NYC Best: Madonna Strips, Hugh Laurie Sings, Meatopia

The Clown Theatre Festival 2012
Robert Honeywell and Audrey Crabtree will be appearing at the New York Clown Theatre Festival 2012. Photographer: Joe Kolbow via Bloomberg

Visit the amusing Bruce High Quality Foundation installation at Lever House.

On the plaza, there’s “The New Colossus,” a 12-foot cast-bronze incarnation of the inflatable scab rat you see at construction sites with union headaches.

Inside, a ladder, mop, bucket, wheelbarrow and filing cabinet are equipped with speakers broadcasting a protest a la Martin Luther. This is “Art History with Labor: 95 Theses.”

The collective was founded in 2004 to “foster an alternative to everything.”

Runs through Sept. 28 at 390 Park Ave. Information:

Saturday Evening

Carnivores will head to Meatopia, a chef-heavy feast on Randall’s Island hosted by founder Josh Ozersky.

April Bloomfield is preparing a Kansas City-style barbecued hog, while others do a whole thousand-pound steer.

U.S. Navy SEALs are grilling venison steaks, Harold Moore of Commerce is cooking up squab, while Balthazar’s Shane McBride concocts smoked duck neck gumbo.

Musical accompaniment is by Woods, the Living Kills and the Slackers.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Randall’s Island. Information:

Saturday Night

Madonna rolls into Yankee Stadium with her “MDNA” tour, mixing classics with the new.

Expect to see the Queen of Pop morph from gun-toting assassin to club goddess, surrounded by an extravaganza of tireless singers and dancers.

Never shy, Madonna strips down to lingerie, revealing the “No Fear” written on her back.

At 161st St. and River Ave., Bronx. Information: +1-718-293-4300;

For a different kind of musical evening, Hugh Laurie is touring in support of his debut blues album, “Let Them Talk.”

Best known as TV’s irascible Dr. Gregory House, Laurie plays the piano and sings his favorites with the Copper Bottom Band, including tunes recorded by Lead Belly.

At the newly restored Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Information: +1-914-934-9362;

Sunday Matinee

Delve into the struggle between a principled man and the self-deluding, profit-worshipping masses led by his brother in “An Enemy of the People.”

Directed by Doug Hughes, the new adaptation of the Ibsen classic stars Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas.

In previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47 St., for a Sept. 27 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Sunday Evening

Famous cockroach Archy makes an appearance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

A poet in a previous incarnation, Archy wrote about his adventures using a newspaper office typewriter -- in lower case, since he couldn’t work the shift key.

Created by Don Marquis in 1916, the literary insect had a best friend, Mehitabel, the diva alley cat, as well as a circle of other friendly critters.

They all come to life as puppets under the skillful hands of the Mettawee River Theatre Company.

At the Cathedral Pulpit Green, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. Information: +1-212-929-4777;

Post-puppetry, go to Community Food & Juice for a strawberry rhubarb margarita and sake steamed mussels, followed by the sour cherry strudel.

At 2898 Broadway. Information: +1-212-665-2800.

Clowns from as far away as Mexico, Finland and New Zealand are bringing their acts to New York.

Tonight it’s Adam Gertsacov’s “Buffoon Anonymous: 12 Steps to Inanity,” about a man unable to quit slapstick.

The New York Clown Theatre Festival runs through Sept. 30 at the Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-285-3863;

(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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