Tame Impala, Alagna’s Don Carlo, Libeskind’s Fire: N.Y. Weekend

Members of the band "Tame Impala." Lead singer Kevin Parker's voice sounds eerily similar to John Lennon. Photographer: Ben Sullivan/Modular People via Bloomberg

Feel the hazy, psychedelic rock of Tame Impala wash over you at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.  The trio from Australia creates a swirling cloud of sound a la the Doors or the Stone Roses.

Lead singer Kevin Parker’s voice sounds eerily similar to John Lennon’s, so Tame Impala could be accused of lame sixties revivalism. But their crunching guitar licks sound fresh and kaleidoscopic meanderings make every tune a sonic adventure.

Stardeath & White Dwarfs and Kuroma open.

At 6 Delancey St. Information: http://www.boweryballroom.com/

Hit white-on-white hideaway Kenmare for a post-gig cocktail.

Scenesters Paul Sevigny and Nur Khan of Beatrice Inn and Rose Bar fame have created a new subterranean hot spot for downtown waifs, waiter/actors and other nocturnal beauties.

Mick Jagger has wet his whistle here, so look your best. Only gets thumping after-hours.

At 98 Kenmare Street. Information: +1-212-274-9898.


To get into the spirit of the season, take in “A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire.”

The son of Holocaust survivors, the architect has installed 40 lamps from the Jewish Museum’s collection to evoke the holiday ritual of lighting the dark.

There’s an 18th-century work made from the armor of a Hessian soldier who fought in the American Revolution, and a more recent creation by architect Richard Meier memorializing Jewish persecution.

Also on display: “Seven Artists Inspired by Hanukkah,” including Alice Aycock’s motorized dreidel.

The Jewish Museum is at 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St. Information: +1-212-423-3200; http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/

Then stroll over to Island for a glass of wine and some plum-glazed roast chicken with mashed potatoes. Or just the butterscotch-rich ice cream sandwich.

At 1305 Madison, between 92nd and 93rd Streets. Information: +1-212-996-1200.

Saturday Evening

When she was 15, Anne-Sophie Mutter made her first recording of the Mozart violin concertos with Herbert von Karajan.

Now 47, and artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, she is playing three of the elegant pieces at Avery Fisher Hall.

She’ll also showcase a possibly less tuneful work written for her by Wolfgang Rihm. Michael Francis makes his conducting debut with the Phil.

At Lincoln Center, Broadway and 66th St. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org/


Head to the Museum of Art and Design for a look at provocative contemporary work centered on Africa.

Catch established players, including Kehinde Wiley, Yinka Shonibare and Fred Wilson, as well as baskets woven by Hutu and Tutsi women in Rwanda.

There’s a fashion installation by Black Coffee, Mapplethorpe’s 1984 shot of a body-painted Grace Jones and a champagne flute made out of oil flasks titled “Tchin-Tchin, BP!”

“The Global Africa Project” runs through May 15.

At 2 Columbus Circle. Information: +1-212-299-7777; http://www.madmuseum.org/

Sunday Afternoon

Long ago, before everyone was connected 24/7, you relied on an operator to tell you who called when you were out. The heroine of “Bells Are Ringing” strikes up amusing relationships with her unseen customers and falls in love with one.

The 1956 musical was composed by jazzy songsmith Jule Styne and written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The great score includes “Just in Time” and “The Party’s Over.”

This Encores! series revival stars lovely Kelli O’Hara -- most recently Ensign Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific” -- in the role created by Judy Holliday.

At 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212; http://www.nycitycenter.org

Later, cross the street for the cheery circus ambience at Circo, kid sister of Le Cirque, for pizza, a Manhattan and a wide-ranging Italian wine list.

At 120 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-265-3636.

Looking Ahead

Tickets are going fast for Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” which opens at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday with star tenor Roberto Alagna as the tormented hero who loses his fiancée to his father in the first scene.

The production, by Nicholas Hytner, comes from Covent Garden and also features Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Philip II of Spain and a lot of unhappy people who are burned at the stake as heretics.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s next Music Director, conducts.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Lincoln Center, Broadway at 66th St. Information: +1-212-362-2000; http://www.metopera.org

(With assistance by Jeremy Gerard 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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