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.
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park will take audiences by storm with its very special production of "The Tempest." It's a collaborative work put on by The Public Theater, along with community groups from all five boroughs. Two hundred New Yorkers will share the stage with professional actors in this production. See the show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Go online for instructions on how to get free tickets.
"Calligraffiti 1984-2013" at Leila Heller Gallery
The gallery season gets into full swing this weekend. A great place to start is the Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea with the exhibition, "Calligraffiti 1984-2013." It's a follow up to a major exhibit in 1984 that looked at the global impact of graffiti and calligraphy. It opens on Thursday.
Sol Lewitt's "Shaping Ideas"
At the JCC on the Upper West Side, there is a new exhibit of work by the late Sol Lewitt called "Shaping ideas." The exhibit examines his radical ideas of moving art beyond museums and galleries. Even from the street, guests can see a new installation of his work in the lobby of the building.
Brian Darcy James at 54 Below
Those who have had the pleasure of hearing him sing know that Brian Darcy James is no ogre. The onetime star of "Shrek the Musical" and television's "Smash" returns to 54 Below to belt out an eclectic mix of songs Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The show is called "Under the Influence." Admission starts at $40 with a $25 minimum.
"One More Saturday Night" at Pop International Galleries
Pop International Galleries presents "One More Saturday Night" this Saturday night, with a special exhibition of photography and visual art of and inspired by The Grateful Dead. The gallery is at 473 West Broadway. RSVP is required and can be done at firstname.lastname@example.org