Epic three-day dance festival Electric Zoo kicks off today on Randall’s Island with DJ Tiesto headlining the main stage.
Packed with huge names that specialize in delivering euphoria, the weekend’s line-up runs the gamut from David Guetta’s straight-up dance to the slinky, spooky rhythms of British blog-star SBTRKT.
On Friday, the four stages are packed with diversity: what to choose -- Rusko’s grinding dubstep or Josh Wink’s techno-house, the dance-punk of MSTRKRFT or Moby’s DJ set?
These are good problems to have.
Begins at 11 a.m. on Randall’s Island Park, located along the East River between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.
If hip hop is more your speed, get over to Governors Island for the Rock the Bells festival, which boasts a roster of more than 30 acts spanning east to west coast.
New York City’s own Nas headlines alongside reclusive performers Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu.
Also packed on the bill are Mobb Deep’s eerie menace, the loping rhymes of Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s Black Star and Cypress Hill’s West Coast wit.
Doors open at noon. Take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St.
Head over to Pier 84 for the annual Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition.
The hard-working vessels will go all out to win for speed, but there are also nose-to-nose and line-tossing contests, as well as awards for the best-looking tug and best mascot.
The parade starts at 10 a.m., the race from 79th St. at 10:30 a.m., with lunch and music at noon.
Activities on the pier and on a spectator boat at the foot of W. 44th St.
Information: +1-212-757-1600; http://www.workingharbor.com.
Mike McAlary was a tough and funny New York City reporter who liked chasing the story wherever it took him.
He skipped his own chemotherapy session to interview a hospitalized Abner Louima, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his Daily News expose of police brutality.
McAlary died a few months later at 41. Filmmaker Dan Klores has written “The Wood,” slang for a front-page headline, about his friend. John Viscardi brings him to life.
Runs through Oct. 9 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place.
Information: +1-212-627-2556; http://www.rattlestick.org.
Watch the lights twinkle on as the sun sets over the Hudson. Jon Morris and his team at the Windmill Factory mounted 217 LED capsules on the remnants of a pier to resemble constellations.
Engineered by Google’s Adam Berenzweig, “Reflecting the Stars” reminds us of the light pollution that masks the night sky for more and more of the world.
At Pier 49, Hudson River Park at Bank St., until the end of Oct. when the sun can no longer power the installation.
Information: +1-818-987-9435; http://www.thewindmillfactory.com.
Then wander over to Annisa for a glass of Sancerre and stuffed zucchini blossoms with chickpeas, cheese and mint chutney.
Leave room for Anita Lo’s famous poppyseed bread pudding with Meyer lemon curd.
13 Barrow St., near W. 4th St. Information: +1-212-741-6699.
A poignant commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks is the 9/11 Peace Story Quilt by Faith Ringgold and New York City students.
Three 71-by-50 inch panels, each with 12 squares, contain reproductions of art work created by kids riffing on the question: “What will you do for peace?”
Ringgold learned the art from her grandmother, who had learned it from her mother, a former slave. She has been constructing story quilts since 1983, many of which are in the permanent collections of major museums.
Special programs on Sept. 11; runs until Jan. 22 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
Founded in 1697, Trinity Church stands at the intersection of Wall St. and Broadway, and it provided refuge for people fleeing the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
In commemoration, the church offers a week of concerts to honor the memory of the dead and the heroic efforts of first responders and recovery workers.
Today at 1 p.m. the choir and orchestra conducted by Julian Wachner present Bach cantatas, including “Jesu meine Freude” and the Actus Tragicus.
74 Trinity Place. Information: +1-212-602-0800; http://www.trinitywallstreet.org.
(With assistance from Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)