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Agenda Top Pick Navigate an industry mêleé
How to Actually See a Movie at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 26–May 6; $14–$25 and free; tickets on sale now

We're overwhelmed by this year's expanded lineup, too, and not just because Ricki Lake gives birth in Business of Being Born (there are over 200 films!). Vigilante drama The Gardener of Eden and poker comedy The Grand dominate the buzz and have sold out—get tickets at the door. Book now for Tuya's Wedding, which wowed the Berlin Film Fest, or the Donkey Kong doc King of Kong, which wowed us (get more picks here). And for details on the still-to-be-announced free Spider-Man 3 premieres, keep checking our daily "Web" coverage.


   
Populist See this musical before it opens
Legally Blonde
 
We'll leave it to New York theater critic Jeremy McCarter to dissect the finer points of this musical adaptation of the charming movie. But we will say this: Woooooo! That about sums up the mood at an early preview, where cult fans and newbies alike loved the show, roaring to a spastic tribute to Lord of the Dance, and the antics of not one but two scene-stealing stage dogs. Palace Theater
Previews through April 28
$40–$110
Buy tickets
     
Indieist Download this album
Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare
 
The Best Band Since the Beatles (or Maybe Oasis) might not be bigger than Jesus, but the anticipation for their second album at least ranks them with Santa Claus. So Merry Christmas: Today the manic rhythms and cheeky lyrics that ignited the hype return—along with the sunny, almost mellow "Fluorescent Adolescent," the track to skip to. And we say that the barreling single "Brianstorm" proves they've got superpowers. Out today
Domino
$9.99
More info
     
Square Start planning for a classical summer
New York Philharmonic
 
Go ahead and have your little July 4 cookout, but celebrate Independence Day for real on the 7th, stretched out on a lawn, listening to the “1812 Overture” thundering from a world-class orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s cannons will top off a night that includes Sousa, Bernstein, and “Peter and the Wolf”—something like fireworks.
(Tickets on sale  today at 10 a.m.)
Ticket alert
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 7
$30–$95
Buy tickets

     
   

Modest Mouse
at the United Palace

The indie mainstays return to New York in support of their new album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, on April 29. Want tickets and a copy of the album? Take a chance now

   
   
Aesthete Line up for this art flick
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
 
Tonight’s your second-to-last chance to catch Mary Jordan’s downtown hit about performance-art progenitor Jack Smith. Who’s that? The hugely influential Smith was a rival to (and collaborator with) Andy Warhol and, according to New York film critic David Edelstein, dreamed up a—yowza—"exotically and flamingly pansexual" brand of underground cinema. This surprisingly coherent film makes sense of the madness, exploring Smith's paranoid bridge-burning and, yes, eventual downfall. Film Forum
Closes April 24
$10.50
Get showtimes

     
Kids Read a fresh take on a superhero
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane
 
The Spider-Man 3 marketing push invades New York next week, so there’s scant time to introduce your favorite impressionable tween to the web-slinger. Seeing the franchise through high schooler Mary Jane Watson’s eyes, as we so deliciously do in this hardcover collection, freshens the superhero genre in a way no ridiculously epic battle could. The story’s deep, the dialogue spot-on, and the trailer won't give everything away. By Sean McKeever and Takeshi Miyazawa
Marvel
Out now
$20
Buy this book

     
 
 

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LITTLE ORCHESTRA
May 1, 7:30pm
The Town Hall
Tickets: $20/ $10

The Little Orchestra Society and Music Director Dino Anagnost perform a thrilling evening of music by Antonio Vivaldi entitled Vivaldi's Venice. The concert features the American premiere of Dixit Dominus and violin concertos performed by international award-winner Asmira Woodward-Paige. For tickets, call 212.971.9500. Code NYAG.