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.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo concert
On Friday night, South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Prospect Park bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn. They may be best known in the U.S. for their contributions to Paul Simon's Graceland album but they are hugely successful ambassadors of South African culture and music in their own right. Celebrate Brooklyn concerts are free but there is a $3 suggested admission. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Arrive early and bring a chair or blanket.
Gypsy Jazz Django Rheinardt Festival
The Gypsy Jazz Django Rheinardt Festival returns to Birdland in Midtown all week long. A great chance to hear this generation of gypsy jazz artists inspired by the master Django Rheinhardt. Admission is $40 with a $10 minimum.
Sherie Rene Scott at 54 Below
Sherie Rene Scott is back at 54 Below with her well received show "Piece of Meat". It's a mix of mostly contemporary songs plus her tales of returning to eating meat after years
as a vegetarian. Cover charge starts at $25 with an additional $25 food and drink minimum.
OYU ORO Performance
The Afro-Cuban dance ensemble OYU ORO and other specials guests are performing this Saturday night at Riverside Church starting at 7 p.m. The evening is inspired by oral traditions and sacred stories from Cuba and Africa. Tickets are $22.
Dance Fest India 2013
Dance Fest India 2013 is going now through Sunday with the main event performance taking place Saturday night in Brooklyn at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU. Tickets are $25.
NY Laughs is back this summer. The free outdoor comedy series takes place at parks across the city each weekend. This weekend yuck it up Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park, located at East 7th Street between Avenues A and B.
"Opulent Icon" Exhibit
The Chelsea Eye Art Gallery, located at 157 West 19th Street is showing works by painter, Javier Ávila. The exhibit "Opulent Icon" consists of large-scale portraits of famous, glamorous and influential women.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
Swing with the JC Hopkins Band as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival at Zinc Bar, located at 82 West 3rd Street. Check it out Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. It begins with a swing dance lesson. Tickets are $18.
The New York Public Library will show off two of its most historic treasures in honor of Independence Day. See original copies of the Declaration of Independence (in Thomas Jefferson's hand) and the Bill of Rights at the main branch of the NYPL at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The two documents will be displayed together for the first time ever July 1st through the 3rd.