Hope you came hungry — physically and spiritually — because this weekend is all about indulging your desires and living out some fantasies.




“Beneath the Gavel”


Get into the heat of a bidding war (without spending any real money) over paintings steeped in mystery with Bated Breath Theatre Company’s “Beneath the Gavel,” an immersive theater piece where the audience is given backstory about the art collection of a dead benefactress — then handed a wad of cash they can use to bid on paintings being auctioned onstage. It’s a fast-paced, interactive play where you can learn about the art market and act like a richy-rich for a day. Just don’t get swept up in a scandal. Through April 9, 59E59 Theaters, 50 E. 59th St., $35, batedbreaththeatre.org



Sight Seen

More than just a place to ogle designer gowns — and actually borrow them for a big night out — Rent the Runway’s flagship store will now double as an art gallery. Its “Shifting Perspectives” series, curated by Emily McElwreath, highlights the work of emerging female artists, starting with the inaugural installation “Sight Seen,” by Brooklyn’s Lucrezia Alcorn. The portrait photography exhibit, which focuses on intimate human connection, is free and open to the public. Through June 9, Rent the Runway NYC Flagship, 30 W. 15th St., free, renttherunway.com


Demo & Play: Women In Games

At Playcrafting — a co-op with classes and events to support, educate and unite the gaming community — a month of activities celebrating Women’s History Month is culminating in a special Demo & Play event (with free pizza!). Hear female developers speak on the topic of inclusion and equality in the gaming industry before playing their games, including yet-to-be-released demos. March 23, 6 p.m., Microsoft, 11 Times Square, free, playcrafting.com


Golem Gets Married

This immersive rock event is bound to be the best use of your wedding attire this spring: Golem, a klezmer band known for its modern spin on Yiddish and Eastern European music, stages a full fake Jewish wedding, from a ceremony under the chuppah to a reception with hora dancing, chair lifts and, yes, cake. They’ll play covers from James Brown to Van Halen, while cultural traditions (from drunken toasts to the bouquet toss) are celebrated in this one-time-only theatrical concert. March 23, 7 p.m., Drom, 85 Ave. A, $20-$25, dromnyc.com


NYC Craft Distillers Fest

Craft beer isn’t the only thing being fermented within city limits. Vodka, whiskey and more are all being made in NYC and celebrated Jazz Age-style at this immersive festival, so get out your Gatsby garb and dance to swinging music while savoring every sip like it might be your last; Tickets (1-4 or 7-10 p.m. sessions) will get you tastes from over 20 craft distilleries and a beautiful evening of entertainment and dancing. March 25, Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, $95-$150, nyccraftdistillersfest.com


Macy’s Flower Show

Travel back in time at this year’s annual Macy’s Flower Show: Carnival, which brings nostalgia to life with carousels, candied treats and orchestral music. It’s free to visit during store hours and to take part in one of the many events throughout the show, like a seminar on Coney Island wall art (March 26), Flower Show Paint Night (March 29), Cooking with Skinnytaste’s Gina Homolka (April 1), Godiva Tasting with Chocolatier Thierry Muret (April 2), Bouquet Making Class (April 3) and more. March 26-April 9, Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., free,macys.com



You’ll be waddling away after you get your fill at the Duck-Off, a cooking competition with cuisine ranging from peking duck to duck tacos at Jimmy’s No. 43. Hudson Valley Duck Farm will also be offering duck charcuterie with smoked duck, duck prosciutto and duck rillette. Competing chefs hail from restaurants like Blank Slate Kitchen, Jake’s Handcrafted, Hill Country Barbecue and Fung Tu. Proceeds benefit Urban Harvest, which runs youth food education programs in NYC. March 26, 1-3 p.m., 43 E. Seventh St., $20-$25, slowfoodnyc.org


Dessert Goals

What began in the fall as the city’s first-ever fest for all things dessert returns for a spring edition, and while general admission tickets are sold out, you can still score a workshop ticket, giving you access to the fest and panels like How to Start a Food Business (#Baonanas) or How to Start a Insta/Blog (@CoffeeandChampagne). At this all-you-can-sweet event, you’ll have unlimited access to free coffee and candy, plus 20 vendors selling their finest confections at an average of $5. March 25-26, Dobbin Street, 64 Dobbin St., Brooklyn, $50, dessertgoals.com


The Burger Supremacy

There’s no meat in the patties that will be facing off at this walk-around tasting of veggie burgers, where guests and judges will choose their faves in two categories: gourmet and everyday. Your ticket includes a taste of each plant-based burger with chips and salsa, and there will also be drink specials. Entrants include Risotto Burger, Barry’s Tempeh, Monk’s Meats, Marty’s V Burger and host VSpot Organic. March 27, 7-9 p.m., VSPOT Organic, 12 St. Marks Pl., $25,vspot.nyc


New York Weddings Event

All you need is love — but if you’re planning a wedding, you’re probably going to need at least a few things like a venue, dress, photos and food. Start uniting the elements of your dream day at the New York Weddings Event with over 100 local vendors, from Underwest Donuts to Kleinfeld. Sip cocktails and sample cakes while listening to live music and exploring your options. Plus, New York Weddings magazine editors will be on hand for an Ask the Experts panel at 6 p.m. March 28, 5-8 p.m., 180 Maiden Lane, $25, weddings.nymag.com


The Joffrey Ballet’s “Romeo & Juliet”

For the first time since relocating to Chicago 20 years ago, the esteemed Joffrey Ballet company returns in its entirety to NYC with Krzysztof Pastor’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Here, the Bard’s tragic romance is placed in 20th-century Italy during the rise of Fascism, offering sumptuous visuals in which dancers can explore Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score, while audiences gain contemporary context for the tale, all over the course of just six performances and four days. March 29-April 2, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, $35-$155,joyce.org