Fashion provocateur Alexander McQueen gave us those “bumster” low-rise trousers for which blame will surely be eternal.
But he also dreamed up wildly inventive costumes which you will find at “Savage Beauty.” On view are about 100 ensembles, including the last collection he did before committing suicide at age 40.
One dress combines painted gold duck feathers with images from medieval eccentric Hieronymus Bosch. (It was finished by Sarah Burton, Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer.) Bjork, Rihanna and Lady Gaga were also aficionados of his work.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute until July 31.
The museum and its bars are open late on Friday and Saturday. Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
Head over to Carnegie Hall for the first night of “Spring for Music,” a brand-new festival showcasing orchestras with clever and creative programming ideas.
David Hyde Pierce introduces “The New Brandenburgs,” six works inspired by Bach and commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
You’ll hear Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec’s “Brandenburg Gate,” and “Sea Orpheus” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who borrows techniques from Bach’s “Musical Offering” and “The Art of Fugue.”
Other participating orchestras include the Dallas Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal.
Runs until May 14, and all tickets are $25!
57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.
Manhattan is abuzz with creative ferment this weekend: The New Museum has organized a “Festival of Ideas for the New City,” with workshops, symposia, exhibitions and performances at various downtown venues.
Rem Koolhaas’s “Cronocaos” is a collection of photographs and objects focusing on preservation and destruction, on view at the museum’s annex at 231 Bowery.
Richard Long’s “Flow and Ebb,” using raw materials from nature, is installed at Sperone Westwater.
Plus there will be an all-day street fair along the Bowery, with more than a hundred grassroots organizations presenting their ideas and wares in newly-designed, brightly-colored slinkies called “Worms.”
235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222; http://www.newmuseum.org.
It’s also the second annual New York Gallery Week, with more than 60 solo exhibitions and other happenings. There’s a Chelsea walking tour led by Whitney curator Carter Foster, an artist talk with Subodh Gupta at Hauser and Wirth, and a book signing with William Kentridge at Marian Goodman Gallery.
Black Lake, an art-music duo comprised of Susan Jennings and Slink Moss that uses video, sounds, words, collage, drums and shadows, performs at David Nolan gallery.
Yuck, the tartly-named, London-based band, plays the Bowery Ballroom. Just kids during the Kurt Cobain years, the musicians deliver straight 90s revivalism, evoking sentimentality, incredulity, perhaps a touch of outrage.
Their songs pack a strong melodic punch: In the era of hazy, electronic bedroom pop, Yuck’s guitar squalls cut through those chill-waves like a power party-boat.
Though their riffs sound earnest, how serious can a band called “Yuck” be?
6 Delancey St. Information: +1-212-533-2111; http://www.boweryballroom.com.
There’s no ignoring the sauropod in the room: The American Museum of Natural History has a new super-sized visitor -- a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus.
The fern-nibbling, long-necked beauty is the centerpiece of the tech-savvy, interactive exhibition “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs,” nicely complementing the museum’s great collection of fossils, bones and models.
There’s even a hands-on “dig pit,” where, with goggles, chisel and brush, you can satisfy your inner paleontologist.
Central Park West at 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100; http://www.amnh.org.
After, grab a brew and the sweetest lobster roll in Manhattan at Luke’s Lobster, which uses meat fresh from Maine.
426 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st St. Information: +1-212-877-8800.
Stroll across the park to hear the sizzling Sheryl Bailey 4, featuring the “guitar goddess” herself, Jim Ridl on piano, Gary Wang on bass and Shingo Okudaira on drums.
The jazz quartet will play tunes from their new album “For All Those Living,” which celebrates the healing power of music.
A free set at 2 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 405 E. 73rd St. Information: +1-212-639-0100; http://www.rmdh.org.
The New York City Ballet opens its spring season with a tribute to founder George Balanchine.
His brilliant choreography to the music of Stravinsky ranges from the jazzy, energetic large ensemble work, “Symphony in Three Movements,” to the stately “Monumentum pro Gesualdo.”
Looking ahead, Wendy Whelan and Patti LuPone star in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s new production of “The Seven Deadly Sins,” Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s sardonic take on decadence.
The world premiere takes place at the ballet’s spring gala on May 11.
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5570; http://www.nycballet.com/nycb/home.
(With assistance from Daniel Billy. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)