NYC Best: Pacino in Mamet, Hawke, CMG Music, Big Pumpkins

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Singers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of the musical group Icona Pop. The duo headlines the CMJ Music Marathon at the Brooklyn Bowl on Oct. 19. Photographer: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images via Bloomberg

You still have time to fall in love with some new bands: It’s the last day of the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which this year brought 1,300 performances to New York City.

Check out ARMS and Port St. Willow at Rockwood Music Hall: Both make lovely, low-key yet affecting music.

At night, head over to Bowery Ballroom for Wild Nothing’s wistful melodies, balanced out by Weekend’s aggressive post-punk.

Rockwood Music Hall is at 196 Allen St.; Bowery Ballroom is at 6 Delancey St. Other CMJ performances at various venues. Information:

Saturday Pumpkins

Get in the mood for Halloween by pondering giant pumpkins.

Weighing in at 1,872 pounds, the nation’s record holder is on display at the New York Botanical Garden, along with the hefty runners-up.

Master carvers will transform gourds into zombies and other monsters, plus kids can play in the Haunted Pumpkin Garden, decorate science bags for collected leaves and even dissect an owl pellet.

Of course, the grounds are also at their autumn best.

On display until Oct. 31 at NYBG, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700;

Saturday Afternoon

Take a look at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual photography show, this year featuring Michele Abeles, whose images combine nude male bodies with potted plants or textiles.

Also on view: Shanghai-based duo Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao), who shoot family and friends doing just about everything.

The work of Anne Collier, Zoe Crosher and Shirana Shahbazi rounds out the exhibition.

Runs through Feb. 4 at MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Saturday Matinee

Alexei Ratmansky’s new work “Symphony No. 9,” set to the music of countryman Dmitri Shostakovich, is the focus of the American Ballet Theatre’s very short fall season.

In this performance, it’s coupled with “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes,” choreography by Mark Morris and music by Virgil Thomson, and Agnes de Mille’s amusing “Rodeo.”

At City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-477-3030;

For refreshment, head over to the 21 Club for a glass of Napa Valley’s Cabernet Sauvignon Atticus John.

Then chomp on the famous big burger.

At 21 W. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-582-7200.

Saturday Night

Sell, and you win a brand new Cadillac. Don’t sell -- get out! Welcome to the real estate business as depicted by David Mamet in his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

Al Pacino, who starred as hustler Ricky Roma in the 1992 film, takes on the role of Shelley “The Machine” Levene, now a non-producer worried about his sick daughter.

Daniel Sullivan directs a stand-out cast, including Bobby Cannavale and Richard Schiff.

In previews for a Nov. 11 opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


Be ravished by drawing mastery in a brilliant show at the Frick Collection.

On display: everything from Leonardo’s pen and brown ink “Studies for Saint Mary Magdalene” and Tintoretto’s muscular “Study of a Male Figure Bending Forward” to the graphite “Seated Woman” of Matisse and Picasso’s charcoal “Female Nude With Her Arm Resting on a Chair.”

“Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery” runs through Jan. 27 at the Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700 or

Sunday Matinee

Watch Ethan Hawke descend into profound Russian melancholy as the star of “Ivanov.”

He’s bored, heavily in debt and no longer in love with his ailing wife, played by Joely Richardson.

Austin Pendleton directs this revival of the 1887 Chekhov play for the Classic Stage Company, now in its 45th season.

In previews for a Nov. 4 opening at 136 E. 13th St. Information: +1-212-352-3101;

Sunday Evening

At 25, Beethoven went to Vienna to study with Haydn, the most famous composer in the world. The two didn’t really hit it off, but the young lion’s work shook up the musical scene there.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is playing Beethoven’s entrancing youthful Trio in G major, Serenade in D major and Quintet in C major.

At Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5788;

Cross the street to Lincoln for an icy martini and a plate of antipasto: tuna belly or perhaps the octopus.

At 142 W. 65th St. Information: +1-212-359-6500.

(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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