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NYC Best: Cumming’s Macbeth, CBGB Festival, Big Cook Out

July 07, 2012

'Le Corsaire'

Jared Matthews as Lankendem in "Le Corsaire." The ballet is at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. Source: MIRA/American Ballet Theater via Bloomberg

The famous club may be history, but the spirit lives on in the CBGB Festival taking place at various venues around town.

There are some 300 bands to choose from. Don’t miss the power-pop Cloud Nothings, Escort and the unpredictable Reggie Watts.

Add to that industry conferences, film screenings and Q&A sessions, and a couple of free shows at Times Square and SummerStage today.

Runs through July 8. Information: http://www.cbgb.com.

Cook Out

Ferry over to Governors Island for the all-grill Cook Out NYC to sample the work of barbecue meisters.

See if you prefer beef, ostrich, lamb, chicken or goat burgers at the Fossil Farms cook-off. Vote for your favorite frank.

The brave will enter Mama O’s Super Spicy Kimchi-Eating Contest -- you may need to chug some cold custom brews.

Runs Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street.

Information: http://cookoutnyc.com.

Saturday Matinee

For some major male preening, go forth to “Le Corsaire” which closes American Ballet Theatre’s summer season. Expect pirates, pashas, beautiful slave girls and boys.

Ivan Vasiliev appears as Ali for this matinee; Ethan Stiefel bids adieu to the company during the evening show.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. Information: +1- 212-362-6000; http://abt.org.

Then cross the street to Rosa Mexicano for frozen margaritas and guacamole.

At 61 Columbus Ave. at 62nd St. Information: +1-212-977- 7700.

Saturday Afternoon

MoMA PS1 opens the 15th season of Warm Up, its outdoor summer music and art series.

Headlining is DJ Todd Terry, who’s joined by electro-goths Light Asylum and Trust.

“Wendy,” the temporary urban landscape installed at PS1, combines water cannons and air-cleaning capabilities. It was designed by HWKN, the winning entry in the museum’s annual Young Architects Program.

Plus the talented M. Wells is cooking in the courtyard.

On Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 8.

At 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens. Information: +1-718-784-2084; http://momaps1.org.

Saturday Night

Alan Cumming plays Macbeth, Banquo, the weird sisters and Lady Macbeth in a riff on the Shakespeare play presented by the National Theatre of Scotland at Lincoln Center.

Opening tonight, the one-man show is set in a madhouse, as an inmate descends into suicidal despair.

Through July 14 at the Rose Theater, Lincoln Center.

Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://lincolncenterfestival.org.

Sunday

When you see Alighiero Boetti’s life-size bronze “Autorittrato” (1993-99), you’ll know precisely how he felt.

The well-dressed man sprays a continuous stream of water from a hose onto his head, which emits clouds of steam.

The Museum of Modern Art has a retrospective of the Italian artist’s work, from his early Arte Povera movement days, to his later preoccupations with travel and mapping.

“Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” runs through Oct. 1 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708- 9400; http://www.moma.org.

Head east to the Brasserie for a cucumber gimlet and Oeufs Meurette.

At 100 E. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-751-4840.

Sunday Marathon

See three of Tom Murphy’s plays in a single day.

Galway’s Druid Theatre Company has brought “Conversations on a Homecoming,” “A Whistle in the Dark” and “Famine” to the Lincoln Center Festival.

The trio depicts the suffering of the Irish during the time of the potato famine and mass emigration.

The individual plays run through July 14 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://lincolncenterfestival.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 book and film reviews.

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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