NYC Best: Coldplay, ‘Murder of Crows,’ Goliath Spiders

Sound takes center stage in “The Murder of Crows,” created by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller and now at the Park Avenue Armory.

There are 98 speakers and 1,000 tracks to convey the work’s immersive narrative, from ocean waves to Russian choirs and industrial noise.

If you go today, admission is free.

Runs at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. through Sept. 9. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

Try the French bistro nearby, Sel et Poivre, for mussels mariniere steeped in garlic and white wine.

At 853 Lexington Ave. Information: +1-212-517-5780.

Saturday Matinee

Gerard Alessandrini’s “Forbidden Broadway” is back, spoofing the current season.

Expect satires of “Death of a Salesman,” “Evita,” and “Porgy and Bess,” as well as a look back at “The Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” and “The Lion King.”

In previews at the 47th Street Theater, 304 W. 47th St., for a Sept. 6 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Saturday Night

Head out to Izod Center in New Jersey to hear Coldplay.

It’s the first North American tour for the band in nearly three years. They’re now travelling the globe in support of their latest hit album “Mylo Xyloto.”

Expect the usual heart-felt delivery from frontman Chris Martin in a string of great songs.

Marina & the Diamonds and Emeli Sande open.

In the Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ. Information:


The American Museum of Natural History lets you get up close and personal with arachnids.

There are more than 43,000 known species. Visit live specimens like the goliath bird eater, the spooky black widow and the fishing spider.

Models, videos and fossils show anatomy, venom, silk production and spidey behavior, such as mimicry and noise-making.

Through Dec. 2 at AMNH, Central Park West at 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100;

Isabella’s is great for brunch. Try the smoked salmon Eggs Benedict.

At 359 Columbus Ave. at 77th St. Information: +1-212-724-2100.

Sunday Matinee

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, new head of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducts the elegant Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a program featuring Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony.

He’s joined by Lisa Batiashvili and Francois Leleux for Bach’s Concerto for violin and oboe.

Part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, the concert is at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Or head upstate for an operatic rarity.

In a complicated turn of events, Henri de Valois, a 16th century French duke, got elected king of Poland.

He hated the job and the country so much, he plotted to overthrow himself.

That’s the comic premise of Emmanuel Chabrier’s 1887 “Le Roi Malgre Lui,” now at Bard College in a funny staging by Thaddeus Strassberger.

The wonderful cast includes Liam Bonner, Michele Angelini and Andriana Chuchman. With college president Leon Botstein on the podium, this rarely staged farce is worth a summer’s journey up to Annandale-on-Hudson. Information: +845-758-7900;

(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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