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Your Weekend Starts Now 5/23/13

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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 Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

LABAPALOOZA! Festival of New Puppet Theater

www.stannswarehouse.org
Look out...It's LABAPALOOZA! Head over to St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn this weekend for the 15th anniversary festival of new puppet theater. It kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

NYC Ballet Tribute to Broadway

www.nycballet.com
Also this weekend, the New York City Ballet pays tribute to Broadway with three performances on Saturday and Sunday celebrating the Great White Way. It's at the Koche Theater at Lincoln Center. Tickets start at $12.

"Spandex"

www.spandexmusical.com
Get ready to work it our with "Spandex", a musical comedy about the aerobics craze in the '80s. It's at the 777 Theater at 777 Eighth Avenue. They're calling it a musical for all sizes. Tickets start at $70.

Laila Biali at Subculture

www.lailabiali.com
Friday night Jazz improviser and Sting backup singer Laila Biali is doing her own thing at the new music venue SubCulture in NoHo at 47 Bleecker Street with fellow Sting Vocalist Jo Lawry. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

"Stop the Tempo"

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Sunday at Arlene’s Grocery, see the premiere of "Stop the Tempo". It's a trip to Bucharest after the fall of Communism. The show runs through June 18. Tickets cost $25.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

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This weekend, it's the 83rd annual Washington Square outdoor art exhibit this weekend and next. Among the many artists on view include Bronx artist and muralist Daniel Hauben, who recently created a series of Bronx-themed murals for the renovated library at Bronx Community College. The fair is free.

"Ryan Raftery is Black and Better Than Ever"

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Returning to the stage this Wednesday at Laurie Beechman Theatre is Ryan Raftery with his new show, called "Ryan Raftery is Black and Better Than Ever". Join him as he performs songs from the African-American songbook including songs from Motown and Bob Marley among others. Tickets start at $15.

Hands Across the Harbor

www.brooklynartscouncil.org
Head over to Harborlore's Hands Across the Harbor this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for performances and interactive learning with artists from Brooklyn and Staten Island at the Noble Maritime Collection in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

"Tigers Be Still"

www.drillingcompany.org
This weekend, the Drilling Company presents "Tigers Be Still". This off-Broadway play follows the wild life of Sherry Wickman. While her life seems to have been off to a great start, chaos breaks out. Tickets for the fun show start at $18.

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