NYC Weekend: They Might Be Giants, Sandcastles, Fringe

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Contestants in Creative Time's first annual sand castle competition at Far Rockaway. Judges for the second competition include MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach.

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Contestants in Creative Time's first annual sand castle competition at Far Rockaway. Judges for the second competition include MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach. Close

Contestants in Creative Time's first annual sand castle competition at Far Rockaway. Judges for the second... Read More

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They Might Be Giants will perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell Saturday night as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! Close

They Might Be Giants will perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell Saturday night as part of Celebrate Brooklyn!

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Major Lazer will appear at the Mad Decent Block Party in Williamsburg on Saturday. Close

Major Lazer will appear at the Mad Decent Block Party in Williamsburg on Saturday.

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People ride, run or walk along a car-free Park Avenue during the 2013 Summer Streets event in New York on August 3. Close

People ride, run or walk along a car-free Park Avenue during the 2013 Summer Streets event in New York on August 3.

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Cast members in "The Marriage of Figaro." Ivan Fischer's staged concert version of the opera runs through Aug. 15 at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. Close

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The Empire State Building, as seen from Monarch, a new midtown rooftop bar. The 5,000 square foot bar also has a view... Read More

Muse picks for this weekend include They Might Be Giants in Brooklyn, artists with shovels and pails in a no-holds-barred sandcastle competition and the economic vaudeville show “Money Lab.”

NIGHT LIFE

Brooklyn indie faves They Might Be Giants perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell Saturday night as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! Earlier this year, the duo released “Nanobots,” its 16th album. Funky Moon Hooch opens. At 9th St. and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn. Information: +1-212-777-6800; http://bricartsmedia.org.

OUTDOORS

The Mad Decent Block Party comes to Williamsburg Park, with a lineup that includes Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus. The fun starts Saturday at 1 p.m. so bring sunscreen. 50 Kent Ave. at North 12th St. Information: +1-800-745-3000; http://maddecentblockparty.com.

Head out to Far Rockaway on Friday for the sandcastle competition produced by Creative Time. Ten artists and their teams will battle it out beginning at 2 p.m. Judges, including MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, will make the call at 5 p.m. and then the action moves to a dance party at Rippers. At the 86th St. boardwalk on Rockaway Beach, Queens. Information: http://creativetime.org/events/event/2013-artist-sandcastle-competition.

MUSIC

Mostly Mozart brings Ivan Fischer’s semi-staged “The Marriage of Figaro” to the Rose Theater on Sunday. Runs through Aug. 15 at the Time Warner Center, Broadway and 60th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://www.mostlymozart.org.

Celebrate Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” on Governors Island Saturday afternoon with Ljova and Friends presenting a work which riffs on the folk sources of the original piece. Then the amplified chamber band Fireworks Ensemble performs its rock-inspired version. Information: http://riteofsummer.com.

ART

It’s the second Saturday of Summer Streets, when almost seven miles of NYC asphalt, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper East Side, is cleared of vehicles. Eat, drink, grab a bike, climb a rock wall or speed on a zip line. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has installed an interactive light-and-sound work in the Park Ave. Tunnel, open to pedestrians for the first time. Information: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets.

STAGE

FringeNYC gets underway with more than 200 stage companies taking part from all over the world. “Barcode” is a futuristic rock musical about breaking free from corporate global rule. “Mercedes Benz Awkwardly” stars a sassy Australian stripper. Runs through Aug. 25 at various downtown venues. Information: +1-866-468-7619; http://www.fringenyc.org.

Check out “Money Lab,” which features Malthus, the 2008 crisis, game theory, a dance-video piece called “Dead Cat Bounce” and a couple of sketches including “The Ditch Digger, by John Maynard Keynes.” Through Aug. 11 at the Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-285-3863; http://bricktheater.com.

WINING & DINING

Butterfly Effect is a cocktail served at Monarch, the new rooftop lounge in Midtown. The drink, made with reposada tequila and jalapeno honey syrup, is spicy. The space, 5,000 square feet of Scandinavian design, has a beautiful view of the Empire State Building. On the 18th floor of 960 Sixth Ave. Information: +1-212-630-9993; http://www.addisongroupnyc.com/venues/monarch.

Try Cagen, a new restaurant in the East Village that serves Kappo, high-end traditional Japanese cuisine. There are three tasting menu options, plus sushi and other small dishes a la carte. Chef Toshio Tomita spent more than 15 years at Nobu. At 414 E. 9th St. Information: +1-212-358-8800; http://cagenrestaurant.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 a Lewis Lapham podcast and Greg Evans on movies.

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

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