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Weekend Staff Picks: Velodrome, Basements and Garbage

Saturday, June 22, 2013

New York Public Radio staff members provide some weekly picks on the arts and leisure activities around town. 

Richard Yeh, News Producer: Kissena Park Velodrome

When it's time for speed on his bike, Yeh takes to the track in the little known and only velodrome left in the tri-state area. "It's got banked corners and is larger than the Olympic sized velodrome and in fact it's full of amateur riders and it draws riders of every stripe."

Aaron Cohen, Director of Programming Operations: Buyer and Cellar, Jonathan Tolins' one man show starring Michael Urie.

As a big Barbra Streisand fan, Cohen is planning to see this one man show that takes a satirical yet charming look at the street of shops the star has created in her basement. That part is true, but the fiction is the story of the man she hires to be the shop keeper.

Karen Frillmann, Enterprise Editor: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

"These are tapestry-like sculptures that are made out of garbage, disposable bottle caps and things you would never look at again," said Frillmann.

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