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Girl Talk, Royal Danes, Northside Fest, Solstice: N.Y. Weekend

Girl Talk
Girl Talk will be performing at the Governors Ball this weekend. Source: Pitch Perfect PR via Bloomberg

Boho-beatniks Beirut headline Friday’s big show at McCarren Park with Sharon Van Etten and Yellow Ostrich.

That’s part of the Northside Festival taking over Williamsburg this weekend with music, film, and opportunities to argue authenticity with hipsters.

On Saturday night, Guided by Voices make a star turn with their original line-up, lead by prolific frontman Robert Pollard.

Northside also offers emerging talents at nearly 30 venues: Catch the mesmerizing Zambri sisters at the Knitting Factory on Friday night, and then hop to Brooklyn Bowl for a late glimpse of Danish songstress Oh Land. Sample-junkies Javelin play Saturday and the pulsing dance-rock of Diamond Rings rounds out Sunday night.


Dancing Danes

The beloved Royal Danish Ballet is also performing this weekend: take in “La Sylphide,” choreographed by the great August Bournonville in 1836.

It’s the story of a forest sprite in love with a handsome young Scotsman, who gets tricked by an evil witch.

The troupe also performs the third act of “Napoli,” one of Bournonville’s most charming works, and Flemming Flindt’s “The Lesson,” about a psychopathic dance teacher.

Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

Saturday Morning

Rise in the pre-dawn dark and make your way to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to welcome the sun in style during Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration.

Watch as the great stained glass windows gradually come alive with the light as you hear Winter’s sax, taiko drums, a bansuri flute, a sarangi fiddle, bells and birdcalls.

It’s a time to celebrate fertility and the beauty of the natural world, so set that alarm.

At 4:30 a.m., 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 111th St. Information: +1-866-811-4111;


Then ready your day-glo spandex and shutter shades for an all-day escape to the inaugural Governor’s Ball Music Festival.

Mash-up dj Girl Talk co-headlines with Pretty Lights, who uses hip-hop samples, electro-squiggles and vintage funk to paint sonic landscapes.

It’s a dance marathon -- Passion Pit is throwing down an afternoon dj set, Das Racist will be pranking and Big Boi from Outkast is performing.

Hydrate well to stay strong all day long.

Ferries start running at 11:15 a.m., music starts at 12:15 p.m. Information:

Saturday Afternoon

For a quieter alternative, take a look at the ingeniously small worlds on view at the Museum of Arts and Design. There are micro-microbreweries, minuscule gardens, landscapes with houses and even some slums.

Lori Nix has created “Beauty Shop,” a desolated, destroyed salon and photographed the result.

In the “Garden of Unearthly Delights,” Mat Collishaw reveals a violent natural world.

“Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities” is at 2 Columbus Circle through Sept. 18. Information: +1-212-299-7777;


Opening today at MoMA PS1 is “Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever,” his first major museum show in New York.

It’s an anarchic mash up of video and installation art, created in collaboration with Lizzie Fitch.

There are seven interrelated videos: One features corporate characters known as “Koreas,” all of them in blond wigs, whose sole work focus is to make sure their own jobs don’t disappear.

Runs until Sept. 3 at 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Long Island City, Queens. Information: +1-718-784-2084;

Then go to Tournesol for brunch. Have a spicy Bloody Mary, steak frites or the Eggs Florentine while enjoying the Left Bank ambiance.

5012 Vernon Boulevard, Queens. Information: +1-718-472-4355.

Sunday Evening

Check out the cushy new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, now playing Andrew Rossi’s documentary, “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”

David Rockwell carved two theaters out of a Lincoln Center parking lot and some offices, installing comfy seats and top level projection and sound.

There’s a 152-inch plasma screen in a small amphitheater for special presentations, and a Wi-Fi equipped café.

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 65th St. near Amsterdam Ave. Information: +1-212-875-5610;

(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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