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M.I.A. Goes HARD, PS1 Heats Up, 4Play, Sylvia’s: N.Y. Weekend

M.I.A. attends the 2010 Costume Institute gala benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. M.I.A. is on tour to promote her new album "Maya," also written "/\/\/\Y/\." Photographer: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been around for four decades, joking and juggling with everyone from the Grateful Dead to the Cincinnati Pops.

Original member Paul Magid (Dmitri) is now joined by Karamazov youngsters Mark Ettinger (Alexei), Stephen Bent (Zossima) and Roderick Kimball (Pavel).

Bring some weird item along to see if you can frustrate the Champ, who’ll get a pie in the face if he fails to juggle three objects selected by the audience. Previous offerings include an iPad, an open umbrella, and an unwrapped stick of butter. No live animals, please.

“4Play” is in previews at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street. Information: +1-212-307-4100;

Then head over to Keith McNally’s classy reincarnation of Minetta Tavern. Opened in 1937, the Village saloon attracted such famous drunks as Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O’Neill and Dylan Thomas.

Try the Gin Blossom with elderflower liqueur, Aperol and fresh grapefruit, or the Rhubarb Sophie, a combination of vodka, cucumber, agave nectar, rhubarb bitters and fresh lime.

Beef is best here, so go for the house burger with cheddar and caramelized onions, or chew on a bone-in New York strip.

Minetta Tavern is at 113 MacDougal Street. Information: +1-212-475-3850.


Start off with a sultry slide through Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s weekly dance party cum meat market.  Grab a Brooklyn Lager and lounge in a hammock in your Ray Bans.

Swing on a singing pole, part of this summer’s architectural installation created by the firm Solid Objectives, and hear it bleat, pop or tinkle your own personal musical accompaniment.

MEN, the Brooklyn-based electro-dance group composed of former Le Tigre members, provides the soundtrack to a good afternoon’s rave.

The fun begins at 2 p.m.

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue, Long Island City. Information: +1-718-784-2084;

Saturday Night

Board a water taxi to Governors Island for HARD NYC on Saturday night. M.I.A., the London via Sri Lanka via Los Angeles rabble-rouser, headlines with, among others, South African hip hop act Die Antwoord and blog stars Sleigh Bells.

Maya Arulpragasam says she’s a “bona fide hustler makin’ my name,” and she knows how to rankle and rhyme with the best. Proof?  At the 2009 Grammys when nine months pregnant, she held her own singing the hook to her hit “Paper Planes” next to rap demi-gods Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I. and Lil Wayne.

M.I.A. is touring to support her new, nearly unpronounceable album, /\/\/\Y/\, and is sure to bring the thunder and light. Hold the truffle oil.

It will be tough to top the ferocity of Brooklyn-based Sleigh Bells, who, despite being just a girl-boy duo, can surge the amp off the stage.

HARD NYC is at South Island Field on Governors Island. Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street. Information:


Check out a couple of the exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York. One photograph in “Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Delegation, 1860” shows a fetching fashionista, hair curled, shoulders bared, surrounded by unsmiling men in full traditional regalia. All are armed.

Artifacts on display include a fragile linen fan with red calligraphy on one side, and the idealized face of Commodore Matthew Perry on the other. Japan was celebrating Perry just seven years after he forcibly opened the country to the West.

In their isolation, the ambassadors were delighted to accept the generous American gifts of a stethoscope and a combination lock.

Even New Yorkers can have a crush on the automobile, and “Cars, Culture, and the City” displays evocative photos of Buick, Olds, Studebaker and Dodge dealerships on Broadway, as well as the traffic regulation book that gave us the stop sign, the crosswalk and the taxi stand.

Reflect on a time when the Long Island Motor Parkway was the country’s first road for high-speed cars.

The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Information: +1-212-534-1672; at 103rd Street. Information: +1-212-534-1672;

For more New York history and a huge plate of soul food, head to Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, serving the likes of Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Magic Johnson since 1962.

Try the falling-off-the-bone barbecued ribs or the fried chicken with black eyed peas. Save room for sweet potato pie or banana pudding.

Sylvia’s is at 328 Lenox Avenue between 126th-127th Streets. Information: +1-212-996-0660.

(With assistance from Laura Speyer, 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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