The gloves come off in “Seminar,” as do some garments.
Theresa Rebeck’s lively Broadway comedy about an eviscerating, truth-telling teacher (Alan Rickman) and his four writing students takes aim at literary-academia and sexual politics. A virtual sixth character is the setting: a glorious nine-room $800-a-month rent-controlled Manhattan apartment.
Best known as Bruce Willis’s nemesis in “Die Hard” and for the Harry Potter series, Rickman returns to Broadway for the first time since Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” in 2002.
In previews at the Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.
Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://seminaronbroadway.com.
Dinner at Orso, two blocks northwest, is hard to beat. Try the spaghetti with baby artichokes, cherry tomatoes and basil or the rigatoni with meat sauce.
At 322 W. 46th St.; Information: +1-212-489-7212; http://www.orsorestaurant.com/Enter.html.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Ave. hosts the first-ever retrospective of Maurizio Cattelan, the wry 51-year-old Italian-born New Yorker. “All” has more than 130 works, including a Polyester Hitler, the startling sculpture of a meteor striking a pope, and a taxidermied hanging horse.
At 1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St. Information: +1-212-423-3500; http://www.guggenheim.org.
For piano legend Chick Corea’s belated birthday celebration at the Blue Note this weekend, guitar master John McLaughlin flew in from Monaco for a reunion of their Grammy Award-winning Five Peace Band fusion project.
Corea, who turned 70 in June, plus McLaughlin and saxophonist great Kenny Garrett can dazzle with their virtuosity. Bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade make up the ensemble’s stellar rhythm section.
The Five Peace Band performs through Sunday at the Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. Information: +1-212-475-8592, http://www.bluenote.net.
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who recently ran the world’s swiftest marathon -- two hours, three minutes and two seconds -- is a favorite at this year’s ING New York City Marathon. Crowds are thinnest in Manhattan on First Avenue north of 96th Street to catch him and his 48,000 rivals.
Theater director Sam Buntrock is one of about 8,000 charity runners. Aiming for just under four hours, he’s raising money for “Our Time,” a 10-year-old performing arts organization emphasizing theater for kids who stutter.
Hugh Jackman sings Cole Porter’s “I Happen to Like New York,” and the feeling’s mutual.
“Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” in its first eight previews grossed $1.2 million, a record for the Broadhurst Theatre. The Australian star sings, dances, shares stories and jokes (“Wolverine would make a killing in this city as a mohel,” he says of his “X-Men” character).
After two hours, Jackman is on a first-name basis with half the theater. He’s accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra, six leggy chorines and some surprise guests from home.
At 235 W. 44th St; Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.hughjackmanonbroadway.com/.
Opera nuts love the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala because the event honoring the dead tenor and young talent invariably features big names pumping out big, familiar arias. Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani and Stephanie Blythe will step to the stage, along with Tucker winner soprano Angela Meade, newly appearing at the Metropolitan Opera.
At Lincoln Center; Information: http://www.richardtucker.org/
Bar Boulud across the street is a popular choice. Consider the local trout with cauliflower radish.
At 1900 Broadway, between 63rd St. and 64th St. Information: +1-212-595-0303; www.danielnyc.com/barboulud.html#intro.
(Philip Boroff is a writer at Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)