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NYC Best: Rolling Stones, Mizrahi’s Wolf, Matisse

The Rolling Stones perform on Dec. 8 at the Barclays Center. They are on their 50th anniversary tour. Photographer: Tim Whitby/Getty Images via Bloomberg
The Rolling Stones perform on Dec. 8 at the Barclays Center. They are on their 50th anniversary tour. Photographer: Tim Whitby/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the brilliant “Matisse: In Search of True Painting.”

Revel in the idyllic beach series “Le Luxe,” with nudes frolicking in the sand, and the sensual beauty “Laurette in a Green Robe.”

A selection of artist-commissioned photographs reveal the creative process of this supreme master.

Runs through March 17 at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Saturday Afternoon

Artist Will Cotton designed the gingerbread chalet inhabited by the characters of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” who pop out as if from a cuckoo clock.

What happens when the French horns signal the arrival of the hungry wolf?

Isaac Mizrahi narrates the exciting story, accompanied by the Juilliard Ensemble led by George Manahan.

“Peter and the Wolf” runs through Dec. 16 as part of Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum.

Shows are at 2:30 and 4 p.m. at 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3500;

Saturday Night

The Rolling Stones perform at the Barclays Center tonight as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.

Mick Jagger is still strutting his stuff, joined by Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts.

Expect to hear hits from every era, ranging from 1963’s “I Wanna Be Your Man” to “Doom and Gloom” from 2012. Of course, there will be “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Midnight Rambler” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Sometimes you can.

At the Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-917-610-6700;

Alternatively, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang tackles love from a postmodern perspective.

Using texts ranging from Sir Thomas Malory to short stories by Lydia Davis and invoking Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” Lang tells the story of desire requited and unrequited.

Female a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4 sings Lang’s latest major work, “Love Fail.”

At the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100;

Cross the street to Berlyn, where you can get some hearty comfort food.

Start with a Schwartzward Spritz, made with gin, pine liquor, lemon and sekt. Then dig into sauerbraten with currants and red cabbage.

At 25 Lafayette Ave. Information: +1-718-222-5800.


Grab a swing and become part of Ann Hamilton’s large-scale installation at the Park Avenue Armory.

An enormous white cloth divides the Drill Hall and undulates with every movement of a swing, so via ropes and pulleys you are connected to all the other participants in determining what happens in your immediate environment.

Adding to the fun are readers, vocalists and a group of trained homing pigeons.

“The Event of a Thread” runs through Jan. 6 at the Armory, 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

Holiday Sunday

Celebrate at the Jewish Museum, which is hosting a Hanukkah Family Day.

Kids can construct a sculptural menorah, create a colorful dreidel and sing and dance to Yosi and the Superdads.

It’s the perfect time to take a look at the superb collection of Hanukkah lamps, including one from Eastern Europe decorated with scrolls, flowers and lions and Matthew McCaslin’s site-specific piece with a contemporary spin on the ceremonial object.

At 1109 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3200;

Sunday Matinee

Rejoice in Trinity Church’s splendid “Messiah.”

The Wall Street institution has a long history with Handel’s oratorio: In 1770, for the first time in America, the church performed excerpts of the work.

Julian Wachner leads the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra on period instruments.

The trumpet shall sound!

At Trinity Church Wall Street, 74 Trinity Place. Information: +1-212-602-0800;

Walk up to Brasserie Les Halles, where the culinary spirit of star chef Anthony Bourdain lingers, for a simple French meal: classic onion soup, mussels and steak tartar.

At 15 John St. Information: +1-212-285-8585.

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

Muse highlights include Lewis Lapham’s podcast and Jeremy Gerard on theater.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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