Rock anthemist Ian Hunter helped launch Mott the Hoople at the end of the 1960s and had gone solo by 1975. He brings his pithy, cosmic and reliably literate sensibility (and trademark wild hair) to City Winery, where, as the name implies, the wine list is as seriously considered as the guest artists.
Downtown at 155 Varick St. Information: +1-212-608-0555; http://citywinery.com.
Or perhaps some standards instead? Consider Emily Bergl’s “Kidding on the Square,” at the Oak Room.
Poured into a slinky silver gown that eventually gives way to, well, not much, the actress breezily moves from Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy” to Peter Brown and Robert Rans’s “Material Girl.” Highlights include Dave Frishberg’s “Peel Me a Grape” and Lieber and Stoller’s killer Sprechstimme for Peggy Lee, “Is That All There Is?” Best augmented by a dry Manhattan -- or two.
Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th St. Information: +1-212-419-9331; http://www.algonquinhotel.com.
Frank Langella plays a financier on the brink of bankruptcy in “Man and Boy,” beginning Broadway previews this weekend at the American Airlines Theatre. Though the plot suggests it’s been ripped from the headlines, the playwright (Terence Rattigan) and the time (1963) say otherwise. The Roundabout Theatre Company revival is staged by Maria Aitken.
AT 227 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-212-719-1300; http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.
Many of the city’s bedrock performing arts institutions are commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The Joyce Theatre Foundation has organized a dance program that includes the mesmerizing Alvin Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing in “A Song for You.” The Limon Dance Company offers the 1958 “Missa Brevis” and Paul Taylor’s troupe will present “Brandenburgs.”
Starting at 5 p.m., Rockefeller Park, River Terrace at Warren St. Information: +1-212-691-9740; http://www.bpcparks.org
‘Concert for New York’
The New York Philharmonic’s free Concert for New York features music director Alan Gilbert conducting Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” The concert is tonight at Avery Fisher Hall. On Sunday, it will be telecast around the world (locally on PBS).
Lincoln Center, Broadway at West 66th Street. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://www.nyphil.org.
Later, head downtown to hear the seductive jazz violinist Regina Carter play with her Reverse Thread quintet.
At the Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. Information: +1-212-475-8592; http://www.bluenote.net.
Don’t pass up the rare chance to hear folkie Pete Seeger and friends at “Love Wins: An Afternoon of Music, Stories, and Film.” The 9/11 commemorative concert, organized by Gardens of Forgiveness, will run from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New York University Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Information: http://gof91111.eventbrite.com
Close the weekend with Fiasco, the loose-limbed, tight-knit theater troupe of ex-Brown University students. Their charming production of Shakespeare’s loopy romance “Cymbeline” has begun a long residence at Greenwich Village’s Barrow Street Theatre, courtesy of Theatre for a New Audience.
The six actors play all the roles in this tale about an evil step-mother queen, a faithful princess and her exiled husband, not to mention a pair of brothers presumed dead, a cretinous suitor and a couple dozen completely ridiculous revelations as the curtain falls (if there were a curtain).
Adding to the maximalist wit (most of it, aptly, of the collegiate variety) and minimalist economy (the entire set comprises two cubes and a steamer trunk) is the resonant original music, written and beautifully performed by the company.
27 Barrow Street at Seventh Avenue. Information: +1-212-868-4444; http://www.starttix.com.
(Jeremy Gerard is an editor and critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)