NYC Best: BBQ Pitmeisters, Electric Zoo, Rock the Bells

Skrillex at the Samsung Galaxy S III Launch in New York. The electronic music producer will be among some 100 performers at the 3-day Electric Zoo event on Randall's Island. Photographer: Theo Wargo/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Dance your way through the weekend at the Electric Zoo.

Move to techno, trance, house, dubstep and indie at music festival on Randall’s Island.

More than 100 performers -- ranging from Axwell to Skrillex and Tiesto -- will be entertaining the crowd of determined party animals.

For non-stop action, join the after-parties each day at the Best Buy Theater and Roseland Ballroom.

Runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. rain or shine. Information:

Prefer hip-hop? The East coast edition of Rock the Bells features some 3 dozen artists on two stages.

There’s upcoming talent J.Cole and Tinie Tempah as well as veterans Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa and headliner Nas.

Don’t miss Deltron 3030.

Doors open at 11 a.m. rain or shine.

The festival takes place at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Information:

Saturday Afternoon

It’s a pork-lover’s heaven at Pig Island as master chefs cook up locally raised hogs.

The animals come from Mosefund Farm, Raven and Boar, Fossil Farms, Autumn’s Harvest Farms and other specialty sources.

Dinosaur BBQ’s John Stage, Hecho en Dumbo’s Danny Mena and Casa Mono’s Anthony Sasso are among the culinary experts preparing the meat.

Craft beer by Sixpoint, along with New York wines and cider, complete the porcine feast.

From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Colonel’s Row, Governors Island. Information:

Saturday Night

Silent-screen hero Charlie Chaplin makes it to Broadway.

The new musical about the rags-to-riches life of “The Tramp” stars Rob McClure.

Jenn Colella is Hedda Hopper, who set out to ruin Chaplin for his liberal politics and scandalous love life, while Erin Mackey is Oona O’Neill, the star’s fourth young wife, who finally brought him marital happiness.

The musical was written by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan and directed by Warren Carlyle.

In previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., for a Sept. 10 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


Head down to Greenwich Village for the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

Now in its 82nd year, the show started during the Depression when Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning couldn’t pay their rent. They put work out on the sidewalk in hopes of selling some pieces.

Now artists from all over the world are represented in the plein air presentation.

Runs through Sept. 9. Information: +1-212-982-6255;

Sunday Afternoon

Take a stroll along the High Line and pay a visit to Erwin Wurm’s “Big Kastenmann” or “Big Box Man.”

The quirky Austrian artist’s New York debut is an 18-foot-tall businessman with no head. Made of cast aluminum, he’s wearing a suit jacket splashed with pink paint, but no pants.

The box man is standing sentry just outside the Standard Hotel, which is offering a limited edition of a print by Wurm called “Pee on Someone’s Rug,” from his 2003 series “Instructions on How to Be Politically Incorrect.”

At 848 Washington St. at 13th St. Information: +1-212-645-4646;

Stop by Keith McNally’s bistro Pastis for a Pimm’s Royal and seared tuna Nicoise.

At 9 Ninth Ave. Information: +1-212-929-4844.

Sunday Evening

In “Detroit,” David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan star as a suburban couple who make friends with the recovering addicts next door, played by Darren Pettie and Sarah Sokolovic.

Friendly backyard barbeques will never be the same.

Written by Lisa D’Amour, the dark comedy was directed by Anne Kauffman.

In previews at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., for a Sept. 18 opening. Information: +1-212-279-4200;


In 1930-31, archeologists discovered an untouched underground tomb at the Kharga Oasis in Egypt with three reused wooden coffins.

In one, they found the wrapped body of a young woman, her hair decoratively braided. At one shoulder was a basket containing grave goods, including a coin of Nero.

At the other, strung with nine necklaces, was the body of her newborn baby.

Objects from the site can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, open on this holiday Monday.

You can also get a last look at exhibitions closing on Labor Day: “Durer and Beyond,” “Bellini, Titian and Lotto” and “Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings.”

“Objects from the Kharga Oasis” runs through Aug. 4, 2013 at 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Have a late lunch at the Mark, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s elegant East Side eatery.

Start with a kumquat mojito and then dig in to the steamed shrimp salad, with avocado and enoki mushrooms.

At 25 E. 77th St. Information: +1-212-606-3030.

Monday Evening

Grab a chair in Lincoln Center Plaza for the free HD screening of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena.”

Anna Netrebko has the title role in the new production by David McVicar that opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011-2012 season.

Ildar Abdrazakov is the fickle Henry VIII, whose lustful attentions have moved on to another woman.

Marco Armiliato is on the podium.

Starts at 7:30 p.m. Information: +1-212-362-6000;

(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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