Kusama’s Nutty Dots, The Drums, ‘The Clock’: NYC Weekend

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"The Clock" (2010) by Christian Marclay is a 24 hour compilation of scenes from movies referencing the time of day.

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"The Clock" (2010) by Christian Marclay is a 24 hour compilation of scenes from movies referencing the time of day. Close

"The Clock" (2010) by Christian Marclay is a 24 hour compilation of scenes from movies referencing the time of day.

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Christian Marclay's "The Clock" is on view at MoMA. Close

Christian Marclay's "The Clock" is on view at MoMA.

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The Paris Opera Ballet is performing "Giselle" at Lincoln Center. Close

The Paris Opera Ballet is performing "Giselle" at Lincoln Center.

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Yayoi Kusama greeting fans before departing the Whitney Museum of American Art, where a retrospective of her work is on view. Close

Yayoi Kusama greeting fans before departing the Whitney Museum of American Art, where a retrospective of her work is on view.

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A spectator at the 'Yayoi Kusama' exhibit at the Whitney Museum. Kusama's self-titled show runs through Sept. 30, 2012. Close

A spectator at the 'Yayoi Kusama' exhibit at the Whitney Museum. Kusama's self-titled show runs through Sept. 30, 2012.

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Jacob Graham, Connor Hanwick, Adam Kessler and Jonathon Pierce of The Drums with the Philip Hall Radar Award. The Drums will be performing at the Village Voice's 4Knots festival at the South Street Seaport in New York on July 14, 2012. Close

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Cam'ron at the Teen People magazine's What's Next 2002 issue celebrations. The leader of the Diplomats will be opening the Well in Bushwick on July 14, 2012. Close

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An 1849 lithograph published by John Bachman looking south from Union Square.

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Patrons bustle at the "Grand Central Terminal: An Early December Noon in the Main Concourse" in this photo-realistic oil on linen painting by Stone Roberts. "Stone Roberts: New York Paintings," is an exhibition on view through Sept. 16, 2012, at the Museum of the City of New York. Close

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Can-Can dancers on stage at Bastille Day in New York. The fete is organized by the French Institute Alliance Francaise and takes place this year on July 15, 2012 on 60th Street between Lexington and Fifth Avenues. Close

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Delicious fruity treats at Bastille Day in New York. Wines and food samples will be available at the fete site this year on July 15, 2012. Close

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Chamber band Alarm Will Sound will be performing "Song Books" through song, improvisation, and instrumental and electronic music on July 15, 2012. Close

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The hit of the 2011 Venice Biennale is back in Manhattan: Christian Marclay’s “The Clock.”

It’s a 24-hour compilation of movie scenes in which people look at watches or clocks as they rush to an assignation or a train.

Thanks to a sophisticated computer program, no matter what time it is in the movie, it is also your time as you are watching. And that’s magical and enchanting.

Part of the Lincoln Center Festival, it’s free at the David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62nd St.

Information: +1-212-875-5350; http://lincolncenterfestival.org.

Saturday Morning

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama left her voluntary residence in a nut house to appear at the opening of her retrospective at the Whitney Museum.

As you will see, she fancies brightly hued polka dots and infinity nets in her paintings, drawings, sculpture, film, performance art and installations.

She used to live in New York in the 1960s, devoted to happenings and missives. Once she wrote an open letter to Richard Nixon, offering to have sex with him in exchange for stopping the Vietnam War.

“Yayoi Kusama” runs through Sept. 30 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212- 570-3600; http://whitney.org.

Saturday Afternoon

The Village Voice’s free 4Knots Festival is crowding two piers at the South Street Seaport.

Featuring the sassy surf pop of The Drums and shaggy indie rock of Archers of Loaf, the day is packed with a rollicking lineup sure to please everyone.

Buzzy Brooklyn breakouts Fast Years open at 12:30 p.m., so get to Pier 17 early.

Stay for the after-party with Black Lips and DJ Jonathan Toubin at the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, 89 South St. Information: http://microapp.villagevoice.com/4knots/2012.

Saturday Matinee

Also part of the Lincoln Center Festival, the Paris Opera Ballet presents “Giselle” with Isabelle Ciaravola in the title role of a peasant girl who rises from the grave to protect her faithless lover from raging female Wilis.

Performances of all shows run through July 22 at the David H. Koch Theatre. Information: +1-212-870-5570; http://lincolncenterfestival.org.

Saturday Night

Hip-hop star Cam’ron, leader of the Diplomats (or Dipset), does the honors at the opening of the Well in Bushwick. He’s joined by the Flatbush Zombies, among others.

It promises to be the biggest beer garden in the city, with an 11,000-square-foot outdoor space geared for performance.

There’s champagne and lots of liquor but the place is all about beer, with suds available from every brewery in the state.

At 272 Meserole St. Brooklyn. Information: +1-347-599-1759; http://thewellbrooklyn.com.

Sunday

In the 18th century, Manhattan boasted streams and lakes, verdant forests and an abundance of farms.

Then came surveyors and developers armed with dynamite, who created our neatly numbered streets and avenues.

It’s your last chance to see how it happened: “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011” has rare topographical maps, historic photos and prints, plus interactive displays, and it’s closing today.

Don’t miss the monumental contemporary urban paintings of Stone Roberts at the Museum of the City of New York until Sept. 16.

At 1220 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-534-1672; http://www.mcny.org.

Sunday Afternoon

Celebrate Bastille Day with French summer cocktails, wines from Beaujolais and delicacies from Rouge Tomate, Payard Patisserie & Bistro and Macaron Cafe.

There will be a band, can-can dancers, a show of classic Citroen cars, and, of course, an accordionist and mime.

Organized by the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the fete starts at noon and runs through 5 p.m. on 60th St. between Fifth and Lexington Avenues. Information: +1-212-355-6100; http://bastilledayny.com.

Sunday Night

Smart chamber band Alarm Will Sound performs John Cage’s theater piece “Song Books.”

The collection of songs, improvisations, instrumental and electronic music can be combined in any number of ways.

It’s the closing night of the River to River Festival, so no tickets are required.

At Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. Information: +1-212-219-9401; http://rivertorivernyc.com.

Post-Cage, grab a beer at the Beekman Pub, a traditional Irish bar with Highland Lager on tap. Try the Galway fish and chips.

15 Beekman St. Information: +1-212-732-7333.

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

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To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

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