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Agenda Newsletter - May 3, 2007

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Agenda Top Pick Rediscover the original rich-teen dramarama
Beverly Hills 90210: The Second Season
$54.99; Buy it

We waited sixteen not-so-sweet years for season one to appear on disc, but now the joy’s coming fast and furious. You might worry that compared to The Hills, 90210 will seem hopelessly square. It will indeed—gloriously so. Check out season two: Pregnancy scares! Dylan’s dad gets busted! The kids unearth a time capsule and imagine their own lives 50 years in the future! (Curiously, they don’t envision serial unemployment.) It was the dawn of the nineties, and, yes, it was sweet.


   
Populist Hear Joey Lawrence's Broadway splash
Chicago
 
He's not as sexy as Usher or as leathery as Huey Lewis, but Joey Lawrence—who leaps into the role of shyster Billy Flynn starting tomorrow—is at least as slick as his pop-star predecessors. And we already know he can kind of sing: Remember the '93 hit "Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix"? Expect the former Blossom boy to turn on the razzle-dazzle—this isn't just a Broadway debut, it’s a quest for legitimacy. Ambassador Theatre
$47.50–$111.25

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Indieist Get a crash course in Brooklyn design
The Stoop Series
 
Perhaps you've heard (from us!) that there's a design boom in Brooklyn. But are those conceptual chairs, green-friendly tables, and sculptural lamps art ... or just, you know, furniture? At tonight's Stoop Series, New York Strategist editor Janet Ozzard, Scrapile designer Bart Bettencourt, InHabitat founder Jill Fehrenbacher, and Bklyn Designs organizer Karen Auster will decide whether this is a design renaissance or simply an influx of scruffy knitters and clever Dumpster divers. Rotunda Gallery
Today
7 p.m.
Free

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Square Bug out to this apocalyptic tall tale
The Pesthouse
 
Just when we thought the apocalypse-lit boomlet had gone the way of a nuke-ravaged society (Cormac McCarthy's The Road seemed to have capped it with that Pulitzer), this lyrical novel reintroduced us to the pleasures of imagining our annihilation. Crace's distant-future America looks like Dark Ages Europe with a Mad Max backdrop—and Europe is supposedly a civilized land where a pair of travelers hopes to find refuge. It's like manifest destiny—in reverse! By Jim Crace
Doubleday/
Nan A. Talese
$24.95

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Lee Marvin: The Coolest Lethal Weapon
at the Walter Reade Theater

Bona fide badass Lee Marvin (The Professionals, The Dirty Dozen) gets a long overdue retrospective. Want tickets to see all of his films? Take a chance now

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Aesthete Watch a choreographer revitalize this opera
Orfeo ed Euridice
 
You wouldn’t be wrong to go see Gluck’s early masterwork because it’s the Met’s first new opera in 35 years, with Isaac Mizrahi–designed costumes, renowned countertenor David Daniels in the lead, and the too rarely seen James Levine at the podium. But we’re psyched less for the singing than the choreography by director Mark Morris. He’s the master of refreshing music that might otherwise seem stodgy, making him the perfect match for a mid-1700s opera not exactly known for showy numbers. Metropolitan Opera
Through
May 12
$295–$375

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Kids Get them talking about books at this reading
BAMfamily Book Brunch
 
"For kids, authors are superstars," says BAM event coordinator Suzanne Youngerman. "Not for the celebrity aspect of it, but to hear great minds say where they got their ideas." (This also helps explain SpongeBob’s enduring appeal.) The superstars on hand tomorrow? Author Walter Dean Myers and his illustrator son, Christopher, who will discuss their bebop poetry collection, Jazz. Speaking of jazz, you’ll even be able to improvise lunch—there’s a hot buffet. Brooklyn Academy of Music
May 5
11:30 a.m–
2 p.m.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
On Broadway
Circle in the Square Theatre, w. 50th St (between B’way & 8th Ave)

Performance schedule: Tues 7; Wed 2; Th-Fri 8; Sat 2 & 8; Sun 3 & 7:30

"A Riotously Funny and Remarkably Ingenious Musical Comedy." – The New York Times