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What’s the probability of making a free throw in basketball? Answering such questions is the nation’s first museum devoted to mathematics, which opens its doors today.

It’s the baby of former hedge fund quant Glen Whitney, who’s now executive director. He wants to show everyone just how cool math is, especially those ill-served by stupefying textbooks.

There are more than 40 exhibits within the new 20,000- square-foot space: Feedback Fractals use video cameras to create intricate repeating patterns, while Wall of Fire invites visitors to play with laser light.

Museum of Mathematics is at 11 E. 26th St. Information: +1- 212-542-0566; http://momath.org.

For sustenance, head over to Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke.

Start with a blood orange Margarita. Then plunge into the rib sampler, including Memphis baby backs, Kansas City spareribs and Texas beef ribs, from pitmaster Kenny Callaghan.

At 116 E. 27th St. Information: +1-212-447-7733.

Saturday Matinee

Laurie Metcalf stars as a smart neurologist facing a growing psychological mystery in “The Other Place.”

Expect a powerful performance from the three-time Emmy- winner, as well as from Daniel Stern as her husband and Zoe Perry, Metcalf’s actress daughter.

Joe Mantello directed the play by Sharr White.

In previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., for a Jan. 10 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.theotherplacebroadway.com.

Saturday Evening

Spend an evening with young Mozart as he pursues the four lovely Weber sisters.

Ian Harkins takes the lead role in “Marrying Mozart,” a new play with the composer’s music based on Stephanie Cowell’s novel.

Presented by Dicapo and Opera Moderne at Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 E. 76th St. through Dec. 16. Information: +1-212- 868-4444; http://www.dicapo.com.

Afterwards, drop into French bistro Orsay for bouillabaisse or the wild boar meatloaf.

At 1057 Lexington Ave. Information: +1-212-517-6400.

Saturday Night

Gotham Burlesque’s holiday show features cheerfully seasonal songs, dances and visual displays.

Nasty Canasta, Minnie Tonka and Jonny Porkpie are just a few of the entertainers onstage, hosted by Bastard Keith.

Producer Gary Beeber makes sure there will be plenty of eye candy.

At Stage 72, 158 W. 72nd St. Information: +1-800-838-3006; http://www.gothamburlesque.com.

Sunday

Damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the South Street Seaport Museum is now open.

Catch “A Fisherman’s Dream: Folk Art by Mario Sanchez,” an exhibition of 35 intaglios made of wood and paint, showing creatures from the sea and their killers.

Don’t miss “Timescapes,” a film narrated by Stanley Tucci that depicts the rise of New York from a tiny settlement to one of the world’s great cities.

At 12 Fulton St. Information: +1-917-492-3480; http://www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

Sunday Matinee

Leap at the last chance to see Alexei Ratmansky’s sophisticated take on “The Nutcracker” with the ABT.

Aside from Clara and her doll, there’s a big snowstorm that becomes menacing and a star turn for the mysterious Drosselmeyer. But it all starts with a hungry mouse searching for crumbs.

At 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.

Sunday Evening

Experience the JACK Quartet’s electrifying virtuosity in medieval and modern form.

They’re performing transcriptions of works by Dufay and Rodericus, as well as new pieces by Michael Harrison, Sasha Zamler-Carhart and Caleb Burhans.

An added bonus: The concert takes place before the angel- filled Christmas tree and the Neapolitan Baroque Creche.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.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 Lewis Lapham’s podcast and Greg Evans on movies.

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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