Great music at the Governors Ball, the country’s top pitmasters and Dennis Hopper photos are among Muse weekend highlights.
Kanye West, Kings of Leon and, yes, Guns N’ Roses headline at the Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island this weekend, and there are plenty of other great bands on the lineup, including Feist, Nas, Animal Collective, the XX and Grizzly Bear. Food booths range from Luke’s Lobster to Pie for the People, plus there are also art installations and lawn games. Runs through June 9. Information: http://governorsballmusicfestival.com.
Also under way, the Blue Note Jazz Festival is at various venues around town. Tamia is at Highline Ballroom Saturday night with material from her new album, “Beautiful Surprise.” Sunday, check out Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, an 18-piece band inspired by the great Icelandic musician. Runs through June 30. Information: http://bluenotejazzfestival.com.
The Guggenheim Museum is showing abstract work from between the wars by Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Leger and Francis Picabia. The exhibition’s title is from Paul Klee’s 1936 painting “New Harmony,” in which he explores color and music. Runs through Sept. 8 at 1071 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3587; http://www.guggenheim.org.
Boxing was a popular sport in antiquity, making it into the Olympic games in 688 B.C. The Hellenistic bronze statue “Boxer at Rest,” likely buried by the Romans to protect it from the barbarians, was excavated in 1885. His wounds drip blood -- represented by inlaid copper -- his nose is broken and his lips are scarred. You can see the spectacular pugilist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until July 15 as part of the “2013: Year of Italian Culture in the U.S.” initiative. At 1000 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
In 1961, Dennis Hopper got a Nikon from his first wife as a birthday gift -- he used it to snap everyone from Paul Newman and Jane Fonda to Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein and Jefferson Airplane and the Byrds. In addition to portraits, here are hippies, Civil Rights marches and bullfights. Runs through June 22 at Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-744-2313; http://www.gagosian.com.
A drum circle opens the Princeton Festival Saturday afternoon, followed by Lustig Dance Theatre and a youth orchestra performing Rossini, Dvorak and Wagner. The Bruce Barth Trio appears on Sunday. Later in June, see “The Flying Dutchman,” hear chamber and choral music, attend lectures and special events. Runs through June 30 at various venues. Information: +1-609-759-0379; http://www.princetonfestival.org.
Luigi Dallapiccola wrote “Il Prigoniero” (The Prisoner) between 1944 and 1948 to express his rage at political oppression. The splendid Gerald Finley sings the title role with the New York Philharmonic on Saturday. Also on the program, Lisa Batiashvili performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Alan Gilbert is on the podium. At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org.
Simone Dinnerstein performs her thrilling version of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” Sunday night at Le Poisson Rouge. It’s part of the downtown music venue’s fifth anniversary -- “serving art and alcohol.” At 158 Bleecker St. Information: +1-212-505-3474; http://www.lepoissonrouge.com.
“The Explorers Club” tells the story of stout-hearted adventurers who quail at the idea of admitting a gorgeous woman who has discovered a fabled lost city. The comedy was written by Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) and directed by Marc Bruni. In previews at City Center, Stage I, 131 W. 55th St., for a June 20 opening. Information: +1-212-581-1212; http://www.nycitycenter.org.
Jake is a cute four-year-old who enjoys dressing up as Cinderella. Can he make it into one of the crazily competitive New York private schools? Carla Gugino and Peter Grosz star in the new play by Daniel Pearle. “A Kid Like Jake” is in previews at LCT3, Lincoln Center, for a June 17 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.lct.org.
The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is at Madison Square Park this weekend, featuring Texas pitmasters from the Salt Lick, Hill Country and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, among others, who’ll be serving up ribs, sausage and brisket. There’s a beer garden, live music and cooking demonstrations. At Madison Ave. between 23rd and 26th Streets. Information: +1-646-747-0584; http://bigapplebbq.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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