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NYC Weekend Picks: They Might Be Giants, New York International Fringe Festival, more

They Might Be Giants.

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


NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL Downtown Manhattan becomes the center of the experimental and offbeat theater world Friday through Aug. 25 with the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival -- 185 shows from 13 countries in 20 venues. Tickets are $15, $18 at the door, $70 for five events, $500 for an unlimited "lunatic pass." You know who you are.

INFO 866-468-7619,

"SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE" The True False Theatre presents Daria Tavana's play based on the Kurt Vonnegut anti-war classic.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 9:15 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. Celebration of Whimsy, 21 Clinton St.

"STRANGE RAIN" Reporters, lesbian psychics and many others unravel the mystery of a rain that will not stop.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 9:45, Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.

"A FUTURE IMPERFECT" Four satirical pieces ask, "Can humanity save itself from itself?"

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7 p.m., Celebration of Whimsy, 21 Clinton St.


"THE GRANDMASTER" Director Wong Kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love," "2046") will attend the New York premiere of his new film about Ip Man, martial-arts mentor to Bruce Lee.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens.

INFO Tickets are $25, 718-777-6888,


STATE OF MIND: NEW CALIFORNIA ART CIRCA 1970 Sometimes overlooked in favor of developments in the New York scene, avant-garde creators in the Golden State did brilliant work in this era, in fields such as conceptual art that seem especially relevant today.

WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 8, closed Monday through Wednesday. Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse

INFO Free, 718-681-6000,


SORELLA The trend of tapas-izing everything can be too much, but trendiness is forgiven when the food is delicious, as at this Piedmontese-flavored wine bar. Don't miss the pastas here, notably the sorrel stracci with lamb ragu ($17).

WHEN | WHERE Dinner daily except Monday. 95 Allen St.

INFO Average small plate $16, 212-274-9595,


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Brooklyn boys John Flansburgh and John Linnell come home with songs from their album "Nanobots." With Moon Hooch.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Prospect Park Bandshell, Ninth Street, Prospect Park West

INFO $3 suggested donation; 718-855-7882,


ELECTRIC BEACH Electronic dance music is making waves at this weekly party. DJ Matt Goldman spins the tunes.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 11 p.m., Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.

INFO $20, 212-584-5492,

Compiled by Linda Winer, Rafer Guzmán, Ted Loos and Daniel Bubbeo.

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