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Gaga Dons Body Condom, Grates Crow, Samurais Spar: N.Y. Weekend

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Singer Lady Gaga. The pop diva is performing at Madison Square Garden. Photographer: David LaChapelle/Polydor/Universal Music Group via Bloomberg

July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Catch Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” tour at Madison Square Garden as the pop diva bumps and grinds through her hits from “Just Dance” to “Alejandro” and “Paparazzi.”

Her over-the-top costumes include a spark-throwing bra and panties, a transparent body condom and platform stiletto fetish boots. No less eye-popping is the exotic disco garb sported by her ardent fans.

The Garden is on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets. Information:

For a totally different musical scene, head downtown to the Mercury Lounge for the tight Aussie trio, The Grates. Leading lady Patience Hodgson is a banshee onstage, crowing and crooning in equal measure.

Already solid-gold stars Down Under, The Grates are touring to support their album, “Teeth Lost, Hearts Won,” which recalls the lo-fi, lah-dee-dah of New York’s beloved Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Stay on for the squalling guitars of Midnight Spin.

Mercury Lounge is at 217 E. Houston St. Information: +1-212-260-4700;

Afterwards, hit Spitzer’s Corner for a post-show Kobe burger, a beef cheek sandwich with horseradish sauce or duck confit salad. The gastropub offers 40 international beers on tap and some good wines by the glass.

Spitzer’s Corner is at 101 Rivington St. Information: +1-212-228-0027.

Saturday Afternoon

The tutus and pointe shoes are being packed as American Ballet Theater winds down its spring season and heads out to Los Angeles.

You can still squeeze in a matinee of Kenneth MacMillan’s tried-and-true “Romeo and Juliet,” starring the beautiful David Hallberg and the Bolshoi Ballet’s technical whiz kid, Natalia Osipova.

When Sergei Prokofiev wrote the score, dancers complained it was too hard to move to his edgy music, but the tear-jerker came to be one of ballet’s most popular works.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway at 65th Street. Information: +1-212-477-3030;

Saturday Evening

Two fierce samurai warriors battle it out in the first offering of this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival. By turns frightening and funny, Hisashi Inoue’s Noh-inspired “Musashi” mulls over cycles of revenge, honor and the virtues of a conga line.

Yukio Ninagawa directs with a light touch and an eye for beauty, and Tatsuya Fujiwara shows off his sleek athleticism in the title role.

Adding to the realism, a giant red sun hangs over the first samurai fight and Musashi outwits his opponent by positioning him so he’s blinded by the rays. Overheated New Yorkers will empathize.

After the show, head to Rosa Mexicano for hand-mashed guacamole and mango margaritas.

At the David H. Koch Theater, Broadway at 65th Street. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Rosa Mexicano is at 61 Columbus Ave. Information: +1-212-977-7700.


Check out the mathematical Russians at the Guggenheim’s “The Geometry of Kandinsky and Malevich.” Early pioneers of abstract painting, both seriously annoyed the authorities.

Malevich was denounced by Stalinists, who accused him of creating “bourgeois” art. In Germany, where Kandinsky was teaching at the Bauhaus, the Nazis exhibited some of his paintings as “Degenerate Art” before destroying them. While they were at it, the Nazis also shut down the art and architecture school.

The museum is at 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Information: +1-212-423-3618;

Smear some Camembert on a baguette and wash it down with a refreshing sauvignon blanc as you enjoy saucy Can-Can dancers lifting their ruffled skirts.

The French Institute Alliance Francaise is throwing its annual outdoor Bastille Day celebration on East 60th Street beginning at noon.

On the main stage, hear Gay Marshall sing Edith Piaf ballads, Brooklyn-band Les Sans Culottes perform their French-inflected glam rock and Moroccan chanteuse Malika Zarra combine Arabic working-class blues with jazz and pop.

Of course, there will be a mime and an accordionist, plus owners of classic Citroens and vintage Velosolex motorbikes will bring their vehicles for all to admire.

FIAF is at 22 E. 60th St. Information: +1-212-355-6100;

(With assistance from Alix Greenwald. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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