Weekend Agenda: Music, Mermaids and Picasso (6.17-6.19)

06/17/2011 05:13 pm ET | Updated Aug 17, 2011

It's that part of summer where lavish roof-top parties along with the funky odor of dead fish begin to work their strange, strange spell. So to help keep things real, we've put together a list of great stuff to make this weekend feel like it’s part of an unrealistic feel-good novel, and not the Great Gatsby.

L’Amour Fou: Picassao and Marie-Thérèse @ Gagosian
What: A pellucid look at Picasso and his steamy relationship with muse/lover Marie-Thérèse
Why: It’s heavy on the risqué, light on the blasé, (it’s maybe even a little outré) and it has all of us saying “ouais! ouais!”
When: Friday and Saturday 10AM-6PM
Where: 522 W 21st St.; 212-741-1717

Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island
What: It's a NYC institution--freaks, hot girls, and freaky hot girls (and guys) all come out to show off the insane Mermaid Costumes they've been constructing since December.
Why: It's Brooklyn at its best: good old, mildly trashy exuberance. Plus, the mermaids in Brooklyn like wearing pasties.
When: Saturday, 2PM--5:30ish. Rain or shine.
Where: Coney Island. (Take the D, F, N or Q subway to Stillwell Avenue; map of route)

Governor's Ball @ Governor’s Island
What: It's basically a giant barbecue, except the music comes from live bands like "Girl Talk" and "Big Boi," and not that crappy boom-box.
Why: Volleyball, beer, 12 hours of live (awesome) music, food carts, and lovely Governor's Island.
When: Saturday, 11:15 AM--11 PM
Where: Governor's Island. (see here about the ferry)

Gay Pride Rally
What: Pride Week kicks off--Support the gays. See great bands. Listen to cool people talk. (Free!)
Why: It won’t be the thrilling procession of bikinis, leather, and feathers like you’ll find at the Parade, but the awesome OH LAND is headlining, and there’s motivating speakers to boot.
When: Saturday, 3 PM--6 PM
Where: 72nd St. & 5th Ave. @ Rumsey Playfield Central Park

Bang on a Can Marathon
What: 13 hours of live music that hops wildly from electronica to world-music to indie-rock
Why: It’s free, live, genre-bending, mind-bending, music. Mkay?
When: Sunday, 11 AM--12 Midnight.
Where: World Financial Center, Winter Garden; 220 Vesey St.; 212-417-7000

And don't forget Sunday is Father's Day! Check this out for some ideas.

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