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The Best Things to do in NYC on Presidents' Day Weekend

Here's your Presidents' Day weekend guide, from Europe's hottest dance party coming to Brooklyn, a dessert wine dinner and, of course, Black Panther.
Music On. Credit: Razberry Photography
Music On. Credit: Razberry Photography

See Black Panther

If you do only one thing this weekend, it should be sitting in a full theater and cheering along to what critics have hailed as the best Marvel movie in a while. Black Panther is a cultural moment that will resonate throughout Hollywood, and the experience of seeing it with other people just as ready for something this smart and new is not something you’ll get from Netflix. Find showtimes at fandango.com

Play with Legos all weekend

Let your inner child run wild — or bring your actual kids — to Lego Live!, the first-ever official convention of Lego enthusiasts. At Lego Live!, find 65,000 square feet of building fun, from themed play zones and a giant pool of bricks to free-build to your imagination, plus talks with master builders, giant sculptures and interactive games. Feb. 16-18, Pier 36, 299 South St., $30 and up

Feel the love with Drake and Beyonce

Drake may not be lucky in love, but bless him, he tries. Beyonce, meanwhile, is the definition of relationship goals. At this month’s edition of Tribute Night at Brooklyn Bowl, Drunk In Love: Beyonce vs. Drake, it’s all about spinning the biggest hits of these two romantics of the rap and R&B worlds to help make a little Valentine’s magic happen for you. Feb. 16, 11:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, $10-$15

Find romance in Queens

When V-Day falls on Wednesday, you get a full week to celebrate the year’s most romantic holiday. This weekend, get away to a real lighthouse with a stunning seascape view to enjoy mood-setting standards by the Israeli MusicTalks Jazz Quartet with vocalists Thana Alexa and Michael Mayo as part of Kingsborough Community College’s For the Love of Jazz concert. Feb. 16, 7 p.m., 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn, $40

Europe’s hottest party arrives in New York

Following blowout parties in cities like London and Ibiza, it’s time for Music On New York. The music label’s one-night-only all-night rager will take place at a Brooklyn warehouse highlighting house and techno sounds, while introducing the underground party series to the U.S. after making a name for itself across Europe. This is your chance to get in on the very first in NYC. Feb. 16, 11 p.m.-6 a.m., Depot 52 Warehouse, 7 52nd St., Brooklyn, $40-$99

Have brunch with Wonder Woman

While you’re supporting our newly diverse superhero future, go see a brunch screening of Wonder Woman at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg. You’ll not only be reliving the best action film of 2017, you’ll be doing it with themed cocktails like the Boca del Cielo to get your blood pumping and plates including smoked salmon crostini. Feb. 17, 11:15 a.m., 136 Metropolitan Ave., $12

Go to a retro dance party

If our current musical moment doesn’t put a groove in your step, dial it back at Tainted Love, the Bell House’s monthly dance party that spins nothing but ‘80s icons from glam rock to Dad rock, synthpop and rockabilly. Feb. 17, 10 p.m., 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn, FREE, must be 21+

Take a personal journey at Flight

The McKittrick Hotel, home to hit immersive play Sleep No More, launched a totally new artistic experience with Flight. Audience members delve into a personal and timely story in deeply private way, in their own sequestered booth with headphones. Based on the 2012 novel Hinterland and running for just eight weeks, the show is emotional and thought-provoking, with intricate visuals created by Scotland’s Vox Motus. Through March 25, McKittrick Hotel, 542 W. 27th St., $45

Check your preconceptions about immigrants

When we talk about the lives of immigrants in NYC, who are we really talking about? Women Immigrants of New York is the new exhibit at the Queens Museum inviting you to get to know 16 of the young immigrant women who make their home here through stories, videos and photos about their journeys and dreams. It kicks off with a free opening reception this Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Hosted by New Women New Yorkers, there will be Iraqi and Nepali bites, a collaborative mural, music and a pop-up shop. Feb. 17-March 18, Queens Museum, New York City Building, Queens, $8 (suggested)

Have wine for dessert

Cozy up to some of the Finger Lakes’ best dessert wines (ice wine and port) at Dessert Wine Festival, a tasting dinner organized by NYC’s only vineyard within city limits, Rooftop Reds. They’ve invited six wineries and paired their offerings with dishes from a local restaurant, all enhanced by Jessica Dalrymple’s paintings or urban agriculture and native species. The wineries will also be pouring tastings of other wines in their portfolio, with bottles for sale. End your night with mulled wine by the outdoor fire pits. Feb. 17, 5 & 8 p.m., 313 Butler Gallery, 313 Butler St., $40-$50

Meet the black founders of New York

What does it mean to be black in Brooklyn today, and how did we get here? Look back at NYC’s history of race with Saturday’s Black in Brooklyn trolley tour, led by historian Jeff Richman as part of the Black History Month calendar at Green-Wood Cemetery. Guests travel through the sprawling park with a thought-provoking overview of those who fought for today’s freedoms. You’ll learn their names, see their monuments, and join the legacy of sharing their stories. Feb. 17, 11 a.m., Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Brooklyn, $20

There’s still time to find a Valentine

It’s the fifth anniversary of the popular V-Day bash by Hello Mr. — the magazine for men who date men — which means it has to be bigger and better than ever. (Well, this year has a cash bar, unlike previous open-bar adventures; but with entry starting at $20 to meet hundreds of cuties, does it really matter?) The singles mixer Hello Love returns to Schimanski in Williamsburg, and it will once again features DJ Louis XIV spinning tunes that set the mood. Feb. 17, 10 p.m., Schimanski, 54 N. 11th Ave., Brooklyn, $20-$30

 
 
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