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Agenda Top Pick Crazy lady to break in new venue
M.I.A.

Terminal 5; October 19, 7 p.m.; $25; Live review; Interview

The pulsing Kente patterns on her low-tech Web page, the ganked-from-a-warlord-looking shades, the Indian funeral drums on her new agit-dance-hop album, Kala, released today: M.I.A. has us feeling like we’re drunk on a tilt-a-whirl. (We’re still a little cockeyed from her goofball, genre-shredding choreography to “Boyz” at last month’s Siren Fest.) Prepare for another level of mayhem now by buying tickets to her October gig at Terminal 5—a yet-to-open megavenue begging for a christening by one of Maya Arulpragasam’s we-are-the-motherf---ing-world dance parties.


   
Populist Canines—and their owners—get schooled
Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: The Complete Second Season
 
Talk about TV crack. Hours can be whiled away watching canine-behavior specialist Cesar Millan work his supernatural doggy powers, delivering smackdowns to L.A.’s spoiled Chihuahuas and belligerent bulldogs. (We even love those seventies-style opening credits, when Millan jogs with his four-legged friends into a brighter tomorrow.) The second season of the Emmy-nominated show features a dispute between pug and pig and a masochistic pit-bull mix who chews rocks.

Universal
$39.98
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Indieist Animated insanity stretches way out
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie
 
On TV, the cartoon consists of eleven-minute nuggets of free-associative, late-night garble usually ending with a wise, goateed French-fry box blowing something up with its eye lasers. This movie, which basically amounts to an 86-minute episode, boasts a tattered plot about an apocalyptic exercise machine. Just know that Frylock, Meatwad, Shake, and Carl, lovable Carl—along with Rush drummer Neil Peart—are all onboard, and as bizarrely genius as ever.

Turner Home Entertainment
$29.98
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Square Say au revoir to a masterpiece
Picasso's ‘Demoiselles D’Avignon’ at 100
 
Demoiselles D’Avignon has always caused quite a stir, with its brutish ladies and jumbled depiction of three-dimensional space, but it has also always stood as a pinnacle (some might argue the starting point) of modernism, celebrated for its “stick it to the man” attitude and anarchistic disregard for all that is pretty and pure. For the painting's 100th anniversary, MoMA pulled together over a hundred of Picasso’s preparatory sketches and oil-paint studies. See them before they come down Monday.

MoMA
Through August 27
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Aesthete Fall through trapdoors in trapdoors
House of Games
 
In 1987, David Mamet penned the script to the mainstream hit The Untouchables—and made his directorial debut with this masterpiece, one of the most airtight thrillers ever made about a long con. Mamet’s ex-wife, Lindsay Crouse, plays a psychologist who attempts to help out her gambling patient, then ends up reading tells for his debtor, and finally finds herself drowning in cons hidden within cons hidden within cons.

Criterion
$39.95
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Kids Old movie returns under sun power
The Day the Earth Stood Still
 
You could give your little smarty-pants a quickie Cold War lesson before heading to this outdoor, solar-powered screening, or you could wait for her interpretation of the 1951 sci-fi tale of a space alien's attempt to warn earthlings about their catastrophic behavior. Even if it doesn't have her contemplating war or the environment, she'll be thoroughly entertained. See it now in all its purity, before Fox releases its updated version next year.

Stuyvesant Cove Park
9 p.m.
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