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NYC Best: Jim Parsons, GoogaMooga, Sachs on Mars, Monet

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons plays Harvey's human friend, the affable Elwood P. Dowd, in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of "Harvey." Photographer: Steve Jennings/Getty Images

Head out to Prospect Park for the Great GoogaMooga, a festival devoted to food and music.

Over two days you can hear The Roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Peelander-Z and Lucius.

Star chefs include Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson and April Bloomfield. Foie gras doughnut anyone?

There will also be wines from around the world, and more than 35 different domestic and foreign craft beer makers.

Nethermead Meadow, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Information:

Saturday Afternoon

Take a trip to Mars with Tom Sachs, whose deadpan sculptural installation has now landed at the Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000-square-foot drill hall.

Complete with mission control, spacecraft and a Darth Vader beer dispenser, the works are obviously hand-constructed from plywood, foam-core and glue.

Sachs and his team will be there to perform the procedures of space travel and activate the complex sculptural systems.

If you undergo the “Indoctrination” process, you might get to climb into the Landing Excursion Module.

“Space Program: Mars” runs through June 17 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

Saturday Outdoors

Immerse yourself in Claude Monet’s favorite blooms at a recreation of his beloved Giverny garden.

You’ll see irises, poppies, delphiniums and foxgloves, plus his iconic Japanese footbridge drooping with wisteria. There’s also a replica of the Grand Allee from his formal garden.

The New York Botanical Garden’s tribute to the French master also brings together two of his paintings, plus historical photographs of Monet creating his flower beds.

For the water lilies, though, you’ll have to come back in July.

Runs through Oct. 21 at the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8779;

Saturday Night

For a diverting evening, try “Old Jews Telling Jokes.”

Based on the popular Website, the show featuring schtick and music was created by authors Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent.

Joke-telling duties are divided among 5 raconteurs, including Marilyn Sokol and Bill Army.

Have you ever heard the one about the Frenchman, the German and the Jew wandering through the desert?

In previews at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St. for a May 20 opening. Information: +1-212-230-6200;


Visit “Cloud City” on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno has installed a series of interconnected modules that shimmer and reflect light. If you want to climb through the structure, wear flat, rubber-soled shoes.

Less ambitious? Sip a glass of wine and take in the late spring beauty of Central Park and the city skyline.

Runs through Nov. 4 at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Matinee

Christian Tetzlaff gets a workout when he joins David Robertson and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra onstage at Carnegie Hall.

On the program: Mozart’s Adagio in E Major and violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schoenberg.

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

Stop by Abboccatto for Nonna’s Sunday pasta dinner: start with mozzarella di bufala and move on to rigatoni with meatballs and home-made Italian sausage.

Leave room for cannoli and espresso.

At 136 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-265-4000.

Sunday Evening

Jim Parsons takes the stage as Harvey’s human friend, the affable Elwood P. Dowd, who introduces everyone to the invisible 6-foot-tall pooka who resembles a big rabbit.

You may remember Jimmy Stewart as Dowd in the 1950 film “Harvey.”

Best-known for playing Sheldon Cooper on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons brings his talent for physical comedy to the role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

In previews at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St. for a June 14 opening. Information: +1-212-719-1300;

(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include a Lewis Lapham podcast and movie reviews.

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