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.
The Whitney Celebration
The new Whitney Museum of American Art in Meatpacking opens to the public Friday, and on Saturday, you can join the celebration
“We're blocking off the street, we're having performances, workshops, free admission to the museum. So the idea is the museum belongs to the community and connects to the community,” says Adam Weinberg, director of The Whitney Museum of American Art/
Free Night at The Frick
Friday night, the Frick Collection has a free evening to mark its Don Quiote exhibit with a lecture and musical performance. It is a perfect date night!
Target First Saturday
At Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday, admission is free from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Check out film, live music and gallery talks all centered around the new exhibition of artist Kehinde Wiley.
Marisa Monte BAM Debut
Friday and Saturday night, Brazilian singer/songwriter Marisa Monte makes her BAM debut with two nights of contemporary Brazilian popular music along with guest artists.
14 Hours of Hot Jazz
The New York Hot Jazz festival is hotter than ever this year with more than 130 artists playing. It is 14 hours of upbeat music from noon Sunday through 2 a.m. Check it out at The Players at Gramercy Park South.
Tickets start around $50.
Marin Mazzie Sings and Signs
Monday night, Broadway's Marin Mazzie will be at Barnes and Noble at East 86th street. She's performing and signing her new CD, which is autobiographical.
“My family had a lot of music in the house growing up and that's how I became interested in musicals, but also pop music of the time. So these are all - they're all pop songs of the 60s and 70s,” she says.
It's also a chance to get that new CD before its released on May 12.
New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall
Monday night at 7 p.m. Queen Latifah joins the celebration for the New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall along with a long list of amazing performers including Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster, Victor Garber, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Margo Seibert, James Snyder, and Rachel York. Tickets start at $65.
Women of African Descent Film Festival
On Saturday check out the Women of African Descent Film Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To attend the festival is totally free and it takes place in the Spike Lee Screening Room at LIU Brooklyn.