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Agenda Newsletter - October 11, 2007

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Agenda Top Pick Artist to unsettle entire city
My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love

Kara Walker; Whitney Museum of American Art; Opens today; Profile; More info

“Sometimes it worries me that I have an imagination like I do,” Kara Walker told the magazine in the Fall Preview. Her first full-scale American museum survey promises to be deeply unsettling—and momentous. She has repurposed a fusty Victorian art form, the silhouette, as a medium for the depiction of the most graphic abuses and transgressions (rapes and lynchings), perpetrated in the most profoundly racist of power dynamics (slave masters and pickaninnies). Cut-paper and shadow puppets become explosive devices in her hands.


   
Populist Nas, other old-schoolers upstage shoes
Sneaker Pimps
 
Trippy sneaker-art installations are cool and all, but we’re buying tickets to Sneaker Pimps, the “word’s largest touring sneaker lifestyle show,” for the tunes. Forget obscure D.J. “pioneers:” this is old-school done the right way—full sets from hard-as-hell New York duo EPMD, the cheeky Brit storyteller Slick Rick, and the sorely underrated DJ Premiere cohort Jeru the Damaja. Oh, and we nearly forgot headliner and hip-hop eulogizer Nas, sure to contradict himself with every breath he takes.

October 12
Roseland Ballroom
8 p.m.
$25
Tickets  »

   

Benny Carter Centennial
at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a night of jazz legend Benny Carter's classics. Enter to win tickets now.

   
Indieist Dance to polar opposites
!!! With the Field
 
!!! has proven to be most durably relevant of the class of 2000 dance-punk bands for good reason: These boys know how to throw a party, combining rock riffs, house beats, soulful horns, and earnest irreverence into a messy and invigorating wall of noise. And they couldn't have a better match than the Field, whose shoegaze sensibility has made him the crossover star of the year for minimal house label Kompakt.

Webster Hall
8 p.m.
$20
Tickets  »

     
Square Hear about Charles Lindbergh’s nutty quest
David M. Friedman
 
Perhaps you're already aware—we were shocked and intrigued to hear it—that Charles Lindbergh spent his later years in a lab looking for everlasting life. Friedman’s obviously fascinating book The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever explains not only this, but also the possible reasons why Lindbergh embarked on this doomed quest (he was only able to keep extracted organs alive for weeks). Tonight, bring your questions about the God complex.

Natural History Museum, Kaufmann Theater
7 p.m
$15
Tickets  »

     
Aesthete Witness pioneering work while you still can
Hannah Wilke
 
Wilke was a pioneer in sixties and seventies art, using her body as a medium and making early forays into vaginal imagery. She died of cancer in 1993, at the age of 52; fourteen years later, she’s getting the posthumous survey she deserves. The centerpiece: a sixteen-screen video installation of the Intra-Venus Tapes, 1990–1993, a documentation of the last two and a half years of her life. Constructed from over 30 hours of personal footage, it’s a moving portrait of the artist.

Ronald Feldman
Through October 13
More info  »

     
Kids Watch family-friendly satire
Everybody Hates Chris Season Two
 
From the start, John Leonard said this show “works because it tells the truth as well as jokes.” Credit Chris Rock, who’s made a career out of doing exactly that (and who jump-started the third season—on the CW, Mondays at 8 p.m.—with a long-promised cameo). What might surprise you is how family-friendly his sitcom has become, updating Cosby-esque life lessons with sharp but not-too-raunchy satire. For the perfect proof, grab the second-season DVD and key up the autobiographical episode “Everybody Hates Dirty Jokes.”

Paramount Home Video
$38.99
Buy it  »

     
 
 

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