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NYC Weekend Picks: Femi Kuti, 'The Designated Mourner,' more

Nigerian musician Femi Kut performs during the 45th

Nigerian musician Femi Kut performs during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. (July 14, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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


"THE DESIGNATED MOURNER" A revival of Wallace Shawn's celebrated and disturbing trio of monologues about a once-liberal country, directed by André Gregory and starring the playwright, Larry Pine and Deborah Eisenberg.

WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 7, Sunday at 3:30 p.m., Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.

INFO $86.50, 212-967-7555,

"THE EXPLORERS CLUB'" Nell Benjamin's new comedy looks at an 1879 London men's club when a woman is proposed for membership.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Manhattan Theatre Club, 151 W. 55th St.

INFO $85, 212-581-1212,

"NOBODY LOVES YOU" A philosophy graduate student gets cast on a reality TV show in this new musical with book and lyrics by Itamar Moses, music by Gaby Alter.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St.

INFO $69-$84, 212-246-4422,


"BREWSTER'S MILLIONS" Allan Dwan's 1945 screwball comedy, about a man trying desperately to lose money, is part of an ongoing retrospective on the director, whose remarkable career covered the years 1911-1961.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m., Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.

INFO $12 (or free with $25 museum admission), 212-708-9400,


JAMES TURRELL Known for creating installations in which rooms are transformed by shifting light, Turrell is now getting his first New York museum show in more than 30 years. Best of all, his new work "Aten Reign" tackles the entire Guggenheim rotunda.

WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 25, closed Thursdays, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.

INFO $22, 212-423-3500,


THE PARK This large Chelsea restaurant and bar is a genial shaper-shifter: It's good for dinner, brunch, drinks, a large group -- you name it. The food is solid, and the five airy and distinct spaces are all attractively designed, including the outdoor rooftop penthouse.

WHEN | WHERE Lunch and dinner daily, 118 10th Ave.

INFO Average entree $22, 212-352-3313,


FEMI KUTI Femi Kuti, son of Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, releases his next album, "No Place for My Dream," Tuesday. So see Femi this weekend and get the disc with the money you saved on the concert ticket.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 3 p.m., Central Park SummerStage, 69th Street at Fifth Avenue

INFO Free,

REBEL NIGHT Get your hair piled high and head to Rebel Night -- it's a '50s rockabilly party. Arrive early and learn some vintage dance moves -- like the jive, bop and stroll.

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

INFO Free, 212-228-2240,

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


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