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Weekend Picks: Whales, Cats and Clowns

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Here are a few of the events some of the WNYC staff recommends for this weekend.

Operations director Aaron Cohen saw a preview of "Whales: Giants of the Deep" at the American Museum of Natural History, which opens on Saturday. He witnessed a re-creation of a dive to the bottom of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid.

"I learned a ton and it's amazing," said Cohen. "They are beautiful creatures and you become aware of the whole thing from how beautiful they are and how graceful they are and then the shear size of them when you see the skeletons -- Incredible."

Maybe instead of whales, you like clowns. Megan Ryan, senior producer of The Brian Lehrer Show, certainly does. She suggests Clowns Ex Machina, a troupe of all women clowns performing at The Club at LaMaMa in the East Village. 

"They're provocative and they're funny and they're feminists and I'm always sort glad that I went." But when asked why many people are afraid of clowns, Ryan responds, "That's an admitted barrier you have to get over.  But these aren't clown, clowns. They do wear red noses, but they're not clowns like you've ever seen before." 

The long awaited play "Breakfast at Tiffany's," based on Truman Capote's novella, just opened this week. You might already know the story, but this production includes something different even for Broadway.  WNYC Reporter Ilya Marritz is attending this weekend and is looking forward to seeing its star. "The cat who was originally cast was called Monte, but he was already fired and this show has only been running a couple of days and now there's a cat called Vito currently in the role." 

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