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Rapture, Met Nudes, Easter Bunnies: NYC Weekend Guide

The Rapture
Luke Jenner of The Rapture. The band will be at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. Photographer: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Get your dance pants on Friday night when the Rapture rolls into Bowery Ballroom with their latest album, “In The Grace Of Your Love.”

Part of the early 2000s dance-punk new garde, the Rapture can still seduce.

Expect “More cowbell!” calls well into the night.

At 6 Delancey St. Information: +1-212-533-2111;

Willy Decker’s fabled red-dress production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” returns to the Metropolitan Opera on Friday.

With its huge clock reflecting the ebbing life of the soprano heroine, it is one of the best productions of Peter Gelb’s reign: Vivid, surprising and emotionally powerful.

Natalie Dessay is scheduled for Violetta, though she was ill at the dress rehearsal. Another draw: classy Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Germont pere.

Runs through May 2 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


They’re standing around, sexily sitting, lolling on leopard skin -- nude women caught by the camera lens.

Beginning with the erotic early days in France, the show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art documents the photographic history of the unclothed human body.

Among the images: Robert Mapplethorpe’s shot of his friend Patti Smith. A few nude guys are also mixed in.

“Naked Before the Camera” runs through Sept. 9 at 1000 Fifth Avenue. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Saturday Afternoon

Tulips wave in the breeze under blossoming magnolia and cherry trees. It’s the perfect time for a pilgrimage to the Cloisters, the Met’s uptown branch devoted to all things medieval.

Today at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. early music group Pomerium sings Renaissance Easter music.

Don’t miss the exhibition of ivory chessmen from the Isle of Lewis, each piece carved into a distinct character -- a magnificently bearded king, knights riding shaggy ponies and eager “berserkers” or soldiers of Odin.

At 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park. Information: +1-212-923-3700;

Feed yourself at the nearby New Leaf Restaurant, which has a garden patio.

At 1 Margaret Corbin Drive. Information: +1-212-568-5323.

Saturday Matinee

“One Man, Two Guvnors” -- about a hapless and hungry man with two Soprano-style bosses -- is a bit hit in London.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner for National Theatre, the play has now hit Broadway with James Corden as the confused hero who creates comic mayhem wherever he goes.

Queen Elizabeth recently went to the West End production of and was actually seen to laugh in public.

In previews at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. for an April 18 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Saturday Evening

Ballet superstar Sylvie Guillem dances with filmed images in “Bye,” a work created for her by Mats Ek set to the final piano sonata of Beethoven.

It’s part of her “6000 Miles Away” tour now briefly touching down in New York.

At the David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

Sunday Morning

Don your most extravagant chapeau and head to the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue.

It’s a pedestrian paradise between St. Patrick’s Cathedral and 57th Street, as people from all over the world come to see and be seen.

A tradition since the Civil War, the parade originally had the 99 percent gawking at the finery of the one percent.

Bring your pooch. From about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Sunday Egg Hunt

In celebration of Easter, Trinity Church is holding a Fun Fest. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., little kids can hunt for colorful eggs containing candy, meet the Easter bunny and see a puppet parade.

There’s also a super scavenger hunt in the North Churchyard for the sophisticates over 6, plus arts and crafts projects all day.

At Wall Street and Broadway. Information: +1-212-602-0800;

Sunday Evening

Spend the evening with “Peter and the Starcatcher” and discover how the Lost Boys wound up in Neverland.

Adam Chanler-Berat is Peter, Christian Borle is the villainous Black Stache, while a dozen actors create some 100 different characters over the course of the inventive, action-packed evening.

In previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. for an April 15 opening. Information: +1-877-250-2929;

(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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