NYC Weekend Best: Florence & the Machine, Richter, Cyrano

'Einstein on the Beach'
A scene from "Einstein on the Beach." The opera runs through Sept. 23, 2012, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Photographer: Lesley Leslie-Spinks/Brooklyn Academy of Music via Bloomberg

Gerhard Richter plays with chance in his “Strip Paintings” (2012).

He uses tech-driven rules to create the unpredictable and then steps in to shape the chaos. The result: stunning, psychedelically-colored works.

Also on view: “6 Standing Glass Panels” (2002/2011).

“Gerhard Richter: Painting 2012” runs through Oct. 13 at Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 W. 57th St. Information: +1-212-977-7160;

Saturday Matinee

Douglas Hodge pastes on the wistful swashbuckler’s nose for a new production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and Clemence Poesy takes on the role of his true love.

In previews at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., for an Oct. 11 opening. Information: +1-212-719-1300;

Afterwards, go to show-biz hangout 44 & X Hell’s Kitchen for some lively American cuisine, like orange-dusted Maine lobster salad with artichokes.

At 622 Tenth Ave. Information: +1-212-977-1170.

Saturday Night

Florence & the Machine is playing the Jones Beach Theater.

The pop goddess will belt out the group’s arty anthemic tunes. Expect to hear “Shake It Out,” “Bedroom Hymns,” plus music from “Ceremonials.”

Brit indie rock band the Maccabees opens.

If this theater had a roof, Flo would blow it off.

Information: +1-866-558-8468;

For a different musical vibe, grab this rare chance to experience “Einstein on the Beach.”

Scored by Philip Glass, directed by Robert Wilson with choreography by Lucinda Childs, the 1976 opera is a meditation on time.

References to the atomic age, mathematics and true love circulate as characters come, go, return.

Runs through Sept. 23 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100;


See the kneeling winged monster looking fiercely confident -- it was originally carved into a cave in northern China.

There are also big Buddhas with their sacred attendants, among the best examples ever excavated.

In this exhibition of the artwork of Xiangtangshan, digital technology brings the caves back to life.

Runs through Jan. 6 at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, 15 E. 84th St. Information: +1-212-992-7800;

Sunday Afternoon

Try some cannoli or a hot sausage at the 86th annual feast of San Gennaro, now happening in Little Italy.

What began as a religious ceremony among newly arrived immigrants from Naples has become a giant street fair, lasting 11 days.

Crowds throng the aromatic food carts while enjoying the games, music and processions.

Runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. along Mulberry St. between Houston and Canal Streets.


Sunday Evening

Check out the legendary Joshua Light Show, still going strong after creating psychedelic projections for the likes of the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Debo Band combines Ethiopian funk with rock and jazz, while Forro in the Dark plays Brazilian party music.

Both get the Light Show treatment at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

At 566 LaGuardia Place. Information: +1-212-998-4941;

(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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