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Scarlett Johansson performs as Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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Scarlett Johansson performs as Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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Sufjan Stevens has just released his second set of Christmas albums "Silver & Gold." He will perform at the Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 21, 2012. Close

Sufjan Stevens has just released his second set of Christmas albums "Silver & Gold." He will perform at the Bowery... Read More

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Dan Bern. The singer-songwriter performs at the Rubin Museum of Art on Dec. 21, 2012. Close

Dan Bern. The singer-songwriter performs at the Rubin Museum of Art on Dec. 21, 2012.

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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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Sau-Wing Lam on the violin. His collection of rare Italian stringed instruments will be heard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Dec. 22. Close

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The Salome Chamber Orchestra will perform Bach concertos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Dec. 22. Close

The Salome Chamber Orchestra will perform Bach concertos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Dec. 22.

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"Synchromy in Orange: To Form" (1913-1914) by Morgan Russell. This large abstract oil painting is part of an exhibition at MoMA. Close

"Synchromy in Orange: To Form" (1913-1914) by Morgan Russell. This large abstract oil painting is part of an exhibition at MoMA.

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"Construction of volumetric interrelationships derived from the inscribed square and the square circumscribed by a circle" (1924) by Georges Vantongerloo. The painted cast-cement sculpture is part of MoMA's interdisciplinary show that also includes paintings, drawings, prints, books, films, photographs, recordings, musical scores and dance pieces. Close

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Dancers from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at the Joyce Theater through Jan. 6, 2013. Close

Dancers from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at the Joyce Theater through Jan. 6, 2013.

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Dancers from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at the Joyce Theater through Jan. 6, 2013.

Take the time to see Christian Marclay’s video installation “The Clock.”

It’s a clever 24-hour compendium of quick scenes from 100 years of film that unfolds in real time. When it’s high noon for Gary Cooper, it’s also high noon for you.

“The Clock” runs during public hours at the Museum of Modern Art, and admission is on a first-come basis, with no time limits.

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

Drop by La Grenouille for the cheese souffle and a glass of Champagne.

At 3 E. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-752-1495.

Saturday Matinee

Scarlett Johansson takes the stage as the mercurial Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Benjamin Walker is her alcoholic husband Brick, while Ciaran Hinds plays Big Daddy, the dying patriarch of the Pollitt clan.

Lust, lies and greed erupt during a birthday celebration, destroying the family’s veneer of Southern gentility.

Rob Ashford directs the Tennessee Williams classic.

In previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., for a Jan. 17 opening. Information: +1-877-250-2929; http://richardrodgerstheatre.com.

Saturday Night

For some cheery holiday music, head over to the Bowery Ballroom.

It’s “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice.”

Sufjan Stevens just released his second set of Christmas albums, “Silver & Gold,” and has also been touring with fellow Brooklynites Nico Muhly and Bryce Dressner.

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

Alternatively, you’ve seen the beautiful instruments displayed behind glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Now hear them played by members of New York’s Salome Chamber Orchestra.

The Sau-Wing Lam Collection will be heard in a program of Bach concertos. Guest violinists are Karen Gomyo and Daniel Hope, who will play the Baltic Guarneri “del Gesu” of 1731.

At the Met’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

Sunday

See how it all started as the Museum of Modern Art celebrates the centennial of abstraction.

There are more than 350 works -- from painting to dance pieces -- in the exhibition, including heavy-hitters Malevich, Kandinsky and Mondrian.

Opening today, the show traces the social networks that drove this radical idea across the world.

“Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1225” runs through Apr. 14 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212- 708-9400; http://www.moma.org.

Sunday Matinee

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male troupe that performs in tutus and toe shoes.

They dance as sylphs, princesses, water sprites and snow flakes, the more graceful, the better.

Don’t miss Ida Nevasayneva as the dying swan with molting feathers, plus the New York premiere of an excerpt from the 1939 Soviet ballet “Laurencia” about a peasant revolution.

Runs through Jan. 6 at the Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. Information: +1-212-691-9740; http://www.joyce.org.

Head west for dinner at The Park. Check out the cocktail menu, which has options like “Wicked Monk” and “Hendrick’s Mash.

Start with pumpkin soup, and then dig into spicy lamb sausage with couscous and eggplant marmalade.

At 118 Tenth Ave. Information: +1-212-352-3313.

Sunday Evening

Musica Sacra’s annual performances of the “Messiah” have become a holiday tradition.

Conducted by Kent Tritle, the chorus and orchestra provide a polished version of Handel’s masterwork.

Kathryn Lewek, Kirsten Sollek, Nicholas Phan and Matt Boehler are the soloists.

Hallelujah!

At Carnegie Hall, Seventh Ave. and 57th St. 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 Lewis Lapham’s 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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