NYC Weekend Picks: Matisse at the Met, 'Tribes' on stage, more

"Young Sailor II, a 1906 painting by Henri "Young Sailor II, a 1906 painting by Henri Matisse, is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Matisse: In Search of True Painting" through March 17. Photo Credit: Handout

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Our picks for what to do in the city this weekend.

Theater

“TRIBES”: Nina Raine's stirring drama about a deaf son in a hearing family is in its final weekend of a successful run.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.

INFO $49.50-$79.50, 212-868-4444, barrowstreettheatre.com

“MY NAME IS ASHER LEV” An artistic prodigy struggles against his Hasidic upbringing in Aaron Posner's adaptation of the Chaim Potok novel.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St.

INFO $39-$85, 212-239-6200, asherlevtheplay.com

“THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY”Brian Friel's 1973 drama about three men in Northern Irish history was so successful last fall that it's back for a return engagement.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.

INFO $55-$65, 212-727-2737, irishrep.org

Film

“THE RED BALLOON” The 1956 children's classic, about a boy and his helium-filled friend, screens with the animated “Gerald McBoing Boing” and the comedy “Le Poulet.” All three shorts are Oscar winners.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 11 a.m. Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.

INFO $7, 212-727-8110, filmforum.org

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Art

“MATISSE: IN SEARCH OF TRUE PAINTING” The organizing concept may be weak -- but any excuse to bring together rooms full of wonderful Matisse canvasses is a good one. The show provides a chance to look at the artist's multiple takes on the same subject matter, including interiors and portraits.

WHEN | WHERE Through March 17, closed Mondays, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.

INFO $25 (suggested), 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Food

PEPE GIALLO The restaurant's motto is “feeding starving artists since 1997.” Well, West Chelsea grew up, and they are starving no more. But the unpretentious Italian food here is still a great value if you focus on the daily pasta specials.

WHEN | WHERE Lunch and dinner daily, 253 10th Ave.

INFO Average entree $14, 212-242-6055, pepegiallo.com

Music

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LUCY KAPLANSKY Singer-songwriter Kaplansky brings folk, country and pop -- and songs from her latest “Reunion” album.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St.

INFO $25-$35, 212-608-0555, citywinery.com

Nightlife

THE SMITHS/MORRISSEY NIGHT DJs Ben Cho and Brian DeGraw spin your favorite gloomy tracks by Moz and friends at this popular long-running party. Get there early.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 10 p.m. Sway, 305 Spring St.

INFO Free, 212-620-5220

Compiled by Linda Winer, Rafer Guzmán, Ted Loos, Tom Beer and Kevin Amorim.

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