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(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

NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

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

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

MIRANDA LAMBERT

(Madison Square Garden): The country superstar bursts
(Credit: Getty Images/ Frazer Harrison)

(Madison Square Garden): The country superstar bursts into town with all of her explosive hits, including “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Kerosene.” And, who knows — maybe husband Blake Shelton will join her onstage for an impromptu duet, as he did when her “Certified Platinum” tour stopped in Oklahoma City. Info: Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.; $49-$89; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. — DANIEL BUBBEO

MELISSA MANCHESTER

(54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.): The popular
(Credit: Getty Images/ Stephen Lovekin)

(54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.): The popular songstress, who topped the charts in the ’70s and ’80s with “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” still has a way with a song. To celebrate the release of her 20th album, “You Gotta Love the Life,” Manchester performs this show of original songs, covers and her own hits. Info: Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; $50-$100, $25 food and beverage minimum; 646-476-3551, 54below.com. — DANIEL BUBBEO

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"THE ADVENTURES OF HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON"

(Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn
(Credit: Enchantment Theatre Company/ Michael Zinn)

(Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Campus Road at Nostrand Avenue): Based on the much-loved children’s books by Crockett Johnson, this production kicks off the spring season of the Target Storybook Series. Appropriate for children 4 and older. Info: Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.; $9, 718-951-4500, brooklyncenter.org. — ANNE MACHALINSKI

"HAMLET"

(Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.): Peter
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.): Peter Sarsgaard goes back to his Off-Broadway home to take on Shakespeare’s indecisive but always great Dane. Info: Friday, March 27 through May 10; $66-$71, 212-352-3101, classicstage.org. — LINDA WINER

"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

"THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ"

(Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.): In 2011,
(Credit: Kino Lorber)

(Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.): In 2011, the outspoken and frequently offensive French novelist Michel Houellebecq vanished during a book tour, leading to speculation that he had been kidnapped. The glitch in that theory: Who would want to pay? Guillaume Nicloux’s comedy spins a version of this scenario featuring the grousing, chain-smoking Houellebecq as himself. In French with English subtitles. Info: Through April 7; $13, 212-727-8110, filmforum.org. — RAFER GUZMÁN

"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

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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

Through 4/4: Macy's Flower Show

Representing fine art through floral design is the
(Credit: Kent Miller Studio)

Representing fine art through floral design is the theme of this 41st annual Macy's Flower Show, and it's one that's carried well throughout the eight gardens, with genres including Renaissance, surrealism, Impressionist and pop art. So how are these genres achieved? Through texture, color and design, of course, but also floral recreations of great works, like Degas' ballerina sculptures and others from renowned museum collections. FREE, Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., macys.com/flowershow. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"PLACEBO"

(Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St.): A woman
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St.): A woman scientist researches a new drug for female arousal in Melissa James Gibson's drama about individual and couples identity. Info: Through April 5; $75, 212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org. -- LINDA WINER

"NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR"

(Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the
(Credit: MSG Entertainment)

(Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas): There’s an all-new kick for the Rockettes these days, with Broadway luminary Laura Benanti starring as the billionaire head of a Manhattan tour company, Derek Hough (“Dancing With the Stars”) as the guy who opens her eyes to the town and lots of celebrity voices — including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the library lions, Whoopie Goldberg as Lady Liberty and Bella Thorne as Central Park’s statue of Alice. Info: March 12-May 3; $46-$169, 866-858-0007, newyorkspringspectacular.com — LINDA WINER

"THE PLAINS INDIANS: ARTISTS OF EARTH AND SKY"

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.):
(Credit: Hirschfield Family Collection/ W. Garth Dowling)

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): Feather work, painted robes and sculptures made of antler, wood and stone, are among the objects in this exhibition, which also includes artifacts from the Lewis and Clark expedition and artwork from the present day. Info: Through May 10; $25 recommended fee, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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"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

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

"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

"JOSEPHINE AND I"

(Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette
(Credit: Max Narula)

(Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): Cush Jumbo, the British actress last seen on Broadway as one of Hugh Jackman’s women in “The River,” stars in her own one-woman play about Josephine Baker. Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!”) directs. Info: Through April 5; $40, 212-967-7555, publictheater.org. — LINDA WINER

"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, Björk 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 dynamo’s vast creative output. Also this weekend is the first of six local concerts that Björk 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

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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

"CABARET"

(Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St.): Sienna Miller
Buy photo
(Credit: Matthew Murphy)

(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
(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 ORCHID SHOW: CHANDELIERS"

(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.,
(Credit: Dana Meilijson)

(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.

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"THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX"

(Mitzi E. Newhouse, Lincoln Center Theater): Bathsheba Doran's
(Credit: Philip Rinaldi Publicity)

(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
(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.

"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

BUDDHIST ART OF MYANMAR

(Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave.): Stone and
(Credit: Sean Dungan)

(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.

"BODY WORLDS: PULSE"

(Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St.): Have
(Credit: Discovery Times Square)

(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

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

(The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th
(Credit: The Museum at FIT/Eileen Costa)

(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

"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

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

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
(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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GIRL NEXT DOOR

(St. Ann's Warehouse, 29 Jay St., DUMBO): "Let
(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

"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
(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'

(Location TBA): Part walking tour, part whodunit, "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'

(National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.):
(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

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"EVERY BRILLIANT THING"

(Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.): In Duncan
(Credit: Matthew Murphy)

(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

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

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"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

LE BINGO

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson,
(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

(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
(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"

(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

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"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

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

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