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NYC Weekend Picks: El Anatsui's 'Gravity and Grace'

"Earth's Skin," a wall hanging by Ghanian-born artist El Anatsui, part of the exhibition "Gravity and Grace," opening at the Brooklyn Museum on Feb. 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Joe Levack

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


"THE MADRID" Edie Falco plays a kindergarten teacher on a personal journey in Liz Flahive's new drama.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St.

INFO $90, 212-581-1212,

"THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD" This second offering in the Signature Theatre's season devoted to David Henry Hwang explores the lives of Chinese workers in 1867 California.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.

INFO $25, 212-244-7529,

"LEO" French acrobat William Bonnet makes his U.S. debut in this solo about a man trapped inside a zero-gravity room.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7 p.m., Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St.

INFO $40, 212-355-6160,


"KILLER OF SHEEP" Decades after its release, Charles Burnett's indie drama about life in Watts became a critical smash in 2007. It plays as part of the ongoing series "L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema."

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria

INFO Free with $12 museum admission, 718-777-6800,


EL ANATSUI Born in Ghana and now living in Nigeria, El Anatsui has fashioned his own brand of African abstraction. His "Gravity and Grace" exhibition centers on 12 large wall hangings that take on fascinating new shapes each time they are installed.

WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway

INFO $12, 718-638-5000,


COCHON 555 Like pork? Then this touring culinary competition and tasting is for you. Five female chefs each get one sustainably raised, heritage-breed pig and create an extensive menu, paired with wine -- which is then critiqued by judges. And you.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 4 p.m., Chelsea Piers, West 23rd Street and Hudson River

INFO $125-$250,


RAKIM Wyandanch represent! The MC half of legendary hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim takes the mic tonight. And he just might take you back to rap's golden age, too. With another legend, Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St.

INFO $40, 212-957-1800,


ROCK 'EM, SOCK 'EM Your hosts DJ UltraV and DJ Omega will tag-team the electro, punk, funk and indie all night long.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 10, Otto's ShrunkenHead, 538 E. 14th St.

INFO Free, 212-228-2240,

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

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