Agenda Newsletter - May 15, 2007

You’ve watched her, heard her—now read her!
Miranda July
No One Belongs Here More Than You; Scribner; Out today; $23; Review
New York’s Kimberly Cutter wants to know if this debut story collection from indie’s polymath princess settles the “Miranda July, Awesome or Annoying?” debate for good. There’s a “marked new maturity” in the artist-filmmaker-musician-
and-now-author’s latest explorations of love: “July’s still interested in longing, but it’s the dark, inarticulate heart of longing she’s after now.” In other words, buy the book.

Formula triumphs against all odds
Stomp the Yard   Yes, the movie’s utterly predictable: A troubled dancer aims for redemption by becoming a stepping champ at, ahem, Truth University. (Hello, love interest who dates nefarious rival. Is that you, meddling school administrator?) But it’s also deliriously rewarding: By the time our protagonist flies across the stage—in slow motion, wearing his dead brother’s gloves—during the climax, you couldn’t care less that you called it in the first five minutes. Sony
Out today
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Hear High Line Festival’s sleeper highlight
  Sweet, sweet solace: Tickets to the Arcade Fire and Secret Machines High Line Festival shows may have sold out, but you can still bear witness to indie rock’s premier noisemakers. Singer-bassist Satomi Matzuzaki sounds like a deranged little kid (and dances like a deranged martial-arts expert), and her band have what some might consider an unsettling affinity for the astringent sounds of free jazz. But together, they summon the kind of charisma that brings down stadiums. The Fillmore at Irving Plaza May 17
8 p.m.
Tickets  »      

See two masters—for free
Picasso, Braque,
and Early Film in Cubism
  Did the emergence of Cubism have something to do with Picasso and Braque going to the movies? (And if so, was it the contortions you have to make to get to the bathroom mid-show?) That intriguing idea inspired this pet project of PaceWildenstein director Arne Glimcher. It’s rare that these masters headline a show outside of a stately institution; see over 40 of their paintings, drawings, and prints in this intimate setting—free! PaceWildenstein Through
June 23
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Sneak preview of Wide Awake: Portrait of an Artist as an Insomniac
Filmmaker Alan Berliner films his extreme sleep deprivation in this new doc. Win tix to a “night owl” screening and Q&A with the filmmaker—a week before it debuts on HBO! Take a chance now See recent Agenda winners    

Don DeLillo reinterprets 9/11
Falling Man   Would you believe that this great and difficult author’s latest has the elements of a best-seller? Don’t jump to any conclusions: Sam Anderson explains that DeLillo resists the “easy dramatic lure” of these elements (an affair, catastrophic terrorism, poker) to construct a book that changes the conversation about 9/11. Here, the day’s fallout isn’t political—it’s existential. In sum, “Anyone who dismisses DeLillo as a glib ironist fundamentally misunderstands the nature of his power.” Don DeLillo
Out today
Buy it  »
Review  » Guide to DeLillo  »      

Family-friendly opera cuts no corners
Bizet’s Carmen
  We’d think twice about bringing young, wiggly types to see Carmen, too. But shrunk down to an hour, this children’s production becomes surprisingly family-friendly. Which isn’t to say any corners have been cut: The fully staged, professional performance presents all the hits in their entirety, and there’s even a scene-by-scene English narration. If it turns out the wiggly types can’t get enough, the cast and crew will answers questions afterward. DiCapo Opera
Today, May 16
11 a.m.
$10 kids; adults free
More info  »        

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Agenda Newsletter - May 15, 2007