Jay-Z, Bjork, Galileo, New Gehry Theater, Wheeldon: NYC Weekend

Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork plays a special harp on her new CD "Biophilia." The music is billed as the world's first interactive album. Source: Sacks & Co. via Bloomberg

Icelandic chameleon Bjork brings her “Biophilia” show to the New York Hall of Science Friday night.

It’s an over-the-top performance piece inspired by DNA, gravity, crystals.

Along with a 24-woman choir, she’s bringing instruments created purely for this piece, including the “Sharpsichord,” a portable pipe organ.

Runs through Feb. 18 at 47-01 111th St., Queens. Information: +1-718-699-0005; http://www.nysci.org.


A topless man and woman, knee deep in water, make a huge thumbs-up gesture. This is Austrian Maria Lassnig’s “Die Optimisten” (The Optimists), part of the “Looking Back” show at the downtown alternative space White Columns.

Curated by New York artists Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss, the exhibition takes another look at recent work and makes new connections.

Runs through Feb. 18 at 320 W. 13th St. Information: +1-212-924-4212; http://whitecolumns.org.

Stroll over to Pastis for a Pimm’s Royal and some roast lobster with garlic butter and fries.

At 9 Ninth Ave. near Little W. 12 St. Information: +1-212-924-4844.

Saturday Matinee

Check out the new Signature Center designed by Frank Gehry. There are three theaters, a cafe, bar and bookstore, so you can hang out and talk drama to your heart’s content.

Playing now: “Blood Knot,” written and directed by Athol Fugard, starring Colman Domingo and Scott Shepherd as biracial South African brothers.

All tickets are $25.

In previews at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater, 480 W. 42nd St., for a Feb. 16 opening. Information: +1-212-244-7529; http://www.signaturetheatre.org.

Saturday Afternoon

Take a trip down memory lane at the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave Series.

The action kicks off at 3 p.m. with painter Sean Scully talking to neurologist Anjan Chatterjee about art, memory and identity. Stay for performance artist Laurie Anderson and neuroscientist Dean Buonomano, who consider “Brain Bugs” at 6 p.m.

Ahead: appearances by Nobel Prize-winners Daniel Kahneman and Eric Kandel, along with a variety of artists and scientists.

Runs through April 23 at 150 W. 17th St. Information: +1-212-620-5000; http://www.rmanyc.org/brainwave.

Saturday Night

See Christopher Wheeldon’s most recent work, “Les Carillons,” set to the charming music of Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne” suites, featuring New York City Ballet’s top dancers.

Also on the program: “Firebird,” with choreography by Balanchine and Robbins.

Runs through Feb. 26 at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-496-0600; http://www.nycballet.com.


“Gold” rides high in the sky in a triumphal acrylic-on-canvas painting by Henry Taylor: “The Long Jump by Carl Lewis” (2010).

You can see this and about 70 other brightly imaginative works in the PS1 midcareer retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist.

Runs through April 9 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens. Information: +1-718-784-2084; http://momaps1.org.

Sunday Matinee

Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham takes on the title role in Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo.”

When faced with the Inquisition, the scientific genius recants his views on heliocentrism, saving his life.

Brecht worked on the play for two decades. The American version opened in Los Angeles in 1947, the year the German author was interrogated by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

In previews at Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., for a Feb. 23 opening. Information: +1-212-352-3101; http://classicstage.org.

Sunday Afternoon

You’ve heard that thunderous music used in everything from “Glee” to beer ads.

Now hear Carl Orff’s gangbuster piece sung by 400 student singers and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by David Robertson, in the “Carmina Burana Choral Project.”

Soloists include Celena Shafer and Lawrence Brownlee.

Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.

Monday: Looking Ahead

Soprano Angela Meade is scooping up the prizes and working on her embonpoint. See her as luckless Elvira in Verdi’s “Ernani,” a tuneful piece about a dimwit with a horn.

Roberto De Biasio, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the romantic quadrangle.

Runs through Feb. 25 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.

On a different note -- from the Marcy Houses project to Carnegie Hall! Jay-Z plays a two-night stand to benefit the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

Fresh off his “Watch the Throne” tour with Kanye West, Blue Ivy’s dad should be exhausted.

Doubters behave! The world’s most famous hip-hop star usually comes through.

Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.

(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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