The Whitney is showing off its permanent collection in a new exhibition, “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe.”
The museum’s holdings of 18 modern artists have been arranged into a series of mini-retrospectives, including familiar works as well as some that haven’t been shown in years.
You can see Joseph Stella’s Brooklyn Bridge, Alexander Calder’s circus, Edward Hopper’s lonely streetscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe’s erotic flowers.
Runs through May at 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-570-3600; http://whitney.org.
Introduce your kids to opera at the Met. Bartlett Sher’s production of “The Barber of Seville” has been trimmed to a family-friendly two hours and will be sung in an English translation by poet J.D. McClatchy.
Hear Rodion Pogossov as the wily barber, trilling “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” as he enters.
At the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.
Afterwards, stop by Cafe Luxembourg for a hamburger with those great French fries. 200 W. 70th St. Information: +1-212-873-7411; http://www.cafeluxembourg.com/.
Head to the Bard Graduate Center gallery for “Circus and the City,” an exhibition about New York’s relationship to the circus.
The history runs from John Bill Ricketts’s display of equestrian talent in 1793 through P.T. Barnum and on to today’s intimate Big Apple Circus. There are costumes, posters, paintings and more.
At 18 W. 86th St. Information: +1-212-501-3023; http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/.
To fight holiday fatigue, have a Ginseng Glow at Middle Branch on 33rd Street. It’s not on the menu but bartender and managing partner Lucinda Sterling created the drink using Santa Teresa “1796” rum, Aperol and Korean red ginseng tea powder with a splash of champagne on top. The little bit of lime and honey makes a nice balance to the slightly bitter taste of the ginseng.
Find the bar’s entrance through an unmarked door, down a few steps in front of a nondescript brick building. This is a craft-cocktail establishment, not a speed-rack saloon, so prepare to wait for the magic.
At 154 E. 33rd St.
New Year’s Eve
If you don’t want to spend the day standing around Times Square, welcome the New Year in Brooklyn. Jay-Z returns to the Barclays Center following eight sold-out shows this autumn.
He’ll be joined by Coldplay, in their first New York stand since 2005. (They’re also playing sans Jay-Z the night before.)
If you get hungry, try a Cuban sandwich at the Cafe Habana booth.
The Barclays Center is at 620 Atlantic Ave. Information: +1-212-359-6387; http://www.barclayscenter.com/.
Looking for a more traditional approach to ringing in the New Year? World Yacht is embarking on a harbor cruise that includes a five-course dinner with selections like crab brandade and filet mignon.
There’s a DJ, a premium open bar, an ultra-swank lounge upstairs and a spectacular view of the city and the midnight firework display at the Statue of Liberty.
Tickets are $350, boarding starts at 9 p.m. and the boat sails from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Information: www.worldyacht.com.
(Laurie Muchnick and Catherine Smith are editors for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)
Muse highlights include Craig Seligman on movies and Katya Kazakina on art.