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Agenda Newsletter - July 6-8, 2007


Agenda Top Pick Celebrate 7/7/07 with a cosmic concert

Boredoms; Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park; July 7, 4 p.m.; Free
with RSVP

You didn’t think we’d let 7/7/07 pass without offering up an event worthy of the date’s mystical significance, did you? How’s this: A near-legendary Japanese band known for mind-bending noise jams (Boredoms) plays an outdoor show with 77 drummers from the rock underground. As if that weren’t enough, the drummers will be arranged in a spiral, with lower Manhattan and our two greatest bridges as a backdrop. See you on the other side …

Populist Surrender to robot warfare
Director Michael Bay has yet to make anything approaching a great movie—and Transformers won't change that. But two groups of people can’t miss this film: (1) Advertising execs who will be gobsmacked by the most bombastic product placement in film history. (2) Guys who love crazy, bloodthirsty robots. Thanks to Spielberg, the clanging, whizzing effects more than make up for the so-bad-it-must-be-Bay clichés.

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PopulistTickets still available for Live Earth.
PopulistTracy Morgan's writing partner cracks up Carolines.

Indieist The ultimate fan film comes to the big screen
Raiders of the Lost Ark:
The Adaptation
The premise could only have been cooked up in the mind of a teenager: a shot-by-shot reenactment—complete with lo-fi action stunts and special effects—of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A trio of kids from Mississippi created this hundred-minute film over a seven-year period, from 1982 to 1989, in the backyards and basements of their homes. The result might call for a hefty suspension of disbelief, but you have to admire the youthful ingenuity and perseverance behind it.

Anthology Film Archives
July 6 and 7
8 p.m.
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PopulistAbsinthe, Lady Sovereign pitch their Spiegeltent.
PopulistSee trance rockers Fujiya & Miyagi for free.

Square Revel in a classic cinematic catfight
Dietrich and Garbo:
Screen Goddesses
Long before Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears inspired rival tween camps, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo factionalized a certain strata of gay culture. Who was the greater artiste? Who was prettier? History still refuses to decide! You can take sides, albeit posthumously, at this retrospective resurrecting the feud in film. Think of it as the celluloid answer to summer camp.

Symphony Space
July 7–
Sept. 2
Sun. 6 p.m.
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PopulistThe New York Philharmonic plays Bethel Woods.
PopulistBands pay tribute to Woody Guthrie.


at Webster Hall

The Boston-based jam band are back together for several sold-out benefit shows. You still have a chance to see them. Enter to win now!

Aesthete A New York–sponsored lesson in kitsch, plus great indie rock
New York by New York
Bad Art Auction
Comedian Zach Galifianakis (the guy from the queef episode of The Sarah Silverman Program) is putting his personal collection of found, stolen, and hand-painted “bad” art on the auction block. Connoisseurs of crap can bid on a portrait of Mel Gibson or a pastel of a discus-thrower posing in a toga in front of the Parthenon. If you can’t find anything to complement your furniture, stick around for some transcendent indie rock from Band of Horses, who play afterward.

Hiro Ballroom
July 10
8 p.m.
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PopulistPaint graffiti on the Whitney's walls.
PopulistOverlooked Robert Aldrich films at BAM.

Kids Teaching kids (and their parents) a thing or two about writing
Word for Word Kids
Contrary to popular trend pieces, not all urban parents dream of their tween joining a punk band. Some of them would rather raise a little novelist and should probably be introduced to WritopiaLab founders Rebecca Segall and Dan Kitrosser. This journalist and playwright lead a workshop as part of Bryant Park's summer outdoor literary program, teaching the elements of storytelling to both kids and curious parents.

Bryant Park Reading Room
July 7
2:30 p.m.
Free with preregistration
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PopulistGovernors Island turns into fantasyland for kids.
PopulistSee Bronx Zoo sea lions come home.


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