NY1's weekly segment "Your Weekend Starts Now" shows entertaining picks for great things to do this weekend all around the city. NY1's Arts reporter Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
The Lower Dens and The Dirty Beaches
On Friday, as part of the River to River Festival, check out The Lower Dens and The Dirty Beaches for a free show at the South Street Seaport. Showtime is 7 p.m.
"The Rap Guide To Evolution"
Also this weekend check out "The Rap Guide To Evolution" at the SoHo Playhouse. Check out Baba Brinkman as he explains evolution through rap and rap though the theory of evolution. Tickets are $55-$75.
Photos by Ai Weiwei
With news that Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been released from house arrest in China, the Asia Society is spotlighting 200 photos taken by him in New York City in the 1980s. These photos have never been seen outside of China until now.
On Sunday, head down to Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport to hear indie-pop band The Hairs perform as part of the Sound Bites Summer Series concerts. The free show starts at 2 p.m.
Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular
Of course, on Monday night see Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular over the Hudson River. The 35th annual show includes 40-thousand fireworks will be launched from six barges. Some of the best viewing areas are along the West Side Highway northbound lanes between 23rd and 59th Streets.
Since it's an extended holiday weekend This Tuesday, check out how a unique blend of Jazz and classical Indian music with Bombay Jazz. Free tickets are available online starting on Monday. Showtime is 7:30 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University.
Mural by De La Vega
At any time, check out the new mural by street artist De La Vega outside the site of the new Tory Burch flagship store at 797 Madison Avenue. De La Vega is know for his unique sayings. As part of this artistic collaboration, fans can send their own words of wisdom directly to Tory, via Twitter.