NYC Best: Maroon 5, Vanessa Redgrave, Jesse Eisenberg

Go hear today’s greatest Wagner tenor as Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera: Jonas Kaufmann.

It will take him five-plus hours to defeat the evil wizard and save the brotherhood of the Holy Grail.

The new production by Francois Girard features Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, Rene Pape and Evgeny Nikitin, with Daniele Gatti on the podium.

Runs through March 8 at the Met, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

Can’t sit still for so long? Consider the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Soprano Elin Rombo sings Grieg and Stenhammar, while rising star Ray Chen plays the Bruch Violin Concerto.

To complete the largely Nordic evening, Sakari Oramo conducts the Symphony No. 2 of Sibelius.

At Carnegie Hall, 7th Ave. and 57th St. Information: +1-212-247-7800;


The Guggenheim’s “Gutai: Splendid Playground” is the first U.S. museum show devoted to the postwar Japanese artist collective.

There are paintings and installations, as well as conceptual, sound, light, performance, interactive and kinetic art, representing 25 artists.

Runs through May 8 at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3500;

Saturday Matinee

Catch the unusual stage combination of the august Vanessa Redgrave and Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network.”

They star in “The Revisionist,” about an American sci-fi writer who heads to Poland to vanquish writer’s block.

There, he meets his elderly cousin, Maria, a Holocaust survivor.

The play was also written by Eisenberg, his second for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Runs through March 31 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St. Information: +1-212-989-2020;

Post-show, go to gastropub Bell Book & Candle for comfort food.

Start with “Phil the Heat,” a drink containing gin, jalapeno and rhubarb bitters.

At 141 W. 10th St. Information: +1-212-414-2355.

Saturday Night

Multi-platinum pop-rockers Maroon 5 touch down in Madison Square Garden tonight.

Sultry front man Adam Levine’s expressive crooning is perfect for the L.A. band’s obsession with love.

The troupe is on a global tour in support of “Overexposed,” their fourth studio album.

Neon Trees and Owl City open.

At MSG, 4 Penn Plaza. Information: +1-212-465-6741;


A small, rare and very beautiful show at the Frick Collection presents the work of early Renaissance master Piero della Francesca.

There are six serenely elegant panels from the Sant’Agostino altarpiece and “Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels.”

They were created in Borgo San Sepolcro, and this exhibition considers the artist in the context of his hometown.

“Piero della Francesca in America” runs through May 19 at The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700;

Abstract nautical imagery greets you at Bella Blu, so for brunch you may be drawn to the omelet with lobster meat. Be sure to try the truffle parmesan French fries.

At 967 Lexington Ave. Information: +1-212-988-4624.

Sunday Matinee

Experience the onstage reunion of funny men Bill Irwin and David Shiner in a new work, “Old Hats.”

Their previous outing was the hit “Fool Moon,” and this show promises more deft magic and witty slapstick.

Directed by Tina Landau with onstage music by Nellie McKay.

In previews for a March 4 opening at the Signature Theatre, 480 W. 42nd St. Information: +1-212-244-7529;

Sunday Evening

Be dazzled by Anne Militello’s “Light Cycles” at the Winter Garden.

Mirrored discs embedded with LED lights hang from the 10-story glass-vaulted ceiling, and at sunset they turn blue, ruby, amethyst and citrine colors, invoking the aurora borealis.

Militello has created permanent installations, theatrical lighting and designs for concert tours by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Pearl Jam.

Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, the show runs through March 30 at the Winter Garden, World Financial Center. Information:

(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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