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Weekend events: Gallagher, MoCCA Fest and more

Gallagher and MoCCA Fest

Gallagher and MoCCA Fest

Congress of Curious Peoples: This festival, celebrating sideshow performers of all stripes, kicks off tonight with a big party at Coney Island's Freak Bar. The performances, lectures and more continue through April 17. (Various locations, /congress.shtml)

Concert for Japan: Laurie Anderson (above), Lou Reed and John Zorn headline this 12-hour benefit show. (Japan Society, Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.,

MoCCA Fest 2011: The coolest contemporary comic-book artists are in town for this festival, with lectures and exhibitions all weekend. (Lexington Avenue Armory, Sat.-Sun., $20 weekend pass,

DJ Spooky: DJ Spooky presents a night of contemporary Asian and American music. Featuring TIMI Modern Music, Anthony De Ritis and many others. (Le Poisson Rouge, Sun., 7 p.m., $18,

Coffee People Party: Coffee enthusiasts can get their buzz on at this bash timed for this weekend's Northeast Barista Championship, held in NYC. Coffee, beer and lots of dancing! (Sat., 8 p.m., Highline Loft, FREE,

Gallagher: The comedy legend brings his watermelon smasher to Gramercy Theatre for a night of messy ridiculousness. (Gramercy Theatre, Fri., 8 p.m., $35,


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