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Friday 12th of May 2017

We’ve picked our favorite events opening in NYC this weekend and the week ahead to help you plan your culture going. Crave what excites you — and enjoy!

Starting previews this weekend is Building the Wall, Robert Schenkkan’s new Trumpian dystopia starring Tamara Tunie and James Badge Dale, and directed by Culture Craver co-founder Ari Edelson.

On Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13, experience E.T. as you never have before as the New York Philharmonic performs John Williams’ score live while the complete film is projected on a giant screen.

The Golden Apple bombed in 1954 when it first opened in NYC, but over time, the musical about Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey set in Washington State became a cult favorite. See it this weekend at City Center as part of Encores.

Friday and Saturday evenings, see Koma: The Ghost Festival at Danspace Project. It’s a multidisciplinary project, involving dance and art.

This weekend, bring tiny Culture Cravers to The Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a Rebel Playhouse musical about the importance of telling the truth.

The NYCB’s Here/Now festival continues this weekend with an array of new performances, all listed here.

This weekend, the eclectic Richmond Ballet is bringing four works — never before seen in NYC — to the Joyce.

This Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate with a visit to the Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden, or visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where bluebells, azaleas, wisteria, and peonies are blooming. Here’s our list of outdoor art.

Sunday is also Japan Day at Central Park, where you can experience a fun lineup of music, art, and culture all day.

1984 has seen a resurgence in modern America. Now you can see it on Broadway. Previews begin on Thursday, May 18.

Craving opera? The New Opera NYC is presenting The Golden Cockerel in its original Russian (with English subtitles) beginning on May 18. (If you want more, see the Metropolitan Opera’s version in early June!)