NYC Best: Tom Hanks, Eddie Izzard, Allmans, Orchids, Wine

Tom Hanks plays the muckraking journalist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.”

Ephron started out as a reporter and this is her paean to the profession.

Heavy-hitter George C. Wolfe directs Hanks’s Broadway debut.

In previews at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., for an April 1 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Enjoy the distinctive sound of the Vienna Philharmonic.

With about the same gender balance as at its founding in 1842, the mostly male orchestra plays three performances at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Franz Welser-Most.

Tonight hear Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, and tenor Herbert Lippert singing rapturous Strauss lieder.

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


Tired of winter? Step into the dazzling world of orchids at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

They come in all colors and sizes: The smallest has tiny blossoms less than one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter while some biggies boast 10-foot-long flower spikes.

You’ll see tens of thousands of blooms arrayed among palms, ferns, bromeliads and epiphytic cacti.

Runs through April 22 at the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700;

Saturday Afternoon

Taste more than 600 wines from around the world while getting some inside tips from top vintners.

Learn about cool-climate grapes from the Finger Lakes, as well as which bottles pair well with cheese.

You can also check out the latest oenophile trends in everything from glassware to gourmet mustard.

It all takes place at the New York Wine Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. Information: +1-212-216-2000;

Saturday Night

Grab this chance to hear Eddie Izzard in a small venue, where he’s trying out material for “Force Majeure,” his upcoming world tour.

Not many comics can find the amusing side of the Abraham and Isaac story, nor make contemporary audiences laugh at King Richard the Lionheart.

Note: You can bring in liquid refreshment.

The Green Room at 45 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-260-8250;

Drop by Death & Co. for a plate of crispy oysters and a bracing drink: try the Cobra’s Fang or the Guns and Rose.

At 433 E. 6th St. Information: +1-212-388-0882.

Alternatively, the Allman Brothers Band is in town for their annual Beacon Run.

The veteran rockers guarantee guitar pyrotechnics, high-energy jamming and cultish followers.

Expect to hear classics such as “Ramblin’ Man,” and, of course, you never know who’ll turn up: Eric Clapton, Bob Weir and Sheryl Crow have popped in to perform during previous sessions.

Runs through March 17 at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6225;


Viewing Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” and “Women in the Garden” you can see his delight in the magnificent dresses.

Artists regarded the pleats, chokers and slippers of high fashion as emblems of the modern, which they were rushing to capture.

A new show at the Met brings together the gowns and the great paintings of 19th century Paris, many of which rarely travel to the U.S., as well as accessories, photographs and prints.

“Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” runs through May 27 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Matinee

Handel lived in a modest Mayfair townhouse built in 1723, where he collected painters such as Watteau, Canaletto and Rembrandt. He also held read-throughs of his works there, inviting patrons and friends to hear his latest compositions.

The virtuosic Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents “House of Dreams,” a multimedia recreation of Handel’s intimate concerts.

You’ll visit four other virtual homes to hear the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Marais and Telemann in the cities and circumstances where they were first performed.

Presented by Miller Theater at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, 632 W. 156th St. Information: +1-212-854-7799;

Sunday Night

Hear New Yorker cartoonists talk about finding humor’s sweet spot.

Also on hand, neuroscientist Richard Restak, who explains how he uses these cartoons to evaluate his patients.

Audience volunteers have the chance to find out how they stack up neurologically.

And they can also provide ideas for Zachary Kanin, Paul Noth and David Sipress to turn into instant cartoons.

It’s part of the “Brainwave” series at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. Information: +1-212-620-5000;

Stop at Socarrat Paella Bar for Spanish wine and tapas or, of course, the signature seafood dish.

At 259 W. 19th St. Information: +1-212-462-1000.

(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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