“Person, Place, Thing” with Kickstarter CEO
Feb. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepoint St., Brooklyn
Randy Cohen brings his popular podcast “Person, Place, Thing” to the Brooklyn Historical Society, where Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler will reveal the person, place or thing that’s been particularly meaningful to him. The night’s musical performance is by fiddler Stephanie Coleman.
Black Sabbath: The End
Feb. 25 & 27, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
This might be the last time you'll get to see Ozzy Osbourne live in concert. Black Sabbath: The End heads to Madison Square Garden with the Rival Sons for two nights only this weekend. Expect a high-energy explosion of heavy metal hits spanning their career — and a few surprises. Admit it, you wouldn't expect these music legends to go out any other way.
Ringling Bros: Legends
Feb. 25-March 6
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave.
Elephants are rightly being retired from the circus circuit at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. For a hit of childhood nostalgia, check out their last show alongside stunt horses, big cats and even kangaroos, which are also part of “Legends.” This new show — led by Johnathan Lee Iverson, the youngest ringmaster and the first-ever African-American — comes to Barclays for just one week on its national tour.
New York Dance Festival
Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St.
"Dancing With the Stars" meets "Strictly Ballroom" this weekend when competitive dancers from around the world head to Roosevelt Hotel for four days of fancy footwork face-offs. The fest will feature exclusively Latin and ballroom dancing, with categories from amateurs and young dancers to pros and couples. All-fest, premium packages and Dinner Dance Gala tickets are also available.
That Physics Show
Feb. 26-May 1
Elektra Theatre, 300 W. 43rd St.
If you’re a fan of Blue Man Group humor or harbor a secret crush on Bill Nye, “That Physics Show” will be right up your alley. After previous runs in NYC, the show is back in a new location. Host David Mauillo, a physics demonstrator at Rutgers University, uses the laws of science to create a theatrical series of pranks and experiments through a series of stunts showcasing gravity, energy, friction, density, velocity and vacuum.
Sweet Spot Nation: Mardi Gras Edition
Feb. 27-28, 7 p.m.
Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.
Feeling spicy? Sweet Spot Nation is a “pop erotica” party that brings together music, fashion, comedy, burlesque, poetry and body art to celebrate sexual freedom. Performances take place every three months, and it’s returning to NYC this weekend with a new theme: Mardi Gras. Expect even more exhibitionism than usual, as well as masks and probably lots of beads. As a heads up, only waitlist tickets are still available Saturday, with all levels still selling for Sunday.
The Orchid Show: ‘Orchidelirium’
Feb. 27-April 17
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Spring brings blooms around the city, but none as eagerly awaited as the NY Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show. The 14th annual display is called “Orchidelirium,” named for the Victorians’ obsession with the flower, featuring a historic overview of the craze that swept the world and continues to seduce collectors. Drinking-age adults can attend special night shows with a cocktail in hand for $35 or choose the open-bar experience in the Young Garden Circle Lounge for $100.
Battle of the Brussels
Feb. 29, 7 p.m.
V Spot Organic, 12 St. Marks Place
Brussels sprouts are in the midst of a mighty resurgence. Finally, along comes a well-deserved event to celebrate this healthy green bulb as city chefs face off in the first Battle of Brussels. No cheating with bacon or prosciutto — this cook-off is a vegan collaboration between U.S. Veg Corp and V Spot Organic. Three judges will decide on a winner, while the audience gets to pick a People’s Choice.
Breakfast for Dinner
Feb. 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Milk Building, 451-459 W. 14th St.
The Meatpacking Business Improvement District might not sound like it knows how to party (no offense), but we think it picked a winning strategy with its Breakfast for Dinner event on Monday. Enjoy cocktails like Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as beer, while dining on signature breakfast foods from some of Meatpacking's best chefs as they compete for every attendee’s vote to be crowned best breakfast. Competitors include Bubby's, Dos Caminos, Serafina, Bagatelle, Fig & Olive, Soho House and more.
‘Dear Younger Me’
March 1, 7 p.m.
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St.
Celebrating the launch of Buzzfeed senior editor Katie Heaney’s new memoir, “Dear Emma,” Housing Works is holding a night of authors sharing advice that they would give to their younger selves, based on their funniest and most shameful (or, let’s say, character-building) exploits. Chiara Atik hosts these brave oversharers, including Arianna Rebolini, Kevin Nguyen and Meredith Haggerty. There will also be a reading from Heaney, capped off by a book signing.
Birdland Jazz Club, 315 W. 44th St.
You know Molly Ringwald from every John Hughes film in the ‘90s, but she’s more recently been known for her stage work on Broadway and the West End, not to mention worldwide gigs as a contemporary jazz singer backed by a live quartet. Note that there’s a $10 food and drink minimum per guest. Based on previous appearances, there’s a solid chance the “Breakfast Club” actress will do a cheeky rendition of “Don’t You Forget About Me.”