Drunken revelers vex the monster Grendel, who invades the noisy mead-hall and proceeds to devour the lot. Only a hero can save the day.
Anarchic theatrical troupe Banana Bag & Bodice brings its hit rock opera “Beowulf -- A Thousand Years of Baggage” to East River Park in lower Manhattan as part of SummerStage.
Backed by an eight-piece band, including accordion and saw, the musical is an eclectic mix of punk, Romantic lieder and Kurt Weill cabaret. This raucous production of the great Old English epic promises to have no shortage of severed limbs.
The park is located along the FDR Drive at Cherry Street. Information: http://www.summerstage.org/
Grab a post-show bite at The Clerkenwell, a cozy gastropub serving fish and chips and Yorkshire toad in the hole with English sausages.
Start with a Whiskey Smash or Hobgoblin Dark Ale, and save room for the sticky toffee pudding.
At 49 Clinton St. between Rivington and Stanton. Information: +1-212-614-3234.
The Rock the Bells summer tour finally hits Governors Island. Snoop Dogg headlines, playing “Doggystyle,” and the bill is packed with a blaze of hip-hop heat.
Witness a Wu-Tang Clan reunion, with ODB’s son, Boy Jones, filling his Daddy’s massive boots. A Tribe Called Quest will perform its 1993 classic “Midnight Marauders” in full, which is reason enough to get on the boat.
The queen mistress of hip-hop, Lauryn Hill, is stripping off her cloak to fill the stage with true star swagger. Given all the over-produced rhymes of the past decade, this extravaganza is sure to shake the air with genuine old-school flavor.
Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St. Doors open at noon. Information: http://rockthebells.net/
Hurry over to the Neue Galerie for a last fond look at the cripples, whores, weirdly scary doctors and drug addicts crowding the pictures of Otto Dix.
Having barely made it through World War I, he was tough and sardonic enough to thrive in Weimar Germany and somehow survive the Hitler years.
Before reeling out into the street, visit the Cafe Sabarsky, which offers the cakes, mit schlag, sandwiches and atmosphere of old Vienna.
At 1048 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-628-6200; http://www.neuegalerie.org/
Continuing the Viennese motif, stroll down to one of the coolest buildings in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum tower.
Calling it “a cross between ‘Blade Runner’ and an Easter Island sculpture,” Raimund Abraham created it eight years ago. The architect, who died in a Los Angeles car accident earlier this year, layered sharply angled, gravity-defying panes of glass, steel and aluminum on the building’s slim façade.
On view inside is “NineteenEightyFour,” an exhibition devoted to the ways technology is shifting the borders between the public and the private.
Fifteen artists riff on the panopticon, including a Rachel Owens sculpture made of broken bottles, plexiglass and fluorescent lights.
Dariusz Kowalski’s alienating video installation mixes surveillance footage with a taped diary, disconnecting text from image.
Stick around for a concert at 4 p.m. by the Argento Chamber Ensemble. They’re playing Strauss’s poignant “Metamorphosen,” an ode to the destroyed opera houses of Europe that used to play his work. Some Schoenberg and a new work by Philipp Blume fill out the program.
For the hardy, there’s also a post-concert musical discussion.
At 11 E. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-319-5300; http://www.acfny.org/
(With assistance from Manuela Hoelterhoff and Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)