NYC Weekend Picks: 'Forever Tango,' Fete Paradiso, more

Director and creator Luis Bravo, left, works with Director and creator Luis Bravo, left, works with Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during a preview of "Forever Tango" at the Walter Kerr Theatre in Manhattan. (July 11, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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

Theater

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" The Classical Theatre of Harlem brings a West African beat to Shakespeare's enchanted comedy in the city's other free Shakespeare in a park.

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WHEN | WHERE Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, West 122nd Street and Mount Morris Park West.

INFO Free; ticket info at 347-688-6304 and classicaltheatreofharlem.org

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"FOREVER TANGO" Luis Bravo's tango celebration comes back to Broadway with 16 dancers -- including, for the first three weeks, Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from "Dancing with the Stars."

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m., Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St.

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INFO $30-$149, 212-239-6200, forevertangobroadway.com

WOMEN CENTER STAGE 2013 FESTIVAL Conversations, works in progress and performances of plays written, directed and produced by women

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WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 and 8 p.m. Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.

INFO $12, 866-811-4111, wcs.cultureproject.org

Film

"L'AVVENTUR"  Cinematic masterpiece or pretentious art film? Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960 drama about a man searching for his vanished girlfriend was booed at Cannes yet praised by jurors for creating "a new movie language." It screens in a new 35-mm print.

WHEN | WHERE Through July 25 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.

INFO $12.50, 212-727-8110, filmforum.org

Art

FETE PARADISO This festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels comes direct from a French collection. Visitors can ride the classic entertainments -- including a bicycle carousel like the one in "Midnight in Paris" -- and enjoy food from Le Gamin cafe.

WHEN | WHERE Open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nolan Park, Governors Island.

INFO Free admission, $3 per ride, feteparadiso.com

Food

MAREA On a summer Friday, when everyone else is at the beach, take an extra long splurge lunch at Marea, chef Michael White's plush Italian restaurant on Central Park South. The two-course "business lunch" doesn't feel dryly businesslike at all -- try a crudo (raw fish) and a heavenly pasta like agnolotti with lamb.

WHEN | WHERE Lunch and dinner daily, 240 Central Park S.

INFO Business lunch $45, 212-582 5100, marea-nyc.com

Music

JULIETA VENEGAS The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is sure to bring some Latin heat to Central Park. Fellow performers Carla Morrison and Alex Anwandter also should help get the crowd on its feet.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 3 p.m., Central Park SummerStage, 69th Street at Fifth Avenue

INFO Free, cityparksfoundation.org

Nightlife

THE BEN ALLISON GROUP The cool quartet -- Allison on bass, Ted Nash on sax, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Matt Wilson -- makes its Jazz at Lincoln Center debut.

WHEN | WHERE Through Sunday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 33 W. 60th St.

INFO $35-$45, 212-258-9595, jalc.org

Compiled by Linda Winer, Rafer Guzman, Ted Loos and Daniel Bubbeo.

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