The Weekend Guide

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Punch Me Panda

Slip on a boxing glove, channel that postholiday rage, and wallop Death Bear originator Nate Hill, whose chest-protected animal suit will absorb your frustrations.
Why: Start the year free of anger.
When: Sat. & Sun.
Where: Your apartment (Manhattan & Brooklyn only). To schedule an appt., text 347-742-2293 or tweet @natexhill. No charge.

What: Sneak a peek at this year’s works in progress (dance, puppetry, theater) during Here’s annual performance festival.
Why: Observe an outrageous city council meeting, a marital installation, or the reality show-inspired, multimedia chamber opera about an unsolved murder.
When: Thru Jan. 23.
Where: 145 Sixth Ave., at Dominick St. (212-647-0202). Tickets ($15) at 212-352-3101 or online at here.org.

Heirloom Jewelry
Sip spiked cider while designer Susan Domelsmith (of DLC Brooklyn) reveals her plans for reworking your vintage baubles into updated accessories.
Why: That jazzy bracelet/necklace/earrings pairs perfectly with discounted pieces from Samantha Pleet’s current and past-season collections (up to 70 percent off).
When: Jewelry and cider, Fri., 6-9 p.m.; Pleet sale, Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat., noon-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m.
Where: End of Century, 175 Rivington St., b/t Attorney & Clinton Sts.

VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Specialist Boutique Opens
The renowned Philippines-based brand makes its North American spa debut in the Flatiron.
Why: Expert facials ($45-$180) for the epidermically challenged (rosacea, eczema, blotchiness). (Ed. note: They work wonders for brown-skinned beauties.)
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 868 Broadway, b/t 17th & 18th Sts. (212-217-2762).

Top Hat
Wholesale imports co. Sweet Bella’s first shop is filled with curiosities like French bird calls ($34-$62), German unraveling calendars ($90), and timeless Kaweco fountain pens ($22-$70).
Why: Now you know where to go to rent a wooden toboggan during the next blizzard.
When: Tues.-Sun., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 245 Broome St., at Ludlow St. (212-677-4240).

Built by Wendy Winter Sale
Up to 70 percent off pieces from the fall 2010 collection.
Why: Mohair cardigans (were $169, now $85), the Mies side-button dress (was $338, now $102), and a silky bomber jacket (was $315, now $95) are perfect for layering.
When: Thru Feb. 28. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 7 Centre Market Pl., b/t Broome & Grand Sts. (212-925-6538); 46 N. 6th St., b/t Wythe & Kent Aves., Williamsburg (718-384-2882).

Photo: Teresa Nasty

62 Crosby St
@ Spring St
New York, NY 10012
End of Century
237 Eldridge St
bt Houston & Stanton Sts
New York, NY 10002
Top Hat
245 Broome St
bt Orchard & Ludlow Sts
New York, NY 10002
145 6th Ave
@ Dominick St
New York, NY 10013
46 N 6th St
bt Wythe & Kent Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11211
7 Centre Market Pl
bt Broome & Grand Sts
New York, NY 10013