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(various locations): Demonstrations, concerts, and parades are all part of the annual Fleet Week festivities throughout New York City and the Tri-State area. The public can visit U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships moored for the occasion; watch a Coast Guard search and rescue or Navy dive demonstration; sit back on the flight deck at The Intrepid Museum Friday to watch "Top Gun"; or attend the Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival in Staten Island May 24. fleetweeknewyork.com and intrepidmuseum.org.

NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

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

FLEET WEEK

(various locations): Demonstrations, concerts, and parades are all
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(various locations): Demonstrations, concerts, and parades are all part of the annual Fleet Week festivities throughout New York City and the Tri-State area. The public can visit U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships moored for the occasion; watch a Coast Guard search and rescue or Navy dive demonstration; sit back on the flight deck at The Intrepid Museum Friday to watch "Top Gun"; or attend the Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival in Staten Island May 24. fleetweeknewyork.com and intrepidmuseum.org.

THE COMPLETE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE

(Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., Manhattan): Beyond
(Credit: Beyond the Wall)

(Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., Manhattan): Beyond the Wall, the consummate Pink Floyd tribute band, will perform "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety complete with all the laser lights, video and sound effects you'd expect. Also on the bill will be other Pink Floyd classics including "Another Brick in the Wall." Info: 8 p.m. May 23; $15-$28, 866-468-7619, ticketweb.com.

FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA

(BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn): The Flamenco
(Credit: Angelica Escoto Photography)

(BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn): The Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana company of flamenco dancers and musicians takes the stage at BAM Fisher for the first time in its 32-year history. It makes its debut there with two contemporary programs and at least as many world premieres. One of these new works, "Angeles" (with Charo Espina, pictured), looks at angels in myth, music and motion. Info: May 19-23 at 7:30 p.m., and May 23-24 at 2 p.m.; $20-59, 212-736-4499, bam.org.

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WASHINGTON SQUARE OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT

(University Place between East 13th Street and Waverly
(Credit: Rebecca MB Pearson)

(University Place between East 13th Street and Waverly Place, Manhattan): The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is exactly what its name promises: a sidewalk show featuring artists and artisans such as John Mubiru, pictured, under a (hopefully) blue sky. You'll be surrounded by their work as you amble down University Place from 13th Street toward Washington Square Park. Just a few steps away, the park's iconic arch and fountain beckon for post-exhibit people watching. Info: May 23-25 and 30-31; free, 212-982-6255, wsoae.org.

MADISON SQUARE EATS

(Fifth Avenue, between 24th and 25th streets, Manhattan):
(Credit: Erin Kestenbaum)

(Fifth Avenue, between 24th and 25th streets, Manhattan): It wouldn't be summer in New York City without an outdoor food market around every corner. A few steps away from the iconic Flatiron building that gives the neighborhood its name, you'll find a "culinary pop-up" in Worth Square, adjacent to Madison Square Park. Vendors serve paella, hot dogs with Asian-inspired toppings, Korean barbecue, lobster rolls, crepes, ice cream cookie sandwiches and more. Info: Through May 28; 212-529-9262, nwsdy.li/madeats.

"WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE"

(IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan):
(Credit: GNDHDDTK)

(IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan): The latest animated film from Japan's Studio Ghibli tells the story of a foster child who discovers an ethereal presence in a decrepit mansion. It's a Gothic ghost story, with shades of Emily Bront and Henry James, that may unsettle very young children. Both the Japanese-language version with English subtitles as well as an English-language version with voices by Hailee Steinfeld and Geena Davis are screening. Info: Opens May 22; $14, 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com.

"THE SOUND AND THE FURY"

(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan): The Elevator
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan): The Elevator Repair Service, the company best known for its virtuosic verbatim enactment of "The Great Gatsby," does what it does so well on the first chapter of William Faulkner's stylistic epic. Info: May 14-June 27; $60-$135, 212-967-7555, publictheater.org.

MEGAN HILTY

(Cafe Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St.): The actress,
(Credit: landmarkonmainstreet.org)

(Cafe Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St.): The actress, who cast a spell on audiences as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway and also starred in NBCs ill-fated Smash, returns to Cafe Carlyle. Her new cabaret show, Songs for My Daughter, is filled with tunes that Hilty says shaped her childhood and that she hopes to pass onto her daughter, Viola, born in September. Info: May 19-30; $85-$150, 212-744-1600, rosewoodhotels.com.

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NIGHT LIGHTS AT WAVE HILL

(Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue,
(Credit: Stefan Hagen)

(Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx): Wave Hill opens its public garden and cultural center for after-hours visits. Wander the gardens as dusk falls, drop in on informal piano performances at Wave Hill House and check out Chris Doyle's site-specific work, "The Lightening," pictured, which incorporates sculpture, animation, light and sound. Info: Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., through May 24; $10-25, 718-549-3200, wavehill.org.

"THE SPOILS"

(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480
(Credit: Monique Carboni)

(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): Jesse Eisenberg (pictured, with Kunal Nayyar) stars in his own play about a spoiled guy obsessed with the grade-school girl who got away. Info: Through June 28; $25-$95, 212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org.

WARHOL IN TIMES SQUARE

(Times Square, Manhattan): In the very last minutes
(Credit: Times Square Arts/ Ka-Man Tse)

(Times Square, Manhattan): In the very last minutes of each day throughout the month of May, visitors to Times Square will have a chance to see snippets of footage from Andy Warhol's Screen Tests. Silent film portraits of Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick and others will flicker in black and white on the electronic billboards overhead. Info: Nightly, 11:57 p.m. to midnight, through May 31; free, 212-768-1560, timessquarenyc.org.

"THE WAY WE GET BY"

(Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St.): Neil
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St.): Neil LaBute, the dark star of the American theater, takes what is expected to be his usual unflinching look at the night-after a one-night stand in this serious comedy. Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried, pictured, star. Info: Through June 14; $64-$94, 212-246-4422, 2st.com.

PEOPLING OF AMERICAN CENTER

(Ellis Island): Ellis Island has long been a
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

(Ellis Island): Ellis Island has long been a hub to learn about the history of immigration to the United States. The new Peopling of America Center expands the site's scope by delving into the story of immigration before Ellis Island opened as a processing center in 1892 and after it closed in 1954. The new World Migration Globe illustrates migration patterns throughout history and the American Flag of Faces, an interactive video display, is comprised of photos submitted by the public. Info: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ferries depart from Battery Park; free, 212-561-4588, nwsdy.li/peoplingamerica.

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AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S 75TH

(Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center for the Performing
(Credit: Gene Schiavone)

(Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan): American Ballet Theatre's spring season opens amid the company's 75th anniversary celebrations. An all-new production of "The Sleeping Beauty," pictured, comes to the Met Opera stage at the end of the month, and three ballerinas bid farewell as they retire from the company. There's also the chance to see ABT classics such as "Les Sylphides," "Fancy Free" and "Rodeo," among others. Info: May 11-July 4; $20-200, 212-362-6000, abt.org.

"WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER"

(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.):
(Credit: Pershing Square Signature Center/ Joan Marcus)

(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): The astonishingly prolific veteran playwright A.R. Gurney explores a splintering traditional family during World War II. The cast includes Kristine Nielsen and Noah Galvin, pictured. Info: Through June 7; $25, 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org.

SUMMER GARDEN & BAR

(Rockefeller Center, 20 W. 50th St., Manhattan): Rockefeller
(Credit: Philip Greenberg)

(Rockefeller Center, 20 W. 50th St., Manhattan): Rockefeller Center has put away the sparkling Christmas tree and transformed its iconic ice skating rink into its seasonal Summer Garden & Bar. In addition to the standard breakfasts, brunches and dinners, the restaurant hosts a pop-up brewery series, a Sunday jazz brunch series and one-off events such as the "Nose-to-Tail" Pig & Whiskey Dinner on June 16. Info: Dinner daily, lunch on weekdays, brunch on weekends; 212-332-7620, summergardenandbar.com.

"WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER"

(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd
(Credit: Pershing Square Signature Center/ Joan Marcus)

(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): The astonishingly prolific veteran playwright A.R. Gurney explores a splintering traditional family during World War II. The cast includes Kristine Nielsen and Noah Galvin, pictured. Info: Through June 7; $25, 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org.

"TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA"

(Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center,
(Credit: Teresa Wood)

(Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn): The Fiasco Theater, which just had a smash Off-Broadway with its chamber version of "Into the Woods," takes on Shakespeare's mismatched lovers with, from left, Paul L. Coffey and Noah Brody. Info: Friday, April 24 through May 24; $60-$85, 866-811-4111, tfana.org. -- LINDA WINER

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"AN ANIMATION SHOWCASE: FROM CELLULOID TO CGI"

(The Academy Theater, 111 E. 59th St., Manhattan):
(Credit: LAIKA, Inc.)

(The Academy Theater, 111 E. 59th St., Manhattan): The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding a series of screenings, discussions and presentations on the art of animation. Among the programs are a visual explanation of stop-motion technique by Georgina Hayns, pictured, of LAIKA ("The Boxtrolls"), a talk on CGI with members of Blue Sky Studios ("Ice Age," "Rio") and a 75th anniversary screening of Walt Disney's "Pinocchio." Info: Opens Friday, April 24, through May 29; $5, 212-821-9251, oscars.org/events. -- RAFER GUZMAN

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

(New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.): This
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(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

"FOREVER"

(New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St.,
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St., Manhattan): This solo by the excellent actress/monologuist Dael Orlandersmith is a semi-autobiographic piece about the difference between one's own family and the ones who spiritually raise us. Info: Through May 31; $55, 212-279-4200, newyorktheatreworkshop.org.

"BJORK"

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd
(Credit: Wellhart and One Little Indian)

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.): Lauded by critics and adored by fans, Bjork is the force behind an award-winning film (Dancer in the Dark), eight full-length albums and all sorts of experimental collaborations with artists, directors, designers and more. Now, timed with the release of her latest work, Vulnicura, the Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective dedicated to this Icelandic dynamos vast creative output. Also this weekend is the first of six local concerts that Bjork will perform to support the new album. Info: Opens March 8 through June 7. The first concert is on March 7 at noon (limited availability) at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. Additional concerts on March 14, 18, 22, 25 and 28 at various venues; $25 (timed tickets required for Songlines portion of the exhibit), 212-708-9400, moma.org; concert info at 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. ANNE MACHALINSKI

"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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"LINCOLN AND THE JEWS"

(New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central
(Credit: Library of Congress)

(New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central Park W.): A new exhibit looks at the little-known relationship between the 16th president and his Jewish contemporaries through original writings, documents and photographs, including this 1858 portrait by Samuel Alschuler. Info: Through June 7; $19, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. ANNE MACHALINSKI

"MATTHEW WEINER'S MAD MEN"

(Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.,
(Credit: AMC)

(Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria): "Mad Men" returns to AMC for its final handful of episodes on April 5, but first you can experience the best of its seven seasons at Museum of the Moving Image exhibit, featuring iconic costumes, advertising art and research materials from series creator Matthew Weiner. If you want more of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama, there are special events including "Required Viewing," a 10-film series chosen by Weiner starting March 20; a March 21 talk with Weiner, Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris), and John Slattery (Roger Sterling) at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and much more. Info: Opens March 14, through June 14; $12, 718-777-6800, movingimage.us. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"PERMISSION"

(Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., Manhattan): A
(Credit: Da Ping Luo)

(Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., Manhattan): A young couple tries to change its marriage through the practice of Christian Domestic Discipline in this comedy by Robert Askins, author of Broadway's irreverent "Hand to God." Info: Through June 14; $69-$75, 212-352-3101, mcctheater.org.

"WILLIAM MEYERS: OUTER BOROUGHS"

(New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building,
(Credit: William Meyers)

(New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street): American photographer William Meyers spent two decades capturing everyday moments in underexplored areas of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. This new exhibit includes 86 of those pictures, taken between 1990 and 2008. Info: Opens Friday, March 27 through June 30; free, 917-275-6975, nypl.org. ANNE MACHALINSKI

"AN ACT OF GOD"

(Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., Manhattan): Jim
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., Manhattan): Jim Parsons, pictured, returns to Broadway, transitioning from a TV hit about the "Big Bang Theory" to playing the Almighty in a comedy allegedly written by the "creator of, well, everything," but ghost-written by David Javerbaum, a former writer and executive producer for "The Daily Show" and directed by Joe Mantello ("Wicked"). Info: Through Aug. 2; $55-$149, 212-239-6200, anactofgod.com. -- LINDA WINER

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CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan):
(Credit: Platon)

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): Explore the influence of China on Western high-fashion designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel. The museum's Costume Institute collaborates with its Department of Asian Art to show fashion pieces (such as this evening dress by Valentino S.p.A.), along with Chinese costumes , paintings, porcelains and other art, as well as scenes from films by Chinese directors. Info: May 7-August 16; $12-$25 (free for members and children), 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. -- STAV ZIV

"SULTANS OF DECCAN INDIA"

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan):
(Credit: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Le)

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): A newly opened exhibition, "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," focuses on the Muslim kingdoms of central India during the 16th and 17th centuries. Paintings are shown along with metalworks, painted and printed textiles, diamonds, and royal objects made of metal, wood and precious jewels. The related Sunday at the Met event (on April 26) includes a lecture and dance performance. Info: Through July 26; $12-$25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. -- STAV ZIV

"HAND TO GOD"

(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Robert Askins
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Robert Askins irreverent little Off-Broadway comedy dares Broadway to embrace the story of a Christian Puppet Ministry and a young man (Steven Boyer, right) whose hand puppet is the devil. Info: Through July 26; $37.50-$137, 212-239-6200, handtogodbroadway.com. LINDA WINER

"LAURIE SIMMONS: HOW WE SEE"

(The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd
(Credit: Salon 94/ Laurie Simmons)

(The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd Street): This new exhibition draws on the "Doll Girls" subculture of women who alter their looks to appear more like Barbie or anime characters. Simmons (Lena Dunham's mom) photographs models with large, sparkling eyes painted on their closed lids. Info: Opens March 13, through Aug. 9; $15, 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

BASQUIAT: THE UNKNOWN NOTEBOOKS

(Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn): This new
(Credit: Tseng Kwong Chi)

(Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn): This new exhibition is built around notebook pages of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, shown alongside thirty related paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works. The Brooklyn native had a short but prolific career before dying at the age of 27 in 1988. Basquiat's notebooks are filled with his sketches and handwritten texts including narrative poems, observations of New York City, and more.Info: Open through August 23; Free-$16, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org. STAV ZIV

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"SINATRA: AN AMERICAN ICON"

(The New York Public Library for the Performing
(Credit: Capitol Photo Archives/ Ken Veeder)

(The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza): Learn about the man behind hit tunes like Fly Me to the Moon and New York, New York at this just-opened exhibit, showcasing never-before-seen family photos and memorabilia, plus audio and video recordings of his biggest hits. Info: Through Sept. 4; free, 917-275-6975, nypl.org/sinatra. ANNE MACHALINSKI

"SOMETHING ROTTEN"

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): Christian
(Credit: Jordan Matter)

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): Christian Borle and Brian D'Arcy James, pictured, co-star in this new comedy about Renaissance brothers who create the world's first musical while trying to compete with that show-off William Shakespeare. Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon," "Aladdin") directs. Info: Through Sept. 6; $37-$142, 212-239-6200, rottenbroadway.com. -- LINDA WINER

"FINDING NEVERLAND"

(Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.): This musical
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.): This musical adaptation of the 2004 movie features Matthew Morrison of Glee as J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp in the film) as he discovers the inspiration for Peter Pan. Kelsey Grammer is Captain Hook in the production, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin). Info: Through Sept. 10; $72-$147, 877-250-2929, findingneverlandthemusical.com. LINDA WINER

"FUN HOME"

(Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway): This
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway): This smart new musical won just about every award it was qualified to win Off-Broadway at the Public Theater last year. Now the show, based on Alison Bechdel's coming-of-age graphic novel, comes of age on Broadway. The music is by Jeanine Tesori ("Violet"), with book/lyrics by Lisa Kron ("Well"). The cast, pictured, features Judy Kuhn and Michael Cerveris. Info: Through Sept. 13; $75-$150; 212-239-6200; funhomebroadway.com

"HIP-HOP REVOLUTION"

(Museum of the City of New York, 1220
(Credit: Janette Beckman)

(Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.): Take a trip back in time to the early days of hip-hop with more than 80 images by three photographers who captured the scene from 1977 to 1990. Info: Through Sept. 13; $14 suggested donation, 212-534-1672, mcny.org. ANNE MACHALINSKI

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"IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU"

(Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.):
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.): David Hyde Pierce makes his Broadway directing debut with this musical comedy about wedding chaos. Tyne Daly, left, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka and Harriet Harris are part of the nuptial festivities. Info: Through Sept. 13; $59-$142, 877-250-2929, itshouldabeenyou.com. LINDA WINER

ANDY WARHOL EXHIBIT

(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.,
(Credit: Andy Warhol Foundation/ ARS, NY / TM Licensed by Campbell's Soup Co.)

(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): One of Andy Warhol's most iconic works is the series of 32 paintings of Campbell's soup cans he made in 1962. In "Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967," MoMA presents the landmark series along with drawings, illustrated books, paintings and prints from the transformative years when Warhol went from young commercial artist to Pop Art legend. Info: Opens Saturday, April 25, through Oct. 12; $14-$25, 212-708-9400, moma.org. -- STAV ZIV

LE DISTRICT

(Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Manhattan): The Cafe
(Credit: Jeff Thibodeau)

(Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Manhattan): The Cafe District of this new French-inspired destination, as well as its Beaubourg Brasserie for casual dining, are open for business. Parts of its Market District have opened throughout early April and outdoor seating areas and fine dining are coming in May. Located in Battery Park's newly renovated Brookfield Place complex, at Le District you can indulge in coffee, pastries, waffles, and crepes; shop for bread, cheese and meat; taste wine and buy handpicked flowers. Info: 212-981-8588, ledistrict.com. STAV ZIV

"LIVING ON LOVE"

(Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.): Renee Fleming,
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.): Renee Fleming, genuine opera superstar, plays an opera diva with operatic marital problems in this newcomedy by Joe DiPietro, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Info: In previews before an April 20 opening; $25-$145; 212-239-6200; livingonlovebroadway.com. -- Linda Winer

LUNA PARK

(1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn): In a sure
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

(1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn): In a sure sign of spring, the Coney Island amusement park reopens for its fifth season this weekend. Located right on the boardwalk, the venue is jam-packed with rides and games for all ages, and on opening day, the first 100 people in line will ride the iconic Cyclone Roller Coaster, above, for free. The Thunderbolt coaster, which opened last year, and other rides including the teacups, carousel and sling shot also will be open for business.Info: The season opens Sunday, March 29 from noon-8 p.m., and hours vary through Nov. 1; free entry, a wristband good for 4 hours of rides with a 20-credit game card is $45; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com. ANNE MACHALINSKI

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"LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES"

(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West
(Credit: AMNH/ Denis Finnin)

(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street): Did you know that elephant seals can hold their breath for up to two hours? Or that Hercules beetles can lift 80 times their weight? Such fascinating extreme creatures are the focus of a new show, featuring live animals, models, videos and interactive exhibits.Info: Opens April 4, through Jan. 3; $22, 212-769-5100, amnh.org. ANNE MACHALINSKI

CITY KITCHEN

(Row NYC, 700 8th Ave. at 44th Street):
(Credit: Getty Images/ Craig Barritt)

(Row NYC, 700 8th Ave. at 44th Street): Dough (doughnuts), Luke's Lobster (lobster rolls) and Kuro Obi (ramen) are among the vendors at this new high-end Manhattan food market, conveniently located on the second floor of a hotel in Times Square. Info: Daily 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; citykitchen.rownyc.com. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE"

(New Museum, 235 Bowery): Technology and its relationship
(Credit: Justus Kyalo)

(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.

HUSH HIP-HOP TOUR

(meeting at 110 E. 59th St. and touring
(Credit: Hush Tours)

(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 AUDIENCE"

(Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.): Helen
(Credit: Johann Persson)

(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.

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MEET BETTY AND VERONICA

(Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street):
(Credit: WCS)

(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

NEW MUSICAL

(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(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

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