NYC Weekend: Bob Dylan, Batali Chefs, Bushwick Party

Bob Dylan on tour, a block party in Bushwick and a celebration of Swiss National Day at the Central Park Zoo are among Muse highlights this weekend.


Bob Dylan’s Americanarama tour hits Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, where you can expect to hear his greatest hits -- deconstructed. Also performing: Wilco, Beck and Ryan Bingham. At 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, New York. Information: +1-516-785-1600;

Beat the heat at the 4th annual Bushwick Block Party on Saturday beginning at noon. The ever-reliable party starters Tiki Disco kick things off; then catch some rhymes by the stellar Action Bronson and shake it for Pictureplane. There’s food by Roberta’s, Brooklyn Star, Momo Yakitori, Red Hook Lobster, among others. Don’t forget to pop into the photo booth and sign up for the bikini kegstand contest. At Moore St. between Bogart and White Streets, Brooklyn. Information:


Visit the Central Park Zoo on Saturday evening when it hosts Swiss National Day. There will be music making, wine tasting, a sea lion demonstration and an appearance by cutting-edge robot Rezero. Chef Reto Mathis’s food includes fisch chnuschperli (deep-fried fish), cheese tartlets and nussgipfel (croissant with nuts). Information:

Have an al fresco family dinner at the New York Botanical Garden on Sunday, with a three-course meal, including mozzarella di bufala and strip steak with charred fennel salad, whipped up by Mario Batali chefs Cruz Goler of Lupa and Babbo’s Frank Langello. There will also be gardening, crafts and cooking demonstrations. At 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700;


Leon Botstein has found another worthy unknown work: Russian composer Sergey Taneyev’s “Oresteia,” based on the ill-fated House of Atreus. The imaginative Thaddeus Strassberger directs the U.S. premiere, with Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. Part of Bard SummerScape, the opera’s first performance is on Friday. Runs through Aug. 4 at the Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Information: +1-845-758-7900;

It’s time for the Mostly Mozart Festival and you can get a free preview on Saturday night, when Louis Langree conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come basis beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. at Avery Fisher Hall. Opening night is Monday, and the Festival runs at various venues through Aug. 24. Information: +1-212-721-6500;


There’s a new musical based on the Bard’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” about men who rashly decide to swear off women. With songs by Michael Friedman, it’s directed by Alex Timbers. You can see it at the Delacorte Theater in the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production. In previews for an Aug. 12 opening, the show runs through Aug. 18. Information: +1-212-967-7555;

Head to Chelsea for the Irish Rep’s superbly cast, intimate revival of “The Weir” (****). Set in an inviting pub, Conor McPherson’s engaging ghost story actually merits the accolade “haunting.” Runs through Sept. 8 at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St. Information: +1-212-727-2737;


Don’t miss the moving Walker Evans show at the Museum of Modern Art. Displaying people and places during the Depression, it celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first one-person photography exhibition at the museum along with the landmark catalog. Runs through Jan. 26 at 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

See a rug that’s concrete, a black grill too tall to be usable and moldy mattresses made of colored and cast silicone. These are among the amusing works in a group show of 15 artists curated by Neville Wakefield. “Mixed Message Media” runs through Aug. 2. at the Gladstone Gallery, 515 W. 24th St. Information: +1-212-206-9300;


Have a cold brew at the new Flatiron Hall, where Scotch Ale, Quad Bock and ten others are on tap. There are pastrami reuben spring rolls, smoked rib eye sandwiches and tater tots with bacon and cheddar. At 38 W. 26th St. Information: +1-646-790-3200;

Brooklyn has yet another adventurous eatery in Greenpoint’s Luksus at Torst. An alum of Momofuku, Noma and The Fat Duck, chef Daniel Burns offers such dishes as lamb breast with sunchoke puree on the tasting menu. For dessert, there’s rhubarb mousse topped with pea and anise-hyssop sorbet. At 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-389-6034;

(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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