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Agenda Top Pick Three wives enter second season
Big Love
Season two premiere; HBO; 9 p.m.

Bill Henrickson’s wives beat Tony Soprano’s gumars any day of the week. And tonight, they’re back. Last we heard, the polygamist family—living lavishly outside of Salt Lake City, their ruin plotted by disgruntled elders—were faced with the outing of wife numero uno, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), by another contender in a Mother of the Year competition. Everything … is about … to change. And yes, we’ll admit that we’ve been reading Margene’s flashback blog.


   
Populist P. Diddy's butler chills out
C.O.L.O.U.R.S.
 
It was only a matter of time before P. Diddy's onetime personal assistant, famous for dancing with an umbrella, released an album. Recently signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, Fonzworth Bentley sounds something like a male Missy Elliot—a fine thing. On the title track of his forthcoming disc, C.O.L.O.U.R.S. (Cool Outrageous Lovers Of Uniquely Raw Style), the Access Hollywood fashion correspondent inquires, "Do you want caaashmere in the winter?" over the chillaxingest beat you’ll hear this summer.

Fonzworth Bentley feat. Pimp C and Lil Wayne
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Indieist Obsessive tracks the Criterion Collection
Criterion Contraption
 
What are you doing with your life? Matthew Dessem is watching every DVD in the fabled Criterion Collection—he started with their 1st release, Renoir's Grand Illusion, and is now on their 70th, The Last Temptation of Christ—and waxing on about them in his blog. Impressively so: "Critics often describe movies as visceral. If they haven't seen Salò, I respectfully submit that they don't know what the fuck they're talking about. This film literally made me vomit."

By Matthew Dessem
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Square Follow the Grateful Dead—virtually
The Dead Show
 
Were you too stoned to actually leave the house and follow the Grateful Dead on tour? Have we got the thing for you, friend: This weekly podcast of rare live recordings, courtesy of Columbia, Missouri’s KOPN (89.9), offers everything from a freaked-out version of “Cryptical Envelopment” captured at Alfred State College in 1970 to a fifteen-minute version of “Fire on the Mountain” from Ithaca in 1977. You weren’t going to start trailing String Cheese, were you?

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Björkestra
at HighLine Ballroom

Travis Sullivan's big band makes Björk's avant-pop even weirder. Take a chance now

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Aesthete Preview a best seller adapted to the screen
Evening
 
This adaptation of Susan Minot’s best-selling novel Evening has all the elements of an Hours-like blockbuster: A wealthy Newport family on the verge of dissolution! A dying woman looking back on love’s labors lost! An ambiguously gay young man who longs to be a writer! It’s also packed with some serious acting power: Hello, Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. After this special preview screening, Minot and Michael Cunningham will discuss their screenwriting collaboration.

Preview Screening
Walter Reade Theater
June 12
7:30 p.m.
$25
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Kids Plan a rock-and-roll morning
Dirty Sock Funtime Band
 
Not all kids’ music makes us want to upchuck. In fact, the Dirty Sock Funtime Band’s mix of funk, ska, and rock makes us recall times that we had the munchies as teenagers. Tomorrow morning, prepare to hear fan faves like “Don’t Take Our Brains” and “The Clowna Negila,” and have the kid wear her bathing suit—after the high-energy show, she’ll likely want to take a run under the park’s fifteen-foot-high water wheel.

Mad. Sq. Kids
Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn
June 12
10:30 a.m.
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