NYC Weekend: Louis C.K., Eric Clapton, Krall, Film Fest

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Comedian Louis C.K. His fifth hour-long special, "Oh My God" debuts on HBO Saturday night at 10 p.m. New York time.

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Comedian Louis C.K. His fifth hour-long special, "Oh My God" debuts on HBO Saturday night at 10 p.m. New York time. Close

Comedian Louis C.K. His fifth hour-long special, "Oh My God" debuts on HBO Saturday night at 10 p.m. New York time.

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Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall. She is touring in support of her latest album, "Glad Rag Doll." Close

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall. She is touring in support of her latest album, "Glad Rag Doll."

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Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar festival is at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King are among the performers. Close

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar festival is at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King... Read More

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Saycon Sengbloh as Martha Reeves with the cast of "Motown: The Musical" on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Close

Saycon Sengbloh as Martha Reeves with the cast of "Motown: The Musical" on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The... Read More

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Poster art for a revival of "Pippin." Directed by Diane Paulus, it is in previews at the Music Box Theatre for an April 25th opening. Close

Poster art for a revival of "Pippin." Directed by Diane Paulus, it is in previews at the Music Box Theatre for an April 25th opening.

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Bibi Ferreira performs with a 21-piece orchestra at Alice Tully Hall this Sunday. Close

Bibi Ferreira performs with a 21-piece orchestra at Alice Tully Hall this Sunday.

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Claes Oldenburg with his sculpture "Floor Cone" (1962) in front of Dwan Gallery in 1963. His early work is on view at the Museum of Modern Art through Aug. 5. Close

Claes Oldenburg with his sculpture "Floor Cone" (1962) in front of Dwan Gallery in 1963. His early work is on view at... Read More

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"White Ships" (circa 1908) by John Singer Sargent. The Brooklyn Museum showcases nearly 100 watercolor paintings by Sargent through July 28. Close

"White Ships" (circa 1908) by John Singer Sargent. The Brooklyn Museum showcases nearly 100 watercolor paintings by... Read More

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Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's "Rigoletto." Close

Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's "Rigoletto."

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Natalie Dessay and David Daniels as Cleopatra and Caesar in "Giulio Cesare." Close

Natalie Dessay and David Daniels as Cleopatra and Caesar in "Giulio Cesare."

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The Salome Chamber Orchestra.

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The Cherrywood is made from Hornitos tequila, cherry puree and lime with a sugar rim. The tasty cocktail is made at Cherrywood Kitchen, located at 300 Spring Street in SoHo. Close

The Cherrywood is made from Hornitos tequila, cherry puree and lime with a sugar rim. The tasty cocktail is made at... Read More

Louis C.K. is back on HBO with new comedy material, Eric Clapton brings some great guitarists to Madison Square Garden and the “Disappearing Act V” film festival gives you the chance to see the work of European directors.

STAGE

Berry Gordy brings “Motown: The Musical” to Broadway, with vintage songs, hot dance numbers and famous characters, including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. In previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. for an April 14 opening. Information: +1-877-250-2929; http://www.motownthemusical.com.

Diane Paulus directs “Pippin,” in which a young prince finds his place in the world. It was written some 40 years ago by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and stars Matthew James Thomas (“Spider-Man”).

In previews at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., for an April 25 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.pippinthemusical.com.

NIGHT LIFE

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival rocks Madison Square Garden on Friday and Saturday. Among the performers: Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, and John Mayer. At 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. Information: +1-212-465-6741; http://www.thegarden.com.

Backed by a 21-piece orchestra, legend Bibi Ferreira presents Brazilian tunes, Broadway classics and a tribute to Edith Piaf on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5000; http://lc.lincolncenter.org.

Jazz singer Diana Krall is touring in support of her latest album, “Glad Rag Doll,” and on Friday she’s bringing the songs to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark. Information: +1-973-642-8989; http://www.njpac.org.

ART

Claes Oldenburg’s amusing early work -- “The Street” (1960) and “The Store” (1961-64) -- is in focus at the Museum of Modern Art beginning Sunday. You can also see “Mouse Museum” and “Ray Gun Wing,” his experiments and archives of popular culture. Runs through Aug. 5 at 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400; http://www.moma.org.

John Singer Sargent used watercolors to capture Mediterranean sailing vessels, Italian alps and the marble quarries of Carrara. The Brooklyn Museum in showing close to 100 of these charming works. Runs through July 28 at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-638-5000; http://www.brooklynmuseum.org.

MUSIC

Hit the Metropolitan Opera. There’s Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” in a clever production by David McVicar on Friday -- though who will turn up to sing Cleopatra, Dessay or De Niese, is an open question.

Saturday brings the Las Vegas “Rigoletto,” now with Lisette Oropesa and buzzy tenor Vittorio Grigolo. Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.

Hear some of the rare stringed instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, as the Salome Chamber Orchestra takes them out for a spin.

The “Bavarian” Stradivari is played in Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” while the “Baltic” Guarneri del Gesu of 1731 is heard in Lera Auerbach’s “Sogno di Sabat Mater.” At 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

WINING & DINING

Cherrywood Kitchen has just opened in SoHo with a tasty, springtime namesake cocktail made with Hornitos tequila, cherry puree and lime. Then move on to soft-shell crabs with baby artichokes. At 300 Spring Street. Information: +1-646-559-2328; http://cherrywoodkitchen.com.

New Bowery restaurant Pearl & Ash has WD-50 and Corton alum Richard Kuo in the kitchen cooking up octopus with sunflower seeds and almond quail with pomegranate. At 220 Bowery. Information: +1-212-837-2370; http://pearlandash.com.

MOVIES & TV

“Oh My God,” Louis C.K.’s fifth hour-long special, debuts on HBO Saturday night at 10 p.m. New York time. The show features the acerbic comedian with all-new material in front of a live audience. “It’s fun to watch someone say awful things,” observes Louis.

The “Disappearing Act V” European film festival is under way, with screenings of 24 contemporary films made in countries ranging from Austria to Switzerland.

Runs through April 21 at IFC Center, 323 6th Ave. at West 3rd St., Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St. and Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Queens. Information: http://www.ifccenter.com/series/disappearing-act-v.

(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 Jeremy Gerard on theater.

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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