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Chemical Brothers, Batali’s Eataly, Happy Hooker: N.Y. Weekend

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Patrons shop at the newly-opened Eataly in New York. The 50,000 square-foot food hall is dedicated to Italian cuisine and products. Photographer: Paul Goguen/Bloomberg

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Cherry Jones steps into the shoes of the clever madam who started out as a hooker and now owns a string of high-end bordellos in George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.”

Shaw’s 1893 send-up of capitalism, patriarchy and upper-class hypocrisy was banned by the Lord Chamberlain and had to be privately performed in London. In New York, a few years later, the police came and arrested everybody.

The Roundabout Theatre production also stars Sally Hawkins -- of “Happy-Go-Lucky” film fame -- as the Cambridge-educated daughter who looks down on her scandalous mom.

Previews start tonight at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-212-719-1300; http://www.roundabouttheatre.org

Saturday & Sunday

When Electric Zoo is uncaged this weekend, Randall’s Island will morph into a local Ibiza.

Masterful knob-twiddlers, the Chemical Brothers headline Saturday, so expect a ravenous dance crowd surging late into the eve.

Even before the British duo hits the stage, the 30-plus supporting acts on Saturday will soak you in sweat: Jamaican dancehall dazzlers Major Lazer, Italian energy bomb Benny Benassi, and woo-booster Rusko, among others.

The party continues on Sunday with international trance DJ Armin van Buuren headlining. Be sure to wear something you don’t mind losing, abusing or, at the very least, can transform into an impromptu sweatband.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and the fun lasts until 11 p.m.  Bus and ferry service is available. Information: http://www.madeevent.com/ElectricZoo/?REFID=madeweb

Monday

Spend Labor Day stuffing yourself at Eataly, the new temple dedicated to Italian cuisine.

“We sell what we cook. We cook what we sell,” reads one of the many bilingual signs at the 50,000-square-foot food hall, created by Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, and Oscar Farinetti, founder of the original store in Turin.

Manzo, the only one of seven restaurants accepting reservations, is run by Michael Toscano, formerly of Batali’s Babbo.

For seafood, there’s Il Pesce, of course, headed up by David Pasternack, chef at the Batali/Bastianich-owned fish restaurant Esca.

There’s Pizzeria Rossopomodoro, where the pies are made by six chefs just landed from Naples and cooked in wood-fired ovens.

Bread and focaccia are baked continuously. The fresh pasta assortment is mind-boggling. A veggie butcher is ready to prep everything for cooking at home.

Choose from a huge selection of wine, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, jam, canned tomatoes and sauces and anything else Italian you can think of.

Don’t know how to cook? Attend Lidia’s La Scuola. Buy a cookbook and sexy kitchenware.

Beware the temptations of the pasticceria run by Italian chef Luca Montersino and the gelateria with its pure-fruit ice creams.

In the end, you’ll feel as though you’ve spent the day abroad -- even the UniCredit Bank ATM is Italian.

Later this fall, there will be a 300-seat microbrewery and rooftop restaurant featuring monthly guest brewers making regionally and seasonally specific Italian beers. We’ll be back.

Eataly is at 200 Fifth Ave. between 23rd and 24th streets.

Then head downtown to check out the talent at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, now in its 80th year. Paintings, sculpture, graphics, photographs, ceramics, fiber, wood, jewelry and glass will be on display.

It all began when struggling artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning were about to be kicked out of their studios. Desperate to raise some cash, they carried a few paintings down the stairs and started hawking them on the sidewalk.

The show takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on the sidewalks of University Place along the side of Washington Square Park from East 10th Street down to East 3rd Street. Information: http://www.washingtonsquareoutdoorartexhibit.org/home.php

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

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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