Steve Martin Plucks, Edie Falco, Allman Bro’s Gig: N.Y. Weekend

Edie Falco
Edie Falco in "3 Backyards" directed by Eric Mendelsohn. Source: Caruso Mendelsohn Productions via Bloomberg

Edie Falco plays a star-struck woman who’s not as amiable as she seems in Eric Mendelsohn’s “3 Backyards.”

Her encounter with a neighboring celebrity is one of three enigmatic stories set in suburban Long Island. There’s also a businessman spying on his wife, and a thieving daughter who stumbles across something unsavory in a shack.

Mendelsohn is the only filmmaker to win two directing awards at Sundance -- and one is for this film.

Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY, Information: +1-631-423-3456; Also playing at IFC Center, 323 6th Ave. at W. 3rd St. Information: +1-212-924-7771;

Friday Night Gig

Fans of the Allman Brothers Band, ready to rave along to “Southbound,” are lining up on Broadway.

After a booking mix-up last year, (“Banana Shpeel” indeed!) the group is back at the Beacon Theater for its annual March ritual.

Gregg Allman’s seasoned veterans, including slide guitarist Derek Trucks, have been melding ecstasy and improvisation for over four decades, so get set for a luxury-length version of “Mountain Jam.”

Through March 26 at the Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6500;


Inspired by the natural world, artist Michele Oka Doner works big, installing a mysteriously beautiful floor at Miami International Airport, and she works small, scattering diamonds along metal branches for eye-popping jewelry.

Take a look at her work in handmade paper at Dieu Donne studios. Oka Doner’s artist book, “What is the White,” explores color and perception through wax, felt, translucent and opaque papers, while another has organic materials embedded in abaca leaves.

“Neuration of the Genus” runs through April 23 at Dieu Donne, 315 W. 36th St. Information: +1-212-226-0573;

Stroll over to gastropub Albert Hall Tavern for a plate of plump Blue Points and a frosty pint of draft Weinhenstephan beer. Order a side of duck fat and truffle oil French fries.

508 9th Ave. Information: +1-646-490-4803.

Saturday Matinee

The real stars of “War Horse” are the equine puppets, constructed from cane, aluminum, leather and mesh, yet strong enough to hold a rider. Three puppeteers control the head, heart and hind of each remarkably-constructed steed.

The play explores the strong bond between human beings and animals, as country boy Albert’s adored horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry at the start of World War I.

A bereft Albert, played by Seth Numrich, goes searching among the barbed wire and carnage to find Joey and bring him home.

For two years, the play has been reducing capacity crowds in London’s West End to sodden, weeping masses, so bring Kleenex.

In previews at Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., Lincoln Center, opening April 14. Information: +1-212-362-7600;

Saturday Night

You may know of Steve Martin’s talents as a comic, actor and writer, but you may not be fully cognizant of his banjo-playing chops.

He carried the instrument onstage during his early stand-up years, often making fun of his fondness for plucking. When Martin released an all-music album, “The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo,” it won a Grammy last year.

You can catch him performing live with the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Music Hall of Williamburg.

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Information:


In 1912, Pablo Picasso picked up cardboard, string and wire and, coaxing them into the shape of a guitar, created a new form of sculpture.

A couple of years later, he reimagined the guitar in sheet metal.

You can see the two breakthrough works, along with 70 related paintings, collages and drawings at the Museum of Modern Art.

For another slant on beautiful instruments, go uptown to the Met for “Guitar Heroes,” where you can admire “The Rawlins,” built by Antonio Stradivari in 1700.

When Italians started migrating to New York, luthiers took their traditions and craft with them, building highly prized stringed instruments in their adopted city. Many of the finest are on show here.

“Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914” runs through June 6 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

“Guitar Heroes” on view through July 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at E. 82nd St. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Evening

Kodo Drummers take over Avery Fisher Hall to pound out complex and subtle rhythms on their traditional Japanese instruments.

They will be joined by fue and shamisen players, as well as dancers and singers. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the group performs as part of Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC festival.

Carnegie Hall is proceeding with the events scheduled for March and April “to pay tribute to Japan and its people” during this devastating time.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. at 65th St. Information: +1-212-875-5030; 8.

(With assistance from Mark Beech 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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