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Agenda Top Pick Graffiti comes alive in arty short
Fission

Kun-I Chang; Watch

One of the most exciting shorts to come out of New York in years involved five months spent “rotoscoping” in a Long Island warehouse. Whatever that means, it amounts to four minutes and 53 seconds of restless, vibrant imagery. Recent School of Visual Arts grad Kun-I Chang explores a quintessentially NYC concept: A young man (Jamil Shamasdin) imagines himself as graffiti on the wall, where he mutates into different environments, genres, and even media. Your move, Splasher.


   
Populist Enjoy the semi-classy rap awards
BET Awards
 
Between Krazyie Bone getting stomped and Young Buck being charged with stabbing a dude, it makes unfortunate sense that the Source and Vibe Awards hog the mainstream media spotlight. Meanwhile, the BET Awards stay drama-free like Mary J. Blige, and last year’s event was history’s all-time top-rated cable telecast in black households. Beyoncé, T.I., and 50 Cent perform tonight; Robin Thicke, the first Best Male R&B Artist nominee sired by an actor from Growing Pains, also appears.

BET
8 p.m.

     
Indieist Give this trashy flick a chance
Black Snake Moan
 
“Wouldn’t you have chained Anna Nicole to your radiator if you could have saved her?” David Edelstein asked, defending this crazy-provocative exploitation flick from Craig Brewer. Samuel L. Jackson’s messianic blues singer used one such radiator to cure a Daisy Duked, nymphomaniacal Christina Ricci of her sexual "wickedness." The movie is even more over-the-top than Brewer's Hustle & Flow, just as bafflingly uplifting—and now available to watch in the privacy of your own home, on DVD.

Paramount Home Video
On sale today
$29.99
Review  » Buy it  »

     
Square Catch Broadway classics before lights-out
Company and Radio Golf
 
It's time again for acclaimed shows that have soldiered on through the Tonys in hopes of one last boost to finally pack it in. Unlike the suddenly Schreiber-less Talk Radio, these two shows—brilliant and highly enjoyable in very different ways—will reward last-minute shoppers with their entire casts intact. So whether you'd prefer the Tony-winning, minimalist crooning of Sondheim (Company) or the closing piece of August Wilson's epic journey through African America (Radio Golf), or both for that matter, you'd better act fast.

Company
Barrymore Theatre
Tickets »
Radio Golf
Cort Theatre
Tickets »
Both close
July 1
$31.25–$111.25

     
Aesthete Werner Herzog on what he was thinking
Of Walking in Ice
 
What was Werner Herzog thinking? It’s a question that’s been asked time and time again. With the new edition of his long-out-of-print diary, we can now, at least, find out what was going through his mind when he decided to walk 500 miles on foot between Munich and Paris. The limited-edition travelogue includes his bizarre observations on pretzels, swans, and pornography as well as serious meditations on travel and death.

Werner Herzog
Free Association
$25
Herzog's influences  »
Buy it  »

     
Kids Cats perform kung fu outdoors
Films at Fort Greene:
Cats and Dogs
 
Maybe you weren’t in the market for family films in the summer of 2001. Or perhaps you picked Shrek over this wacky spy thriller about a cat-dog war. If so, tonight’s your chance to see CG cats perform kung fu moves—on a larger-than-life screen, under the summer sky. Bonus: Get a jump on July 4 by checking out the park’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, which contains the bones of Revolutionary War patriots.

Fort Greene Park
8 p.m.
More info  »

     
 
 

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