NYC weekend picks: 'Ink Art' at The Met, Rebecca Hall in 'Machinal'

"Chinese Landscape Tattoo No. 2 " (1999), by

"Chinese Landscape Tattoo No. 2 " (1999), by Chinese artist Huang Yan, is part of the exhibit "Ink Art," a survey of contemporary Chinese works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 6. (Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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

Theater

"MACHINAL" Rebecca Hall stars in this rare revival of Sophie Treadwell's 1928 drama about a young woman and a murder trial in the "Machine Age."

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.

INFO $52-$127, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org

"HANDLE WITH CARE" Carol Lawrence (the original Maria in "West Side Story") stars in this romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams about two generations of women on an American road trip.

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 $79, 212-239-6200, handlewithcaretheplay.com

"THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER" The formidable Fiona Shaw makes theater from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 18th century epic poem, directed by Phyllida Lloyd ("Mamma Mia!")

WHEN | WHERE Friday night and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., BAM Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn

INFO $30-$100, 718-636-4100, bam.org

Film

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE' No Christmas season is complete without this 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic, which is screening several times daily with guest speaker Mary Owen -- daughter of Stewart's co-star, Donna Reed -- at select showings.

WHEN | WHERE Through Thursday at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave..

INFO $13.50, 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com

Art

"INK ART" The Met's first-ever show of Chinese contemporary art -- a very hot field right now -- examines how a 2,000-year-old tradition of working with ink has been transformed by some of the country's top artists.

WHEN | WHERE Through April 6, open seven days, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.

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

Dining

ARTISANAL Cheese is everywhere at Terrance Brennan's enjoyable, upscale French bistro, from a Brie sandwich with black truffles ($19.50) at lunch to onion soup gratinée topped with three artisanal cheeses ($13.50). At dinner, don't let the overloaded cart of you-know-what pass you by ($5.50 per piece).

WHEN | WHERE Lunch and dinner daily, 2 Park Ave.

INFO $30, 212-725 8585, artisanalbistro.com

Music

BUSTER POINDEXTER What better time for feelin' "Hot, Hot, Hot" than when the weather is cold, cold, cold.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 237 W. 42nd St.

INFO $25-$45, plus $10 a person minimum at tables; 212-414-5994, highlineballroom.com

Nightlife

THE VS It's the music of R. Kelly vs. the sounds of Usher, as spun by DJs Ayres (The Rub) and Run P.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 10, Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.

INFO $10, 212-584-5492, santospartyhouse.com

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

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