South Park Duo’s ‘Mormon,’ Stoppard, Beach House: N.Y. Weekend

Beach House
Beach House band members, Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, will be performing at Webster Hall on Friday evening. Photographer: Jason Nocito/Sub Pop via Bloomberg

Come Friday night, the baroque pop of Beach House will echo through Webster Hall. Victoria Legrand’s dusky, idiosyncratic voice soars over bandmate Alex Scally’s harmonic layers of sound to enrapturing effect.

Touring one of 2010s most celebrated releases, “Teen Dream,” (not to be confused with Katy Perry’s cloying paean to skin-tight jeans, “Teenage Dream”), Beach House cast a spell so haunting you’ll leave the show in a shimmering daze.

Webster Hall is at 125 E. 11th St. Information: +1-212-353-1600;

Post-gig, hit Black and White for cheap drinks, blase bearded bartenders and an always solid selection of music.

It’s dark, woody and the inhabitants won’t mind if you take over a booth for an impromptu game of spin the bottle.

86 E. 10th St. Information: +1-212-253-0246.


For a taste of spring, visit the tropical Butterfly Conservatory. Get up close as they bask, flutter and court.

Watch them feed on nectar through a proboscis that can reach one and a half times body length. Zero in on the tiny scales that cover their wings, imparting spectacular Day-Glo hues of blue, green and red.

There are swallowtails, longwings, whites and sulphurs, and if you’re still, one or two might even perch on you.

Through May 30 at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100;

Stop by Tarallucci e Vino for some spinach and mascarpone ravioli in brown butter with prosciutto or Roman-style gnocchi with wild mushrooms.

Or just have some wine, cheese and biscotti.

475 Columbus Ave. at 83rd St. Information: +1-212-362-5454.

Saturday Matinee

“South Park’s” Trey Parker and Matt Stone have joined with “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez to produce “The Book of Mormon,” a cheery send-up of sanctimony and gullibility.

Two eager young missionaries head to Uganda to spread the gospel according to Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, and find there’s nothing at all in their tool kit to deal with famine, poverty and the AIDS epidemic. Music, dance, cussing and jokes ensue.

In previews at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St., opening March 24. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Saturday Night

Sex, lies and horticulture, mostly in that order, preoccupy the lives and fantasies of the characters in “Arcadia.”

Tom Stoppard’s dazzling fever dream of a play is set on a lush English estate. It time-travels between 1809, when a brilliant girl is discovering her intellectual genius and the stirrings of love, and the present, where competing academics are trying to sort out what happened there, often to hilarious effect.

Billy Crudup starred in the 1995 Broadway premiere of “Arcadia” and returns for the revival, along with yet another Streep daughter, in this case, Grace Gummer, in a cast that also includes Margaret Colin, Raul Esparza and Byron Jennings.

In previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., opening March 17. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Afterward, have a light but bracing snack of honey vodka and caviar at Firebird.

365 W. 46th St. Information: +1-212-586-0244.


The erotic, glow-in-the-dark polyurethane sculptures, both amusing and menacing, pour off the walls in the darkened room.

This is “Phantom,” (1971) by Lynda Benglis, part of her first U.S. retrospective now at the New Museum. Fifty works showcase her restless, boundary-busting career.

They include -- of course!! -- her famous 1974 Artforum ad skewering the macho art world in which Benglis wears nothing but rhinestone-studded sunglasses while holding a dildo.

Runs through June 19 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

Recover at Freemans with a pear gimlet and the hot artichoke dip.

Freeman Alley off Rivington St. Information: +1-212-420-0012.

Sunday Night

Ahmad Jamal, whose pianism helped move be-bop into the modern jazz era, appears at the Rose Theater, with bassist James Cammack plus drummers Manolo Badrena and Joey Baron.

Then saxophonist Lee Konitz, known for cool jazz, plays everything from hard-driving be-bop to avant-garde.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is on Broadway at 60th St. in the Time Warner Center. Information: +1-212-258-9800;

(With assistance from Jeremy Gerard and 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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