Meat and greet.
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
What: Mow down Western Tennessee-style whole hog, Texas salt and pepper beef ribs, and other ’cue creations from sixteen of the nation’s top pit masters.
Why: Maker’s Mark tastings, head-to-tail pork snack demos, and side seminars like Corn: the Great Comrade.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Park, Madison Ave., b/t 23rd & 26th Sts. Admission is free; plates are $8.
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities
What: More than 25 contemporary artists construct microscopic universes out of dioramas, snow globes, videos, and site-specific installations.
Why: Oil-based exam room paintings, Barbie’s demolished beauty salon, and a pint-size Canal Street corner.
When: Thru Sept. 18.
Where: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Cir., at Eighth Ave. (212-299-7777).
Ice Cream Pedicure
What: Treat yourself to a scented soak, chocolate scrub, caramel mask, and sweet paint job ($45).
Why: Enjoy a choco-vanilla pop during the extended leg rubdown.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Eve Salon, 55 W. 8th St., b/t Sixth Ave. & MacDougal St. (212-807-8054).
What: Ten movers and shakers from the Trisha Brown Dance Company take to great heights for an improvised routine.
Why: Chain reactions, reversing patterns, and serious aerial flow.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 7 p.m.
Where: Rooftops surrounding the southern end of the High Line, b/t W. 13th & Gansevoort Sts. Event is free.
What: Rookie restaurateurs open their culinary ode to Spain in a gorgeous 90-seat space. Ask to sit in the tree-shaded greenhouse, rain or shine (the roof is retractable).
Why: Stick to tapas (fried shishito peppers, marinated olives) or go all out (paella with shrimp, clams, monkfish, calamari, and scallops).
When: Opens today. Sun.-Wed., 5:30-11 p.m.; Thurs., 5:30-midnight; Fri. & Sat., 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 136 Ninth Ave., at 18th St. (212-776-1990).
The Soldier’s Tale
What: Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects and Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra put a modern-day spin on Stravinsky’s theatrical masterpiece.
Why: In this version, our strapping young hero meets his princess on the reality TV show Who Wants to Marry an Heiress?
When: Thru Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Where: Michael Schimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Pace University, 3 Spruce St., b/t William & Gold Sts. Tickets ($20) online at ovationtix.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Big Apple Barbecue