Rapture, Freud’s Fatso, Batali’s Beer, Gandhara: N.Y. Weekend

"Vision of a Buddha's Paradise." Photographer: Peter Oszvald/Asia Society via Bloomberg

For some cheeky fun tonight, attend the New York premiere of “Renard” choreographed by Mark Morris. With evocative Russian melodies, Stravinsky’s music provides humor and drama for the age-old story of the fox in the henhouse.

Set and costumes are by the clever Maira Kalman, so hens appear in poodle skirts a la 1955, with ID t-shirts for the fox, cock, cat and goat.

Part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, at the Rose Theater in the Time Warner Center, Broadway and 60th St. 7:30 p.m.

Another festival choice this evening is Nelson Freire playing Beethoven’s serenely beautiful Fourth Piano Concerto.

Stravinsky’s classical Symphony in C rounds out the program, with Louis Langree conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Arrive at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert Brahms recital by the Katz-Shteinberg Duo.

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


After a break-down in U.S.-Pakistani relations, the treasures almost didn’t make it out of Lahore and Karachi, but now 75 Buddhist Gandharan works are on view at the Asia Society.

The trade routes made this a cosmopolitan place 2,000 years ago. Look for the winsome gold figurine of Aphrodite, a brooch showing Eros reclining on a blossom and a statue of the fearsome infant-gobbling goddess Hariti.

Don’t miss the magnificent fourth-century relief “Vision of a Buddha’s Paradise.” His hands in the gesture of teaching, the enlightened one sits in the center, surrounded by a host of bodhisattvas and worshippers.

Runs through Oct. 30 at 725 Park Avenue. Information: +1-212-288-6400; http://asiasociety.org.

Saturday Matinee

Simon Russell Beale is London cabbie Jimmy MacNeill, who listens to the stories of his drunken and neurotic passengers.

Everything changes when he picks up his estranged wife, Clare.

This is the American premiere of “Bluebird,” savvy British playwright Simon Stephens’s earliest work.

By the way, the title refers not to the bird, but to the cab in which the action takes place.

In previews at the Atlantic Theater Company, Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St., opening Aug. 22. Information: +1-212-279-4200; http://www.atlantictheater.org.

For refreshment, head up to Birreria, the roof-top beer garden and brewery at Mario Batali’s Eataly.

Order an unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated cask ale and a Biroldo sausage. Enjoy the view of the Empire State Building.

200 Fifth Ave. at 23rd St. Information: +1-212-937-8910.

Saturday Night

With their single, “How Deep Is Your Love,” leading the pack for best of the year, the Rapture have been stoking their audience into anticipatory sweats and hip-thrusts.

Lead man Luke Jenner and company play the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, debuting material from their first album in five years, “In the Grace of Your Love.”

Masters of dance-rock, the trio has shifted gears this time with disco-inflected rhythms and squalling sax solos. Jenner’s plaintive tenor still beckons you to the floor, so expect to leave the hall soaked.

Bring your own cowbell -- you’ll need it.

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-486-5400; http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com.


Revel in the flesh at the Metropolitan Museum’s “Homage to Lucian Freud,” where 17 of the master’s paintings are installed, most from anonymous collections.

There’s the Met’s own “Naked Man, Back View” (1991-92), a portrait of the large performance artist Leigh Bowery. “And the Bridegroom” (1993) shows a pale and naked young girl sleeping next to Bowery.

And of course there’s Sue Tilley, the even larger female benefits supervisor. Her portrait sold for $33.6 million at auction in 2008, the highest price ever for a work by a living artist.

The grandson of Sigmund Freud, with a reputation as a rake and gambler, the artist died last month at 88.

Runs through Dec. 31 at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

Sunday Afternoon & Evening

Feel like hearing James Joyce-inspired popular songs? You’re in luck -- “Araby,” by Church of Betty founder Christopher Rael, is part of this year’s New York International Fringe Festival.

Accompanied by a chamber ensemble and video projections, Joyce’s Dubliners sing about life, love and angst.

Noon at the Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La Mama, 74A E. 4th St.

Feel like a musical comedy based on “The Brady Bunch,” “The Partridge Family” and the works of Shakespeare? Stick around for “The Bardy Bunch,” by Stephen Garvey.

Set in the summer of 1974, the show features the two sit-com families singing, dancing and killing one another off in dramatic style.

Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa at 8:45 p.m., 74A E. 4th St.

The Festival runs through Aug. 28 with more than 200 events at venues around town. All tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Good luck! Information: http://fringenyc.org.

(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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