Kushner’s Capitalism, Lil Wayne, Turner’s ‘High’: N.Y. Weekend

Lil Wayne
Rapper Lil Wayne will be performing at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday evening. Photographer: Ray Amati/NBAE/Getty Images

Spend the evening with the Marcantonios, as retired Italian longshoreman Gus fights with his three grown kids about radicalism, unions and whether it’s ever right to pay for sex.

Set in a Brooklyn brownstone, Tony Kushner’s “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures” starts with Gus telling his family he wants to kill himself and then spins into a freewheeling dramatic odyssey.

Michael Cristofer, Linda Emond, Michael Esper and Stephen Spinella reprise their roles from the Guthrie Theater world premiere, and Michael Greif once more directs.

In previews at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., opening May 5. Information: +1-212-539-8500; http://www.publictheater.org.


“Malevich is like unblended scotch,” wrote Donald Judd about the Russian painter: “Single and free.”

To explore his legacy, Gagosian is currently showing major Malevich canvases surrounded by geometric works by such American heavyweights as Judd, Mark Rothko, Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin and Barnett Newman.

Take a look at Malevich’s purely abstract “Suprematism, 18th Construction,” and marvel that he painted it in 1915.

Through April 30 at Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Ave. between 76th and 77th Sts. Information: +1-212-744-2313; http://www.gagosian.com.

Check out the dazzling show of red and white quilts spiraling upward in circular pavilions at the Park Avenue Armory.

Decorated with lightning bolts, mazes, flowery vines and dazzling optical effects, all 650 are unique, displaying 300 years of craft creativity.

Curated by the American Folk Art Museum, the exhibited quilts are part of Joanna Rose’s great collection.

“Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” runs through March 30 at 643 Park Ave between 66th and 67th Sts. Information: +1-212-265-1040; http://www.folkartmuseum.org.

A naked woman, hands under head, legs spread, relaxes on a couch. It takes awhile to notice the shadowy men staring intently at her.

This is Sebastiaan Bremer’s 2011 hand-painted chromogenic print “Susanna Surprised by the Elders.”

Bremer enlarges photographs and then applies dots of paint to the surface, giving the images a hallucinatory quality. In “Leda and the Swan,” an ethereal bird embraces a woman’s curves from behind.

“Nudes and Revolutions” runs through April 23 at Edwynn Houk Gallery, 745 Fifth Ave. at 57th St. Information: +1-212-750-7070; http://www.houkgallery.com.


For some smart talk, head to Le Poisson Rouge to join the Writers Studio celebration of the Yale Review’s 100th anniversary.

The Review actually started in 1819, but didn’t become a literary journal until nearly 100 years later. Now it’s the nation’s oldest.

Early on, a critic noted its “freedom from cant, from pedantry, and from vaporous theorizing,” despite its “many articles by university professors.”

Lorrie Moore, Edmund White, Caryl Phillips and Louise Gluck will be on hand to read, along with some surprise guests. Editor and poet J.D. McClatchy introduces the proceedings.

At 6:30. 158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474; http://lepoissonrouge.com.

Saturday Night Theater

Kathleen Turner is back on Broadway, this time as Sister Jamison Connelly, a foul-mouthed, recovering alcoholic nun who saves souls in a rehab center.

Newcomer Evan Jonigkeit plays Cody, a 19-year old meth addict who has no real interest in recovery. Stephen Kunken is the priest who put them together.

In writing “High,” Matthew Lombardo tapped into his own struggles with crystal meth.

In previews at the Booth Theater, 222 W. 45th St., opening April 19. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://shubertorganization.com/theatres/booth.asp.


Experience the bold graphic work of German Expressionists at the Museum of Modern Art.

In “The War” Otto Dix created a series of etchings depicting his life in the trenches, while Max Beckmann’s “Hell” looks at post-war Berlin.

Kokoschka, Kandinsky, Nolde, they’re all here: The exhibit has 250 works by 30 artists focused on urban angst, sex, violence, decadence and the faint hope of redemption.

“German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse” runs through July 11 at 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400; http://www.moma.org.

Afterwards, settle into the Bar Room at the Modern with a glass of champagne.

Information: +1-212-333-1220.

Sunday Night

Croak-voiced genius Lil Wayne blows into Nassau Coliseum on Sunday in the company of bubblegum-bruiser Nicki Minaj and Teflon Don Rick Ross.

Wayne will no doubt supply his usual frenetic blast of rhymes and beats, while Nicki will pull her best monster faces.

Your night can only be enhanced by a healthy supply of purple drank.

1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY. Information: +1-516-794-9300; http://www.nassaucoliseum.com.

(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.)

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