“The City of Photographers” opens the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival devoted to focusing on artists as activists, Lincoln Center. $11, 1:30 p.m. Through June 28.
Gerald Locklin and George Carroll’s comedy “The Toad Poems” bows, Soho Playhouse‘s Huron Club. $25, 8:30 p.m. Through July 8.
“The American Nightmare” kicks off the Museum of the Moving Image‘s “It’s Only A Movie: Horror Films from the 1970s and Today” series featuring 28 pics including “A Clockwork Orange,” “28 Weeks Later” and “Carrie.” $10,
2 p.m. Through July 22.
Soul man Russel Taylor and Lenora Jaye, former vocalist of the Black Rock Coalition band Rhythm Republik, croon together, BAMcafe. Free, 9 p.m.
Tiken Jah Fakoly, Idan Raichel Project and DJ Kadafi bring African reggae and Middle Eastern influences to Central Park SummerStage. Free, 3 p.m.
Emerson String Quartet performs Beethoven’s last two quartets and gives composer Kaija Saariaho’s “Terra Memoria” its world premiere, Carnegie Hall. $32 – $79, 8 p.m.
Yoko Ono discusses her work and most recent albums “Yes, I’m a Witch” and “Open Your Box” with Anthony DeCurtis, 92nd Street Y. $25, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ 19th annual Midsummer Night Swing kicks off 25 nights of swing, salsa and disco with two jazz orchestras recreating the classic battle-of-the-bands album “The Count Meets the Duke,” Lincoln Center‘s Josie Robertson Plaza. $15, 6:30 p.m. Through July 21.
Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and the New York Mets host the fifth annual Starlight Starbright Night at Shea Stadium to benefit critically, chronically and terminally ill children. $125, includes Mets vs. Minnesota Twins game ticket and pre-game barbecue, 3:30 p.m..
Ellen Cleghorne, Ted Alexandro, Tom Cotter and others dish on growing up for a Barbara Walters Special live taping, Comix. $15, 7 p.m.
Composer John Eaton’s “Pumped Fiction, a Pocket Opera” opens the American Composers’ Alliance’s Festival of American Music 2007 showcasing works by 35 composers performed by more than 60 musicians, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space. $25, 8 p.m. Through June 23.
k.d. lang joins Lyle Lovett & His Large Band for a Radio City Music Hall engagement. $45.50 – $101, 8 p.m.
“The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta” begins previews, Barrow Street Theater. $25, 9:30 p.m. Through August 11.