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NYC Weekend Picks: A Civil Rights-era photo exhibit and more

"Time of Change (two women at lunch counter)," a 1962 photograph by Bruce Davidson, is part of the "Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965" at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in Manhattan. Credit: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

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


"THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN" David Morse stars in Stephen Levenson's drama about a white-collar criminal's struggle on the outside.

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,

"BUYER & CELLAR" Jonathan Tolins' celebrated one-man play, starring Michael Urie, imagines an unemployed actor who takes a job in the artifact-strewn basement of a star who might be Barbra Streisand.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.

INFO $75, 212-868-4444,

"CHOIR BOY": Can an outsider make it in a gospel choir at a black prep school for boys in this new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney?

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage II, 131 W. 55th St.

INFO $30, 212-581-1212,


"A BAND CALLED DEATH" A documentary on Detroit's Hackney brothers. In 1971, they formed what was surely the first African-American proto-punk band, Death, and waited nearly 40 years for recognition.

WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday day at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St.

INFO $11, 212-924-3363,


"TIME OF CHANGE" Acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson went to the Deep South in the early 1960s, just as the Civil Rights movement was making breakthroughs. The black-and-white photographs in this show, taken from 1961 to 1965, comprise a poignant portrait of a tumultuous era.

WHEN | WHERE Through July 6, closed Sunday and Monday, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 E. 57th St.

INFO Free, 212-334-0010,


LAFAYETTE Although it bills itself as an "everyday French restaurant," Lafayette is much better than that. Led by executive chef Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde and The Dutch, this large NoHo newcomer serves up pitch-perfect, market-driven renditions of bistro classics such as duck au poivre ($29).

WHEN | WHERE Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, 380 Lafayette St.

INFO Average entree $30, 212-533-3000,


BIG STAR'S THIRD The classic Big Star album "Third" gets the full performance treatment with the likes of Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney, Mitch Easter, Mike Mills and many others. If only Alex Chilton were still with us.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 7 p.m., Central Park SummerStage, 69th Street at Fifth Avenue.

INFO Free,


BLOWOFF Former Hüsker Dü and Sugar guy Bob Mould joins producer-remixer Richard Morel for one of their Blowoff parties. Get ready to dance to a mix of indie rock, electro and house.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 11, Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St.

INFO $20, 800-745-3000,

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

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