Agenda Newsletter - May 1, 2007

Hear a reading from the author of the moment
Michael Chabon

92nd Street Y; 8 p.m.; $18; Under 35, $10; review
We were never hot at book reports, so let’s hand the mike to Sam Anderson for a few words on The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, which Chabon will read from tonight: It’s a “hyperliterate, genre-pantsing detective novel that deserves every inch of its impending blockbuster superfame” (that’s right—genre-pantsing). Meanwhile, the book’s “ingeniously rich alternate reality”—Jewish refugees decamping to Alaska—has stirred controversy you can expect to be addressed in Laura Miller’s interview with the writer.

See Project Runway’s guru in person
Tim Gunn
  You may not chance to touch the (crisp) hem of his garment or have him personally denounce your ill-fitting skirt while referencing Kierkegaard’s treatise on choice. But the man—let’s be honest: the Project Runway legend—will read from the useful and erudite Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, and while the book’s fashion beatitudes will enlighten you, his regal voice and bearing will surely transport you. Barnes & Noble
7 p.m.
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Catch this band on the way up
Bishop Allen
  We gleefully bought into indie group Bishop Allen’s gimmick of releasing one four-song disc of cheery, folkie pop every month last year, but even so, any young band with 48 songs to their name could stand some editing down—to, say, the length of a standard live set. Meanwhile, they’re on the verge of bigger things, with new label backing and an upcoming full-length. See them now, and hope to hear “Click Click Click Click.” We Be Illin’ Benefit Concert
8 p.m.
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Recapture the glory with this DVD
Yankees 1977 World Series Collector’s Edition   A-Rod might be conjuring visions of Reggie Jackson (in April, not October), but Carl Pavano doesn’t remind anyone of Ron Guidry. So as this year’s Yankees stumble to find their footing, fill in the off days by revisiting one of the greatest Yanks teams yet. Here, you’ll find the six-game World Series slugfest against the hated Dodgers, the AL playoff clincher, interviews, stats, commentary, and box scores for every game. You can’t lose! Out now
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Einstein: His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography tells of the rebellious man and the genius.
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Meditate on the city with these three poets
Paris Review Poets
  Bid adieu to poetry month (“good-bye” would be unpoetic) with these three New York City natives. Mary Karr is known for her essay attacking contemporary poesy as willfully opaque and overly ornamental; her own work, like that of fellow readers Emily Moore and Matthew Thorburn, examines Manhattan as we know it today. Between the three of them, you can expect to hear about local fauna from A-train commuters to immaculate metrosexuals. Housing Works
7 p.m.
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Teach art history the easy way
Art Songs: Ten Songs About Artists   Save Frida, Kahlo’s biopic and an epic of unhappiness, for sullen teens needing lessons on real pain. In the meantime, play younger ones “Frida,” off this Tate Gallery CD-booklet: “She was more into politics than the artistic scene / Till she was injured in a bus crash, aged only 18” (sung over a Latin beat, naturally). Thoroughly charming, the disc sums up artists from Turner to Pollock; it’s perfect for an art-critic-in-training. Agnes and Aubrey
Tate Publishing
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Agenda Newsletter - May 1, 2007