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Dudamel Live, Aretha Franklin, Willie Loman, Loons: NYC Weekend

February 20, 2012

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Preview by Zinta Lundborg

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- See what’s happening among “The Ungovernables,” about 50 young artists who are part of the New Museum’s 2012 Triennial, many of whom have never been shown in this city.

Curator Eungie Joo has assembled a global group: Argentinian sculptor Adrian Villar Rojas has built a wonky site- specific clay tower, which will be demolished at the end of the exhibition.

Amalia Pica’s “Eavesdropping,” a meditation on privacy, has cheerfully colored drinking glasses glued to the wall. And for “We the People,” Danh Vo deconstructs the Statue of Liberty.

Runs through April 22 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222; www.newmuseum.org.

Saturday Matinee

Philip Seymour Hoffman puts on Willie Loman’s shiny suit of desperation in a revival of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize- winning “Death of a Salesman.”

Mike Nichols directed, with Linda Emond as Linda and Andrew Garfield as Biff.

In the role, Hoffman follows theatrical heavyweights Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman and Brian Dennehy.

In previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, 243 W. 47th St., for a March 15 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; www.shubertorganization.com.

Revive your spirits at Joe Allen with a big, icy martini. Then dig into a classic Caesar salad and a grilled New York strip steak.

You may run into a Broadway star or two.

At 326 W. 46th St. Information: +1-212-581-6464.

Saturday Afternoon

Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonics’s live-wire music director, has taken the orchestra to his home turf in Venezuela as the climax of their unprecedented Mahler project.

You can see it all live from Caracas in HD at movie theaters around the country, as Dudamel conducts Mahler’s 8, or “Symphony of a Thousand,” with the combined forces of the LA Phil and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and multiple choirs and soloists.

All told, there will be 1,400 musicians onstage -- should be thrilling!

John Lithgow hosts the program, which begins at 5 p.m. New York time. If you miss it, there’s an encore broadcast on Feb. 29. Information: +1-323-850-2000; www.laphil.com.

Saturday Night

After singing at goddaughter Whitney Houston’s funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark on Saturday, Aretha Franklin will take the Radio City Music Hall stage.

The Queen of Soul will sing her greatest hits -- expect to hear “Do Right Woman--Do Right Man,” “Chain of Fools” and, of course, “Respect.”

It will be immediately clear why she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At 1260 6th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-4777; www.radiocity.com.

Sunday

Before he began creating light installations, Dan Flavin was making drawings.

From abstract expressionist watercolors, to portraits of his friends, to landscapes of the Hudson Valley and Long Island beaches, he continued to draw throughout his long career.

The Morgan Library has organized a retrospective featuring 100 of his works, as well as 50 works from his collection, including Piet Mondrian and Sol LeWitt.

“Dan Flavin: Drawing” runs through July 1 at the Morgan, 225 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-685-0008; www.themorgan.org.

Sunday Matinee

Kathleen Chalfant and John Cunningham star in a revival of Tina Howe’s “Painting Churches,” about Boston Brahmins ready to retire to Cape Cod.

We take the measure of the family when their daughter Mags, played by Katherine Turnbull, now a New York artist, comes home to paint their portrait at this turning point in all their lives.

In previews at Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. for a March 6 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; www.theatrerow.org/bookingclurman.htm.

Sunday Afternoon

Bundle up and bring your binoculars for a winter voyage, as you cruise around New York Harbor looking for cormorants, sandpipers, ducks, geese and loons. They’ve migrated here from the Arctic and can be seen paddling or flying about.

A guide from the Audubon Society will help you spot these and other water birds.

You may also be lucky enough to see harbor seals on the shores of Governor’s, Hoffman and Swinburne Islands.

Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17. Information: +1- 212-742-1969; www.nycaudubon.org.

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

-- With assistance from Lili Rosboch. 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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