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July 28, 2012

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Spectators at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater's "Into the Woods" runs through Aug. 25, 2012. Photographer: Joseph Moran/Public Theater via Bloomberg

Snoop Dogg, the Black Keys and TV on the Radio will have hip-hop, rock and reggae fans flocking to Randall’s Island for the first Catalpa NYC festival. More than 40 acts perform during the two-day event.

High Times magazine curates the reggae stage featuring Ras Droppa, while Frisky’s Church of Sham Marriages has its “pimp pastor” ready to wed anybody who turns up.

Don’t miss “The Afterburner,” a construction housing DJs that shoots 30-foot flame balls into the air.

Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Information: http://www.catalpanyc.com.

Saturday Musicals

It’s the final weekend of the NY Musical Theatre Festival, but you still have plenty of shows to catch.

How about “Zapata!” -- in which the Mexican revolutionary hero appears to aid Occupy Wall Streeters?

Or maybe the story of a retired kosher butcher and a lesbian writing teacher -- “A Letter to Harvey Milk?”

Most tickets are $25. Shows at various venues. Information: +1-212-664-0979; http://www.nymf.org.

Saturday Night

With her ethereal beauty, Diao Chan can make men do as she pleases, and in “Feng Yi Ting,” what she wants is a sexual coup d’etat.

When she meets one lover, Lu Bu, in the Phoenix Pavilion, she persuades him to murder the other.

Soprano Shen Tiemei and countertenor Jiang Qihu star in Guo Wenjing’s opera, with direction by Atom Egoyan.

Part of the Lincoln Center Festival, it’s at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 59th St. Information: +1- 212-721-6500; http://lincolncenterfestival.org.

Or you can actually go into the woods to see “Into the Woods,” now in previews at Central Park’s open-air Delacorte Theater.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s mordant take on fairy- tale happy endings stars Amy Adams as the Baker’s Wife and Donna Murphy as the Witch.

Part of Shakespeare in the Park’s 50th anniversary season, the musical opens Aug. 9. Information: +1-212-539-8750; http://shakespeareinthepark.org.

End up at Cafe Lalo for an iced decaf cappuccino with a slice of raspberry chocolate velvet cake.

At 201 W. 83rd St. Information: +1-212-496-6031

Sunday

Lyonel Feininger created comic books for kids, Sophie Taeuber-Arp made puppets, while Marcel Breuer built chairs.

In the new show at the Museum of Modern Art, design for children takes center stage: there are LEGO blocks, the Slinky and the Etch-a-Sketch, as well as nods to Disneyland and Barbie’s Dream House.

Exploited, idealized, consumerized, children are a major modern preoccupation, and in this exhibition you’ll be able to see the cultural evolution of thinking about them.

“Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” runs through Nov. 5 at 11 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-708-9400; http://www.moma.org.

Stop for brunch at the French-inflected Brasserie. Start with a cucumber gimlet and then dig into a Lobster Cobb.

At 100 E. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-751-4840.

Sunday Matinee

“Bullet for Adolf” is Woody Harrelson’s baby -- he co- wrote the play and with it makes his Off-Broadway directorial debut.

The comedy is based on an unlikely friendship that formed in 1983 Houston between Woody and black New Yorker Frankie Hyman.

The World War II artifact of the title is, however, pure fiction.

In previews at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. for an Aug. 9 opening; runs through Sept. 9. Information: +1-212-239- 6200; http://www.bulletforadolf.com.

Sunday Evening

Check out “I Love Bob,” an evening of toe-tapping physical comedy that follows the adventures of an ordinary guy who saves the Statue of Liberty.

It’s Parallel Exit’s latest full-length dance piece, choreographed by Ray Hesselink and directed by the troupe’s founder Mark Lonergan.

Starring as the clueless Bob, Ryan Kasprzak sends up Gene Kelly, among other classic performers.

There are also clever topical references to Wall Street, foreclosures, unemployment and greedy real estate magnates.

At Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St. Information: +1-212-242-0800; http://www.joyce.org.

For post-show sustenance, try Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen.

Consider peekytoe crab and squash blossom tempura.

At 99 Prince St. Information: +1-212-966-5454.

(Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include book and film reviews.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zinta Lundborg at zlundborg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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