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Your Weekend Starts Now 11/21/13

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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.

La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast)
Steeped in the original French fairy tale, the use of projections brings this dark but dreamy production to life. It's at the Howard Gillman Opera house through Saturday.
Tickets start at just $20.
www.bam.org

Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispanico returns to the Apollo Theater on Saturday night. See the acclaimed dance company perform two world premieres.
Tickets start at $28.
www.ballethispanico.org

Performa 13
Performa 13 continues through this weekend all over the city with unique performances and affordable prices. Check out Performa 13’s website to see the full calendar of this celebration of live multi arts performances.
http://13.performa-arts.org

Spin Doctors
Early 90s hit makers, Spin Doctors, are performing at the cutting room Saturday night. The evening includes a Q and A led by former Billy Joel drummer Liberty Devitto. The group will perform songs from their new blues album which harkens back to their early days playing the Big Apple, and of course their best known pop hits.
Tickets start at $15.
www.thecuttingroomnyc.com

A Christmas Carol
This is a new twist on the holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol." Ss he did for the Tony-wining “The 39 Steps,” Patrick Barlow adapts the Charles Dickens classic into a high-energy production with a few props and a lot of imagination. It's at Theatre at St. Clement's on West 46th Street
Tickets are $75.
www.achristmascarolonstage.com

Ezra Wube
Lastly if you're in Times Square just before midnight, check out this art work by Ethiopian-born Ezra Wube. He shares his experience as a New York City commuter in painted scenes. It's projected at 11:57 p.m. each night in November.
www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts

A Black and White Affair
The Fountain Gallery’s Annual Art Auction and Benefit will take place on Thursday, November 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cedar Lake, located at 547 West 26th Street in Manhattan. This year’s event is “A Black and White Affair,” featuring striking black and white décor. The 500 guests expected to attend are requested to wear black and white cocktail attire. One hundred original artworks will be presented at auction to benefit the member-artists of Fountain Gallery, New York City’s premier venue representing artists living with mental illness. Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is the special musical guest.
www.fountaingallerynyc.com

Ann Hampton Callaway
Platinum Award winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway always wows the audience. Expect plenty of exciting music when she kicks off her stay at 54 Below on Sunday.
Cover charge is between $45 and $55 with a $25 food & beverage minimum.
http://54below.com/artist/ann-hampton-callaway/

Billy Collins
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins is reading on Saturday, at 2 p.m., at The New York Botanical Garden. Collins will be reading train-themed poems and various winter selections. This reading is part of the programming accompanying the 22nd annual 'Holiday Train Show', now on display at the Botanical Garden.
www.nybg.org

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