NYC Best: Morrissey, Ethan Hawke, DJ Spooky, Dinosaurs
DJ Spooky, or Paul D. Miller, is currently artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hear his “Nauru Elegies” tonight, a confluence of music, video, animation and a live Internet feed of GPS coordinates of the South Pacific island.
Long exploited for its phosphate deposits, Nauru has turned to offshore banking as a way to make money. For DJ Spooky, the island is a symbol of postcolonial issues, the emerging digital economy and ecological disaster.
DJ Spooky will also be giving a talk on Saturday in the Oceanic Art Galleries.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
Amuse yourself with a look at the drawings of Arnold Roth, who’s been documenting human foibles and naked emperors for decades.
John Updike said, “All cartoonists are geniuses, but Arnold Roth is especially so.”
Roth’s work has appeared in publications as diverse as “The New Yorker” and “Playboy,” and he has also created ads, record covers and book jackets.
“The Pen-Ultimate Arnold Roth” runs through March 2 at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St. Information: +1-212-838-2560; http://www.societyillustrators.org.
Settle into Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s JoJo for an upscale brunch.
Start with a sour-cherry Old-Fashioned, and then tuck in to shrimp poached with lemon risotto.
At 160 E. 64th St. Information: +1-212-223-5656.
Stop by the Frick Collection to see “Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery,” before they disappear.
Runs through Jan. 27 at the Frick, 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700; http://www.frick.org.
Ethan Hawke is Clive, a rock star on a very rapid downward spiral: At one point he steals whisky and an ATM card from the pocket of a dead friend.
The work, by Jonathan Marc Sherman, is based on “Baal,” Bertolt Brecht’s first full-length play.
Hawke, who also directed, is joined by Vincent D’Onofrio, Zoe Kazan and Brooks Ashmanskas.
In previews at the Acorn Theater, 410 W. 42nd St., for a Feb. 7 opening. Information: +1-212-244-3380; http://www.thenewgroup.org.
Catch Morrissey as he rolls into the New York area on his rebooted tour.
The Brit baritone will perform his greatest hits as well as unreleased new songs, likely including “Action Is My Middle Name.”
Singer/songwriter Kristeen Young, noted for her four-octave range, opens.
At the Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, New York. Information: +1-914-937-4126. http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com.
Step back in time for a visit with dinosaurs.
Erth, the theater troupe from Australia, animates giant life-like puppets that interact with members of the audience, demanding a scratch behind the ear for example.
It takes six people three months to build one T-Rex, so there’s a high level of detail and scientific accuracy.
One caution: Kids under six might get too scared.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo runs through Jan. 27 at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-646-223-3010; http://www.newvictory.org.
Grab a burger (or a juniorburger) at Angus McIndoe and enjoy the theatrical scene.
At 258 W. 44th St. Information: +1-212-221-9222.
A woman in bed with her lover is surprised in the act. As punishment, her husband insists that from then on, the lover’s abandoned suit be treated as an honored house guest.
After sold-out runs in Paris and London, “The Suit” comes to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Set in a South African township, the strange, moving story is by Can Themba and staged by the legendary Peter Brook.
At BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.
You can also hear the remarkable Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer, with Liza Ferschtman on violin.
On the program: Shostakovich’s “Jazz Suite,” Bernstein’s “Serenade” and Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff.
Even as his career has gone global, Fischer has stayed devoted to the orchestra he founded 30 years ago, and it shows.
At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://lc.lincolncenter.org.
(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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