5 things to do this weekend

Alison Leiby has written for Comedy Central (“The Opposition With Jordan Klepper”, “The President Show”) as well as the prestigious series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime Video. In between, she has helped Ilana Glazer behind the scenes, writing screenplays for Broad City and producing Glazer’s first stand-up special for Amazon. Now, Glazer is retaliating by presenting Leiby’s Off-Broadway debut, Alison Leiby: Oh God, a Show About Abortion.

This most recent work is Leiby’s most personal and political, offering a clear-eyed, observational look at her own experience. As Jason Zinoman wrote while reviewing a version of the show at Union Hall last year, “Without a shred of didactics, she finds humor in the messy, bewildering, sometimes mundane experience of an unwanted pregnancy and abortion.”

Previews began Monday at the Cherry Lane Theater. The run officially starts on May 5th and ends on June 4th. Tickets start at $37 and are available at ohgodshow.com.
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Despite its name, the weekend-long TILT Kids Festival doesn’t involve whirlpool rides or roller coasters. However, it still promises to send young participants in exciting directions.

This trade show, produced by France’s Institute-Alliance Française, returns live to the organization’s Manhattan headquarters for the first time since 2019. A $25 pass, required for each participant, provides access to the activities, all held in English and celebrating nature.

On Saturday at 11am, Roxane will lead Revon Sprouting Colours, a drawing workshop where tuber potatoes inspire art. At 2:00 p.m., People of Earth will play a world music concert, and at 4:00 p.m., the Broken Box Mime Theater will perform Destination: Nature, calling on the audience to portray animals.

On Sunday at 10.30am, actor Jay DeYonker will read from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, followed by a workshop on making crowns and paper airplanes. At 2 p.m. and 2.45 p.m. children can make flower arrangements with Agnès de Villarson.

Creativity will also flow throughout the weekend at Aquatic Wonderland, a collaborative art project based on Emma Giuliani’s picture book At the Sea. The kids can dive in daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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The original songs on Orquesta Akokán’s two albums for Daptone Records (a 2018 self-titled LP and 2021’s 16 Rayos) revive the sound of pre-revolutionary Cuban son and mambo, some of the most subtly powerful pop music of the 20th century. Written by the group’s three founders – New York-based producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse, who can be heard on the Cuban tres on these albums; Arizona pianist Michael Eckroth; and Cuban-born singer Jose Gómez, known as Pepito – these fine tunes come to life in a band full of A-list Havana musicians.

You are forgiven for mentioning here that YouTube exists. It’s just as easy to go back and listen to Machito, Celeste Mendoza, or Arsenio Rodríguez. What you can’t do is see these old masters live, which was almost entirely the point. This is where Orquesta Akokán gets most exciting. The group will perform on Friday at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on a bill that also features bullerengue collective Bulla en el Barrio. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 8pm. See if you can find a seat on the dance floor.

film series

Have you seen Brian De Palma’s “Blow Out”? “Diva” is her Miscellaneous 1981 feature film (released in US 1982) involving a protagonist with a hot potato audio recording, or technically two: Jules (Frédéric Andrei), a postman and opera fan, secretly records a star singer, Cynthia Hawkins (the real-life soprano Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez), who has made it her goal to only sing live, at a performance in Paris. Shortly thereafter, he unknowingly comes into possession of another tape that could uncover an international drug and sex trade.

But the crazy intricacies of the plot are hardly the point. ‘Diva’, directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix who died in January, is perhaps the film most identified in France with a trend that has come to be known as cinéma du look, films in which visual style and attitude have been the dominant impressions . In a print edition, out Friday at Film Forum, the blues shine, and an elaborate chase through the Paris Metro is pretty exciting too.

Free evenings at the city’s museums can sometimes offer much more than just a free stroll through the galleries. This week, the Rubin Museum is relaunching its K2 Friday Night series, a weekly event that starts at 6 p.m. and offers not only free admission but other activities, including tours of the exhibition.

This Friday at 7:30 am, K2 will host a program exploring how to manage anxiety, with a lecture by Dr. (The program is currently sold out, but you can register for standby tickets at the museum box office two hours before the start.)

You can also have a drink in the museum’s café until 10:00 p.m. and enjoy the music of DJ Luna Rosa. Reservations are recommended and can be made at rubinmuseum.org; those without reservations will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

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