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.
Ben Vereen Steppin’ Out
The multi-talented Ben Vereen returns to the stage with his acclaimed show “Steppin’ Out” at 54 Below. The show features songs and stories from Vereen’s expansive career. He is there now through Saturday night.
Tickets start at $60.
Ailey II at The Joyce Theater
Get ready to be wowed by the junior ensemble of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater known as Ailey II, at their first independent season at The Joyce Theater.
Tickets start at $45.
Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men at Moving Image
Already feeling nostalgic about popular TV show Mad Men coming to an end this May? Well, a new exhibit at The Moving Image Museum in Queens lets you relive your favorite moments. With help from the series' creator, this exhibition features large scale sets of Don Draper’s office as well as costumes and props.
Saturday night is your last chance to see husband and wife Herb Alpert and Lani Hall perform at Café Carlyle. However, you can still check out his other artistic talents at the Harmonic Rhythms exhibit, at the ACA Gallery in Chelsea, featuring Alpert and Richard Mayhew’s artwork.
Oye Cuba! A Journey Home
Monday night, join Stephanie Simon and many others at a rare solo performance by Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill. Plus, get a sneak peak at “Oye Cuba,” a new documentary about his personal and musical journey to his father's homeland. It is all at DROM on the Lower East Side.
Tickets start at $50
Dancing to Architecture/Visual Music Circus
Friday night, architect and composer Petros Sakelliou performs his debut album “Visual Music Circus” at DROM on the Lower East Side. Enjoy a unique blend of Turkish, Afro-Latin, jazz and classical ballet music that comes to life and makes you want to move.
Tickets start at $10.
La Celestina Video Opera Premieres in Met Museum’s Vélez Blanco Patio
The story of La Celestina, one of the great masterpieces of Spanish literature, is now a video opera installation making its premiere this Friday, March 20 at the MET. The installation features shadow puppetry and beautiful singing in the Velez Blanco Patio – free with museum admission.