What to Do in New York City This Weekend: March 8-10, 2013

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Don't let the cold weather in New York City keep you home this weekend, Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 10. You can see real spy gadgets up close, join a Madonna/Michael Jackson singalong dance party, or hear Al Gore talk about his new book. Read on for more events around the city this weekend.

Friday, March 8

Al Gore Book Tour

Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore will be stopping at The Powerhouse Arena (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; 37 Main St. in Dumbo; $45 regular admission; student rush tickets $35 at the door the day of, space permitting) to promote his new book: "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change."

Armory Art Week

Running through the weekend, the Fountain Art Fair, (opening night reception Friday at 7 p.m., show through Sunday; 69th Regiment Armory; Lexington Avenue and 25th Street; tickets online are $8-$50), part of the citywide Armory Show, will be putting on its annual exhibit known for putting cutting-edge and independent galleries and artists on display.

Madge and MJ Singalong

For good fun, join Union Hall's Michael Jackson and Madonna singalong (9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., doors open at 9 p.m., 702 Union St. in Park Slope, $8). Madge and MJ videos will play on a big screen with the words for the crowd to sing along. Come dressed for the costume contest as your favorite prom-themed Madonna or Michael, and be ready for the Vogue-off competition, prizes, free drinks, and tickets for other upcoming events.

Stinky French Cheese

The Winter Stinky Cheese Festival gives cheese fans a chance to sample more than 20 cheeses at French eateries around town like L'Express and Marseille. The 10-day event ends on Sunday.

Spy Museum

Interactive and family-friendly, Spy the Exhibit at Discovery Times Square (10 a.m.-9 p.m., final entry one hour before closing, 226 W. 44th St., $27) includes more than 200 authentic declassified intelligence gadgets and a chance to jump your way through a laser field. You can create a disguise and mask your voice.

Saturday, March 9

Pre-St.Patrick's Day Practice

You don't have to wait for St. Patrick's Day on March 17 to get in touch with the Irish inside. The Irish Exit is hosting their St. Practice Day event (8 p.m., 978 Second Ave., $20 open bar from 8-10 p.m., RSVP to erin.irishexit@gmail.com or at 212-755-8383 ). In addition to the $20, two-hour open bar, they'll be serving $4 pints and $6 car bombs.

Drag Queen Bingo

Known for being a bit quirky, Le Poisson Rouge is hosting bingo with drag queen Linda Simpson for Le Bingo, a night of bingo and prizes, including cash (7 p.m., 155 Bleecker St., free). The earlier you get there, the better your chances are to win. You can order from the food and bar menu while you play, and happy hour is from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Discount Designer Shopping

Not to be missed is the twice-a-year designer shopping event Best of Spring, hosted by Housing Works. This weekend's Best of Spring store is Yorkville (noon-8 p.m., 1730 Second Ave., prices vary for advance entrance). You can shop for furniture, clothes, and artwork for a mere fraction of what you would normally pay. There are 12 locations throughout the city, it runs through March 30, and proceeds benefit people living with HIV/AIDS.

Chinese Food

The Chinatown "dumpling crawl" (meeting point at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory at 65 Bayard St.; noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.; $25) gets you a tour and taste test of Chinatown with nothing more than a map and chopsticks. After setting off from the meeting point, you can drop in on six restaurants, including Excellent Dumpling House, Lam Zhou, and Prosperity.

Coney Island Burlesque

Giving the best of their famed burlesque performance, Coney Island USA's Spring Gala (125 E. 11th St. in Manhattan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., $60) is putting on a fundraising extravaganza of 50 performers putting on a 1928 burlesque classic, the Burlesque Manifesto. Coney Island USA is a nonprofit arts organization.

Sunday, March 10

Daylight Saving

Sunday is the official start of Daylight Saving, so don't forget to move your clock ahead by one hour after 2 a.m. You'll lose one hour of sleep, but it will be daylight earlier.

Winter Flea Market

The Brooklyn Flea isn't letting the cold weather stop them from doing business. The Winter Flea (10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1 Hanson Place in Brooklyn) will run through March in the former Williamsburg Savings Bank. There are over 100 vendors and food to be had on the lower level.

Caffeine on Exhibit

Get your caffeine fix and then some at the Coffee Fest New York (noon-4 p.m., Javits Center at 655 West 34th St., $30), where you can talk with pros about coffee (and tea), learn new tricks, sample new products, and network. Note that this is a trade show, so it's geared toward industry people.

Wedding Crashers

If you're planning a wedding, hop by the Wedding Crashers wedding fair (noon-6 p.m., $10-25), which gives you a chance to preview everything from the dress to the band. Talk with vendors at The Green Building (noon-4 p.m. at 452 Union St., Brooklyn) and join the after-party at The Bell House (149 Seventh St. in Brooklyn).

Genevieve Belmaker is a New York City-based journalist with more than five years of experience reporting on New York City news, events, people, and happenings around town.

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