NYC Weekend Picks: Rooftop art on The Met, 'Monkey' at Lincoln Center, more

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, on his creation, painted

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, on his creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission. (May 13, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

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

Theater

"MONKEY: JOURNEY TO THE WEST" This unlikely hybrid of a spectacle – part classic Chinese epic, part pop animation – is one of the centerpieces of this year's ambitious Lincoln Center Festival.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m., Koch Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

INFO $25, 212-721-6500, lincolncenterfestival.org

"A PICTURE OF AUTUMN" N.C. Hunter's 1951 drama about the fading estate of a British Family is revived by the city's prime theater archaeologists.

WHEN | WHERE Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Mint Theater Company, 311 E. 43rd St.

INFO $55, 866-811-4111, minttheater.org

"GIBRALTAR" Cara Seymour stars in this adaptation of several scenes of James Joyce's daunting "Ulysses."

WHEN | WHERE Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.

INFO $45, 212-727-2737, irishrep.org

THEOPHILUS LONDON London, a Brooklyn-raised rapper who seems to grow in stature year after year, will be joined by Afropean sister duo Les Nubians and Brooklyn alt-soul foursome Aabaraki.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7 p.m., Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, Ninth Street and Prospect Park West

INFO $3 suggested donation, 718-855-7882, bricartsmedia.org

Art

IMRAN QURESHI The Pakistani-born artist is covering the Met's roof with dense patterns in blood-red acrylic paint in a project that is both an homage to ancient techniques and a comment on violence in the modern world.

WHEN | WHERE Through Nov. 3, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.

INFO $25 (suggested), 212-535-7710

Dining

UNCLE BOONS Quirky, distinct and homey, this new Thai entry is very serious about food, and adventurous eaters will chow down happily on dishes with brains and sweetbreads (or safer- ground entrees such as crab fried rice). Make sure to try the chicken liver and pineapple curry ($15).

WHEN | WHERE Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, 7 Spring St.

INFO Average entree $24, 646-370-6650, uncleboons.com

Nightlife

NOUVEAU YORK PRESENTS ÉTE D'AMOUR The party starts a little earlier in the summer, and the house, electro and disco are as hot as ever.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 5 p.m., Le Bain at the Standard Hotel, 444 W. 13th St.

INFO Free, 212-645-4646

Film

"2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY" Stanley Kubrick's mesmerizing 1968 sci-fi classic kicks off Big Screen Epics, a monthlong series of movies screened on BAM's new 35-by-19-foot Steinberg Screen.

WHEN | WHERE Through Tuesday at BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn

INFO $13, 718-636-4100, bam.org

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

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