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Colbert, Snoop Dogg, Faust, Watteau, Sugar Plums: NYC Weekend

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Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Stephen Colbert ponders ‘truthiness” and shows satirical bits from recent episodes he will probably riff on before a live audience tonight at the Wellmont Theatre.

We’re hoping to hear more about the “deranged women” trying to derail the Cain campaign all the way to Uzbekistan.

Buy a premium ticket and join him for a drink, while supporting the Montclair International Film Festival.

Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair, N.J. Information: http://www.wellmonttheatre.com/event/72709.

Saturday

Follow the sun over the course of an afternoon in the luminous photographs of Uta Barth, at Bonakdar gallery.

The Los Angeles-based artist explores the impact of time on perception in subtle images.

Runs through Dec. 22 at 521 W. 21st St. Information: +1-212-414-4144; http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com.

Then stop by The Red Cat for a tangerine whiskey sour and some grilled shrimp tacos. Top it all off with chocolate raspberry parfait.

At 227 10th Ave. Information: +1-212-242-1122.

Saturday Matinee

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” is back for its seasonal outing, a New York City Ballet tradition since the premiere in 1954.

Sugar Plums, battling toy soldiers, fierce mice and that telescoping Christmas tree that hits the ceiling and just keeps on going. This show never gets corny.

Can’t get to Lincoln Center? Check out the Dec. 13 live HD broadcast in movie theaters.

Runs through Dec. 31 at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5656; http://www.nycballet.com.

Saturday Night

Go hear two of the greatest male singers on the planet in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Gounod’s “Faust,” starring Jonas Kaufmann and Rene Pape.

They don’t get all that much to do in this dark, stylized staging by theater man and opera newbie Des McAnuff. His idea to update the medieval myth into a lab for atomic bombs is neither preposterous -- nor probably as exciting as he hoped it might be.

Excellent actress Marina Poplavskaya is Marguerite, while Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes Gounod’s endlessly melodic score flow beautifully.

The live HD broadcast to theaters is Dec. 10; runs through Jan. 19 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-2000; http://www.metopera.org.

Sunday

A fancifully dressed guitarist and a little gray dog stare as a blond woman is swept up in a passionate embrace.

Watteau’s “La Surprise” (c. 1718) was presumed lost for two centuries. Then it turned up in an English drawing room in 2007.

It’s now on loan to the Frick, where you can see it installed in the North Hall together with the artist’s “The Portal at Valenciennes.”

The Frick Collection is at 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700; http://www.frick.org.

Sunday Matinee

Shen Wei Dance Arts takes over the 55,000-square-foot drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory for a new piece, “Undivided, Divided.”

Combining digital projection and other elements, the work features dancers moving in wet paint -- partial nudity alert -- to create giant paintings.

Also on the program: Shen Wei’s reimagining of “The Rite of Spring,” and “Folding,” set to the music of John Tavener and Tibetan Buddhist chants.

At 643 Park Avenue. Information: +1-212-933-5812; http://www.armoryonpark.org.

Sunday Evening

No one does uptight better than David Hyde Pierce, now back onstage in the world premiere of “Close Up Space” by Molly Smith Metzler.

He’s an overwrought book editor juggling a diva author, played by Rosie Perez, a hot-blooded daughter and looming deadlines.

In previews at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s City Center Stage 1, 131 W. 55th St., for a Dec. 19 opening. Information: +1-212-581-1212; http://www.closeupspacetheplay.com.

Looking Ahead

On Monday night, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa blaze the stage at Terminal 5.

On tour to support their new joint album, the soundtrack to their film “Mac and Devin Go To High School,” the duo performs together, toe to toe.

Snoop, an elder statesman, and hot upstart Wiz are united in laconic flow and love of trees.

Terminal 5 is at 610 W. 56th St.

Information: http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/77441.

(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.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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