NYC Best: Jake Gyllenhaal, Erykah Badu at Afro-Punk Fest

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Jake Gylenhaal will be performing for the first time on stage in the U.S. in "If There Is, I Haven't Found It Yet" at the Laura Pels Theatre. The play is directed by Michael Longhurst. Close

Jake Gylenhaal will be performing for the first time on stage in the U.S. in "If There Is, I Haven't Found It Yet" at... Read More

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Janelle Monae at Hyde Park. The singer will be performing at the two-day Afro-Punk Fest at Commodore Barry Park on Aug. 26th. Close

Janelle Monae at Hyde Park. The singer will be performing at the two-day Afro-Punk Fest at Commodore Barry Park on Aug. 26th.

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Erykah Badu is among several artists performing at the two-day Afro-Punk Fest at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. Also in the line-up are Das Racist, Toro Y Moi and Reggie Watts. Close

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Louis Langree and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. The orchestra will be performing Beethoven's Mass in C Major on Aug. 25, 2012. Close

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Martin Frost with his clarinet in Stockholm, Sweden. Frost is among the soloists expected to perform during the Mostly Mozart Festival on Aug. 25, 2012. Close

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A detail of "The Palace of Nine Perfections" by Yuan Jiang. The 18-foot wide painting is being displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 6, 2013. Close

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"Dialogues of the Carmelites" is at East Thirteenth Street Theatre in New York. Christopher Fecteau is the artistic director of the ensemble. Close

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Check out Ft. Greene’s two-day Afro- punk Festival, with appearances by Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Toro Y Moi and many others.

There’s also a street skate competition, a best bike show, an artwall, a market with local artisans and food trucks galore, including Korilla BBQ and Fishing Shrimp.

The event is free and starts at noon each day.

At Commodore Barry Park, Nassau St. between Navy St. and N. Elliot Place, Brooklyn. Information: http://afropunkfest.com.

Saturday Afternoon

Focus on new filmmakers who’ve emerged since the Arab Spring.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Orientation: A New Arab Cinema,” including Michel Khleifi’s “Zindeeq,” about a Palestinian who returns to his native Nazareth after a long sojourn abroad.

Richard Pena moderates a panel discussion today with 3 filmmakers about working in the Middle East.

Runs through Aug. 29 at Lincoln Center. Information: +1- 212-875-5601; http://www.filmlinc.com.

Saturday Shows

You still have time to take in a lot of cutting-edge shows at the New York International Fringe Festival.

It’s among Manhattan’s most overwhelming theatrical offerings and one of its biggest bargains: tickets are $18 at the door.

On view this weekend: “20 Somethings” and “Non-Equity The Musical!” among many others.

Through Sunday at 20 theaters in downtown Manhattan. Information: http://www.fringenyc.org.

Jake Gyllenhaal makes his U.S. stage debut in the London hit “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”

He plays the ne’er-do-well uncle of a fat girl targeted by bullies.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, the comedy also stars Brian F. O’Byrne, Michelle Gomez and Annie Funke as the teenage girl.

In previews at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. for a Sept. 20 opening. Information: +1-212-719-1300; http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.

Afterward, stroll over to Chef Edwin Bellanco’s Vitae for a refreshing glass of Tommy’s Ocean Air Margarita, followed by rock shrimp risotto.

At 4 E. 46th St. Information: +1-212-682-3562.

Saturday Night

Mostly Mozart goes out with a bang with Beethoven’s mysteriously underperformed Mass in C Major.

The top-notch soloists are joined by the Concert Chorale of New York, with Louis Langree on the podium.

Also on the program, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major with Martin Frost.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212- 721-6500; http://www.mostlymozart.org.

Sunday

Reflect on the beauty of nature depicted in Yuan Jiang’s 18-foot-wide painting of the Palace of the Nine Perfections.

It’s one of many images of Chinese gardens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition of paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, metalwork and other objects from their magnificent collection.

See the tame fish, birds and pets, as well as the seasonal flora -- pine, plum, bamboo and lotus -- that enliven these man- made Edens.

“Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats” runs through Jan. 6 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

Sunday Matinee

Can’t wait for the Metropolitan Opera to open? Try dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” which ends with the mass decapitation of the nuns in the time of the French revolution.

Jennifer Moore sings Blanche, who comes to terms with her fears and joins her sisters on the guillotine.

At the East Thirteenth Street Theatre, 136 E. 13th St. Information: +1-212-352-3101; http://www.dellarteopera.org.

For post-Poulenc refreshment, stop by the Blue Water Grill, located in a converted bank on Union Square.

At 31 Union Square West. Information: +1-212-675-9500.

(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include a Louis Lapham podcast and Jeremy Gerard’s look at the Salzburg Festival.

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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