‘Gotterdammerung,’ Aimee Mann, Glass Bash, Weirdos: NYC Weekend

Aimee Mann
Grammy-winner Aimee Mann is at Zankel Hall on Saturday night as part of the WFUV concert series. Her 30-year career encompasses punk, new-wave and folk.Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

The end is near! Robert Lepage’s new production of “Gotterdammerung” (“Twilight of the Gods”) premieres Friday at the Metropolitan Opera.

Siegfried puts the magic gold band on Brunnhilde’s finger and sets off to flex his heroic muscles. Sadly, he proceeds to marry the second woman he’s ever laid eyes on. It’s a potion, of course.

Carb up: it takes nearly 6 hours for Brunnhilde to burn along with Valhalla.

Jay Hunter Morris is the man without fear; Deborah Voigt picks up Bruni’s speer. Fabio Luisi has the baton.

At 6 p.m. at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. For more: http://www.metoperafamily.org.

Another girl who plays with fire sings in David Lang’s “Little Match Girl Passion” at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.

Inspired by Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and the Hans Christian Andersen story, the 40-minute piece won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.

Also on the program is Lang’s “Death Speaks,” woven from Schubert songs including the grim reaper and performed by rock musicians Bryce Dessner, Shara Worden and Owen Pallet, with the addition of composer Nico Muhly.

Begins at 6 p.m. at Zankel Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.


Visionaries, late bloomers, lunatics and the plain weird are represented at the Outsider Art Fair, running today and tomorrow at galleries around town.

Consider limited edition transport vehicles with motifs created by outsider artists from Brooklyn’s MAKE Skateboards.

Or collage drawings by Penny Rockwell, who charts her pathological fear of electrical outlets at Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

There are also talks, films, and cocktails.

At 7 W. 34th St. and various venues. Information: +1-212-777-5218; http://www.sanfordsmith.com.

Saturday Matinee

Class war, anyone? Matthew Rhys, for five seasons the tough gay lawyer on the television series “Brothers & Sisters,” appears as the caustic antihero in a revival of John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger.”

Set in a crummy apartment, the play has Jimmy Porter exuberantly ranting at his wife, the system and the general meaninglessness of existence.

Though it scandalized critics and audiences at its 1956 London premiere, “Anger” caught on and was made into several films, one starring Richard Burton.

A Roundabout Theatre production, it’s in previews at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. for a Feb. 2 opening. Information: +1-212-719-1300; http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.

Saturday Night

Aimee Mann’s voice is a heart-breaker: Her 30-year career has encompassed punk, new-wave, folk, Oscar and Grammy nominations.

Widely known for the songs she contributed to Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “Magnolia,” she exposes ugly human truths in beautiful melodies.

Mann is at Zankel Hall on Saturday night as part of the WFUV concert series.

Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.


For his New Museum show, Enrico David, the Italian-born, Berlin-based artist, has called up amorphous, delicate forms rendered on paper with pencil and acrylic paint.

There is also a series of paravents, hand-painted folding screens.

A darling of the European art scene, this is his first New York exhibition.

“Head Gas” runs until April 22 at the New Museum’s Studio 231, at 231 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222; http://www.newmuseum.org.

For sustenance, try Schiller’s Liquor Bar. Start with a Country Time cocktail made with lemon vodka and fresh muddled strawberries.

Then savor a classic steak frites, followed by sticky toffee pudding.

At 131 Rivington St. Information: +1-212-260-4555.

Sunday Afternoon

Peter Orth plays Ravel’s “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales,” Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” and works by Liszt at Town Hall.

Presented by Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, an organization dedicated to offering great music at minuscule ticket prices, he joins such stars as Garrick Ohlsson, Daniel Hope and Eighth Blackbird who’ve also appeared for a fraction of their normal fees.

At 123 W. 43rd St. Information: +1-212-840-2824; http://the-townhall-nyc.org.

Sunday Evening

Head to Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate Philip Glass’s 75th birthday with the Kronos Quartet, Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa.

There’s a bigger bash at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 31, Glass’s actual birthday, where the American Composers Orchestra will present the U.S. premiere of his 9th Symphony, together with Arvo Part’s “Lamentate.”

At 158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474; http://lepoissonrouge.com.

(With assistance from Lili Rosboch. 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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