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Agenda Top Pick Skim the cream of the crop now
New York International Fringe Festival

Various venues; August 10–26; Tickets

Fringe fanatics (not you in the retro suede jacket) probably already know that these festival tickets—everything from $15 individual shows to the $500 "lunatic pass"—already went on sale, so time is running out for casual fans of this extravaganza of theatrical randomness to catch the genuinely promising performances before they're sold out. Book your tickets to the Truman Capote play A Beautiful Child and the Tennessee Williams tribute Bent to the Flame now, or resign yourself to the likes of Bukowsical and Ching Chong Chinaman.


   
Populist Yes, they describe that first time
My First Time
 
With the exception of the crushing feelings of inadequacy (and soupçon of shame) it produced, the loss of your virginity went great, right? So you should be as curious as we are to hear this series of vignettes, modeled on The Vagina Monologues and recited (but not performed) by four actors: A selection of the most poignant, hilarious, and humiliating tales drawn from a decade's worth of testimonials on myfirsttime.com, this show's perfect for a third date or nightmare trip down memory lane.

New World Stages
$25-$59.99
Tickets  »

     
Indieist They sure beat the “aughts”
1990s
 
Considering they grew out of the Yummy Fur, which once counted Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos among its ranks, you might think this cheeky trio a wee bit jealous. But the jaunty video for “You’re Supposed to Be My Friend,” in which the lads unsuccessfully evade rabid fans, ending up bruised and bewildered, proves their good nature. Tonight's show coincides with the release their debut, Cookies.

The Annex
Tonight
10 p.m.
$12
Tickets  »

     
Square Author evokes old Soho
Irini Spanidou
 
Spanidou’s latest novel, Before, her first in seven years, revisits the ungentrified Soho of the seventies, but it's no fairy tale: It chronicles the meandering existence of a young woman adrift in a world of brutality and cynical figures. (Shopping in today's Soho, we identify with her.) The author's spare style pierces right into the emotional heart of her characters, creating a stark tableau that’s as riveting as it is bleak, and perhaps even more chilling read aloud.

McNally Robinson
Tonight
7 p.m.
Tickets  »

   

Brightblack Morning Light
Aboard the Temptress

Mellow out to this New Mexico indie-rock act while cruising the Hudson River. We've got a pair of tickets to the summer's coolest concert cruise. Enter now!

   
Aesthete Oh, yes, he did
Dr. No’s Oxperiment
 
NoCal beatsmith Oh No, né Mike Jackson, might have been a top-notch taxidermist or inheritance-law lawyer, but with his familial pedigree—father Otis Jackson was a small-time soul singer; his brother Madlib might be small-time hip-hop’s most revered producer—this path was inevitable. Oh No’s third full-length showcases his utterly unique style with 28 tracks of world-wise instrumental goodness the currently non-rapping Beastie Boys could only dream of achieving.

Stones Throw
iTunes prerelease
$9.99

     
Kids Trade Raffi for Rihanna
Kidz Bop 12
 
The already Über-successful Kidz Bop series—10 million albums of kiddified pop covers sold, and counting—now has its eye on empire. The upcoming Kidz Bop World tour, the “Be a Kidz Bop Star” national talent search, and the interactive kidzbop.com mean you won’t be escaping Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” avec children’s chorus even if you try. But there's no need to fight it: This installment features jams from Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Akon to keep everyone's heads bobbing.

Razor & Tie
$18.98
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