Head out to Randall’s Island for the first New York Frieze Art Fair, where more than 180 contemporary galleries have set up shop in a big tent.
Don’t miss Paul McCarthy’s blue “White Snow Dwarf, Sleepy #1 (Midget)” at Hauser & Wirth. You can take him home for $950,000.
Ernesto Neto’s “I wanna bite you, Baby!” is part of the riverside Sculpture Park.
Grab some sustenance at Frankies Spuntino, Sant Ambroeus and Fat Radish.
Through May 7. Information: +1-646-246-2837; http://friezenewyork.com.
For the 138th running of The Kentucky Derby don your finest millinery, eat Burgoo stew, and watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” New York-style.
Rye House will serve classic mint juleps in silver cups and not-so-classic ones made with silver tequila as a nod to Cinco de Mayo.
At 11 W. 17th St. Information: +1-212-255-7260.
Chef Reagan Angelle is making his famous crayfish fritters and mini hot browns at Gravy.
The winner of the hat contest gets a bottle of bourbon -- Willet Single Barrel 964.
At 32 E. 21st St. Information: +1-212-600-2105.
The next best thing to being at Churchill Downs might be the party at Eleven Madison Park.
Lucky guests will graze at the raw bar, sample Chef Daniel Humm’s scrumptious fried chicken, kick it up with two live bluegrass bands and support New York Horse Rescue with a silent auction.
At 11 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-889-0905.
Aaron and Bryce Dessner, of The National fame, have put together the new music festival “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”
Highlights include Atlas Sound and Beirut.
You can also catch more out-there groups such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang and Thieving Irons, as well as DJs and movies.
At the Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.
For the more theatrically inclined, BAM is also offering Jonathan Pryce in Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker.”
He plays a mordant homeless man who is offered a job by two working-class brothers, played by Alan Cox and Alex Hassell, with unsettling results.
Opening tonight at the Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn; runs through June 17. Information: -718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.
Expect razzle dazzle as passionate Russian Yefim Bronfman plays the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic.
Also on the program, Tchaikovsky’s fateful Fourth Symphony and the more jovial “Carnival” Overture by Dvorak.
Music Director Alan Gilbert is on the podium.
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org.
Opening today is “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language,” a group show of 12 contemporary artists working with the concept of the word.
Among those represented are Tauba Auerbach, Karl Holmqvist and Experimental Jetset.
There’s also a historical section devoted to earlier artists, such as Marcel Duchamp and Carl Andre.
Runs through at August 27 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400; http://www.moma.org.
Visit with nine life-size Qin dynasty tomb statues outfitted with weapons and armor, each individualized with a moustache or a hand-made nose.
Buried with the ruler 2,000 years ago, the soldiers were supposed to eternally patrol the afterlife, but they were dug up during the 20th century.
Discovery Times Square has mounted “Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor,” which also includes more than 200 ancient artifacts.
Runs through August 26 at 226 W. 44th St. Information: +1-886-987-9692; http://www.discoverytsx.com.
The spring season of the New York City Ballet is under way.
Today it’s a program devoted to Jerome Robbins. Set to the music of Ravel, “In G Major” is an exceptionally sensual pas de deux, while “The Cage” offers female insects killing their mates.
The May 10 gala features world premieres from Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied.
At the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-496-0600; http://www.nycballet.com.
Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music festival begins Monday night with the Houston Symphony in an all-Shostakovich concert: his Symphony No. 11 and “Antiformalist Rayok.”
The six participating North American orchestras were selected on the basis of their imaginative programming: Edmonton, for example, has three U.S. premieres and Martinu’s Symphony No. 1.
Tickets are $25, and you can hear all 6 concerts for a cool $100.
At 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.
(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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