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.
Leo Villareal Sculpture At Madison Square Park
Check out Leo Villareal's new light sculpture at Madison Square Park, which is up through February 1.
Villareal says, "I'm using light controlled by software. It's a pretty new way of doing things, so instead of using paint, I'm using LEDs controlled by code."
This illuminating New York artist is also getting ready for a major project this March to light up the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
Laurie Rubin At Fulton Ferry Landing
On Thursday night, Laurie Rubin is bringing her powerful voice to Bargemusic at the Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge. Rubin also has a new book out, "Do You Dream In Color?: Insights From A Girl Without Sight" Tickets are $35.
National Symphony Orchestra Of Cuba At Lehman
The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba is on its first-ever tour of the United States. Tickets for their performance at Lehman Center in the Bronx at 8 p.m. Saturday start at $25.
American Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall
Not to be outdone, the American Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary season with a special concert at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. Friday. It features 1962 prices, so you can a seat from $1.50 to $7.
BAM's Next Wave Festival
BAM's Next Wave Festival features "The Builders Association's House / Divided," from now through Saturday. The show alternates between Steinbeck's Depression-era novel "The Grapes Of Wrath" and current stories of foreclosures and evictions. Tickets start at $25.
Amore Opera's "Olivo e Pasquale"
220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A & B, Manhattan
Show some love for the Amore Opera, an intimate company in the East Village presenting the American premiere of Donizetti's "Olivo e Pasquale," along with "Don Pasquale." Tickets are $40.
Village Halloween Parade, Live And On NY1
Looking ahead, Wednesday night is the Village Halloween Parade. Join in the fun or tune in to NY1, where Pat Kiernan, Roger Clark and myself will all be dressed up and live from along the parade route from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
"Living For Today" Concert At Joe's Pub
On Sunday, Joe's Pub will hold the fifth annual "Living For Today" concert, as a fundraiser for the Gilana Shira Alpert Fund, which raises money for theater education and outreach, sex education, Holocaust awareness and human equality advocacy. This year, Candice Bergen will announce the 2012 recipients of the fund, and Broadway stars include Tony winner Alice Ripley, Tony nominees Chad Kimball, Kerry Butler and Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Broadway stars Tituss Burgess, Janet Dacal, Tony Yazbeck and many more. Because October 28 is also the 10th annual International Animation Day, the night will feature songs from animated movies.