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NYC Best: Porn for Laughs, STS9, Van Gogh, Coltrane Fest

November 03, 2012

David Phipps of STS9

David Phipps of Sound Tribe Sector 9 (aka STS9). STS9 will perform at the Best Buy Theater on Nov. 2. Photographer: C Flanigan/WireImage via Bloomberg

Power outages continue to afflict New York, especially the downtown areas, so call the venue before you leave without a flashlight.

Pay a visit to Patience Escalier, gardener and former oxherd from the marshlands of the Camargue.

Vincent van Gogh painted him in August 1888 during his time in Arles. Now he’s at the Frick.

Clad in a greenish jacket and a bright yellow straw hat, the man’s rugged face suggests, in van Gogh’s words, “the very furnace of harvest time, deep in the south.”

“Portrait of a Peasant” is on loan from Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum until Jan. 20 at 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212- 288-0700;

Stop for lunch at Bella Blu. Try pappardelle with organic baby vegetables.

At 967 Lexington Ave. Information: +1-212-988-4624.

Saturday Afternoon

Take your kids to a family concert at the Rose Theater: “Who Is John Coltrane?”

Leading his ensemble, Wynton Marsalis explores music by the great saxophonist-composer.

It’s part of the John Coltrane Festival, celebrating the life and works of the jazz giant.

Runs through Nov. 3 at Broadway and 60th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Saturday Night

Cheyenne Jackson takes on the role of Mandrew, a buff, tanned and tattooed guy trying to break into the adult entertainment industry.

Henry Winkler is Chuck Wood, the reigning star now in a downward spiral. “The Performers” is porn played for laughs.

Alicia Silverstone, Ari Graynor and Jenni Barber are innocent and not-so-innocent women in the romantic comedy written by David West Read and directed by Evan Cabnet.

In previews at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St. for a Nov. 14 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Sound Tribe Sector 9’s post-rock dance music is at the Best Buy Theatre.

Inspired by funk, jazz, psychedelia and hip hop, STS9 released its 11th album, “When the Dust Settles,” and continues to tour with “Great Cycle Spectacles.”

At 1515 Broadway at 44th St. Information: +1-212-930-1950;


With the cancellation of the marathon, spend more time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

David Roentgen made beautiful furniture fit for royalty: among his clients were Marie-Antoinette, Russia’s Empress Catherine II and Frederick William II of Prussia.

One stunning rolltop desk has hidden drawers and secret compartments all opened with a single key -- worth the trip by itself.

The Met is showcasing some 65 pieces created in the Roentgen workshop, plus family and official correspondence.

“Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens” runs through Jan. 27 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Evening

The tough nun and a charismatic priest will now sing duets as “Doubt” turns into an opera.

You can see the creative process unfold as Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum presents excerpts.

John Patrick Shanley, who wrote the prize-winning play and movie, has also created the libretto, set to music by Douglas J. Cuomo. They, along with director Kevin Newbury, will be on hand to talk about what it takes to stage a contemporary work.

“Doubt” premieres at the adventurous Minnesota Opera Jan. 26.

At the Peter B. Lewis Theater, Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3587; york/education/works-and-process.

Then tuck into Bouchot mussels and roasted salmon at tiny French spot Table d’Hote.

At 44 E. 92nd St. Information: +1-212-348-8125.

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

Muse highlights include Greg Evans on movies and Jeremy Gerard on theater.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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