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NYC Weekend: ‘Modern’ Vampire, Renee Fleming, Brit ‘Bull’

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April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Soprano Renee Fleming presents the world premiere of a song cycle, Vampire Weekend sings new tunes and potty-mouth Sarah Silverman does stand-up.

NIGHT LIFE

The Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival has music and film curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of indie rockers The National. Headliners include the Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, plus there’s a big dance party on Saturday. Runs through April 27 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave. Information: http://www.crossingbrooklynferry.com.

Hear Vampire Weekend at the Roseland Ballroom on Sunday. There’ll be new tunes from their latest album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” plus favorites like “A-Punk” and “Oxford Comma.” If you can’t get in, catch the American Express Unstaged live-stream directed by Steve Buscemi. At 239 W. 52nd St. Information: +1-212-307-7171; http://www.roselandballroom.com. Live-stream: http://www.youtube.com/americanexpressmusic.

Sarah Silverman is appearing at the Wellmont Theatre on Friday. Not for the earnest or easily offended, the show is sure to feature race and religion jokes. At 5 Seymour St., Montclair, New Jersey. Information: http://www.wellmonttheatre.com.

ART

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s poignant Civil War exhibition gathers photos and memorabilia depicting battlefields, ruins, emancipated slaves, burial parties and fallen comrades. “Photography and the American Civil War” runs through Sept. 2 at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

In a series of prints he produced in 1984, Andy Warhol referred to turn-of-the-century graphic images created by Edvard Munch, including “The Scream.” Opening Saturday, a show at Scandinavia House brings together works by both artists. “Munch/Warhol and the Multiple Image” runs through July 27 at 58 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-779-3587; http://www.scandinaviahouse.org.

MUSIC

On Friday, Renee Fleming joins the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert for the world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s “The Strand Settings.” The composer will be on hand at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert talk. Also on the program: Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” At Carnegie Hall, 7th Ave and 57th St. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.

Another world premiere takes place on Saturday at Carnegie Hall, when Gabriel Kahane plays “Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States” with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Also on the program, Schoenberg’s gorgeous “Verklate Nacht.”

Hear Janacek’s charming “The Cunning Little Vixen” at the Juilliard School on Sunday. The opera is directed by Emma Griffin and conducted by Anne Manson. Runs through May 2 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 W. 65th St. Information: +1-212-799-5000; http://www.juilliard.edu.

STAGE

Office politics get red hot in Mike Bartlett’s “Bull,” which features three candidates chasing two jobs. It’s part of the Brits Off Broadway fest. In previews at 59E59 Theaters for a May 2 opening. Information: +1-212-279-4200; http://britsoffbroadway.com.

A promiscuous daughter brings home a new boyfriend. That’s the premise of Bob Glaudini’s “A Family for All Occasions,” directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. In previews at the Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank St., for a May 12 opening. Information: +1-212-513-1080; http://labtheater.org.

OUTDOORS

Take in the flowering trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend, as well as “Sakura Matsuri,” a celebration of Japanese culture including drumming, samurai sword fighting and ikebana flower arranging. At 150 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-623-7200; http://www.bbg.org.

LOOKING AHEAD

The 9th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature kicks off on April 29 and runs through May 5, bringing more than 100 writers, philosophers and intellectuals to the city for a variety of events and happenings. Bravery is this year’s theme. At various venues. Information: http://worldvoices.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 theater.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at

zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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