Spidey and the Green Goblin battling it out right over your head makes the intermittent suffering worthwhile -- like those seats for midgets, the relentlessly deafening score by U2’s Bono and the Edge and the weird storyline, both inept and complex and largely by director Julie Taymor.
So catch a preview of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” before the $65 million musical opens Jan. 11.
Reeve Carney is a sweetly game Peter Parker, but the real heroes are the creative team responsible for the eye-popping effects and fabulous scenery: set designer George Tsypin, costumer Eiko Ishioka, and aerial choreographer Daniel Ezralow.
At the Foxwoods Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-877-250-2929; http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/
Stop by Joe Allen for a burger after the show.
Contemplate Spidey’s future as you examine the wall of flops, with posters from such shows as “Home Sweet Homer” with Yul Brynner, which had but a single performance.
The closing notice was posted even before the curtain fell.
At 326 W. 46th St. Information: +1-212-581-6464.
Visit Chelsea to see works by heavy-hitters Luc Tuymans and Anselm Kiefer.
It’s a simple red curve on a beige background, suggestive of a fishook, a flesh wound or a dollar sign. The oil painting is, in fact, a representation of the Fortis Bank logo, and it’s part of “Corporate,” the Tuymans show at the David Zwirner gallery.
Having taken on such fraught subjects as concentration camps and colonialism in Africa, the Belgian artist this time ponders the invisible corporate hand.
David Zwirner is at 525 W. 19th St. Information: +1-212-727-2070; http://www.davidzwirner.com/
In 1969 Kiefer created a series of photographs of himself standing in front of European ruins, giving the Nazi salute.
Now he’s packed 76 of them inside a menacing steel box allowing glimpses of the images from open side doors. This is “Occupations,” the largest installation in his current show at Gagosian.
At 555 W. 24th St. Information: +1-212-741-1111; http://www.gagosian.com/
You can make a difference in the lives of the “garbage dwellers” of Cairo, who live mainly by recycling trash.
“Crafts of Cairo,” an annual sale organized by WQXR radio host Nimet Habachy, offers colorful quilts, tote bags and rugs made by Zabbaleen women after they were provided with looms, materials and training.
All proceeds go to support two schools in Cairo.
At Calvary-St. George’s Church from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 61 Gramercy Park North, at 21st Street. Information: +1-703-875-9370; http://www.handsalongthenile.org/
Head out to Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg for the thumping, oddly heartfelt electro of Diamond Rings.
Hurdling over tinkly synths and pulsing drums, frontman John O’Regan’s baritone bestows gravitas on tracks that could be played purely for their pop pleasures.
Glasslands’s lofty ceilings, wooden balcony and illuminated paper thunderclouds provide the perfect space for O’Regan’s lo-fi theatricality.
At 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-599-1450; http://glasslands.blogspot.com/
Then cool off with a quick walk to The Woods for cheap booze, more dancing and a revitalizing taco from the truck parked in the all-seasons patio.
The lights are low, the dance floor full and there’s never an off night. Open until 4 a.m.
48 S. 4th Street at Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-782-4955.
Check out Christmas in the city. Make a quick stop at the comical foodie windows at Barneys, where chef Mario Batali’s head is served up on a silver platter. Meanwhile, Miss Illy is decked out in her gown of recycled coffee packs.
Adore the Rockefeller Center tree, decorated with over five miles of LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski crystal star.
Walk down the alley of white herald angels and cross Fifth Avenue to look in the windows of Saks, where glamor-puss mannequins jostle kids diving with gigantic octopuses, riding elephant babies and taking flight in hot-air balloons.
Then head down to Lord & Taylor’s elaborate animated displays for a dozen different holiday scenes. There’s Haul Out the Holly, Deck the Halls and Picking Out a Christmas Tree.
Barneys is at 660 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-826-8900.
Saks is at 611 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-753-4000.
Lord & Taylor is at 424 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-391-3344.
Rockefeller Center is between 49th and 50th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Information: +1-212-332-6868.
(With assistance from Lili Rosboch and Daniel Billy. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)