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

Delve into the theater of Reza Abdoh at PS1

Get a glimpse into the life and work
Photo Credit: Jan Deen

Get a glimpse into the life and work of trailblazing director and playwright Reza Abdoh. The Iranian-American's work centered on the AIDS epidemic, social issues and the culture wars of the Reagan era. Browse a collection of scripts, notebooks, photographs, video works and a large scale multimedia timeline presentation.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 3, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
INFO $10, 718-784-2084, moma.orghttps://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3929

See 'Log Cabin' at Playwrights Horizon

Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in Playwrights Horizon's world
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in Playwrights Horizon's world premiere of Jordan Harrison's comedy about a group of married gays and lesbians whose comfortable status quo is shaken up by a new transgender friend.
WHEN | WHERE In previews for a June 25 opening, running through July 15 at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., Manhattan
INFO From $44, 212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org 

Appreciate the Hitchcock that Truffaut knew at a MoMA matinee

Francois Truffaut's 1967 book on Alfred Hitchcock, titled
Photo Credit: MoMA

Francois Truffaut's 1967 book on Alfred Hitchcock, titled "Hitchcock/Truffaut," based on 50 hours of interviews, serves as inspiration for this ongoing series of screenings and readings devoted to the British master. Among the films shown is "The Paradine Case" (1947), a lesser-known film featuring a dizzying courtroom scene that would seem to be physically impossible to shoot. (The explanation is on page 176.)
WHEN | WHERE Through June 29 at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan
INFO $12, 212-708-9400,  moma.org   

See 'Teenage Dick' at The Public Theater

Shakespeare's revenge tale
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Shakespeare's revenge tale "Richard III" is reimagined in a new play by Mike Lew, in a joint production from the Ma-Yi Theater Company and the Public Theater. "Dick" is portrayed as a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy who wants to be elected president of the senior class.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 29 at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan
INFO From $50, 212-967-7555, publictheater.org        

Get stumped during an 'Evening of Wonder'

After successfully stumping magicians Penn & Teller, illusionist
Photo Credit: Joshua Feist

After successfully stumping magicians Penn & Teller, illusionist Vitaly Beckman is making his Off-Broadway debut with his own blend of art and illusion for a limited engagement. Penn Jillette characterizes the performer as "an ingenious inventor, full of charming surprises." 
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 30, Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St., Manhattan
INFO $89, 212-315-2302, eveningofwonders.com

See the newest takeoff on 'Godot'

In yet another riff on
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In yet another riff on "Waiting for Godot," two young men (Namir Smallwood, left, and Gabriel Ebert) stand around just passing the time, waiting for something -- anything? -- to happen. Danya Taymor directs "Pass Over,'' the new play by Antoinette Nwandu for Lincoln Center.
WHERE | WHEN In previews for a June 18 opening at the Claire Tow Theater, 150 W. 65th St.
INFO $30, 212-239-6200, telecharge.com 

Picture life under Putin at Museum of the Moving Image

A series of more than 30 feature films,
Photo Credit: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation/Studio Rock

A series of more than 30 feature films, documentaries and shorts produced in Russia since Vladimir Putin came to power on New Year's Eve, 1999. Included are "The Stroll" (pictured), Aleksey Uchitel's real-time drama, which unfolds along St. Petersburg's Nevskii Prospekt promenade; "Dust," an independent sci-fi feature about secret government medical experiments; and "Something Better to Come," a documentary about a community based just outside Moscow on the largest garbage dump in Europe.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 15 at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria, Queens.
INFO $15, 718-777 6888; movingimage.us 

See Giacometti's works the Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum will be home to about
Photo Credit: © 2018 Stiftung Ernst Scheidegger Archive

The Guggenheim Museum will be home to about 175 sculptures, paintings and drawings by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti this summer, including some drawings never before exhibited in the United States.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 12, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $25, 212-423-3575 , guggenheim.org  

Dive into the deep at the American Museum of Natural History

The scale and mystery of what's beneath the
Photo Credit: AMNH/Roderick Mickens

The scale and mystery of what's beneath the ocean's surface are staggering. This exhibit presents stunning imagery of the inhospitable habitats of the world's most elusive creatures in unprecedented detail.
WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 6, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
INFO $13-$33, 212-769-5100, amnh.org    

Enjoy four weeks of up-and-coming talent at Ars Nova's ANT Fest

Ars Nova's annual ANT (All New Talent) celebration
Photo Credit: Danny Bristoll

Ars Nova's annual ANT (All New Talent) celebration runs for four weeks, featuring indie theater, comedy and music from some of the city's most adventurous artists, including Ayo Edebiri, pictured.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 28 at Ars Nova, 511 W. 54th St.
INFO $15 ($20 at the door), 212-352-3101, arsnovanyc.com

Indulge your love for Italian cinema

Fans of Italian cinema, here's what you're doing
Photo Credit: Mega/Cinetel/Geissler/Divina/Kob/Mario Tursi

Fans of Italian cinema, here's what you're doing for the rest of June: A complete retrospective of Luchino Visconti's feature films, from his very first, 1943's "Obsession" (based on the novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice"), to his last, the 1976 period-drama "The Innocent." Also included is a new 35mm print of his little-seen 1973 biopic "Ludwig," pictured, about King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 28 at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St., Manhattan
INFO $15, 212-875-5601,  filmlinc.org   

Delight in miniature cityscapes at MoMA

Browse 33 intricate and colorful works by Congolese
Photo Credit: CAAC-The Pigozzi Collection/Maurice Aeschimann

Browse 33 intricate and colorful works by Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez, created from paper, packaging and other commonplace materials and turned into beautiful, complex urban miniatures. 
WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 1, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan
INFO $15-$25, 212-708-9400, moma.org

Take a spring leap with the American Ballet Theatre

There's variety, volume and verve in the American
Photo Credit: Gene Schiavone

There's variety, volume and verve in the American Ballet Theatre's spring season. Performances include world premieres, beautiful revivals and popular favorites, from "Whipped Cream" (pictured) to "Romeo and Juliet" to "Harlequinade." Look forward to being enchanted.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 7, Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
INFO $22 and higher; 212-477-3030, abt.org 

A closetful of history at New-York Historical Society

Step into this exhibit featuring the shoe collection
Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society/Glenn Castellano

Step into this exhibit featuring the shoe collection of footwear designer Stuart Weitzman at "Walk This Way: Footwear From the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes." The breadth of the exhibition spans collections, consumption, presentation and production with spotlights on the consumer culture and women's contributions and includes 100 pairs of shoes.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 8, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
INFO $6-$21, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org 

See 'RFK Funeral Train' exhibit at ICP

Fifty years ago, on June 8, 1968, thousands
Photo Credit: Annie Ingram

Fifty years ago, on June 8, 1968, thousands of people stood along the route of the train carrying the body of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from New York to Washington, D.C. Dutch visual artist, photographer and filmmaker Rein Jelle Terpstra contacted bystanders and captured their images and perspectives and created a multiscreen video projection that includes iconic images by Paul Fusco. This exhibition, "RFK Funeral Train: The People's View," is the product of his work.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 2, International Center of Photography Museum, 250 Bowery
INFO $10-$14, 212-857-0000, icp.org

See Norman Rockwell exhibit at New-York Historical Society

A traveling exhibition dedicated to Norman Rockwell's iconic
Photo Credit: Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum

A traveling exhibition dedicated to Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms -- Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want -- comes to Manhattan. This 150-piece exhibition, "Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms," includes other works, historical documents, photographs, videos, artifacts and interactive displays.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, May 25, through Sept. 2, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
INFO $6-$21, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org    

Enjoy a champagne brunch as you sail around New York Harbor

Kick off summer with a two-hour champagne brunch
Photo Credit: Manhattan by Sail

Kick off summer with a two-hour champagne brunch sail in and around New York Harbor aboard the 82-foot schooner Shearwater. The menu includes quiche, yogurt parfaits, muffins, bagels, croissants, smoked salmon, seasonal fruit and an open Champagne bar. And don't be shy about asking to help raise the sails. See website for tickets and additional information on this rain-or-shine event.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Sundays through Oct. 28, North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place, South End Avenue and Liberty Street, Manhattan. 
INFO $45-$98, 212-660-0312, manhattanbysail.com    

See Diana Al-Hadid's 'Delirious Matter' in Madison Square Park

Wander through Madison Square Park and check out
Photo Credit: Rashmi Gill

Wander through Madison Square Park and check out six new, temporary sculptures, part of a public art project by Syrian-born artist Diana Al-Hadid. Look at the giant, porous walls she's built along the hedges, the three reclining female figures placed on the lawns and the site-specific sculpture in the reflecting pool.
WHEN | WHERE Monday, May 14, through Sept. 3 at Madison Square Park
INFO Free, 212-520-7600, madisonsquarepark.org

See Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i at New York Botanical Garden

In 1939, O'Keeffe spent two months in Hawaii,
Photo Credit: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

In 1939, O'Keeffe spent two months in Hawaii, where she was being commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole) to produce images for an ad campaign. The New York Botanical Garden is showing more than 15 paintings she created during her visit, along with a display of Hawaiian flora.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, May 19, through Oct. 28 at The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx
INFO $23-$28, 718-817-8700, nybg.org  

See 'Heavenly Bodies' at the Met Costume Institute

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another," says Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of The Costume Institute. "Heavenly Bodies" explores these connections, with papal robes and accessories from the Vatican and more than 150 ensembles from designers, including works by Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin and John Galliano, pictured.
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 10, through Oct. 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.; and at The Met Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., Fort Tryon Park
INFO $25 (New York State residents pay as you wish with ID), 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

See the art of Chaim Soutine at The Jewish Museum

These paintings aren't for the faint of heart.
Photo Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art R

These paintings aren't for the faint of heart. The Russian-born, Paris-based artist (1893-1943) was known for still life works that are dense and full of emotion, depicting hanging fowl, beef carcasses and rayfish, which he painted from real subjects in his studio.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, May 4, through Sept. 16 at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18, 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

See LI native Dan Lauria in 'The Stone Witch'

Lindenhurst High School grad Dan Lauria (
Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Lindenhurst High School grad Dan Lauria ("Lombardi") plays an illustrator of children's books in the Off-Broadway premiere of Shem Bitterman's play. Interesting, because Lauria himself has written two children's books.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 15 at the Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St.
INFO $89, 212-239-6200, stonewitchplay.com

See 'David Bowie Is' at the Brooklyn Museum

Fans of the late music icon won't want
Photo Credit: The David Bowie Archive/Masayoshi Sukita

Fans of the late music icon won't want to miss the final stop of this touring exhibit in Brooklyn. Immerse yourself in an audio experience, which uses high-end technology, as well as a visual one. You'll learn about the artist from more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 15 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn
INFO $20-$25 (advance purchase strongly recommended, tickets separate from museum admission), $16 seniors and 13 and older; $10 ages 4-12, free younger than 4; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

Browse the 'Like Life' exhibit at the Met Breuer

Artists have been representing the human body in
Photo Credit: Colnaghi Foundation, London

Artists have been representing the human body in three-dimensional works for centuries. This Met Breuer exhibit, subtitled "Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now)," brings together a range of works from Donatello, El Greco, Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, as well as Louise Bourgeois, Charles Ray, Jeff Koons and others. Pictured: A 16th century Saint Sebastian from Spain.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 22 at the Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave.
INFO $25, 212-731-1675, metmuseum.org

See 'Visitors to Versailles' exhibit at the Met

What was it like to visit Versailles, the
Photo Credit: Anna-Marie Kellen

What was it like to visit Versailles, the gilded palace outside Paris, during the century or so between Louis XIV moving in and Louis XVI being forced out? This show features paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, costumes and other objects (such as this bejeweled snuffbox) that tell the stories of those who came through the stunning court.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 29 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

See 'Public Parks, Private Gardens' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Imagine yourself in France from the late 18th
Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Imagine yourself in France from the late 18th to early 20th centuries -- a period that saw the arrival of new varieties of plants and flowers and the rise of parks and gardens. That's the subject of this exhibit, with more than 150 works by a roll call of greats including Cézanne, van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Seurat and Monet. (Monet's "The Parc Monceau," from 1878, is pictured.)
WHEN | WHERE Through July 29 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street
INFO $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

See 'Mel Chin: All Over the Place' at the Queens Museum

This survey showcases works by the Houston-born artist
Photo Credit: Mel Chin

This survey showcases works by the Houston-born artist who frequently explores the natural environment, socioeconomic systems and injustice. New site-specific works will pop up at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in May and in Times Square in July.
WHEN | WHERE Through Aug. 12, at the Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
INFO $8, 718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org

Saturday suppers at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

You won't find a dish that costs more
Photo Credit: Charles Sturges

You won't find a dish that costs more than $6 at this annual event celebrating the diverse cuisines of Queens. Vendors include Arepalicious, Moffle Bar, Bliss Street Creamery, Caribbean Street Eats, Parantha Alley and Taste of Ukraine.
WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. to midnight every Saturday, from April 21 through Aug. 18, at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
INFO Dishes $5-$6, queensnightmarket.com

Museum of the City of New York

Women are front and center at this exhibit,
Photo Credit: Museum of the City of New York

Women are front and center at this exhibit, which looks back at a century's worth of female activism, leadership and political influence in New York. It uses rare artifacts, documents, costumes, photographs and audio-visual materials to tell the stories of women who helped shape the city, state and country. WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 13 through summer 2018 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. INFO $18; 212-534-1672, mcny.org

Step into a sci-fi world at the Met's roof garden

This year's roof garden commission at the Met,
Photo Credit: Hyla Skopitz

This year's roof garden commission at the Met, by sculptor Huma Bhabha, is inspired by science fiction films like "The Day the Earth Stood Still." A five-headed figure standing 12 feet tall looms over an 18-foot-long one lying nearby. Linger at the rooftop bar, which is serving beer from local breweries, wines on tap and science fiction-inspired specialty cocktails.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 28 at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Smorgasburg

It’s a sure sign of spring when the
Photo Credit: Smorgasburg / John von Pamer

It’s a sure sign of spring when the Smorgasburg booths are open for business. The outdoor food market sets up shop in Williamsburg each Saturday and in Prospect Park every Sunday, throughout the warm months. Vendors include Ramen Burger, Dough and Oaxaca Taqueria. WHEN | WHERE Saturdays at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; Sundays at Breeze Hill, Prospect Park, Brooklyn INFO Free admission (food for sale), smorgasburg.com.

High Line at the Rail Yards

The High Line, the public park on a
Photo Credit: Iwan Baan

The High Line, the public park on a formerly abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan's far West Side, opened its first section in the Meatpacking District in 2009. As of late September, it now extends the full length - 1.45 miles - from Gansevoort to West 34th Street, with the newest area, called High Line at the Rail Yards, snaking north from 30th Street. This stretch has largely untouched appearance, with areas where self-seeded wildflowers and native grasses have been left intact. Parts of the former rail line remain, and there's also a new silicon-coated section where kids can safely explore. Info: Daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Free, 212-206-9922, thehighline.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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