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.
The Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center
You really don't need opera glasses for the Met's Summer HD Festival, and you don't need tickets either. Starting Saturday night, enjoy the best of the Metropolitan Opera on a big screen right outside the opera house. About 3,000 seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Each night, the screenings starts around 8 p.m. The festival lasts ten days, with a chance to see classic and cutting edge productions.
Afro Punk Festival
This Saturday and Sunday, the Afro Punk Festival is taking place at the Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. The festival has a great lineup, including Quest Love and Chuck D. The stand out performance, however, just might be Brooklyn's own Unlocking The Truth, who really jam for only being in the sixth grade. Admission is free but $25 gets you a fast pass and better access.
"Take Dance" at Socrates Sculpture Park
Now through Saturday, "Take Dance" is creating a new piece at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Come see the work in progress, and on Saturday, they'll perform the completed work at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Anat Cohen at WBGO Jazz Series
It's always a treat to see Anat Cohen play. The Clarinetist and Saxaphonist is performing at 54 Below as part of its WBGO Jazz Series now through Sunday. Admission starts at $25 with a $15 minimum.
New York Hot Jazz Festival
Heating things up even more is the New York Hot Jazz Festival, a first of its kind music festival in New York City celebrating the sounds of early jazz. This one-day-only Dixieland celebration includes "The Hot Sardines," "Ghost Train Orchestra" and Bria Skonberg's "Hotter Than Sextet." Skonberg is also the host. The festival takes place this Sunday at Mehanata on the Lower East Side. Passes start at $20.
"The Looking" at Joe's Pub
Friday night at Joe's Pub, hear the unique sounds of "The Looking," fronted by Todd Carter. The operatically-trained multi-instrumentalist uses traditional folk songs to create a new rock fusion sound.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
"The Meeting" with Justin Sayer at 54 Below