NYC Weekend: Daniel Craig, Sleigh Bells, Nordic Food Fest
Here are our picks for the weekend:
Daniel Craig is being cuckolded by his best friend in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” Craig plays Robert, his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, is Emma, while Rafe Spall is the man who comes between them. The high-powered love triangle is directed by Mike Nichols. In previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., for an Oct. 27 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.betrayalbroadway.com.
Turning the tables on all-male Shakespeare, Phyllida Lloyd has directed an eye-opening all-female “Julius Caesar,” with the brilliant Harriet Walter as Brutus, the noblest Roman of them all. The Donmar Warehouse production is at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 29 Jay St., Brooklyn, until Nov. 3. Information: +1-718-254-8779; http://www.stannswarehouse.org.
Blondie brings its classic East Coast punk to Roseland Ballroom on Friday. On the No Principals Tour, Deborah Harry can still purr and deliver. LA punk stalwarts X open -- with the visceral Exene Cervenka carrying the night. At 239 W. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-307-7171; http://www.roselandballroom.com.
Noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells celebrates the release of its new album “Bitter Rivals” with an extraordinarily intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge Saturday night. Lead singer Alexis Krauss is a live wire, while her partner Derek Miller’s guitar sends a thunderous roar into the crowd. You’ll feel it in the morning. At 158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474; http://www.lepoissonrouge.com.
Hear Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic Friday and Saturday. Also on the program is the U.S. premiere of “Frieze” by Mark-Anthony Turnage, who wrote the opera “Anna Nicole.” Alan Gilbert conducts. At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org.
Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the tormented Druid priestess Norma at the Metropolitan Opera Friday, singing “Casta Diva.” Hot Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is the faithless lover Pollione in Bellini’s bel canto tragedy. Runs through Nov. 1. Information: +1-212-362-6000; http://www.metoperafamily.org.
Not a high roller? Head to the Tunnel this weekend for the Affordable Art Fair, where prices start at less than a hundred bucks. You can find paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs, perhaps from a future superstar. At 269 11th Ave. Information: +1-212-255-2003; http://affordableartfair.com/newyork.
No doubt you’ve seen Pop artist Robert Indiana’s iconic image “LOVE.” Check out what else he’s been up to at the Whitney retrospective of his work. “Robert Indiana: Beyond Love” runs through Jan. 5 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-570-3600; http://www.whitney.org.
The New York City Ballet presents Alexei Ratmansky’s charming “Namouna, A Grand Divertissement” with music by Edouard Lalo on Saturday. Also on the program: Angelin Preljocaj’s “Spectral Evidence” and Christopher Wheeldon’s Soiree Musicale. At the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-496-0600; http://www.nycballet.com.
Nora Chipaumire’s new work riffs on “The Rite of Spring” as she continues to explore perceptions of the black female body. The Zimbabwe-born choreographer collaborated with Wangechi Mutu and Teju Cole for “riot,” a premiere that’s part of the French Institute Alliance Francaise’s “Crossing the Line” Festival. Friday and Saturday at Le Skyroom, 22 E. 60th St. Information: +1-212-355-6160; http://www.fiaf.org.
WINING & DINING
The culinary cutting edge is now, remarkably, in Scandinavia -- with restaurants like Noma. The Nordic Food Festival brings the new cuisine to New York with demos, cooking classes and great meals prepared by experts other than the Muppet Swedish chef. Runs through Oct. 7 at various venues. Information: http://honestcooking.com/north-festival.
Drop in to Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque for some brisket, smoked sausage or a half chicken, paired with sweet potato casserole. The East Village joint was just named the city’s best new restaurant by the Zagat survey. At 103 2nd Ave. Information: +1-212-677-3733; http://mightyquinnsbbq.com.
(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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