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.
175 Eighth Avenue
Through Sunday, see the Garth Fagan Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea. The dance troupe is celebrating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Their new piece, "Madiba," tells the story of the anti-apartheid leader's crusade for justice and eventual victory in racially segregated South Africa. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $19.
529 West 20th Street
Feel the good karma at ACA Galleries in Chelsea through October 22, at the show "Shamanic Illuminations: The Art Of Pablo Amaringo, Alex Grey And Mieshiel." Shamanism is the mystical practice of communicating with the spiritual world.
While you're there, see if the gallery owners will let you take a peak inside their office at a rare Giorgio Vasari painting. That's in case you can't make it to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, which is currently celebrating Vasari's 500th birthday.
57 West 57th Street, Penthouse Floors 19 & 20
Through October 31, see "Reflections" at fordPROJECT in Midtown. The new exhibit is a display of three young Japanese artists and the paintings deal with the artists' Japanese identity and self-expression. It's open weekdays until 6 p.m.
529 West 20th Street, 5th floor
At the Skoto Gallery on 20th Street, see a new solo showing of paintings by New York artist Kendall Shaw. The exhibit, "Back Seat At The Drive-In," is a selection of abstract works that is up through October 15.
Wonder Of The Age
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Finally, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting a major Indian art show. Called “Wonder Of The Age,” it features 40 of the greatest Indian painters of all time. A film about the art and artists will also be shown in the galleries. It is up through January 8.