NYC Weekend: Drake, Patrick Stewart, Howl-O-Ween, Vermeer

Our weekend picks are:


Canadian rapper and full-time ladies man, Drake lights up the Prudential Center on Sunday. His tour includes Future as well as R&B wunderkind Miguel, so expect the atmosphere to be pheromonally charged. At 25 Lafayette St., Newark, NJ. Information: +1-973-757-6000;

Questlove, of The Roots, Jimmy Fallon’s late-night band, leads an all-star ensemble of electronic-music performers like Rahzel and How to Dress Well in “Electronium: The Future Was Then.” Part of the Next Wave Festival, it runs through Oct. 26 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100;


Pirate bulldogs, hairy Andy Warhols and Mutt Romneys strutted in the doggy Halloween parades last year -- look for Mileys and pooches in spacesuits this holiday season. Upstart barkers can be found during Howl-O-Ween at Greenpoint’s McCarren Park Dog run on Saturday afternoon. The venerable Tompkins Square Park celebrates its 23rd canine year in the East Village also on Saturday. Information:;


Ethan Hawke takes on the title role in “Macbeth,” where fair is foul, and foul is fair. In her U.S. debut, British actress Anne-Marie Duff plays his tough wife, while Jack O’Brien directs. In previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, for a Nov. 21 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart show how it’s done in Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” and “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. Also starring Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley. Previews begin Saturday for a Nov. 4 opening at the Cort Theatre, 138 w. 48th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

David Hyde Pierce stars in “The Landing,” a triptych of one-act musicals on love and loss by John Kander and his new partner, Greg Pierce (David’s nephew). At the Vineyard Theatre, 100 E. 17th St. Information: +1-212-353-0303;


Lincoln Center’s spiritual White Lights Festival just opened and runs through Nov. 23. On Saturday, hear Handel’s “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo” with Emmanuelle Haim conducting her Baroque band Le Concert D’Astree at Alice Tully Hall. Monday brings the music of Michel van der Aa at the Manhattan Center. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Helen Donath is the surprising and amusing septuagenarian star of “Baden-Baden 1927,” the new production of Gotham Chamber Opera. Who knew that Weill, Hindemith, Toch and Milhaud all contributed short entertainments to a festival in that paradise of magic waters and roulette tables? Donath is especially fine negotiating a treadmill as she heads to a whisky bar in Weill’s first stab at “Mahagonny.” Neal Goren conducts jauntily and Paul Curran directs. Runs through Oct. 29 at the Gerald W. Lynch Th


Vermeer’s lovely “Girl With a Pearl Earring” gets a room of her own at the Frick while she visits NYC. Her entourage of Rembrandt, Steen and Fabritius is also worth a good look. “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis” runs through Jan. 19 at the Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700;

Jean Paul Gaultier has dressed everyone from Beyonce to Marion Cotillard. Check out his avant-garde designs, including Madonna’s conical bra, at the Brooklyn Museum through Feb. 23. At 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-638-5000;


Stop by Masaharu Morimoto’s new place, Bisutoro, for the “Lost in Translation” cocktail, followed by yuzu-baked oysters and miso sea bass with kale. At 313 Church St. Information: +1-212-727-0644;

For a square meal on the Lower East Side, try Contra, where $55 gets you a five-course dinner by chefs Jeremiah Stone, late of Isa, and Fabian von Hauske, who worked at Noma. The modern American menu changes daily, but typically includes three savory dishes and two desserts, perhaps shallots with pickled fruit and ricotta, or guinea hen with broccoli. At 138 Orchard St. Information: +1-212-466-4633;

Indian feast “Cook, Pray, Eat,” whipped up by chef Jehangir Mehta on Saturday, is one of the highlights of the seventh annual New York City Food Film Festival. It’s simple: See the movies, dine on the cuisine. Running through Oct. 27 at the AMC Village 7 Theaters, the event benefits the Food Bank for NYC. Bloomberg LP is one of the sponsors. Information:

(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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