LCD Soundsystem Send-Off, Strokes, Splashy Diva: N.Y. Weekend

The Strokes
The Strokes appear at Madison Square Garden, Friday night. Source: RCA via Bloomberg

The Strokes grab uptown glory when the downtown five-pack descend on Madison Square Garden.

Even after inter-band scuffles and solo projects, they still release hooks that retain the surly 70s-esque urgency that garnered them massive fame in the early aughts. So here they are -- four albums deep -- graduated from dingy Lower East Side clubs to one of the world’s most famous arenas.

Go, and tell everyone afterwards that they didn’t sound nearly as awesome as when you caught them at Merc Lounge in 1999.

4 Penn Plaza, 7th Ave. between 31st and 33rd Sts. Information: +1-212-465-6741;


Joan Mitchell hit Manhattan in 1947, checked out the artistic action in Europe the following year, and by 1951 her work was hanging next to Pollock, de Kooning and Hofmann in the landmark Ninth Street Show curated by Leo Castelli.

You can see fourteen of her exuberant early paintings at Lennon, Weinberg, ranging from the bold post-cubist “Untitled,” (1951) to the riotous whorl of color she created in Paris at the end of the decade.

“Joan Mitchell: Paintings from the Fifties” is at Lennon, Weinberg, 514 W. 25th St. until April 16. Information: +1-212-941-0012;

Stop by Bottino for a glass of prosecco and seared tuna Nicoise salad.

246 Tenth Ave. near 24th St. Information: +1-212-206-6766.

Saturday Night

The city’s biggest disco-punk party is LCD Soundsystem’s final, fond farewell show at MSG.

Conscientious downtown beat-maker, frontman James Murphy has decided to retire his bump suit, and is throwing a rager of a send-off.

Rumors abound on who the special guests will be -- Daft Punk, anyone? -- but Murphy runs DFA Records, so some of his label family will likely be in attendance.

Hydrate well -- you’ll be convinced to “dance yrself clean” for over three hours.

Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, 7th Ave. between 31st and 33nd Sts. Information: +1-212-465-6741;

Of course, musically sensitive people might prefer the airy coloratura of Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Joyce DiDonato in “Le Comte Ory” at the Met.

They shine in Bartlett Sher’s cheap new production of Rossini’s cute comic marginalia. The staging is trite and small-scale, though the fancy costumes and splendid headgear will look great on the movie screen.

Especially Damrau does a star turn as the addled Countess besieged by a nun -- sexy tenor Florez in religious drag -- during the time of the crusades. Sher updated the opera to the 18th century for no reason, adding an incoherent play-within-a-play device that was old in Hamlet’s time.

This is the third production ruined by Sher, a theater director who clearly finds the operatic enterprise very challenging.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, until April 21. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


Sporting a snazzy do, the long red face stares at you with huge black eyes. This is Romuald Hazoume’s modern Beninese mask, constructed from a plastic can, speakers and a brush.

There’s also a colorful parrot with a big personality created by Calixte Dakpogan from iron, plastic and copper pieces, as well as his soulful “Papa Sodabi - The Drunk,” made from found steel, metal, plastic and glass.

These works, and other riffs on the mask, are part of a new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Reconfiguring an African Icon,” running through August 21.

1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Matinee

A young Wall Street broker stows away on a cruise ship to woo a sexy woman and winds up impersonating Public Enemy No.1, aka Snake Eyes Johnson.

So begins the great Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes,” and soon you’re hearing the immortal lyrics from “You’re the Top:”

You’re the purple light

Of a summer night in Spain,

You’re the National Gallery

You’re Garbo’s salary,

You’re cellophane.

Sutton Foster is crooner Reno Sweeny, while Joel Grey takes on Moonface Martin, two of the ship’s other passengers.

In previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., opening April 7. Information: +1-212-719-1300;

(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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