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13 Things To Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | February 4, 2016 5:41pm | Updated on February 5, 2016 7:36pm

 The Chinese Theatre Works will present a puppet show honoring Chinese New Year at Symphony Space this weekend.
The Chinese Theatre Works will present a puppet show honoring Chinese New Year at Symphony Space this weekend.
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All Weekend

► The Typewriter Project

Where: Pen + Brush Gallery, 29 E. 22nd St., Flatiron
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

Pen + Brush is hosting a typewriter booth, allowing visitors to contribute to the Typewriter Project, a citywide literary collaboration to which anyone can add their words, prose, poetry or thoughts.

► The Bridge Art Show at St. Paul’s Chapel

Where: St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street, Financial District
When: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The traveling exhibit showcases the work of 47 contemporary artists from 15 countries of Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds — focusing on what each culture and religion holds in common, as a means of fostering understanding and peace.

► Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

Where: The Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St., Meatpacking District
When: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Described by the museum as an “immersive installation” that deals with mass surveillance, the war on terror, the United States’ drone program, military occupation, indefinite detention and torture, “Astro Noise” is filmmaker-journalist Laura Poitras’ first solo museum exhibition. Poitras is best known for her 2015 Academy Award-winning documentary "CITIZENFOUR," about whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism she did based on the information he released from the NSA. (Pro tip: Members get into the museum early — from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. — on the first and last weekends of the month from February through April.)

Friday, Feb. 5

► Art LovHer Artist Salon

Where: Wow Cafe Theater, 59-61 E. 4th St. #4, East Village
When: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Poet Bleu Zephra Santiago will be this month’s featured artist for the Art LovHer Artist Studio. The studio highlights a different artist and their work every first Friday of the month. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. with a gallery reception for artists to network, drink and draw with a live model and free wine. The feature performance quickly follows, and then the studio wraps up the show with an open mic during which all forms of expression are encouraged.

► “Allegiance” Musical Performance

Where: Barnes & Noble, East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side
When: 3 p.m.

Listen to “Allegiance” cast members, Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke sing three songs from the show’s newly released soundtrack. Priority seating will be given to those who have purchased the CD from this Barnes & Noble location. The cast will sign their CDs.

Saturday, Feb. 6

 Madison Street to Madison Avenue Lunar New Year Celebration

Where: Starting at Madison Avenue and East 76th Street, Upper East Side
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event will host a number of activities along Madison Avenue from the Upper East Side to Midtown East, including lion dancers and a dragon, musical performances, face painting and more.

► The City is Your Canvas

Where: City Museum of New York at 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out this fun graffiti art lesson for kids. Participants will explore the work of Chris "Daze" Ellis, who was famous for spray painting walls and trains as a teenager, in the museum's new exhibit. Then they will make paintings of their own inspired by his work. The event is for families with children ages 6 to 12.

► Chinese Theater Works: Tiger Tales

Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Upper West Side
When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a puppet show from award-winning puppeteers with shadow puppetry and Chinese music to depict four allegorical tales. The show is for all ages and runs approximately an hour and tickets are $15 each or $13 for members.

► Home at WordUp Book Launch

Where: Word Up Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave., Washington Heights
When: 2 p.m.

Join the Word Up volunteer community as they launch the bilingual children’s book, “Home at Word Up.” The event will feature reading, singalongs, hot chocolate and more. The bookstore will also share more about the making of the book.

► ‘Antarctica’ exhibit

Where: Jane Lombard Gallery, 518 W. 19th St., Chelsea
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pick up your passport to Antarctica this weekend. The Jane Lombard Gallery in Chelsea is issuing “Antarctica World Passports” at an Antarctica-centric exhibit created by artists Lucy and Jorge Orta. Along with receiving an unofficial passport symbolizing recipients’ commitment to fighting climate change and promoting peace, exhibit patrons can view domed dwellings the artists built during their trip to Antarctica and other art related to the icy continent.

► Festival to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Watch dance and music performances, make art and listen to storytellers throughout the museum as the Met celebrates the Lunar New Year. Kids and parents alike can watch a puppet show by Sesame Street puppeteers and enjoy a colorful parade through the museum led by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe. Related special exhibitions and installations will also be on view in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Museum’s department of Asian art.

► Volunteer Gardening Day at Carl Schurz Park

Where: Meet at the 86th Street Mall and East End Avenue, Upper East Side
When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Help make Carl Schurz Park beautiful with volunteer gardeners this Saturday. Children who participate must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Monthly Gong Meditation

Where: Urban Yoga Foundation at 549 W. 152nd St., Hamilton Heights
When: 4 to 5 p.m.

A certified reiki practitioner will use gongs, singing bowls, chimes and tingshaws to create vibrant soundscapes. The experience helps create a "profound sense of ecstasy and wellbeing" as the vibrations help release tensions, reduce stress, and stimulate circulatory flow, organizers say. The requested contribution is $25.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters Emily Frost, Gustavo Solis, Maya Rajamani, Noah Hurowitz, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos, Carolina Pichardo and Shaye Weaver.