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NYC weekend picks

Our picks for what to see and do in the city.

There'll be nothing holding back Shawn Mendes at Barclays Center

Will the singer-songwriter-heartthrob have the No. 1 single
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Timothy Hiatt

Will the singer-songwriter-heartthrob have the No. 1 single in the country by the time "Shawn Mendes: The Tour" reaches Barclays Center? Well, senoritas, it could be true, la-la-la. In any case, Mendes has plenty of other hits from "In My Blood" to "If I Can't Have You" to roll out.
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24, Barclays Center, Brooklyn
INFO $69.50; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Do blues and barbecue by the Hudson

The Hudson River Park's Blues BBQ Festival, now
Photo Credit: Hudson River Park/Max Guliani

The Hudson River Park's Blues BBQ Festival, now in its 20th year, is a mashup of barbecued food curated from restaurants found around the city and live music generated by bands including the Harlem Gospel Choir, AJ Ghent and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
WHEN | WHERE 2 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24; Hudson River Park's Pier 97 at W. 57th Street, Manhattan
INFO Free; 212-757-0981, hudsonriverpark.org

Tempted by the thought of Squeeze in concert

Few new wave catalogs are as extensive as
Photo Credit: Rob O'Connor

Few new wave catalogs are as extensive as Squeeze's, going well beyond classics like "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" and "Black Coffee in Bed." So "The Squeeze Songbook Tour" sounds extra, well, tempting.
WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24, The Rooftop at Pier 17, Manhattan
INFO $49.50 to $75; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com  

See "What the Constitution Means to Me" before its history

Heidi Schreck will make her last argument on
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Heidi Schreck will make her last argument on Saturday as her biographical drama "What the Constitution Means to Me," which chronicles the speeches she once made to help pay for college, closes after two extensions on Broadway. The show was earn Tony Award nominations for best play and best actress.
WHEN | WHERE Through Aug. 24, Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.
INFO From $49; 212-239-6200, telecharge.com

Chow down during Dog Restaurant Week in NYC

Organized by the be-social-with-your-pooch people at Petminded, it's
Photo Credit: Petminded

Organized by the be-social-with-your-pooch people at Petminded, it's a week where dog-friendly restaurants around the city offer promotions for dog owners dining with their canine companions.
WHEN Aug. 18 to 25
INFO For a list of venues and the specials being offered, visit petmindedtravel.com

The '20s will roar again at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Now in its 14th year, this two-day gathering
Photo Credit: Walter Wlodarczyk

Now in its 14th year, this two-day gathering on Governors Island gives guests a chance to party in Prohibition Era-inspired fashion. Food trucks will be selling grub but picnicking is allowed (outside alcohol is prohibited). Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra are back as the featured performers and Roaring '20s-style dance lessons will be offered. Then show off what you learned in dance contests held daily.
WHEN | WHERE Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25; Governors Island, Manhattan
INFO $45 to $175; jazzagelawnparty.com

Meet the meme as art

Taking cues from the social impact of the
Photo Credit: Kimberley Sampson

Taking cues from the social impact of the meme, "Memeseum" uses the work from a roster of artists to explore how deep and thoughtful a creative mind can take those trending, circulating images we see in our feeds.
WHEN | WHERE Aug. 25 to 31; Court Tree Gallery, 371 Court St., 2nd Floor, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
INFO $10; eventbrite.com

Summer Shorts that go long in August

Summer Shorts, the annual celebration of one-act plays,
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Summer Shorts, the annual celebration of one-act plays, is underway at 59E59 Theaters, featuring works by Sharr White, Neil LaBute and Nick Payne, among others. Courtney Baron's "Here I Lie," about an editor and nurse who learn what it means to exercise compassion, sounds especially intriguing. With Libe Barer, left, and Robbie Tann.
WHEN | WHERE Through Aug. 31 at 59E59 Theater, 59 E. 59th St., Manhattan
INFO From $25; 646-892-7999, 59e59.org

Metrograph features Chinese women filmmakers

What Warner Bros. was to Old Hollywood, the
Photo Credit: Celestial Pictures

What Warner Bros. was to Old Hollywood, the Shaw Brothers Studio was to Hong Kong cinema. The "Shaw Sisters" series focuses on the studio's lesser known releases from female filmmakers, including Ann Hui's wartime romance "Love in a Fallen City" (1984), Casey Chan's ghost story "Face to Face" (2002) and Angie Chen's thriller "Maybe It's Love" (1984), in photo.
WHEN | WHERE Friday through Sept. 1, Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St., Manhattan
INFO $15; 212-660-0312, metrograph.com

See musical 'Felix Starro'

The Ma-Yi Theater Company opens its 30th season
Photo Credit: Helen Oji

The Ma-Yi Theater Company opens its 30th season with the world premiere of "Felix Starro," a musical by Jessica Hagedorn, pictured, and Fabian Obispo about a high-profile faith healer. It's based on the short story by Filipino-American writer Lysley Tenorio.
WHEN | WHERE In previews for a Sept. 3 opening at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.
INFO From $52; 212-239-6200, ma-yitheatre.org

Mrs. Maisel's nifty '50s look at the Paley Center

If you're a devotee of the award-winning Amazon
Photo Credit: The Paley Center for Media/Marion Curtis

If you're a devotee of the award-winning Amazon Prime series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," this exhibit gives a deep look into how a production can make the world of a fictional 1950s housewife-turned-groundbreaking comedian realistic and colorful. Tickets (free) are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door, but can also be reserved online. 
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 6; The Paley Center for Media: 25 W. 52nd St., Manhattan
INFO Free ($10 suggested contribution); 212-621-6800, paleycenter.org

Feast on the words of Shakespeare

Café Fae, the former home and studio of
Photo Credit: Chad Batka

Café Fae, the former home and studio of artist Willem de Kooning, is the setting for "Midsummer: A Banquet," a twist on Shakespeare's comedy of romance and mischief with a tasting menu thrown in. Emilie Baltz is in charge of the food (think Fairy Kebabs and Love Bundles). In photo: Caroline Amos as Hermia and Alex J. Gould as Lysander.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 7 at Café Fae, 829 Broadway
INFO From $75; 866-811-4111, foodofloveproductions.com  

Live shows and dance parties under the Brooklyn sky

The event and hospitality company City Farms Presents,
Photo Credit: Julia Drummond

The event and hospitality company City Farms Presents, the summer series takes place in the Industry City Courtyard 1-2 and features outdoor dance parties and shows starring bands and musicians representing several genres.
WHEN | WHERE Aug. 9 to 11, 16 and 31 and Sept. 4, 7, 20 and 21 and 27 and 28. Most, but not all, shows start at 7:30 p.m. at 38 36th St., Sunset Park, Brooklyn
INFO For pricing and show times, go to  cityfarmpresents.com

Shell-ebrate oysters in TriBeCa

It was about two years ago that wild
Photo Credit: Hudson River Park/Max Guliani

It was about two years ago that wild oysters -- some the size of dinner plates and hailed as the largest found in park waters in more than a hundred years -- were found growing under the docks at Estuarine Sanctuary at Hudson River Park. That makes this spot a great place to learn about oysters and their importance from staffers while you pitch in with their research work.
WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 22, Pier 25 at N. Moore St., Manhattan
INFO Free; 212-757-0981,  hudsonriverpark.org

See a street-art celebration in Brooklyn

A wide-ranging program also including film, lectures and
Photo Credit: Amanda Bessette POSE 2019/Lyndon French

A wide-ranging program also including film, lectures and live performances, "Beyond the Streets" is an international exhibit featuring pieces from graffiti artists, photographers, sculptors and other creatives souls inspired by styles taken from street art.
WHEN | WHERE Open  June 21 through August;  25 Kent Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn 
INFO $25, ages 6 to 11 $12, 5 and under in free; beyondthestreets.com

Find a jewel in 'Little Gem'

Three generations of North Dublin women face unexpected
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Three generations of North Dublin women face unexpected challenges and take up salsa dancing in Elaine Murphy's "Little Gem." The poignant play, which won best of festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, stars Marsha Mason.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 1 at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.
INFO $50 to $70; 212-727-2737, irishrep.org

Dig in at the Smorgasburg outdoor food market

Billed as the largest weekly open-air market in
Photo Credit: John von Pamer via Prospect Park Alliance

Billed as the largest weekly open-air market in the country, the Smorgasburg outdoor food market takes place each weekend through Sept. 7, switching between Williamsburg (Saturdays) and Prospect Park (Sundays) and featuring more than 100 area vendors selling all kinds of food and drink. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Prospect Park: Breeze Hill at East Drive and Lincoln Road, Brooklyn INFO Free; smorgasburg.com

Look for love and find laughs in '#DateMe'

Like millions of Americans, Robyn Lynne Norris has
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Like millions of Americans, Robyn Lynne Norris has tried online dating. And so have countless others. She's turned some of those experiences -- good, bad, and ugly -- into the comedy, "#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment." Expect serious social-media involvement.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 8, Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., Manhattan
INFO $69 to $99; 212-239-6200, telecharge.com

See 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' at the Met Museum

Framed by the late Susan Sontag's famous essay
Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Johnny Dufort

Framed by the late Susan Sontag's famous essay "Notes on 'Camp,' " this year's exhibition at the Met Costume Institute investigates the visual power of camp, showing how fashion can demonstrate droll, sly, ironic and out-there opinions and attitudes. This exhibit is Ensemble, Jeremy Scott for House of Moschino, spring and summer 2018.
WHEN | WHERE Opens May 9, runs through Sept. 8; The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO General admission is $25; free for children under 12; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Take in the Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial is back with an introduction
Photo Credit: Brendan Fernandes and Monique Meloc/Brendan Leo Merea

The Whitney Biennial is back with an introduction to the work of 75 different artists and creative groups. Efforts include curated paintings, photography, sculptures, audio pieces and multimedia installations, among other works. (In photo: Brendan Fernandes, "The Master and Form," 2018.)
WHEN | WHERE Opens, Friday, May 17; up through Sept. 22; Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., Manhattan
INFO $25, free ages 18 and under; 212-570-3600, whitney.org

Explore the Rosé Mansion

This pop-up 32,000-square-foot fun house gives grown-ups a
Photo Credit: James Coletta

This pop-up 32,000-square-foot fun house gives grown-ups a chance to play in a ball pit and a tree house, or to lounge in cabanas -- all while sipping and sampling rosé wines.
WHEN | WHERE Open Wednesday to Monday weekly until Sept. 30; 111 W. 32nd St., Manhattan
INFO General admission: $45, weekdays before 5 p.m. $35; ticket price includes eight tasting samples of wine, wineglass, collectible pin. hello@rosewinemansion.com; rosewinemansion.com

Meet the instruments of rock stars at the Met Fifth

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Collection of David Swartz

"Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" is a retrospective of more than 130 musical instruments used over some 70 years of popular music by musicians including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Eddie Van Halen,   Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Prince. In the photo: No. 6 Les Paul Deluxe, once destroyed by Pete Townshend of The Who and since restored.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 1; The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $25, free for children age 12 and under; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Relive the '80s with the return of 'Rock of Ages'

"Rock of Ages," the jukebox musical that ran
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

"Rock of Ages," the jukebox musical that ran for six years on Broadway, celebrates its 10th anniversary with an updated production that now includes the music of Def Leppard. Yes, including the title song. WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 6 at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. INFO From $59; 212-239-6200, telecharge.com

Visit The Met Rooftop Garden for an art exhibit

With the Manhattan skyline in the background, the
Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Hyla Skopitz

With the Manhattan skyline in the background, the Metropolitan Museum is presenting "ParaPivot," a striking rooftop piece created by Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade. Consisting of two sculptures, the objects -- crafted from steel and stone -- are intended to evoke the energy between science and magic, represented within a captured solar system. Guests can also purchase drinks and food from a select menu at the open-air Cantor Rooftop Garden Bar.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 27; The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO General admission $25; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Take a Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

Billed as the
Photo Credit: WCS Zoos and Aquarium / Julie Larsen Maher

Billed as the "biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America," this guided tour features 40 life-size animatronic dinosaurs arranged through a wooded area, including such giants as Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. Afterward,  guests can try out dinosaur-themed activities and explore a fossil dig presentation.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, April 19, to Nov. 3; 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
INFO $39.95, $29.95 ages 3 to 12, two and under free (admission is part of the  Total Experience  package); 718-220-5100, bronxzoo.com

Explore hundreds of years of fashion

Dedicated to the relationship between simple and extreme
Photo Credit: The Museum at FIT

Dedicated to the relationship between simple and extreme throughout the history of fashion, the exhibit "Minimalism/Maximalism" explores how the two styles have played off each other since the 1700s. WHEN | WHERE Through Nov. 16; The Museum at FIT, 227 W. 27th St., Manhattan INFO Free; 212-217-4558, fitnyc.edu

See Garry Winogrand photos at Brooklyn Museum

Photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was known for his
Photo Credit: Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco/Garry Winogrand

Photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was known for his black and white photos of city streets, zoos, rodeos, airports, beaches and other public settings. "Garry Winogrand: Color" presents more than 400 rarely seen color pictures taken by the Bronx native. This is "Untitled," Houston, Texas; 1964.
WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 8, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn
INFO $16, age 19 and under free; 718-638-5000,   brooklynmuseum.org

Take in 'Artistic License' at the Guggenheim

This exhibition fills the Guggenheim rotunda with pieces
Photo Credit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

This exhibition fills the Guggenheim rotunda with pieces that demonstrate the range of the museum's holdings, about 300 curated works -- some rarely seen -- in media ranging from sculpture to painting and more. In the photo: Joan Miró, "Prades, the Village," from summer 1917)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday, May 24; up through Jan. 12; 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $25 general, children under 12 and members free; 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

Check out the new Hudson Yards

There's a lot to see and buy at
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

There's a lot to see and buy at Hudson Yards, the behemoth new neighborhood that spans 28 acres. For shoppers' there are more than 100 stores including NYC's first Neiman Marcus. There are restaurants galore, including José Andrés' Mercado Little Spain food hall, Thomas Keller's luxe TAK Room and more casual spots. Outside, find five acres of public parks along with the Vessel, a 150-foot-honeycomb sculpture featuring 154 interconnecting flights of stairs with 80 landings from which to take in the smashing view (there's also an elevator.) WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Sunday.; 30th to 34th streets between 10th and 11th avenues, accessible from the High Line and the 7 train.  INFO The Vessel is free; reserve timed-entry tickets at hudsonyardsnewyork.com   

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