Cindy Sherman, Van Etten Gig, Glass, Oscar Speeches: NYC Weekend

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Sharon Van Etten during the 2011 Northside Music Festival at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. On Saturday night she will perform her new album, "Tramp," at the Bowery Ballroom.

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Sharon Van Etten during the 2011 Northside Music Festival at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. On Saturday night she will perform her new album, "Tramp," at the Bowery Ballroom. Close

Sharon Van Etten during the 2011 Northside Music Festival at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. On Saturday night she will... Read More

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"Untitled #465" by Cindy Sherman. Sherman disguised herself as an aging socialite for this photo. Close

"Untitled #465" by Cindy Sherman. Sherman disguised herself as an aging socialite for this photo.

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"Untitled #424" by Cindy Sherman. The photograph is part of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art through June 11. Close

"Untitled #424" by Cindy Sherman. The photograph is part of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art through June 11.

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A flyer for "You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches." The show will take place on Feb. 25, the night before the Oscars, at Ars Nova Theater. Close

A flyer for "You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches." The show will take place on Feb. 25, the night... Read More

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The eclectic trio Tirtha plays a mix of jazz and Indian music, and will appear in an afternoon concert on Sunday at the Park Avenue Armory's celebration of Philip Glass. Close

The eclectic trio Tirtha plays a mix of jazz and Indian music, and will appear in an afternoon concert on Sunday at... Read More

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Composer Philip Glass on the floor of the 55,000-square-foot drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory. He will perform with his ensemble and guest artists throughout the weekend, commemorating his 75th birthday. The festival concludes Sunday evening with Glass's choral work, "Another Look at Harmony- Part IV." Close

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The Park Avenue Armory is the setting for the Tune-In Music Festival celebrating composer Philip Glass's 75th birthday in a series of concerts. Built for the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard, the armory is now a permanent home for the performing and fine arts. Close

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Composer Nico Muhly will appear with a lineup that includes Tania Leon, the jazz trio Tirtha and singer-songwriter Zach Glass on the last day of the Tune-In Music Festival honoring the 75th birthday of Philip Glass. Close

Composer Nico Muhly will appear with a lineup that includes Tania Leon, the jazz trio Tirtha and singer-songwriter... Read More

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Composer Philip Glass celebrates his 75th birthday in a series of concerts ending this weekend at the Park Avenue Armory. Highlights include his epic work "Music in Twelve Parts" and an evening of music and poetry with Patti Smith on Friday. Close

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John Chamberlain in his studio in 2011. The artist, who used car parts to make his sculptures, died while working on the retrospective now at the Guggenheim museum. Close

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"SPHINXGRIN TWO" by John Chamberlain. The aluminum sculpture is part of "John Chamberlain: Choices" at the Guggenheim museum through May 13. Close

"SPHINXGRIN TWO" by John Chamberlain. The aluminum sculpture is part of "John Chamberlain: Choices" at the Guggenheim... Read More

Used car parts, plus a little auto paint -- that’s all it took for John Chamberlain to make explosive and sensual sculptures throughout his long career.

The Guggenheim has assembled a retrospective of his work, including “Doomsday Flotilla” and the 16-foot aluminum arc “Sphinxgrin Two.” He was working on this exhibition when he died in Dec. 2011.

“John Chamberlain: Choices” runs through May 13 at the Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3500; http://www.guggenheim.org.

Saturday Tune-In

Hear Philip Glass’s rarely performed, five-hour “Music in Twelve Parts.” (No worries: two intermissions, plus an hour- long dinner break.)

It’s part of the Tune-In Music Festival at the Park Avenue Armory celebrating the composer’s 75th birthday.

On Sunday afternoon, there’s a concert with contemporary musicians, including Nico Muhly, Tania Leon and Glass’s singer- songwriter son, Zack, who will also talk about their craft.

The Festival concludes Sunday evening with Glass’s “Another Look at Harmony -- Part IV,” written for organ and 100 voices.

At 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-933-5812; http://www.armoryonpark.org.

Saturday Evening

Get some comic relief in the run-up to the over-hyped Academy Awards: hear classic speeches from Oscar winners reinterpreted by funny people, including Michael Cyril Creighton, Julie Klausner, Michael Musto and Molly Pope.

It’s hosted by Ryan Raftery as Billy Crystal, and no celeb is safe.

“You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches” was created by New Yorker writer Michael Schulman and memoirist Rachel Shukert.

At Ars Nova, 511 W. 54th St. Information: +1-212-489-9800; http://www.arsnovanyc.com.

Saturday Night

Let Sharon Van Etten seduce you on Saturday at the Bowery Ballroom.

On her new album, “Tramp,” the Tennessee-via-Brooklyn singer-songwriter still sounds bruised, but her spine has grown steely.

There’s a pulsing heat in her new songs which never lose her trademark intimacy.

Opening for her: baroque indie pop specialists Shearwater.

At 6 Delancey St. Information: +1-212-533-2111; http://www.boweryballroom.com.

Sunday

You’ve seen her in a thousand guises, from film noir actresses, aging socialites, clergymen and clowns: photographer Cindy Sherman has used herself as a model to explore the nature and power of images. She’s there, yet she isn’t.

The Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective has more than 170 photographs, including 2010 murals having their U.S. premiere.

Runs through June 11 at 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212- 708-9400; http://www.moma.org.

Drop by the museum’s Cafe 2 for refreshment: Start with a Mimosa, then try the cavatelli with chicken, mushrooms and white beans. Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday Matinee

Edward Albee’s “The Lady From Dubuque” was a flop when it opened in 1980, closing after a dozen performances.

The formidable Jane Alexander takes on the title role in the Signature Theatre’s revival of the play, directed by David Esbjornson.

In a typical living room, three young couples drink, play games, engage in snarky wrangling -- no one really facing the sad truth that one of them is dying.

Come early and admire the new Frank Gehry-designed theater complex.

In previews at 480 W. 42nd St. for a March 5 opening. Information: +1-212-244-7529; http://www.signaturetheatre.org.

(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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