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12 fun things to do in NYC this weekend

Shake it at a free donuts and dance party, play all day at a video game convention, take a margarita bar crawl and more things to do this weekend in NYC.

FILM

Movies With a View: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

When “Mad Max: Fury Road” came out, all anyone could talk about was its amazing visuals — and now you can enjoy those with a real-life bonus, the scenic background of the harbor from Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s free to attend the entire event, which includes music from DJ 100dbs (Soon Comes Sound) and the short film “The Rabbit Hunt” starting at 6 p.m. Then, when it gets dark, it’s time to catch Furiosa’s revenge on the big screen with a great view to boot. Aug. 17, 6 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harbor View Lawn, Free, brooklynbridgepark.org

COMEDY

“Aliens Coming: The Musical”

High school is hard. Trying to make the grade, get a date to prom, ride the crazy hormone surges. Oh, and and aliens are trying to harvest your genitals. At least, that’s what’s going on in “Aliens Coming: The Musical,” which returns to The PIT for one month following a previously sold-out run. Lampooning sci-fi tropes and classic teen angst sagas, the show is about two best friends surviving senior year (and also alien abductions) while saving the world before graduation. Aug. 17-Sept. 18, People’s Improv Theater, Striker Mainstage, 123 E. 24th St., $10, thepit-nyc.com

MUSIC

Beach Boys

Transport yourself to California without leaving the East Coast with the music of the Beach Boys when they perform for one night at Broadway’s Beacon Theatre this Thursday. Revisiting hits like “Surfin’ USA,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo,” today’s touring band members (led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston) will bring a beachy summer vibe to the center of New York City. You’ll join the Beach Boys’ legacy of more concert performances than any major rock band in history. Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, $44-$203, beacontheatre.com

DANCING

Donuts and DJs

Do you like doughnuts? How about free ones? Chef Bjorn Dela Cruz of Manila Social Club (a Filipino restaurant in Williamsburg) rocks up to Lazy Ibis to serve you fresh-baked, handmade donuts ranging from new flavors to Manila faves like Ube Bae (made with purple yam) and Churro. Get your sugar high, then groove to deep house from DJ Vegan and DJ Kappa. Aug. 18, 7-11 p.m., Lazy Ibis, 633 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, free, manilasocialclub.com

MUSIC

DJ Snoopadelic aka Snoop Dogg

The rapper, actor and Martha Stewart BFF has added another name to his long list and will drop the beats on New York City at a one-night-only show. He’ll be performing his latest album, “Neva Left,” itself a reflection of his musical career to date (so there’s something for every fan, and every name). Aug. 18, 11:30 p.m., B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., $35-$40, bbkingblues.com

EDUTAINMENT

MOFAD @ Night

See the Museum of Food and Drink in a whole new light this weekend by checking it out after dark. MOFAD @ Night invites adults 21+ to a special event on Friday in honor of its current exhibit “Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant.” Admission gets you into the museum to learn about the birth of Chinese cuisine in America while enjoying light bites, two alcoholic beverages and mingling with fellow foodies. Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m., MOFAD Lab, 62 Bayard St., Brooklyn, $20, mofad.org

BARBECUE

Blues BBQ Festival

Two of the South’s proudest traditions come to Hudson River Park this Saturday for the free Blues BBQ Festival at Pier 97. Enjoy live blues and roots music by Sugar Ray and the BlueTones, The Campbell Brothers and Eric Gale, as well as pay-as-you-go food from the likes of Mighty Quinns, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Pig Beach and the vegan barbecue causing all the fuss from Monk’s Meats. Aug. 19, 2 p.m., Pier 97, Hudson River Park at W. 59th St., Free, hudsonriverpark.org

SUMMER

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest

New York’s seaside carnival adds a few more spectacles this weekend when its beach becomes the site of some incredible works of art. Free to enter and attend, the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest invites amateurs and semi-pros to enter in various categories: family, adult group and individual, so everyone has a chance at glory — until the sea reclaims what belongs to it. Aug. 19, noon-4 p.m., West 10th-12th streets, free, wearebcs.org/sand

DRINKS

NYC Margarita March

Margaritas aren’t just for Cinco de Mayo. Sample an array of sweet and salty, frozen and rocky cocktails this Saturday and Sunday during the fifth annual NYC Margarita March. It kicks off at Bar 13 and moves through eight Lower East Side locales, getting you a margarita at each (working out to about half the cost), from Wicked Willy’s to Slainte. A portion of each ticket goes toward charity. Aug. 19-20, noon-10 p.m., multiple locations, $65, nycmargaritamarch.com

VIDEO GAMES

Play NYC

Come out and play with 5,000 of your closest friends and fiercest rivals at Play NYC, a two-day game convention at Terminal 5. With over 100 digital and analog games, including some of the latest on the shelves, and a variety of developers and industry pros congregating to give you a peek into the future of this fast-moving field, Play NYC offers interactive installations, a marketplace and three floors (plus a rooftop) full of fun for gamers of all experience levels. Aug. 19-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., $25-$40, play-nyc.com

HANDS-ON ART

Clay Club

Feeling artistic? Dig your hands into 2,000 pounds of clay this Saturday at SculptureCenter, which was started by sculptor Dorothea Denslow as Clay Club in 1928. She would lead summer expeditions on Staten Island where her students would build giant temporary sculptures. And while the creations you’ll be making, either freeform or at guided classes led by studio artists, plus live music and food from local favorites Hendu's Sandwiches, The Mill and Hibino LIC. Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, free, sculpture-center.org

FILM

ImageNation: “I Am Not Your Negro”

As part of ImageNation’s Outdoors Music & Film Festival and Harlem Week, the 2017 Academy Award winner “I Am Not Your Negro” will be shown for free at St. Nicholas Park. Before the movie begins at 8 p.m. or sundown (whichever comes first), the audience will enjoy a DJ spinning soul and R&B. “The Queen of Katwe” is next on Aug. 26. Aug. 19, 6 p.m., St. Nicholas Park, Harlem, free, imagenation.us

 
 
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