Our picks for the weekend:
Mother Monster Lady Gaga opens the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The line-up at the Barclays Center includes Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry. No ticket, no worries: watch it on TV at 9 p.m. New York time. Information: +1-817-618-6700; http://www.barclayscenter.com.
Check out Afropunk Fest this weekend, with Jean Grae, Danny Brown, Big Freedia, Death, The Dust Rays and Mykki Blanco, among a slew of others. There’s a skate park, bike show and food trucks galore, and the fun moves out into the streets, bars and restaurants of Fort Greene for Afropunk After Dark. At Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn. Information: http://afropunkfest.com.
Orlando Bloom goes from the big screen to the stage as he takes on Shakespeare’s Romeo in his Broadway debut. Juliet is Condola Rashad in the revival directed by David Leveaux. Previews begin Saturday at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., for a Sept. 19 opening. Information: +1-212-221-1211l; http://richardrodgerstheatre.com.
“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” by Anne Washburn, riffs on “The Simpsons.” After a catastrophe destroys the U.S., survivors memorize the “Cape Feare” episode, but over the decades, it morphs to reflect the changing world. Previews begin Friday at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., for a Sept. 15 opening. Information: +1-212-279-4200; http://www.playwrightshorizons.org.
Hear Louis Langree conduct the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in the composer’s last three symphonies on Friday and Saturday. Summer’s over -- this is the closing weekend. At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://www.mostlymozart.org.
Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen showcases her Latin side at 54 Below this weekend. The Choro Aventuroso band made up of Brazilian musicians presents songs ranging from jazz to samba. Leny Andrade joins Cohen on Friday and Saturday nights at 254 W. 54th Street. Information: +1-646-476-3551; http://54below.com.
Julia Margaret Cameron’s photos of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle and lesser beings captured the Victorian soul. At the Met through Jan. 5 at 1000 Fifth. Ave. Information: +1-212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
Enjoy a languid afternoon at the Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. on Pier 84. Brother Jimmy’s, Dinosaur and Delaney Barbeque provide the eats, while Lucky Peterson, Nikki Hill and the Heritage Blues Orchestra bring the music. Information: http://www.hudsonriverpark.org.
WINING & DINING
Chef Shaun Hergatt’s new restaurant Juni has Hudson Valley foie gras with peach tartar and pistachio dust, plus Montauk striper with nasturtium emulsion and mint oil. Per Se alum Mina Pizarro creates the desserts. At 12 E. 31st St. Information: +1-212-995-8599.
Or try the Island Creek oysters at Virgola, an alleyway transformed by Morandi’s Joseph Marazzo into a sexy date place, with a menu that includes meat and cheese plates, ceviche and tartar, chocolate truffles and berries. At 28 Greenwich Ave. Information: http://www.virgolanyc.com.
(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 Greg Evans on movies.