James Earl Jones, Allman Brothers, Art Fairs: NYC Weekend

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Guitarist Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers. The band is in New York for its annual spring run at the Beacon Theatre. Photographer: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Immerse yourself in some of the numerous and confusing art fairs now taking place in the city.

The biggie is the annual Armory Show at the Hudson piers. Nordic art is this year’s focus.

Pier 94 is more contemporary, while postwar modern work is next door at Pier 92.

At the Park Avenue Armory, meanwhile, there’s the Art Dealers Association, with 72 members exhibiting everything from 19th century works to cutting edge contemporary pieces by Matthew Monahan and Sarah Sze.

Other venues are all around town -- here’s a guide.

The Piers are at 12th Avenue and 55th Street. Information: +1-212-645-6440; http://www.thearmoryshow.com.

The Armory is at 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-744-8180; http://www.artdealers.org.

Saturday Matinee

“Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” about dirty tricks and political infighting, made its Broadway debut in 1960. (In the 1964 film, Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson played the leads.)

With a starry cast that includes James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack and Candice Bergen, this revival is sure to be far more entertaining than the current presidential campaign.

As one character declares, “There is nothing like a low-down political fight to put the roses in your cheeks!”

In previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., for an April 1 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://shubertorganization.com/theatres/gerald_schoenfeld.asp.

Saturday Night

The epic clash between the old ways and the new animate the Metropolitan Opera’s grand revival of Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshchina.”

Kirill Petrenko is in the pit, drawing ardent performances from orchestra and chorus.

Bass Anatoli Kotscherga makes a formidable appearance as the elder Khovansky, while Olga Borodina sings Marfa, the doomed mystic.

By the time the flames rise around the Old Believers, you’ll be overwhelmed.

Runs through March 17 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.

On a different note, the Allman Brothers Band is in New York for its annual spring run at the Beacon Theatre.

The group, which won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1972 live album “Eat a Peach.”

Runs through March 25 at the Beacon, 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6500; http://www.beacontheatre.com.


Take a look at youthful self-portraits created by Rembrandt and Degas, for the first time seen side by side.

During his 20s, Degas was in Italy studying the Old Masters, whose reputation was reviving after a period of decline.

You can see him making contact with the Dutch artist in “Young Man in a Velvet Cap, After Rembrandt” (1857).

Focused on self-portraits and prints, the show allows you to explore the Old Master’s influence on the young Impressionist.

“Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” runs through May 20 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

Stroll over to Brasserie Julien for some French-inflected food. Sip a Parisian Mojito, savor some homemade country pate, and then work your way through a pot of Prince Edward Island mussels or a cheese fondue.

At 1422 Third Ave. Information: +1-212-744-6327.

Sunday Matinee

Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas, Mary Beth Hurt and James Yaegashi are just a few of the performers appearing in New York’s “Shinsai: Theaters for Japan.”

It’s a benefit for the Japanese theatrical community devastated by last year’s earthquake and nuclear accident.

Ten-minute plays and mini musicals by artists including Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim, Shoki Kokami, Oriza Hirata, Suzan-Lori Parks, John Guare and Tony Kushner will be presented under the direction of Bartlett Sher.

Performances are at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, 3rd Avenue at 7th Street. Tickets, $25 for each performance, are available online and at the Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette St.

Information: +1-212-967-7555; http://www.publictheater.org.

Sunday Afternoon

When you hear a lively chorus singing “Twenty love-sick maidens we,” it can only be Gilbert and Sullivan.

Head to Symphony Space for “Patience,” a spoof of white-hot celebrity and its attendant squealing fans.

First performed in 1881, the comic opera makes fun of battling rival poets, Reginald Bunthorne of the fleshly school, and the idyllic Archibald Grosvenor, as well as their swooning female devotees.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform, with Albert Bergeret conducting a 25-piece orchestra.

At 2537 Broadway. Information: +1-212-864-5400; http://www.symphonyspace.org.

(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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