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Say Yes to Satan, Tartan Kilts, Wedding Present: N.Y. Weekend

Conductor Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. The ASO plays at Avery Fisher Hall. Photographer: Richard Termine/21C Media Group via Bloomberg

Dusty Faust sells his soul for youth and drugs in a rare performance conducted by Leon Botstein of Robert Schumann’s ode to the magus.

“Scenes from Goethe’s Faust” stars Andrew Schroeder as the oldster who says yes to Satan and Twyla Robinson as Gretchen, the innocent he ruins before the evening concludes with a mystical chorus singing “Woman, eternal, beckons us on!”

Don’t miss the pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. Friday with the erudite, entertaining Botstein who, in addition to leading the American Symphony, is president of Bard College.

Tickets are only $25. Avery Fisher Hall is at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. Information: +1-212-868-9276;

Afterwards grab a blueberry mojito and a plate of seafood tagliatelli at Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant. Succumb to temptation and have the devilish warm chocolate truffle cake with vanilla gelato.

Gabriel’s is at 11 W. 60th St. Information: +1-212-956-4600;


New York celebrates all things Scottish today. Get into the spirit with a hearty breakfast at St. Andrews restaurant, say the traditional Scottish fry-up with Ayrshire bacon and black pudding.

St. Andrews is at 140 West 46th St. Information: +1-212-840-8413;

Then find your kilt and head over to the Tartan Day Parade to hear the singular sound of 2,000 pipers and drummers playing “Amazing Grace” and “MacPherson’s Farewell.”

The marching starts at 2:00 p.m. on Sixth Avenue and 45th Street and ends at 58th Street. Information:

March yourself to the gastro pub Highlands for Laphroaig 10-year-old, our food critic’s favorite. Check out his review. Slainte Mhath!

Highlands is at 150 W. 10th St., near Waverly Place. Information: +1-212-229-2670;

Saturday Night

Fabled director Lev Dodin has transported “Uncle Vanya” from his Maly Drama Theatre in St. Petersburg to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It’s in Russian but they promise English supertitles.

BAM’s Harvey Theater is at 651 Fulton St. Information: +1-718-636-4100;

Across the street is Thomas Beisl where we’ve often enjoyed the bratwurst and Wiener schnitzel. It’s at 25 Lafayette Ave., +1-718-222-5800.

Or wander over to Ici, which occupies a narrow room in a brownstone and favors regional farms. It’s at 246 Dekalb Ave. Information: +1-718-789-2778;


Visit the Cloisters in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. Walk in the medieval garden, admire the soft-spring views of the Palisades across the river, and ponder the Unicorn Tapestries. A paean to fertility and marriage, the Unicorn in Captivity stands in a bed of wild orchids and thistle, as juicy pomegranates burst above.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is at 99 Margaret Corbin Dr. in Fort Tryon Park. Information: +1-212-570-3828;

Have brunch at the nearby New Leaf Restaurant and Bar where chef Scott Campbell does a great duck confit hash with poached eggs and cheddar cheese grits.

A portion of the proceeds from the restaurant go to support Bette Midler’s nonprofit New York Restoration Project to create a greener New York.

The New Leaf is at 1 Margaret Corbin Dr., Fort Tryon Park. Information: +1-212-568-5323;

Sunday Night

Head downtown to the Bowery Ballroom as The Wedding Present celebrates its album “Bizarro’s” 21st anniversary. Fronted by David Gedge, the group performs drone-y, guitar-driven songs about infidelity and sexual angst.

Come early and catch irreverent, all-gal band Girl in a Coma, who’ve toured twice with Morrissey. Also check out their latest project, “Adventures in Coverland.”

The Bowery Ballroom is at 6 Delancey St. Information: +1-212-533-2111;

Walk over to Lil’ Frankie’s for sophisticated pizza. Sunday specials include a traditional Northern Italian bollito misto and saffron risotto.

Sit in the garden guzzling wine.

Cash only. Lil’ Frankie’s is at 19 First Ave. Information: +1-212-420-4900;

(With assistance from Daniel Billy and Ryan Sutton. Zinta Lundborg is a writer for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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