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Your Weekend Starts Now 6/12/14

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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.

Aretha Franklin
The legendary singer takes to the stage at Radio City Music Hall as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets start at $55.

The Global Beat Festival
For more great music, check out the The Global Beat Festival Friday through Tuesday downtown at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden. It's a celebration of world music and it's free!

The beloved Italian Opera "Rugantino" celebrates the 50th anniversary of its debut on Broadway with a three-night-only run at City Center starting tonight. It's a fun, romantic comedy performed in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets are $35.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through next weekend. See documentary and feature films on human rights struggles and triumphs at The Walter Reade Theater, The Times Center and the IFC Center. Tickets start at $13.

Lower East Side Film Festival
This weekend is also the Lower East Side Film Festival where you can check emerging local filmmakers working in a variety of genres. Tickets starting at $12.50.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Tonight and tomorrow night Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet performs at BAM. It's an exciting offering with tickets starting at just $20.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center for the next two weeks to perform classics and more including a new production of a personal favorite., Dave Parsons' "Caught."

Accordion Festival
Throughout the summer check out the unique sounds and splendor of the accordion as the accordion festival returns to Bryant Park. It's Tuesday nights through the end of july.

38th Annual American Crafts Festival
Get out to the Lincoln Center this Saturday and Sunday for the 68th Annual American Crafts Festival. Admission is free so swing by to see live music and quality artwork from every major region of the United States.

Nicholas Payton: Black American Music
Come and see Nicholas Payton this Thursday at the Brooklyn Arts and Music R&B Festival. Starting at noon, Payton will present Black American Music at the MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, rounding out the day with his New Orleans’ inspired jazz and R&B. Admission is free. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP