“Encores!” goes political with “The Cradle Will Rock,” set during a steel strike. Danny Burstein, Raul Esparza and Anika Noni Rose lead the cast to bring the Brechtian, 1937 Marc Blitzstein musical to life at the New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212; http://www.nycitycenter.org.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival helps bely the idea that production slows in summer. For $25, discover unheralded writing talent and/or familiar performers doing new work.
A hot seller is “Volleygirls,” about high school players with Susan Blackwell as a coach. She starred in the festival’s “[title of show],” which graduated to Broadway.
NYMF plays through July 28 at theaters west of Times Square. Information: +1-212-352-3101; http://www.nymf.org.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem brings Shakespeare to Marcus Garvey Park. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is presented in the park’s amphitheater beginning Saturday through July 30. Justin Emeka, who teaches theater at Oberlin, directs. Information: +1-212-564-9983; www.classicaltheatreofharlem.org.
Begin celebrating Bastille Day with the U.S. premiere of French rocker Philippe Katerine, backed by Francis et ses Peintres. Friday night he’s at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St.
On Sunday at noon, there’s a three block festival on E. 60th St. from Fifth to Lexington Avenues. Dominique Ansel Bakery, inventor of the “cronut” pastry, provides some of the goodies. There are can-can dancers, activities for kids, prize drawings and a free French language workshop.
Presented by the French Institute Alliance Francaise. Information: +1-212-355-6100; http://www.fiaf.org.
Governors Island has Fete Paradiso, a vintage French carnival including carousels, swings and games from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There’s a Music-Hall Ball Guzzler, with caricatures of Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Chaplin and other celebrities from a bygone era, plus music and food. It runs weekends through Sept. 29. Information: http://www.govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml.
When he takes the stage this weekend at Manhattan’s Jazz Standard, Chris Potter and his trio will give Homer’s “The Odyssey” a twist. The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist will play songs from his latest CD, “The Sirens” (ECM), which was inspired by the epic poem. Potter is among the most closely studied and imitated jazz musicians playing today. At 116 E. 27th St. Information: +1-212-576-2232; http://www.jazzstandard.net.
As of yesterday, a few pairs of tickets were left -- in exchange for $500 contributions to the New York Philharmonic -- for Major League Baseball’s charity concert in Central Park benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief. Alan Gilbert conducts, Mariah Carey sings, Joe Torre narrates a program including baseball standards and Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” It starts Saturday night at 7:30 on the Great Lawn. Information: http://nyphil.org.
Sunday afternoon at Caramoor hear the great Yefim Bronfman play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Peter Oundjian and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Also on the program: Verdi’s overture to “La forza del destino” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. At 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Bedford, New York. Information: +1-914-232-5035; http://www.caramoor.org.
If punk fashion isn’t enticing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays baseball cards from the so-called dead ball era. The first two decades of the 20th century featured low-scoring games and big names that endured, such as Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. Runs through Dec. 1 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
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