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Paulie D, ‘Hard Nut,’ Met Creche, Horsey Diva: N.Y. Weekend

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"Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte"
John Kelly in "Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte" at La MaMa in New York through Dec. 19, 2010. Photographer: Steven Schreiber/Blake Zidell via Bloomberg

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- You’ll need to prepare yourself for Friday night at Terminal 5 when DJ Paulie D spins his magic.

Freshly G and T’d, wearing clean L, the fiercely-coiffed Jersey Boy himself will supply the beats.

We all know what to expect: fist-pumping, grinding, deshabille and loud swearing.

Since it’s hard to know how ironic the audience will be, make sure to wear your sunnies at night.

At 610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600; http://www.terminal5nyc.com/

After emerging from the dance hall, take yourself to Press Lounge, the rooftop bar at the Ink48 hotel.

Get a cocktail and join the glam crowd. Your recent excursion into B&T madness will begin to fade.

At 653 11th Ave. Information: +1-212-757-2224.

Also Tonight

Join gun-toting diva Deborah Voigt at the Polka Saloon where she dispenses whiskey and advice to weepy miners in the revival of “La Fanciulla del West” (The Girl of the Golden West) at the Metropolitan Opera.

With a gleaming high C and charm to spare, she rides a horse and cheats at cards to save her bandit from the evil clutches of the jealous sheriff.

Puccini’s sweetly sophisticated ode to the 1840s Gold Rush is splendidly captured in the Met’s grandly scaled, wonderfully atmospheric production from the early 1990s.

Marcello Giordani, topped off by a mighty cowboy hat and decorated with a dainty moustache, sings lustily as the bandit with the opera’s most famous tune.

Lucio Gallo broods darkly as the unappreciated sheriff. Nicola Luisotti conducts with enthusiasm.

Tonight is “Fanciulla’s” 100th birthday -- the world premiere took place at the Metropolitan Opera with Enrico Caruso onstage, Arturo Toscanini in the pit and Puccini himself coming out for a bow or two. So a toast is in order: “Whiskey per tutti!”

Lincoln Center, Broadway at 66th St. Information: +1-212-362-2000; http://www.metoperafamily.org/

Saturday Afternoon

Visit the fantastic Neapolitan creche and Christmas tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lighting ceremonies take place at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Some 50 silk-robed angels spread their wings in the blue spruce. At its base, adoring the holy newborn, are shepherds and their flocks, with exotic Magi on the way, all surrounded by colorful townspeople, peasants and assorted animals.

For something more secular, visit “Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand” with its erotic photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe with her shirt open.

Next door is an accompanying show of photographs from the 1910s witnessing a new epoch as motorcars and airplanes confounded conventional notions of time and space.

Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org

Saturday Evening

Experience two artists for the price of one in “Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte” as John Kelly channels Austrian painter Egon Schiele in all his lustful, transgressive glory.

This is billed as the last “blutletting” of the blood wurst after much touring and an Obie.

So focused was Schiele on flesh and mortality that he was jailed as a pornographer. Though he died at 28, the artist had the last laugh -- a 1915 work of his sold at auction in 2006 for more than $22 million.

“Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte” is at La Mama until Dec. 19th. Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.

74A E. 4th St, between Bowery and 2nd Ave. Information: +1-212-475-7710; http://lamama.org/

Sunday

Hear holiday classics superbly played by the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the West Point Band, which can trace its roots to the Revolutionary War.

All members of the band are active soldiers and most come with degrees from conservatories such as Juilliard, Curtis and the Eastman School.

Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenger and Staff Sergeant Alexis Cole provide the vocals.

The concerts are at noon and at 3 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway and 66th St. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org/

Sunday Afternoon

In this revival of “A Hard Nut,” Mark Morris dances the part of Dr. Stahlbaum, a promotion from his usual appearance as a drunken guest.

His amusing riff on “The Nutcracker” updates the action to 1970s America, with adults misbehaving at a liquor-fueled Christmas party.

In addition to the Nutcracker, Mouse King, and Sugar Plum Fairy, there are fighting G.I. Joes, adorable Barbies, aluminum robots, swinging guitar players and unisex snowflakes.

Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music is intact.

At 3 p.m. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org/

(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.)

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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