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Friday 19th of May 2017

Craving culture? WE picked our favorite openings this weekend and the week ahead to help you plan. Enjoy!

Starting Friday, May 19, see Bella: An American Tall Tale at Playwrights Horizons. It’s a Western musical adventure about a woman trying to escape her scandalous past.

Starting this weekend, see The Boy Who Danced on Air, a musical love story set in rural Afghanistan.

This weekend, see Footprints, a modern dance festival celebrating new and established voices in NYC dance.

Starting Saturday, see The World My Mama Raised, the first show in Clubbed Thumb Summerworks series at the Wild Project.

Starting Sunday, see Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at MoMA. It presents six decades of work — from paintings to sculptures to video recordings.

The first Shakespeare in the Park of the summer season starts on Tuesday, May 23. It’s Julius Caesar, directed by Oskar Eustis, the Public’s artistic director.

Also starting Tuesday is AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit examines how artists and activists responded to the HIV/AIDS crisis from the early 1980s to now.

This week, see Animal, a new dark comedy by Clare Lizzimore at the Atlantic Theater. Performances begin May 24.

Starting May 26, see Noah's Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia at the Morgan Library and Museum.

Craving African dance? DanceAfrica is at BAM from the 26th through the 29th