Our picks for what to do in the city this weekend.
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.
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.
Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.
INFO $55-$65, 212-727-2737, irishrep.org
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
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
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
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
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 Guzman, Ted Loos, Tom Beer and Kevin Amorim.