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Picasso Muse, Muti, Vinyl’s Spektor, Palestine: N.Y. Weekend

Renee Fleming
Soprano Renee Fleming in "Capriccio" in New York. The opera will be at Lincoln Center through April 23. Photographer: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera via Bloomberg

Renee Fleming sings the Countess in “Capriccio,” an elegantly arch blue blood with two artists nipping at her ankles.

There’s Olivier, a poet, and Flamand, a high-strung composer. What’s more important in an opera: words or music? Hmmm. Geee ... The question keeps her -- and us -- occupied until the opera’s end when Fleming, by way of answer, soars through some of the most gorgeous music Strauss wrote for the soprano voice.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, until April 23. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


Snatch up collector items during the fourth Annual Record Store Day.

Held at more than 700 independent music stores across the country and hundreds more internationally, Record Store Day is practically a national holiday for vinyl nerds who line up hours before doors are unlocked.

Labels produce limited editions of sought-after records especially for this day, so there is always a scrum for the most unusual vinyl.

This year, songstress Regina Spektor has released a special-edition blue EP called “Four From Far.” The first 100 buyers at Other Music get into her intimate show at the store today.

Think of it as the wedding-dress sale day at Filene’s Basement, but for dudes.


Saturday Afternoon

Pablo Picasso was a middle-aged, married shortie when he spotted a sexy blond teenager on a Paris street in 1927.

“I am Picasso,” he told the clueless 17-year-old.

Marie-Therese Walter became his obsession for the next ten years, and you can see her at Gagosian Gallery.

In one portrait, her neatly parted hair is crowned with an innocent garland, and, though she’s painted in profile, two limpid eyes gaze straight at you.

It’s part of “L’amour Fou,” a show of more than 80 paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by their secret love affair organized by John Richardson, the artist’s indefatigable biographer.

522 W. 21st St. Information: +1-212-741-1717;

Celebrate spring with a glass of sparkling French rose and pizza with newly arrived ramps, pecorino and pancetta at Cookshop.

Then stroll along the increasingly green High Line.

156 10th Ave. Information: +1-212-924-4440.

Saturday Night

Meet Brit import Rooster Byron, a former daredevil who still causes a ruckus wherever he goes. A Falstaffian pain to petty tyrants, he can’t be intimidated by the usual methods, even when they come to evict the lord of misrule from his woody refuge.

Mark Rylance reprises his performance in Jez Butterworth’s “Jerusalem” on Broadway; both play and actor won awards in London.

In previews at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., opening April 21. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


You don’t have to travel around the world to find exotic treasures -- they’re at the SOFA New York Show at the Park Avenue Armory.

Pick up a bouquet of yellow and white flowers made of blown glass and steel by Flo Perkins displayed by Santa Fe Gallery Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art.

What about Bernhard Schobinger’s singular brooch, “Herr ’K’” created from ferrotype, urushi and coral, depicting a formally clad gentleman with bowler hat and a giant red nose? It’s at Gallery S O from London’s Brick Lane.

In all, 600 artists from 12 countries can be found under one drill-hall sized roof at the exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art.

643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

Sunday Afternoon

Patched back together after landing on his face in a fall from the podium, Riccardo Muti is visiting New York with his band, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

On the program: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, rounded out with more mellifluous offerings by Liszt and Cherubini.

2 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Sunday Night

This is your last chance to see Mona Mansour’s “Urge for Going,” and view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of 17-year-old Jamila.

This scorching world premiere follows the Palestinian girl as she grows up, increasingly restless and bitter, in a Lebanese refugee camp, her family’s “temporary homeland for sixty years.”

The ensemble play, staged by Hal Brooks, is part of the Public Theater’s Lab series; all tickets are $15. It’s accompanied by the “Third-Half Passport Collection,” an exhibition of passports belonging to three generations of Palestinians.

At the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Information: +1-212-967-7555;

(With assistance from Katya Kazakina, 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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