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The Slits, DJ Small Change, Gyllenhaal, Rickman: N.Y. Weekend

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Fiona Shaw, Marty Rea, Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman in "John Gabriel Borkman" in New York, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater through Feb. 6th. Photographer: Richard Termine/BAM via Bloomberg

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Masha is all set to leave the family party when something interesting happens at last -- a handsome, charming soldier drops in and begins flirting with her.

Maggie Gyllenhaal takes on the role of the terminally bored wife in Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” playing opposite her real-life husband, Peter Sarsgaard, who appears as the sexy Vershinin.

In their 20s and stuck in a stultifying provincial backwater, the trio of Russian women never stops yearning for Moscow. Moving to the capital, they are sure, will bring them everything they want. We’ve all been there.

Austin Pendleton, who directed Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard in “Uncle Vanya” last year, is back at the helm.

In previews at the Classic Stage Company, the show opens Feb. 3 and runs through March 6. 136 E. 13th St. Information: +1-212-677-4210; http://classicstage.org.

Saturday

Take in the Helen Frankenthaler show, “East and Beyond,” at the Knoedler gallery to enjoy the pleasures of the “floating world.”

The artist went to Japan in 1983 to work on the woodcut “Cedar Hill,” using ukiyo-e techniques, which traditionally deal with fleeting beauty.

Twelve paintings and 20 woodcuts from Frankenthaler’s studio and on loan from collectors reveal the artist’s Eastern sensibility, from “New York Bamboo,” (1957) to “Weeping Crabapple” (2009).

The show runs through March 11 at Knoedler & Company, 19 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-794-0550; http://www.knoedlergallery.com.

Have a leisurely French brunch at L’Absinthe Brasserie.

Start with a half-dozen assorted oysters, then try buckwheat crepes stuffed with chicken, mushrooms and olives topped with Bechamel sauce.

To follow, savor crème brulee with raspberries and lemon-grass sorbet.

227 E. 67th St. Information: +1-212-794-4950.

Saturday Evening

Party into the night at the Museum of the Moving Image as chiptuners Bit Shifter and Nullsleep power the dance floor with their hacked Game Boys.

Fall on Your Sword presents electro-jams with mashed up videos of William Shatner and David Hasselhoff.

Also appearing, DJ Small Change and Brooklyn’s laptop rock band Project Jenny, Project Jan.

The Museum’s collection comprises 130,000 artifacts related to movies, television and digital media, and it’s throwing “Signal to Noise” to celebrate its gala reopening after a $67 million redesign and expansion.

35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, Queens. Information: +1-718-777-6888; http://www.movingimage.us.

Sunday

An ambitious banker, hungry for power, gives up the woman he loves, gets involved in financial hanky-panky and winds up in jail for embezzlement. Released, he plots his comeback.

Alan Rickman brings his Severus Snape chops to the title role of Ibsen’s “John Gabriel Borkman.”

He’s joined onstage by theatrical heavyweights Fiona Shaw and Lindsay Duncan as the twins in love with the blackguard.

Directed by James Macdonald, this is a new version created for Ireland’s Abbey Theatre.

At the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater until Feb. 6. 651 Fulton St. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.

Sunday Evening

The Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a celebratory concert for Ari Up, the lead singer of the legendary punk band, The Slits, who died in October.

Current and original members of The Slits, including Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook and Neneh Cherry, will be performing classic Slits hits and reggae jams. Special guests include punk luminaries from PiL, the Slackers, Brave New Girl, and Band Droidz.

Rumors abound that a certain leading man from the Sex Pistols may anoint the proceedings with his presence, so be on the look out.

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-486-5400; http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com.

Post-gig head to hipster hangout Zablozki’s for drinks at the long bar. Or grab a brew and shoot some pool in the back.

No rush, since it’s open until 4 a.m.

107 N. 6th St. Information: +1-718-384-1903.

(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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