NYC Best: Coldplay, Phish, Whitney’s Legends, ‘Barber’

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Ponzu, a Morkie, in a chair at the Flatiron Hotel. Ponzu likes nice people and barks at meanies.

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Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish. The band will perform at Madison Square Garden from Dec. 28 to Dec.31. Close

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"The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme" (1939) by Joseph Stella. The oil on canvas is on view at the Whitney through May. Close

"The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme" (1939) by Joseph Stella. The oil on canvas is on view at the Whitney through May.

"Madawaska, Acadian Light-Heavy, Third Arrangement" (1940) by Marsden Hartley. The oil on composition board, a gift of Nina and Herman Schneider, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Dr. Meyer A. Pearlman by exchange, is part of "American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe" at the Whitney. Photography by Sheldan C. Collins/Whitney Museum of American Art via Bloomberg Close

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Rodion Pogossov as Figaro in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" at the Metropolitan Opera. The English-translated 2-hour family opera is directed by Bartlett Sher. Close

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" at the Metropolitan Opera. The English-translated... Read More

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John Del Carlo and Alek Shrader as Dr. Bartolo and Count Almaviva, in disguise as a soldier, in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville." Costumes are designed by Catherine Zuber. Close

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The Ginseng Glow created by Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch, a tasty mix of rum, Aperol and ginseng tea powder, topped off with a splash of champagne. Close

The Ginseng Glow created by Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch, a tasty mix of rum, Aperol and ginseng tea powder,... Read More

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Jay-Z will perform at the Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Coldplay, who will also peform the night before, will join him on stage. Close

Jay-Z will perform at the Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Coldplay, who will also peform the night before, will join him on stage.

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The Whitney is showing off its permanent collection in a new exhibition, “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe.”

The museum’s holdings of 18 modern artists have been arranged into a series of mini-retrospectives, including familiar works as well as some that haven’t been shown in years.

You can see Joseph Stella’s Brooklyn Bridge, Alexander Calder’s circus, Edward Hopper’s lonely streetscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe’s erotic flowers.

Runs through May at 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212- 570-3600; http://whitney.org.

Saturday Night

Introduce your kids to opera at the Met. Bartlett Sher’s production of “The Barber of Seville” has been trimmed to a family-friendly two hours and will be sung in an English translation by poet J.D. McClatchy.

Hear Rodion Pogossov as the wily barber, trilling “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” as he enters.

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

Afterwards, stop by Cafe Luxembourg for a hamburger with those great French fries. 200 W. 70th St. Information: +1-212- 873-7411; http://www.cafeluxembourg.com/.

Sunday

Head to the Bard Graduate Center gallery for “Circus and the City,” an exhibition about New York’s relationship to the circus.

The history runs from John Bill Ricketts’s display of equestrian talent in 1793 through P.T. Barnum and on to today’s intimate Big Apple Circus. There are costumes, posters, paintings and more.

At 18 W. 86th St. Information: +1-212-501-3023; http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/.

Sunday Night

To fight holiday fatigue, have a Ginseng Glow at Middle Branch on 33rd Street. It’s not on the menu but bartender and managing partner Lucinda Sterling created the drink using Santa Teresa “1796” rum, Aperol and Korean red ginseng tea powder with a splash of champagne on top. The little bit of lime and honey makes a nice balance to the slightly bitter taste of the ginseng.

Find the bar’s entrance through an unmarked door, down a few steps in front of a nondescript brick building. This is a craft-cocktail establishment, not a speed-rack saloon, so prepare to wait for the magic.

At 154 E. 33rd St.

New Year’s Eve

If you don’t want to spend the day standing around Times Square, welcome the New Year in Brooklyn. Jay-Z returns to the Barclays Center following eight sold-out shows this autumn.

He’ll be joined by Coldplay, in their first New York stand since 2005. (They’re also playing sans Jay-Z the night before.)

If you get hungry, try a Cuban sandwich at the Cafe Habana booth.

The Barclays Center is at 620 Atlantic Ave. Information: +1-212-359-6387; http://www.barclayscenter.com/.

Looking for a more traditional approach to ringing in the New Year? World Yacht is embarking on a harbor cruise that includes a five-course dinner with selections like crab brandade and filet mignon.

There’s a DJ, a premium open bar, an ultra-swank lounge upstairs and a spectacular view of the city and the midnight firework display at the Statue of Liberty.

Tickets are $350, boarding starts at 9 p.m. and the boat sails from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Information: www.worldyacht.com.

(Laurie Muchnick and Catherine Smith are editors for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

Muse highlights include Craig Seligman on movies and Katya Kazakina on art.

To contact the writer of this story: Laurie Muchnick in New York at lmuchnick@bloomberg.net.

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

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