NYC Weekend Picks: Brooklyn Film Festival opens, Neil LaBute returns and more

Alex Wolff and Brendan Fraser star in Billy

Alex Wolff and Brendan Fraser star in Billy Kent's "HairBrained," which plays opening night of the Brooklyn Film Festival. Photo Credit: Handout

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


"REASONS TO BE HAPPY" Neil LaBute is back with another pitch-dark comedy, this one a sequel to his "Reasons to be Pretty" and starring Jenna Fischer ("The Office"), Josh Hamilton and Fred Weller.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St.

INFO $69-$89, 212-352-3101,

"THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS" John Malkovich kicks off the new Cherry Orchard Festival by starring in this play with music based on the life of Casanova and Mozart's "Don Giovanni."

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WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday night at 8, Sunday at 3 p.m. New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.

INFO $35-$135, 800-349-0021,

"CUFF ME: THE 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY' MUSICAL PARODY" What more do you need to know?

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St.

INFO $46.50-$69.50, 212-239-6200,

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"HAIRBRAINED" The opening-night movie of the Brooklyn Film Festival stars Brendan Fraser and Alex Wolff as a former gambler and a child prodigy who meet at a third-rate college and become unlikely pals. Director Billy Kent will take questions after the screening.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8 at indieScreen, 285-289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn.

INFO $30 (includes admission to the opening night party), 347-227-8030,

"AIDS IN NEW YORK THE FIRST FIVE YEARS" The epidemic that first tore through the city more than 30 years ago is given some perspective in this show, which looks at its early devastation and its legacy from several angles.

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WHEN | WHERE Through Sept 15, closed Mondays, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.

INFO $15, 212-873-3400,

RACHAEL YAMAGATA The “troubadour of heartbreak” returned earlier this year with “Heavyweight.” And now she’s spreading that lovely sounding heartbreak around on tour.

WHEN|WHERE Friday night at 7, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St.

INFO $15, 212-477-4155,

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STRONG PLACE The folks behind this Cobble Hill restaurant picked a name that is right on the money. A big beer list may draw you to the bar, and unpretentious American dishes like steamed littleneck clams with chorizo ($16) will get you to stay for a meal.

WHEN|WHERE Dinner nightly, lunch Friday-Sunday, 270 Court St., Brooklyn

INFO Average entree $18, 718-855- 2105,

MICK FOLEY Former WWE champ, author and native Long Islander Mick Foley performs his stand-up routine. Hint: You better laugh.

WHEN|WHERE Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway

INFO $25, 212-757-4100,

Compiled by Linda Winer, Rafer Guzmán, Kevin Amorin and Ted Loos.

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