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Agenda Top Pick Stockholm dance phenom goes live
The Field

Studio B; July 18, 9 p.m.; $10 advance; $12 at door; Tickets

Axel Willner’s debut as the Field crashed out of the dance-music ghetto and into the hearts, minds, and hips of a wider audience. Maybe it's the fragments of Britpop and soul in From Here We Go Sublime, or maybe the album just lives up to its title: Fire and ice inspire song names, and Willner puts these elements through a kaleidoscope, with beats and melody morphing in charismatic patterns. Live, you’ll see it’s still very much dance music—if you buy tickets now.


   
Populist Patti LuPone truly revives a classic
Gypsy
 
This highly anticipated production of the classic musical stars Patti LuPone as the original showbiz mom. LuPone once originated classic stage characters, but lately she’s been breathing new life into them (like her unforgettable turn as Mrs. Lovett in 2005’s Sweeney Todd revival). Now she takes on the indomitable Mama Rose with the distinct possibility of overshadowing the stars, from Ethel Merman to Bernadette Peters, who previously defined the role.

City Center
July 12–29
$25–$110
Tickets  »

     
Indieist David Cross and special friends return
Tinkle
 
Hosted by David Cross and fellow funnymen Todd Barry and Jon Benjamin, Tinkle is a mash-up evening of stand-up and screwball sketch comedy featuring special guests and a surprise musical act—in the past, Wilco, Les Savy Fav, and Ted Leo. (Perhaps Wilco have a sense of humor after all?) That the Tinkle boys are back after a months-long hiatus fills us with glee; that their return benefits oft-forgotten Hurricane Katrina victims fills us with solemn appreciation.

Southpaw
Tonight
8:30 p.m.
$25
Tickets  »

     
Square See a revolution in progress
Living Theatre Film Tribute
 
Downtown’s Living Theatre is one of the most influential theater companies in American history, but with all its brilliant choreography, the group’s recent revival of their sixties provocation The Brig updates their anarchic, utopian work rather than showing you how exactly it was revolutionary. So check out the company’s two full-length films screening at Anthology, including the Jonas Mekas documentary (called, stay with us now, The Brig) of the original happening, shot in 1964 as it was, well, happening.

Anthology Film Archives
Today through July 15
The Connection  »
The Brig
 »

     
Aesthete Master of disguise revealed
Beyond the White Cube
 
Irish artist–filmmaker–trained physician–master of disguise Brian O’Doherty has adopted a number of pseudonyms throughout his career, though Patrick Ireland—the patriotic moniker taken in response to the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry—is considered his most common alter-ego. This meaty retrospective defines O’Doherty-Ireland as a mad scientist–slash–conceptual king: One work pictures found-art godfather Marcel Duchamp via his electrocardiogram; Duchamp died two years later. His heart, obviously, goes on.

A Retrospective of Brian O’Doherty/
Patrick Ireland
Grey Art Gallery
NYU
Closes July 14 More info  »

     
Kids Bizarros introduce new pole dance
Swoon!
 
Australia’s Strange Fruit fuse theater, dance, and circus, but who doesn’t these days? Watch their weird and wonderful performance clip, however, and you’ll see that they create something like a silent movie on top of swaying fourteen-foot poles. The troupe’s bringing a twenty-minute piece about unrequited love to several outdoor spots around town during its first U.S. tour. Brooklyn Bridge Park is the place to see them.

Strange Fruit
Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 14
4, 6, and 8 p.m.
More info  »

     
 
 

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