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Lombardi, the National Rocks, Benno, Ballet, Met: N.Y. Weekend

The National
The National members, from left, Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Matt Berninger, Scott Devendorf and Bryce Dessner. The group will be performing on Friday night at the Wellmont. Photographer: Keith Klenowski/Post Hoc Management via Bloomberg

Catch Brooklyn-based band The National tonight at the Wellmont, performing tracks from their most recent album, “High Violet.”

Frontman Matt Berninger’s baritone manages to sound both serious and ironic. He’s also a sight to behold on stage: He’ll caper and flail, with a likely trip into the audience as he’s wailing.

The Wellmont is at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair, N.J. Information +1-877-935-5668;


Head down to the Village for Westbeth’s 40th anniversary as it kicks off a free, 9-day festival.

Architect Richard Meier converted a 13-story industrial complex once housing Bell Labs into affordable housing and studios for artists, who ranged from Diane Arbus to Vin Diesel.

“East Meets Midwest: New Visions of Figurative Painting” is at the Westbeth Gallery, includes paintings by Philip Hale and Timothy King, among many others.

Stick around for Eve Zanni, who combines Afro-Cuban and Middle-Eastern rhythms with classic jazz, and the soulful sounds of singer-pianist Valerie Ghent, both appearing later in the evening at the Brecht Forum.

Westbeth is at 55 Bethune St. Information:

Grab a quick bite at Fatty Crab, a Malaysian spot offering a lot of savory small plates.

Quench your thirst with a Straits Sling, made with gin, Benedictine and kirschwasser or down the Dark and Stormy rum swizzle.

Then try sticky chicken wings, fatty duck or meaty pork ribs.

Fatty Crab is at 643 Hudson Street. Information: +1-212-352-3590.

Saturday Night

Catch “Lombardi,” a new play about the legendary coach.

Set during the tense 1965 N.F.L. season when the Packers were trying to go the distance after two disappointing years, the production features Dan Lauria from “The Wonder Years” as Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his long-suffering, acerbic wife, Marie.

Hear it for yourself: “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing!”

In previews at Circle in the Square, 1633 Broadway. Opens October 21. Information:


For over a century, the kitchen has served as everything from a scientific food prep machine to a prison for docile hausfraus. Remember “Kinder, Kuche, Kirche?”

“Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen” at the Museum of Modern Art, assembles some 300 design objects, ranging from Philippe Starck’s 1988 sexy Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer to bland plastic Tupperware. Don’t miss the 1926 Frankfurt kitchen designed by Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky, Austria’s first female architect, still a modernist masterpiece.

There are also posters, films, photographs and paintings, including Warhol’s Brillo boxes.

The show will be a revelation, especially for those of you with vestigial kitchens.

MoMA is at 11 West 53 Street. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Sunday Afternoon

Think Slinky when you take in Benjamin Millepied’s giddy “Why am I not where you are” at the New York City Ballet. Showcasing Sara Mearns, Sean Suozzi, Amar Ramasar and tiny, elegant principal dancer Kathryn Morgan, the piece also stars Santiago Calatrava’s sinuous, shape-shifting sets.

There’s an odd couple trying to break into the larger crowd, which means the entire corps is out in force.

All three works on the afternoon program, including Christopher Wheeldon’s “Estancia” and Mauro Bigonzetti’s “Luce Nascosta,” had their premieres last spring as part of the company’s architect-centered season.

The David H. Koch Theatre is at Lincoln Center, 65th Street and Broadway. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

Sunday Night

Thomas Keller protege Jonathan Benno has at last opened Lincoln, his $20 million, solo restaurant nestled under that strange swath of bright green grass across from Juilliard.

The glass-walled eatery designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro lets diners contemplate the Henry Moore in its shrunken reflecting pool.

Lincoln serves high-end versions of Italian favorites with a wine list to match. Entrees will likely range from $32-$40 and the 7-course tasting menu about $125.

Lincoln is at 142 West 65th Street. Information: +1-212-359-6500.

Looking Ahead

Monday brings opening night at the Metropolitan Opera, so grab your helmet and check out “Das Rheingold” free at Lincoln Center Plaza and Times Square where the company has set up big screens.

The staging by Robert Lepage of Cirque du Soleil fame, features a 45-ton computer-driven machine, projections and tricky lighting effects. Bryn Terfel stars as chief god Wotan, who moves into Valhalla at the end of the show.

The Met will be distributing 3,000 free tickets to the Plaza show beginning at noon on Sunday. Times Square is first come, first served.

The Met is at Broadway and 65th Street. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

(With assistance from Jeremy Gerard, Paul Goguen and Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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