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Festival of Ideas
A slew of downtown universities, art programs, and community groups coordinate symposia, workshops, and projects exploring NYC’s future. BYO thinking cap.
Why: Climb inside the StreetFest’s neon glow worm tents for cooking demos from urban farmers, rooftop gardening classes, and bites from Cafe Habana, People’s Pops, and Hester Street Fair regulars.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Various events and locations online at festivalofideasnyc.com.

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Next weekend, raise your glass to bartender tell-alls, tastings, and discussions (global drink rituals, anyone?) dedicated to all things spirited.
Why: Sneak into the NY Public Library after dark and make your way through four stories of performance art, live music, and more than 25,000 concoctions.
When: Opening gala, May 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Events thru May 17.
Where: Tickets ($50-$150) online at manhattancocktailclassic.com.

Stivale Opens
Caffe Muzio’s more refined sibling debuts with dense, pancetta-laced cavatelli and roasted chicken with broccoli rabe. Save room for carrot cake-esque budino.
Why: They’re saving tables for DailyCandy readers every night in May. Book and get a free glass of prosecco at the conjoining bar after dinner.
When: Tues.-Sun., 5:30-11 p.m.
Where: 308 Bleecker St., at Grove St. (212-675-2009).

A Benefit Performance for the Animals
Golden Globe-nominated Australian pop singer Sia performs on behalf of our furry friends.
Why: Bites from La Esquina and Ed’s Lobster Bar, sips from Bulldog Gin and Harpoon Brewery, as well as a raffle and silent auction.
When: Sat., 4-7 p.m.
Where: Bathhouse Studios, 540 E. 11th St., b/t Aves. A & B. Tickets ($100) online at support.animalhavenshelter.org.

John Robshaw Textiles Sample Sale
Up to 75 percent off bedding, decorative pillows, and other home accents.
Why: Jade and magenta quilts, $90 (reg. $400), and shams, $35 (reg. $80), and indigo turban robes, $50 (reg. $125).
When: Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 245 W. 29th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ground flr. (212-594-6006).

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The Interview Show
Syndicated columnist Mark Bazer brings his intimate talk show to Brooklyn.
Why: Get up close and personal with hip-hop trio Das Racist, Prune chef and best-selling author Gabrielle Hamilton, and comedian Eugene Mirman.
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union St., at Fifth Ave., Park Slope (718-638-4400). Tickets ($8) online at ticketweb.com or at the door.

Photo: Courtesy of Festival of Ideas

Bathhouse Studios
540 E 11th St
bt Aves A & B
New York, NY 10009
308 Bleecker St
@ Grove St
New York, NY 10014
John Robshaw Textiles
245 W 29th St
bt 7th & 8th Aves
New York, NY 10001
702 Union St
@ 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215