Antlers, Meatpacking Party, Maifest, LEGO Lions: N.Y. Weekend

An installation view of "The Transfinite" by Ryoji Ikeda. Photographer: James Ewing/Park Avenue Armory via Bloomberg

Melancholic and grand, Brooklyn-based band the Antlers play the Bowery Ballroom Friday night in support of their second album, “Burst Apart.”

After heavily touring their celebrated “Hospice,” the trio came back to roost and produced a record where all of a sudden a libido is ticking instead of an aching heart.

Live, they cook up an expansive brew of melodic cacophony held just in check by lead man Peter Silberman’s glorious falsetto. The Antlers really are a thing apart.

6 Delancey St. Information: +1-212-533-2111;


The Whitney is throwing a community day celebration as it breaks ground for the new Renzo Piano-designed Meatpacking District museum.

Explore the overlapping ecosystems of the area with Lize Mogel in a walking tour: “From Mollusks to Meat Hooks to Moschino.” Watch Kate Gilmore videos running on a column of the Standard Hotel. Attend the “Dance Party of the Future” with video collective CHERYL.

Check the info tent at Washington and Gansevoort streets for all the events, which run from 9:30 through midnight.

Information: +1-212-570-3600;

Saturday Morning

You can see Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten manuscript of “The Declaration of Independence,” the corrections Ezra Pound made to T.S. Eliot’s typescript of “The Waste Land,” and Beethoven’s sketches for the “Archduke Trio.”

They’re on show, along with a lot of other great stuff, at the New York Public Library as part of its centennial celebration.

During the Weekend Festival, you can take a tour, visit the stacks, usually closed to the public, see a performance, hear some music or a story, and see LEGO models of library lions Patience and Fortitude.

“Celebrating 100 Years” runs through Dec. 31 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St. Information: 917-275-6975;

Saturday Afternoon

How about a little Oktoberfest in May? Pier 81 morphs into an authentic waterfront biergarten, with Paulaner brew, Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst.

Oom-pah-pahs are provided by festival band Alpine Squeeze, Schlierachtler Stamm dancers kick up their heels around a Maipole, and you get to pick Miss German America.

As part of the first Maifest, there’s even a cruise on the Hudson.

At Pier 81 from noon to 4:30. Information:

Saturday Night

Dance fans are in clover, now that ballet is taking over Lincoln Center.

The New York City Ballet has a program devoted to Jerome Robbins, including the amusing “Concert” and “Afternoon of a Faun,” riffing on the sexiness of the practice studio.

The American Ballet Theatre creates thrills and chills with “Don Quixote,” first brought from Russia to the west by Anna Pavlova in 1924.

Gillian Murphy is the sassy maiden Kitri, while Cory Stearns appears as the handsome barber Basilio.

NYCB is at the David H. Koch Theater. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

ABT is at the Metropolitan Opera House. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


Take in the needle artistry at the American Folk Art Museum where 35 singular quilts are on display.

There are works of intricate geometry, such as the 1950-1960 “Log Cabin Quilt, Barn Raising Variation,” by a Mennonite artist from Ohio, where your eyes are dazzled by the pattern of bright and dark colors.

And there are those that meditate on the natural world, like the 1930-1935 “English Flower Garden Quilt” by Kansan Jennie Pingrey Stotts. All are amazing.

The museum has been forced to sell this weirdly gloomy building, so that is another good reason to go now.

“Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum” runs through Oct. 16. 45 West 53rd St. Information: +1-212-265-1040;

Sunday Brunch

Stroll up Fifth Ave. to Central Park for a leisurely lakeside brunch at the Loeb Boathouse, where a swan may swim by hoping for a piece of your toasted bagel.

Try chicken-and-apple sausage with fried eggs or the maple waffles with warm berry compote.

East 72nd St. and Park Drive North. Information: +1-212-517-2233.

Sunday Afternoon

Spend some time contemplating Bellini’s “St. Francis in the Desert” at the Frick Collection. Mouth open, eyes looking skyward, the medieval saint stands on luminous rocks, with stigmata appearing on his outstretched hands and bare feet. There are beautifully precise vines, flowers, animals and a distant city.

Recently, the Frick sent the work to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a high-tech exam. The museum has installed a multimedia room with computer kiosks, which will let visitors see what lies beneath the masterpiece via infrared reflectography and videos.

Stay to hear Austrian violinist Thomas Zehetmair play sonatas by Bach and K.A. Hartmann.

1 East 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700;

(With assistance from Catherine Smith and A.M. Erika. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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