NY1's weekly segment "Your Weekend Starts Now" shows entertaining picks for great things to do this weekend all around the city.
Whitney Museum Pay-What-You-Wish Friday
First up, if you're looking for an artistic counterpoint to the inaugural festivities in DC, there are plenty of options around town. Friday the Whitney is "pay what you wish." Plus, throughout the day the museum will offer special programs about civic engagement and the diversity of American art and culture.
Marathon Reading of "Let America Be America Again"
At Brooklyn Museum there will be a marathon reading of Langston Hughes's "Let America Be America Again" from 11am to 6pm. The program is free and open to the public.
"Unnatural Election" Exhibit at NYU
New York artist Andrea Arroyo put out a call out to artists responding to the election. The result, the exhibit "Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election." It features works by nearly 200 artists. It's curated by Andrea and on view at the Kimmel Galleries at NYU. It opens tonight.
Jessica Maffia's "Lanterns for Peace" at 3Squared Gallery
After the election New York artist Jessica Maffia also put out a call, but to anyone who wished to answer the question "What do we do now?" She's placed the answers on LED lanterns that were first on view in New Mexico, and now she's brought the "Lanterns for Peace" exhibit to the 3Squared Gallery on West 24th Street. It also opens tonight.
The Ghostlight Project
Looking for more light? Tonight at 5:30 at theaters and theatrical offices and studios in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, it's the Ghostlight Project. You're invited to come with your own light source that you can turn on and off, and gather to stand for inclusion and equality. There are nearly 100 locations across the city.
Musicians Against Fascism
Tonight, Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill hosts a great lineup of musicians including Claudia Acuña, Fabian Almazan, Harry Belafonte, Lakecia Benjamin, Rudresh Mahanthappa and many more for "Musicians Against Fascism" at Symphony Space. Tickets are $30 dollars. For those who cannot afford a ticket, 15 minutes prior to the concert unsold tickets will be made available on a "pay whatever you can" basis.
The New Museum Pay-What-You-Wish on Friday.
The Bronx Opera Company in Manhattan
For some apolitical options, The Bronx Opera Company is marking its 50th anniversary season. This weekend you can see Sir John In Love at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in Manhattan. Tickets start at $35 dollars.
Larry Harlow and Ismael Miranda at Lehman Center
Saturday night at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts check out Larry Harlow and Ismael Miranda in “Abran Paso – Historic Reunion of Salsa." Tickets start at $50 dollars.
New York City Ballet at Koch Theater
Head to the Koch Theater for the NYC Ballet. This weekend you can enjoy Balanchine shorts Stories, all Balanchine and a great Stravinsky program as well. Tickets start at just $30 dollars.