Prince Wails, Weezer, Hawke Onstage, Brandenburg: N.Y. Weekend
You’ll be transported back to the 1990s when Weezer’s power chords ricochet around Roseland Ballroom tonight.
Clad in his ever-present plaid and retro horn-rims, Rivers Cuomo is the Peter Pan of the music world -- retaining the same semi-sad fear of grown-ups, still capable of ripping a few guitar licks that make you sure all is right in the universe.
To seal in the nostalgic flavor, Weezer will only play songs from their 1994 debut, “The Blue Album,” and 1996’s “Pinkerton.”
Even if the wind chill is brutal, Weezer’s sure to have Slankets for sale.
At 239 W. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-247-0200; http://roselandballroom.com.
Work up an appetite walking 25 blocks on the East Side, starting with the splendid show of Impressionist pictures by John Singer Sargent at the Adelson Galleries at 19 E. 82nd St. These are happy pictures, flooded with flowers, light, beautiful people.
A few blocks south at Gagosian on 980 Madison Ave. check out the latest weirdness from John Currin, whose work melds Renaissance masters and Norman Rockwell. Ponder the fool in knee high socks getting measured for hot pants. Is this you in a few years?
Continue to Eykyn Maclean gallery at 23 East 67th St. for a museum-quality selection of works by Alberto Giacometti.
The artist’s tiny Montparnasse studio looks like an archeological dig in the black and white photos.
Look at “Grande tete mince,” in which brother Diego’s head is compressed into a pancake-like form, with awkwardly protruding lips, nose, chin and ears. Another gaunt and tortured head from the same edition fetched $53.3 million at Christie’s in New York in May.
Finish up in the grove of neon lights by Robert Irwin at the Pace Gallery at 32 E. 57 St.
“Way Out West” includes six suites of vertical fluorescent tubes, most wrapped in sheets of color gel, ranging from solid black to heavenly blue, with striped, transparent and unlit ones thrown in the mix. Some tubes reflect light, others absorb it.
The result: Exquisite combinations that blend color, light, painting and sculpture.
Then settle into a soft booth and be restored by a Cranberry Margarita, followed by black winter truffle risotto at the classy Rouge Tomate.
10 E. 60th St. Information: +1-646-237-8977.
Singer Sargent runs through Dec. 18. Information: http://www.adelsongalleries.com.
John Currin runs through Dec. 23. Information: http://www.gagosian.com.
“In Giacometti’s Studio” runs through Dec. 18. Information: http://www.eykynmaclean.com.
Irwin runs through Jan. 29, 2011. Information: http://thepacegallery.com.
Get close and personal with Ethan Hawke when you take in the matinee of “Blood From a Stone.”
He plays Travis, the son who left his working-class family behind, or so he thought. When he goes back home for a visit, all hell breaks loose.
The artist-driven New Group, where Hawke also directs, is producing the world premiere run of Tommy Nohilly’s play.
In previews at the intimate Acorn Theater, 410 West 42nd Street. Opens Jan. 6. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.thenewgroup.org.
Be catapulted back in time when you shiver and slither to Prince’s wailing.
He of the Cipher is playing at Madison Square Garden as part of his “Welcome 2 America” tour.
The Purple One himself says, “Bring your friends, bring your children and bring foot spray, because it’s going to be funky.”
Also Dec. 29 and Jan. 18. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. Information: http://www.thegarden.com.
Join the Episcopal congregation of St. Thomas Church for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
In the darkened space, you’ll hear the first notes, sung by a boy soprano, of the ravishing “Once in Royal David’s City” float from the back of the nave, as the procession of clergy and chorus advances down the center aisle.
Nine lessons tell the story of humanity’s fall, the promise of redemption and the birth of baby Jesus, each followed by music; “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is sung by all at the close.
Contemplate the beauty of the church, built in French High Gothic style, with its glorious reredos, one of the largest in the world.
At 1 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-757-7013; http://www.saintthomaschurch.org.
Grab the chance to hear all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the jewel in the crown of Baroque music.
Elegant and exuberant, the pieces give even the virtuosic players of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center a total workout.
The second concerto was put on a gold record on Voyager 1. Launched in 1977, Voyager is now on the verge of leaving the solar system and entering interstellar space. We’re bragging.
At 5 p.m. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway at 65th St. Also Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Information: +1-212-875- 5788; http://www.chambermusicsociety.org.
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