6 Things to Do in New York City Neighborhoods This Weekend
Friday, June 27
Author Neil Gaiman reads from his story "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" in a synchronised multimedia event that also features Australia’s FourPlay String Quartet and visual artist and illustrator Eddie Campbell. This show has just played to rave reviews in San Francisco. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., Midtown. $39 - $129
Improvisational comedy legend Del Close was a huge influence over a generation of funny people, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers and John Belushi. The 16th annual Del Close Marathon is a celebration of his work, presented annually by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade since his death in 1999. Catch hundreds of performers at eight different venues doing improv around the clock, for 56 nonstop hours. $30 (cash only) for a weekend wristband pass or $20 per ticket for premium shows. Wristbands go on sale today at 12 p.m. at UCBT Chelsea, 307 West 26th St. (between 8th and 9th Aves.) and 30 minutes before the first show at all other venues. From 5.30 p.m. Friday until 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday, June 28
The Bronx Zoo has created a two-acre safari ride containing more than 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, including a 40-foot long T. Rex. Learn about the different species of dinosaurs and their habitats and discover how fossils provide insight into what life may have looked like in prehistoric times. 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. $5 in addition to general admission. Adults, $16.95, Children, $12.95.
Following the afternoon’s festivities in Jackie Robinson Park, Harlem Pride is taking the party to St. Nicholas Park with a free outdoor screening of cult classic, "The Wiz," the 1978 remake of "The Wizard Of Oz" starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor. Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Avenue and West 148th Street, Harlem. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Nicholas Park, West 135th St. and St. Nicholas Terrace, Harlem, from 8 p.m. Free.
Sunday, June 29
This year's Gay Pride Weekend comes to its conclusion today with three main events. The Pridefest street fair and concert series celebrates equality from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street, West Village. Headlining at 4:30 p.m. is De’Borah, from Season 3 of "The Voice." The March, first held in 1970, kicks off at 12 p.m., beginning at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, ending at Christopher and Greenwich Streets, West Village. Dance On The Pier, a huge dance party at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26, West Village, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. All events are free except Dance On The Pier, which is sold out.
Opening today is Rockaway! a free public arts festival, which will run through the summer until September 1 at Fort Tilden’s Gateway National Recreation Area. Today’s festivities will celebrate the reopening of historic Fort Tilden, which has been closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The activities include children’s art activities, theater performances by the Rockaway Theatre Company, historical tours and baseball clinics. At 7 p.m., a poetry reading by Rockaway resident and punk rock legend Patti Smith and a special appearance from actor James Franco. From 12 p.m. at Fort Tilden, 169 State Road, Rockaway Point. Free.