What to Do in New York City This Weekend: May 3-5, 2013

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This weekend, Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, around New York City, you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, join the international PEN arts and literary festival, hear some free music at the Americana Jamboree, or catch a Yankees game. Read on for more.

Friday, May 3

For some baseball throughout the weekend, the Yankees will be playing the Athletics on Friday (7:05 p.m., Sabathia), Saturday (1:05 p.m., Hughes), and Sunday (1:05 p.m., Pettitte).

Housing Works in Soho is putting on some great music for their Americana Jamboree (126 Crosby St., 6:30 p.m., free entry) with music by Odetta Hartman and Her Heroes, Jus Post Bellum, and ROCKDOVE. The evening includes some happy hour specials and pizza.

The biannual IDEAS City Conference is back in town (through Saturday, May 4), exploring the theme of "untapped capital." Panels of experts and innovators will explore how untapped capital can be used in work, play, and beyond. Basically, they will be exploring what resources in our city are underutilized.

The annual literary, arts, and sometimes music extravaganza known as the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature (through Sunday, May 5, times and locations vary) is back in New York City. Throughout the weekend at locations around the city, there will be discussions, readings, and events, many of which are free. Don't miss the Friday night tour of the Westbeth Center for the Arts house in Manhattan.

Saturday, May 4

The graffiti art haven 5Pointz will have their season reopening party with the theme of "celebrating 40 years of hip-hop" (45-46 Davis St. at Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, noon-7 p.m.) this weekend. Despite rumors that they might be getting forced out by development, the graffiti art institution will steam ahead with their season of programming. The annual party and gallery unveiling is going to include a performance by a local hip-hop act Briefkase Boyz. There will also be break dancing, music, and live painting from German artist Semor.

Star Wars fans can geek out at the Odditorium for a few hours on Saturday (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 234 W. 42nd St.) when Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square hosts light saber training classes with New York Jedi. Classes start every 30 minutes, and there's a 50-percent discount on entry if you wear a Star Wars-themed costume.

Sunday, May 5

For Cinco de Mayo this year, skip the Mexican restaurant in lieu of the fifth annual Guatacular hosted by Sporkful. It's a day of events and eating (2 p.m.-9 p.m., Bell House in Brooklyn at 149 Seventh St., 21 and up, $15 and up). The main event is the afternoon competition between 20 "guacamole prodigies," as well as a live taping of the Sporkful Podcast, a people's vote, trophies, and drinks.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is REI's annual cycling event. Every bicyclist gets a tour through the five boroughs of New York City on a 40-mile bike ride. Typically, more than 30,000 bicyclists participate, representing almost every skill level. The route map page has more details.

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