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Agenda Top Pick A song to restore us all our innocence
Borne on the FM Waves
of the Heart

Against Me! feat. Tegan Quin; Listen

Emo—a contraction for “emotional,” and the thing the kids (and yes, we) listen to these days—might be, in the late, self-conscious phase it has entered, better called meo, as in me-me-me. Welcome to us-us-us: This duet between the black-clad, bellow-prone singer for Against Me! and the sweetly sincere Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara might be the deeply ardent heart-pounder to restore us all our innocence. Which isn’t to say that the couple lacks a sense of irony: Quin is a lesbian.


   
Populist Catch them before they play with the Police
The Fratellis
 
Watch your cute butts, Franz Ferdinand: Your fellow Glaswegians have taken their ultracharming sixties revival straight to the mainstream, with their sibling act and garage-prodigy mystique intact. Not that you Ferdies could have avoided noticing their explosive success, what with the jangly, dance-happy jam “Flathead” driving that new iPod commercial. As for you normal folk: If you don’t land tickets to this show now, your next chance to see the Fratellis here is in August … at Giants Stadium … with the Police.

July 18
Roseland Ballroom
6:45 p.m.
$22
Tickets  »

   

Zemlinsky's "A Florentine Tragedy" at Bard SummerScape
Catch two of composer Alexander von Zemlinsky's one-act operas, based on works by Oscar Wilde. Bonus: the setting is the picturesque countryside of Annandale-on-Hudson and the jaw-dropping Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center. Enter to win now!

   
Indieist Real superstar stands up
Mingering Mike
 
Producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Mingering Mike released over 50 albums in his nine-year career while starring in movies, running record labels, and playing to sold-out crowds around the world. But his career took place entirely inside the mind of a teenager; cardboard record sleeves, fake singles, and other imaginary documentation were found by collectors at a flea market. Dori Hadar tracks down the real Mingering Mike and offers a poignant retrospective on a unique career that combined music, folk art, and dreams deferred.

The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar
Dori Hadar
Princeton Architectural Press
$24.95
Buy it  »

     
Square Art historian displays dry British wit
Simon Schama
 
Schama may be an art-world popularizer, but he refuses to whitewash artists’ paths to glory. His latest book, The Power of Art, has been made into an eight-part series (airing on PBS through July 30) focusing on crises suffered by icons like Rembrandt and Van Gogh. But Schama’s best heard in person, if only to better appreciate his dry British wit. Unless you’re a published expert on Bernini and Picasso, you’re bound to learn a thing or two from the man.

Tonight
The Strand
7 p.m.
More info  »

     
Aesthete Theater fest caters to the serious
Midtown International Theatre Festival
 
From the Website: “We don’t stuff the Festival with zany productions whose chief recommendation is a long title or one with ‘sex’ in it.” Which isn’t to say there isn’t a dollop of vampire love and bestiality among these 40-plus shows. But indeed, there are also several philosophical prison dramas and a documentary play on Columbine. Either way, all the productions are playing within a two-block radius, so you’ll spend your time in the theater instead of scrambling for cabs.

Various venues
Through August 5
$15–$18
More info  »

     
Kids Find a useful moral in this story
Bossy Bear
 
David Horvath and his wife and Uglydoll co-creator, Sun-Min, have recently become parents, so they’ll have to wait a couple of years to kid-test Horvath’s very cool-looking first picture book, a kind of Richard Scarry for the Bugaboo set. The ego-driven, superman-king protagonist is so bossy he yells at “don’t walk” lights; we trust you know someone like this, perhaps even a small human who calls your apartment home. Here’s to books with applicable morals.

David Horvath Hyperion
$12.99
Buy it  »

     
 
 

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