NYC Best: Cate Blanchett, Bausch’s ‘Orpheus,’ Caramoor

'Uncle Vanya'
Cate Blanchett and Hayley McElhinney as Yelena and Sonya in "Uncle Vanya." The production, directed by Tamas Ascher runs through July 28, in New York. Photographer: Lisa Tomasetti/Sydney Theatre Company via Bloomberg

As Arthur C. Clarke explained, advanced technology always seems like magic.

“Ghosts in the Machine” explores the complex relationship between art and tech over a span of 50 years. See Richard Hamilton’s “Man, Machine and Motion” (1955), never before shown in New York.

The concept of vision gets a workout from Op artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

Runs through Sept. 30 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

Have smart fun at the New Museum Block Party.

Hands-on workshops include making your own exhibition catalogue from the museum’s digital archive, creating Op Art optical illusions and exploring the ways paper can be transformed.

There will be performances from improv-master Yvonne Meier and Sxip Shirey, who plays a variety of instruments, including the “obnoxiophone.”

From noon to 5 p.m. at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie St., between Delancey and Broome Streets. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

Saturday Night

The hot theater ticket gets you in to see Cate Blanchett as Yelena in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.”

Young, beautiful and bored, she makes everyone fall in love with her.

Richard Roxburgh is sad-sack Vanya, with Hugo Weaving as the tippling doctor Astrov, both smitten with the exotic visitor to their provincial outpost.

Directed by Tamas Ascher for the Sydney Theatre Company, the production is part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

Runs through July 28 at City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

Forget your own provincial disappointments with a glass of Prosecco at nearby Abboccato.

Follow that with a plate of fusilli alla Napoletana, a mix of pasta, slow-cooked squid, tomato, garlic and olives.

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

Or you could head up to Caramoor for some Bellini. Eglise Gutierrez (Juliet) and Kate Aldrich (Romeo) sing a lot of wonderful tunes in this semi-staged production of “I Capuleti e I Montecchi.”

Will Crutchfield conducts the fleet Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Go early, enjoy the gardens, bring a picnic.

149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, NY. Information: +1-914-232-1252;


Josef Albers is best known for his disciplined series “Homage to the Square” (1950-1976).

But the square, said the artist, is “only the dish I serve my craziness about color in.”

The Morgan Library and Museum is exhibiting 80 studies on paper that show Albers’s more spontaneous side.

“Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper” runs through Oct. 14 at 225 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-685-0008;

Stop for lunch at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, including a Bloody Mary and the Cajun Rib Eye Steak.

At 4 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-889-3369.

Sunday Matinee

When Pina Bausch choreographed the Gluck opera “Orpheus and Eurydice,” she created paired singers and dancers.

In this Paris Opera Ballet production, Stephane Bullion and Maria Riccarda Wesseling share the role of Orpheus, whose music could charm wild animals.

Marie-Agnes Gillot and Yun Jung Choi portray the unlucky Eurydice, who must return to eternal darkness.

Part of the Lincoln Center Festival, at the David H. Koch Theatre. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Sunday Night

Another festival highlight is Kaija Saariaho’s monodrama “Emilie.”

Elizabeth Futral appears as Emilie du Chatelet, a brainy French woman who translated Newton’s “Principia Mathematica,” defined kinetic energy and pioneered financial derivatives.

Du Chatelet was also mistress to Voltaire, among others, who said she was “a great man whose only fault was being a woman.”

John Kennedy conducts the Ensemble ACJW.

At Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Have a post-show drink at the chic bar of the Hudson Hotel for a Rose Petal with vodka and cranberry.

At 356 W. 58th St. Information: +1-212-554-6217.

(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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