NYC Weekend: CMJ, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Giant Pumpkins

Arcade Fire
Regine Chassagne, from left, Marika Anthony-Shaw and Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The band performs as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. Photographer: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Our weekend picks are:


The CMJ Music Marathon is underway at various places throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn -- Arcade Fire is set to appear at a mystery venue on Saturday. Panels and seminars offer advice on such topics as surviving in the crowd-sourcing age. Runs through Oct. 19. Information:

Pearl Jam stops at Barclays Center on Friday and Saturday on a tour in support of their latest album “Lightning Bolt.” Frontman Eddie Vedder can still howl. At 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-917-618-6700;

R&B dynamo Janelle Monae appears at the Apollo Theater on Friday. Her new album is “The Electric Lady,” and that’s what you get in the energetic physicality of her show. At 253 W. 126th St. Information: +1-800-745-3000;


Check out the giant pumpkins from around the world -- some weigh more than 1,800 pounds! -- now on display at the New York Botanical Garden. On Saturday and Sunday master carver Ray Villafane and his team will transform the orange behemoths into weird scary creatures. It’s part of the Haunted Pumpkin Garden, up until Halloween. At 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700;


Julie Taymor directs Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Theatre for a New Audience. The production inaugurates the company’s spanking new performance space, the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, in downtown Brooklyn. See for yourself, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” In previews at 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Information: +1-866-811-4111;

“Fun Home” is the new musical by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Playing as a kid at the Bechdel Funeral Home is only part of it. In previews at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., for an Oct. 22 opening. Information: +1-212-967-7555;


Every 60 seconds a human organ is sold on the black market. “Tales from the Organ Trade,” along with some 40 other intriguing projects, is part of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, which runs through Oct. 20 at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St. Information: +1-212-769-5100;


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center just opened its season. On Sunday, the group plays great piano quartets at Alice Tully Hall. At Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5788;

The splendid Kirill Gerstein plays Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the New York Philharmonic on Friday afternoon and Saturday. On the podium is Semyon Bychkov, who’ll also conduct the monumental Shostakovich Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5672;


Performance artist Chris Burden had himself nailed to a Volkswagen Beetle. He’s also been shot, electrocuted and kicked down the stairs. “Extreme Measures” runs through Jan. 12 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. Information: +1-212-219-1222;

Meditating on African traditions, sci-fi, the porn industry and fashion, Wangechi Mutu creates large-scale collages depicting female figures in exotic environments. The first U.S. survey of her work is at the Brooklyn Museum through March 9. At 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-638-5000;


The San Francisco Ballet presents NYC premieres by Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky and Helgi Tomasson. Next week it’s Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length “Cinderella.” Runs through Oct. 27 at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-870-5570;

Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings Rosas, her Belgium-based company, to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this weekend as part of the Next Wave Festival. She presents two companion works, “En Atendant” and “Cesena,” set to medieval vocal music. At 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100;


Swing by The East Pole, created by the folks behind The Fat Radish on Orchard Street. Begin with a dozen oysters and then move on to Chicken Kiev. Try the Tradewind Cup, a heady mix of rum, orgeat, Varnelli Anise, lime and bitters. At 133 E. 65th Street. Information: +1-212-249-2222;

Party at the VIP Room NYC. a new European-style nightclub in the Meatpacking District. Started by Jean-Roch in Paris, it’s since opened in St. Tropez, Cannes, Monaco and Dubai. To help you get in the swing, there’s a 100-foot LED wall. At 409 W. 13th St. Information: +1-212-255-5344;

(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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