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Agenda Top Pick Fela Kuti’s son keeps it radical
Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80

S.O.B.'s; July 1; 9 p.m.; $30 Tickets; Concert video

Finding a corrupt Nigerian government official is easy; finding a musician willing to criticize him is a little more difficult. When that musician is the youngest son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, we can't help but take notice. Seun Kuti, the heir apparent to His Royal Highness of Bad, makes his North American debut fronting the Egypt 80, many of whose members (including Seun’s mother) were in Fela's original band. This show will sell out, and soon—buy your tickets now.


   
Populist Knocked Up actress makes funny videos
Charlyne Yi
 
Seth Rogen deserves all the raves he’s gotten for Knocked Up—but what about that gawky doofus Charlyne Yi, who steals each of her scenes? The 21-year-old stand-up comic, whose credits include the “Dorky Girl” on Cold Case, has broken through the L.A. club scene—and online, where her bizarre brand of Todd Solondz–meets–Lily Tomlin bits can be savored (see her MySpace page). Highlights: Man on the Street, Ring My Bell, and the one-minute horror flick The Cave!!

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Indieist Rockers actually hail from outside New York
Heartless Bastards and Illinois
 
Heartless Bastards is a misnomer, to say the least: Front woman Erika Wennerstrom’s voice jumps nimbly from pathos to passion, making her Cincinnati lament-rock trio the perfect soundtrack for a lonely Midwestern diner waitress or anybody having an aimless Friday night. And don’t miss opening act Illinois, the ukuleleist-fronted blog-rock stars (from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, of course). Their giddy, fuzzy indie folk makes a perfect counterpoint to the grown-up Bastards.

Bowery Ballroom
June 16
$15
8 p.m.
Tickets  »

     
Square Author revives favorite character, reads
Armistead Maupin
 
Maupin swore he'd never write another installment in his landmark fiction series on gay life in San Francisco. We’re delighted to report that he was lying. In Michael Tolliver Lives, Maupin’s protagonist is surviving his HIV and shacking up with a married man. Other characters have moved on to care for aging parents, raise rebel bloggers, and even relocate to Connecticut. Maupin’s warmth, wit, and insight remain intact, and it’s a rare treat to see him in New York.

Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St
Tonight
7 p.m.
More info  »

     
   

Battles at Studio B
Hear them do that robo-chipmunk from their new album, Mirrored, live! We've got a pair of tickets for you. Sign Up to Win Them Now!

   
Aesthete International up-and-comers help launch new gallery
Oliver Twist
 
This new Lower East Side gallery, which operates out of a large, funky space with breathtaking views of the Manhattan Bridge, was founded on very promising idea: Joel Mesler is renting the space to galleries from L.A., Berlin, and London, and they’ll showcase their up-and-coming artists here. Catch this enticing group show, which draws on all the galleries. Rental is the coming-to-America story played out in the art world. Follow it.

Rental
Closes
June 16
More info
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Kids Actors give inside view of their craft
Love’s Labour’s Lost
 
These free workshop-performance combos were such a big hit last summer that they’re doing twice as many of them this year—and taking on no less than Shakespeare. Using relay races and other warm-up exercises, actors from this season’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost will help kids learn the plotline and show them how to prepare for the stage. “The deadliest thing about Shakespeare is high-school Shakespeare teachers,” artistic director Stephen Burdman says.

Family Workshop
Central Park Children's Glade
Through
June 24
More info  »

     
 
 

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