Thursday 3:27




Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige take a lap through the suburbs

Others may eventually out-rhyme and outsell him, but Jay-Z will forever own every venue within walking, driving, and flying range of New York City. His three upcoming Madison Square Garden shows may as well be in Utah, as far as your chances for getting in are concerned, so consider Long Island instead (or, if you’re so inclined, tomorrow night in Jersey). Ostensibly, this latest jaunt is tour support for American Gangster, his latest comeback record, but expect the full catalog from the hip-hop Sinatra. With him is Mary J. Blige, who’s been on top even longer: She was making angst-filled comeback records in the days when Jay thought angst meant “single platinum.” Together, they’re as close to royalty as pop stars come. At 7:30, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, 516-794-9300,, $77–$173 ZACH BARON



Arm yourself for the season’s biggest shows

For four days, art lovers will converge on the streets between Chelsea’s west end and Pier 94 for The Armory Show and The Bridge Art Fair, in which New York gallery owners are joined by their global peers to acquaint themselves with what’s fresh. Some stuff that caught our interest: work by Mary Heil-mann and John Waters, commissioned to “define the image of the Armory Show”; a film by Matthew Buckingham about the history of the Hudson River, to be shown on a water taxi (free!); the Bridge Art Fair’s focus on Asian art (and a special performance by Amanda Lepore tonight at 7:30 p.m.); and the unconventional art displayed in an unconventional space (in this case, the grounds of the now-extinct club the Tunnel). The Armory Show: noon to 8 through Saturday, noon to 7 Sunday, Pier 94, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street, $30, students $10. The Bridge Art Fair: 5 to 10, noon Friday through Sunday, the Waterfront Building, 222 Twelfth Avenue at 27th Street, $10 ARACELI CRUZ



Cielo’s dance floor packs them in, but we’re not always put over the top by the party that ensues. Then again, the right DJ can take the place to epic heights, and Âme Frank is one of them. The DJ from Berlin, who also dabbles as a graphic designer, is returning to Cielo to spin deep house beats served especially electro. Âme, a fan of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and Jassanova, mixes his beats in the realm of synthesized robotic funk, with a side of modern disco. And, as usual, Willie Graff—straight from electro-dance Disneyland (i.e., Ibiza)—will be opening. At 10, Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street, $10 ARACELI CRUZ