Agenda Newsletter - April 24, 2007

See this play before it closes
No Child

Written and performed by Nilaja Sun; Barrow Street Theatre; 7:30pm; $50-55
Nilaja Sun’s harrowing solo performance is the rare play to actually capture a slice of New York life—and after a word-of-mouth-fueled run, it’s going on tour June 3. So get tickets now: Sure, No Child is a stinging account of teaching at a New York public school, but as Jeremy McCarter wrote , “Sun’s got a good story, and she tells it well, making it almost funnier than it has a right to be.” It’s by, about, and—for a few more weeks, anyway—for New Yorkers.
    Tune in to this show
The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll   Don’t ask why we need a seventh Pussycat Doll. Just tune in to tonight’s season finale, where all the hair tossing, asset baring, and off-key wailing comes to a glorious head. And don’t worry about the backstory. Even newbies should watch to see whether powerhouse singer Chelsea, bitchy dancer Asia, or well-rounded Melissa R. will have the final meow. Only Robin Antin—who issues accidental bons mots like “you worked the chair really well”—knows. Tonight
9 p.m.
The CW
      Read this first novel
American Youth   Anyone who titles his debut American Youth obviously wants to see the word “audacious” next to his name. Phil LaMarche will have to settle for our saying that this simple story, about a New England teen involved in an accidental shooting, reads like Hemmingway trying his hand at a thriller. It may not be audacious, exactly, but it is gutsy, revealing a small-town culture seeming more and more like a cornered snake in its dangerous last throes. By Phil LaMarche
Random House
Buy it  »       Download this song
“Case of You”   Joni Mitchell’s “Case of You” was always our favorite stalkerish breakup ballad; we treasured it the way one might cherish, say, a secretly shorn lock of hair. Prince’s faithfully poignant—but inevitably sexed-up—cover, off a new tribute album, has us obsessed all over again. The sound is deceptively cool and slinky: Prince’s falsetto summons the original’s passion and hints of perversion—evoking not just Joni but also his prime in the eighties. Prince covering Joni Mitchell
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Buy it  »           Haruki Murakami’s After Dark
Japan’s magical realism master is back with a short novel set in Tokyo during the witching hour. The book hits shelves on May 7, but you can win a copy today! Take a chance now

Hear tomorrow’s lit stars read today
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists II
  Okay, so only nine of the 21 Best Young American Novelists will be reading tonight. (Where will the rest be? Secret bunkers.) But the May 10 event, which includes Jonathan Safran Foer, will be jammed into Brooklyn’s crowded Book Court. At this one, you’ll have 500 seats to choose from, and you’ll hear Granta’s real discoveries: Russian émigré Olga Grushin; Uzodinma Iwaela, barely out of Harvard and already a haunting novelist; and the inventive and ambitious Daniel Alarcon. Tonight
The New School, Tischman Auditorium
8:30 p.m.
More info  »      

Soothe the kids with this DVD
Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series   With Earth Day and its daunting lessons now safely behind us, we can indulge in the vicarious thrills offered by the dulcet-toned Sir David Attenborough’s essential nature series. Pop in one of the five discs and race with leopards through Siberia, swim with great white sharks, and track polar bears over … melting ice caps. Okay, there are lessons here, too – but, hey, aren’t those bioluminescent “vampire squid” and ravenous piranha cool? BBC Video
On sale today
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