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NYC Best: Sigourney Weaver, $120 Million Scream, The XX

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch, one of four versions of the composition by the Norwegian artist, went on display at MoMA after selling for a record price. Source: Sotheby's via Bloomberg

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- A pastel version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” recently sold to an anonymous bidder for $120 million.

You can cast your eyes on this pricey iconic image, now on view at the Museum of Modern Art.

Also included in the show: “The Storm” and “Melancholy,” as well as eight prints.

Runs through April 29 at MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Stay for lunch at The Modern’s more casual Bar Room. For starters, consider quail terrine with fennel-grapefruit salad, and then try the saffron tagliatelle paired with a glass of Alsace Riesling.

Information: +1-212-333-1220.

Saturday Matinee

The intimate Big Apple Circus has pitched its tent in Damrosch Park -- no one is farther than 50 feet from the action.

This year’s show is “Legendarium,” filled with dancing jugglers, hoop spinners, aerialists, contortionists and, of course, clowns.

A highlight is the troupe of dogs rescued from animal shelters and trained with bits of frankfurter.

Runs through Jan. 13 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-268-2500;

Saturday Night

Watch Prospero work his magic on the Metropolitan Opera stage as the company presents the local premiere of Thomas Ades’s “The Tempest.”

Here’s a change from the usual parade of operas by dead people -- the vastly talented Ades is also on the podium.

The poetic Simon Keenlyside sings the role of Shakespeare’s sorcerer. Audrey Luna flies and sings high as Ariel, who, like her master, inhabits a lonely island (which suddenly comes alive with all sorts of unexpected guests).

Runs through Nov. 17 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

Saturday Ball

Put on your most whimsical costume and join the dark celebration of PhantasmaGOREY 2012 presented by Dances of Vice at Riverside Church.

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra will play hot jazz murder ballads at the Halloween Ball.

Performers include “Twilight Enchantress” Cassandra Rosebeetle, Sequinette, aka “The Choleric Cello” and “True Weimar Fraulein” MC Miss Astrid.

There is a strict dress code: Gashlycrumb Tinies, Hapless Children and Lonesome Mourners are acceptable.

At 91 Claremont Ave. Information:


Take a look at Richard Artschwager’s sculpture, paintings and drawings at the Whitney retrospective.

He really liked Formica and Celotex.

Artschwager’s black ovular “blps,” his allusion to pixels and Ben-Day dots, will be scattered around the High Line during the Whitney show.

Runs through Feb. 3 at 945 Madison Ave. Information: =1-212-570-3600;

Grab a bite at Cafe Boulud: try the wild mushroom risotto with parmesan froth and red watercress.

At 20 E. 76th St. Information: +1-212-772-2600.

Sunday Matinee

The glamorous Sigourney Weaver plays a movie star in Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Inspired by Chekhov, the play also stars David Hyde Pierce as Vanya and Kristine Nielsen as his stepsister Sonia, who’ve spent their lives in a Bucks County, Pennsylvania farmhouse being decent.

Then Masha comes home, bringing along her 20-something lover, Spike.

In previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center, for a Nov. 12 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Sunday Evening

Go hear flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter play the music of Bach.

On the program are chorale preludes and fugues, plus Carpenter’s arrangement of the Partita in E Major for Solo Violin.

The concert is part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. There is a post-concert lounge for mingling.

At Alice Tully Hall. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Sunday Night

Brit pop group the XX are on a North American tour in support of their new album, “Coexist.”

The band knows how to delicately plumb the depths of angst, and you may find your heart beating in a different way.

The XX are playing the restored Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, built in 1929 and designed to look like a baroque Mediterranean villa with stars twinkling overhead.

At 2403 Grand Concourse, the Bronx. Information: +1-718-933-3585;

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

Muse highlights include Lewis Lapham’s podcast and Greg Evans on movies.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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