leisure 03.20.15

Spring, Scientists Claim
the skint

Through April 19 at the New York Botanical Garden, The Orchid Show, including six more Orchid Evenings.

Box Butler can kick-start your spring cleaning.

The annual Sakura Matsuri, the cherry blossom celebration, takes place at Brooklyn Botanic Garden April 25-26. Will the cherry trees shake off winter in time?

The Tour de Staten Island may have a hint d' irony in its name, but the fifth annual non-competitive ride through the borough offers many irony-free scenic views. Sunday, April 12.

It's the Spring Oyster Fest at Brooklyn Crab, April 18th, 4-7pm, $55.

Spring Reading

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 10am-5pm: happy macaron day! 15 participating bakeries at 25 locations give out free macarons (one per customer per location, while supplies last). a portion of all sales will benefit city harvest.

fri-sun: 50+ jewelry-bead vendors sell their wares at the new york whole bead show at the metropolitan pavilion ($8 adv, $10 door), while the best bead show features 15 vendors just next door at the altman building (free).

sat (various times): bach in the subways day: 15 musicians commemorate j.s. bach's 330th birthday by performing the composer's music on instruments ranging from accordion to violin.

sat 2pm (+ 4/18, 5/16): feel like willy wonka's charlie bucket while you take a tour of the liddabit sweets candy-making facility and enjoy complimentary valrhona french chocolate tastings, candy samples, and a 15% discount on shop purchases. industry city (220 36th st., brooklyn), $15 (advance purchase required).

sat 9:30pm: singer-songwriter-norah jones collaborator sasha dobson plays a free concert at bamcafé.

sun 11:30am-3pm: brooklyn based's annual spring wedding crashers fair features 60+ caterers, designers, photographers, bands + djs and more to help you plan your perfect day. the green building and 501 union, $25 adv, $30 door.

sun 2:30pm: author leah koenig presents modern jewish cooking: recipes + customs for today's kitchen and her takes on how tradition can be honored with innovation. a light reception with samples follows. the museum of jewish heritage, $15.

call for cooks!: the vegan cook-off comfort food competition 4/12 at littlefield.

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