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Agenda Top Pick There's a freak born every minute
Absinthe

Spiegeltent; Pier 17; Through September 30; $69; Tickets

The angelic-voiced chanteuse is transgender. The greasy-haired emcee is transgressive. The girl-on-girl aerial acts are transporting. For the second year in a row, this Barnum-meets-burlesque variety show crosses so many lines—including the one separating performers from audience—that you’ll need a sense of adventure just to take a seat in front of that bumbling knife juggler. It’s dangerous, intoxicating, and practically illegal. Like the sign says, it’s Absinthe.


   
Populist Sienna Miller does it again
Factory Girl
 
There’s plenty to hate in George Hickenlooper’s biopic of Warhol-era “It" girl Edie Sedgwick. For one, we despised Hayden Christensen’s soulless attempt at playing a soulful Bob Dylan. (We merely giggled at Guy Pearce’s Warhol-as-Frankenstein’s
-corpse performance.) But Sienna Miller—who's also terrific in Interview, now in theaters—as Sedgwick just about makes this film worth watching. She’s not just acting out someone else’s fifteen minutes, she’s living her own right now.

Weinstein Co.
Out July 24
$28.95
Miller interview  »
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Indieist Brit fave drops in for a cozy night
Jamie T.
 
This solo gig (i.e., Jamie T and his bass) is a rare Stateside pit stop for the 22-year-old bedroom-popster. Given Jamie’s hometown raves—he beat out Thom Yorke and Jarvis Cocker for Best Solo Artist at this year’s NME Awards—this might be your best chance to catch the Arctic Monkeys–indebted, oft-indecipherable South Londoner in such cozy confines. Just don’t be surprised when he looks nothing like Bob Hoskins. (Get tickets at the door.)

Union Pool
8 p.m.
$10
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Square Art film evokes sexy media moments
A Vicious Undertow
 
Shot in artist Jesper Just's native Copenhagen, this film plays like a poetic forties-era drama, with Danish stars weaving in and out of each other’s arms in homage to various sensual moments in media and film history. Though there's no narrative exactly, the work evokes The Graduate (minus Mrs. Robinson, alas), Evening, Hitchcock (eerie lighting!), and cleverly enough, even De Beers commercials—if only because it's in black-and-white.

Jesper Just
Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Through August 17 More info »

     
Aesthete Welcome your computer-art overlords
Automatic Update
 
If you sigh wistfully every time you think about the original dot-com years (we Web monkeys sure do), you need to see this time capsule of new-media art made in the wake of the boom. The show includes Paul Pfeiffer's classic spinning-basketball video, "John 3:16," and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's "33 Questions Per Minute," a computer program processing random words into questions, in the spirit of that old philosophy chestnut about (non-Web) monkeys typing Hamlet.

MoMA
Through September 10
Tickets  »

     
Kids Family-friendly theater ups the ante
New Victory Theater
'07–'08 Season
 
We’re always excited to see what the New Vic has in store, but this season has us especially psyched, what with Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls being adapted by Shockheaded Peter’s Improbable Theatre and the return of the sonic juggling show Compagnie 111. Buy tickets for the John Lithgow concert and the Golden Dragon Acrobats’ holiday special now; book three shows and the theater will make you a member, entitling you and yours to reduced prices.

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