NY1's weekly segment "Your Weekend Starts Now" shows entertaining picks for great things to do this weekend all around the city.
The Public Theater's ‘The Odyssey’ in Central Park
You might think bringing together professional actors and community members for a new, spectacular musical is bit of an epic undertaking, but that's why it's called the The Public Theater. Now through Monday you can see its new adaptation of ‘The Odyssey’ with folks from all five boroughs. The pros perform alongside amateurs like Dorothy Vasquez, who auditioned at her senior center in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Governors Island Art Fair
This is a great way to feel like you're getting away this Labor Day weekend. With a quick ferry ride, you can see great new works by more than 100 artists. This Art Fair is every Saturday and Sunday through September 27. Admission is free.
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
This longtime art sale dates back to the 1931 when two broke artists decided to sell their paintings on the sidewalk near Washington Square Park. Their names: Jackson Pollack and Willem DeKoning.
Thursday through Saturday at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), you’ll find new cutting edge dance with the arts incubator Satellite
Jeppe Hein, “Please Touch the Art”
Brooklyn Bridge Park has just added 18 brand-new sculptures by Danish artist Jeppe Hein—all of which encourage you to participate! Whether it’s walking through seven-foot-tall water-jet walls set on a timer so you can avoid getting drenched, or relaxing on Modified Social Benches, there’s something to do for every art lover.
LIC Flea & Food
Brooklyn Flea, move over! Long Island City is sweeping in this weekend to offer great food, vintage kitschy finds, art from local artists— and who knows however much more when it comes to a great flea market! The flea will run from September 5 to October 25.
Lincoln Center Local: Silent Disco
Lincoln Center is sending dance instructors and headphones to every borough this summer for five nights of free outdoor dancing (in silence). This Thursday, September 3, head over to Hunters Point South Park in Queens at 6:30 p.m. to dance to everything from Top 40 to salsa by a continuously changing DJ. Dance teachers will be in attendance to first show you some moves and then it’s your turn to bust a move. The event is free.
China: Through the Looking Glass
So you missed the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Ball in the Spring? Well, there will be one last hurrah for the current exhibit that inspired the ball Friday and Saturday night. Just that exhibit—China: Through The Looking Glass— will stay open until midnight. The bar is also open. Sounds like a party to me!