leisure 01.30.04

Weekend Pleasures

Movies:
A wintry Sunday afternoon at the movies with Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo sounds just fine to us: there's a double feature of "Ninotchka" (2pm) and "A Foreign Affair" (4pm) at the Thalia, 2537 Bway [95th] 212.864.5400.

Shopping:
There's a 50% off clearance sale at Brooks Brothers. And the MoMA Design Store is having its annual furniture sale at the Soho store, 81 Spring [Bway/Crosby] 646.613.1367, through 2/8. Furniture, lighting, and accessories up to 75% off.

Books:
This may not sound like a lot of fun, but Claire Tomalin's biography of Samuel Pepys, called The Unequalled Self (Vintage, $16.95), is an unalloyed joy from start to finish. Pepys is, of course, the world's most famous diarist, but even if you have read little or none of the Diary, Ms. Tomalin's portrait puts us on incredibly intimate terms with the man: his faults, his accomplishments, his private thoughts, all placed in lively historical context. After many biographies, one often thinks, 'Well, enough of them,' but Pepys, man of the 1600s though he is, seems, if not exactly like a friend, someone at least you are forever happy to have met.

Art:
Two large installations and a series of new drawings make up 20 Ways to Get an Apple Listening to the Music of Mozart, a new exhibition by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, at the Sean Kelly Gallery, 528 W. 29th [10th/11th] 212.239.1181. Ilya Kabakov was chosen by ArtNews as one of the 10 Best Living Artists*. The opening is tonight from 6-8 and the Kabakovs will be on hand.

Theatre:
If it's written by Paul Rudnick, count us in — there aren't many funnier playwrights around. His new play is called "Valhalla"; and it's in previews now at the New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th [2nd/Bowery] 212.460.5475.

Brunch:
While there's still snow in Central Park, the Sunday brunch view from 35-floors-up Asiate, at the Mandarin Oriental in the Time Warner Center, 212.805.8800, should be great. Brunch is served from 11:30am to 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Three courses are $48.

Walk:
Times Square has turned 100 and we're sure there are some stories of its last century that we don't know. This Saturday at 1pm, Big Onion gives a tour of the nabe ($12).

TV:
Finally, if staying in sounds best to you, TV Land is running many of the Carol Burnett Show classics this weekend and next week.
*Here's the full list of the 10 Best Living Artists according to ArtNews (from Dec, 1999):

Matthew Barney
Louise Bourgeois
Jasper Johns
Ilya Kabakov
Agnes Martin
Bruce Nauman
Sigmar Polke
Gerhard Richter
Cindy Sherman
Jeff Wall


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