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Agenda Top Pick Wu-Tang classic revived live
GZA

McCarren Park Pool; September 15; 5:30 p.m.; $19; Tickets

For over a decade, it’s been near-mandate to couple any mention of Liquid Swords with some variation on the phrase arguably the finest Wu-Tang Clan solo effort. As this complete run-through of the record will surely attest, it’s a case of well-deserved canonization: Swords marks the peak of the nineties Wu empire. And though the rhymes are great and all, we’re especially psyched for those ludicrously ominous Shogun Assasin samples about murderous ninja spies.


   
Populist Give Fashion Week some gravity
Alek Wek
 
Ever since she was in that Janet Jackson video for two seconds, we’ve been spellbound by model Alek Wek, not least because of her perfectly shaped bald head. Now, at 30 (approximately 92 in model years), she’s done the only logical thing and written her memoir. Far from the I-was-just-strolling-along-in-
a-suburban-mall model-discovery tale, Wek’s story features her birth amid—and eventual escape from—ethnic fighting in Sudan. Tonight she’ll read from Fashion Week’s most compelling tale.

Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave.
7 p.m.
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Indieist MoMA Laffs goes outrageous
Pink Flamingos
 
This notorious John Waters classic is by far the raunchiest flick in the MoMA Laffs series—as you may know, 300-pound transvestite Divine eats real dog poo. There are also chickens crushed between copulating lovers and black-market babies sold to support pornography. That it still shocks after 35 years makes the movie something of a miracle.

MoMA
Today
8:15 p.m.
September 8
6:30 p.m. More info  »

     
Square Goofy grill-maker discovers blood diamonds
Bling: A Planet Rock
 
Your aunt may be the only person you know still using the word “bling,” but rappers are as obsessed as ever with spending money they may or may not have on diamonds for their teeth. What happens when Paul Wall and his famous bejeweled grills accompany Wu-Tang's Raekwon to Sierra Leone? In this unlikely documentary, they discover the aftermath of war, the truth behind conflict diamonds, and the concept of clean ice. Now if we can just get Clipse to visit Columbia…

BAM
Today, multiple showings
September 6, multiple showings More info  »

     
Aesthete Reclusive author honors us with his presence
David Markson
 
Does anyone remember the date that this novelist last appeared in public? We didn’t think so. Bless the nearly 80-year-old curmudgeon for finally deigning to read from his moving, audacious fiction. His most recent work, The Last Novel, completes his one-of-a-kind tetralogy on the outrageous misfortunes and occasional triumphs of the artistic life. Here’s hoping this rare appearance counts among the latter.

The Strand
828 Broadway
7 p.m.
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Kids Give her a taste of tap class
Tap City Open House
 
Know someone who puts thumbtacks in her kicks or idolizes Fred Astaire? Tony Waag’s American Tap Dance Foundation, the outfit behind the New York City Tap Festival, offers year-round children’s classes taught by legendary hoofers like Brenda Bufalino. At this series of informal sessions, kids 3 and up meet teachers, take a mini-class of simple steps and rhythm games, and see a short performance by the youth ensemble. If they’re destined to tap, they’ll find out here.

Chelsea Studios
Today, September 8, 12, 15
Wednesdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 11 a.m.
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