Actor Zach Braff peels off his scrubs and goes to an S&M parlor to explore possibilities.
After a long stint as misanthropic TV doc John Dorian, Braff takes on a stage role: Harry in “Trust,” Paul Weitz’s dark comedy about a young man with a $100 million windfall.
Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, who went green as Princess Fiona in “Shrek The Musical,” co-stars.
In previews at Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd Street, “Trust” opens August 12. Information: +1-212-246-4422; http://www.2st.com
Get lost in the country with mystical painter Charles Burchfield. Experience “The Song of the Katydids on an August Morning,” where a rustic little house is surrounded by vibrating vegetation, or go for the total visual buzz of “The Insect Chorus.”
Radiant circles in “Dandelion Seed Heads and the Moon” evoke the congruence between the very small and the cosmic so you, too, can see heaven in a wildflower.
The curator of “Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield” is sculptor Robert Gober, an avid collector of the artist.
At the Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. Information: +1-212-570-3600; http://whitney.org/
Late Afternoon Swagger
Hit Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport for the Mad Decent Block Party. Grammy-nominated producer DJ Diplo runs the Mad Decent label and has curated a line-up designed for maximum summer swagger, so expect surging crowds, air-horns, and beats you can’t ignore.
Bosco Delrey delivers funky techno rockabilly while Eli Escobar’s disco-inflected house bosses the crowd into major flexing.
Getting too hot twisting and turning? Hop up onto the dunk tank.
At Fulton & South Streets.
Free, but RSVP here: http://maddecentblockparty.com/
As part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, Mark Morris revives his witty “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” 32 dances set to Handel.
In this pastoral evocation of a more innocent time, foxes thwart hounds, birds preen, and love triumphs.
At the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue at W. 65th Street. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://new.lincolncenter.org
With downtown as backdrop and the honks and roars of traffic as accompaniment, Paul-Andre Fortier twirls, leaps and strides in his clean white square at the tip of Manhattan near the ferry terminal.
Every day at high noon, the Canadian choreographer performs a free, 30-minute dance solo, “30x30.”
Head shaved, wearing a white, long-sleeved T-shirt, black pants and shoes, he’ll be showing off his moves until August 14.
Part of the River to River Festival, “30x30” is at 1 New York Plaza.
In its fifth year, JellyNYC’s pool party has migrated to the Williamsburg Waterfront. Play dodgeball, have a Brooklyn Lager and regress to kiddie antics while listening to Aussie electro-rockers Cut Copy who headline, with support from New Jersey-native Memory Tapes.
In the dead murk of summer, only Cut Copy’s euphoria-inducing beats can persuade hot hipsters to dance.
East River State Park, North 8th Street and Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. Information: http://thepoolparties.com/
Continue your antipodal run at Five Leaves with a Pimm’s Cup and the mildly alarming burger topped off by a fried pineapple ring and sunny-side-up egg.
At 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-383-5345
Symphony Space is showing a new hi-def “Vertigo,” the 1958 psychological thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, with a great score by Bernard Herrmann.
Follow acrophobic detective Scottie as he hits San Francisco’s high spots in search of the truth about a mysterious blond. “Vertigo” ranks among Hitchcock’s own favorites.
Symphony Space is at 2537 Broadway at 96th Street. Information: +1-212-864-5400; http://www.symphonyspace.org
(With assistance from Lili Rosboch and Alix Greenwald. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)