What makes a music hook work? Why do some tunes impel you to get up and dance while others make you cry?
Join beatbox artist Chesney Snow and hip-hop group Stone Forest Ensemble for the opening night reception of “Biorhythm: Music and the Body.”
It’s at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, 540 W. 21st St. beginning at 6 p.m.
The three-day exploration is part of the larger World Science Festival now taking place in venues around town. Stargaze with astronomers at Brooklyn Bridge Park, explore the Hudson aboard the Mystic Whaler, and meet IBM’s Jeopardy! champ Watson.
Sunday’s Street Fair, with interactive exhibits, games and shows, runs from 9:59 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. at Washington Square Park.
Information: +1-212-348-1400; http://worldsciencefestival.com.
Take a look at Cory Arcangel’s amusing “Pro Tools” at the Whitney Museum. Trained as a musician, he works across media, from performance to print, though the focus is on digital technologies and Internet culture.
The centerpiece is “Various Self Playing Bowling Games” (2011), which consists of projections of video games from the 1970s to the 2000s, as they evolve from the pixilated to the realistic. Alas, there are only gutter balls, which is the artist’s wry spin on gaming.
There’s also “Masters” (2011), an interactive golf game, but be warned -- no matter how you hit the ball, it’s never going into that hole.
And check out “Paganini Caprice No. 5” (2011), where the virtuosic violin piece is reconstructed entirely from YouTube videos of heavy metal guitar players.
Runs until Sept. 11 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-570-3600; http://whitney.org.
“Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum?” asked the Guerrilla Girls in the 1980s.
It’s still a good question, one asked in Lynn Hershman Leeson’s documentary “!Women Art Revolution -- !W.A.R.”
She’s been interviewing fellow artists, including Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger, since the 1960s about the struggle to get their work seen, and the film will make you boo and cheer in equal measure.
One funny scene shows apoplectic male politicians denouncing Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” on the floor of Congress. It’s now the centerpiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
At IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. Information: +1-212-924-7771; http://www.ifccenter.com/films/women-art-revolution.
Then savor a very cold martini at Buvette, Jody Williams’s gastroteque, as you choose among various savory small plates like fried oyster frittata with remoulade and duck with cabbage.
42 Grove St. Information: +1-212-255-3590.
The mystical, melodic drone of School of Seven Bells will fill Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night.
On their first album, “Alpinisms,” the shoe-gazey vocals of the twin Deheza sisters rode over noisy, tribal-inflected grooves, producing a chilly tension.
On the newest album, “Disconnect from Desire,” SVIIB sound bigger, warmer but just as meticulously crafted. Their voices are in equilibrium with the banging beats below, and the music coalesces into left-field pop that gets straight under your skin.
As the ponies are put through their paces, you can picnic, sip champagne and do some serious people-watching.
There will be a restaurant row that includes Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke, Tabla and Public Fare, plus treats from Gabriel Kreuther, top toque at the Modern.
Ferries start at 10 a.m., gates open at 11 a.m., and the match begins at 2:30 p.m.
And it’s all in a good cause -- a benefit for the Urban Zen Foundation’s Hope, Help & Rebuild Haiti.
Information: +1-212-254-6677; http://vcseason.com/polo.
Experience the cool alto sax of Lee Konitz, who has been recording in all manner of styles for nearly five decades.
He performs at the Blue Note with the all-star team of Bill Frisell on guitar, Gary Peacock on bass and Joey Baron on drums.
It’s part of the monthlong, city-wide jazz festival celebrating the Blue Note’s 30th anniversary. Other festival performers include Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Brian Wilson and Chaka Khan.
Shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. Information: +1-212-475-8592; http://bluenotejazzfestival.com.
(With assistance from A. M. Erika. 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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