Ai Weiwei, Radar, Andrew W.K., Big Boats, Kitson: NYC Weekend

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Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. The Philharmonic's musicians agreed a two-year contract, which leaves pay unchanged this season and raises it two percent for 2012 to 2013, according to K.C. Boyle, the spokesman for Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. Photographer: Chris Lee/New York Philharmonic via Bloomberg

Daniel Kitson is a unique English funnyman with brilliantly original material. Catch his latest show, “It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later,” at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

A big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, his monologue tells the story of a man and a woman whose paths cross for a second. It’s also about how we’re all trapped in the minuscule present moment.

Runs through Jan. 29 at 38 Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-254-8779;

Or take a chance on the Public Theater’s always adventurous Under the Radar festival.

Shows as disparate as “Sontag: Reborn,” drawn from the journals of the late aesthete, and the appallingly titled “Lick But Don’t Swallow!” about an angel who must earn her wings while making a pornographic movie, are presented by troupes from around the world.

Runs at various venues through Jan. 15. Information: +1-212-539-8500;


Ai Weiwei’s “Sunflower Seeds” opens today at the Mary Boone Gallery.

The installation caused some trouble in 2010 at London’s Tate Modern when viewers clambering on the seeds were found to be kicking up and inhaling toxic dust. The exhibit was then roped off.

This time, there will be no walking on the 5 tons of hand-painted porcelain seeds which were produced by 1,600 artisans in Jiangxi, China.

For the activist artist, the large number of unique seeds is a commentary on the contradictions inherent in Chinese society.

Runs through Feb. 4 at 541 W. 24th St. Information: +1-212-752-2929;

Head over to Bottino for a plate of Orecchiette with broccoli rabe and boar sausage, accompanied by a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Try the tasty bread pudding for dessert.

At 246 Tenth Ave. Information: +1-212-206-6766.

Saturday Midtown

In a tranquil backyard scene, clover dapples a green lawn, tools are stacked against a weather-beaten shed and delicate leaves fill the sky. The one startling note is a suspended, upside down figure.

It’s Jeff Wall’s “Boy Falls From Tree” (2010), one of his recent photographs on exhibit at Marian Goodman Gallery.

Runs through Jan. 21 at 24 W. 57th St. Information: +1-212-977-7160;

Saturday Night

“The Enchanted Island” is the new hit show at the Metropolitan Opera, a totally entertaining Baroque pastiche created by Jeremy Sams and directed by Phelim McDermott.

A mash-up of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outfitted with arias by 18th century composers, the show features Joyce DiDonato as an angry witch, Luca Pisaroni as her sweetly dopy loser son Caliban, and a funny star turn by Placido Domingo as Neptune.

If you can’t make it to the Met, don’t miss the Jan. 21 HD transmission to theaters at 1 p.m. New York time.

Runs through Jan. 30 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

Another option: The New York Philharmonic presents the local premiere of “Polaris” by the always interesting British composer Thomas Ades.

He shares the program with the rather longer, darker Mahler’s Ninth, the ailing Austrian’s last symphony and one infused with a sense of yearning, impending death and hopeful transcendence.

Music director Alan Gilbert is on the podium.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656;

Sunday Morning

How about a musical exploring the soul of capitalism?

Produced by avant-garde troupe TEAM, “Mission Drift” takes on economics with lizard ballet, atomic blasts, Vegas-charged ballads and Southern-inflected blues.

A symbol of boom and bust, Miss Atomic reigns over the action, spanning 400 years of American history.

The show is part of the COIL 2012 winter festival, produced by P.S. 122, bringing together U.S. and international artists.

“Mission Drift” runs through Feb. 4 at the Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th St. Information: +1-212-352-3101;


Want to take a look at some big boy toys? Then head over to the boat show at the Javits Center.

From the $1.4 million 540 Sundancer to a personal kayak, you can check out the latest vessels and gear, including GPS devices and bespoke weather accessories.

You can also learn to reel them in at the Fishing University or just brag about the one that got away.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. Information: +1-212-216-2000;

Sunday Evening

Party-rock whiz kid Andrew W.K. joins the enterprising L.A.-based Calder String Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge tonight.

On the program: Bach, Cage, Riley and Glass, plus works by Mr. W.K. himself.

Equally at home playing Beethoven in concert halls and rock shows with bands like the National and The Airborne Toxic Event, the Calder is sure to raise the roof.

At 158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474;

(With assistance from 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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