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NYC Best: Beck, Fiona Apple, Mermaid Parade, Kelly

Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple will be at the Governors Ball on Randall's Island on Sunday. Photographer: Francis Specker/Bloomberg News

“Help Wanted: Pirates!” packs a lot into a 50-minute drama, including mistaken identity, swordplay, audience participation and 10 pleasing songs by J. Sebastian Fabal.

The Sitters Studio production, directed by Mary Catherine Burke, is ideal for kids under 10 and their parents.

Expertise in pirating and British nautical history not required.

Saturday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. at the Magnet Theater, 254 W. 29th St. Information: +1-646-543-0278;

Nearby restaurant Seven offers burgers and Mac-n-cheese, but also rises to chilled lobster salad.

350 Seventh Ave. near 29th St. Information: +1-212-967-1919.

Saturday Afternoon

Beck, Fiona Apple, Kid Cudi and Passion Pit are just a few of the musical delights at this year’s Governors Ball on Randall’s Island.

The two-day festival rocks from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with beer and sustenance provided by food trucks and outposts of Luke’s Lobster, Mexicue and Asiadog, among others.

Amuse yourself with beer pong, photo booths and lawn games.

At Randall’s Island. Information:

Saturday Matinee

Alexei Ratmansky’s “Firebird” is being presented by the American Ballet Theatre as it continues its summer season.

Natalia Osipove dances the wily magic bird, who helps the hero defeat the evil sorcerer and win the girl.

Also on the program, Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream,” his take on the Shakespeare play with music by Felix Mendelssohn.

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

Saturday Parade

Head out to Coney Island for the 30th annual Mermaid Parade for the glittery and semi-nude participants, costumed as sea creatures, exotic birds and the occasional walking light house.

This year’s King Neptune is Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, former Howard Stern Show writer, while the Queen is Annabella Sciorra of “The Sopranos.”

Starts at 2 p.m. and runs from W. 21st St. and Surf Ave. to the Boardwalk at W. 15th St., Coney Island, Brooklyn.

The after party begins at 7 p.m. at the New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave. at W. 5th. Information: +1-718-372-5151;

Saturday Night

The New York Philharmonic ends its season with an all-Mozart concert.

Emanuel Ax plays the Piano Concerto No. 22, followed by a performance of the Mass in C Minor.

Alan Gilbert is on the podium.

At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656:

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” is being presented at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Lily Rabe plays smart, funny Rosalind, while Oliver Platt is the fool Touchstone in Daniel Sullivan’s country-western production. The music played by the live bluegrass band and composed by Steve Martin adds a special touch.

Runs through June 30. Information: +1-212-539-8750;


Ellsworth Kelly’s sculptures are on view at the Morgan Library and Museum, along with models and drawings that reveal the way he works.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing six decades of the artist’s plant drawings, a multitudinous array of seaweed, vines, flowers, fruit and leaves.

He was best known as a purely abstract painter, and the two shows highlight other sides of his creative practice.

The Kelly show runs through Sept. 9 at the Morgan, 225 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-685-0008;

The plant drawings are on view through Sept. 3 at the Met, 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Matinee

After a successful spring run, Frank Loesser’s “Most Happy Fella” is back at the Dicapo Opera.

In the intimate venue, no need to amplify the voices of the splendid cast, including Michael Corvino as the vineyard owner yearning for a young woman, here sung by Molly Mustonen.

Michael Capasso directed the lively production with Pacien Mazzagatti on the podium.

Runs through July 8 at Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 E. 76th St. Information: +1-212-868-4444;

Settle into the Cafe Boulud and order a glass of Chateau d’Oupia Rose as you ponder crispy duck breast or striped bass en paupiette with pommes puree and baby leeks.

At 20 E. 76th St. Information: +1-212-772-2600.

(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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