Paul McCartney Live, Potter Finale, Bald Aliens: N.Y. Weekend

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney will perform at Yankee Stadium on Friday, July 15. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Macca’s back. For two nights at Yankee Stadium on Friday and Saturday, Paul McCartney will play some of the world’s most revered tunes from the Beatles, Wings and the Fireman album.

For this kick-off to the new “On the Run” tour, he’s backed by Paul Wickens, Rusty Anderson, Abe Laboriel Jr. and Brian Ray.

It’s been nearly two years since he’s been in town so prepare for multiple cathartic sing-a-longs.

At 1 E. 161st St., Bronx. Information:

For a magical Brit of a different sort, fly to the final cinematic battle between young wizards and epic evil.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is the eighth and climactic film of J.K. Rowling’s much-loved series -- so far, the Potter movies alone have grossed nearly $6.5 billion worldwide without losing their integrity.

Lord Voldemort, played by a creepy Ralph Fiennes, is now in possession of the Elder Wand, and he launches an attack on Hogwarts School. Can he be stopped by Harry, Hermione and Ron before dark forces take over the world?

Opens Friday at theaters across the U.S. and the U.K. See it in IMAX 3D if you can.



Paddle, sail, motor or just jump on a ferry to Governors Island for the fourth annual City of Water Day Festival.

Get a fishing lesson or take a boat tour around New York Harbor. Check out the critter tank with seahorses, mud crabs, shrimp and more.

There’s live music, food and kiddie activities.

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, composed of 500 separate organizations, the festival celebrates the waterfront and focuses on having an accessible and clean harbor for all to enjoy.

Other activities take place at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J., and in neighborhoods throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Saturday Matinee

Valery Gergiev’s elegant Mariinsky Ballet is back in town at last.

Leap at the chance to see the U.S. premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s playful “Little Humpbacked Horse,” set to a score by Rodion Shchedrin, and based on a Russian fairy tale. The intrepid hero must do the impossible to win the maiden, but luckily his magic steed is always there to work miracles.

The evening performance at 8 p.m., the company’s last in N.Y., features Alberto Alonso’s “Carmen Suite,” and Balanchine’s “Symphony in C.”

For dance lovers, a day-long celebration of Merce Cunningham, with performances, films and exhibitions, begins at 10 a.m. at the Frederick P. Rose Hall.

The ballet is at the Metropolitan Opera House. All are part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

To carb up for evening fun at Lincoln Center, cross the street to Boulud Sud for some summery Mediterranean flavors: try saffron linguini with lemon oil and razor clams. Wash it down with “Cuvee Daniel” Champagne.

At 20 W. 64th St. Information: +1-212-595-1313.

Saturday Night

Franz Welser-Most leads the Cleveland Orchestra in Anton Bruckner’s luminous Symphony No. 8, nicknamed “Apocalyptic.”

Master of the large-scale form, the Austrian composer created works that at the time were considered radical and confusing. Well-meaning advisers suggested cuts and revisions to make the symphonies more listener-friendly, and Bruckner dutifully complied.

Welser-Most brings the original 1887 version, which he and his band recently released on DVD.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. Information: +1-212-721-6500;


There are the sexy fantasies of 14-year old Evgenij Kozlov, found in his “Leningrad Album” and photographs of female German factory workers by Helga Paris.

The collective Chto Delat? gives us a timeline of the Soviet Bloc’s collapse, while Phil Collins interviews Marxist teachers who are left reeling after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

More than 50 artists from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics are represented in the New Museum’s ambitious exhibition.

“Ostalgie” is a German word that can describe a feeling of nostalgia for the Communist era during a time of tectonic shifts in ideology.

“Ostalgia” runs through Sept. 25th at 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

Sunday Evening

Eight bald white aliens with eye-popping ruby lips will serenade you -- and may make you sing, too. They want to get back to Planet Voca and their spaceship runs on musical energy.

Combining acapella, comedy and the art of the beat box, “Voca People” will take you through a time warp of 70 famous tunes, from Handel to Madonna, with a movie medley thrown in -- think Pink Panther and James Bond.

Here’s your chance to participate in the “first intergalactic show.”

At the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

(With assistance from Jacob Henkoff. 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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