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Agenda Top Pick Global warming turns artist cold
White Walls

Andy Goldsworthy; Galerie Lelong; Closes June 16; Slideshow; More info

Andy Goldsworthy, known for his sensitive, ephemeral earth works, confronts global warming in this stark, violent indoor piece. The space resembles a bombed-out construction site: Goldsworthy coated all the walls with white porcelain, and the material dried, cracked, then fell off in great chunks. He’s basically turned the gallery into an amazing metaphor for the melting ice caps. You might’ve missed the walls actually collapsing, but the destruction is palpable.


   
Populist Broadway to make off with musical
In the Heights
 
If you can imagine the cast of Do the Right Thing mellowing out, learning Spanish, and bursting frequently into song, you’d get near In the Heights. Like Spike Lee’s joint, the musical is a fond portrait of a New York neighborhood; delightfully enough, it owes more to Big Pun than to Bernstein. The play’s creators will bring their sonic experiment to Broadway next year, after closing this production in July. See it now—and in ’08, after the retool.

37 Arts
$25–$85
Closes
July 15
Tickets  »

     
Indieist Professional funnywomen kick off SketchFest
Meat
 
Chicagoans fawn over the four-woman comedy troupe known as Meat, but we won’t hold that against the crew. Voted tops by the Onion, they’re just one of the acclaimed groups taking part in the third annual SketchFest, a weekend-long, Dane Cook–free event that promises more laughs than a season’s worth of Saturday Night Live (and at least as many as one episode of 30 Rock). Bonus: The fest finally goes international with the Canadian-funny Dance Party of Newfoundland.

SketchFest NYC
The East 13th Street Theater
June 8
10 p.m.
$10
Tickets  »

     
Square Beethoven standards elevated
Perspectives
 
It's not always the weirdo classical premieres that deserve investigation; there's plenty to mine in the standards. Take Beethoven's string quartets: The set of sixteen, composed over 28 years, is a touchstone for chamber groups, but it rarely gets the nuanced treatment the nation’s premier string quartet gives in its Perspectives series. The group is currently tracing the evolution of Beethoven's sound, pairing his work with later composers
—tonight, it’s Brahms and Ives.

Emerson String Quartet
Carnegie Hall
Through
June 12
$32–$79
Tickets  »

     
Aesthete Big-deal illustrators talk shop
The Stoop Series
 
Like Lost, this New York–sponsored series is going on hiatus until September. Unlike Lost, it’s an occasion for the coherent exchange of ideas. Tonight, contributing editor Logan Hill hosts Chris Myers, a multi-hyphenate artist who has won Caldecott Awards for his children’s-book illustrations, and Lauren Redniss, a Pulitzer-nominated cartoonist for her radical “Op Art” work in the New York Times, and the author of the collage book Century Girl. There’s even free booze.

The Rotunda Gallery
7 p.m.
In Vulture  » More info  »

     
Kids Kids theater taken seriously
The Milk Dragon
 
Nancy Swortzell, the septuagenarian artistic director of New Plays for Young Audiences at NYU, finds most children’s theater to be “junk.” Her series of previously unstaged works launches with The Milk Dragon, a political tale about a perfect world—although little ones will perceive it more as an “imagine that!” fantasy. (Next weekend brings a teen-centric adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and the weekend after, 1491, a mini-epic about life in fifteenth-century Spain.) Call to reserve tickets now.

Provincetown Playhouse
June 9 and 10
$5, kids free
More info  »

     
 
 

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