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'Animal House' and 'Clerks'
Spend a weekend at the movies with the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival and its roster of classics. Friday night, catch a screening of iconic college comedy "Animal House." Then come back on Saturday for a viewing of "Clerks," which will close out the festival after winning the Viewers' Choice over "Coming To America" by a margin of almost 2,000 votes, according to the Conservancy's website. (Fri. & Sat., gates open at 6:30 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m., Sheep Meadow, mid-Central Park at 69th St., enter at 72nd St., 212-310-6600, centralparknyc.org)

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2012 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
Spend a day with the family enjoying all things tennis at this year's Arthur Ashe Kids' Day with a morning of games and music. Tickets are sold out for the Stadium Show, but you can still stop by for a morning of activities that's FREE to the public. (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FREE, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadow - Corona Park, Flushing, 718-760-6200, arthurashekidsday.com)

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The Met's Summer HD Festival
Get your opera on starting this Saturday, when the Metropolitan Opera will kick off 10 days of FREE screenings of its "Live in HD" presentations. "The Enchanted Island" kicks off the festival on Saturday. Check the website for info on the other showings. (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway btwn W. 65th and W. 66th Sts., 212-362-6000, metoperafamily.org)

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