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Agenda Top Pick Punk legend plays between screenings
John Doe

BAM Café; $10; Following the 6:40 p.m. screening; Tickets

As founder of X, the super-influential L.A. punk band—not to mention a regular on the sci-fi show Roswell!—the John Doe we know and love could not be any further from anonymous. Which is why we’re giddy that he’s performing a rare solo set between BAM’s screenings of X: The Unheard Music, a nonlinear documentary that mirrors the band’s iconoclastic spirit as it presents its early history. The concert’s free if you buy a ticket to the movie.


   
Populist Hip-hop-loving country boys get tender
Somewhere Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace
 
Big & Rich have sold 4 million albums, and you, city slicker, may not have even heard of them. The rowdy pop-country combo roll with a dude called Two Foot Fred, rhyme singing with bling blinging, and had their biggest hit to date with the instant classic “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Check out their tender new album, especially the grown-up ballad “Lost in This Moment,” and find out how the other half lives.

Big & Rich
Warner Bros.
$18.98
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Indieist Writers rap about the Dirty South
From Crunk to Bass to Screw: The Origins of Third Coast Hip-Hop
 
We always called it the Dirty South, but we’re not mad at Roni Sarig for arguing that hip-hop’s “third coast” deserves the same kind of recognition as the South Bronx. In Third Coast: Outkast, Timbaland, and How Hip-Hop Became a Southern Thing, the veteran music journalist takes usback to the pre-“Hotlanta” streets, nightclubs, and record shops. Tonight he’ll rap with XXL editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson and writer Jon Caramanica.

Housing Works Used Book Café
7 p.m.
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Square Big-deal biographer tells Einstein’s secrets
Einstein: His Life and Universe
 
Einstein didn’t fail math. But he did discuss the use of “Spartan’s method”—where you leave a sick child out on a mountain to die—when his son Eduard fell ill. Tonight, former CNN CEO and current Time columnist Walter Isaacson discusses the lesser-known, less-than-perfect details of the genius’ life. (His recent book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, tells the whole story.) Isaacson makes dense subjects fun, so expect gossip about Einstein’s wife and his days as a lowly patent clerk.

Walter Isaacson
New-York Historical Society
6:30 p.m.
$8–$15
Tickets  »

     
Aesthete Artist won’t tell us to fuck off
This Is a Work of Fiction …
 
William Powhida is taking his career into his own hands. Luckily, his wit, irony, and uncanny ability to skew the art world in dead-on fashion save his wordy cartoons from being mean-spirited, silly, or boring. On one list labeled “Things Not to Do,” we couldn’t help noticing that after an item that read, “Cry in public,” another simply said, “Tell Jerry Saltz to fuck off.”

William Powhida
Schroeder Romero
Through
June 9
In Vulture  » More info  »

     
Kids Ancient Greece gets a modern treatment
Gods, Myths, and Mortals
 
A proper accounting of ancient Greece isn’t kid stuff—did you see 300? This $1.6 million exhibit plays down the full-frontal nudity and avoids adultery and murder all together. Younger ones can experience Homer’s Odyssey, starting with an escape-the-Cyclops field filled with life-size fuzzy sheep. Older kids will want to examine a model of the Antikythera mechanism, a 2,000-year-old bit of scientific machinery believed to have tracked planetary movement. Corny parents get to say, “It’s all Greek to me!”

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31
$6–$9 (infants free)
More info  »

     
 
 

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