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NYC Weekend: Jon Hamm, Sugar Man Rodriguez, Leonard Cohen

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John Slattery and Jon Hamm in "Mad Men." Season 6 starts on Sunday. Photographer: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

April 5 (Bloomberg) -- “Mad Men” is back, Bette Midler’s on Broadway and Rodriguez sings in New York -- all are among Muse recommendations for this weekend.


Bette Midler stars in “I’ll Eat You Last,” a one-woman show written by John Logan and directed by Joe Mantello, based on the life of Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers. In previews at the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., for an April 24 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s “Here Lies Love” is a new musical inspired by Imelda Marcos (yes). The audience is encouraged to wear dancing shoes. In previews at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., for an April 23 opening. Information: +1-212-967-7555;


Music legend Rodriguez, star of the hit documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” performs at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday. At 1224 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6500;

Leonard Cohen is on his “Old Ideas” world tour, appearing at Radio City Music Hall Saturday and Sunday. Hallelujah. At 1260 Avenue of the Americas. Information: +1-212-247-4777;

Brit songstress Jessie Ware brings her soulful pop and “Wildest Moments” to Webster Hall on Friday. At 125 E. 11th St. Information: +1-212-353-1600;


Best known for her giant painting “The Rose,” on which she spent years, Jay DeFeo also made experimental collages, drawings and sculptures. See her Whitney Museum retrospective. Runs through June 2 at 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-570-3600;

Images ranging from Elvis at Graceland to children living in China’s remotest mountains are on view at the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show at the Park Avenue Armory. Runs through April 7 at 636 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

“Season of Cambodia,” a series of exhibitions, concerts, dance recitals, films and talks, is in full swing at various venues around town: Check out Svay Sareth’s “Churning,” a site-specific mural depicting the Vietnamese-Cambodian Friendship Monument. Runs through May 27 at Brookfield Place Plaza. Information:


Hear Daniele Gatti conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- which really should finally hire him full time -- in an all-Wagner concert on Friday at Carnegie Hall. At Seventh Avenue and 57th Street. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Susanna Malkki conducts the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Saturday in a program featuring Strauss, Messiaen and, with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Debussy’s “Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra.” Afterwards, in “Ms. Maestro: Women Leaders in Music,” Malkki talks with NJSO assistant conductor Gemma New about making a career in what is still a guy’s world. At the State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. Information: +1-800-255-3476;


Alder is Wylie Dufresne’s new gastropub, where pigs in a blanket get a WD-50 spin and cocktails include gin with zereshk berry and grape-must. At 157 Second Ave. Information: +1-212-539-1900;

Gabriel Stulman has added Montmartre to his growing empire, with Momofuku grad Tien Ho cooking French-inspired food. At 158 Eighth Avenue. Information: +1-646-596-8838;


Don Draper’s back in the season six two-hour opener of “Mad Men,” starring the splendid Jon Hamm as a 1960s ad exec. Airs Sunday on AMC at 9 p.m. New York time.

(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.

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