Weekend events

Saturday: Fourth Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference with a day-long gathering of elected officials, community activists, business leaders, and educators discussing the topic Preserving the Black Family of New York City at Medgar Evers College, 1638 Bedford Ave. at Carroll Street, Bklyn, 8 am–5 pm, Free.
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Event with games, entertainment, and photo shoots with Olympic gold medalist and TNA professional wrestler Kurt Angle at Pacplex Sports Recreation and Educational Complex, 1500 Peerages Ave. at Paerdaget 13th Street, Bklyn, http://www.daretobeextraordinary.org, 12:30–3 pm, $25 adults, $15 kids, free for kids 6 and under. The Orchid Show: Chandeliers at The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The elegance of the orchid in all its myriad forms returns to the Garden this year with an aerial display unlike any other. Fire making skills as the urban rangers teach you the techniques and skills to improve your knowledge of the natural world and that just might save your life. For children 8 years and older at Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U, Bklyn, 1 pm, Free. “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” at the New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College,  see description at http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/theater. $12 ($10 students). National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica with traditional music and folklore from Jamaica, Africa, and the American South at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, http://www.brooklyncenteronline.org, Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm, $36-$75.

Sunday: March for the Earth at the Queens Botanical Garden’s day of volunteering and festive march to the Unisphere. 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Celebrate the vernal equinox – historical Earth Day – by joining QBG and other community groups for a day of volunteering and unity at Queens Botanical Garden, followed by a festive march to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Unisphere. Advanced registration is required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-for-the-earth-tickets-15201228283, 43-50 Main Street
Queens. Fundamentals of Photography Workshop, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. This workshop will cover shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and the basic technical aspects of taking better photos. Individualized instruction will be given during an in-class shooting assignment following the presentation. Instructor: Robert Catalano, Gateway Photographers of Staten Island. RSVP at (718) 816-4506 x10 or info@aliceausten.org. Ongoing: New Directors/New Films March 18–29. The festival has helped ignite countless careers, including those of Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Darren Aronofsky and Wong Kar-wai. newdirectors.org. Film: Cuba: Golden 60s, 8:00 p.m. daily until March 31 at BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, $14, bam.org. BAMcinématek’s “Cuba: Golden 60s,” a series comprising six features and a program of shorts. Macy’s Flower Show till April 4, macys.com.

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