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.
NYC Opera At City Center
131 West 55th Street, Manhattan
The New York City Opera is back again at City Center for their spring season, returning after almost 50 years away. Come see the People's Opera at the People's Theater. "Moses In Egypt" opens Sunday and runs through April 20. Tickets start at $25.
Dance Theatre Of Harlem
Broadway and 60th Street, Manhattan
the Dance Theatre Of Harlem is performing once again after a long break due to financial problems. The smaller dance troupe is at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater through Sunday and tickets start at $25.
Elise Monte Dance Company
Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street, Manhattan
There is also thrilling and diverse choreography from the Elise Monte Dance Company at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. The performance runs through April 13 and tickets start at $15.
"Manet: Portraying Life"
See art on film with the new movie "Manet: Portraying Life," which is part of a series of art exhibitions on the big screen at selected theaters around the city and country. Check out the website for the full schedule.
Israeli Film Festival
Check out the Israeli Film Festival, which takes place at JCC on the Upper West Side and other venues. Tickets start at $11.
Coke Wisdom O'Neal Exhibit In Chelsea
Mixed Greens Gallery
531 West 26th Street, Manhattan
See the unique artwork of Coke Wisdom O'Neal in a new Chelsea exhibition, "Happy Little Accidents." Instead of seeing his artwork that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy as ruined, he instead considers it a collaboration with Mother Nature.
Staten Island's 6th Annual Comedy Festival
Staten Island's 6th annual comedy festival kicks off Sunday and runs all week. Tickets start at $15.
"Season Of Cambodia" Arts Festival
This weekend kicks off a new citywide arts festival that celebrates Cambodia's arts and culture. Called "Season Of Cambodia," this festival showcases Cambodia's visual and performing arts.
"SAGA" Puppet Show
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
For a laugh, check out the puppet show "SAGA," a unique take on the start of the financial crisis that is full of dark humor. The show lasts through Sunday and tickets are $35, $25 for students and seniors.
Jazz Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappam
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan www.lepoissonrouge.com
Come listen to the eclectic influences of jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappam and his band at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village on Thursday. You have to be 18 years or older to attend. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.