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friday, march 26

modern conversation-as part of its "arts, culture and fun" series, the parks department presents its second "birth of modern art" multimedia presentation. calder zwicky, community outreach coordinator for the museum of modern art, shows slides from the museum's permanent collection of modern masterpieces and talks about their significance. east 54th street recreation center, 348 e. 54th st., 212-408-0296; 6:30 p.m., free.

renaissance rock-the tallis scholars, a renaissance choral group, perform a concert of franco-flemish sacred choral works. the u.k.-based group, directed by peter phillips, is renowned for its promotion and execution of renaissance music. st. bartholomew's church, 325 park ave., 212-378-0222; 7:30 p.m., $20 to $100.

ukulele jam-the novel musical act ukulele cabaret moves from its downtown location to a new spot on the upper west side. dozens of performers join the act to croon and strum, creating an eclectic night of musical stylings from 1960s rock to hawaiian standards and classical. host sonic uke leads the performers, who range from beginner to seasoned ukulele jammer. p and g bar, 380 columbus ave., 646-257-3747; 8 p.m. to midnight, free.

saturday, march 27

decorate-sokol new york, a non-profit organization that runs gymnastics, tae kwon do, dance and other sports programs for children, hosts an egg decorating class in the tradition of czech and slovak folk art. learn this old world craft from renowned artist marj nejdl of the czech and slovak museum in cedar rapids. sokol new york, 420 e. 71st st., 212-861-8206; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., $20, must be at least 16 years old.

church market-the new york buddhist church hosts a white elephant sale to raise funds for church renovations. part flea market and part silent auction, the event features vendors selling new and used treasures, household goods and jewelry, as well as silent bidding for more valuable items. japanese food, baked goods and drinks are sold throughout the day. new york buddhist church, 331-332 riverside drive, 212-678-0305; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free.

saturday, march 27

paper cuts-the museum of art and design screens the winners of "moving paper," an international film festival of cut paper animation. six selected short videos, three chosen by popular vote and three by the museum, are shown as part of the museum's series slash: paper under the knife, which showcases unique uses of cut paper as an artistic medium. museum of arts and design, 2 columbus circle, 212-299-7790; 11 a.m., free with regular admission of $15.

shop for charity-darryl's boutique holds a charity fundraiser and customer thank you sale, featuring a raffle, giveaways and refreshments, as well as a 20 percent discount for anyone dressed in darryl's clothes. owner and stylist darryl gamble will be on hand to offer fashion advice and meet shoppers. a portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to green hand action, a non-profit organization that plants trees in guinea, west africa. darryl's boutique, 492 amsterdam ave., 212-874-6677; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., free.

sunday, march 28

passover fun-david grover and grover's gang perform a family passover concert perfect for children ages 3 to 9. grover and his band sing about celebrating freedom and eating crunchy matzah while encouraging kids to dance and join in. the jewish museum, 1109 fifth ave., 212-423-3200; 2 p.m., $11 to $16.

music on madison-the saint andrew music society presents a palm sunday concert of haydn's "the seven last words of christ on the cross." joined by the accomplished american string group the bavia quartet, members of the professional choir of the madison avenue presbyterian church sing an arrangement of the classic composition for soloists, choir and strings. madison avenue presbyterian church, 921 madison ave., 212-288-8920; 3 p.m., $20.

lenten concert-sinfonia new york, a newly formed period instrument orchestra, performs "a pergolesi offering: music of sacrifice and redemption," in honor of the 300th birthday of the composer pergolesi. the palm sunday concert features guest soprano jessica gould and mezzo jennifer lane. the church of the epiphany, 1393 york ave., 212-866-0468; 8 p.m., $25.

monday, march 29

holy monday concert-the holy trinity concert series continues its monday concerts with a performance of françois couperin's "leçons de ténèbres" (lessons of darkness). sopranos jennifer bates and sarah brailey join carlene stober on viola da gamba and rick erickson on the organ. the work was composed in the 18th century for the liturgies of holy week. holy trinity lutheran church, 3 w. 65th st., 212-877-6815; 6:30 p.m., $10 to $15.

tuesday, march 30

planet exploration-learn about planets and stars at the hayden planetarium space theater's "celestial highlights: inferior planets with joe rao." using the star projector, rao leads gazers through the western sky, showing mars, venus and early spring constellations, as well as positions of the moon and other special bodies. american museum of natural history, central park west at west 79th street, 212-769-5200; 6:30 p.m., $15.

thursday, april 1

brazilian beats-lincoln center presents the new york debut of the brazilian 10-piece band orquestra contemporânea de olinda, at the david rubenstein atrium. part of the target free thursdays concert series, the performance features the group's blend of latin, afro and brazilian grooves that earned them a 2009 latin grammy award nomination. david rubenstein atrium, 61 w. 62nd st., 212-875-5350; 8:30 p.m., free.

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