NYC Weekend Best: Trotsky’s Ax, The Feelies, NYPhil 360

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Photographer: Roger Mayne/Gitterman Gallery via Bloomberg

"Battersea" (1957) by Roger Mayne. Mayne's photographs are on view at Gitterman Gallery until July 21, 2012.

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Photographer: Roger Mayne/Gitterman Gallery via Bloomberg

"Battersea" (1957) by Roger Mayne. Mayne's photographs are on view at Gitterman Gallery until July 21, 2012. Close

"Battersea" (1957) by Roger Mayne. Mayne's photographs are on view at Gitterman Gallery until July 21, 2012.

Photographer: Roger Mayne/Gitterman Gallery via Bloomberg

"Parkhill Estate, Sheffield" (1961) by Roger Mayne. Mayne's photographs focused on working class neighborhoods. Close

"Parkhill Estate, Sheffield" (1961) by Roger Mayne. Mayne's photographs focused on working class neighborhoods.

Photographer: Rineke Dijkstra/Marian Goodman Gallery via Bloomberg

"Coney Island, N.Y." by Rineke Dijkstra. The Guggenheim showcases a mid-career retrospective of portraits. Close

"Coney Island, N.Y." by Rineke Dijkstra. The Guggenheim showcases a mid-career retrospective of portraits.

Photographer: Rineke Dijkstra/Marian Goodman Gallery via Bloomberg

"Almerisa, Asylum Center Leiden" by Rineke Dijkstra. The chromogenic print is on display at the Guggenheim Museum through Oct. 3, 2012. Close

"Almerisa, Asylum Center Leiden" by Rineke Dijkstra. The chromogenic print is on display at the Guggenheim Museum through Oct. 3, 2012.

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"Self Portrait, Marnixbad" by Rineke Dijkstra. The artist shoots compelling large-scale portraits. Close

"Self Portrait, Marnixbad" by Rineke Dijkstra. The artist shoots compelling large-scale portraits.

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The ax that Ramon Mercader used in the murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1937 was the crime of the century. Marks of the assassination on the ax are still visible. Close

The ax that Ramon Mercader used in the murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1937 was the crime of the century. Marks... Read More

Photographer: Cameron Davidson/SPY: The Secret World of Espionage via Bloomberg

During World War II, the German military and intelligence services used the Enigma cipher machines to create what they thought were unbreakable messages. This intelligence coup shortened the war by an estimated two years. Close

During World War II, the German military and intelligence services used the Enigma cipher machines to create what... Read More

Photographer: Cameron Davidson/SPY: The Secret World of Espionage via Bloomberg

The remote-controlled robotic catfish was spawned in the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology. "Charlie" swam in a realistic manner thanks to a pressure hull and ballast system in its body and a propulsion system in its tail. Close

The remote-controlled robotic catfish was spawned in the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology. "Charlie" swam... Read More

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Patrons at Discovery Times Square's new exhibit, "SPY: The Secret World of Espionage." The exhibit runs through March 31, 2013. Close

Patrons at Discovery Times Square's new exhibit, "SPY: The Secret World of Espionage." The exhibit runs through March 31, 2013.

An intense small boy tries to hit a ball as his pals hang about watching. Other kids climb a wall. No cars, no adults, this tough street is a refuge and playground.

The image is “Addison Place, North Kensington” (1956), taken by photographer Roger Mayne.

His luminous children, along with other London subjects, are on view at Gitterman Gallery through July 21.

At 170 E. 75th St. Information: +1-212-734-0868; http://www.gittermangallery.com.

To keep the British vibe, head to nearby gastropub Jones Wood Foundry for brunch. Start with a First Bloom cocktail made with sauvignon blanc and elderflower lemon juice.

Then try toad in the hole followed by sticky toffee pudding.

At 401 E. 76th St. Information: +1-212-249-2700.

Saturday Matinee

In the world-premiere musical “Dogfight,” three Marine recruits bound for Vietnam head out for a final night of intense partying.

Based on the 1991 film, it has music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Theater heavyweight Joe Mantello (“Wicked,” “Other Desert Cities”) directed.

In previews at Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St., for a July 16 opening. Information: +1-212-246-4422; http://2st.com.

Saturday Night

Make the most of a rare opportunity to hear Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Gruppen,” a piece for three orchestras.

The New York Philharmonic moves to the Park Avenue Armory, with Alan Gilbert, Magnus Lindberg and Matthias Pintscher conducting.

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-875- 5656; http://nyphil.org.

Alt-Rock

For a different music scene, check out the Feelies during their run at Maxwell’s, one of their favorite haunts.

Influenced by The Velvet Underground, the Feelies formed in 1976 and soon became one of the best alt-rock groups.

Reconfigured various times, the band came back stronger than ever last year with “Here Before.”

At 1039 Washington St., Hoboken, New Jersey. Information: +1-201-653-1703; http://maxwellsnj.com.

Swing Dance

Strut and glide to the Latin rhythms of famed charanga band Orquesta Broadway, led by Eddy Zervigon.

It’s part of the Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing series.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and a dance instructor will show you salsa and mambo moves.

At the band shell in Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://midsummernightswing.org.

Sunday

Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra shoots compelling large-scale portraits of teenagers on the beach, soldiers, bullfighters coming out of the ring.

The Guggenheim has mounted a mid-career retrospective exhibiting 70 of her photographs and 5 video installations.

Don’t miss skeptical “Amy, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, December 22, 2008.”

Runs through Oct. 3 at the Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue at 80th Street. Information: +1-212-423-3587; http://www.guggenheim.org.

Stay for brunch at The Wright, the museum’s upscale restaurant.

Begin with a hibiscus mojito and proceed to brioche French toast with berry compote.

Information: +1-212-427-5690.

Sunday Afternoon

Contemplate the ax that smashed into Trotsky’s skull, changing the course of the world.

There are also hollow teeth, shoes with bugged heels and a Moscow rat that opens and closes with Velcro for easy exchange of secret messages.

They’re all part of “Spy: The Secret World of Espionage,” a show drawn from the private collection of intelligence historian H. Keith Melton, as well as the archives of the C.I.A, the F.B.I. and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Runs through March 31 at Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St. Information: +1-646-368-6759; http://www.discoverytsx.com.

Sunday Evening

Hear the world premiere of a choral piece by Nico Muhly sung by the Trinity Choir. Also: a selection of the Renaissance works he loved as a boy chorister.

The concert is part of lower Manhattan’s River to River Festival.

At St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Streets. Information: +1-212-602-0800; http://rivertorivernyc.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 theater and movie reviews and a Lewis Lapham podcast.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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