NYC Best: Norah Jones, Patti Smith, Megan Hilty, Prada

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Norah Jones on the cover of her fourth studio album "The Fall.'' Jones is playing on Saturday night at Bell House. Source: Shorefire Media via Bloomberg

Designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada speak to one another across time at the Met in the juxtaposition of their clever fashions and accessories -- from the late 1920s to the present.

They also converse directly in Baz Luhrmann’s short films of the two with the dead Schiaparelli played by Judy Davis.

“Ugly Chic” and “Surreal Body” are among the themes explored in the exhibition.

“Impossible Conversations” runs through Aug. 19 at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Walk up Fifth Avenue for a look at the Vuillard show at the Jewish Museum.

Of the 40 paintings, don’t miss the “Woman in a Striped Dress” arranging chrysanthemums, and a portrait of banker and great collector David David-Weill.

“Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940” runs through Sept. 23 at 1109 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3200;

Saturday Matinees

Megan Hilty of the NBC show “Smash” takes on Lorelei Lee in the Encores! revival of the 1949 hit musical “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is the big show-stopper -- you might recall Marilyn Monroe’s breathy, pink-gowned performance from the film: “Get that ice or no dice!”

But there are many other delights in Jule Styne and Leo Robin’s score.

Runs through May 13 at City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

Dance fans will be dazzled by the fancy footwork in “Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project.”

The choreographer, who died in 1974, gave smooth moves to Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth and essentially invented jazz dancing.

Chet Walker, who created that great show, “Fosse,” is reimagining more than two dozen numbers from Cole classics including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Kismet” and “Les Girls.”

Runs through May 20 at Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Information: +1-718-760-0064;

Take advantage of the ethnic neighborhoods in Queens and head for Little Pepper, a Sichuan restaurant serving hot and addictive food.

Begin with spicy cold noodles and then try steamed chicken with special chili sauce.

At 18-24 College Point Boulevard, Queens. Information: +1-718-939-7788.

Saturday Night

Lusciously appealing songstress Norah Jones is playing the Bell House in support of her new Danger-Mouse produced album, “Little Broken Hearts.”

Her smooth, harmonious style feels darker, rougher, yet her melancholic love songs are as gorgeous as ever.

At 149 7th St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-643-6510


The New Museum has just opened five shows by cutting-edge women artists: Phyllida Barlow’s “Siege,” Tacita Dean’s “Five Americans,” Klara Liden’s “Bodies of Society,” Nathalie Djurberg’s “The Parade” and Ellen Altfest’s “Head and Plant.”

The works, ranging from monumental to intimate, include everything from sculpture to film installations.

At 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

It’s the last weekend to see the exhibition “Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting,” at the Frick Collection. Nine of the master’s most ravishing works depicting Belle Epoque Paris are on display.

There are also 39 flashy Renaissance sculptures by Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455-1528).

“Antico” runs through July 29 at 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700;

Walk through Central Park to the Boathouse for Sunday brunch next to the lake. Enjoy Eggs Benedict as you people watch.

East 72nd St. and Park Drive North. Information: +1-212-744-3949.

Sunday Evening

Punk goddess Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse Paris Smith are joined by rock legend Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche for a special acoustic Mother’s Day concert.

Mom will release her inner punk.

At the City Winery, 155 Varick St. Information: +1-212-608-0555;

Monday: Looking Ahead

American Ballet Theatre presents its spring gala at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening.

David Hallberg, Alina Cojocaru and Angel Corella are among the stars appearing in highlights of the season, including “Swan Lake,” “Onegin” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Thirteen Diversions.”

At Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

(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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