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.
54 Below Sing Series
First up this holiday weekend, head to the 54 Below Sing Series and show your patriotism with an unforgettable recital of the music from the hit Broadway, "1776." With performances on Thursday and Saturday, this promises to be the perfect theatrical fit for your Fourth of July. Tickets start at $50.
Louis Armstrong Birthday Party
On Friday, celebrate the adopted birthday of jazz legend Louis Armstrong and get to the Louis Armstrong House and Museum to hear a diverse repertoire of American originals. There’s free birthday cake too! Tickets start at $18.
BAMcinematek: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective
BAM celebrates Brooklyn’s local filmmaker Spike Lee all weekend long with a jam packed movie series that honors and commemorates his career. Tickets start at $14.
New York Musical Theater Festival
For another firecracker event, the New York Musical Theatre Festival returns to the city on Monday with a three-week long program of eclectic productions, concerts and readings. Tickets start at $25.
"A Bit of Brit"
Finally, go out with a bang this weekend at the Westbeth Gallery on Bethune St. and experience the provocatively creative artwork of nine British artists, courtesy of the “A Bit of Brit” exhibition.
"If You Build It" Exhibition
Head to the legendary Harlem Renaissance this weekend to see the free If You Build It exhibition, featuring installations and photography by local, national and international artists.
Concert Honoring Phil Smith
This Saturday, head to the Lincoln Center Plaza for the Phil Smith Concert where the New York Philharmonic will salute the departing principal trumpet for 36 seasons of service. Tickets are $35.
Midsummer Night Swing
Kick up your heels and celebrate the Lincoln Centers Midsummer Night Swing series this weekend with diverse dance bands and soloists that bring the dance floor to life at the Damrosch Park ballroom. Tickets start at $17.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem
Starting this Saturday, the Classical Theatre of Harlem will present a free, vibrant reproduction of the timeless Shakespearian play "Romeo and Juliet." Located in the Marcus Garvey Park, director Justin Emeka offers a fresh take on the tragic lovers tale.