Weekend Picks: Garden of Laughs, Sister Hazel, Chilifest and more

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Comedy biggies including Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Darrell Hammond and Adam Ferrara combine forces at the Garden of Laughs, benefiting the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which helps children facing obstacles in the tri-state area. (Sat. 8 p.m., $50-$125, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, 212-465-6741)

A concert by pop-Southern rockers Sister Hazel, who achieved success with their 1997 album "Somewhere More Familiar." (Fri. 8 p.m., $30, B.B. King Blues Club, 237 W. 42nd St., 212-997-4144)

Join author Hal Johnson for a chat about his debut new novel, "Immortal Lycanthropes," about a ninth-grader who discovers that he's able to transform into animal form. And if you don't have the book already, mention the store's book club for a 25% discount. Doughnuts will be served! (Fri. 6:30 p.m., FREE, midtown Comics Downtown, 64 Fulton St., 212-302-8192)

Expect martinis (shaken, not stirred), Goldfinger girls and gaming tables at the Casino Royale Gala, celebrating 50 years of James Bond. Come dressed as a Bond character. A portion of the proceeds goes to superstorm Sandy relief. (Sat. 9 p.m., $125, Capitale, 130 Bowery, 212-334-5500)

Warm up at Chilifest, where a plethora of top NYC restaurants are serving up chili alongside beer pairings from Samuel Adams. At the end, one winner nabs the coveted Golden Chili Mug award. (Sat. 7 p.m., Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., nycchilifest.com)

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