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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), seen in an undated

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), seen in an undated photo, said that given the popularity of their mobile devices, Apple and Google are in "a unique position to influence the market for apps and protect users' privacy within that market." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Minnesota State Fair at the Bell House
Get your fill of Midwestern comedy, music, beer and “Mid-wexican” cuisine at the Bell House’s recreation of the Minnesota State Fair. And don’t miss a cameo by celebri-Senator Al Franken, left, who will stop by to judge the food-on-a-stick competition and share his Minnesotan reflections. (Sunday, 3-7 p.m., FREE, the Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus,, 718-643-6510)

Janet Jackson
Don’t expect to see a wardrobe malfunction when Jackson signs her new book, “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself,” which details her struggles with poor self-image and how she overcame it. (Saturday, 3 p.m., FREE, B&N Fifth Avenue, 555 Fifth Ave.,, 212-697-3048)

April Smith and the Great Picture Show
Round out March with a bit of April: April Smith and the Great Picture Show, that is. The Brooklyn songstress will belt out tunes with a country/swing/ragtime vibe as part of this month’s Local X Local, the Brooklyn Bowl’s FREE monthly series celebrating the best of the borough. (Sunday, 6 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, FREE, 21+, RSVP on Facebook, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg,

Ted Danson
When he’s not playing himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Ted Danson devotes his time to oceanic environmental activism. He details his 20-plus years of activism in “Oceana,” which he’ll discuss and sign at B&N tomorrow. And please don’t be one of those annoying fans who bug him with your “Cheers” questions, OK? (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, B&N Tribeca, 97 Warren St.,, 212-587-5389)

NCAA Bracket Lounge
Tame that March Madness with the similarly afflicted at the Time Warner Center’s NCAA Bracket Lounge, which houses four large-screen TVs, as well as bracket and basketball shooting games to calm your insanity. (Monday-March 25, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., FREE, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-6300)

Secret Science Club
We don’t really know what particle accelerators do, but if you’re into that sort of thing, put it into warp speed and get your butt to the Bell House Wednesday night., when theoretical physicist Matt Strassler will talk about the cosmos. Stay for a Q&A and beats from science rapper Zach Charlop-Powers. (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. doors, FREE, the Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus,, 718-643-6510)


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