Guns N’ Roses, Sondheim, Carrie Redux, Great Dogs: NYC Weekend

Handler Angela Lloyd and Scottish deerhound Foxcliffe Hickory Wind standing for photographs after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York last year. Photographer: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Ready your acid wash jeans and Aqua Net your teased-up mane -- Guns N’ Roses are at Roseland Ballroom on Friday night.

Axl Rose and Co. are responsible for some of the most beloved rock tracks of all time: “Sweet Child of Mine,” “November Rain,” anyone?

At 239 W. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-777-6800;


Artists from around the world conjure with dirt: Zhang Huan creates a bust from ashes, Jim Dingilian fills glass bottles with candle smoke and draws inside, while Margaret Boozer tells the story of New York City with soil samples.

And don’t miss Vik Muniz’s stunning sepia-tone photographs capturing his huge outdoor works.

“Swept Away” is at the Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle through Aug. 14. Information: +1-212-299-7777;

Order a Huntington Sidecar at restaurant Robert atop the museum and enjoy the view of Central Park.

Then dig in to crispy ricotta gnocchi with prosciutto and pesto, and stuff in some winter bread pudding.

Information: +1-212-299-7730.

Saturday Afternoon

Listen to activists and academics talk about harnessing the anger unleashed by the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Among the “Winter of Our Discontent” participants: Students for a Democratic Society veterans James Miller, now a professor of politics at the New School, and Todd Gitlin, professor of sociology and journalism at Columbia University.

“Debt” author David Graeber, who coined “We are the 99 percent,” and anti-globalization activist Rebecca Solnit join in.

New School, Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 W. 12 St. Information: +1-212-229-5600;

Saturday Matinee

“Merrily We Roll Along” was a famous flop when it opened on Broadway in 1981.

But this musical about three arty friends has some of Stephen Sondheim’s best songs, including “Old Friends,” “Not a Day Goes By” and “Good Thing Going.”

Longtime Sondheim collaborator James Lapine directs the “Encores!” revival, which stars Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Runs through Feb. 19 at City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

Saturday Night

Brilliant French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for some Russian-inflected music, including Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings.

The conductor-free ensemble will also perform Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous “Serenade for Strings,” as well as works by Tippett and Honegger.

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


Travel back in time with Eugene Atget’s sophisticated photographs of France in the early 1900s.

Preferring the old to the new, he focused on narrow lanes and courtyards, quays on the Seine, bars, boutiques and the gypsies, prostitutes and circus performers populating Parisian streets.

A gallery conversation about his work begins at 11:30 a.m.

“Documents pour artistes” runs through April 9 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Sunday Matinee

Another memorable Broadway flop looking for a comeback is “Carrie,” based on the Stephen King novel that went on to be a scary Brian De Palma film starring Sissy Spacek as a social outcast with telekinetic powers.

The original team -- Lawrence D. Cohen, book, Michael Gore, music and Dean Pitchford, lyrics -- has reimagined and updated the story and replaced some songs. Plus, there’s not so much pig blood this time around.

Molly Ranson stars as the bullied Carrie, with Marin Mazzie as her very religious mom.

In previews at MCC at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., for a March 1 opening. Information: +1-212-352-3101;

Sunday Afternoon

Violinist Daniel Hope is always up to something interesting. With the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he’s put together a tribute to Joseph Joachim, a mover and shaker in European musical life.

The program includes pieces written by Joachim and more familiar works by Brahms, Schumann and Dvorak.

Grab the chance to hear Hope reflect on Joachim at 4 p.m. in the Rose Studio.

Concert at 5 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5788;

Monday: Looking Ahead

Last year, for the first time in history, a Scottish Deerhound, a big, gray beauty named Hickory, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

Hounds, toys, terrier, herding, sporting and non-sporting breeds will run around the arena with their proud owners hoping to grab the top dog spot.

Go to Madison Square Garden and cheer on your favorite of the pampered pooches groomed to perfection.

Runs through Feb. 14 at MSG, Penn Plaza. Information: +1-212-213-3165;

(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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