Spacey’s Richard, King Krule, Washington, Alagna: NYC Weekend

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Kevin Spacey in "Richard III," at BAM.

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Kevin Spacey in "Richard III," at BAM.

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Kevin Spacey in "Richard III." Shakespeare's play is given a modern update, with suggestions of dictators and Groucho Marx . Close

Kevin Spacey in "Richard III." Shakespeare's play is given a modern update, with suggestions of dictators and Groucho Marx .

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"Victory" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The sculpture is part of the collection displayed at the New American Wing Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Close

"Victory" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The sculpture is part of the collection displayed at the New American Wing... Read More

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"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze. The painting is on view in the New American Wing Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Close

"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze. The painting is on view in the New American Wing Galleries at... Read More

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Renee Fleming will be singing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon. Close

Renee Fleming will be singing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon.

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George Gagnidze and Roberto Alagna in "Tosca" in New York. Puccini's opera is at the Met through Jan. 28. Close

George Gagnidze and Roberto Alagna in "Tosca" in New York. Puccini's opera is at the Met through Jan. 28.

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Patricia Racette and Roberto Alagna in "Tosca" in New York. Alagna plays Cavaradossi in Puccini's opera. Close

Patricia Racette and Roberto Alagna in "Tosca" in New York. Alagna plays Cavaradossi in Puccini's opera.

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"Tenament Penthouse" by Weegee (May 23, 1941), and other photographs at the Steven Kasher Gallery, are part of the Municipal Art Society's tour of Chelsea art galleries on Valentine's Day. Close

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"700,000 People at Coney Island" by Weegee (May 23, 1941). The photograph is at the Steven Kasher Gallery through Feb. 25. Close

"700,000 People at Coney Island" by Weegee (May 23, 1941). The photograph is at the Steven Kasher Gallery through Feb. 25.

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An 1861 view of Second Avenue looking up from 42nd Street by Egbert L. Viele, in the show "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011" at the Museum of the City of New York. Close

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The Randel Farm Map (no. 55, vol. 1, p. 16) showing 101st to 109th Street, from Third Avenue to the East River. It is in the exhibition "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011" at the Museum of the City of New York through April 15. Close

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Kevin Spacey takes on the villainous Richard III, nimbly climbing over the growing stacks of bodies to grab the crown.

Sam Mendes directs the modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s play -- the two worked together on “American Beauty,” which earned both an Oscar.

It’s a hair-raising journey all the way to Richard’s final battlefield cry: “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”

Through March 4 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.

Saturday

Photographer Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), known as “Weegee” loved beating the cops to a corpse.

“Naked City” has images of “Watching a Five Alarm Fire, First Avenue at 30th Street,” cops pointing at a fallen New Yorker in “Accident” and “Transvestite in a Police Van.”

Happier scenes show girls swooning over Frank Sinatra.

Runs through Feb. 25 at Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St. Information: +1-212-966-3978; http://www.stevenkasher.com.

Drop into Cookshop for a powerhouse Bloody Mary and some fish tacos. Or maybe strawberry and angel food desserts.

At 156 10th Ave. Information: +1-212-924-4440.

Saturday Matinee

Champion tenor Roberto Alagna is the doomed artist Cavaradossi in the Met’s “Tosca.”

Alagna, a triumph of physical fitness and vocal glamor, has already sung “Faust” at the Met this week, stepping in for an afflicted colleague.

Patricia Racette is a match for the frumpy, widely loathed production by Luc Bondy, which also features George Gagnidze as Scarpia, the police chief. But Alagna is worth the trip.

Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212- 362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.

Saturday Night

Sunny San Francisco-based band Girls headlines Terminal 5 on Saturday with support from New Jersey surf-rock act Real Estate.

Lead singer Christopher Owens crafts savvy pop gems that add devastating lyrics to toe-tapping catchiness. His personal story figures in his musical style -- he grew up in and then escaped from the Church of God cult.

Now he’s seeking simple pleasures: wine and pizza, parties on the beach.

The opener is heavily buzzed-about British singer King Krule, formerly known as Zoo Kid.

At 610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600; http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/72213.

Sunday

Step back in time, when the city’s population was a booming 100,000. Most people lived south of Canal Street, while to the north pigs and goats roamed through farmland.

Then, in 1811, planners came up with the idea of the grid, which stretched from Houston Street to 155th Street and brought order and dullness to New York’s streetscape.

To celebrate its 200 years, the Museum of the City of New York has assembled historical maps, photographs and prints showing Manhattan’s evolution. See if you can spot your house.

“The Greatest Grid” runs through April 15 at 1220 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-534-1672; http://www.mcny.org.

Sunday Matinee

Renee Fleming sings Mahler’s “Ruckert-Lieder” in a program also featuring arias from Samuel Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Vanessa,” as well as Bernard Herrmann “Wuthering Heights.”

Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Also on the program are clarinet concertos by Mozart and Copland.

Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212- 247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.

Monday

Spend the day at the Metropolitan Museum’s just-opened New American Wing Galleries whose 17,000 works range from colonial furniture to sculpture by Saint-Gaudens.

Pride of place is given to Leutze’s monumental “Washington Crossing the Delaware” (1851), restored and reframed. You can practically feel that winter wind on the general’s face.

The final phase of a major renovation project, the galleries have touch-screen case labels and computer access for gathering additional information.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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