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New York Weekend With Horses, Banjos, Drinks, Kinky

June 08, 2012

"Onegin"

Dancers Hee Seo and David Hallberg in American Ballet Theatre's "Onegin." Set in Imperial Russia, the full-length ballet features music by Tchaikovsky and John Cranko's vivid choreography. Photographer: Gene Schiavone/ABT via Bloomberg

Friday in the city calls for rooftop drinks. Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel has a refreshing seasonal mix of watermelon, fresh pineapple and vodka, called the Electrolyte.

There’s also the Chrysler, made from cognac and champagne which would be nice to sip while viewing its gleaming Art Deco namesake as the sun goes down.

At 145 E. 50th St. Information: +1-212-888-1220; http://upstairsnyc.com/index.php

Banjo master Bela Fleck takes the stage with pianist Marcus Roberts at Manhattan’s Blue Note.

The two will play songs from their CD “Across the Imaginary Divide” released this week. Expect to hear folk- and blues-laced jazz featuring Fleck’s virtuosity and Roberts moving solos.

Their rhythm section features Rodney Jordan on bass and drummer Jason Marsalis, trumpeter Wynton’s younger brother.

Through Sunday night at 131 W. 3rd St. Information: +1-212- 475-8592; http://www.bluenote.net.

Saturday

This is the last day to see American Ballet Theatre’s lavish production of “Onegin,” choreographed by John Cranko to music by Tchaikovsky.

Pushkin’s story of Imperial Russia comes alive with fancy balls and a fatal duel. While country lass Tatiana and aristo Eugene can’t quite agree to be enamored at the same time, you’ll get a good lesson in love-letter-writing -- that early 19th century form of social networking.

ABT at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.abt.org.

It was announced Friday that I’ll Have Another won’t run in the Belmont Stakes because of tendinitis, dashing hopes for a Triple Crown winner. The race is still on, of course. Watch it at SNAP Sports Bar in Chelsea.

It has 16 giant televisions, and is serving a special mint julep made with Bushmill’s Irish Honey Whiskey.

Racing festivities take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 248 West 14th St. Information: +1-646-350-0539; http://www.snapsportsbar.com.

Kinky Friedman, perennial politician, musician and author of “’Scuse Me While I Whip This Out” and “Cowboy Logic,” has his boots on the ground at Highline Ballroom for The Bi-Polar Tour.

While his old jokes are loved by many, he’ll have some fresh material since he’s just co-authored the book “The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts” with Billy Bob Thornton.

Expect to hear stories about Thornton’s life, loves and odd phobias told in Kinky’s singular way.

At 431 W. 16th St. Information: +1-212-414-5994; http://highlineballroom.com/.

Sunday

Catch the exhibition “Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960” opening this weekend, with nearly 100 works from post-World War II artists who produced a diverse and definitively radical body of work throughout the 1950s.

Largely unknown art by Asger Jorn, Jackson Pollock, Ellsworth Kelly and Mark Rothko, with sculptures by Louise Bourgeois and Alexander Calder fill the spiral rotunda galleries.

Have brunch of steak and eggs or buttermilk pancakes in the museum’s restaurant called, what else, The Wright.

At the Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 88th St. Information: +1-212-427-5690; http://www.guggenheim.org/.

The battle for the Tony Award for best musical pits the preposterous and fun “Newsies” against the inventive and romantic “Once.” Both shows have Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. One will become a hotter ticket that evening.

“Newsies” is at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St. Information: +1-866-870-2717; http://newsiesthemusical.com. “Once” is at the Bernard Jacobs, 242 W. 45th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.oncemusical.com.

Early Evening

Abigail Disney, philanthropist, filmmaker and the great- niece of Walt, leads a talkback after the 5:30 p.m. docu-drama “Trafficked,” at the fourth-annual “Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.”

Performed by young New Yorkers age 14 to 21, it tells the story of sex slavery and exploitation through the eyes of 15 young women worldwide.

Gloria Steinem and Kathy Najimy will speak next Saturday.

At the Upstairs Theater, 45 Bleecker St. Information: +1- 866-811-4111; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9663020.

(Catherine Smith writes for Muse, the arts and culture section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include a Lewis Lapham interview and Jeremy Gerard theater reviews.

To contact the reporter on the story: Catherine Smith in New York c.smith@bloomberg.net.

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


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