Bernini, Iraq War Vet, Frankenstein: New York WeekendJeremy Gerard
This is your last chance to see “Bernini Sculpting in Clay.” With a horde of assistants, Bernini masterminded an astonishing array of marble figures, portraits, tombs, monuments and fountains that are the magnificent centerpieces of churches and piazzas all over Rome.
The tabletop-scale terracotta sculptures are so tactile you think the great man has just stepped away for a glass of prosecco and a ham sandwich.
Today, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
After, swing by Jean Georges Vongerichten’s The Mark for a musky black-truffle-and-brie cheeseburger. Information: +1-212-606-3030; http://www.themarkrestaurantnyc.com.
Or head south to Chelsea, where eleven majestic works by Ghana-born artist El Anatsui, some still for sale, are on view at Jack Shainman Gallery. Their color tones vary mostly between gold and silver, with traces of reds, blues and yellows.
When you get closer, you see that what looks like a precious tapestry is actually composed of found metals, including bottle caps and copper wire.
“El Anatsui: Pot of Wisdom” runs through Jan. 19 at 513 W. 20th St. Information: +1-212-645-1701; http://www.jackshainman.com.
Afterward, stroll down to Del Posto for what might be the city’s best Vesper martini and a plate of Michelin-starred spaghetti with jalapenos, scallions and Dungeness crab. Information: +1-212-497-8090; http://www.delposto.com.
The Iraq War and the city of Brotherly Love play key roles in “Water By the Spoonful,” Quiara Alegria Hudes’s drama about a Marine who returns to his Puerto Rican family with wounds both physical and psychic. The middle play in a trilogy about her cousin Elliot, “Spoonful” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last year. Times Square’s adventurous Second Stage Theatre is presenting the New York premiere; in previews now, it opens Jan. 8. At 305 W. 43rd St.
Information: +1-212-246-4422; http://www.2st.com.
In the same neighborhood, tonight is a rare chance to hear jazz legend Frank Wess, who played saxophone and flute with Count Basie’s orchestra. Listen to his recent recording of “Lush Life” for evidence that his tone and taste have only deepened over the years.
At Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. Information: +1-212-581-3080; http://www.birdlandjazz.com.
That monster returns in “Inflatable Frankenstein,” fantastical sci-fi theater from a group called Radiohole. Co-sponsored by The Kitchen and Performance Space 122’s COIL festival, the show draws on the Frankenstein films, Mary Shelley’s novel and various other cultural artifacts, for what promises to be a strange, if brief (just an hour long) journey. Tickets are $20.
At the Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. Information: +1-212-255-5793, ext. 11; http://www.thekitchen.org.
Then drop by El Quinto Pino for sparkling wine and Alex Raij’s famously sinus-clearing sea urchin panino. Information: +1-212-206-6900 or http://www.elquintopinonyc.com.
(Jeremy Gerard is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)
Muse highlights include movies and Lewis Lapham on books.