What to Do in New York City This Weekend: March 22-24, 2013

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This weekend, March 22-24, around New York City, you can choose from all kinds of events ranging from basketball to improv comedy to a grilled cheese showdown. Read on for more events throughout the city.

Friday, March 22

Art and Interior Design

Back for the 35th year in row is the International Artexpo New York (through Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., closing one hour earlier on Sunday, Pier 92 at 711 12th Ave., $20), the largest fine art trade expo in the world. The expo includes free seminars and classes and will feature exhibits of hundreds of innovative artists, dealers, publishers, and buyers.

Just next door will be the Architectural Digest Home Design Show (through Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Pier 94, $30 in advance or $35 on site), where you can check out the latest products for home, shop from new and known brands, or find inspiration from the top talents in the industry.

Music

For one night only, Pink will be in concert (8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, tickets start at $39.50) for her Truth About Love World Tour.

Saturday, March 23

Sports

Saturday night, the Knicks will face off against the Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden, tickets start at $70) in their second night of a two-day faceoff with the Canadian team.

Poetry and Music

For something different from a venue you already know, the Apollo is putting on a Langston Hughes-Themed Multimedia Show (8 p.m., 253 W. 125th St., tickets start at $35) set to his epic poem "Ask Your Mama." Grammy Award-winning singer Jessye Norman, actor Roger Guenveur Smith, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and musician Meshell Ndegeocello will share the spotlight.

Food

They say it's sold out, but you might be able to talk your way into the third annual grilled cheese showdown, The Big Cheesy (through Sunday, noon-7 p.m., Openhouse at 201 Mulberry St., 212-334-0288 for exact address, $25) and help judge the best grilled cheese creation.

Festivals

The Freetown Produce Festival (through Sunday from noon-11:30 p.m., Jalopy Theatre at 315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Brooklyn, all-day pass starts at $30 and evening pass is $15) will be three days of Cajun food, music, and culture. If that doesn't do it for you, the NYC Improv Festival (through March 23, Peoples Improv Theatre at 123 E. 24th St. in Manhattan, shows start from 1 p.m.-midnight, free to $8/show or $40 for festival pass) goes beyond performances to include workshops and panels.

Sunday, March 24

Coney Island

It might be worth the long trip to catch the Coney Island Boardwalk opening day (from 10 a.m.), which promises to be super festive following the hard months of recovery from Hurricane Sandy. In celebration of both opening day and surviving the superstorm this winter, many things will be free. You can also stop by the Coney Island History Project at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park (3059 W. 12th St., free entry from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.) to see multimedia exhibits about what happened to the area after Sandy struck.

Welcome Spring

The Macy's Flower Show will have its opening day on Sunday (Macy's Herald Square, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., through April 7, 151 W. 34th St., free). You can walk through the store while shopping and take in the world of flowers they create every year.

Music

Sunday will be the second and last night of a two-night jazz summit called Generations of the Beat Festival (7 p.m.-after midnight, 85 Avenue A, festival pass $25 or per show $20 at the door).

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