NYC Weekend: Rihanna, Cinco de Mayo Fest, Cross Dressing

Rihanna’s “Diamonds” tour, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and a new native garden are among the highlights of the weekend.


Rihanna brings her “Diamonds” world tour to the Barclays Center this weekend. (The concert on May 4 has been moved to May 7 -- original tickets will be honored.) Expect a blow-out show with flame bursts, slasher-film imagery, biker chic and, of course, hits like “Disturbia” and “We Found Love.” ASAP Rocky opens. At 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-917-618-6700;

Indie Brit band Foals hit Terminal 5 on Friday night in support of their third album, “Holy Fire,” inspired by “voodoo, the swamp, sexuality and byzantine iconography.” Also performing: Surfer Blood and Blondfire. At 610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600;


Ravishing singer Sonia M’Barek opens the World Nomads Tunisia Festival at Florence Gould Hall on Friday night. During May you’ll be able to sample the artistic creativity in music, art, film and dance that’s bubbled up in that country after the Arab Spring. There’s even a traditional Tunisian craft market.

Organized by the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the festival runs through June 1 at various venues. Information: +1-212-355-6100;


Orly Genger’s site-specific installation, “Red, Yellow and Blue,” comprising 1.4 million feet of knotted rope covered in more than 3,000 gallons of paint, changes the landscape of Madison Square Park. On view until Sept. 8 at 23rd St. and Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-538-4071;

“Body Double: Jasper Johns/Bruce Nauman” displays “Skin” pictures Johns made by applying his body to paper and Nauman’s “Neon Templates of the Left Half of My Body Taken at Ten Inch Intervals,” comprising neon tubes, electrical wire, transformer and uranium glass rods. Runs through May 24 at Craig F. Starr Gallery, 5 E. 73rd St. Information: +1-212-570-1739;


Lila, the heroine of “The Firework Maker’s Daughter,” sets out to find Royal Sulphur so she can make a really big explosion, on the way meeting white elephant Hamlet and Rambashi, a pirate-caterer wannabe. Based on the novel by the great Philip Pullman, David Bruce’s opera has its U.S. premiere May 3. Runs through May 12 at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-646-223-3010;

Rafal Blechacz, who swept the field in the 15th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition, plays his only New York recital this season at Town Hall on Sunday at 2 p.m., with a program of Bach, Beethoven, Szymanowski and, of course, Chopin. It’s part of the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series. At 123 W. 43rd St. Information: +1-212-840-2824;


Despite rave reviews for Fiona Shaw, the producers have pulled the plug on Colm Toibin’s electrifying “The Testament of Mary,” now closing on Sunday. Catch it at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48 St. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Christopher Lloyd stars in Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” the classic play about doing good in a bad world. Duncan Sheik wrote the music. In previews at the Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., for a May 30 opening. Information: +1-866-811-4111;

Sexy cross dressing is the theme of “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” Jessica Walker’s tribute to transgressive female entertainers. Part of Brits Off Broadway 2013, it runs through May 19 at 59E59 Theaters at 59 E. 59th St. Information: +1-212-753-5959;


Join the Shorewalkers’ Great Saunter on Saturday -- the 32-mile walk around Manhattan’s rim. Not a race, it’s more of a social event attracting fans from all over the world. You can pre-register or show up at 7 a.m. at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St., where the celebration also takes place at the end. Bring water, sustenance and extra socks. Information:

Take a look at the carpets of trillium, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches and other lovely flora in the new Native Plant Garden, opening this weekend at the New York Botanical Garden. There’s a 230-foot-long water feature surrounded by 3.5 acres of natural landscape. Celebratory events include music, workshops, home gardening demos and a lot of family fun, plus the rest of the 250 acres is in full spring bloom. At 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8779;

Wining and Dining

While there may not be space left at 11 Madison Park’s Derby Day party on Saturday, there’s 30,000 square feet at The Garden @ Studio Square in Long Island City. Watch the festivities on the giant HD TV while sipping Maker’s Mark mint juleps and bourbon sours in the outdoor courtyard. Keep an eye out for horsehead costumes. Information: +1-718-383-1001;

STK Rooftop opens for the season on Sunday with a Cinco de Mayo party to celebrate Mexican culture. Sip basil margaritas, sample churros with five sauces including spicy chocolate, all while watching people stroll along the High Line. Information: +1-646-624-2441;

(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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