NYC Best: The XX, Cinderella, Fleming-Graham, Antiques

Icy cool Brit band The xx are on a North American tour in support of their new album, “Coexist.”

Playing the Hammerstein Ballroom, the group transfixes with its delicate intimacy.

Canadian electronic band Austra opens, and here it’s the unusual dancers who enchant.

At Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. Information:


For his sculptures and installations, German artist Wolfgang Laib works with natural materials such as milk, marble, rice and beeswax.

He’s been collecting pollen from around his home and studio since the mid-1990s, and with it he’s created a site-specific installation for the Museum of Modern Art.

“Pollen from Hazelnut” shines with calm yellow beauty. As Laib says, “Everybody who lives knows that pollen is important.”

Runs through March 11 at MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Stop by Il Gattopardo for classic dishes from Naples like braised escarole with pine nuts and fish stew.

At 33 W. 54th St. Information: +1-212-246-0412.

Saturday Afternoon

Looking for a Chinese pottery camel from the sixth century, a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora or skeleton candelabra to remind you of mortality?

Find them along with many other items at the Winter Antiques Show. Joining the ranks of the veterans for the fair’s 59th incarnation, new dealers this year display clocks, Italian glass, Old Masters and French postwar designers.

Not everything is for sale. “Newport: The Glamor of Ornament” brings together fine and decorative art from eight historic mansions in an exhibition evoking the Breakers.

Runs through Feb. 3 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

Saturday Night

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote “Cinderella” for television, and the 1957 live broadcast starring Julie Andrews was watched by over 100 million people.

Now the musical premieres on Broadway, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane that provides an unexpected twist or two.

Laura Osnos stars as the beleaguered heroine who fits the glass slipper.

In previews at the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, for a March 3 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


Collector Wheelock Whitney gave the Metropolitan Museum of Art a large group of French paintings focusing on artists who found inspiration in nature.

Camille Corot painted a black cow in a barn and the waterfall at Terni long before the Impressionists dragged their easels outside.

There are also depictions of sunny Rome, mountainous landscapes and cheerful peasants and brigands.

“The Path of Nature: French Paintings from the Wheelock Whitney Collection, 1785-1850” runs through April 21 at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Matinee

Celebrate the Russians with a New York City Ballet program devoted to Balanchine and Tchaikovsky.

There’s a pas de deux set to melodies composed for “Swan Lake,” “Diamonds,” and the Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fee” featuring Stravinsky’s take on his compatriot’s tunes.

NYCB runs through Jan. 29 at the David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

Sunday Evening

Grab a pre-concert bite at Trattoria Dell’Arte’s gargantuan antipasto bar or a thin crust pizza.

At 900 Seventh Ave. Information: +1-212-245-9800.

Cross the street to Carnegie Hall, where old friends and frequent opera co-stars Renee Fleming and Susan Graham get together for a program of sumptuous French music.

Expect the Barcarolle from Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “Duo des fleurs” from Delibes’s “Lakme” plus songs from Saint-Saens, Faure, Debussy and Berlioz.

The concert is part of Fleming’s Carnegie Hall Perspectives residency -- in April she’ll sing Blanche Dubois in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” written for her by Andre Previn.

(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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