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a selective listing of recommended cultural and community events

compiled by alice robb and reid spagna

friday, july 16

bat watching-at dusk, bats leave the warm spaces under city roofs to feed on flying insects. members of the new york city bat group, aided by a detector that amplifies bats' high frequency chirps, lead a walk through central park. meet at the steps of the american museum of natural history, central park west and west 79th street, pre-register at; 8:30 p.m., $30.

1960s pop art-kelly sidley leads a gallery talk on pop art and minimalism in the 1960s. the donald b. and catherine c. marron atrium, moma, 11 w. 53rd st., 212-708-9400; 1:30 p.m., free with museum admission.

restaurant week-more than 250 new york city restaurants offer discounted three-course prix-fixe meals as part of this summer's restaurant week. various locations,; $24-$35.

meatballs on the hudson-hudson river park's river flicks for kids presents cloudy with a chance of meatballs. inspired by the beloved children's book, the film tells the tale of a town where food falls from the sky like rain. free popcorn is served. hudson river park's pier 46, charles and west streets, 212-627-2121; dusk (around 8:30 p.m.), free.

saturday, july 17

shakespeare on the run-new york classical theatre presents much ado about nothing: the actors move when the scene location changes every 10 to 15 minutes, and the audience follows. meet in front of castle clinton in battery park,; 7 p.m., free.

storytelling-for more than 50 years, new york children have gathered around hans christian andersen's statue in central park to listen to his stories. the tradition continues with jean hale and joy smith's telling of hans christian andersen's "the nightingale" and south africa's "nyangara." the statue of hans christian andersen is on the western edge of the conservatory water at 72nd street in central park,; 11 a.m., free.

lincoln's dance-bill t. jones and the company immerse themselves in the life of abraham lincoln with fondly do we hope?fervently do we pray. in their performance, jones and the company imagine what would have happened had our 16th president lived. the result is a mixture of well-choreographed dance, quotes from walt whitman and traditional folk music. rose theater at frederick p. rose hall, 33 w. 60th st., 212-875-5456; 8 p.m., $30-$75.

sunday, july 18

choir music-the summer festival of sacred music at st. bartholomew's continues with a performance of charles-marie widor's mass for double choir and organ. the piece was composed by widor in 1878, and was performed the same year at the church of st. sulpice in paris. william trafka is the choir's conductor for the st. bartholomew's rendition during the sunday service, and paolo bordignon accompanies them on the organ. st. bartholomew's church, 325 park ave. at east 51st street, 212-378-0222; 11 a.m., free.

seasonal art-the whitney offers a gallery tour of new exhibition heat waves in a swamp: the paintings of charles burchfield. whitney museum of american art, 945 madison ave., 212-570-3600; 2 p.m., free with museum admission.

mathematical play-winner of the laurence oliver award for best new play in 2008, the disappearing number chronicles the journey of two mathematicians as they learn about infinity's numerical and spiritual meaning. david h. koch theater, 20 lincoln center plaza, 212-875-5456; 3 p.m., $20-$100.

music and magic-summerstage presents an afternoon of family fun including puppetry, music, mime, acrobats and magic. kid-friendly rocker ralph covert performs songs from his new album, all around ralph's world, plus classics from his disney releases. the acrobats of cirque-tacular entertainment combine spectacular aerial numbers with energetic music; bethany yarrow and rufus cappadocia perform american roots music. rumsey playfield, central park, 212-360-8290; 3 p.m., free.

monday, july 19

honoring a revolutionary-the new york philharmonic, the international contemporary ensemble, and other ensembles perform varèse: (r)evolution at lincoln center. this two-night presentation is a compilation of the works of edgard varèse, a composer and innovator of classical music technique in the 20th century. starr theater, alice tully hall, 1941 broadway, 212-875-5456; 8 p.m., $30-$40.

tuesday, july 20

cézanne-three colors cézanne discusses how cézanne's use of vivid colors and multiple perspectives influenced many other artists. shown in conjunction with the exhibit side by side: oberlin's masterworks at the met. uris center for education, the metropolitan museum of art, 1000 5th ave., 212-570-3894; 2 p.m., free with museum admission.

royal drama-new york times bestselling author alison weir's new novel, captive queen: a novel of eleanor of aquitaine, takes us back to the 12th century with a tempestuous tale that brings to life england's most passionately destructive royal couple: eleanor of aquitaine and king henry ii. barnes and noble, 150 e. 86th st., 212-369-2180; 7 p.m., free.

wednesday, july 21

kafka to opera-composer salvatore sciarrino's la porta della legge is the sole opera at this year's lincoln center festival and is based on a short story by franz kafka. sciarrino's piece opens july 20, and continues until july 22. gerald w. lynch theater at john jay college, 899 10th ave., 212-875-5456; 8:30 p.m., $35-$55.

thursday, july 22

writing class-the gotham writers' workshop holds a memoir writing class at the barnes and noble of greenwich village. shahnaz habib, a publisher and workshop instructor, plans to discuss how attendees can retell their life stories using fiction as their vehicle. participants are encouraged to bring writing utensils. barnes and noble in greenwich village, 369 6th ave.; 7:30 p.m., free.

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