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David Johansen performs at The Jazz Foundation of

David Johansen performs at The Jazz Foundation of America Celebrates A Great Night In Harlem at The Apollo Theater. (May 17, 2012) Credit: AP

Spending the weekend in New York City? Here are our picks for fun.


Lower East Side Festival of the Arts: Fest includes cutting-edge burlesque under this year's theme, "Legalize Freedom: Art Is Activism."

When | Where Friday night from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., Sunday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.

Info Free, 212-254-1109,

Space Program: Mars: Tom Sachs is a space camp-loving kid who grew up to be an artist with a big budget, and he's taken over the Armory's 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall with an elaborate fantasy of a NASA mission. This is great for families.

When | Where Through June 17, closed Mondays except Memorial Day, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave.

Info $12; 212-616-3930,


"Chimichangas and Zoloft": A couple of teen girls try to lure an alienated mom back home in this new play directed by John Patrick Shanley.

When | Where Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St.

Info $45, 212-691-5919,

"The Common Pursuit": Revival of Simon Gray's British "Big Chill"-style serious comedy about 20 years in the lives of six college friends.

When | Where Friday night at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.

Info $71-$81; 212-719-1300,


'Fantastic Mr. Fox': Wes Anderson's first puppet-animation feature, with voices by George Clooney and Meryl Streep, screens this weekend as a part of a retrospective on the quirky director. (His latest, "Moonrise Kingdom," starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and two 12-year-olds, opens in Manhattan theaters today.)

When | Where Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens.

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


The Beagle: Exactly one year old, this restaurant is one of the most satisfying recent entries to the dining scene. The seasonal American cuisine is impeccable -- no one does a better, juicier roast chicken right now -- and all the pre-Prohibition-style cocktails shine.

When | Where Dinner and weekend brunch, 162 Avenue A

Info $25 average entree, 212-228-6900,


David Johansen: After the New York Dolls and Buster Poindexter, he's just himself, and no, he will not sing "Hot, Hot, Hot."

When | Where 8 p.m. Saturday, Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.

Info $25 advance, $30 day of show; 866-468-7619,


Propaganda!: The special guest for this Propaganda! night comes all the way from Spain. DJ Ismel Rivas has 18 years at the turntable -- quite enough experience to get you moving and grooving.

When | Where 10 p.m. Saturday, Sullivan Room, 218 Sullivan St.

Info $15; 212-252-2151,

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


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