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Jay-Z inaugurated the $1 billion dollar Barclays Center with an eight performance concert. Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets.

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Jay-Z inaugurated the $1 billion dollar Barclays Center with an eight performance concert. Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets. Close

Jay-Z inaugurated the $1 billion dollar Barclays Center with an eight performance concert. Barclays Center is home to... Read More

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An interior view of the Barclays Center arena. It features a layout by the Kansas City office of AECOM, which specializes in sports facilities. Premium court-side and club seats rise along the long sides, surmounted by 101 luxury suites. Close

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A still from "As Above - So Below," part of last year's "Immersive Surfaces" video exhibition, in Dumbo, Brooklyn. "Codex Dynamic" is part of the 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival. Close

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An animation from "An Inquiring Age" by Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker, projected onto the East Anchorage elevation and interior of the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, Brooklyn. "Codex Dynamic" runs from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Close

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The Brooklyn Botanic Herb Garden and its ripening chile peppers. It's part of the 20th Annual Chile Pepper Fiesta. Close

The Brooklyn Botanic Herb Garden and its ripening chile peppers. It's part of the 20th Annual Chile Pepper Fiesta.

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Neil Young headlines the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park. The group aims to eliminate extreme poverty. Close

Neil Young headlines the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park. The group aims to eliminate extreme poverty.

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Foo Fighters join Neil Young, the Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'Naan in Central Park this weekend as part of the Global Citizens Festival. The concert will be live streamed at various sites. Close

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Amy Morton and Tracy Letts in "Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Booth Theatre. The production marks the 50th anniversary of the play's Broadway debut. Close

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Carrie Coon, Madison Dirks, Amy Morton and Tracy Letts star in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"at the Booth Theatre. The production, still running, is directed by Pam MacKinnon. Close

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Fly over buildings and throw light balls as you explore your extraordinary powers. “Superhero” is an interactive installation by Wildbytes at this year’s Dumbo Arts Festival, now under way.

“Codex Dynamic” has video artists projecting large-scale artworks on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage and Archway.

There are reflective floating sculptures in the East River, a monster drawing rally at the Dumbo Arts Center, “Flex” dance performances, open studio visits and plenty of projects for kids.

Runs through Sept. 30 in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Information: http://www.dumboartsfestival.com.

The hottest chile pepper in the world -- India’s bhut jolokia -- makes an appearance at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The Herb Garden will sport Bolivian rainbow, bishop’s hat, shishitu, pimento and cayenne, while artisans give you a taste of their hot concoctions.

There will also be performances from spice-loving cultures, including West Africa’s Kulu Mele, Seoul’s Sonagi Project, Chicha Libre from Peru and the world fusion music of Hazmat Modine during the 20th annual Chile Pepper Fiesta.

At 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-623- 7200;http://www.bbg.org.

Saturday Night

Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan are performing on the Great Lawn in Central Park.

Coinciding with the UN General Assembly, it’s a celebration of the progress already made in eradicating poverty around the world, as well as a drive for further action.

Tickets were distributed by lottery to people involved in the movement, but VIP seats are still available.

The festival will also live stream on various sites.

Information: http://globalfestival.com.

Rapper Jay-Z heads is back in Brooklyn for a series of concerts to inaugurate the $1 billion Barclays Center.

He’s starring at the brand-new 19,000 seat arena, with plenty of premium viewing.

Jay-Z is co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, which begin playing at Barclays Nov. 1, so expect to also see him courtside.

Future concerts: Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

At 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-877-772- 5849; http://www.barclayscenter.com.

Sunday Matinee

Pay a little visit to George and Martha’s house: Tracy Letts and Amy Morton star as the academic couple who have fun pulverizing one another and anyone else in range.

The Steppenwolf Theatre production of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is in previews, set to open on Oct. 13, the 50th anniversary of the play’s first performance.

Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks are the young couple who get caught in the crossfire.

At the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St. Information: +1-212- 239-6200; http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/booth.asp.

For a hearty meal, head to Becco, Lidia Bastianich’s west- side eatery for some osso buco.

355 W. 46th St. Information: +1-212-397-7597.

Sunday Evening

“Fall for Dance” is at City Center with diverse programs.

Today it’s the Martha Graham Dance Company, Juilliard Dance, American Ballet Theatre and the Hong Kong Ballet.

Choreography is by Martha Graham, Pam Tanowitz, Twyla Tharp and Peter Quanz.

Runs through Oct. 13 at 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1- 212-581-1212; http://www.nycitycenter.org.

Looking Ahead

After a few nail-biting moments, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra settled a musician’s strike and is heading to New York to open the season at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

For the gala, Music Director Riccardo Muti conducts Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

The program will be broadcast on WQXR in New York and on classical music stations around the country and live streamed on www.wqxr.org and www.carnegiehall.org/wqxr.

At 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.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 the Lewis Lapham podcast and Greg Evans on film.

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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