Harlem’s Happening

PEDRO MARTINEZ PROJECT (Saturday) Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing and writing are the focus – as is the case in his new band, which plays complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk – he’s an incomparable performer. This show is part of CareFusion. At 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street , (212) 281-9240, nycjazzfestival.com; $15. (Ben Ratliff)

HENRY BUTLER AND OSMANY PAREDES (Friday) Prestidigitation is one thing shared by these two pianists, booked together on a CareFusion Jazz Festival bill. Awareness of historical roots is yet another thing, which bodes well for this concert, in which Mr. Butler (from New Orleans) and Mr. Paredes (from Cuba) will interrogate habaneras, rags and assorted other 19th-century fare. At 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street , (212) 281-9240, nycjazzfestival.com; $15. (Chinen)

NEW YORK FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL (Saturday and Sunday) This city is made up of many cultures, and this annual event at the Riverside Theater explores several in each of three weekends. The final installment includes a hip-hop, jazzy communal version of Aesop’s Fables, in which family teams participate, on Saturday at 7 p.m., and “Harlem Speaks: Latin Jazz,” with a performance by the Brazilian Jazz Quintet, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Theater of the Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, at 120th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 870-6784, theriversidetheatre.org; free, but R.S.V.P.’s are requested.

NYC KIDSFEST (Saturday) This annual celebration gathers arts and crafts, storytellers and children’s theater, musical and dance groups all under one roof: the open sky. This year the highlights include “Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman,” the New Perspectives Theater Company’s biographical play about that heroine of the Underground Railroad; concerts by the bands Astrograss and the Ebony Hillbillies; and art and Afro-Caribbean dance workshops. From noon to 5 p.m., Morningside Park, 113th Street at Manhattan Avenue, Morningside Heights , nyckidsfest.com; free.

TEATROSTAGEFEST (Friday through Sunday) Performers will bound into the air from ladders, and rain forest animals will samba and sway in two family productions being offered by TeatroStageFest, the annual celebration of Latin American arts. On Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Compañia La Arena, a circus company from Argentina, will present “Fulanos” (“Everyman”), a show of daredevil acrobatics involving just six ladders and the forces of physics. On Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m., the company Pia Fraus, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, will perform “Bichos do Brasil” (“Animals of Brazil”), a lively parade of armadillos, pumas, monkeys, vibrantly colored birds and other South American creatures. Recreated as huge inflatable and hand-built puppets, the wildlife will dance to the strains of samba, bossa nova and maracutu. Neither show poses a language barrier: there is no dialogue. Friday and Saturday performances are at Teatro Hecksher, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, (212) 831-7272, elmuseo.org.

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