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Agenda Top Pick Journo channels a great Greek
Travels With Herodotus
Ryszard Kapuscinski; Knopf; $25; Buy it

Masterly Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski died in January, but the reminiscences of his early career as a foreign correspondent are newly published, and they're a pretty big deal. Wandering from India to Iran to the Congo, Kapuscinski obsessively muses on no less than Herodotus, the Greek “Father of History.” And not just for fun: Like the great man before him, Kapuscinski mingles imagination and fact inquiring into the nature of human motives—and the rise and fall of civilizations.


   
Populist We love us some Masi
Heroes: Season One
 
If there was any doubt that the nerds have won the pop-culture battle, the ascent of geek-idol Masi Oka has settled it. Over the first season, Oka—Time-magazine cover boy and former special-effects programmer—as Hiro Nakamura emerged as the most powerful and mysterious hero (two heroes?) in this blockbuster series. And he did it while playing with all sorts of stereotypes and cool swords.

Universal
$59.98
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Interpol and Cat Power
at Madison Square Garden

Witness the brooding foursome play songs off their latest opus, Our Love to Admire. Cat Power, whose live shows are better than ever, opens. We've got two pairs of tickets to this unmissable show. Enter now!

   
Indieist Ode to fandom strictly for Iranian ladies
Offside
 
Women, banned from soccer stadiums in Iran, are hunted by vice squads who rip hats off the heads of fem-looking fans. This absurd fact makes the perfect setup for eternally banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. His movie is hardly the ham-fisted cri de couer you might expect from some inferior filmmaker. Instead, it's a funny ode to fandom so optimistic and wholesome that Adidas ought to sponsor screenings throughout the Middle East.

Sony Pictures
$29.95
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Square See it, believe it
Brooklyn Bridge
 
Art is supposed to challenge our received notions of the world around us, right? Take a look at this photo by Eugene de Salignac, long-ago staff photographer for the NYC Department of Bridges, Plant and Structures, and tell us if the human constellation of workers posed on the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge doesn't rise to this definition of a-r-t—because we're now convinced that people in 1914 were c-r-a-z-y.

Eugene de Salignac
New York Rises
Museum of the City of New York
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Aesthete Author remembers “downtown”
Chance and Circumstance: Twenty Years With Cage and Cunningham
 
Carolyn Brown was one of the first to throw in her lot with Merce Cunningham when he decided, in the early fifties, to start his own dance company. The rest is history, and it’s vividly told in Brown’s new memoir, which has been 30 years in the making. The cameos include almost everyone we think of as “downtown” from those years: John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Morton Feldman among them. You'll actually be glad the book is 600 pages.

Carolyn Brown
Knopf
$37.50
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Kids To the moon, kids, to the moon!
Field Trip to the Moon
 
See the dark side of our placid watchman in the sky at this excellent-as-ever show (don't worry about the nausea warning — close your eyes for a second and you’ll feel better). Seats shake as the domed ceiling fills with awesome simulations of our moon’s violent creation by a Mars-size meteor colliding with Earth. Then you experience the perilous journey to there from Earth and, finally, get to see the sunrise from space.

American Museum of Natural History
Hayden Planetarium
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
$13–$22
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