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Malkovich’s Suave Killer, Kid Rock, Patti & Mandy: N.Y. Weekend

November 18, 2011

Preview by Zinta Lundborg

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- In “The Infernal Comedy,” John Malkovich takes the stage as a seductive Austrian serial killer.

To depict the women in his life, two sopranos sing arias by Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Weber, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

A Musikkonzept production written and directed by Michael Sturminger, the piece is part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

At BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718- 636-4100; www.bam.org.

Saturday

Check out “33 Fragments” at the Performa Hub, an exhibition of photographs and videos documenting current Russian performance art, as well as the historical avant-garde of the 1920s, including Sergei Eisenstein.

The show is a collaboration between Performa, the visual art performance biennial now under way in New York, and Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.

At Performa Hub, 233 Mott St., until Nov. 23. Information: +1-212-366-5700; 11.performa-arts.org.

Saturday Matinee

Catch the matinee performance of “An Evening With Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin.” The two veteran performers sing tunes from, among others, Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, Irving Berlin and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In between songs, the pair tells stories about theatrical life, stardom and friendship.

In previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., for a Nov. 21 opening. Runs through Jan. 13. Information: +1-212-239-6200; www.pattiandmandy.com.

Post-show, head to Triomphe for an icy martini and some French comfort food.

Start with venison tartare, and follow with black pepper roasted duck with spiced sauce a l’orange.

At 49 W. 44th St. Information: +1-212-453-4233.

Saturday Evening

Motor City madman Kid Rock rolls into the Beacon Theatre tonight on his 12-city charity tour.

“I want to put my money where my mouth is,” says the singer-songwriter. He’s launched a new single, “Care,” from his 2010 platinum album, “Born Free,” and is raising money for the needy.

Throw on your trucker hat, roll your smokes in your sleeve and kick back for the Kid’s raucous mix of hip-hop, country and rock.

He’s backed by Twisted Brown Trucker Band, with Ty Stone opening.

At 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6225; www.beacontheatre.com.

Sunday

It won’t be long before we -- or our robotic proxies -- are soaring to the far reaches of our solar system and beyond. In a new exhibition, the American Museum of Natural History shows us the likely future of space exploration.

Take a personality test to see if you’re suited for a trip to Mars. See the new MIT-designed spacesuit you’d wear if you went. Plus an interactive fly-over simulation lets you zoom in on Martian mountains and volcanoes.

Other exhibits show us living on the moon, deflecting asteroid disasters and becoming intrepid space tourists. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has already found the first 1,000 stars with orbiting planets.

“Beyond Planet Earth” runs until Aug. 12 at Central Park West and 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100; www.amnh.org.

Sunday Matinee

Kids making a difference are front and center in “Kommilitonen!” (Fellow Students), the new opera by Peter Maxwell Davies having its U.S. premiere at Juilliard.

With the help of life-size puppets, the work tells three stories: James Meredith’s battle against segregation in Mississippi, Munich students who opposed the Nazis and Chinese children forced to denounce their parents during the Cultural Revolution.

At 155 W. 65th St. Information: +1-212-769-7406; www.juilliard.edu.

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

--Editors: Manuela Hoelterhoff, Laurie Muchnick.

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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