The XX Seduce, Mahler’s Nut, Nazi Bodies, Bete: N.Y. Weekend

The xx band members, from left Jamie Smith, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim. The xx will be performing at the United Palace on Saturday night. Photographer: Jamie-James Medina/Technique Publicity via Bloomberg

Grab this chance to hear Gustav Mahler’s enigmatic Sixth Symphony.

Back for his second season as the New York Philharmonics’s music director, Alan Gilbert takes on the 80-minute score, described by Mahler himself as a “hard nut.”

Mahler led the orchestra 1909-1911 and introduced American audiences to his Sixth Symphony, so Gilbert has some pretty big patent-leather evening slippers to fill.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 65th Street and Broadway. Information: +1-212-875-5656;

Then try Atlantic Grill, which has taken over the late, lamented O’Neal’s, and have a Lincoln Center-inspired cocktail: The Gilbert is concocted with Wild Turkey, Tea Vodka, ginger beer and Creme de Cacao. Or toast the memory of Sills with the Beverly, a mix of Macchu Pisco, blood orange, Aperol and Tincture of Kaffir.

Ask for a booth and ponder ordering the shellfish tower crammed with lobster, king crab, shrimp, clams, oysters, marinated mussels and ceviche.

Atlantic Grill is at 49 W. 64th St. Information: +1-212-787-4663.


The Guggenheim Museum’s new show displays painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film and fashion in that fraught period between the two world wars when a yearning for beauty stirred many artists.

Eighty are represented, including Picasso, Braque, Dix, Leger, Matisse and Morandi, with many of the works on view in the U.S. for the first time.

Included is the 1936 Olympics film by Leni Riefenstahl, a perfect document of how the classical ideal was co-opted by the Nazis in their insane search for human perfection.

“Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy and Germany, 1918-1936” is at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3500;

Saturday Matinee

Spend Saturday afternoon with an irresistible raving monster. In David Hirson’s crackling farce “La Bete,” an egotistical buffoon played by the great comic actor Mark Rylance comes up against the high-minded leader of a theatrical troupe, here portrayed by the equally splendid David Hyde Pierce.

The verbal pyrotechnics pit art against commerce in a rollicking satire as pertinent today as in the play’s 18th-century setting.

“La Bete” is at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

After, choose from Casellula’s excellent by-the-glass wine list and a staggering array of perfectly ripened cheeses.

Casellula is at 401 W. 52nd St; +1-212-247-8137.

Saturday Night

Fresh from picking up their Mercury Prize for Best Album of the Year in London, The xx bring their seductive magic to United Palace.

With less savvy treatment, the band’s clear, cold girl-boy vocals could come off as an 80’s retrograde shtick. But Romy, Oliver and Jamie conjure perfectly the atmosphere of the breathless and the love-sick.

Warpaint and Zola Jesus open. Wear black.

United Palace is at 4140 Broadway. Information: +1-212-568-5260;


Horrified by the carnage of the Second World War, artists reached back in time for inspiration: They created imagery evoking ancient myths and even a pre-human world.

The abstract expressionists also moved the primary art-world action from Paris to New York.

The Museum of Modern Art is showing 250 works from its unparalleled collection, so here’s your chance to see Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and their contemporaries in full creative frenzy.

When MoMA bought Rothko’s “No. 10” in 1952, one outraged museum trustee quit on the spot.

While there, check out “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917” before it closes later this month.

MoMA is located at 11 W. 53 St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Sunday Afternoon

Head down to Wall Street at 4 p.m. and you’ll see people shaking, wiggling, wrestling and convulsing.

Carrie Ahern’s “Sensate” takes place across the street from the New York Stock Exchange on two underground floors of a former bank vault.

Inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, the dance installation with six performers lasts three hours.

No worries: Visitors are encouraged to come and go as they please.

At The Vaults, 14 Wall St. Information:

(With assistance from Jeremy Gerard, Philip Boroff 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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