The Kills, Ai Weiwei, King Lear, Goodbye Emperor: N.Y. Weekend

Alison Mosshart
Alison Mosshart of the rock group The Kills. The duo will be at Terminal 5 on Friday night. Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Friday night, explosive London-based duo The Kills will tear down Terminal 5.

Lead singer Alison Mosshart returns to guitarist Jamie Hince’s side after a stint with Jack White’s blues super-group The Dead Weather. The barn-stormer flings her voice into the crowd like a Molotov cocktail and stalks around on stage like sex on legs.

Hince isn’t so hard on the eyes either, given that he is the future Mr. Kate Moss.  Dark-wave group Cold Cave opens -- think The Cure plus the Killers.

610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600;

Saturday Morning

Head down to the High Line by 10:45 a.m. and register at the PEN table north of the Standard for the Karma Chain, a spiritual game of telephone.

Tibetan Lama Pema Wangdak will speak a sutra into someone’s ear, and after going down the Line, author Salman Rushdie will ponder the difference between the first and last iteration.

Come back at 5 p.m. with a copy of your favorite book and pass it along to someone on the High Line.

These are just a few of the events sponsored by the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, as more than 100 writers from 40 countries hit the city until May 1.


Saturday Matinee

Don’t miss Derek Jacobi in “King Lear,” Shakespeare’s great meditation on power and love.

When the capricious old ruler makes one rash move, everything shifts and falls apart -- he winds up howling on a barren heath as a thunderstorm cracks around him.

Michael Grandage directed the spare Donmar Warehouse production, greeted with raves in London.

Until June 5 at the Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100;

Saturday Night

Celebrate Steve Reich’s 75th birthday at Carnegie Hall with some of the hottest groups around: Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet and So Percussion.

Back in 1973 when he first played Carnegie, the noisy, underwhelmed audience almost drowned out his “Four Organs.”

This concert of New York premieres, including “WTC 9/11,” and his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Double Sextet,” will sadly be less contentious.

57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800;


Anthony Caro’s 1984 sculpture, “Odalisque,” has sensuous rounded curves and now reclines voluptuously en plein air on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The witty work is assembled from big pieces of rusted steel, parts of maritime buoys and chains, welded together to suggest a reclining harem concubine.

She’s there to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s first exhibition of steel sculpture.

Enjoy a glass of wine or a cappuccino at the Roof Garden Café and admire the spring greening of Central Park spread out below.

It’s also your last chance to savor “The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City,” which closes today.

Look for the panel, a flowering plum created on sandalwood with jade, lapis lazuli, and malachite, “From the Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service.”

Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Afternoon

Then walk down to the Whitney, where “Breaking Ground” displays paintings from the museum’s founding collection.

There’s Max Weber’s snazzy 1915 “Chinese Restaurant,” rich with color and juice and Charles Sheeler’s 1926 “Interior,” a complex view of a white pitcher juxtaposed with luscious fruit.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was a discerning collector, yet when she offered the works she’d bought over 25 years to the Metropolitan Museum, she was turned down flat. So in 1931, she founded her own museum. Take that, Met!

Recharge with a Bloody Mary and a pimento cheeseburger on pumpernickel at Danny Meyer’s new cafe, “Untitled,” located on the lower level.

The show runs until Sept. 18 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-570-3600;

Sunday Evening

For musical razzle dazzle, go hear Christian Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas play an evening of violin duos.

You’ll hear the pyrotechnical yet grandly romantic work of Eugene Ysaye and Bela Bartok’s 44 knotty miniature duets.

The concert is part of Tetzlaff’s Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

Zankel Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Looking Ahead: Monday

Take in the grand public sculpture created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei now decorating the Pulitzer Fountain.

There are 12 monumental animal heads cast in bronze, including a tiger, a monkey and a horse, inspired by an 18th century work that was looted by foreigners.

The artist says his work deals with “authenticity and value and how value relates to current political and social understandings and misunderstandings.”

How appropriate. He disappeared into official Chinese custody on April 3rd, and, despite international protests, has not been heard from since.

Presented by Chinese art organization AW Asia, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” gets unveiled at 10:30 a.m. and departs on a global tour July 15.

Grand Army Plaza, 5th Ave. and 58th St. Information:

(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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