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Spiritualized Floats, Women Cuss, Schiele’s Wally: N.Y. Weekend

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Members of the band The Grateful Dead at 710 Ashbury Street in San Francisco in 1966. "The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society" exhibition runs through September 5, at 2 W. 77th St. Source: New York Historical Society via Bloomberg

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Get Spiritualized at Radio City Music Hall as Jason Pierce and his bandmates recreate their 1997 album “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.”

Released in packaging resembling an Rx label, with “1 tablet 70 min” written in small white script, it’s a transcendent mix of excess and isolation. Pierce and company can induce cathartic shivers even in the dead heat of summer.

The British drone rockers will be backed by a full choir and orchestra, so here’s your chance to hear Spiritualized in all their sonic majesty.

Radio City Music Hall is at 1260 Avenue of the Americas. Information: +1-212-307-7171; http://www.radiocity.com

Saturday

Contemplate the naked beauty of Adam and Eve before the fall in Albrecht Durer’s seductive 1504 engraving.

It’s part of a dazzling exhibition at the Morgan Library that also includes the famously puzzling “Melencolia I” from 1514 and Durer’s perfectly “Constructed Head of a Man in Profile.”

“Defining Beauty,” is at the Morgan Library & Museum is at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street. Information: +1-212-685-0008; http://www.themorgan.org/home.asp

Then go uptown for a matinee performance of Leslye Headland’s funny, foul-mouthed new play, “Bachelorette,” which takes place the night before a posh New York wedding.

Three young female friends and a couple of men they’ve picked up trash-talk while getting wasted on a variety of substances, including 15 bottles of Veuve Clicquot.

Be warned: there’s a hilarious -- and detailed --discussion of oral sex and copious onstage vomiting.

Presented by Second Stage Uptown, “Bachelorette” is at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway at 76th St. Information: +1-212-246-4422; http://www.2ST.com

Recharge in a roomy booth at Compass, an elegant eatery with flattering lights and big bouquets of flowers.

Savor an icy martini while deciding between peekytoe crab ravioli, oat-crusted grouper and other summer seafood.

Compass is at 208 W. 70th St. Information: +1-212-875-8600.

Saturday Evening

James Ehnes won a Grammy for his performance of the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber. Now the young Canadian musician is playing the piece with conductor Louis Langree and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Also on the program, Anton Webern’s arrangement of Bach’s great “Ricercar” from “The Musical Offering” and Beethoven’s dancing Symphony No.7.

After the concert, Ehnes carries his 1715 Marsick Strad across the street for a more intimate recital in the Kaplan Penthouse, where pianist Andrew Armstrong accompanies him in works by Kreisler, Elgar and Ravel.

Have a glass of wine while taking in the views and some virtuosic fiddling.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue at W. 65th Street. The Kaplan Penthouse is at 165 W. 65th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://new.lincolncenter.org

Sunday

Austria’s Leopold Museum just paid the heirs of a Jewish art dealer a whopping $19 million for a portrait by Egon Schiele. Lea Bondi Jaray was forced to hand the work over to a Nazi shortly after Hitler’s joyous acquisition of the entire country in 1938.

The dispute over the painting was settled after more than a decade of litigation between the heirs and the museum. Blue-eyed “Wally” will receive visitors through Aug. 18 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan before returning to Vienna.

36 Battery Place. Information: +1-646-437-4200; http://www.mjhnyc.org

Happy birthday, Jerry Garcia! To celebrate what would have been his 68th, put on your best psychedelic gear and head over to the New-York Historical Society.

The Grateful Dead show has lots of memorabilia from the band’s three decades of heavy rocking, plus there’s a 2-for-1 deal on admission and free Ben and Jerry’s.

“Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society” has been extended through September 5.

At 2 W. 77th St. Information: +1-212-873-3400; http://www.nyhistory.org

Then amble over to Isabella’s, a longtime neighborhood fave, for Bellinis and Eggs Benedict with mini-crab cakes or a Cobb salad. Don’t miss the dark chocolate bag packed with raspberry mousse and whipped cream.

Sit outside for excellent people watching.

Isabella’s is at 359 Columbus Avenue at West 77th Street. Information: 1+212-724-2100.

Take in a late matinee performance of new, one-act works by top playwrights, including Neil LaBute and Deb Margolin in “Summer Shorts 4.”

There’s a famous British actor in crisis, an Upper West Side couple figuring out the future, a man with an open umbrella on a sunny day and sexual betrayal and retribution at the seaside.

At 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street. Information: +1-212-753-5959; http://59e59.org

(With assistance from Jaime Widder, Daniel Billy, Lili Rosboch, Alix Greenwald. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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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