Fiona Shaw plays the mother of God, the Tribeca Film Festival is under way and flash Brit band Muse brings “The 2nd Law” to our area.
In a bloody tour-de-force, Alan Cumming plays the major characters in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” now set in a madhouse. Runs through June 30 at the Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.macbethonbroadway.com.
Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” has the great Fiona Shaw as the mother of Jesus, telling her story after his crucifixion. Deborah Warner directs. At Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St. In previews for an April 22 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.testamentonbroadway.com.
Richard Nelson’s “Nikolai and the Others,” presents a group of Russian emigres, including Nabokov, Balanchine and Stravinsky, who drink and talk a lot. In previews at the Mitzi Newhouse, 150 W. 65th St., for a May 6 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.lct.org.
The 12th Tribeca Film Festival is under way, with 89 features and 60 shorts to choose from. This weekend’s selection includes Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti in buddy comedy “Almost Christmas” and Emma Roberts and John Cusack in “Adult World,” about a poet working in a sex shop. Runs through April 28 at various venues. Information: http://tribecafilm.com/festival.
Catch flash English band Muse at the Izod Center Friday night as it tours in support of “The 2nd Law,” based on the second law of thermodynamics -- no entropy during the group’s over-the-top performance. Dead Sara opens. At 50 Route 120, East Rutherford, N.J. Information: 800-745-3000; http://www.bowerypresents.com.
DJ extraordinaire A-Trak makes an appearance at Brite Nites at Webster Hall on Saturday. He’s joined by Oliver and other special guests. Wear your dancing shoes. At 125 E. 11th St. Information: +1-212-353-1600; http://websterhall.com.
Photographers took their cameras to the battlefield during the American Civil War, capturing the carnage and heartbreak. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing more than 200 images from the nation’s bloodiest conflict. “Photography and the American Civil War” runs through Sept. 2 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
Julie Schenkelberg transforms debris from dilapidated houses into poetic sculptures. Some are covered with shiny resin, others pierced by rusty nails. Prices for works range from $800 to $3,200; an installation is $11,000. The show runs through April 20 at Asya Geisberg Gallery, 537B W. 23rd St. Information: +1-212-675-7525; http://www.asyageisberggallery.com.
Legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin -- the Prelude in C-sharp Minor, and a selection of Ballades, Mazurkas and Scherzos -- as well as Book 1 of the Debussy Preludes at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon. At 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.
The New York City Opera is back at the City Center where it began with Rossini’s Biblical epic “Moses in Egypt” on Saturday and Offenbach’s charming “La Perichole” on Sunday (running through April 27.) At 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212; http://www.nycopera.com.
See an evening of Cambodian dance on Friday as Amrita Performing Arts brings “Olden New Golden Blue,” a work by Peter Chin, and “My Mother and I,” created and performed by choreographer Chey Chankethya, to the Abrons Art Center. It’s part of the “Season of Cambodia” festival. At 466 Grand St. Information: +1-212-598-0400; http://www.abronsartscenter.org.
Elizabeth Streb pushes dance to its acrobatic limits, and “Forces” includes moving steel bars, a spinning floor and a big cage, but the show also has a DJ and video graphics to add to the excitement. Runs through April 28 at SLAM, 51 N. 1st St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-866-811-4111; http://www.streb.org.
WINING & DINING
Celebrate hot peppers, natural highs and “Screaming Mi Mi” awards at the First Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo this weekend, where forty artisanal brands can be sampled, along with smokehouse grub. On Sunday, Bumblefoot (Guns & Roses) and Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister) join other rock stars to sign bottles of their own capsaicin concoctions. At East River State Park, Brooklyn. Information: http://www.nychotsauceexpo.com.
The McKittrick Hotel, home of the immersive theater piece “Sleep No More,” reopens its rooftop garden, “Gallow Green,” on Saturday. There’s an herb festival, high tea, then drinks and entertainment in a great space with a 360-degree view of the city. At 530 W. 27th St. Information: +1-212-564-1662; http://www.mckittrickhotel.com.
(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
Muse highlights include Lewis Lapham’s podcast and Jeremy Gerard on theater.
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