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Agenda Top Pick Alison Pill stars opposite manly men
Mauritius

Biltmore Theatre; Opens today; $46.50-$91.50; Tickets

With Bobby Cannavale and the irrepressible F. Murray Abraham onstage in Theresa Rebeck's new play—which amounts to something like David Mamet does stamp-collecting—there's sure to be plenty of dark machismo on display. But the best reason to see it is 21-year-old Alison Pill (pictured with Cannavale): Her intense performance last season opposite Jeff Daniels in Blackbird was difficult to watch but impossible to turn away from.


   
Populist Finally, we profess our love
30 Rock
 
They won an Emmy, whoop-de-do. We've waited months to tout the greatest sitcom of all time, and no amount of newly kindled anticipation for the second season of this (once?) underwatched show will take our moment to share away from us. We love how with Tracy Morgan, they hilariously spoofed the kind of wild night you can imagine SNL cast members indulging in at Siberia bar; Alec Baldwin's exec captures the actor's latent egotistical nuttiness; the wonderfully talented Tina Fey simply does her thing. So tune in—and tell 'em we sent you.

Season-two premiere
NBC
8:30 p.m.

     
Indieist “Girl group” jumps the pond
We Are the Pipettes
 
Three beautiful, well-dressed women who don't play any instruments, the Pipettes are a self-conscious throwback to the manufactured bands of the girl-group era. Their debut album, released in the U.S. this week, proves that the Brighton lasses aren't only well constructed, but sharp and tough all on their own. The disc describes a world full of pretty girls and pretty boys whose every heartbreak takes place in perfect harmony and serves as just another reason to dance.

The Pipettes
Cherrytree Records
$9.98
Buy it  »

     
Square Top feminist courts controversy in person
Susan Faludi
 
The Über-feminist has finally written another book as combative and controversial—though honest and rational—as Backlash. In The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America, she dissects our rush to war and the "national frenzy to apotheosize." Five years ago, it would've gotten her blasted from left to right. Tonight, see her mix it up with critics and supporters alike at one of the least polite readings you're likely to attend.

Barnes & Noble
33 E. 17th St.
7 p.m.
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Aesthete Coltrane gets a proper accounting
Ben Ratliff
 
There’s scarcely a twentieth-century jazz icon whose career was more ambitious than John Coltrane’s: He started out playing in a Navy band called the Melody Masters and ended up, years later, pushing jazz to the brink of atonality. Times critic Ben Ratliff connects the dots in his new biography, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound, offering a first-rate accounting of the saxophonist’s aesthetic evolution. It’s a story that’s by turns dark and startling. Ratliff reads from it tonight.

192 Books
7 p.m.
Tickets  »

     
Kids Take her behind the art-world curtain
ARTime: Saturday in the Galleries
 
Consider this: Sol Lewitt had some twelve people making his immense wall scribble at Paula Cooper; Alexander Mir’s got a team of assistants working in-gallery to re-create the front pages of newspapers. Who’s the artist? And does your 8- or 10-year-old really care? We're pretty sure she'll think it's a fascinating question after this tour with Dorothea Basile, an art historian who’s both sweet and serious.

Chelsea; call for location
October 6
11 a.m.
Make reservations at least 24 hours in advance
$25 per adult-child pair; additional child $5
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