NYC Best: Tilda Swinton, Alec Baldwin, Nick Cave, Easter

Alec Baldwin gets tough as a Chicago mobster, Tilda Swinton sleeps in a glass box and for Easter, show off your extravagant chapeau, listen to Bach and have holiday dinner and drinks.


With “30 Rock” wrapped, Alec Baldwin returns to Broadway playing a Chicago mobster in the revival of Lyle Kessler’s “Orphans.” In previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., for an April 18 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Acclaimed Irish actress Fiona Shaw is also back on Broadway for the first time in a decade in the ultimate iconic role: the mother of Jesus in “The Testament of Mary.” In previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., for an April 22 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


Aussie rockers Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are at the Beacon Theatre in support of their new album, “Push the Sky Away.” The subtle Sharon Van Etten opens. March 29 and 30 at Broadway and 74 Street. Information: +1-212-465-6500;

The Aputumpu Festival is under way at various venues, including Joe’s Pub and Public Assembly, featuring a host of local bands and djs: Noxious Foxes, What Model Citizens, He Met Her and DJ Crash among them. Runs through March 30. Information:


If you visit the Museum of Modern Art, you might see Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton lying in a glass box. Or you might not: There’s no advance schedule for the performance piece. At MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Thrill to the beautiful feathered creatures captured in art, including egrets, woodpeckers and falcons, at the New-York Historical Society. Part 1 of “Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock” runs through May 19 at 170 Central Park West. Information: +1-212-873-3400;


Take in two stellar music events at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday: At 5 p.m. the always startling string quartet Ethel plays on the Great Hall Balcony, where you can eat and drink. Then at 7 p.m. you can hear Schnittke, Shostakovich, Beethoven, plus a world premiere by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium played by cellist Edward Arron and some of his excellent colleagues. At the Met, 1000 Fifth Avenue. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

On Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, hear Bach’s “Easter Oratorio” as it was performed in 18th-century Leipzig. There is also a Festival Mass at 11 a.m. In between, stroll cross Central Park to have a look at the Easter Parade, an informal display of inventive hats and outfits. It runs from 47th to 57th Streets between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The church is at 3 W. 65th St. Information: +1-212-877-6815;


Rack of baby lamb, a baked meat pie, traditional Easter bread and, of course, cheesecake with grana are on the holiday menu at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, family owned for 68 years. At 236 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-247-3491;

Head to sexy speakeasy PDT and find the secret entrance (walk down stairs to Crif Dogs, go in the phone booth and buzz) for a smoky and sweet post-dinner drink: Good Morning Milan is made with Black Grouse and mascarpone milk and there are many great concoctions to be had. At 113 St. Marks Pl. Information: +1-212-614-0386;


Catch the final weekend of the New Directors/New Films fest -- Penny Lane’s “Our Nixon” is the closing night offering, screening Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St. Information: +1-212-875-5600;

(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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