NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

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Don't have any weekend plans? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and into the summer air on your days off. (Or, out of the heat and into air conditioning.)

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

'The Government Inspector' (through Aug. 20)

Nikolai Gogol's comic case of mistaken identity run
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Nikolai Gogol's comic case of mistaken identity run amok has moved from the Duke on 42nd Street (where it enjoyed a critically acclaimed run) to another Off-Broadway theater for an extended encore. The 1836 satire of wacky Russian villagers stars Michael Urie (pictured with Talene Monahon). (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., $75-$95, redbulltheater.com)

‘Dirty Dancing’ at Bryant Park (Aug. 21)

Nobody puts Bryant Park in the corner. The
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Nobody puts Bryant Park in the corner. The '60s-set film starring Jennifer Grey (Baby) and Patrick Swayze (Johnny) will screen under the stars in the midtown park. So, bring a blanket and snack on some eats from local vendors while you have the time of your life on a Monday night. 5 to 11 p.m., The Lawn at Bryant Park, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, free, bryantpark.org

Brooklyn bike tour (Aug. 26)

Explore Brooklyn while you taste local eats on
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Explore Brooklyn while you taste local eats on Red Lantern's bike tour. You'll sample dishes from four Jewish delis with a group of 12 riders, led by a tour guide. Leave with a full stomach and new appreciation for the borough's culture and beauty. ($25, Tour leaves from Red Lantern Bicycles, 345 Myrtle Ave., redlanternbicycles.com)

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Amir K at Gotham Comedy Club (Aug. 25 and 26)

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"MADtv" comedian Amir K is bringing his nationwide tour to Gotham Comedy Club. You may recognize him from his comedy roles in "Last Comic Standing" and "Jerks with Cameras." ($26, 208 W. 23rd St., show times vary, gothamcomedyclub.com)

Kayak across the Hudson (through Oct. 9)

Get outside and enjoy the sunny skies as
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Get outside and enjoy the sunny skies as you float across the Hudson River. Downtown Boathouse is offering open kayaking through the summer, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 9. You'll get to spend 20 minutes out on the water for free. The last boat goes out a half hour before closing. (Pier 26, downtownboathouse.org)

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