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NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Our picks for what to see and do in the city.

ALEXA RAY JOEL

(Cafe Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St.): Her dad,
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(Cafe Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St.): Her dad, Billy Joel, keeps packing them in at the Garden, and Alexa Ray is just as good at drawing crowds every time she comes to Café Carlyle. For her third Carlyle run, Joel is promising a "brand-new and fully revised performance showcase," according to her Facebook page. Info: Through March 7; $65-$115 (plus $25 food and beverage minimum), 212-744-1600, rosewoodhotels.com.

"CABARET"

(Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St.): Sienna Miller
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(Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St.): Sienna Miller is Sally Bowles for the final weeks of this gritty and thrilling long-running revival, led by Alan Cumming in his scary-wonderful turn as the Emcee. Miller, who made her Broadway debut in the 2009 "After Miss Julie" and stars as Bradley Cooper's wife in "American Sniper," succeeds Emma Stone. Info: Through March 29; $47-$192, 877-990-9533, roundabouttheatre.org.

"2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE"

(New Museum, 235 Bowery): Technology and its relationship
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(New Museum, 235 Bowery): Technology and its relationship to the body is a focus of this new exhibition, which features the sound, sculpture, painting and other works of 51 early-career artists and artist collectives from around the world. Pictured, South African performance artist Donna Kukama; through May 24; $16, 212-219-1222, newmuseum.org.

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HUSH HIP-HOP TOUR

(meeting at 110 E. 59th St. and touring
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(meeting at 110 E. 59th St. and touring Harlem and the Bronx): Take a ride through Harlem and the "Boogie Down" Bronx on the Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour, a four-hour, winter-friendly jaunt past iconic street murals, graffiti walls and cultural landmarks. Info: Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. (and all Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays); $75, 212-714-3544, hushtours.com.

"THE ORCHID SHOW: CHANDELIERS"

(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.,
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(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx): The main attraction at the 13th annual show are "living chandeliers" composed of thousands of the tropical flowers and hung from the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's beams. Beds of Cymbidium and other orchid species will remain closer to the ground. Special orchid evenings, with cocktails and live music, will take place on select Saturdays. Info: Opens Feb. 28, runs through April 19; $25, 718-817-8700, nybg.org.

"THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX"

(Mitzi E. Newhouse, Lincoln Center Theater): Bathsheba Doran's
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(Mitzi E. Newhouse, Lincoln Center Theater): Bathsheba Doran's new play explores a lifelong interracial friendship that turns into something more complicated. Sam Gold ("Fun Home") directs, with Tony Shahloub and Diane Lane. Info:In previews for a March 2 opening, through April 26; $75-$85; 212-239-6200; lct.org. -- LINDA WINER

"THE AUDIENCE"

(Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.): Helen
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(Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.): Helen Mirren, theater royalty any time she steps onto the stage, portrays Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's London hit, a drama about the Queen and the private weekly conversations she has had with her 12 prime ministers, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and current PM David Cameron. Info: In previews for a March 8 opening, running through June 28; $65-$152, 212-239-6200, theaudiencebroadway.com.

"FISH IN THE DARK"

(Cort Theatre, 138, W. 48th St.): What do
(Credit: Jim Sheldon)

(Cort Theatre, 138, W. 48th St.): What do you do after you have co-created the outlandishly influential "Seinfeld" and co-starred in your own close-to-the-bone HBO psycho-drama-comedy, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"? Replace Jon Stewart? Sit in for Brian Williams? The least obvious answer, considering the anti-showbiz image of Larry David, is to write and star in your own Broadway play. But here he is in his flinchingly hot-ticket comedy about the dark humor surrounding a death in the family. Rita Wilson and Rosie Perez co-star in the premiere, staged by Anna D. Shapiro (a Tony winner for "August: Osage County"). Info: In previews for a March 5 opening, through June 7; $49-$169, 212-239-6200, fishinthedark.com. -- LINDA WINER

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NYC RESTAURANT WEEK

(various locations) From African cuisine (The Cecil) to
(Credit: Noah Fecks)

(various locations) From African cuisine (The Cecil) to Italian (Bar Primi, pictured) to an updated new American classic (Tavern on the Green), hundreds of city restaurants are part of this winter perennial, kicking off next week. Reservations are open, so book your tables now for the top eats at low prices. Info: Feb. 16-March 6 at more than 300 restaurants in New York, Brooklyn and Queens; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner; full list of restaurants at nycgo.com/restaurant-week — ANNE MACHALINSKI

"AN OCTOROON"

(Polonksy Shakespeare Center, Theatre for a New Audience,
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(Polonksy Shakespeare Center, Theatre for a New Audience, 262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn): Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the rising Off-Broadway playwriting star, imagines a spin on a controversial 1859 drama about slavery (called "The Octoroon"). The play, a big success at the Soho Rep last spring, transfers to Brooklyn. With, from left, Chris Myers, Danny Wolohan and Amber Gray. Info: Begins previews Feb.14, through March 8; $60-$80, 866-811-4111, tfana.org.

BUDDHIST ART OF MYANMAR

(Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave.): Stone and
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(Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave.): Stone and bronze sculptures, textiles and paintings, most from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and never displayed before in the United States, are among 70 odd works in this new exhibit. Info: Through May 10; $12, 212-288-6400, asiasociety.org/museum.

"LIVES OF THE SAINTS"

(Primary Stages at the Duke on 42nd St.,
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(Primary Stages at the Duke on 42nd St., 229 W. 42nd St.): David Ives ("Venus in Fur") presents another of his popular and witty series of short plays, this time directed by John Rando ("Urinetown"). With, from left, Kelly Hutchinson and Liv Rooth, among others. Info: Through March 27; $70, 646-223-3010, primarystages.org.

"RASHEEDA SPEAKING"

(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.):
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(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): Cynthia Nixon makes her directing debut in Joel Drake Johnson's dark comedy, described as a "working class thriller" in "so-called post-racial America." Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest star in this production by The New Group. Info: Through March 22; $75-$95, 212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org. -- LINDA WINER

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"BODY WORLDS: PULSE"

(Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St.): Have
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(Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St.): Have a budding doctor on your hands? This new program, part of the "Body Worlds: Pulse" exhibit, allows children to wear a lab coat and stethoscope while guided by a neuroscientist through educational activities on the heart, the brain and more. There's even a special graduation ceremony to cap things off. Info: Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (and every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month), through March 28; $20 children, $27 adults (all children must be accompanied by an adult), 866-987-9692, discoverytsx.com. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

'YVES SAINT LAURENT + HALSTON: FASHIONING THE '70S'

(The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th
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(The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street): Two designers defined the style of the 1970s, separately focusing on color and drama (Yves Saint Laurent) and minimalism (Halston). Yet their work showed many similarities, too. In this new exhibit, about 80 ensembles and 20 accessories are displayed and compared, telling a larger story about that decade's look. Info: Opening Feb. 6, though April 18; Free, 212-217-4558, fitnyc.edu/museum.asp. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"SPEAKING OF PEOPLE: EBONY, JET AND CONTEMPORARY ART"

(The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th
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(The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th St.): Ebony and Jet magazines, which have documented African-American life for more than 60 years, have served as inspiration for a diverse group of contemporary artists. The photography, painting, sculpture and sound works of 16 of these artists are featured in this exhibition. Info: Through March 8; $7 suggested donation, 212-864-4500, studiomuseum.org. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"NEVERMORE': THE IMAGINARY LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDGAR ALLAN POE"

(New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.): This
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(New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.): This "musical play" about "The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe," combining fact and fiction, is from the Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton, Canada. Info: Through May 31; $75-$95, 212-239-6200, nevermoreshow.com. -- LINDA WINER

MEET BETTY AND VERONICA

(Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street):
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(Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street): Central Park Zoo recently added a new exhibit with two adult female grizzly bears, Betty and Veronica. Meet them now and learn about how humans can better coexist with grizzlies in the wild. Info: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily; $12 adults, $7 children 3-12; 212-439-6500; centralparkzoo.com. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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LINCOLN EXHIBIT

(The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.):
(Credit: The Gilder Lehrman Collection / Alexander Gardner)

(The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.): Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation - President Abraham Lincoln was a champion for human equality, and this new exhibit, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of his assassination and the end of the Civil War, tells his life story through 80 important items, including the Gettysburg Address, his Second Inaugural Address, and the last letter he ever wrote to his wife. Info: Jan. 23 from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Jan. 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through June 7; $18 (free tonight from 7-9 p.m.), 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

NEW MUSICAL

(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel Miranda
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(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as Alexander Hamilton in the much-anticipated new musical created by Miranda, creator and star of the Tony-winning hip-hop show about Washington Heights, "In the Heights." Info: In previews for a Feb. 17 opening; $95; 212-967-7555; publictheater.org. -- LINDA WINER

GIRL NEXT DOOR

(St. Ann's Warehouse, 29 Jay St., DUMBO): "Let
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(St. Ann's Warehouse, 29 Jay St., DUMBO): "Let the Right One In." Broadway star director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett, who made their first big New York impression with the war spectacle, "Black Watch," with the National Theatre of Scotland, return to the company with this play about the teen vampire girl-next-door. Info: In previews before Sunday's opening; $40-$55; 718-254-8779; stannswarehouse.org. -- LINDA WINER

"FREEDOM JOURNEY 1965"

(New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central
(Credit: Stephen Somerstein)

(New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central Park West): Timed to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the New-York Historical Society is unveiling a new exhibit that chronicles the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 50 years ago. Stephen Somerstein, who accompanied marchers on their five-day, 54-mile journey, shot the 55 images that make up the exhibit. Info: Opening Jan. 16, through April 19; $19, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

GANSEVOORT FOOD MARKET

(52 Gansevoort St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in the
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(52 Gansevoort St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District is the latest foodie destination. In a sun- and plant-filled indoor space more than 20 vendors serve up assorted fare. On the savory side, visitors can sample Mediterranean pies at MTerranean and seafood from Ed's Lobster Bar. Sweet treats are available from Dana's Bakery and the French Crepe Sucre, while artisanal soda (from Brooklyn Soda Works) and coffee (from Champion Coffee) are also on tap. Info: from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 212-242-1701, gansmarket.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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'INTO THE WOODS'

(Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.): Although
(Credit: Jim Cox)

(Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.): Although Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp will soon be opening at a theater near you in the all-star movie adaptation, the Roundabout Theatre Company trusts people will still want to see a live version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine fractured fairy-tale musical. The celebrated production is by the Fiasco Theater, with a small cast and just a single piano. Info: Dec. 18-March 22, $99, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org -- LINDA WINER

'ACCOMPLICE'

(Location TBA): Part walking tour, part whodunit, "Accomplice:
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(Location TBA): Part walking tour, part whodunit, "Accomplice: The Village" is an original two-hour interactive theater experience that tasks participants with helping a kidnapped girl. Info: Saturdays between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. and Sundays between 1:30 and 3 p.m.; $65 per person (includes two drinks; ages 12+), 212-242-1524, accomplicetheshow.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

'ROBOT SWARM'

(National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.):
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(National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.): Visitors wearing color-coded SensorPacks can interact with two dozen small, colorful robots, which will move around under a glass floor, in a new permanent exhibition at the kid-friendly Museum of Mathematics. Info: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15, 212-542-0566, momath.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"CONSTELLATIONS"

(Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.):
(Credit: Pari Dukovic)

(Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.): Jake Gyllenhaal, above, and Ruth Wilson (Showtime's "The Affair") make their Broadway debuts in the American premiere of Nick Payne's romantic drama about what's described as the difference between "choice and destiny." Info: Dec. 16-March 15; $79-$145, 212-239-6200, manhattantheatreclub.com -- LINDA WINER

"EVERY BRILLIANT THING"

(Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.): In Duncan
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(Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.): In Duncan Macmillan's one-man play, a young man (portrayed by Jonny Donahue, pictured) tries to cheer up his suicidal mother by writing down all the best things in the world. Hint: this includes ice cream and Christopher Walken's voice. Info: Dec. 6-March 29; $55, 212-866-4444, barrowstreettheatre.com -- LINDA WINER

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COOPER HEWITT

(Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St.): After
(Credit: Matt Flynn)

(Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St.): After undergoing a major renovation, the Carnegie Mansion, which houses this historic and contemporary design museum, is reopening with new exhibits, including "Maira Kalman Selects" and "Beautiful Users: Designing for People." Info: Opening Dec. 12; $18, 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"HONEYMOON IN VEGAS"

(Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.): The 1992
(Credit: Matt Hoyle)

(Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.): The 1992 hit movie with Nicolas Cage has been adapted into a musical, with a book by Andrew Bergman, who wrote and directed the film, and music by Jason Robert Brown ("The Bridges of Madison County"). Pictured, from left, stars Rob McClure, Brynn O'Malley and Tony Danza. Info: Nov. 18-May 31; $75-$152, 877-250-2929, honeymoonbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR

(Banker Street, Brooklyn): Get your holiday shopping done

(Banker Street, Brooklyn): Get your holiday shopping done early at this indoor Williamsburg marketplace, where 70 merchants sell their wares while food vendors offer up assorted grub. Craft beer and wine, live performances, black-light mini-golf and table tennis add to the festive atmosphere. Info: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., free, food and drink passes $25; bkbazaar.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

BROOKLYN FLEA

(1000 Dean St., Brooklyn): The new (and enormous)
(Credit: Brooklyn Flea)

(1000 Dean St., Brooklyn): The new (and enormous) Crown Heights beer hall and food court, Berg'n, will host this popular flea market, which sells antique and vintage furniture and clothing, plus artisanal food products, when it moves indoors. Also on tap is a weekend brunch featuring assorted fare from Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger and other vendors. Info: Saturdays and Sundays through March 29 at 1000 Dean St., Brooklyn; Free admission, 718-857-2337, brooklynflea.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"SIDE SHOW"

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This revised version of the 1997 musical has many changes, but it is still about real-life conjoined twins (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, above) in the 1930s. The new production is directed by Bill Condon, who did what many believed to be impossible: make a Hollywood movie out of "Chicago." Info: In previews beginning Oct. 28; $49-$145, 212-239-6200, sideshowbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

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LE BINGO

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson,
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(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson, who's been called "the thinking woman's drag queen," is your host for a fun-filled night of bingo, burlesque, laughs, food and drink. If your number comes up, you could win exciting prizes, from discount-store delights to a bucket of cash. Info: Saturdays at 7; free admission, $2 for each bingo card; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

MARIO BATALI TOUR

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through
(Credit: Mario Batali)

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through Greenwich Village as famed chef/restaurateur Mario Batali would in this three-hour culinary tour, which makes stops at two Batali-owned restaurants, Otto and Lupa, plus historic neighborhood sights and local food shops specializing in pasta and olive oil. Info: Weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; $64, 888-683-8671, walksofnewyork.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION"

(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian
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(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian author/performer John R. Waters (pictured at right, with Stewart D'Arrietta) reimagines John Lennon through songs and monologues. Info: In previews for an Oct. 15 opening, $39.50-$71.40, 877-250-2929, lennononstage.com -- LINDA WINER

"BILLY AND RAY"

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser (ambitious Pete Campbell on "Mad Men") and Larry Pine (at left in photo with Kartheiser) play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler in Mike Bencivenga's comedy about the making of the film noir "Double Indemnity." Veteran Hollywood luminary Garry Marshall directs. Info: In previews for Oct. 20 opening, $79, 212-352-3101, vineyardtheatre.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely adaptation of Mark Haddon's fascinating novel, narrated by a boy with autism, won seven Olivier Awards in London. (Pictured are Alex Sharp and Ian Barford.) Now we get to decide for ourselves. Info: In previews before the Oct. 5 opening; $27-$129, 212-239-6200, curiousbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

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HIGH LINE AT THE RAIL YARDS

The High Line, the public park on a
(Credit: Iwan Baan)

The High Line, the public park on a formerly abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan's far West Side, opened its first section in the Meatpacking District in 2009. As of late September, it now extends the full length - 1.45 miles - from Gansevoort to West 34th Street, with the newest area, called High Line at the Rail Yards, snaking north from 30th Street. This stretch has largely untouched appearance, with areas where self-seeded wildflowers and native grasses have been left intact. Parts of the former rail line remain, and there's also a new silicon-coated section where kids can safely explore. Info: Daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (the interim walkway section closes at 6 p.m.); Free, 212-206-9922, thehighline.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"TAIL! SPIN!"

(Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.): Rachel Dratch
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.): Rachel Dratch (pictured, with Sean Dugan), best known from "Saturday Night Live," explores the raunchy secret lives of scandalized politicians in Mario Correa's satire based exclusively on their own words in interviews, e-mails, texts and tweets. Info: In previews for an Oct. 1 opening; $25-$75, 866-811-4111, tailspinshow.com - - LINDA WINER

"DISGRACED"

(Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.): Playwright Ayad
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.): Playwright Ayad Akhtar earned a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for this dazzling play about a hotshot Muslim-American lawyer and a dinner party that rips open his ambivalence about his life and career. Gretchen Mol ("Boardwalk Empire") and Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother") are in the five-person ensemble. Info: Previews begin Sept. 27 for an Oct. 23 opening; $37.50-$138, 212-239-6200, disgraceonbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

"SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE"

(New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St.):
(Credit: Jan Versweyveld)

(New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St.): Belgian avant-garde director Ivo van Hove - sometimes dazzling, sometimes just outrageous - takes on Ingmar Bergman's 1974 film, an intense close-up of a married couple (Tina Benko and Arliss Howard, pictured). Info: In previews before the Sept. 22 opening; $55; 212-279-4200; nytw.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE COUNTRY HOUSE"

"THE COUNTRY HOUSE" (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th
(Credit: Michael Lamont)

"THE COUNTRY HOUSE" (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.): Blythe Danner plays the matriarch in Donald Margulies' new Chekhovian comedy-drama about a family of artists in a weekend in the Berkshires. (Danner is pictured with Sarah Steele and Eric Lange.) Info: In previews before an Oct. 2 opening; $67-$125; 212-239-6200; manhattantheatreclub.org -- LINDA WINER

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"THIS IS OUR YOUTH" (Cort Theatre, 138 W.
(Credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

"THIS IS OUR YOUTH" (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.): The Broadway season begins in earnest with Kieran Culkin, Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson in the Steppenwolf Theatre revival of Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 coming-of-age comedy/drama about three New York roommates in 1990. Info: In previews for a Sept. 11 opening.

THE GORBALS (98 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg): ?Top
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THE GORBALS (98 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg): “Top Chef” Season 2 winner, Ilan Hall, who hails from Long Island, is not afraid of serving eclectic cuisine. Need proof? Look no further than the menu at his hip, new Brooklyn outpost of the Los Angeles original, which includes bacon-wrapped matzo balls, a whole roasted pig’s head and a dish called the “Jewish lunchbox.” Info: Open daily from 5:30 p.m.-midnight; the bar and roof have separate, extended hours; 718-387-0195, thegorbalsbk.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY (305 Nevins St., Brooklyn): This
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AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY (305 Nevins St., Brooklyn): This new Gowanus spot, a spinoff of the original Prospect Heights location, offers a rotating roster of 24 ice cream and sorbet flavors like Sharktato (potato chip infused ice cream with mix-ins like pretzels and baby M&Ms), Mexican hot chocolate and the much-loved Salted Cracked Caramel. Info: Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday-Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.; $4.35 for a scoop, 347-725-4061, amplehills.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

RUSS and DAUGHTERS CAFE

RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE (127 Orchard St.): Give
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RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE (127 Orchard St.): Give dad what he really wants for Father's Day - all the chopped liver, smoked fish and caviar that he can eat from the famed Lower East Side joint's just-opened cafe. INFO: Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner daily (except Tuesdays). No reservations. 212-475-4881, russanddaughterscafe.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

CITY ISLAND SEASIDE TROLLEY (leaves from Pelham Bay
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CITY ISLAND SEASIDE TROLLEY (leaves from Pelham Bay Station, the Bronx): Explore the Bronx's City Island, a destination that offers an active marina, a vibrant arts scene, plenty of fresh seafood and the beautiful Bartow-Pell Mansion, a National Landmark where live music is offered to coincide with the trolley trips. Many area art galleries will also stay open late on trolley ride nights, and a trolley card, presented to all riders, will outline any happenings that evening. Info: First Friday of every month (April-December), departs hourly 5:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m., free, 718-885-9100, cityislandchamber.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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"ESCAPE THE ROOM" (25 W. 31st St., 11th
(Credit: Rita Orlov)

"ESCAPE THE ROOM" (25 W. 31st St., 11th floor): You're locked in a room with minimal clues and only 60 minutes to get out. Can you do it? Thousands have tried since this interactive game opened in February, but only 20 percent have succeeded. Gather together a group of six to 10 friends - or join a team of strangers - to see if you have what it takes to solve the puzzle. Info: Various times daily, $28 (tickets must be purchased in advance), 347-954-9160, escapetheroomnyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI