Kevin Spacey takes on the villainous Richard III, nimbly climbing over the growing stacks of bodies to grab the crown.
Sam Mendes directs the modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s play -- the two worked together on “American Beauty,” which earned both an Oscar.
It’s a hair-raising journey all the way to Richard’s final battlefield cry: “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”
Through March 4 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.
Photographer Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), known as “Weegee” loved beating the cops to a corpse.
“Naked City” has images of “Watching a Five Alarm Fire, First Avenue at 30th Street,” cops pointing at a fallen New Yorker in “Accident” and “Transvestite in a Police Van.”
Happier scenes show girls swooning over Frank Sinatra.
Runs through Feb. 25 at Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St. Information: +1-212-966-3978; http://www.stevenkasher.com.
Drop into Cookshop for a powerhouse Bloody Mary and some fish tacos. Or maybe strawberry and angel food desserts.
At 156 10th Ave. Information: +1-212-924-4440.
Champion tenor Roberto Alagna is the doomed artist Cavaradossi in the Met’s “Tosca.”
Alagna, a triumph of physical fitness and vocal glamor, has already sung “Faust” at the Met this week, stepping in for an afflicted colleague.
Patricia Racette is a match for the frumpy, widely loathed production by Luc Bondy, which also features George Gagnidze as Scarpia, the police chief. But Alagna is worth the trip.
Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.
Sunny San Francisco-based band Girls headlines Terminal 5 on Saturday with support from New Jersey surf-rock act Real Estate.
Lead singer Christopher Owens crafts savvy pop gems that add devastating lyrics to toe-tapping catchiness. His personal story figures in his musical style -- he grew up in and then escaped from the Church of God cult.
Now he’s seeking simple pleasures: wine and pizza, parties on the beach.
The opener is heavily buzzed-about British singer King Krule, formerly known as Zoo Kid.
At 610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600; http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/72213.
Step back in time, when the city’s population was a booming 100,000. Most people lived south of Canal Street, while to the north pigs and goats roamed through farmland.
Then, in 1811, planners came up with the idea of the grid, which stretched from Houston Street to 155th Street and brought order and dullness to New York’s streetscape.
To celebrate its 200 years, the Museum of the City of New York has assembled historical maps, photographs and prints showing Manhattan’s evolution. See if you can spot your house.
“The Greatest Grid” runs through April 15 at 1220 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-534-1672; http://www.mcny.org.
Renee Fleming sings Mahler’s “Ruckert-Lieder” in a program also featuring arias from Samuel Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Vanessa,” as well as Bernard Herrmann “Wuthering Heights.”
Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
Also on the program are clarinet concertos by Mozart and Copland.
Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.
Spend the day at the Metropolitan Museum’s just-opened New American Wing Galleries whose 17,000 works range from colonial furniture to sculpture by Saint-Gaudens.
Pride of place is given to Leutze’s monumental “Washington Crossing the Delaware” (1851), restored and reframed. You can practically feel that winter wind on the general’s face.
The final phase of a major renovation project, the galleries have touch-screen case labels and computer access for gathering additional information.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)