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Agenda Top Pick Art sensation takes a new tack
Banks Violette

Barbara Gladstone, Opens today; Profile

"Will Violette get out of the black-velvet-lined coffin for good?” Karen Rosenberg—who this week profiles the artist, known for works inspired by murder-suicides and Scandinavian black metal (like the earlier one above)—would like to know. Starting today, you can decide for yourself: The 34-year-old is debuting “a landscape of sculptural forms—broken grids and mirrors, scatterings of fluorescent tubes,” supplemented with low-frequency audio, courtesy of Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, that Violette says makes it feel as if “space is evacuating.” (But not your bowels—we think.)


   
Populist Hilariously bad movies compiled
Cult Camp Classics Vols. 1–4
 
Tired of tact? Sick of subtlety? (Annoyed by alliteration?) Indulge your taste for idiot plots and horrible costume changes with these four ridiculous box sets of camp classics. Sure, it’s a way to repackage terrible movies—but some of these are gloriously, hilariously terrible. Take 1958’s Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman: You’ve seen the poster, but did you know she used her radiation-triggered size to smite her philandering husband? It's like Betty Friedan playing Godzilla!

Warner Home Video
$29.98
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Indieist Sibling duo tour without grandma
Fiery Furnaces
 
Putting out an album featuring your grandma’s scratchy rambles about the good old days is about the least hip thing you can do, which is why we only loved this head-scratching sibling act more after they released Rehearsing the Choir two years ago. The prolific Friedbergers—vocalist (and Alex Kapranos paramour) Eleanor and keyboardist Matthew—drop their latest, Widow City, in October. Sadly, their babushka Olga Sarantos is sitting out this summer tour.

Maxwell’s
June 30
Studio B
July 1
Both 9 p.m.
Both $15
Tickets  »

     
Square Ron Weasley triumphs
Driving Lessons
 
Known mainly for playing Harry Potter’s sidekick Ron Weasley, Rupert Grint is a classic redheaded stepchild. But the actor proves he’s every bit Daniel Radcliffe’s equal in this tight British drama, one of 2006’s most underrated films. Echoing Harold & Maude, director Jeremy Brock pairs Grint with Julie Waters—as a shy teenager and a washed-up grande dame, respectively. It’s an old-fashioned film about old-fashioned friendship, with classic values: brilliant acting, sharp script, utter authenticity.

Sony Pictures
On sale
July 3
$24.96
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Werner Herzog's
Rescue Dawn

A POW escapee finds himself in the impenetrable Laotian jungle in the Grizzly Man director's new flick. We're giving away 25 tickets, plus copies of the soundtrack. Enter now!

   
Aesthete Season passes will sell out
Next Wave Festival
 
Every year, tickets sell out fast for BAM’s always innovative Next Wave Festival—and for good reason. Pick up a season pass now and you won’t get shut out of new dance pieces by John Jasperse Company and Taiwan’s incredible Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Isaac Julien’s new multimedia piece, or the world premiere of BQE, indie icon Sufjan Stevens’s new one-man musical piece about, yep, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

BAM
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Kids Take 'em back to the old school
Turntablist Sessions
 
Earn points with your cooler-than-thou tween: Haul a picnic to Nas’s neighborhood—the projects across from the park are hip-hop ground zero—and spend the evening listening to the turntable champs cut, scratch, and open a window into the old school. This is part four in a monthlong series, where you’ll see legends like DJ Steve Dee, inventor of “beat juggling”; a 14-year-old named DJ A Plus (no doubt legendary in his middle school); and, naturally, break-dancers.

Queensbridge Park
5:30 p.m.
More info  »

     
 
 

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