NYC weekend picks: Our best bets
Our picks for what to see and do in the city.
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY(Credit: AMNG.D. Finin)
(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West on 79th Street, Manhattan): No need to mourn summer's demise just yet -- at the Butterfly Conservatory, temperatures are always in the 80s, tropical flowers are in bloom and hundreds of colorful butterflies swirl around you under lights that simulate the sun in a rain forest. You'll see species that include monarchs, zebra longwings and paper kites, as well as learn from educational displays about butterfly habitats, adaptations, and more. Info: Saturday, Sept. 5-May 29, 2016; $22-$27, 212-769-5100, amnh.org.
MET OPERA IN HD(Credit: Richard Termine)
(Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan): After a special opening night screening of the 1961 film "West Side Story," the Met Opera HD Festival continues with 10 opera screenings. More than 3,000 free seats are available for each evening's outdoor event. This year's operas include Bizet's "Carmen," Verdi's "Macbeth" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni." Info: Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 7; free, 212-362-6000, metopera.org.
"CASABLANCA"(Credit: Warner Bros.)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): Isabella Rossellini and Pia Lindstrom will introduce a screening of the 1942 wartime romance starring their mother, Ingrid Bergman. It's the first film in a retrospective on the actress, who would have turned 100 this weekend. Info: Saturday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. Retrospective continues through Sept. 10; tickets are $12 or free with museum admission, 212-708-9400, moma.org.
"THE CHRISTIANS"(Credit: Michael Brosilow)
(Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., Manhattan): A successful minister (Andrew Garman, pictured) gives a sermon that threatens to blow the roof off his lavish operation in Lucas Hnath's new play, presented with a live choir. Info: Friday, Aug. 28-Oct. 11; $75, 212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org.
SEAGLASS CAROUSEL(Credit: Filip Wolak)
(The Battery, enter the park on the corner of State Street and Peter Minuit Plaza, Manhattan): More than a decade in the making, the Seaglass Carousel evokes the New York Aquarium that once stood in Battery Park. (It closed in 1941 and reopened in Coney Island in the 1950s.) Visitors can climb inside one of 30 colorful, luminescent fish -- which measure up to 9 feet wide and 13 feet tall -- for an "underwater" ride on this permanent aquatic-themed installation. Info: Opens Thursday, Aug. 20; $5, thebattery.org.
"HOW CATS TOOK OVER THE INTERNET"(Credit: The Infinite Cat Project)
(Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens): How many collective hours has the world spent watching cat videos? So many that the Museum of the Moving Image has opened an exhibit on this Internet phenomenon. Explore a selection of videos and images from the web (such as this still from designer Mike Stanfill's "The Infinite Cat Project"), then take a look at feline representation in photos, film and other pre-web media. What might at first glance appear to be a frivolous topic is seen in connection to concepts like anthropomorphism and the aesthetics of cuteness. Info: Through Jan. 31; $12, 718-777-6888, movingimage.us.
"THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE"(Credit: Da Ping Luo)
(The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., Manhattan): An Elvis impersonator with a pregnant wife tries to make it as a drag queen in the Florida panhandle in this new play by Matthew Lopez, with Matt McGrath and Keith Nobbs, pictured. Info: Friday, Aug. 21-Oct. 4; $69-$75, 866-811-4111; mcctheater.org.
"DROP DEAD PERFECT"(Credit: Ed McCarthy)
(Theatre at St. Clements, 423 W. 46th St., Manhattan)" Legendary cross-dresser Everett Quinton, pictured, returns with this comic thriller about a Key West heiress and a mysterious stranger who just might be her former love. Quinton, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Theatre of the Ridiculous (which became the historic Ridiculous Theatrical Company), enticingly describes the character as "a gargoyle of a gal who is murderously psychotic." Info: Friday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 11; $69, 845-786-2873, dropdeadperfect.com.
"PHASE IV"(Credit: Paramount)
(Anthology Film Archives, 32 E. 2nd St., Manhattan): Who knew that Saul Bass, the man behind Hitchcock's coolest credit sequences, dabbled in directing? This, his only feature, is an environmental thriller about scientists who notice strange behavior in ant colonies. It screens as part of an eclectic series titled "One-Film Wonders." Info: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m.; "One-Film Wonders" runs through Sept. 3; $10, 212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org.
"LOVE AND MONEY"(Credit: Gregory Costanzo)
(Pershing Square Signature Theatre Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): A wealthy widow learns that it's not so easy to give away all her money in this new play by the outlandishly prolific veteran playwright A.R. Gurney, pictured. Info: Saturday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Sept. 27; $25; 212-244-7529; signaturetheatre.org.
PETANQUE(Credit: Jesse Winter)
(M. Wells Steakhouse, 43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City, Queens): Transport yourself to the south of France at the start of the 20th century without leaving New York City. M. Wells steakhouse in Long Island City sets up friendly petanque tournaments every Sunday, a game that is the Gallic variation on boccie. Players and spectators can snack on tacos, cider, wine and beer on the sidelines. Sign up individually or in teams of three by emailing email@example.com. Info: 3 p.m. Sundays (sign up at 2 p.m. or via phone/email); free, 718-786-9060, magasinwells.com.
CHINESE TEXTILES AND LACQUER(Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): A pair of exhibitions opening this weekend at the Met explores the use of lacquer and textiles such as silk through several centuries of Chinese history. The textiles exhibit features tapestries, embroidery, theatrical garments and court costumes. The companion exhibit showcases lacquer screens, boxes and trays, such as this 14th century Ming Dynasty dish depicting birds and hollyhock. Info: Saturday, Aug. 15-Sunday, June 19, 2016; $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.
"THE HUNGER GAMES"(Credit: Lionsgate)
(Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St., Manhattan): For those getting antsy for the Nov. 20 release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2," the latest on-screen installment of Suzanne Collins' story, there's a new exhibit to help tide them over. "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" lets visitors follow Katniss Everdeen's journey from District 12 to her role as Mockingjay and features hundreds of authentic costumes and props from the films, as well as interactive components. Info: Through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016; $29.50, $22.50 ages 3-11, 866-987-9692, discoverytsx.com.
WARM UP 2015(Credit: Gillian Steiner)
(22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens): MoMA PS1, an exhibition space for experimental art in Long Island City, takes the same approach to music and performance as it does to visual art in its annual outdoor series. Warm Up 2015 features a lineup of experimental live music, sound and DJs on Saturdays as well as a courtyard installation and rotating stage environments. Info: 3-9 p.m. (doors open at noon) Saturdays through Sept. 5; $18-$20; 718-784-2084, momaps1.org/warmup.
'SARGENT: PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AND FRIENDS'(Credit: Tate Images / Tate Images/ Sargent, John Singer)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): The Met has put nearly 100 portraits (paintings and drawings) by American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) on display. Known for his society portraiture, Sargent also painted his friends and fellow artists, including Auguste Rodin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and Claude Monet (pictured in "Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of the Wood" from 1885). Info: Through Sunday, Oct. 4; $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org .
MET ROOF GARDEN(Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Hyla Skopitz)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): Next time you're at the Metropolitan Museum, you'll find this site-specific installation on the Met Roof Garden by French artist Pierre Huyghe. Composed of elements like water and fossils, the work will evolve and change throughout the summer. Inside the museum, you can also see Huyghes 19-minute film, Untitled (Human Mask), which looks at a creatures resilience after a natural and man-made disaster. Info: Through Nov. 1; $12-25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.
"MERCURY FUR"(Credit: Serge Nivelle)
(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): The super-rich are partying hearty in the midst of a war-ravaged country in Philip Ridley's dystopian drama, directed by The New Group's artistic director Scott Elliott. Info: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-Sept. 27; $25-$75, 212-279-4200; thenewgroup.org.
"YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW"(Credit: Ryan Muir)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): This is not the unauthorized exhibition Yoko Ono announced in 1971 and winkingly titled Museum of Modern (F)art. Instead, its the first ever MoMA exhibit devoted entirely to Yoko Ono, exploring her works from 1960 to 1971. Visitors will see works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, films and archival material, as well as some of Onos collaborations with John Lennon. Ono, pictured, attended a preview of the show. Info: May 17-Sept. 7; $25, 212-708-9400, moma.org.
'THE RISE OF SNEAKER CULTURE'(Credit: Ron Wood)
(Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn): From fitness to fashion, this new exhibit features roughly 150 pairs of sneakers, sourced from major brands, collectors and fashion houses, as well as artists such as Damien Hirst and Kehinde Wiley, and designers including Pierre Hardy. The exhibit includes film clips, photos, design drawings and more. Info: Friday, July 10, through Sunday, Oct. 4; $16; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY(Credit: Craig Ruttle)
(One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St., Manhattan): At One World Observatory, its ground level to the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds in a SkyPod elevator, which surrounds visitors with a time-lapse of centuries of the New York City skyline. The new observatory opens to the public Friday, May 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Its three floors include an immersive video presentation, 360-degree views from 1,250 feet, a Sky Portal with high-definition footage of the city streets below, three different dining options, and more. Info: Daily 9 a.m. to midnight, Friday, May 29 through Sept. 7 (when winter hours begin); $26-$90, 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com.
"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE"(Credit: Premier Exhibitions)
(Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue, 417 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): SNL turns 40 this year, and to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Nights, Premier Exhibitions is putting on a show about this iconic show. The exhibit will include reconstructed sets (such as Waynes World, pictured), as well as costumes, original scripts and video, arranged in a way that takes visitors through the weeklong creative process of putting on an episode. Info: Opened May 30; $26-29, snltheexhibit.com.
"FOLK CITY: NEW YORK AND THE FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL"(Credit: David Gahr)
(Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): Trace a visual and auditory path through the folk music revival, from its 1930s and 1940s roots, through its 1950s expansion and 1960s boom, and finally its legacy. This new exhibition presents listening stations, historical video footage, archival photographs, concert posters and instruments. Info: June 17-Nov. 29; $14, free 19 and younger, 212-534-1672, mcny.org.
"WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE"(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.
PEOPLING OF AMERICAN CENTER(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.
SUMMER GARDEN & BAR(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.
"SINATRA: AN AMERICAN ICON"(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"(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"(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"(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"(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
"IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU"(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(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(Credit: Jeff Thibodeau)
(Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Manhattan): The Café 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"(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(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
"LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES"(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(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
HUSH HIP-HOP TOUR(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.
MEET BETTY AND VERONICA(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(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
GIRL NEXT DOOR(Credit: Manuel Harlan)
(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
GANSEVOORT FOOD MARKET(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
(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
'ACCOMPLICE'(Credit: Noel Woodford)
(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'(Credit: Filip Wolak)
(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
COOPER HEWITT(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
"SIDE SHOW"(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
LE BINGO(Credit: Feral Cat Photography)
(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(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"(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(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"(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