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New York March 10–16: Maple Syrup Madness, Flamenco & J-Pop/Rock

The best of what to do in and around New York this week

This week in New York, expand your horizons with a little Flamenco culture. Then, find a new favorite author at The Brooklyn Museum's first book fair, or simply satisfy your hunger at Brisket King NYC by tasting your way through the entries. For a getaway, head to Connecticut to enjoy maple sugaring season and get some of the good stuff straight from the source.

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March 10–19 | Dance
Flamenco Festival
For its thirteenth anniversary, the annual Flamenco Festival (which tours through various U.S. cities) is coming to the Big Apple with eye-catching performances taking place at BAM, Carnegie Hall, and New York City Center. Some of the world’s greatest Flamenco performers—like Rocío Molina, guitarist Vicente Amigo, and improvisational dancer Farruquito—will be on stage showing off their contemporary takes on traditional flamenco dance and music. There are also a number of cross-cultural collaborations, such as Spanish guitarist Daniel Casares performing with Israeli double-bassist Adam Ben Ezra, and Sevillian flamenco singer Rosario “La Tremendita” Guerrero playing with Iranian classical musician Mohammad Motamedi.
Times & locations vary | From $17.50 | website

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March 12 | Book fair
READ Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Museum is putting on the first ever READ Brooklyn: Author’s Book Fair this weekend. Get to know the work of 40 local fiction and nonfiction authors who are based in the borough; they’ll be presenting novels, cookbooks, artist books, and everything in between. There will also be live readings throughout the day, such as Elizabeth Gaffney reading from her novel When the World Was Young, which is told through the eyes of a young girl living in postwar Brooklyn.
1–5 p.m. | Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn | Free | website

March 12–13 | Escape the city
Maple Sugar Madness
Vermont may get all the recognition when it comes to maple syrup production in the States, but Connecticut is quickly making a name for itself in this sweet arena. The maple sugaring season—when you can visit maple houses and see the process of syrup-making in action—takes place in February and March, so it’s prime time to make a weekend trip out of it. This Sunday the Historical Society of Glastonbury is hosting its annual Maple Sugar Madness Demonstration at the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House. Glastonbury native Mark Packard will demonstrate modern methods of maple extraction. Afterwards, you'll dine on pancakes cooked on the open hearth and served with authentic local syrup. There’s plenty to do pre-maple mania as well, with farms, wineries, and hiking nearby, as well as the state capital of Hartford less than 20 minutes away.
March 13, 1–4 p.m.| 972 Main St., South Glastonbury, CT | $5 | website

Flamenco dancer Rocío Molina

March 14 | Music
WagakkiBand
If you’re looking to discover some new music, then be sure to catch WagakkiBand while they’re in town. This eight-person band blends ancient Japanese instruments (like the shamisen, koto, and wadaiko) with modern rock stylings for a distinctive sound that is fast-paced and upbeat. Even if you don’t understand the words, it’s the kind of music that makes you want to move. They’re wildly popular in Japan (the music video for their song Senbonzakura has over 36 million views on YouTube) but are largely unknown here in the States—for now. Here’s your chance to say you knew them first.
7 p.m. | Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., New York | $35 | website

March 16 | Food competition
Brisket King NYC
Celebrate meat in all its glory at the 2016 Brisket King NYC competition. The reigning king Jay Fox (winner of last year’s iteration) will return to demonstrate how to carve an entire beef shoulder. Aside from demos, there will be awards for best brisket in a number of categories (best kosher bacon, anyone?) as well as the potential to be crowned Brisket King. Over 20 chefs and butchers are participating (representing favorites like Marlow & Sons, Hill Country Barbecue, and Kimchi Smoke), which means an equal number of samples to scarf down. A ticket also gets you all-you-can-drink craft beer and indie spirits.
6:00–9:30 p.m. | Sanders Studios, 525 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn | $90 | website

A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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