NY1's weekly segment "Your Weekend Starts Now" shows entertaining picks for great things to do this weekend all around the city. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Hip To Hip Theatre's "Love's Labour's Lost," "The Tempest"
As we celebrate Queens Week on NY1, there's no need to labor over ways to enjoy the borough. Hip To Hip Theatre Company is presenting its version of "Shakespeare In The Park" from now through August 18. See "Love's Labour's Lost" or "The Tempest" at parks throughout Queens. This weekend, checkout the 90-minute, family-friendly productions at Sunnyside Gardens Park, Gantry Plaza State Park and Socrates Sculpture park. It's free, and just bring an low chair or blanket, "as you like it."
Celebrate Brooklyn's Les Ballets Jazz De Montréal
Thursday night, Celebrate Brooklyn continues with "Les Ballets Jazz De Montréal" at 8 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell. It's a whimsical mix of classical ballet and modern styles. The performance is free, with a $3 suggested admission.
"Shida" The Musical
Check out the new off-Broadway musical "Shida," a one-woman show written and performed by Broadway leading lady Jeannette Bayardelle, who previously starred in the Broadway productions of "The Color Purple" and "Hair." It's a true story about an African-American girl growing up in the Bronx who aspires to be a writer. It's presented as an "Ars Nova Summer Fling" on West 54th Street. The running time is 70 minutes with no intermission and tickets start at $25.
"Sanitation, Or Off The Grid"
Some trashy street theater kicks off this weekend. "Sanitation, Or Off The Grid," a new operetta about three sanitation workers, is being performed in all five boroughs. This weekend it's at Theater For The New City at East 10th Street and First Avenue at 2 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, it will be at St. Mary's Park in the Bronx. All performances are free.
South Bronx Culture Trail Block Party
The cultural history of the South Bronx comes alive this Saturday on Simpson Street, starting at noon. The South Bronx Culture Trail Block Party invites everyone to a free celebration of the cities roots through music and dance. A mural by the students of the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education will also be unveiled.
Arturo O'Farrill Ar Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
Sunday night, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin jazz Orchestra perform at the Damrosch Park Bandshell at Lincoln center. It's part of an evening of music called "Sacred Drums," presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Caribbean Cultural Center Diaspora Institute. The program starts at 7 p.m. the Afro Latin jazz Orchestra plays at 9 p.m. and it's free to attend. Visit the website for great free Lincoln Center Out Of Doors concerts.
Les Blank Film Festival
Capture culture through film this Thursday through Sunday with the commemoration of the life and work of filmmaker Les Blank. The 16mm restored film prints from the Academy Film Archive will be shown through out the weekend to honor Blank's legendary work. From films about his youth, to documentaries about struggling directors and the Texas bluesman, every film is sure to be both entertaining and informational for people of all ages. The filmmaker's son, Harrod Blank, and Academy Film Archive preservationist Mark Toscano will be hosting each event. Visit the website for locations and ticket prices.
"Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay"
Want to make this weekend magical? Head over to The Symphony Space for a screening at 1 p.m. Sunday of "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay." This documentary film will be sure to show you why Ricky Jay is one of today's best practitioners of up-close magic. Tickets are $14.