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Javelin Jams, ‘Capeman’ Returns, Hamlet Clams Up: N.Y. Weekend

Amy Marshall Dance Company
The Amy Marshall Dance Company will be performing at the Downtown Dance Festival, the city's longest-running free public dance festival. Photographer: Lois Greenfield/Zidell & Associates via Bloomberg

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Hit the Whitney tonight for a lo-fi high when rockers Warpaint and Javelin fill the lower gallery and sculpture court with feedback-filled beats.

Warpaint’s reverb-heavy tunes spiked with melancholy strip away work-related stress. Javelin’s George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk weave samples, augmented vocals and percussion into highly danceable jams. They get you moving like a shot of tequila.

The 20 or so graffitied boom boxes that form part of their on-stage sound system add to the retro patina of the music. Be sure to wear your high-top fade.

At the Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. Information: +1-212-570-3600; http://whitney.org/

Also on Friday

For a high of a different sort, head up the Hudson Valley and spend the weekend with Alban Berg, who, though dead since a wasp stung him in 1935, still could use a few friends.

Suave pianist Jeremy Denk, soprano Christine Goerke and the Daedalus Quartet start the proceedings at the Bard Music Festival.

Consider mingling with Berg nuts at a gala dinner before the show in the Spiegeltent.

Talks and concerts continue all weekend long, and the festival revs up again next Friday.

Bard College is located in Annandale-On-Hudson. Information: +1-845-758-7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu/

Saturday

Ponder the grotesque beauty of an heirloom tomato and pick up an organic chicken while chewing on muffins at the Union Square’s Greenmarket, where farmers, butchers, bakers, picklers, vintners and florists have been bringing their wares for more than three decades.

Now’s the perfect time to sample local produce at its best from a huge selection of vendors, including S&S.O. Produce Farms of Goshen, a stand-out with its glorious mountain of radishes and carrots.

At 15th to 17th Streets, Park Avenue South, Manhattan. Information: http://www.cenyc.org/unionsquaregreenmarket

Saturday Afternoon

Check out the Downtown Dance Festival at Battery Park.

We’re looking forward to Guru Radha Mohanan and Troupe who deploy mind-boggling costumes and extreme make-up to tell epic Indian stories in the stylized idiom of Kathakali. In one favorite, the warrior Bheema not only kills a man for insulting his wife, he devours his innards.

The festival is presented by Battery Dance Company. Information: +1-212-219-3910; http://www.batterydanceco.com/

Saturday Evening

The New York premiere of salsa master Larry Harlow’s “La Raza Latina” brings together Ruben Blades, Adonis Puentes and Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band.

Harlow’s 1977 suite evokes the history of Latin music, beginning in Africa, then moving on to Cuba, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico before hitting the streets and clubs of New York.

Free, at the Damrosch Park Band Shell, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. Information: http://new.lincolncenter.org/

Sunday Afternoon

At three p.m., Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe pings away at Bach’s lighthearted concertos and some polyphonic pieces by Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez, who are, however, not known for their humor.

At Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://new.lincolncenter.org

Sunday Evening

Brooklyn’s BAM is showing Robert Bresson’s 1957 “A Man Escaped” -- based on the memoirs of Andre Devigny, a member of the French Resistance who broke out of a Nazi prison.

The film is part of BAM’s “Emotional Sloppy Manic Cinema” series curated by directors Benny and Josh Safdie, who see it as “possibly the best movie ever made.”

At 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org/

Have a drink or dinner at Stonehome Wine Bar and Restaurant, a short walk from BAM. We are partial to the blueberry financier with lemon curd and whipped cream.

At 87 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-624-9443.

More Weekend

Paul Simon’s “The Capeman” was soundly trashed in 1998 in part because of its repellently positive portrait of a Nuyorican gang member who killed two white teens, got prison religion and was eventually released. Even Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades couldn’t save it.

The Public Theater presents three concert performances of a revised version. Here’s hoping.

At the Delacorte Theater. Enter at 81st Street and Central Park West. Information: +1-212-539-8750; http://www.publictheater.org/

The annual New York International fringe Festival returns with its usual goofball selection of shows. Try “South Pathetic,” which rethinks “A Streetcar Named Desire” by casting a stripper as Stella, a porn star as Stanley and a holy roller as Blanche. They loved it in San Francisco.

“Hamlet Shut Up,” sounds pretty promising too, presenting the tragedy of the talkative prince as a silent comedy featuring puppets, a shark and piano accompaniment.

For all Fringe Festival information, go to http://www.fringenyc.org or call +1-212-279-4488.

(With assistance from Jeremy Gerard, Paul Goguen and Lili Rosboch. 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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