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Lady Gaga Joins Sting, ‘Newsies,’ City Bike Tour: N.Y. Weekend

September 30, 2011

Preview by Zinta Lundborg

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and other lyrics for “The Wizard of Oz” were written by “Yip” Harburg.

John Corigliano chose the anti-war Harburg poem, “One Sweet Morning,” for his new piece commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in remembrance of 9/11.

The great mezzo Stephanie Blythe sings the world premiere performance of the work tonight, which also includes texts by Czeslaw Milosz, Homer and Li Po.

Alan Gilbert is on the podium, with Barber and Dvorak rounding out the program.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875- 5656; nyphil.org.

Saturday

The West ships outdated computers, games, phones and other e-waste as technological “donations” to developing African countries.

The stuff often winds up smoldering in vast toxic dumps like Agbogbloshie on the outskirts of the Ghanaian capital city of Accra.

South African photographer Pieter Hugo shot the workers who burn the monitors, motherboards and wiring to scavenge bits of metal, capturing some unforgettable images.

“Permanent Error” runs at Milo Gallery, 525 W. 25th St. through Oct. 29. Information: +1-212-414-0370; www.yossimilogallery.com.

Saturday Afternoon

Yearning for a real pierogie? Sample authentic Georgian, Uzbek and Russian cuisine during a culinary tour of Brooklyn’s Little Odessa. Organized by Noshwalks, it will hit gastronomic joints along the Boardwalk and on Brighton Beach Avenue.

The tour is one of the attractions of Art on Brighton, a two-day festival that brings together Russian-inspired music, art, poetry, performance and the sea creatures residing at the New York Aquarium.

Singer Mira Stroika, DJ Spinach and the Beachniks appear at the Aquarium on Saturday, while Sunday brings a program for kids.

Tours starts at 2 p.m., Aquarium bash at 5:30 p.m. Information: artonbrighton.org.

Saturday Night

Happy Birthday, Sting! He’s celebrating his 60th in style, with a benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre.

Also commemorating 25 years as a solo artist, Sting has invited a few friends to join him: Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel, to name just a few.

All proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation to fight poverty in New York City.

At 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6500; www.beacontheatre.com.

Saturday Midnight

When the clock strikes 12, hop on a bike to explore New York’s architectural landmarks as part of the city’s first Velonight.

From Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum to Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, cyclists will visit 20 sites, including projects by Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.

Riders will be able to hear live commentary on their headphones. The free tour concludes with an urban picnic at dawn on Pier 1 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Information: velonightnyc.blogspot.com.

Sunday

Venality, vanity and idiocy rule in our times, but judging from the amusing caricature show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we’re no worse than past eras.

With a few deft gestures, artists have always sent up the ridiculous, and here are early images from Leonardo, Bernini, and Delacroix.

We’re brought up to date with Enrique Chagoya’s “The Head Ache,” depicting a slumping President Obama tormented by six demons, one pounding a stake into his skull.

“Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire From Leonardo to Levine” runs at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave., through March 4.

Information: +1-212-535-7710; www.metmuseum.org.

Then stroll over to Beyoglu for authentic Turkish meze. Start with stuffed grape leaves and hummus before moving on to meaty doner kebab with yogurt and tomato.

At 1431 Third Ave. Information: +1-212-650-0850.

Sunday Evening

Root for the scrappy underdog taking on big business and head out to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey for “Newsies the Musical.”

Harvey Fierstein reworked the flop Disney film by giving it heart, Alan Menken wrote some new songs, and choreographer Christopher Gattelli put together some great moves for the dancing newsboys on strike in 1899 New York.

Jeremy Jordon is the vocally adept hero and Kara Lindsay his love interest.

At 7 p.m. 22 Brookside Drive. Information: +1-973-376-4343; www.papermill.org.

(With assistance from Lili Rosboch and Katya Kazakina. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

--Editors: Manuela Hoelterhoff, Jeremy Gerard.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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