Iron & Wine, Le Poisson Rouge, Big-Brained French: N.Y. Weekend

Samuel Bean
American singer-songwriter Samuel Bean. "Iron and Wine" will be at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. Source: Piper Ferguson via Bloomberg

Get into an “Altered State” at Le Poisson Rouge with a drink from the bar and the Metropolis Ensemble on the little stage.

The program includes an electro-acoustic remix of John Corigliano’s “Three Hallucinations,” based on his score for the film, adapted by Ricardo Romaniero.

He’s also presenting his piece for laptop and orchestra, plus three other world premieres by Du Yun, Gity Razaz and Enrico Chapela.

158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474;

Less Weird

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the sexy Siberian, sings Simone Boccanegra, a medieval sadsack of a grandee who keeps losing his daughter to kidnappers. Ferruccio Furlanetto, Barbara Frittoli and Ramon Vargas all get to sing wonderful music though it’s Simone’s death scene that’s the real showstopper.

Until Feb. 5th at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-362-6000;


Experience the healing arts of Tibet as you contemplate scroll paintings depicting, among other things, a tree of diagnosis and a recipe for an elixir that will give you “the prowess of a lion, the strength of an elephant and the complexion of a peacock.”

Listen to the Drepung Loseling Monastery monks, and learn how to calm your mind through meditation.

And don’t miss the painstaking creation of the Medicine Buddha, a sand mandala displaying the transitory nature of material life. Come back on Sunday to watch its ritual destruction.

At the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St. Information: +1-212-796-5100;

Villa Gillet Festival

Lyon’s Villa Gillet brings its “Walls and Bridges” festival to venues around town.

Check out “The End of Privacy” with French experts discussing the price of freedom with American legal sage Jeffrey Rosen.

“And the Pursuit of Happiness” presents philosopher Barbara Cassin and historian Sophie Wahnich talking with Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and New Yorker cartoonist Maira Kalman about melancholia and positive thinking.

At the New York Public Library’s Celeste Bartos Forum, 455 5th Ave. Information:

Saturday Night

Led by prolifically bearded and talented singer-songwriter Sam Beam, Austin, Texas-rooted band Iron & Wine plays Radio City Music Hall.

Though his new release, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” finds Beam exploring brasher territory, his delicate hand is driving the chords so the intimate songs always surge.

Special guest is Edie Brickell, whose late-80s hit, “What I Am,” casts a long shadow.

You may be singing “Shove me in the shallow water before I get too deep...” for weeks.

1260 Ave. of the Americas. Information:


Six of Villa Gillet’s big time thinkers can be found in booths at the Brooklyn Flea ready to talk to you about your hair. (Did we say this wondrous establishment is government-subsidized?) Or Mary Magdalene’s tresses, rock star coiffures and forcibly shaved women -- anything that’s on your mind.

When you’ve exhausted your intellectual potential, shop for antiques, vintage clothing, collectibles and new creations by local artisans.

There’s also a food hall with everything from fish tacos and lobster rolls to pretzels and pizza.

1 Hanson Pl. at Flatbush Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


Sunday Night

Let the Tennessee Williams centennial celebration begin! Olympia Dukakis gives a tour de force performance as Flora Goforth in the rarely-produced “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.”

Actresses as diverse as Tallulah Bankhead and Elizabeth Taylor have taken on the role of the rich memoir-penning widow who gets a surprise visit from a young man. Unfortunately, he’s known as “The Angel of Death.”

Opens Jan. 30th and runs through April 3rd at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. Information: +1-212-719-1300;

(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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