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NYC Weekend Picks: Cirque du Soleil's 'Totem', Philip Roth documentary, more

Cirque du Soleil has settled into the Big

Cirque du Soleil has settled into the Big Top at Citi Field WITH "Totem," a show that traces the human species from amphibian to its "ultimate desire to fly." Credit: OSA Images

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


"BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S" Richard Greenberg adapted Truman Capote's novella; Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") sees if we can forget Audrey Hepburn.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.

INFO $37-$132, 212-239-6200,

"TOTEM" Cirque du Soleil's latest traces the human species from amphibian to its desire to fly.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m., Citi Field Big Top, Queens.

INFO $47-$115,

"THE MOUND BUILDERS" Jo Bonney directs this revival of Lanford Wilson's 1975 drama about archeologists and Native Americans.

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

INFO $25, 212-244-7529,


"PHILIP ROTH: UNMASKED" All screenings of this documentary on the recently retired novelist ("Portnoy's Complaint," "The Human Stain") are free, thanks to a grant from the Ostrovsky Family Fund.

WHEN | WHERE Through Tuesday, Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.

INFO Free (day of screening only), 212-627-2035,


"AUDUBON'S AVIARY: PART 1" John James Audubon was the 19th century's ultimate artist-naturalist. This show begins a three-year cycle of exhibitions that will show off all 474 exquisite watercolors from his landmark masterpiece, "The Birds of America," completed in 1839.

WHEN | WHERE Through May 19, closed Mondays, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

INFO $15, 212-873-3400,


THE MERMAID INN Seafood lovers have come to rely on the Mermaid Inn in the East Village. Nautical decor and excellent fish and shellfish dishes make it easy to love. The free little chocolate pudding that arrives at the end of the meal is a nice touch.

WHEN | WHERE Dinner daily, 96 Second Ave.

INFO Average entree $23, 212-674-5870,


TALIB KWELI The Brooklyn rapper will be backed by a band -- a bassist, keyboardist, drummer and DJ. Yeah, Kweli's going hard.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 9 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave. (also Monday night)

INFO $15, 718-963-3369,


CLOSE TO THE EDIT DJ-producer Zenon Marko will go heavy on the remixes, re-edits and mashups of rock, classic, alt and other stuff. He's also got to do the Art of Noise song that this party gets its name from, right?

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 10, Puck Fair, 298 Lafayette St.

INFO Free, 212-431-1200

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


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