NYC weekend picks: Our best bets
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From concerts to festivals to relaxing in the city, we've got you covered.
Here are our picks for what to see and do in NYC this weekend.
MUSIC '80S VS '90S PARTY(Credit: Creative Entertainment Group)
(The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., Manhattan): This bash which hopes to answer the musical question "Which decade had better tunes, the '80s or the '90s?" Battling it out will be DJ Lobsterdust, mashing up the music of the '80s, and Stifler's Mom (The Ultimate 90's Experience), a cover band spreading on Pearl Jam-flavored grunge, No Doubt-styled ska, Spice Girls-infused pop and more. Info: Friday, Nov. 27 at 9:30 p.m.; $15-$29, 866-468-7619, ticketweb.com.
My Morning Jacket (Nov. 27-28)(Credit: Danny Clinch)
(Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan): The rockers hailing from Kentucky head to the metropolitan area for two shows this weekend. Along with their previous hits, the guys will be playing songs from their latest album, "Waterfall," which came out in May. Info: Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.; $54-$65, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
'MESSIAH ... REFRESHED!'(Credit: Brian Hatton)
(Distinguished Concerts International of New York's unorthodox production of George Frideric Handel's 1741 oratorio features a large orchestra - conducted by Jonathan Griffith, pictured - as well as a chorus of performers from around the globe. Info: Sunday, November 29 at 2 p.m.; $10-$100, 212-707-8566, carnegiehall.org or dciny.org.
SHOP BROOKLYN HOLIDAY BAZAAR(Credit: Brooklyn Makers)
(501 Union St., Brooklyn): Shopping, eating, drinking, crafting. If these are a few of your favorite things, head to Brooklyn Makers' holiday bazaar. Vendors include Cocooncat Books, Tabulae Eyewear, and Ostergaard Pottery. Eat food from Baba's Pierogies, Brooklyn Delhi, Ovenly, and more. Info: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29; free, brooklynholidaybazaar.com.
BAM'S TURKEYS FOR THANKSGIVING FILM FESTIVAL(Credit: Paramount Pictures/Photofest)
Robert Altman's "Popeye," starring Shelley Duvall and Robin Williams, will be playing at the Turkeys for Thanksgiving film festival at BAM.
'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.
'OLD TIMES'(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., Manhattan): Clive Owen makes his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's 1971 conundrum about the mysteries of memory. Eve Best ("The Homecoming," "Nurse Jackie") co-stars. Info: Friday, Oct. 2 through Nov. 29; $67-$137, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org.
'JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE'(Credit: Redferns / Jan Persson)
(Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St., Manhattan): Amy Berg's documentary on Janis Joplin, the blues-rock singer who galvanized the late 1960s before her death at the age of 27, is framed by Joplin's personal letters, read aloud by the indie-rock musician Chan Marshall. Info: Friday, Nov. 27 - Thursday, Dec. 3; $14, 212-875-5232, filmlinc.org.
'DEAR ELIZABETH'(Credit: ©2015 Joan Marcus/ Joan Marcus)
(Womens Project, McGinn Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, Manhattan): The new leadership of the Women's Project opens its inaugural season with rotating casts for Sarah Ruhl's semi-staged reading based on letters between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Kathleen Chalfant and Harris Yulin, pictured, opened the run; Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari pick it up. Info: Through Dec. 5; $52, 866-811-4111, wptheater.org.
HOLIDAY WINDOWS(Credit: Getty Images/ Cindy Ord)
(various locations): These big players go all out with their holiday window displays, and many make an event of the unveiling. Lord & Taylor's windows are already up, themed "a few of our favorite things." Bloomingdale's will reveal its "holiday through the senses" displays on November 18 and two days later, Macy's presents its windows that celebrate "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Info: Unveilings throughout November at Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue), Macy's (34th Street and Sixth Avenue), Bloomingdale's (59th Street and Lexington Avenue), Barneys (660 Madison Avenue), Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue); free.
'GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER'(Credit: Paul Kolnik/ Paul Kolnik)
(David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Manhattan): "Nutcracker" season is upon us, and New York City Ballet's version has been an American holiday staple for more than six decades. Get swept up in the magic of "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" at one of nearly four dozen performances over five weeks. Info: Friday, November 27 through January 3; $35-$265, 212-496-0600, nycballet.com.
EXHIBIT NYBG HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW(Credit: Ben Hider)
(New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx): Grand Central Terminal and the Brooklyn Bridge are just two of the more than 150 replicas featured at this annual holiday favorite. And of course, miniature trains and trolleys weave through the landmarks. This year, visitors will see the original Penn Station, Macy's and other new structures. Info: Through January 18; $10-$30, 718-817-8716, nybg.org/hts15.
'DOUBLE IT: A LIVING ROOM CIRCUS'(Credit: Ellen Jacobs Associates)
(Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan): Chinese-born Chen Shi-Zheng, the theater/dance/music visionary best known for such epic spectaculars as "Peony Pavilion," downscales for this family "circus party" with martial artists and acrobats. Info: Through Jan. 17; $55-$75, 212-352-3101, ovationtix.com.
'JACQUELINE DE RIBES: THE ART OF STYLE'(Credit: Rolof Beny)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): The French countess Jacqueline de Ribes, pictured, was a consumer of haute couture, the creator of her own clothing line and a fashion icon. The Met's Costume Institute devotes its fall exhibit to the elegant dark-haired beauty, with dozens of ensembles as well as photographs and ephemera. Info: Thursday, November 19 through February 21, 2016; $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.
'THESE PAPER BULLETS!'(Credit: Michael Lamont)
(Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th St., Manhattan): Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has written the songs for this new musical, described as a "modish rip-off" of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" mixed with the story of a Liverpudlian group with a psycho drummer. Info: Friday, Nov. 20 - Jan. 10; $75, 212-352-3101, atlantictheater.org.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR(Credit: MSG Photos/ Avi Gerver)
(Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan): It's time for the Rockettes to join the Santas and the marching tin soldiers for the annual extravaganza, a family favorite since 1932. Info: Through Jan. 3; $39-$506, 877-250-2929, radiocitychristmas.com.
'CONEY ISLAND'(Credit: Harvey Stein)
(Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn): The Brooklyn Museum embraces one of the borough's most vibrant landmarks in "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008." The exhibit features paintings, posters, artifacts and photographs such as Harvey Stein's 1982 "The Hug," pictured. An installation by artist Stephen Powers and select photos from the museum's collection complement the show. Info: Friday, November 20 through Sunday, March 13, 2016; $16, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.
THE SECRET WORLD INSIDE YOU(Credit: Denis Finnin)
(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, Manhattan): Roughly 100 trillion bacteria live in and on each human body, according to the American Museum of Natural History, and play a fundamental role in the digestive system, immune system, brain and more. "The Secret World Inside You" examines the human "microbiome" through models, computer interactives, videos, art installations and live theater. Info: Through Aug. 14, 2016; $22 (suggested), 212-769-5100, amnh.org.
'NORA'(Credit: Cherry Lane Theatre)
(Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., Manhattan): Austin Pendelton directs New York's English-language premiere of Ingmar Bergman's riveting production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House," seen at BAM in Norwegian in 1989. With Jean Lichty, pictured. Info: Through Dec. 12; $46-$66, 866-811-4111, cherrylanetheater.org.
'INCIDENT AT VICHY'(Credit: Getty Images/ Jason Kempin)
(Pershing Square Signature Theatre Center, 480 W. 42nd St., between Ninth and 10th avenues, Manhattan): This revival of Arthur Miller's seldom-seen drama about the interrogation of men in France during World War II is part of the playwright's centennial year. Actor Richard Thomas is part of the ensemble cast. Info: Thursday, Oct. 27-Dec. 13; $25-$31.50, 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org.
'SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS'(Credit: Fox Film Corporation / Photofest )
(IFC Center, 323 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan): F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent film, one of the first to use synchronized music and sound effects and one of the first Oscar winners, screens as part of "Film 101: Canon Fodder," a weekend educational series that also includes Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thieves" and Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane." Info: "Sunrise" 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6-Sunday, Nov. 8; "Film 101" continues through Dec. 27; $14, Saturday and Sunday screenings, free for high school students with valid ID; 212-924-5246, ifccenter.com.
'HOLIDAY EXPRESS'(Credit: New-York Historical Society)
(New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Manhattan): It's premature for full-fledged holiday spirit, but the New-York Historical Society has its exhibit of trains and toys from the Jerni Collection up now for an early taste. See displays full of antique toys and trains -- and learn about the train's role in American history. Info: Through Feb. 28; $20, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org.
PICASSO SCULPTURE(Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): Pablo Picasso's lesser-known work in sculpture takes center stage at a MoMA show dedicated to the three-dimensional. The artist made several forays into the medium throughout his life, and the show is designed to highlight distinct chapters in his exploration. Visitors will see roughly 140 works spanning 1902 to 1964, made of a huge range of materials, including painted bronze, plywood, plaster, sheet metal, ceramic and objects like a watering can and tree branch. Info: Through Feb. 7; $25, 212-708-9400, moma.org.
'ALLEGIANCE: A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL'(Credit: O and M Co./ ISAAC)
(Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., Manhattan): George Takei, who played Sulu on the original "Star Trek," stars in a show based on his own family’s experiences as Japanese-Americans during World War II. Lea Salonga, pictured, also stars. Info: Open-ended run; $45-$149, 212-239-6200, allegiancemusical.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.
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
'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
'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.
‘KING CHARLES III’(Credit: JOHAN PERSSON)
(Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., Manhattan): Poor Prince Charles, forever waiting for his Queen Mum to give him the throne, finally gets his chance in this Olivier-winning new play " in blank verse" by Mike Bartlett, with Tim Pigott-Smith, pictured. Info: Friday, Oct. 23-Jan. 31; $37-$147, 212-239-6200, kingcharlesiiibroadway.com.
HUNT’S THREE RING CIRCUS(Credit: W.M. Hunt)
(1285 Ave. of the Americas Art Gallery, Manhattan): This show is made up of pre-1950 photographs from the collection of W.M. Hunt, who organized it with the International Center of Photography. The images feature American crowds, rallies, teams, fraternities, unions, clubs, tribes and conventions, from the titular Hunt’s Three Ring Circus to baseball teams, the Bell telephone department and the Miss America pageant. Info: Through Jan. 8; free, 212-857-0000, icp.org.
'DADDY LONG LEGS'(Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
(Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St., Manhattan): Musical adaptation with score and book by Paul Gordon ("Jane Eyre") and John Caird ("Les Misérables") retells the Cinderella story of an orphan (Megan McGinnis, pictured) and her mysterious benefactor (Paul Alexander Nolan). Info: Open-ended run; $59-$99, 212-239-6200, daddylonglegsmusical.com.
"SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE"(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
RUSS and DAUGHTERS CAFE(Credit: Kelli Anderson/Jen Snow)
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
'ON YOUR FEET!'(Credit: Matthew Murphy)
(Marquis Theatre, 46th Street, between Broadway and Eight Avenue, inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel): Emilio Estefan (Josh Segarra) and Gloria Estefan (Ana Villafañe) tell their story through hit songs, along with some new music. Jerry Mitchell ("Kinky Boots") directs. Info: Open-ended run; $55-$149, 877-250-2929 or 212-382-0100 (box office), onyourfeetmusical.com.
'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
'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
'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.
"DISGRACED"(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
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
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.
BIG APPLE CIRCUS(Credit: Big Apple Circus / Maike Schulz)
(Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Avenue and West 62nd St., Manhattan): The Big Apple Circus' new show, "The Grand Tour," conjures the ships, planes, trains and automobiles of the era and features clowns, jugglers, acrobats and aerialists from six continents. Audiences sitting around the circus ring will also see ponies and puppies and hear a seven-piece band accompanying the show live. Info: Through Jan. 10; $25-$175, 800-922-3772, bigapplecircus.org.
'DADA WOOF PAPA HOT'(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 150 W. 65th St., Manhattan): Gay couples with kids discover the complications of domesticity in Peter Parnell’s new play, which co-stars John Benjamin Hickey and Patrick Breen, pictured. Info: Through Jan. 3; $75-$85, 212-239-6200, lct.org.
PIXAR: THE DESIGN OF STORY(Credit: Disney/Pixar)
(Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., Manhattan): Immerse yourself in some of Pixar's most famous films with concept art (sketches, paintings and sculptures) from movies including "Toy Story," "WALL-E," "Up," "Brave" and "Cars." Info: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 through Aug. 7, 2016; $18 ($16 in advance), 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.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.
'ECLIPSED' HIGHLIGHTS EFFECT OF LIBERIA'S CIVIL WAR ON WOMEN(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan): The plight of captive women in the second Liberian civil war is explored in Danai Gurira's drama, which also marks the New York stage debut of Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar-winning actress from "12 Years a Slave." Info: Oct. 11 through Nov. 29; $90 and higher, 212-967-7555, publictheater.org.
‘BROOKLYN AMERICANS: HOCKEY’S FORGOTTEN PROMISE’(Credit: Scott Rudd)
(Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn): When the Islanders moved from the Coliseum to Barclays Center, Brooklyn got a professional hockey team -- again. This exhibit looks at the borough’s first professional team. Visitors will see NHL programs from the 1920s and 30s, team photos, scrapbooks, goalie sticks, skates and more. Info: Through March 27; $10, 718-222-4111, brooklynhistory.org.
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
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
"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
'THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME'(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