15 best things to do this week

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Monday 11
Osteria Morini and more offer three-course prix fixes during NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011. Through July 24

The spectacular Mariinsky Ballet returns to the Met for the Lincoln Center Festival with a special treat: Two new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky. Through Sat 16

The free Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series kicks off its five-borough tour with a powerhouse trio of young opera stars including soprano Angela Meade, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and tenor Dimitri Pittas. Also Wed 13, July 19, 21, 26, 28

Bill Callahan, the songsmith formerly known as Smog, brings his brooding balladry to Music Hall of Williamsburg Mon 11 and Bowery Ballroom Tue 12.

Tuesday 12
The great Royal Shakespeare Company continues its residency at the Park Avenue Armory, presenting five Bard classics in repertory. Tue 12--Sun 17. Through Aug 14

Go old school: Mark the tenth anniversary of Jamel Shabazz's '80s street-fashion photo collection Back in the Days at an exhibition opening and signing at powerHouse Arena.

Wednesday 13
Learn how to become filthy rich in Hollywood courtesy of Reno 911! alums Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant at "Writing Movies for Fun and Profit."

Thursday 14
Add some Parisian chicness to your daily style by scoring pieces from French label A.P.C. at up to half off. Through July 20

Celebrate Bastille Day at Jacques Bistro with a double header, beginning with a rustic spread upstairs, then a burlesque performance from Anne Louise Marquis in cocktail den 1534.

Friday 15
Take refuge from the hot summer sun in David Tudor's cool interactive sound installation Rainforest V on Governors Island. Also Sat 16, Sun 17. Through July 31

Silence! The Musical, a hilarious spoof of the 1991 serial-killer flick Silence of the Lambs continues its lauded Off Broadway run with a demented score and sight gags aplenty, including a chorus of lambs. Also Sat 16. Through Aug 13 Photograph: Carol Rosegg

Saturday 16
Miss Piggy, Kermit and more characters from the beloved puppeteer's catalog travel to Queens for the multimedia exhibit "Jim Henson's Fantastic World."

Androids are the stars of more than 50 shorts screening at the Robot Film Festival, which also features a collaborative performance between Reggie Watts and a bionic comedian named Data.

The outdoor event My Lorca features poets like the emotive Edward Hirsch reading the poetry of Federico Garca Lorca amid the NYBG's seasonal exhibit "Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra."

Sunday 17
Amateur chefs do frozen battle at the Bell House's Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown. Sample 25 unique flavors, but beware of brain freeze: You'll need a clear head to cast a vote for your favorite.

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