While others pack themselves into “The Steins Collect” with its abundance of Matisses and Picassos, take yourself into the softly glowing splendor of “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition.”
On view are around 300 objects, ranging from small gold coins to mosaics and seductive finery.
Muslims, Christians, Jews and all manner of religious subgroups mingled along the trade routes, attesting to the diversity that once did not mean killing each other off with great enthusiasm.
Runs through July 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
American baritone great Thomas Hampson sings Macbeth in a revival of Adrian Noble’s spellbinding production.
Nadja Michael appears as his pushy wife and Dimitri Pittas shows off his clarion tenor as Macduff.
The matinee starts at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.
Runs through April 9 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.
On the lighter side, adorable boys sing, dance and take on corporate sharks in “Newsies: The Musical.”
The show, like the 1992 Disney film, is based on the 1899 New York City newsboy strike in which street urchins thwarted price-gouging publishers.
Jeremy Jordan stars as the handsome runaway Jack, with Kara Lindsay as his love interest.
“Newsies” has a snappy book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Alan Menken and athletic choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
In previews at Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St. for a March 29 opening. Information: +1-866-870-2717; http://newsiesthemusical.com.
Watch two couples mix it up in Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” at John Jay College, a few blocks south of Lincoln Center. That’s where the homeless New York City Opera has landed this weekend, having abandoned the David H. Koch Theater.
The staging is by the usually piquant Christopher Alden, with sets by Andrew Lieberman that evoke Central Park, also nearby. A smart-looking cast sings Mozart’s great tunes.
At 524 W. 59th St. Information: +1-212-870-5600; http://www.nycopera.com.
See Francesca Woodman’s evocative photographs of young women, including herself.
In one image, there’s a crumbling interior, with flowery wallpaper partially obscuring a naked female form: The viewer’s eye is transfixed by the bellybutton.
Some of Woodman’s figures are nude, some move in a blur and some are barely present, yet all create a powerful impression.
Yet she killed herself in 1981 when she was 22.
Runs through June 13 at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3618; http://www.guggenheim.org.
Sitting unproductively in his office, a young man discovers a paperback copy of “The Great Gatsby” and starts reading.
Soon the brunette by the file cabinet comes into focus as the privileged Daisy Buchanan. The burly man with his keys jangling on his belt loop is her husband, Tom.
You’ll be transported back to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s in this Elevator Repair Service production of “Gatz.”
It takes six and a half hours for the cast of 13 to read the book.
Runs through May 13 at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Information: +1-212-967-7555; http://www.publictheater.org.
Luckily, there’s a dinner break, so head to Chinatown Brasserie for shrimp dumplings, seared filet mignon and warm custard-filled buns.
At 380 Lafayette St. Information: +1-212-533-7000.
Grab the chance to hear Murray Perahia play Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, as part of the Great Performers Series at Avery Fisher Hall.
Perahia’s formidable technique may come partly from his early studies with Vladimir Horowitz.
Born in the Bronx, Perahia is now a resident of London, and he doesn’t return to his old haunts all that often.
At Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5030; http://lc.lincolncenter.org.
(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)