The image shown, by Canadian-born artist Gregory Colbert, has to be one of our favorite photos ever. It's a part of his exhibition "Ashes and Snow" at the 45,000-square-foot, yet temporary, Nomadic Museum at Pier 54 (and W. 13th) starting this Saturday (through June 6). In addition to elephants, Colbert captures penguins, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, and antelopes interacting, or at least coexisting, with humans. $12 admission, kids 12 and under with an adult, free, 866.468.7619.
Ian McKellen's eyes are pools of Rembrandtian melancholy in "Emile," a film by Carl Bessai from 2003, in which McKellen's character faces his past, reconnecting with his only living relatives. The movie is getting its U.S. theatrical release at the Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th [5th/6th] 212. 255.8800, starting Friday.
A robust background in math will help (though you can get through the book without that) as will a good chunk of time (it's 1136 pages), but, in any case, The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe (Knopf, $40), written by Oxford emeritus professor Roger Penrose, will blow your mind. Of course it's not a complete guide, and Penrose knows that well. But it's as complete as we've got at this point in human history.
At MoMA, "The Member of the Wedding," Fred Zinnemann's 1952 film adaptation of Carson McCullers' novel about a tomboy who feels left out when her brother gets married, Sunday at 11:30am. Grade levels 4-8. Free (including museum admission), up to two adults and up to three kids.
It might take a little work to get to Mandarin Square's warehouse relocation sale, (Friday and Saturday 10-6) at 188 W. 230th [Bway] 212.996.4722, but there are bargains to be had. Silk handbags w/ semi-precious beads were $150, now $65. Silk pillow covers were $45-$150, now $20-$65. Cash only.
Over 1000 volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match. Their slogan is Get Out. Do Good. Well said.
We're using a loose definition of weekend here since these performances take place next Tuesday, March 8 (7 and 9:30pm). But Basia fans, and we know there are a few of you out there, will want to make a point of heading to Joe's Pub, 212.239.6200, for Matt Bianco, a return of the group she sang with in the 80s. Their new album, "Matt's Mood" is a little Getz and Gilberto, a little Manhattan Transfer, and completely infectious.
CNN has had a sketchy track record in the past few years by our lights. But one of its saving graces has been the eminently sensible CNN senior analyst Jeff Greenfield. Hear him interview another genuine newsman, CBS chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer (Schieffer's also temporarily filling the seat left by Dan Rather) on Sunday night at 7:30pm. It takes place at the 92nd St. Y, 212.415.5500, $25.