NYC Weekend Picks: 'Velveteen Rabbit,' Casino Royale Gala, more

Kristin Parker in Theatreworks USA's production of

Kristin Parker in Theatreworks USA's production of "The Velveteen Rabbit." Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

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


“ALL IN THE TIMING” Twentieth anniversary revival of David Ives' witty playlets.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Primary Stages, 59 E. 59th St.

INFO $70, 212-279-4200,

“LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODES 1-4" The imaginative visionaries of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma present four installments of its 10-part work based on telephone conversations.

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WHEN | WHERE Marathon Saturday from 2 to 11:45 p.m., single episodes performed next week. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.

INFO $70 marathon, $30 for single performances, 212-967-7555,

“THE VELVETEEN RABBIT” Three actors and the audience create Margery Williams' story of talking toys and other good things.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St.

INFO $39, 212-239-6200,

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“ISHTAR” Become one of the few who have actually seen this infamous Beatty-Hoffman bomb when it plays as part of a weekend-long salute to Paul Williams, who wrote the songs and will appear in person on Sunday.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens

INFO Tickets are $12, 718-777-6800;


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“LUNCH HOUR NYC” The New York Public Library's large, first-floor exhibition space is devoted to an enjoyable look at how the city helped invent the concept of lunchtime itself -- from the renowned automat (you can take away recipes) to the glitzy power lunch and the Great Depression-era free lunch.

WHEN | WHERE Open daily through Feb. 17, New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.

INFO Free, 917-275-6975,


HENRY PUBLIC This very 19th century-looking Brooklyn saloon has killer cocktails but also a small, meat-centric menu. The mind-bendingly tender braised turkey leg sandwich ($15) is among the city's best sandwiches, hands down.

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WHEN | WHERE Dinner daily, lunch and brunch Tuesday through Sunday, 329 Henry St., Brooklyn

INFO Average entree $15 (cash only), 718-852-8630,


LESLIE WEST The former Mountain man brings that ferocious guitar of his. When will he do “Mississippi Queen”?

WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 8, The Iridium, 1650 Broadway

INFO $40, 212-582-2121,


CASINO ROYALE GALA Expect martinis (shaken, not stirred), Goldfinger girls and gaming tables at this gala celebrating 50 years of James Bond. Come dressed as a Bond character. A portion of the proceeds will go to superstorm Sandy relief.

WHEN | WHERE 9 p.m. Saturday, Capitale, 130 Bowery

INFO $125, purchase tickets online at

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

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