NYC Weekend: Kendrick Lamar, Wall St. Scammer, Performa

Our weekend picks are:


Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz headline the Powerhouse 2013 show at Barclays Center on Saturday. Also expected to burn up the stage: Trey Songz, Fabolous, Meek Mill and Big Sean, along with some surprises. At 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-800-745-3000;

On Friday and Saturday, check out Bounce rapper Big Freedia, who brings New Orleans urban culture to the Brooklyn Bowl. Genuine twerking ahead. At 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-963-3369;


Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner star in the world premiere of Amanda Peet’s “The Commons of Pensacola” about a woman whose husband turns out to be a Wall St. scam artist. Lynne Meadow directs. In previews at City Center, 131 W. 55th St., for a Nov. 21 opening. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

In Beth Henley’s black comedy “The Jacksonian,” Ed Harris plays a deep-South dentist will marital problems who moves to a seedy motel. Glenne Headly, Bill Pullman and Amy Madigan join in the sordid shenanigans. Directed by Robert Falls. At The New Group at Theatre Row, Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-212-244-3380;


Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the New York Philharmonic with the stunning Leila Josefowicz playing his Violin Concerto. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 is also on Saturday’s program, with a little charming Ravel. You can also catch up with the double-barreled maestro on Monday at SubCulture, a new music venue in the Village. Part of the NY Phil’s Contact series, the concert will feature five Salonen compositions. At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. SubCulture is at 45 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-875-5656;

David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors sings a new work in his collaboration with the Calder Quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday. Also on the program: Bartok’s Third and Fourth Quartets. At 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;


American artist Christopher Wool gets a retrospective at the Guggenheim. Comprising some 90 largely monochrome paintings, photographs and works on paper, the show also includes a recent large-scale bronze sculpture outside the museum. Runs through Jan. 22 at 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3587;

Singers on stationary bikes, tours of Grand Central Terminal and drama in a Russian bath house are some of the highlights of Performa 13, the city’s fifth performance-art biennial. There are more than 100 participating artists at venues around town. The festival runs through Nov. 24. Information:


Keeping Tchaikovsky’s grand music, choreographer Matthew Bourne has smartly updated “Sleeping Beauty” so the heroine awakens in our times with new romantic challenges. Runs through Nov. 3 at City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

Alexei Ratmansky’s new one-act “Tempest” is part of the American Ballet Theater’s fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, along with works by Tharp, Morris and Balanchine among others. Runs through Nov. 10 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-496-0600;


Everything on Earth and all normal matter observed with instruments adds up to less than five percent of the universe -- the rest is dark energy and dark matter. Scientists are trying to find out what that is. “Dark Universe,” a new show celebrating the unknown, opens on Saturday at the Hayden Planetarium. At the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100;


Marc Forgione has opened a branch of his American Cut steakhouse in Tribeca. Start with the chef’s famed chili lobster. Parties of two can share the 42-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye while those flying solo might opt for the 20-ounce NYC Cut, seasoned with pastrami spices and smoke. At 363 Greenwich Street. Information: +1-212-226-4736;

Bubby’s has a new outpost in the Meatpacking District at the southernmost entrance to the High Line. There’s breakfast, burgers and snacks and you can have brunch pretty much whenever you’re hungry: the eatery is open daily from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. At 73 Gansevoort St. Information: +1-212-206-6200;

(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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