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NYC Best: Potted Potter, Taco Cook-Off, One Dimension

May 26, 2012

Gillian Murphy in "La Bayadere." An exotic love triangle is the focus of the ballet. Photographer: Rosalie O'Connor/American Ballet Theater via BLoomberg

Gillian Murphy in "La Bayadere." An exotic love triangle is the focus of the ballet. Photographer: Rosalie O'Connor/American Ballet Theater via BLoomberg

See the gorgeous paintings of Gustav Klimt at the Neue Galerie in a show celebrating his 150th anniversary.

There will also be drawings by the Viennese artist, as well as rare photographs of him.

Then settle into the Cafe Sabarsky, with big windows overlooking Central Park, and try some robust coffee mit schlag and a special Klimt cake.

Runs through Aug. 27 at Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-628-6200; http://www.neuegalerie.org.

Saturday Afternoon

The 2-day Five Boro PicNYC gets under way on Governors Island, featuring craft beer, great food and live blues music.

Expect taco challenges, wild-game sausage competitions, grilled-cheese cook-offs and hot-sauce tastings.

The 20 restaurateurs and chefs include PicNYC creator Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43, Jason DeBriere of Peels and Alobar’s Ian Kapitan.

On May 26 and 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building. Information: http://5boropicnyc.com.

Saturday Night

Brit popsters One Direction roll into the Beacon Theatre with their artfully askew hair and catchy tunes.

Gone are the days of overly choreographed boy bands. These cuties rely on their charm and pipes to encourage fandomonium.

Trust it’s working -- their album “Up All Night” debuted at the top of the U.S. chart.

Don’t get trampled.

At the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212- 465-6500; http://www.beacontheatre.com.

Dance lovers have a chance to watch the exotic love triangle at the center of “La Bayadere” at the American Ballet Theater.

Especially gripping is the second act opium vision “Kingdom of the Shades,” which the hero experiences after his true love dies from a snake bite.

Polina Semionova, David Hallberg and Hee Seo take the principal roles.

ABT is at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, until July 7. Information: +1-212-477-3030; http://www.abt.org.

Sunday

Ponder New York City’s 200-year banking industry, in its rise to become the central player in the world’s economy. Track the booms and busts, the clever new products, the protests against fat-cat bankers.

There are 19th century notes, minutes from the first board meeting of what is now Citi, early credit cards and explanations of derivatives.

“Capital of Capital” runs through Oct. 21 at Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-534- 1672; http://www.mcny.org.

Sunday Matinee

“Medieval Play,” a new comedy by Kenneth Lonergan, stars Josh Hamilton and Tate Donovan.

As two knights, they begin a quest set “against the classic comic background of late 14th century ecclesiastical politics.”

Could be another “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Runs through June 24 at Signature Theater, 480 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-212-244-7529; http://www.signaturetheatre.org.

Sunday Afternoon

“Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience -- A Parody by Dan and Jeff,” comes to NYC after successful runs in London, Edinburgh, Toronto and other far-flung Rowling domains.

Two funny guys take on all the books in 70 minutes: If nothing else, you’ll learn the difference between Hogwarts and warthogs.

At Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St. Information: +1- 212-239-6200; http://www.pottedpotter.com.

Holiday Monday

The world’s endless human sorrow is captured in Bellini’s “Pieta with the Virgin and Saint John” (c.1455-60), as the dead Christ is cradled by the two mourners.

This masterpiece, among others, has been loaned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from an Italian museum closed for renovation.

Usually shut on Mondays, the Met opens its doors on holidays. While there, take a look at Tomas Saraceno’s “Cloud City” on the roof.

“Bellini, Titian and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo” runs through Sept. 3 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

Keep in the spirit with a bite at Girasole, a nearby Italian restaurant. Start with artichokes and move on to spaghetti with baby string beans.

At 151 E. 82nd St. near Lexington. Information: +1-212-772- 6690.

Monday Evening

Get to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine early to hear the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert perform their annual Memorial Day Concert.

On the program: Debussy’s “La Mer” and Tchaikovsky’s fateful Symphony No. 4.

Free tickets will be distributed at 6:15 p.m. on a first- come, first-served basis.

Located at 112th St. and Amsterdam Ave. Information: +1- 212-316-7540; http://www.stjohndivine.org.

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

Muse highlights include reviews of theater and film.

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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