New York Weekend Events May 11-13: Rooftop Films, 3rd Ward, Mother's Day Garden Party

Rooftop Film Series 2012
Where: Various locations
When: Friday-August 18
Price: $12
Rooftop Films kicks off their summer bill this weekend with a lineup of underground films including "Think of Me," "#Occupy Bat Signal For The 99%," and many more. The original film festival, now in its 16th year, aims to bring together both emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work throughout over 45 outdoor venues in the city.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue; (212) 535-7710
When: Friday-August 19
Price: Pay as you wish
Check out the highly-anticipated Met exhibition exploring the fashion influences of Italian designers Elsa Schiaprelli and Miuccia Prada, which opened to the public on Thursday and features stunning "conversations" orchestrated by director Baz Luhrmann. Fashion's elite and celebrities including Emma Stone, Kate Upton, and a scantily clad Beyonce in Givenchy turned up for exhibition's 2012 Met Gala earlier this week.

3rd Ward Birthday Party
Where: 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 715-4961
When: Saturday, 2PM-8PM
Price: Free
Celebrate 3rd Ward's sixth birthday with a barbecue, live music, comedy, and plenty of the space's educational workshops on Saturday. 3rd Ward, the "one-stop innovation incubator" for learning and creating, is one of Brooklyn's favorite communities, so come say hello!

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 South Southern Boulevard, Bronx; (718) 817-8700
When: Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM
Price: $20
One of the city's most treasured green spaces is opening their gardens to celebrate Mother's Day with two days of picnicking, badminton, food sampling, and much more for families and their mothers to come out and enjoy.

Brooklyn Food Conference
Where: Brooklyn Tech High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn; (718) 804-6400
When: Saturday, 9AM-6PM
Price: Free
Over 5,000 people including notable food activists and local farmers will gather on Saturday for this free, community oriented conference to discuss the importance of healthy food choices and fair food systems.

Fred Armisen's Playlist Live
Where: Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 609-0484
When: Sunday, 8PM
Price: $8
Comedian Fred Armisen returns for his weekly residence at Union Pool to cover his favorite bands which in the past have included performances of The Clash, Devo, and plenty of other handpicked artists.

Watch Armisen play drums with David Byrne during a Yo La Tengo show in 2011: