Our weekend picks are:
Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis headline at the MSG Theater on Friday, bringing their trademark wit and intimacy. Also appearing: Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T and Mary Lambert, who collaborated on “Same Love.” (Check out her solo shows at SubCulture.) At 4 Penn Plaza. Information: +1-212-465-6741; http://www.theateratmsg.com.
The beards may be grizzled, but ZZ Top still rocks. The veteran musicians perform Saturday and Sunday at the Paramount in Huntington. Wait for “Gimme All Your Lovin.” The bluesy Slim Kings open. At 370 New York Ave., Huntington, L.I. Information: +1-631-7300; http://paramountny.com.
What’s your poison? A show at the American Museum of Natural History opening Saturday lets you walk through a Colombian forest to meet golden frogs and live caterpillars packed with toxins. Other exhibits consider the role of poison in history, literature, myth and medicine. Did you know the saliva of Vampire bats has an anti-clotting substance called “draculin?” At Central Park West and 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100; http://www.amnh.org.
All aboard the “Holiday Train Show,” opening Saturday at the New York Botanical Garden. Large-scale models travel through replicas of city landmarks, including Penn Station, Yankee Stadium and Rockefeller Center, made from bark, twigs, stems and seeds. Kids can explore the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, plus at 4 p.m. there’s caroling and the holiday tree lighting. At 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700; http://www.nybg.org.
Watch the Empress struggle to find a shadow in “Die Frau ohne Schatten” during this revival of Wernicke’s stunning production of the Strauss opera. Vladimir Jurowski conducts, and the stellar cast includes Christine Goerke in her breakout role as the Dyer’s Wife. Saturday, and then runs through Nov. 26 at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.
The indefatigable Leon Botstein celebrates the elegantly dramatic work of Elliott Carter with a performance of six works, including the “Concerto for Orchestra” and “Warble for Lilac-Time.” On Sunday at 2 p.m., with a talk by the conductor an hour earlier. At Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-866-811-4111; http://americansymphony.org.
Watch great actors bring Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” to life: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley star in the classic play, in rep with Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” In previews at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., for a Nov. 24 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.twoplaysinrep.com.
Terrence McNally celebrates the theater with his new play “And Away We Go,” which takes you from ancient Athens to the Globe, from the first reading of Chekhov to the U.S. premiere of Beckett. In previews at the Pearl Theatre Company, 555 W. 42nd St., for a Nov. 24 opening. Information: +1-212-563-9261; http://www.pearltheatre.org.
Art Spiegelman made his name with “Maus,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust. A retrospective at the Jewish Museum shows work ranging from his early years in underground comics to recent New Yorker covers. Runs through March 23 at 1109 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3200; http://www.thejewishmuseum.org.
There are dazzling jewels, daggers, sculptures, bowls, many in precious metals, among the royal treasures from Korea now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom” runs through Feb. 23 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
WINING & DINING
Try Rotisserie Georgette for meats and poultry cooked over open flames, compliments of chef David Malbequi. Expect $24 roasted chicken, $32 duck breast with huckleberry and $72 whole chicken stuffed with mushrooms and served with seared foie gras for two. At 14 E. 60th St. Information: +1-212-390-8060; http://www.rotisserieg.com.
Swing by Apartment 13, a newcomer to the East Village dining scene. Start with chef John Keller’s Maryland crab cakes ($13) and then move on to fish tea ($27) or the pork shank chicharron ($22). At 115 Loisaida Ave. Information: +1-917-475-1213; http://apt-13.com.
(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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