The Beacon

From the New York Times, a look at the restored Beacon Theater in Manhattan, where Paul Simon will be performing Friday and Saturday nights.

During a rehearsal on Wednesday, Paul Simon, the headliner for the reopening celebration on Friday night, said: “I’ve performed here many times and it was always fun, but I was overwhelmed to see how beautiful it is now.

“It’s a great house with a great vibe and its funkiness matched the music in a way,” he added. “But it’s nicer to have clean seats.”

There are a handful of musicians performing in New York this weekend who have a connection to Simon. Marc Anthony, star of the Capeman, is at Madison Square Garden on Saturday; C.J. Chenier, son of Clifton Chenier (name-checked in “That Was Your Mother”), is at Connolly’s on Sunday; and Vusi Mahlasela, who performed in the “Under African Skies” shows as part of “Love in Hard Times” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last April, is at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.