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Agenda Newsletter - September 14-16, 2007


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Agenda Top Pick You just can’t go wrong
Brooklyn Book Festival 2007

Borough Hall and nearby locations; September 16, 10 a.m.; Free, some programs ticketed (pick up tickets at info booth one hour in advance); More info

Overstuffed but well-organized, this energetic fair, only in its second year, could easily run over a three-day weekend. You'll have to take your pick: A memoir panel with Edwidge Danticat (pictured) or a conversation between Brooklyn's two great Jonathans (Lethem and Safran Foer)? A Dave Eggers slideshow or a sneak peak at a forthcoming Jim Carroll work? We could name a dozen more, but suffice to say that even effusive BP Marty Markowitz, talking to Dominic Carter, won't feel too put out if you opt for the African-novelists panel instead.

Populist Lil Wayne protégé gets rather crude
In the Hood
Whence shit-talking radio rap? Don’t get us wrong: Loyal readers know we love Lil Mama and her breezy, fun-loving ilk. But this big-beated stomper reminds us of just how nice a little mean-spiritedness can be. Over jerky synths produced by the teenage Kane Beatz, Brisco, a new Cash Money signee, playfully battles his ever-brilliant boss, Lil Wayne with crudely hilarious (and only seemingly rhyme-challenged) lyrics: “Now I’m bouncing with a hood rat/she thinks I love her but I use her for her food stamps.”

Brisco feat. Lil Wayne
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More weekend picks
PopulistGood: Populist Interpol. Great: Indieist Cat Power.
PopulistLeading toy makers + Bart Simpson = pure magic.

Indieist Sadie Benning draws animated film by hand
Play Pause
Avant-garde filmmaker, artist, and former member of Le Tigre Sadie Benning—who you may remember from such shows as the Whitney Biennial—chronicles the lives of pleasure-seeking urbanites in this semi-animated work. Her hand-drawn style might seem primitive for the Pixar age, but for us it feels warmly nostalgic, and without being overly referential. Better yet, it’s an excuse for us to indulge our fascination with Benning as she chats with Dia curator Lynne Cooke (tonight at 7 p.m., tickets available at the door).

Sadie Benning Dia:Chelsea
Today and tomorrow at noon
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More weekend picks
PopulistWilliamsburg art spaces thrown open.
PopulistJoshua Furst reads from his first novel.

Square Controversial thinker drops science, F-bombs
Steven Pinker
If the famous linguist and evolutionary psychologist had you reaching for heavy academic tomes to throw at him when he defended Larry Summers on the subject of women's scientific inferiority, at least his new book explains why you might have been hurling four-letter words at the same time. Swears, clichés, metaphors, and innuendos are the subject of The Stuff Of Thought: Language as a Window Onto Human Nature; tonight, hear him compellingly weave together science and sociology.

Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway
7 p.m.
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More weekend picks
PopulistNew Croatian films conveniently collected.
PopulistMet Opera tips its hat to Beverly Sills.

Aesthete Artist remakes news
Newsroom, 1986–2000
Once upon a time—it’s true—there was no such thing as 9/11 and no such thing as a blog. It is this murky period of history that Aleksandra Mir explores in her simulation of a bustling, old-school newsroom: Using fifteen years worth of splashy, pre-9/11 Post and Daily News front pages, she’ll produce drawings, instead of stories, but you can expect a narrative of disgraced politicos and hometown heroes to emerge nonetheless.

Aleksandra Mir
Mary Boone
Opens September 15
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More weekend picks
PopulistExperimental dancers hit wet clay.
PopulistAvant-garde percussionists gather under the High Line.

Kids Show them Calder later
Mamalu Mobile Art Party
Today the Alexander Calder show opens at MoMA, but pardon us if we’re more excited for tomorrow’s first-birthday party for Mamalu, the family play space-café, where Venezuelan artist Espartaco Albornoz (whose raw brushstrokes cover the walls) will lead a mobile-making workshop. If you don’t know Williamsburg’s arty kid scene, here’s an excellent excuse to get acquainted with it—and bring home a piece of art you can hang somewhere other than on the fridge.

Mamalu Play and Munch Ground
September 15
1 p.m.
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More weekend picks
PopulistCornhusking and pig racing come to Queens.
PopulistGet them tickets to the Wiggles!


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