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Your Weekend Starts Now 1/31/13

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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.

"On Creating Reality, By Andy Kaufman" at Maccarone Gallery
630 Greenwich Street, Manhattan
Through February 16
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
www.maccarone.net

Maccarone Gallery in the West Village is offering a very unique Andy Kaufman experience.

Kaufman was an eccentric genius best known for his role on TV's "Taxi" and his other comedic antics on stage and in the wrestling ring. Jonathan Berger has filled the gallery with Andy ephemera but the story will unfold differently for each visitor

"It was important to me because he was so elusive and complex, he did so many different things in so many different ways, to have the structure of the show reflect that and honor that," says curator Jonathan Berger.

Instead of wall text, each day someone connected to Andy will be at the gallery. The day NY1 went, his sister Carol Kaufman Kerman was there. As she well knows, though Kaufman passed away in 1984, some fans believe it was his ultimate hoax.

Asked what she says to people who wonder if Kaufman is alive, Kerman says, "He is. I mean, when you come to this gallery and you see, you see so much that still lives in a way, he still lives because he has been immortalized."

Michael Waugh At Winkleman Gallery
621 West 27th Street, Manhattan
1-212-643-3152
www.winkleman.com
For more performance art, view artist Michael Waugh's exhibit at Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea. Waugh's work uses the written word, and on Friday he will read for eight hours straight, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Seán Curran Dance Company At Joyce Theater
www.joyce.org
Now through Saturday, check out Seán Curran Dance Company's 15th anniversary with shows at the Joyce Theater. There is some nudity. Tickets start at $10.

Christine Andreas At 54 Below
www.54below.com
Christine Andreas is our "fair lady." This former Eliza Doolittle is at 54 Below through Saturday night. Admission starts at $35.

African Children's Choir At Lehman Center
www.lehmancenter.org
The African Children's Choir performs at Lehman Center on Saturday night. Tickets start at $15.

"CANstruction" At World Trade Center
www.canstruction.org
Lastly, "can" we build it? Yes, we "can." Starting on Friday, bring a canned food donation and see this year's "CANstruction" at the World Financial Center. It's a design competition using food cans and the food is then donated to City Harvest.

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