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Daily 5: The Last Brucennial, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’ More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for March 12′s best events, from Free Bacon at The Creek in the Cave to Ellie Goulding at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

See ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ tonight (Photo: Joan Marcus)

1. COMEDY: Free Bacon (Liza Dye Fundraiser Edition) at The Creek and the Cave

Come for the bacon and stay for the comedy at this Atkins-friendly fundraiser to help injured comedienne Liza Dye with her medical expenses. The lineup includes Carmen Lynch, Leah Bonnema, Jared Freid and more … plus a scene-stealing special guest star called bacon.

DETAILS: 7pm; free; 10-93 Jackson Ave., Queens;

2. MUSIC: Ellie Goulding at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

From the massive success of her 2011 single “Lights” to the more recent ubiquity of her song “Burn,” British pop singer Ellie Goulding is fast becoming an international superstar. Catch the talented (and adorable) young singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist when her massive world tour brings her to Madison Square Garden for two nights in a row. Would you like some medicine for those earworms?

DETAILS: 9pm; from $29.50, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 4 Pennsylvania Plaza;

3. ART: The Last Brucennial at 837 Washington St.

Created by Vito Schnabel and the Bruce High Quality Foundation as an alternative to the snobbery of the Whitney Biennial, the Brucennial is known for its large and densely packed collections that show famous artists alongside up-and-comers. This year — the last, according to its organizers — carries on that proud tradition with the added twist that all the artworks were made by women. Kooky and imaginative women, judging from the photos.

DETAILS: 12pm-6pm (through April 4); free; 837 Washington St.;

4. BOOKS: Mind Reading: Brain Awareness Week Presents Elissa Schappell, Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee and More at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Science and literature will combine in interesting ways at this multidisciplinary Brain Awareness Week event produced in cooperation with collaborative working group Neuwrite. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry will all be represented, with readings on various brain-related topics — empathy, epilepsy, memory — from Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee, Stefan Merrill Block, and more.

DETAILS: 7pm; free; 126 Crosby St.;

5. THEATER: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Stephen Sondheim Theatre

The author of such timeless hits as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” Carole King was a hugely influential songwriter at a time when women were generally recognized only for their voices and/or looks. Re-live King’s journey from “awkward teenager” to “voice of a generation” with this jukebox musical featuring many of King’s most beloved songs.

DETAILS: 2pm and 7pm; $127.50 (get tickets!); 124 W. 43rd St.

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