NYC Weekend: CBGB, Jeff Goldblum, Orgasmatron, Tao

Here are our picks for the weekend:


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club that brought us Talking Heads, Blondie, the Ramones and the Police, the CBGB Music and Film Festival is underway. There are emerging artist showcases, panels of pros and about 40 movie premieres. Runs through Oct. 13 at various venues around town. Information:

Head over to the Bell House Friday for funnyman Paul F. Tompkins and “The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” a recreation of old-time comedy radio. He’s joined by Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Marc Evan Jackson, Craig Cackowski and surprise guests. At 149 7th St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-643-6510;


Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf star in “Domesticated,” a new play Bruce Norris, who got the Pulitzer for “Clybourne Park.” Dealing with the private impact on a marriage of a very public scandal, it couldn’t be timelier. In previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse, Lincoln Center, for a Nov. 4 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Dr. Ruth Westheimer gets the stage treatment as Debra Jo Rupp steps into those tiny shoes. The author of “Sex for Dummies” lost her parents in the Holocaust, was wounded in action during the Israeli War of Independence and married three husbands. She also trained as a therapist and became famous for frank talk about sex. “Becoming Dr. Ruth” is in previews at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., for an Oct. 29 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


It’s the 11th annual Open House New York Weekend, which means you can poke your nose into places not usually open to the public, from Art Deco Duane Street residences to Rockefeller University. Go up to Woodlawn Cemetery, 400 acres of foliage and gardens in the Bronx, and take a look inside some of the over-the-top private mausoleums designed by such stars as McKim, Mead & White and Louis Tiffany. Some sites and tours require advance reservations. Information:

Joining the Ursula von Rydingsvard sculpture “Ona” at Barclays Center is “All Day,” a work created by OpenEndedGroup for the main plaza’s huge LED screen. It uses 14,000 photos taken on Brooklyn roofs. At 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Information:


Franco-American smarty fest “Walls and Bridges” is back in town with a program ranging from famine to terror and desire. Friday night brings Jeanne Mordoj’s “La Poeme,” exploring female gender through movement. It’s preceded by a panel on “Legs and Eggs: Women as Performance.” Runs through Oct. 20 at various venues. Information:


On Sunday, the splendid Joyce DiDonato joins the Met Orchestra onstage at Carnegie Hall for vocal pyrotechnics, singing Rossini and Mozart. On the podium: James Levine, who conducts Carter’s Variations for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. At Seventh Ave. and 57th St. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Alarm Will Sound performs Ligeti, Wagner, Ives and Ades at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday. The group hardly ever plays music by dead composers, but as part of their residency at the Met, they will take a look at works that might make it into their own permanent collection. Go early, and sample some of the special pre-concert cocktails inspired by Alarm. At 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;


Mike Kelley fills up MoMA PS1 beginning Sunday, exploring class, sex, memory and post-punk politics. The artist committed suicide last year. For the opening Anita Pace restages “Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof,” her 1989 collaboration with Kelley, in which dancers perform to “Orgasmatron” by Brit rockers Motorhead. Runs through Feb. 2 at 22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City. Information: +1-718-784-2084;

When Marcel Duchamp’s scandalous Nude Descended the Staircase at the 1913 Armory Show, she changed America. Beginning Friday, the New-York Historical Society is displaying some 100 masterworks from that exhibition, with material that puts the avant-garde artwork in context. “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution” runs through Feb. 23 at 170 Central Park West. Information: +1-212-873-3400;


Try some lobster pasta at the newly opened Villard Michel Richard. The French-American restaurant is set in three gorgeous landmark rooms at the New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-891-8100;

Designed by David Rockwell, Tao Downtown has a koi pond, two 16-foot Buddhas and a 40-foot staircase. The pan-Asian menu features Shanghai fried rice and Snapper in Sand, flash-fried fish with peanuts and Chinese olives. At 92 Ninth Ave. Information: +1-212-888-2724;

(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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