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Tapping Code, Beethoven Best, Elegant Cambodians: N.Y. Weekend

Tap dancer Savion Glover in his new show,
Tap dancer Savion Glover in his new show, "Sole Power" at the Joyce Theater in New York. The show continues through July 10. Photographer: Elijah Paul/Thatgirl1006 Publicity via Bloomberg

June 26 (Bloomberg) -- Savion Glover calls his latest show “Sole Power.” The silly wordplay suits a virtuoso who has been turning his art inside out for 25 very public years. Since his first Broadway bow, in “The Tap Dance Kid,” Glover has moved his dizzy-making footwork from dazzling display to a more introspective style that has been compared with the later work of Miles Davis, who had a habit of performing with his back to the audience. One minute he’s a crowd pleaser; the next it’s as if he couldn’t care less. With each subsequent summer fling at the Joyce Theater, Glover challenges his audience further with his elliptical, moody transitions, and “Sole Power” continues the trend.

Afterward, have ribs or jelly cupcakes at Hill Country.

“Sole Power” is at 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th Street. Information: +-212-242-0800; http://www.joyce.org.

Hill Country is at 30 W. 26th St.; +1-212-255-4544.

Saturday Matinee

French-Cambodian choreographer Emmanuele Phuon takes the Khmer classical dance vocabulary and transforms it -- twisting it, injecting moves and floor work from ballet -- to suggest a continuing struggle between present and past.

With music by Debussy and Ravel, “Khmeropedies I & II,” a solo and a dialogue between a teacher rooted in traditions and her three more modern-thinking students, is being presented this week by Cambodia-based Amrita Performing Arts, whose executive director, Fred Frumberg, has done miracles to revive the country’s traditional dance forms.

Afterward, head to Don’s Bogam for some of New York’s best Korean barbecue.

“Khmeropedies I & II” is at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St., at 2 p.m. and 7:30. Information: +1-646-731-3200; http://www.bacnyc.org.

Don’s Bogam is at 17 E. 32nd St.; +1-212-683-2200.

Saturday Night

Beethoven considered the Missa Solemnis his greatest work, and maybe you will too once you hear the New York Philharmonic perform the piece with a mighty fine quartet of soloists: Christine Brewer, Jane Henschel, Anthony Dean Griffey and Eric Owens. Add to them a full chorus and maestro Alan Gilbert and you’ve got a “Gloria” to knock your socks off.

Opening the program is the world premiere of “Al Largo” by composer in residence Magnus Lindberg. He writes energetic, melodically inventive work for lots of busy little fingers.

You’ve fed your soul; now show your stomach a good time with lemon chicken and crisp pan-fried zucchini at Cafe Fiorello.

Avery Fisher Hall is on Broadway at 65th St. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org.

Cafe Fiorello is at 1900 Broadway, between 63rd and 64th Streets. Information: +1-212-595-5330.

Sunday Night

Not surprisingly, Al Pacino’s foray as Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” is drawing crowds to Free Shakespeare in the Park. Don’t let that dissuade you from taking the opportunity to see “The Winter’s Tale,” running in rotating repertory -- and playing tonight -- at the Delacorte Theatre. Shakespeare’s soulful late romance is a parable of love and forgiveness where, in contrast with Shylock’s brutal fate, the quality of mercy truly is not strained.

For waiting on line, bring a shake and burger from the Shake Shack.

For the Delacorte Theater, enter Central Park at Central Park West and 81st St. or Fifth Ave. and 79th St. Information: +1-212-539-8750.

Shake Shack is at 366 Columbus Ave. at 77th St.

(With assistance from Zinta Lundborg and Lili Rosboch in New York. Jeremy Gerard is a critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer of this column: Jeremy Gerard in New York at jgerard2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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