Agenda Newsletter - May 14, 2007

See a surreal rap genius (and Spank Rock)
Spank Rock and
Ghostface Killah

best hip-hop album, really be opening for Spank Rock, the foul-mouthed rap crew enjoying flavor-of-the-month status? The flavor’s actually pretty tasty: Spank’s combination of Miami booty beats and Baltimore club music might even get the rap nerds dancing. After they’ve delighted in Ghostface’s surreal wordplay, of course. (Listen for people rhyming along with lines like “Scooby snack Jurassic plastic gas booby trap.”) Buy tickets for tomorrow’s show now.
    Big-timers honor Eric Bogosian
Spring Gala
  Just because ranting raconteur Eric Bogosian isn’t dead doesn’t mean he’s not ripe for memorializing. Known for his manic monologues, the guest of honor at the downtown theater’s Spring Gala has his first show on Broadway (Talk Radio) and a role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. And check out the lineup of people paying tribute: Plimpton will perform Blow Me, Parker Posey will re-create Inner Baby, and Bill T. Jones will excerpt Funhouse. Angel Orensanz Center
5:30 p.m.
Tickets  »       Euro hippies at it again
Dungen   These Swedish psychedelic rockers have had us enthusiastically singing along to lyrics we do not understand ever since their first album made a splash here two years ago. Their new disc has us in blissful ignorance all over again: They’ve poured their hearts into every flute riff, righteous extended jam, and exuberant chorus. You can practically smell the weed smoke. There’s no word yet on local gigs, so sate yourself with the home stereo. Tio Bitar
Buy it  »       The aviatrix endorses cigarettes, more
Amelia Earhart: Image & Icon
  The iconic status of this so-called “aviatrix” and unlikely style maven is lovingly examined in this collection of photos, press clippings, and vintage ads (including one for an Earhart-endorsed pack of Lucky Strikes proclaiming that “Lucky Strikes were the cigarettes carried on the ‘Friendship’ when she crossed the Atlantic. They were smoked continuously from Trepassey to Wales”). Fashion, feminism, pre-E! celebrity—it’s all here, decked out in khaki trenches and leather bombers. International Center of Photography
Through September 9
More info  »           Grey Gardens the musical
on Broadway
See Little Edie Beale’s twisted Hamptons world on stage before it wins a Tony! Want tickets? Take a chance now

HighLine Ballroom; May 15; $30
Should Ghostface Killah, the nutty genius behind last year’s See recent Agenda winners        

Watch artful soft-core by Jean Genet
Un Chant d’amour
  If you don’t believe a man blowing smoke through a crack in a prison wall can get you hot and bothered, you haven’t seen Jean Genet’s homoerotic short Un Chant d’amour. This artful bit of soft-core, showing tonight, splits a bill with Todd Haynes’s devastating breakthrough film, Poison, as part of a mini-festival devoted to the French scoundrel turned scribe. Can’t make today’s screenings? Hurry over tomorrow and catch Brad Davis getting shtupped in Fassbinder’s deliriously depraved Querelle. Jean Genet on Film
BAM Rose Cinemas
May 22
Tickets  »      

Drop them off to see The Goonies
Magic Movie Night
  Munching pizza, slurping juice, and watching The Goonies while lounging around on gym mats—if we weren’t so excited about having happy hour to ourselves, we’d join the young ones at this month’s Magic Movie Night. (Our love of The Goonies probably shows our age, but how exciting is it to share a childhood favorite with the ones we’re so reluctant to see grow up?) Word of the program is spreading, so reserve a spot now. 74th Street Magic
5 p.m.–7 p.m.
More info  »        

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Agenda Newsletter - May 14, 2007