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Your Weekend Starts Now 7/11/13

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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.

Governor's Island
www.govisland.com
If you've never been to Governor's Island, don't let the summer season pass without a visit. There is so much to see here on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September, from an outdoor library to art installations like FIGMENT'S "Head in the Clouds" pavilion to vintage carnival rides. Get a complete rundown and schedule for the free ferry online.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival
www.nymf.org
The New York Musical Theatre Festival has just kicked off and goes through the end of the month. Now in its 10th year, the festival is a great way to see what could be a Broadway diamond in the rough. The shows are presented in theaters around the city.

Check out, for example, new fare like "Julian Po."

"A strange character who finds his way into this town," says actor Chad Kimball, who plays the title role in the show. "He goes there to kill himself, but he meets these people in the town and he kind of becomes their therapist, as it were, and through getting them happy again, he finds happiness."

The festival is all about showcasing new works and attracting new audiences. Tickets are $25 and under, and there are free events as well.

ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival
Summit Rock, 83rd Street and Central Park West, Manhattan
www.checkitdance.com
This Saturday, head to Central Park to check out the third annual ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival, which is a celebration of female choreographers. The festival is free and starts at 5 p.m.

"Brasslands"
200 Vesey Street, Manhattan
www.rivertorivernyc.com
Saturday night at Brookfield Place, formerly known as the World Financial Center, see the documentary "Brasslands" outside on the plaza. The film follows a New York 12-piece Balkan music group as they perform in Serbia. There is also free live music. The event is free and starts at 6:30 p.m.

"Dracula"
62 West Drive, Brooklyn
www.bricartsmedia.org
Also on Saturday night, as part of "Celebrate Brooklyn!," see the 1931 film classic "Dracula" with the score performed live. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

"Monkey: Journey to the West"
20 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan
www.LincolnCenterFestival.org
"Monkey: Journey to the West" is a musical theater piece based on a traditional Chinese folktale. The show is at the David H. Koch Theater through July 28 and tickets start at $25.

"Mary C and the Stellars"
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Manhattan
www.highlineballroom.com, home.marycmusic.com
This Friday night, the soulful and sultry "Mary C and the Stellars" will shine at the Highline Ballroom. They're playing long with Brooklyn indie rock band The Attic Ends and others. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, plus a $10 minimum. Click here to see a music video by Mary C and the Stellars.

River to River Festival
77 Water Street, Manhattan
rivertorivernyc.com
Both Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., stop by the River to River festival at 77 Water Street. Here you can catch choreographer Souleymane Badolo’s "Barack" dance. In Badolo's native language, Gurunsi, "Barack" means greeting, and this dance was developed as an offering to the U.S. and the people who have helped him along the way. For more rhythm in NYC, check out the River to River website for the full schedule for this festival's final weekend.

Rocket Park Mini Golf
New York Hall of Science, Queens
www.nysci.org/explore/exhibitions/rpmg
If it's a beautiful day and you’re looking for something the whole family will love, head over to the New York Hall of Science in Queens for Rocket Park Mini Golf. This nine-hole course, located under two retired NASA rockets, mimics a journey to space. Learn the laws of motion as you avoid gravity, wormholes and asteroids. Can't go this weekend? No worries! The newly opened attraction is sticking around until the end of December, weather permitting of course.

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