Agenda Newsletter - May 11-13, 2007

The zombies aren’t even the worst part
28 Weeks Later

Fox Atomic; Opens today; Trailer; Review
This isn’t merely a sequel—it may be the end-all zombie movie. A perturbed David Edelstein calls it “blistering and nihilistic—a vision to reduce you to a puddle of despair.” (He’s too polite to mention the potential puddle underneath your seat.) The brain-feasting in 28 Weeks Later doesn’t compare to what happens when the American military, “protecting” Britain, starts racking up the collateral damage. There are political overtones, sure, but no shortage of transcendent gore!

Good rapper rehires great producer
The People
  Common, nerd-rap’s most dexterous M.C., got a much-needed shot in the arm when Kanye West, the famed beat-making egoist, produced his last album. Here the rapper confirms his smarts by bringing Kanye back. On the track, leaked from the upcoming Finding Forever, West drops a typically impressive patchwork of recast soul samples while Com delivers a State of the Ghetto address, big ups his producer, and mourns his losses at last year’s Grammy Awards. He was robbed! Common
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Brian McKnight gets smoooove.

Lindsay! Lohan! (and Jane Fonda) in Georgia Rule.      

Hal Hartley screens his comeback
Fay Grim
  This is the comeback that fans of Hal Hartley—and Parker Posey—had given up waiting for. Hartley’s funniest and sharpest movie in years is a sequel to his Long Island indie Henry Fool and a war-on-terror farce that’s reminiscent of Martin McDonagh, the Marx Brothers, and, best yet, vintage Hartley. The man himself will appear at this screening for a Q&A. Try to ask questions without using the phrase “no longer sucking.” Museum of the Moving Image
7:30 p.m.
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Attention shoplifters: punk-record fair.

Brooklyn author Colin Channer can—and will—read.      

Top diva unearths gems
Debora Voigt
  This soprano extraordinaire was once just one among a lofty coterie of divas. Now, thanks to her dramatic (and controversial!) weight loss and propensity for steering little-known works to the masses, Voigt has the clout to devote an entire Carnegie recital to well-known composers’ rarest vocal works. Strauss, Respighi, Verdi, and Mozart—they’re all here. Then there’s that closing spate of charming Bernstein songs; “Somewhere” should be perfectly suited to Voigt’s rich, warm vocals. Carnegie Hall
8 p.m.
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Worthy stars pay tribute to Miles Davis.

Nearly over: downtown dance extravaganza.      

Discover an artist inspired by porn
Sex Work
  This hole-in-the-wall gallery often features artists unfairly passed over by history. None of it’s included in the two current feminist shows, but the work produced over Betty Tompkins’s long career is as good and tough as anything they’re displaying. These ravishing, randy new paintings depict close-ups of coitus, double penetration, and a couple of bejeweled vaginas. The ample, ungroomed pubic hair suggests that Tompkins, weirdly enough, seems to be using old porn for her sources. Betty Tompkins Mitchell Algus Gallery
May 19
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Closing: Blaxploitation meets bling.

Latin and Spanish flicks at High Line fest.      

Acrobatic dance—it beats fat camp
  Quit threatening them with fat camp and get your kids to the Flea, where the strong tween and teen girls of Magma will be performing Sarah East Johnson’s unique brand of acrobatic dance. Like their big sisters in Johnson’s dance company Lava (she’s into volcanoes), these young ones are all about girl power, mutual support—literally—and infecting audiences of all shapes and sizes with the desire to hang upside down from their toes. The Flea
May 12–27
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May we suggest bluegrass?

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Agenda Newsletter - May 11-13, 2007