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Free things to do in NYC this weekend: The Jacksons, Lyle Lovett, more

Lyle Lovett.

Lyle Lovett. (Credit: AP, 2007)

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TICKETS FOR “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”

If you want to sit in the audience of “SNL,” it's absolutely free, but you can only apply for tickets one month out of the year. And this is your month. Tickets for the 2012-2013 season are awarded via a lottery system, with recipients getting a pair of tickets. Get your name in the system by sending an email to snltickets@nbcuni.com by Aug. 31. They have rules, of course, such as only one entry per household. Brush up on all the requirements at nbc.com/tickets.

Friday

CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS

Choreographer Camille A. Brown has choreographed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Memphis and, as you can see in this performance, her own troupe of spirited dancers. MoralesDance, led by Tony Morales, hits the stage at Manhattan's Marcus Garvey Park stage as well during the 7 to 10 p.m. show. Info: camilleabrown.org.

Saturday

THE JACKSONS: UNITY TOUR 2012

Brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie promise to bring the hits and, according to Jon Pareles' June New York Times review of their Apollo Theater show, the moves. Choreographed dance is such a rarity -- and a treat -- and the Jacksons certainly know how to hit their marks. Part of Coney Island's Seaside Summer Concert Series, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Info: brooklynconcerts.com.

LYLE LOVETT

Head north in Brooklyn and things get a little bit more country with Lyle Lovett playing the Prospect Park Bandshell. Just a bit country, though, as Lovett blends folk, swing, soul and more into his sets. Secure your seat at 6:30 p.m., with Lovett hitting the stage after Aoife O'Donovan opens at 7:30. More: bricartsmedia.org.

Sunday

PARDON OUR ANALYSIS: AN ALL-STAR GATHERING FOR GIL SCOTT-HERON

Closing Lincoln Center's Out of Doors summer series is one chunky cultural stew populated by musicians, writers and poets. Performers include keyboardist, flutist and Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson, Native American soul singer Martha Redbone, The Last Poets' Abiodun Oyewole, “Push” author Sapphire, The Family Stand’s Sandra St. Victor and many more, all paying tribute to the man with a message. At Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell, it starts at 8:15 p.m., but we advise getting their even earlier, as soul man Swamp Dogg performs at 6, hip hopper Aloe Blacc at 7. Info: lcoutofdoors.org.

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