NYC Best: Dirty Projectors, Top Chefs, Hot Diva, Swastika

Dirty Projectors plays Carnegie Hall tonight.

It’s a good venue for the complex, experimental band headed by David Longstreth. Expect to hear songs from their latest album, “Swing Lo Magellan,” and the recently released EP “About to Die.”

Modern classical ensemble yMusic joins them onstage.

At Carnegie Hall, Seventh Ave. and 57th St. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Alternatively, catch Kristine Opolais in the Puccini rarity “La Rondine.”

Here’s another Latvian pushing center stage, just a few steps behind Elina Garanca. Europeans have swooned over her Mimi and Madame Butterfly. This time she sings a sensible courtesan who lives after the curtain falls.

Giuseppe Filianoti is the good-looking Ruggero.

Runs through Jan. 26 at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


Head back in time and celebrate the Feast of Fools at the Cloisters.

“The Play of Daniel,” which depicts Balthasar’s Feast and the hero’s rescue from the lion’s den, is being performed in the Fuentiduena Chapel.

Created at Beauvais Cathedral in the 12th century, the mystery play has music, chanted drama, dance and sung processions.

Runs through Jan. 20 at the Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park. Information: +1-212-923-3700;

Saturday Evening

Patrick Stewart, Abigail Breslin and Anthony Bourdain are just a few of those expected at the Shame on Sandy benefit organized by Melanie Dunea.

For a $150 ticket, you can also eat the food of April Bloomfield, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Mario Batali.

At Highline Stages, 441 W. 14th St. Information:

Saturday Night

Christoph Eschenbach steps onto the podium at the New York Philharmonic to conduct Anton Bruckner’s big-hearted Symphony No. 6.

He’s joined by Pinchas Zukerman for Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto.

Catch the pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in the Helen Hull Room.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656;

Stop at Lincoln for a post-concert dessert: try caramelized pears with creme fraiche cake and gelato or a glass of Moscato Bianco.

At Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-359-6500.


Embark on an artist expedition at the New Museum by visiting the new show “Walking Drifting Dragging.”

Ellie Ga spent five months on a scientific ship in the darkness of the Arctic, while Paulo Nazareth walked from Belo Horizonte, Brazil to New York City.

Altogether, the travels of four emerging artists/collectives are captured in photographs, installation and video.

Runs through Feb. 3 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

Then head to Essex, where the special brunch menu includes three drinks. Order the Aristocrat and you get potato pancakes topped with salmon gravlax, caviar and poached eggs.

At 120 Essex St. Information: +1-212-533-9616.

Sunday Matinee

The swastika was appropriated by Hitler for the Nazi regime.

So the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh travels to wartime Germany to reclaim the ancient symbol.

That’s the premise explored by Australia’s Back to Back Theater in “Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.”

It’s part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival this year.

Other offerings include Elevator Repair Service’s “Arguendo,” which takes on the First Amendment case brought by naked go-go dancers, and “Hollow Roots,” a one-woman meditation on race and gender presented by April Matthis.

Runs through Jan. 20 at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Information: +1-212-967-7555;

Sunday Night

Pay tribute to Elliott Carter, who died late last year at 103. Creative to the end, he published more than 50 pieces after he turned 90, the last being completed in August 2012.

Fred Sherry, Ursula Oppens, Charles Neidich, Rolf Schulte and Tony Arnold join Ensemble LPR to perform his works.

At Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474;

(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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