Things to do for February 28, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend is a fan of the leap year.

Thursday
Mos Def kicks knowledge at 92nd St Y
THURSDAY MOS

Mos Def kicks knowledge at 92nd St Y

Black Star's more photogenic half, rapper-turned-actor and Brooklyn native Mos Def, muses on Hollywood, socially-conscious hip hop and finding something that rhymes with diaspora.

411: Feb 28, 8pm, 1395 Lexington Ave (at 92nd St), 212-415-5500, $26

Friday
Kidrobot Pirate Store
FRIDAY ROBOTICS

Kidrobot Pirate Store

The rare-kitsch fanatics pop up in Soho (doubling up from their usual Prince Street digs) starting tomorrow, just in time to jumpstart your figurine collection with 50% off limited edition toys. Sorry, "collectibles."

411: 70 Greene St (between Spring and Broome), 1-877-ROBO-KID

Saturday
The Plaza Reopens
SATURDAY FACELIFT

The Plaza Reopens

After a $400 million renovation, the Plaza can boast a new in-room touch-screen system, a revamped Rose Club and a champagne bar in the lobby. The original Oak Bar is also intact, with murals and a spectacular view of Central Park to distract you from your grand-a-night room bill.

411: 768 5th Ave (at Central Park S.), 212-759-3000

Tuesday
Head to Tail Dinner at Astor Center
TUESDAY OFFAL

Head to Tail Dinner at Astor Center

San Francisco luminary (and occasional Iron Chef) Chris Cosentino travels east for a five-course tasting menu of offbeat and oft-uneaten delicacies like venison liver crudo and roasted lamb neck, giving new meaning to "soup to nuts."

411: Mar 4, The Gallery at Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St (at E. 4th), 212-674-7501, $250; UD Hookup: Enter in "UD030408" on the Astor Center website for 15% off.

LES Ping Pong Symphony
WEEKEND SECRET MACHINE

LES Ping Pong Symphony

The "Absolut Quartet" is a sculpture/musical instrument that creates a small symphony by twirling wineglasses and flicking ping pong balls onto a marimba. The music is... well, out there. But it's worth stopping by to see this puppy in action.

411: 186 Orchard St (between E. Houston and Stanton), hours and phone number—you're on your own...

Thursday
Cirque de Soiree at Pink Elephant
NEXT THURSDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Cirque de Soiree at Pink Elephant

New York Cares' annual charity ball hits Pink Elephant with a silent auction, a mystery raffle and surprise entertainment. Oh yeah, there's a top shelf open bar as well...

411: Mar 6, Pink Elephant, 527 W. 27th St (between 10th and 11th), 7-10pm, general tickets $105, VIP tickets $150, 212-228-5000

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