Spidey, Diamond Rings, Kiefer, Holiday Windows: N.Y. Weekend

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The key art for the Broadway musical "Spider Man, Turn Off the Dark," with songs by U2 frontmen Bono and The Edge.

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The key art for the Broadway musical "Spider Man, Turn Off the Dark," with songs by U2 frontmen Bono and The Edge. Close

The key art for the Broadway musical "Spider Man, Turn Off the Dark," with songs by U2 frontmen Bono and The Edge.

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Bono, Julie Taymore, Glen Berger and The Edge are the original creative team for the production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Close

Bono, Julie Taymore, Glen Berger and The Edge are the original creative team for the production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

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John O'Regan, of the band "Diamond Rings," will be performing at Glasslands Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8.30 p.m. Close

John O'Regan, of the band "Diamond Rings," will be performing at Glasslands Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8.30 p.m.

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The 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, topped with a Swarovski crystal star. Close

The 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, topped with a Swarovski crystal star.

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"Mount Tabor" by Anselm Kiefer, part of "Anselm Kiefer: Next Year in Jerusalem" at Gagosian Gallery through Dec. 18, 2010. Close

"Mount Tabor" by Anselm Kiefer, part of "Anselm Kiefer: Next Year in Jerusalem" at Gagosian Gallery through Dec. 18, 2010.

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"Gold" by Luc Tuymans, part of "Luc Tuymans: Corporate" at the David Zwirner gallery through Dec. 21, 2010. Close

"Gold" by Luc Tuymans, part of "Luc Tuymans: Corporate" at the David Zwirner gallery through Dec. 21, 2010.

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"Anonymous" by Luc Tuymans, part of "Luc Tuymans: Corporate" at the David Zwirner gallery.

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Barney's holiday window display, located at 660 Madison Ave., between 60th and 61st Streets. Close

Barney's holiday window display, located at 660 Madison Ave., between 60th and 61st Streets.

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A holiday window display at Lord & Taylor, located at 424 Fifth Ave., between 37th and 38th Streets.

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A portion of a holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue, located at 611 Fifth Ave., at 49th Street.

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A hand-crafted quilt depicting a girl driving a donkey cart, made by a member of Cairo's Zabballeen community. An in-school program teaches poor Egyptian women and girls how to weave rugs and other textiles for export sales in the U.S., with proceeds going directly back into the community. Close

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Spidey and the Green Goblin battling it out right over your head makes the intermittent suffering worthwhile -- like those seats for midgets, the relentlessly deafening score by U2’s Bono and the Edge and the weird storyline, both inept and complex and largely by director Julie Taymor.

So catch a preview of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” before the $65 million musical opens Jan. 11.

Reeve Carney is a sweetly game Peter Parker, but the real heroes are the creative team responsible for the eye-popping effects and fabulous scenery: set designer George Tsypin, costumer Eiko Ishioka, and aerial choreographer Daniel Ezralow.

At the Foxwoods Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St. Information: +1- 877-250-2929; http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/

Stop by Joe Allen for a burger after the show.

Contemplate Spidey’s future as you examine the wall of flops, with posters from such shows as “Home Sweet Homer” with Yul Brynner, which had but a single performance.

The closing notice was posted even before the curtain fell.

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

Saturday

Visit Chelsea to see works by heavy-hitters Luc Tuymans and Anselm Kiefer.

It’s a simple red curve on a beige background, suggestive of a fishook, a flesh wound or a dollar sign. The oil painting is, in fact, a representation of the Fortis Bank logo, and it’s part of “Corporate,” the Tuymans show at the David Zwirner gallery.

Having taken on such fraught subjects as concentration camps and colonialism in Africa, the Belgian artist this time ponders the invisible corporate hand.

David Zwirner is at 525 W. 19th St. Information: +1-212- 727-2070; http://www.davidzwirner.com/

In 1969 Kiefer created a series of photographs of himself standing in front of European ruins, giving the Nazi salute.

Now he’s packed 76 of them inside a menacing steel box allowing glimpses of the images from open side doors. This is “Occupations,” the largest installation in his current show at Gagosian.

At 555 W. 24th St. Information: +1-212-741-1111; http://www.gagosian.com/

Saturday Afternoon

You can make a difference in the lives of the “garbage dwellers” of Cairo, who live mainly by recycling trash.

“Crafts of Cairo,” an annual sale organized by WQXR radio host Nimet Habachy, offers colorful quilts, tote bags and rugs made by Zabbaleen women after they were provided with looms, materials and training.

All proceeds go to support two schools in Cairo.

At Calvary-St. George’s Church from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 61 Gramercy Park North, at 21st Street. Information: +1-703-875- 9370; http://www.handsalongthenile.org/

Saturday Night

Head out to Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg for the thumping, oddly heartfelt electro of Diamond Rings.

Hurdling over tinkly synths and pulsing drums, frontman John O’Regan’s baritone bestows gravitas on tracks that could be played purely for their pop pleasures.

Glasslands’s lofty ceilings, wooden balcony and illuminated paper thunderclouds provide the perfect space for O’Regan’s lo- fi theatricality.

At 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information: +1- 718-599-1450; http://glasslands.blogspot.com/

Then cool off with a quick walk to The Woods for cheap booze, more dancing and a revitalizing taco from the truck parked in the all-seasons patio.

The lights are low, the dance floor full and there’s never an off night. Open until 4 a.m.

48 S. 4th Street at Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-782-4955.

Sunday

Check out Christmas in the city. Make a quick stop at the comical foodie windows at Barneys, where chef Mario Batali’s head is served up on a silver platter. Meanwhile, Miss Illy is decked out in her gown of recycled coffee packs.

Adore the Rockefeller Center tree, decorated with over five miles of LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski crystal star.

Walk down the alley of white herald angels and cross Fifth Avenue to look in the windows of Saks, where glamor-puss mannequins jostle kids diving with gigantic octopuses, riding elephant babies and taking flight in hot-air balloons.

Then head down to Lord & Taylor’s elaborate animated displays for a dozen different holiday scenes. There’s Haul Out the Holly, Deck the Halls and Picking Out a Christmas Tree.

Barneys is at 660 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-826- 8900.

Saks is at 611 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-753-4000.

Lord & Taylor is at 424 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-391- 3344.

Rockefeller Center is between 49th and 50th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Information: +1-212-332-6868.

(With assistance from Lili Rosboch and Daniel Billy. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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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