NYC Best: Chastain Onstage, Afghan Whigs, Picasso’s Rape

Lila Crawford and Sunny. Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

Picasso’s “Rape of the Sabines” is now on view at the Guggenheim Museum along with more than 115 of his other works using a severely restricted palette.

Spanning 1904 to 1971, the exhibition explores the Spanish master’s obsession with monochrome (and also sex).

“Picasso: Black and White” runs through Jan. 23 at the Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3500;

Saturday Afternoon

To collect future masterworks of your own, head to this year’s Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea.

Organized by Will Ramsay, the event features dealers from all over the world with the work of as yet unknown artists.

Participants range from 31 Galerie, Toulouse, France to Wanrooij Gallery, Arnhem, the Netherlands. No need to spend a fortune on beauty.

At the Tunnel, 11th Ave. and 28th St. Information: +1-212-255-2003;

Go to The Americano for bistro fare with a French twist: try peeky toe crab risotto.

At 518 W. 27th St. Information: +1-212-525-0000.

Saturday Matinee

Annie is back on Broadway with her canine pal, Sandy.

Lilla Crawford stars as the spunky orphan who gets FDR’s Depression-era cabinet singing “Tomorrow,” while Sandy is played, as always, by a dog rescued from a shelter.

Katie Finneran is the booze-loving, orphan-hating Miss Hannigan, while Anthony Warlow is Daddy Warbucks.

The new production was directed by musical master James Lapine.

For each ticket sold, pet food company Pedigree will donate $2 to a foundation that helps find loving homes for dogs.

In previews at the Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway at 47th St., for a Nov. 8 opening. Information: +1-877-250-2929;

Saturday Night

Emanuel Ax plays Bach and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic.

The Schoenberg is divided into four parts, the first two of which are entitled: “Life was so easy” and “Suddenly hatred broke out.”

Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, the “Linz,” rounds out the program, with Alan Gilbert on the podium.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656;

Hear the reunited Afghan Whigs in live splendor when they play the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Frontman Greg Dulli, joined by bassist John Curley and guitarist Rick McCollum, play new pieces, as well as songs from their noirish repertoire.

Opening for the band: Mighty Fine, Rev. Vince Anderson and the Love Choir.

At 66 North 6th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information:


Gian Lorenzo Bernini could make marble writhe, buck and come to life.

He transformed Rome with his glorious sculptures, from the Piazza Navona fountains to the amusing Elephant and Obelisk.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is displaying the Baroque sculptor’s drawings and clay models to show the evolution of his artistry.

Don’t miss the heavenly angels.

“Bernini: Sculpting in Clay” runs through Jan. 6 at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Matinee

Jessica Chastain takes on the role of Catherine Sloper, the introverted upper-class girl in “The Heiress.”

Dan Stevens, a “Downton Abbey” Crawley, plays the charming fortune hunter, while David Strathairn is her disapproving Dad.

The astute Moises Kaufman directed this revival of a play based on the Henry James novella.

In previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., for a Nov. 1 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Grab a carafe of house red and a pizza with prosciutto, sweet peppers and ricotta at Orso, as you keep an eye out for stars.

At 322 W. 46th St. Information: +1-212-489-7272.

Sunday Evening

Stop by Joe’s Pub to welcome Bob Telson back to the New York music scene.

Since writing irresistible songs for theater (“Gospel at Colonus”) and movies (“Calling You,” from “Bagdad Cafe”), Telson has been living in Buenos Aires.

He’s marking his return with a new album, “Old LP” (Naxos), and a great band, both on display tonight.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Information: +1-212-967-7555;

(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.) Follow me on twitter @zintalundborg

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