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Agenda Top Pick Downtown darlings lose it
Gone Missing

The Civilians; Barrow Street Theatre; June 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m.;
$45; Tickets

We all get caught up in the little things we lose—a scarf, a cell phone—but the Civilians are the first to make a funny and poignant show out of it. Working from a method they call "documentary cabaret"—interviewing people to create a script, then adding gorgeous songs by Michael Friedman—director Steve Cosson fashioned this meditation on things misplaced and discovered. The sparkling cast, long the darlings of downtown theater, do the rooting around.


   
Populist Cringe-y comic previews next CD
Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal
 
For Birbiglia, stupidness plus time equals comedy. Onstage and in his Web-video series, Secret Public Journal, he brings it like this: "I was moving a new bed into my apartment, and a woman that lived in the building opened the door with her key. And she goes, 'I'm not worried, because a rapist wouldn't have a bed like that.' Now, what I should have said was nothing. What I did say was, 'You'd be surprised.'"

Mo Pitkins
8:30 p.m.
$6
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Indieist Author has visiting hours
Bridget Kinsella
 
Kinsella, lit agent and author of Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside, knows a good story when she experiences it. After her marriage fell apart when her husband came out, she found herself mentoring a literary jailbird who was in for life, then falling into a long-term relationship with him. She uses her own incredible story to explore the convicts' girlfriends and wives around her, each with a tale as compelling as her own.

Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway
7 p.m.
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Square Hot again, Ono looks back
Yoko Ono
 
Your thing or not, we have Yoko Ono's new CDs, Yes, I'm a Witch and Open Your Box—ingenious, ground-up remixes of her songs by name indie and dance types respectively—to thank for this rare talk. Likely inspired by clubland’s recent embrace of her legacy, the famously oblique artist, musician, and pop philosopher will open up tonight and walk us through her eventful life, one whose reverberations are often felt but too rarely discussed.

In Conversation With Anthony DeCurtis
92nd Street Y
8 p.m.
$35
21 Questions for Ono  »
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Aesthete Classic film advocates revolution
If…
 
This late-sixties classic about a student revolt at a British boarding school is delightfully anarchic and famously quotable (“One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place”). An early work of Lindsay Anderson’s, the movie stars a baby-faced Malcolm McDowell as the iconic upstart Mick Travis, rebelling against oppressive schoolmasters and conformist students—in scenes bordering on the surreal, and jumping from black-and-white to color.

The Criterion Collection
Out June 19
$39.95
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Kids Show them what Disney won't
Mermaid Parade
 
If the idea of your little prince posing for photos with a scantily clad mer-queen strikes you as progressive parenting, then find the glue gun: Coney Island’s annual bacchanalian spectacle is Saturday, and this may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a creative kid to join in. Not many children compete, but that just means an eye patch and smattering of sequins puts them in the running for a prize. Coney Island will be "Coney Island" soon enough.

June 23
2 p.m.
Coney Island
$10, $5 for kids to participate More info »
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