NYC Best: Louis C.K., Vampire Weekend, Mamet Catfight

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Comedian Louis C.K. will give two shows to help Staten Island Sandy victims at the St. George Theatre. Photographer: Mike Coppola/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Occupy Sandy is hosting a fundraiser in Brooklyn to benefit victims of the devastating hurricane.

Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, Cass McCombs and members of the Walkmen and Dirty Projectors will be on hand to play.

From noon to 5 p.m. at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 157 Montague St., Brooklyn.


Saturday Afternoon

See Patti LuPone and Debra Winger fight it out in the world premiere of David Mamet’s “The Anarchist.”

One woman serving a long jail sentence for radical political activity tries to persuade the other that she’s ready to be sprung.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright also directed.

In previews at the Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45 St., for a Dec. 2 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Saturday Night

Louis C.K. is doing two shows to help Staten Islanders recover from the dire effects of Hurricane Sandy.

He canceled his City Center appearance owing to the storm: “I really don’t want a pole to smash your face in because you saw some comedy.”

Grab the chance: The comedian announced a break from his Emmy-award winning FX show “Louie.”

At the St. George Theatre, 25 Hyatt St., Staten Island. Information: +1-718-442-2900;


Get ready to haggle at the Museum of Modern Art’s “Meta-Monumental Garage Sale.”

Multimedia and performance artist Martha Rosler created a large-scale collection of second-hand goods in the Marron Atrium where you can browse and buy.

This is Rosler’s first solo show at MoMA -- and she will be there to negotiate prices face to face.

Runs through Nov. 30 at MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Haul your shopping bag of goodies to Alain Ducasse’s Benoit. Start with a classic Manhattan, then dig into the comforting cassoulet.

At 60 W. 55th St. Information: +1-646-943-7373.

Sunday Afternoon

Ecstasy, despair, jealousy, rage, remorse -- experience them all, often in the same aria, as reigning lyric mezzo Joyce DiDonato takes on opera’s royalty.

“Drama Queens” features music from Monteverdi to Handel, including “Piangero la sorte mia,” in which an imprisoned Cleopatra interrupts her sad farewell to life with fiery coloratura runs vowing vengeance.

Dmitry Sinkovsky leads Il Complesso Barocco.

Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Sunday Evening

Esa-Pekka Salonen brings London’s Philharmonia Orchestra to New York for a pair of concerts.

Tonight is a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, the last he ever finished.

Tomorrow the Finnish maestro conducts a concert version of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck,” with Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Angela Denoke as Marie.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Cross the street to the brand-new Smith Lincoln Center for a cucumber loco and a plate of oysters.

At 1900 Broadway. Information: +1-212-496-5700.

Sunday Night

Go backstage to the 1835 world premiere of Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Puritani.”

“Golden Age,” Terrence McNally’s comic paean to operatic life in all its pettiness and glory, stars Lee Pace as the composer, with Bebe Neuwirth as superstar singer Maria Malibran and F. Murray Abraham as Rossini.

The Manhattan Theatre Club’s production is in previews at City Center, 131 W. 55th St. for a Dec. 4 opening. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

(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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