.affordableartfair.com

Because art shouldn’t just be for the rich, the Affordable Art Fair hosts 78 galleries for four days of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs, all priced between $100-$10,000. With more than half under $5,000, works from young emerging artists sit side by side with some of art’s biggest names, allowing art lovers the opportunity to take home something worthwhile at a reasonable price.

SCIENCE

NYC Hosts 14th Annual Robotics Mega-Competition

Friday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Jacob Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St.
Free, 212-216-2000
www.nycfirst.org

More than 180 NYC and international students split in to teams to go head to head in a competition that combines the competitiveness and thrill of sports with the challenges of science and technology. Each team has to build and program a robot designed to perform assigned tasks to go up against other teams’ robots for a chance to enter a world championship.

Performing Medicine Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m.
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave.
$25, 212-822-7200
www.nyamcenterforhistory.org

Have you taken your meds today? This all-day festival explores the relationships between medicine, health and performing arts. Join doctors, actors, musicians, dancers and more as they provide the prescribed entertainment to keep you going. Performers include Dr. Richard Kogan doing a musical performance and lecture, Brian Lobel and his comedic adventures as a cancer patient, Parkinson’s coach and dancer Pamela Quinn on reading bodies, and more.

RECREATION

Feathers will fly at Saturday's pillow fight in Washington Square Park. Credit: Flickr
Feathers will fly at Saturday’s pillow fight in Washington Square Park.
Credit: Flickr

Pillow Fight Day 2014
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Washington Square Park
20 Washington Square N
Free
2013.pillowfightday.com

Grab a soft pillow and don your nightie — you’re going pillow to pillow with foes in the park. You might not want to put your pillow on the subway seat though, who knows what will happen to your face.

Catlady Craft Night

Saturday, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Craft Company
61 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
$85
www.brooklyncraftcompany.com

Wowsers meowsers, catladies are coming out of the woodwork to get their craft on at this cat-themed craft night. Enter a raffle to win prizes and benefit Brooklyn Animal Action while creating cat earrings, cat nail art, collages, taking pics in a photo booth and drinking cocktails (meowjito anyone?). Music, food, booze and cats, so many cats.

Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
The Bell House
149 Seventh St., Gowanus
$12-$15, 718-643-6510
www.carnivorousnights.com

Things are gonna get weird. Enter your stuffed moose head, skeletons, rabbit parts and whatever other morbid things you have sitting around your apartment. Taxidermy can be your own creation, something you found, something passed down to you by your father or whatever — share your story and show it off. Or just enjoy the show, have some drinks, and possibly take away some strange prizes.



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