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Agenda Top Pick The Met whips out the big guns
The Age of Rembrandt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Opens today; More info

This fall, the Met flaunts its assets: Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman’s landmark bequest of modern classics (opens today—think Pollock, de Kooning, and Motherwall); contemporary photography, showcased in a new space (opens September 25—think Sherman, Wall, Struth); and this sprawling show, featuring all 228 of the museum’s classic Dutch paintings on what would have been Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. Look for twenty paintings by the man himself (see his self-portrait above), wonderfully supplemented by his Dutch compatriots, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals among them.


   
Populist DVD won’t insult your consumer intelligence
The Graduate
 
Most “anniversary-edition” DVDs are ripoffs—obvious attempts to monetize the back catalog. But this 40th-anniversary disc is a stunner: All the old extras remain, from screen tests to trailers. But MGM has added new commentary from Katherine Ross, Dustin Hoffman, and Mike Nichols (plus, for some reason, Steven Soderbergh), and tossed in the CD soundtrack as well. But we’re picking it up for this new extra: “Would You Like Me to Seduce You: The Seduction Scene Revisited.”

MGM Home Entertainment
$24.98
Buy it  »

   

Revolution
at the Joyce Theater

This sexy, electrifying rock-and-roll tap show is like So You Think You Can Dance meets Dance Dance Revolution meets Riverdance. Sold? Enter to win tickets now!

   
Indieist Author explains The Shock Doctrine
Naomi Klein
 
It's easier to steal someone's wallet if you punch him out first. In her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Klein brings this idea to its logical conclusion: Evil capitalists build resorts over fishing villages after the 2004 tsunami, take New Orleans public schools private following Katrina, and sign preemptive contracts to rebuild countries we’ve yet to go to war with. Tonight, hear her get stirred up.

Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave.
7 p.m.
On her book’s trailer  »
More info  »

     
Square Gallery takes on the museums
Willem de Kooning: The Last Beginning
 
Larry Gagosian kicks off fall as only he can with this big show of abstract, eighties de Kooning on the tenth anniversary of the artist’s death. Curator Klaus Kertess pairs these later works with a handful of de Kooning’s signature canvases from the forties, fifties, and late seventies, tracing the progression of his aesthetic and gestural technique. It’s a museum-caliber show without the museum-caliber admission—or any admission, for that matter—and a fantastic complement to the Met’s Abstract Expressionism, also opening today.

Gagosian Gallery
Opens today
More info  »

     
Aesthete Weirdos make like legends
Black Lips
 
This self-mythologizing bunch of kids from Atlanta do things like record live albums in Tijuana drinking dens and piss on each other onstage. But their blissful racket, an update of psychedelic sixties garage rock, would assure their near-legendary status all on its own. Their latest full-length, Good Bad, Not Evil, just came out to rapturous reviews; see them now, before they tire of their own antics.

Tonight, Bowery Ballroom
September 19, Music Hall of Williamsburg
$15
Tickets  »

     
Kids Weimaraners visit Shake Shack
Around the Park
 
You jaded adults might’ve tired of William Wegman’s Weimaraners back in the mid-nineties, but your offspring will probably appreciate the whimsical doggy portraits he shot here in the park. (His models enjoy a snack at Shake Shack, hang out on park benches, and drive around in one of those green golf carts.) Get in line, grab a burger, and see the works projected on four outdoor monitors near the Shack. After 1 p.m., they show video Wegman made from 1970 through 1999.

William Wegman
Madison Square Park
Through October 28
Tickets  »

     
 
 

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