Interpol, Pinter, Aziz, Big Apple Circus: Great N.Y. Weekend

Interpol band members from left, Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks and Sam Fogarino. The band will be at the United Palace Theatre on Friday. Photographer: Jelle Wagennar/Matador Records via Bloomberg

Head up to the United Palace Theatre for downtown gloom-rockers Interpol. Currently touring for their fourth album, Paul Banks and Co. craft a glamorous clamor of melancholy slicked with menace.

Interpol’s music feels like a rainy night in New York when the street lights glow even stronger in the cold.

Their propulsive, rhythmic sound will be nicely complemented by opening band White Rabbits, which trades in jangly piano rock.  Their lead single, “Percussion Gun,” pretty much spells it out for you.

Then cross the street for beer and bronzed roast chicken Dominican style at El Malecon.

United Palace Theatre is at 4140 Broadway, corner of 175th St. Information:

El Malecon is at 4141 Broadway at 176th St. Information: +1-212-927-3812.


Artist Ana Mendieta died 25 years ago, at 36, after a strange fall from a 34th-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. Her husband, minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, was tried and acquitted of her murder.

Galerie Lelong has mounted a show of Mendieta’s witty, gender-bending studies, with never-before exhibited photographs, slides and other materials from the artist’s archive, along with rarely seen drawings, sculpture and recently restored films.

Get ready for fire and blood, two of her life-long preoccupations.

“Ana Mendieta: Documentation and Artwork, 1972-1985” runs through Dec. 11 at Galerie Lelong, 528 W. 26th St. Information: +1-212-315-0470;

Saturday Afternoon

The Big Apple Circus is in town with a brand new show, “Dance On!”

You’ll see the Hebei Wuqiao Acrobatic Troupe from China perform a spell-binding act involving lassoes and monocycles, Ethiopian juggler cum percussionist Girma Tshehai, the X Bud Roses Troupe of five mysteriously flexible Mongolian contortionists, and Jenny Vidbel’s assortment of trained white mini-horses.

Of course, they will send in the clowns, including Grandma.

Under the Big Top at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center, 62nd St. between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. Information: +1-212-268-2500;

Saturday Night

Check out Aziz Ansari’s “Dangerously Delicious Tour” at the Beacon Theatre, part of the New York Comedy Festival.

The son of Indian immigrants, raised in the South, Ansari sends up celebrity as he describes his evenings out with Kanye West.

By the time he got his marketing degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business, the 27-year old was already a successful standup. Eat your hearts out.

You might have seen him as inept ladies’ man Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation” with Amy Poehler, or as the profanity-loving Randy in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People.” Grab this chance to experience him live.

There are plenty of other laughs elsewhere: Sunday brings veteran funnyman Dick Gregory and the Best of the Breakout Artists Comedy Series to Carolines.

Beacon Theatre is at 2124 Broadway at 74th St.

Carolines is at 1626 Broadway between 49th and 50th St. Festival information:

Sunday Afternoon

Take in a pair of short plays by Nobel Prize-winner Harold Pinter, presented by the Atlantic Theater Company in its 25th season.

“The Collection” explores possible infidelities among two couples, one straight, one gay, culminating in a duel with household knives.

“A Kind of Alaska,” inspired by Oliver Sacks’s “Awakenings,” presents a woman who wakes from a 30-year coma. Total comic incredulity is her response to news of what’s transpired during her long sleep.

In previews at the borrowed theater of the Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St. Opens Nov. 22 for a limited run. Information: +1-212-279-4200;

Stroll over to the corner of Bond Street and the Bowery to Cire Trudon and flabbergast your nose by lifting up the glass bell jars that enclose scented candles and inhaling deeply.

Try Ernesto, which evokes leather, tobacco, wood and barrels of guns under the hot Havana sun. Or Abd el Kader, which brings notes of mint, peppery ginger, and tea on the fresh winds plunging down from the mountains to the Mascara coast.

Founded in 1643, Cire Trudon is the oldest candle maker in the world. This is the first shop to open outside of France.

Cire Trudon is at 54 Bond Street. Information: +1-212-677-1200.

Then walk across the street to Peels -- opened by William Tigertt of Freemans fame during the summer -- for some Southern comfort food.

Start with a Hairy Mary made with mezcal, or a Bond Street Swizzle, absinthe floating on a gin base. Order up some andouille corn dogs, crusty fried chicken, and plates of seared Montauk squid rings

Peels is at 325 Bowery at 2nd St. Information: +1-646-602-7015.

(With assistance from Lili Rosboch. 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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