Today is the start of Madison Avenue Watch Week, offering the latest technologies from such makers as Porsche Design and Breguet, along with antique and historic timepieces.
The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Gallery of Watches tent on 64th St. and Madison Ave. Activities take place between 57th and 86th Streets. Information: +1-212-861-2055; http://www.madisonavenuewatchweek.com.
Get refreshed at Rouge Tomate: Try the cucumber cooler and Maine lobster salad with rhubarb-ginger vinaigrette.
At 10 E. 60th St. Information: +1-646-237-8977.
Blain/Di Donna presents “Andre Masson: The Mythology of Desire,” the first major New York survey of the French Surrealist painter in nearly 40 years.
On the second floor of the Carlyle Hotel, 981 Madison Ave. through June 15, 2012. Information: +1-212-259-0444; http://www.blaindidonna.com.
A quick trip across the park brings you to an exhibition of recent work by Marilyn Perry, who once headed up the Kress Foundation and energized the World Monuments Fund.
Inspired by nature, her seascapes, deserts and mists at dawn capture the world’s surpassing beauty. A few glistening works are done in the complex encaustic technique featuring hot wax and pigments.
Runs through May 2 at 25 CPW Gallery, corner of 62nd Street. Information: +1-212-203-0250; http://www.25cpw.org.
A worthy five-decade survey of paintings by the French master Jean Helion is on view at Schroeder Romero & Shredder.
Runs through June 30 at 531 W. 26th St. Information: +1-212-630-0722; http://www.srandsgallery.com.
John Lithgow channels powerful, old-style Washington pundit Joseph Alsop, swept away by the ‘60s waves of change and his own nastiness.
“The Columnist” was written by David Auburn, author of the smart and moving “Proof.”
At the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://thecolumnistbroadway.com.
Indie band Death Cab for Cutie rolls into the Beacon Theatre this weekend in support of “Codes and Keys.”
The show also features San Francisco-based Magik*Magik Orchestra and Youth Lagoon.
At 2124 Broadway. Information: +1-212-465-6500; http://www.beacontheatre.com.
Bang on a Can celebrates its 25th anniversary with a bash at Alice Tully Hall, including the Asphalt Orchestra, Gamelan Galak Tika and Christian Marclay.
You’ll hear works by Frank Zappa, as well as by Bang founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe.
At 1941 Broadway, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5050; http://bangonacan.org.
Take a look at Albrecht Durer’s exquisite self-portrait, created on the same page as his study of a hand and a wrinkled pillow.
It’s part of the exhibition mounted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art of some 100 drawings from its own collection.
“Durer and Beyond” runs through Sept. 3 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
John Corigliano’s clever “Ghosts of Versailles” takes the stage at the Manhattan School of Music in a scaled-down version.
Premiered at the Met in 1991, the opera features a spectral Marie-Antoinette, Count Almaviva, Figaro, and, for good measure, Beaumarchais himself.
At 120 Claremont Ave. Information: +1-917-493-4428; http://www.msmnyc.edu.
Juilliard also focuses on Mozart, with the often genial Stephen Wadsworth directing “Don Giovanni.” JeongCheol Cha is the serial lover, while Alexander Hajek keeps his appointment book (in Spain, his master has already scored with 1,003 ).
At 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. Information: +1-212-769-7406. http://events.juilliard.edu.
Check out the reconstituted Shins at Terminal 5, playing in support of their acclaimed new album “Port of Morrow.”
Frontman James Mercer writes sophisticated poppy tunes about life’s simple pleasures.
At 610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600; http://www.terminal5nyc.com.
Monday: Looking Ahead
More than 100 writers from 25 countries will talk and read this week in venues all over town.
The 2012 PEN World Voices Festival begins Monday at 7:30 p.m. with a sunset Parade of Illuminations on the High Line starring giant bibliomorphic puppets.
The 10 p.m. reception at the Standard Hotel features the U.S. premiere of Kevin Malone’s “A Clockwork Orange Operetta,” based on recently discovered lyrics by Anthony Burgess.
The Standard Hotel is at 848 Washington St. Information: +1-212-334-1660; http://www.pen.org.
(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
Muse highlights include Lewis Lapham’s podcast and Jeremy Gerard on Broadway.