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6 Things to Do This Weekend in New York City

 Start 2015 strong with something new this weekend. 
Get Out and Do This: Jan. 2-4
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Friday, Jan. 2
Looking for a light way to start off the New Year? Try Comedy Diaspora, a free, eclectic stand-up night at Joloff Restaurant in Bed-Stuy. Charles McBee and Ndidi Oriji will host. Music will be provided by DJ Chibuikem. No cover. 7:30 p.m. at 1168 Bedford Ave. between Putnam and Madison. 

There's still time — but not much — to see Pace Gallery's Picasso exhibit. "Picasso and Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style," which will close on Jan. 10, focuses on the mature work inspired by the Spanish artist's muse and last love, Jacqueline Roque. Pace is presenting the exhibition at both its Midtown and its Chelsea galleries. 32 E. 57th St. and 534 W. 25th St. Open 10 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 

Saturday, Jan. 3
Of all the city's "Nutcracker" adaptations, East Village Dance Project's "The Shell-Shocked Nut" may be the most original and the most cathartic. Delve into themes of loss and homecoming at this contemporary send-up of the classic ballet, with a soundtrack featuring Stevie Wonder and Duke Ellington as well as Tchaikovsky. Presented by La MaMa in association with GOH Productions. Tickets cost $15-$20. See it at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and Bowery. 

Paintings, photography, sculpture and other art forms will be on view at The Bronx's second annual "Whimsical Winter Wonder" exhibition, featuring established and emerging artists. Check it out for free from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Poe Park Visitor Center at 2640 Grand Concourse in The Bronx. More information is available here

Those resolved to be more fit, friendly, and/or fiery in 2015 can take the first step at Lorenz Latin Dance Studio's "New Beginner Salsa" class in Corona, Queens. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 105-02 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens. Registration is required online or by phone at 718-418-5484. Classes cost about $15.

Sunday, Jan. 4
Sick of staying indoors already? Brooklyn Botanic Garden, evergreen source of stunning springtime displays, invites you to enjoy nature in the colder months as well. The "Light in Winter" series offers special family events every week through March 2015. This Sunday, kids and parents will learn how birds create their homes out of plants, craft their very own nests to keep and search for animal habitats in the garden's trees. Guests should meet at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. "Nestfest for Families" is free with garden admission and reservations are not required. 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.