Guide to what’s happening in New York this week

Exploring issues of racial and gender identity, Lorna Simpson blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction in her poignant photographic and video installations. Mining eBay and flea markets for vernacular photos of African-Americans from the era of segregation, Simpson recontextualizes the imagery to 
coax new meaning from lost memories. Lorna Simpson: “Gathered,” through Aug. 21, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., $10 suggested donation.


‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’
Friday, 6 p.m.,
Dorothy Strelsin Theatre,
312 W. 36th St., $15-$18
Written in 1966, this is a dazzling exploration of Shakespeare’s most famous play, theater itself and true friendship. The excellent all-female cast emphasizes the hopelessness of Rosencrantz (Allison Hirschlag) and Guildenstern’s (Jessica Delbridge) fate.


Greenwich Village Food Tour
Mondays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.,
Various locations, $34
Expose your taste buds to the flavors of Greenwich Village. Break your parents’ rules and start with dessert at the famous Magnolia Bakery, and then enjoy bites of Joe’s Pizzeria’s thin-crust pizza, Surya’s Indian cuisine and Hudson Bagels. Your entire lunch is included in the ticket price.



Now through Aug. 12, Marlborough Chelsea,
545 W. 25th St., free
William Powhida has built a résumé that confronts the hypocrisies of the modern art world. His new exhibition is a massive installation. An ambitious attempt to redefine the relationship between the venue, the viewer and the artwork, it represents the apotheosis of the Powhida’s work up until now.


‘Apricot Brown: Miss Undefinable’ Book Launch
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Broad Street
Ballroom, 41 Broad St., $15 for 2 / $30 for 4
Championing diversity, personal style and positivity, Apricot Brown encourages young girls to be proud to be themselves. Today, play dress-up in her closet, enjoy a reading of the book, watch a dance performance by Edge School of the Arts and dance to the sounds of Little Club Head kid DJs.

‘Celebrating 100 Years’ NYPL
Centennial Exhibition
Through Dec. 31, New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. & 42nd St., Free
New York Public Library is going into its archives and bringing out some items that rarely see the light of day. Featured are a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, one of Malcolm X’s journals, Mary Shelley’s hair, the final draft of George Washington’s farewell address and Virginia Woolf’s walking stick.


Double Dutch Divas
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Free
You may think you can jump rope, but trust us; you don’t jump like the Double Dutch Divas. Come be amazed at the spins, dives, flips and leaps that take place between two ever-spinning jump ropes.

Yoga in the Park with Laughing Lotus
Wednesdays in August,
7 p.m., The High Line Park, 10th Ave btwn. 14th and 15th sts., free
Laughing Lotus Yoga Center decamps from its Chelsea base to the High Line for a series of free evening classes. BYO mat, and arrive a little early to get situated; then enjoy a gratis class, incorporating the Center’s own “lotus flow,” a personalized vinyasa flow.
Sunset Wednesdays
Wednesdays through Aug. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
Wave Hill, W. 249th St., $8
Enjoy a picnic, guided tour or solo stroll in bucolic settings every Wednesday evening at Wave Hill. BYO dinner (or pick up some picnic snacks at the concession stand) and be serenaded by various Bronx musicians in the open air.


Mad Decent Block Party
Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., South Street Seaport,
Fulton & South sts.,
Free with RSVP
No one does a block party quite like Diplo and his Mad Decent crew. With its carnival games, tasty treats and fierce lineup, this freebie is almost too good to be true. For the kick-off in New York, the beat shuffling is supplied by Gang Gang Dance, Zed’s Dead, Claude VonStroke, the Hood Internet and many more.

Vans presents F*cked Up with Cro Mags, Screaming Females, and Pissed Jeans
Friday, 7 p.m., House of Vans, 25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, free with RSVP
It’s time again for another night at one of the best party spaces in Greenpoint. For this edition, House of Vans’ expansive digs play host to Polaris prize-winning hard-core punk band F*cked Up. Free beer is a nice additive to the evening. Be sure to RSVP.


Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends
with Todd Barry, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal and They Might Be Giants
Friday, 5:30 p.m., Williamsburg Waterfront, N. Eighth St. & Kent Ave., Free
Doesn’t get much better than this: four of our current favorite comedians, plus one legendary indie group, on the waterfront, for free.


‘The Myth of the American Sleepover’
Now through Aug. 7,
Museum of the Moving Image, 18 W. Houston St., $13
Using suburban Detroit as a backdrop, the viewer is gently introduced into the stories of four teens trying to suck the marrow out of the last night of summer. Winner of the Best Ensemble Cast at SXSW 2010,  it reminds us of where we’ve come from.


Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


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Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

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Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

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Is camp right for introverts?

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How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.