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NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

'Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera' (Feb. 23)

North Coast, a hip-hop improvisation team, will put
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North Coast, a hip-hop improvisation team, will put on a fully improvised "hip-hopera" about favorite historical figures, including Nikola Tesla, Frederick Douglass and Louisa May Alcott. ($15, 9:30 p.m., Caveat, 21A Clinton St., Bushwick, caveat.nyc)

Talk: Brooklyn ice skating legends (Feb. 23)

Listen in on a conversation between two Brooklyn-born
Photo Credit: The Museum of the City of New York

Listen in on a conversation between two Brooklyn-born skating legends, Sonya Klopfer Dunfield and Stan Fischler, who will share their journeys from the Brooklyn Ice Palace during the 1940s and '50s to MSG and beyond. Then, skaters from the Ice Theatre of New York will demonstrate skating on a synthetic rink inside the museum to music by Marjie Shrimpton. Seasonal cocktails will be served. ($35, 7 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., mcny.org)

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
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Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St., facebook.com)

Unofficial UES EdFest (Feb. 24-25)

Twelve shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from
Photo Credit: Ashton Worthington

Twelve shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from solo comedies to fake tribute bands and a "Van Gogh Brunch Yourself," will take over the second floor of Upper East Side bar Ryan's Daughter for the entire weekend. Don't miss Walter Michael DeForest's Van Gogh impression in a show about the artist's struggle for humanity while actually making art with the audience, among other shows. There will be beer specials courtesy of Coney Island Brewery and brunch from Schaller & Weber. ($10 for each show, $35 for the full festival, 350 E. 85th St., eventbrite.com)

Free African music and dance lessons (Feb. 24)

Brooklyn Love Institute of African Drummers & Dancers
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Brooklyn Love Institute of African Drummers & Dancers with Raphael Sanders will lead a special African music and dance workshop in honor of Black History Month. The event is part of Amida Care's "Live Your Life" program that aims to keep healthy living at the center of people's everyday lives. (Free, 5 to 8 p.m., Brooklyn Memorial Baptist Church, 484 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill, amidacareny.org)

Free books at Sézane (Feb. 24-25)

The French fashion brand at Sézane and the
Photo Credit: Sézane

The French fashion brand at Sézane and the Book of the Month company are offering coffee, treats and free books to the first 500 visitors to the store. Shoppers can also enter to win a free Book of the Month subscription. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 254 Elizabeth St., bookofthemonth.com)

Dancify That (Feb. 24)

This dance game show asks its contestants to
Photo Credit: Morgan Shortell

This dance game show asks its contestants to use bizarre videos from the internet to inspire their dance moves. Keisha Zollar from Comedy Central, "Orange is the New Black" and "Funny or Die" will judge the competition. ($20, 9:30 p.m., Caveat, 21A Clinton St., caveat.nyc)

The history of FUBU (Feb. 24)

Hear from the founders of the clothing design
Photo Credit: Moe's

Hear from the founders of the clothing design company about how they launched their business and became a multibillion dollar clothing empire as part of Moe's Black History Month event with DJ Self. You'll get to meet the founders at 5 p.m. (3 to 7 p.m., Moe's at Jamaica Colosseum Mall, 89-02 165th St., www.moes.nyc)

Mac n' Cheese takedown (Feb. 25)

Compete or enjoy the spoils of cooks vying
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Compete or enjoy the spoils of cooks vying for the best macaroni and cheese at the Brooklyn Bazaar this Sunday. Tickets include all you can eat mac n' cheese. ($25, 2 p.m., 150 Greenpoint Ave., brownpapertickets.com)

Lunar New Year parade and festival (Feb. 25)

Celebrate the year of the dog with Manhattan
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Celebrate the year of the dog with Manhattan Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year parade. Expect performances, traditional costumes and more at the parade, which will be followed by a street festival featuring food vendors and more. (1 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand and Chrystie streets, betterchinatown.com)

LitFilm festival about writers (Feb. 20-25)

The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a film
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The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a film festival featuring stories about the private lives and artistic processes of James Baldwin, pictured, William S. Burroughs, Mahmoud Darwish, Joan Didion, Arthur Miller, Susan Sontag, Alice Walker and more. Their stories will be told through a series of documentaries and experimental films from the 1960s to present. Rebecca Miller, daughter of Arthur Miller, will deliver the keynote speech on Feb. 20. All screenings are free, but require reservations. (Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, bklynlibrary.org)

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