NYC weekend picks: Rakim, raclette and more things to do

By staff

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

'Oscar at the Crown' opening (opens Jan. 18)

A dance-party-meets-musical production is taking over the new Brooklyn LGBTQ nightclub, 3 Dollar Bill. "Oscar at the Crown", which is set in a dystopian future, where only an obsession with reality TV, pop culture, and Oscar Wilde remain. The cast jumps from the dance floor to the stage and back again, dragging audience members into the production. ($25, 260 Merserole St., Brooklyn,

The Winter Show (Jan. 18-27)

Organizers call this antiques show "a museum where you can actually shop," with 68 dealers selling antiquities and art spanning 5,000 years, including jewelry, contemporary art, furniture, sculptures, rare objects, china and porcelain, ceramics and much more. ($25 for general admission, noon to 6 p.m., Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., eventbrite)

'Power to the People' exhibit (through Feb. 28)

See the work of 11 artists depicting their interpretations of public demonstration and protest in honor of Black History Month. Artists address historical and contemporary movements like an anti-Apartheid Rally in Central Park, Occupy Wall Street, the Women's March, and the NFL protests, among others. (Free, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 p.m., 830 Fifth Ave.,


Explore the Outsider Art Fair (Jan. 18-20)

The Outsider Art Fair features all sorts of original works created by artists without formal training. They range in style from underground comics to foreign folk art to works by artists coping with mental illness.
($27.04 single-day admission, $53.29 for three-day pass, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., Manhattan,

Partake in a communal raclette event (Jan. 19)

A raclette party is cheesy in a seriously yummy way. Take some melted raclette cheese and scrape it onto food. The Francophile-focused French Morning Media Group is hosting what it's billing as the largest such dining event to take place in the United States. Guests will sit at tables equipped with raclette melting machines, and can choose from charcuterie and potatoes served at a buffet-style bar. ($20, packages available for groups, seatings at 6 and 8:15 p.m., 7 E. 36th St.,

Catch 'School of Rock' before it closes (through Jan. 20)

"School of Rock," Andrew Lloyd Weber's high-octane musical about a rock star wannabe who poses as a substitute teacher and turns his prep school students into a rockin' band, closes this weekend. The show will have run for 31 previews and 1,307 regular performances. (Tickets from $59, Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway,

See Calvin Trillin's play 'About Alice' (Jan. 19, 27, Feb. 2-3)

"I wrote this for Alice. Actually, I wrote everything for Alice," says Calvin Trillin of his play, "About Alice." The humorist (in photo with Alice on their wedding day) wrote the piece, getting its world premiere in a Theatre for a New Audience production, to celebrate his wife, who died of lung cancer in 2001. Trillin will speak at a talk-back on Saturday, as well on Jan. 27 and Feb 2 and 3. (From $90, the Polonsky Shakespeare Center,  262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn,

Experience Dance Theatre of Harlem (Jan. 20)

Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating 50 years offering training in ballet and other associated arts while providing community outreach. Its high-caliber African-American ballet company is setting out on a national tour that just so happens to step off in Queens with a performance honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ($35, 4 p.m., Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing,

The Enigmatist (Fridays and Saturdays)

David Kwong, a magician and a crossword maker for the New York Times, is putting on an evening of puzzles, cryptology and illusions on Fridays and Saturdays in January, with two performances each night. ($85-$125, 7 and 9:30 p.m., The High Line Hotel, 180 10th Ave.,

Celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 21)

In what is billed as the city's largest public fest honoring the Rev. King, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is holding this day of film, art and live music from Oddisee and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, in photo. (Free but first come, first served, 10:30 a.m., BAM Howard Gilman Opera House at Peter Jay Sharp Building: 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn,

"Go to School" with the Lemon Twigs (Jan. 18-19)

Hicksville's D'Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs, plan to show off their ambitious rock musical "Go to School," as well as new arrangements of songs from their debut album, "Do Hollywood," and new material that they've been working on while on tour with Arctic Monkeys. They also promise to play a new song, "I'd Better Leave Before I Lose My Charm." ($20, 8 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn,

'Iceberg' (opens Jan. 9)

The Garment District is getting a new public artwork that will light up and make sound based on the movements of those who walk through it. "Iceberg" tells the story of an iceberg from its creation to its melting and is made from a series of illuminated metallic arches in the shape of a tunnel that each produce a sound like a giant organ. The installation is by ATOMIC3 and Appareil Architecture in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Philippe Jean.

Broadway Plaza from West 37th to 38th Streets

Free Flatiron Tour (every Sunday)

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) hosts free, 90-minute walking tours of the Flatiron District by professional guides each Sunday. You'll stop by the famous Flatiron building, the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower and more. (Free, 11 a.m., meet at the tip of the Flatiron building at 23rd Street,

'The Other Josh Cohen' (through April 28)

Things aren't going so well for Josh Cohen -- single, broke and robbed -- in "The Other Josh Cohen." But a mysterious envelope turns things around in the musical with Steve Rosen, left, and David Rossmer. It got six Drama Desk nominations when it premiered in 2012. (From $59, Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St.,

See 'Pictures of Polite Society' (through Jan. 24)

The American-born, England-based novelist Henry James, famous for his descriptions of social dynamics and interior states, has inspired many cinematic adaptations, including James Ivory's "The Bostonians" and Peter Bogdanovich's "Daisy Miller." Those and many others are featured in "Pictures of Polite Society: Henry James at the Movies," which coincides with a new James title, "The Aspern Papers," starring Vanessa Redgrave, in photo, as the widow of a poet who kept a secret. ($16, Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.,

Watch Shen Yun at Lincoln Center (Jan. 15-20)

Inspired by the practice of Falun Dafa, Shen Yun provides a musical tour of ancient China, represented through classical dance, vibrant costumes and stage-sprawling sets. (From $80, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts,

MoMa International Festival of Film Preservation (through Jan. 31)

The annual edition of To Save and Project, a festival focused on newly preserved and restored films, is back and will include more than 50 films and shorts from around the world -- many of which will be seen for the first time ever in New York, including Ida Lupino's "Never Fear (The Young Lovers)" (pictured).

Zola pop-up (through April 15)

If you're getting married, you may want to stop by this pop-up shop by Zola -- an online wedding registry. The pop-up has wedding invitations, a registry, a 3D wedding cake topper printing machine, a wedding playlist booth and even CBD treats inside its "chill lounge." If you want to, you could even get married there -- all of the store's associates are ordained. No joke. (Free entry, Monday -- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 168 Fifth Ave.,

Colin Quinn at Minetta Lane Theatre (Jan. 5-March 3)

Colin Quinn, a Brooklyn native and veteran comic, has evolved from doing just comedy clubs to a series of one-man stage shows. This latest solo session, Red State Blue State, features his take on the current political divide in the United States -- so expect a solid skewering of both the left and right. ( $67 to $87, Minetta Lane Theatre: 18 Minetta Lane, Manhattan,

Learn how NYC inspired a dance icon (through March 30)

The Tony- and Academy Award-winning Jerome Robbins may have influenced the art of dance, but his work shows his style was heavily shaped by New York City. The exhibit, "Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York," takes a look at how the sounds, sights and personality of the Big Apple are either vaguely or clearly present in the man's creations. (Free, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza,

Take advantage of the igloos

Yes, it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't still eat and imbibe out there. Many New York City venues, bars and restaurants offer heated outdoor space in heated igloos, yurts and tents. From 230 Fifth's many lit-up igloos to Nowaday's heated yurts and mobile sauna, there are a number of options to consider when you want to go out.

Head to the roller disco

Dreamland Roller Disco opened a 15,000 square-foot indoor roller rink at Industry City on Dec. 7 that hosts hula hoop hour, skating and dance classes for kids and adults, and themed dress-up roller disco every Friday through April 2. This is the first time Dreamland will be inside in about a decade (it's usually in Prospect Park in the summers), so forget the cold and skate on.

'Drag Race All Star' viewing party (Sundays)

If you're a "Drag Race" fan, head to Loverboy Bar NYC in the East Village for a weekly viewing party hosted by Siren Starlite, Jacob Shoemaker and the creative collective Witch House. (8 p.m., 127 Avenue C,

Dive into Warhol at the Whitney (through March 31)

In what the Whitney is describing as its largest monographic exhibition yet, this look back at the works of Andy Warhol is curated to show how the artist moved forward from a 1968 assassination attempt to grow, take even more risks and venture into creatives places even he hadn't considered. "Andy Warhol -- From A to B and Back Again" features works and materials found following his death in 1987, demonstrating that a man whose work often seemed before his time may is still extraordinarily relevant. ($25, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St.,

'A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York' (through June 23)

A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, "A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman's New York," provides a sweeping look at his life's work in three sections, "City Life," "Stage Life" and "Corduroy and Friends." The author wrote 40 books that included characters who lived and worked at well-known landmarks, including Norman the Doorman, a mouse who stands sentry at the art museum; Hattie, the backstage bat who lived at the Lyceum Theatre; and Maestro Petrini, the mouse who works at the Metropolitan Opera. But Corduroy, the stuffed bear in need of a button for his green overalls, is the most beloved. ($18, 1220 Fifth Ave.,

The art of jewelry at the Met (through Feb. 24)

Jewelry can demonstrate wealth or declare love -- but do you recognize it as an art form? "Jewelry: The Body Transformed" looks back through history to review the power and influence of extravagant adornments with more than 200 pieces, including "Oh I am Precious #7," pictured, by artist Eugene Pijanowski. ($25, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.,

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St.,

Drag Queen Brunch (every Sunday)

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with Toro Loco's Sunday Drag Queen Brunch, featuring performances from the city's best drag queens and live music, like electronic saxophonist @livesax. For $50 per person, you'll get two hours of unlimited share plates and up to five signature brunch cocktails each. (15 Stone St., 917-262-0444,

Tour Ellis Island's hospital

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known as an entrance point for turn-of-the-last-century European immigrants, also has a history of holding the ill who arrived but weren't deemed healthy enough to enter. This around two-hour tour of the century-old disease wards shows how those treated and held here ate, lived and, sometimes, died. Dress for the weather; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not wheelchair-accessible; children must be 10 or older. ($75, 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays until the end of 2018, Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty National Monument,