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"Mary Magdalene," by George Condo, is part of "George Condo: Mental States" on show at the New Museum through May 8. Photographer: Benoit Pailley/New Museum via Bloomberg

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Elvis Costello recorded the gorgeous title song from Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s 1949 Broadway musical, “Lost in the Stars.”

It’s based on Alan Paton’s anti-apartheid novel “Cry the Beloved Country” and rarely staged, though Weill, somewhat mysteriously, said it was his favorite score (and not “Three-Penny Opera”).

Chuck Cooper and Daniel Breaker star as the minister and his jailed son in the Encores! concert revival,

At City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212; http://www.nycitycenter.org.

Afterward, snack on a martini and chef Waldy Malouf’s signature wood-roasted oysters at Beacon, 25 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-332-0500.

Saturday

A portrait of Mary Magdalene shows her with long hair, big bare breasts and giant soft ears. Queen Elizabeth poses regally, but has one obviously fake eye.

George Condo’s work is a mix of the sacred and the goofy, all rendered with dazzling technical virtuosity. Perhaps now best known for a Kanye West album cover, Condo has produced an army of wildly imaginative characters over his prolific three-decade career.

“George Condo: Mental States” is at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, through May 8. Information: +1-212-219-1222; http://www.newmuseum.org.

Saturday Night

Master of the mash-up Girl Talk will whip his hordes of day-glo bespandexed attendees into a fever pitch at the Wellmont Theatre on Saturday night.

No doubt he’ll throw down some tracks off his latest album, “All Day,” but he prides himself on spontaneous eruptions so prepare for songs colliding at breakneck speeds.

There will be crowd-surfing, jolly moshing and clouds of shot-gunned toilet paper. All in all a sweaty, raving dance party so wear your best gear.

5 Seymour St., Montclair, N.J. Information: +1-973-783-9500; http://www.wellmonttheatre.com.

More Saturday Night

You and the rest of us have heard a lot about “Nixon in China,” the opera by John Adams now at the Met.

Here’s our advice after feeling our limbs go numb at the Wednesday premiere. Skip the pointless last act. The first has the dramatic descent of the presidential plane from the clouds above Beijing and some thumpingly good chorus music.

In the second act, the sympathetic Mrs. Nixon, the only character given a plausible interior life, smiles her way through an amusing visit with perfect pigs and happy children. Then comes the show’s highlight: Mark Morris’s raucously entertaining ballet featuring Henry Kissinger as a capitalist letch.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, until Feb. 19th. Information: +1-212-362-6000. http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera

Sunday

Inaugurate the year of the rabbit with lion and dragon dances at the 12th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.

The festivities kick off Sunday morning at 11:30, winding through the district along Mott, Canal, Bayard and East Broadway. Information: http://www.betterchinatown.com/2011_newyearparade.html

Afterward, stop by Hung Ry for hand-pulled noodle soup. Try oxtail, brisket, rutabaga with sour cherries, or lobster, hake, sunchoke and hen of the woods.

55 Bond St. Information: +1-212-677-4864.

Big Game

Hit Joe’s Pub for the Uberbowl, not your conventional Super Bowl party.

The match between the Steelers and the Packers will be shown on a big-screen TV, but commentary will be provided by actors and writers, including Kristen Johnston, the Voice’s Michael Musto and Cintra Wilson of the New York Times, many of whom have not actually seen a football game before.

Doors open at 6 p.m. There’s an afterparty at 10.

Joe’s Pub is at 425 Lafayette St. Information: +1-212-539-8778; http://joespub.com

(With assistance from Jeremy Gerard, Manuela Hoelterhoff, Katya Kazakina and 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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