McCartney’s ‘Kingdom,’ Wilco, Coen Film, Met Gala: N.Y. Weekend

Wilco band-members Patrick Sansone, Mikael Jorgensen, Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline and John Stirrat, will be performing at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on Friday night. Photographer: Autumn de Wilde/Wilco via Bloomberg

Wilco comes to Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield on Friday night.

For more than 15 years, singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy and his motley crew have crafted some of the most compelling rock around -- impressionistic, poly-rhythmic, yet approachable and catchy.

Wilco’s new album, “The Whole Love,” showcases the band’s talent for song craft. Each tune is packed with the casually thoughtful flourishes most other bands would neglect.

Fifth Ave. at 69th St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Information:


Check out the Dumbo arts celebration, including Janet Biggs’s “Wet Exit,” combining video, drummers, singers, musicians and kayakers in the East River.

There will be open studios, workshops and street revelers, as more than 500 artists converge upon Brooklyn for the annual festival.

How about 15 blindfolded wrestlers battling it out in a steel cage? That’s Shaun ‘El C.’ Leonardo’s recreation of the opening scene of Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man.”

Starting at noon Saturday and Sunday between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Information:

Saturday Matinee

Plunge into Paul McCartney’s first dance score, “Ocean’s Kingdom,” choreographed by Peter Martins for the New York City Ballet.

Set in four movements -- “Ocean’s Kingdom,” “Hall of Dance,” “Imprisonment” and “Moonrise” -- it’s a love story that takes off when human beings come to threaten the subaquatic realm.

The production is a family affair: Paul’s daughter, Stella, designed the costumes.

Also on the program, Balanchine’s “Union Jack.”

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

Saturday Night

Step back in time and be entertained like a king: Lully’s elegantly arch “Atys” returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with William Christie.

The 1676 opera applauded by Louis XIV tells the story of a hapless mortal who, loving a river nymph, attracts the erotic attention of the goddess Cybele. The result? Dancing, madness, murder and suicide.

At the end, the hero is transformed into a supple pine tree. Could be worse!

Ed Lyon, Emmanuelle de Negri and Anna Reinhold head the excellent cast.

BAM is at 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100;

For a different sort of experience, try a “Medea” dropped into 19th-century Meiji-era Japan.

Directed by Satoshi Miyagi, the explosive, multi-media production of the Euripides play -- part Greek tragedy, part kabuki, with a bit of bunraku puppetry added to the mix -- explores ever-relevant themes of misogyny and violence.

Presented by the celebrated Shizuoka Performing Arts Center at Japan Society, 333 East 47th St. Information: +1-212-715-1258;


The full red lips are made of rubies and the teeth are small round pearls. The brooch by Salvador Dali is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design, along with a silver chastity belt necklace by Louise Bourgeois and a Jeff Koons rabbit pendant.

In all, the show contains more than 180 baubles.

Then grab a bite at Robert, the 9th floor restaurant with its great views of Central Park.

Savor a Bloody Mary and the lobster risotto with coral butter, along with the mellow jazz trio.

“Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler” runs through Jan. 8 at 2 Columbus Circle. Information: +1-212-299-7777;

Sunday Matinee

Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen have come up with “Relatively Speaking,” a triple bill of one-act comedies,

Coen’s contribution is “Talking Cure,” about family craziness, May’s “George is Dead” looks at the funny side of dying, while Allen’s “Honeymoon Motel” casts a comic eye on weddings.

John Turturro directs a stellar cast including Julie Kavner, Steve Guttenberg and Mark Linn-Baker.

In previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for an Oct. 20 opening. 256 W. 47th St. Information: +1-212-719-4099;

At Blue Fin, glide past the decorative school of fish and settle in for a dozen oysters.

At 1567 Broadway, near 47th St. Information: +1-212-918-1400.

Looking Ahead

Diva Anna Netrebko steps out as the doomed queen in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena,” as the Metropolitan Opera opens its new season with a Monday night gala.

The production of this melodious songfest is by David McVicar and stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Jane Seymour and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII.

No ticket? Catch the show on giant screens in Lincoln Plaza (free tickets will be distributed at noon on Sunday) and at Times Square, where it’s first come, first served. Curtain is at 6:30 with Deborah Voigt presiding over festive chatter half an hour earlier.

Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

(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.)

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