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Prospect Park will celebrate its opening weekend with events and activities reflecting its 150th anniversary.
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For Children

Its Birthday, but the Party’s for You

Prospect Park 150th-Anniversary Opening Weekend

Brooklyn certainly looks different from the way it did a century and a half ago, but this weekend, in Prospect Park, certain things will feel much the same. On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Brooklyn Atlantics — historic re-enactors — plan to play a baseball game there, according to 1860s rules. Bad weather may interfere, but old-fashioned fun will happen rain or shine: a 10 a.m. Saturday parade, featuring young ballplayers; a fair with refreshments; and, both days, “Spring Sprouts,” at the Lefferts Historic House, where children can help sow flax as well as plant seeds to take home. Weekend activities will also comprise carousel rides, ice-skating, nature exploration, bird-watching and feeding animals at the Prospect Park Zoo’s barn. LAUREL GRAEBER

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John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton in Michael Radford’s adaptation of “1984.”
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Film Series

Now, You Can Do the Watching


War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength: In 1949, George Orwell gave us the original alternative facts. On Tuesday, art houses nationwide will screen the 1984 film adaptation of Orwell’s “1984,” starring John Hurt, who died in January. (April 4 is the first date recorded in Winston Smith’s clandestine diary.) The event was organized as a way for movie programmers to protest what they see as the rise of Orwellian tendencies in government, and to express support for free expression. For a sensation of watching true contraband, find a theater showing “1984” on one of the original 35-millimeter prints, which were made using a process, bleach bypass, that yielded an almost monochromatic look. The participating New York City theaters are the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, Anthology Film Archives, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, IFC Center, Nitehawk Cinema and United Palace. (A list of participating theaters is at unitedstateofcinema.com.) BEN KENIGSBERG

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“Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” fills three floors and the lobby, above, of the New Museum.
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Museums & Galleries

Inner Thoughts, Tacked to Walls

‘Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work’ at the New Museum

Mr. Pettibon first gained fame for his punk-rock album designs in the 1970s, but that was just a phase for a madly prolific artist for whom drawing and writing, usually combined, are inseparable. For this retrospective, which continues through April 9, more than 800 annotated pictures fill three floors and the lobby of the New Museum. With references to childhood television, literary classics and current politics, they have the prickly, manic buzz of interior rants made public, an impression amplified in the artist’s tour de force Twitter feed. HOLLAND COTTER

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Madison McFerrin, above, has performed with Aretha Franklin and De La Soul.
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Pop & Rock

Deft and Dexterous Vocals

Madison McFerrin at Joe’s Pub

The soul and R&B singer Madison McFerrin is the daughter of the jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, so it’s no surprise that she inherited her father’s talent. Since establishing herself with the funk-soul group Cosmodrome, which she formed in 2011 while studying at Berklee College of Music, she has shared the stage with titanic voices like Aretha Franklin and hip-hop heavyweights like De La Soul. (She’s by herself for this performance, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.) On her debut EP, “Finding Foundations, Vol. 1,” Ms. McFerrin shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata. KEVIN O’DONNELL

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Ethan Lipton in “The Outer Space,” his one-man science-fiction musical at Joe’s Pub.
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New York Feels Alien? Try Mercury

‘The Outer Space’ at Joe’s Pub

Ethan Lipton’s solo sci-fi musical, directed by Leigh Silverman and closing on April 9, imagines life light-years from the nearest bodega. Sly, grumpy and thumpingly humane, it tells the story of a couple trading gentrifying New York City for the grayer pastures of Mercury. But it’s less about getting away from it all than it is about getting over yourself. Listen in and lift off. ALEXIS SOLOSKI

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Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages, and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close.

Paul Lewis performing in Lincoln Center’s 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival.
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Classical Music

The Rarely Heard, in Reach

Paul Lewis at the Town Hall

Beethoven and Schubert have been the foundations of this Liverpudlian pianist’s consistent excellence, and there’s Beethoven here, albeit the early Op. 7 sonata. What’s interesting now, though, is that he is expanding his reach. Bach and Chopin, both on this (inexpensive) Sunday afternoon Peoples’ Symphony program, we hear rarely from him; Weber, whose Sonata No. 2 concludes the recital, we hear rarely from anybody. DAVID ALLEN

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The pianist Matt Mitchell and the alto saxophonist Tim Berne will perform a duo set on Tuesday.
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A Working Relationship of Many Layers

Matt Mitchell and Tim Berne at Roulette

Quietly and studiously, Mr. Mitchell has established himself as one of New York’s most riveting and freethinking pianists. His command can feel almost absolute; his harmonies tend to be weighty and cluttered. But the effect on your ear is rolling and catalytic, sometimes even ecstatic. He works often with Tim Berne, the esteemed alto saxophonist. On “Forage,” a new solo piano album, he reconfigures a handful of Mr. Berne’s devilishly abstract compositions. At this concert, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Mr. Mitchell will play some of those tunes. Then Mr. Berne will join him for a duo set. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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A veteran of comedy tours, Brian Regan will perform on Friday at the St. George Theater.
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Forgoing the Screen, but Making Himself Easy to Find

Brian Regan at the St. George Theater

Mr. Regan occupies an unusual niche in modern comedy. A performer since the 1980s, he has largely avoided television and film work, focusing primarily on touring as a stand-up. Along the way, his clean, observational comedy has garnered him an enormous, multigenerational fan base. He will appear here at 8 p.m. on Friday. ELISE CZAJKOWSKI

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From left, Claire Seigle-Goujon, Gianni Joseph, Anna Chirescu and Lucas Viallefond of Compagnie CNDC-Angers dancing Merce Cunningham’s “Place.”
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A Living Library of Cunningham Works

Compagnie CNDC-Angers at the Joyce Theater

When the Merce Cunningham Dance Company closed in 2012, its most senior member, Robert Swinston, moved to France to direct this ensemble. A longtime assistant to Cunningham, Mr. Swinston transformed the group into a living archive of his dances. For its return to the Joyce, Tuesday through April 9, the troupe offers “Place” (1966), set to a Gordon Mumma score; “How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run” (1965), danced to stories by John Cage; and “Inlets 2” (1983), in which the sequence of movements is determined by chance each night. SIOBHAN BURKE

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A Bowie Collaborator on a Carnegie Stage

Donny McCaslin at Zankel Hall

Mr. McCaslin has been highly regarded in jazz circles for years, but he found broader recognition last year after backing David Bowie on “Blackstar,” the rocker’s final album. In October, Mr. McCaslin released “Beyond Now,” a collection of swirling, electrified tunes featuring the same quartet he used on “Blackstar.” On “Beyond Now,” Mr. McCaslin’s muscular, hyper-controlled playing melds with the lush electronics of the keyboardist Jason Lindner. Mr. McCaslin performs here, Saturday night at 9, with Mr. Lindner, the bassist Jonathan Maron and the drummer Zach Danziger. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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