Agenda Newsletter - May 31, 2007

Professional funnyman gets raw
Charlie Murphy

There are some of us who remember the affable but hard-edged Charlie Murphy as the very best thing about The Chappelle Show. His stand-up gigs are sidesplittingly raunchy affairs. Count on more than a few Chappelle references—shirts versus blouses! Cocaine is a hell of a drug!—and eruptions from a rowdy crowd. Bonus: never-before-told “True Hollywood Stories” from the days spent trailing his brother Eddie. His last two tours sold out—snag tickets today.
    Ultraprolific writer finds time to read
Joyce Carol Oates
  In the early sixties, inventors created a computer program capable of cranking out one novel a year. They called it Joyce Carol Oates. The author has steadily produced stories, poems, plays, essays, and longer fiction; a few were Pulitzer Prize finalists, and one scored a National Book Award. Her latest compulsively readable book, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, juggles unsavory but riveting topics like the Holocaust, serial killers, and domestic violence. See the machine in person. Tonight
Barnes & Noble
7 p.m.
More info  »       Club icons come together
M_nus Yourself
  They seem an odd couple: Brooklyn’s burly, baseball-capped Danny Tenaglia churns out hard, soulful house, while Ontario’s skinny, trendily coiffed Richie Hawtin (a.k.a. Plastikman) delivers austere minimal techno. Then again, each of them is as meticulous as Felix Unger, and they’re both known for deep sets legions of fans consider transformative. The cousins on The Patty Duke Show might provide a more apt analogy, but that’s energy we’d rather spend dancing. Danny Tenaglia and Richie Hawtin
Pacha NYC
June 8
10 p.m.
Tickets  »       Two great symphonies cleverly paired
Uncommon Comrades
  American Symphony Orchestra leader Leon Botstein likes an educated audience—people attending his “Classics Declassified” series don’t hear symphonies until they’ve learned how and why the composer wrote it. Here Botstein’s pairing a Soviet showstopper—Shostakovich’s epic Babi Yar, which commemorates the massacre of 100,000 Ukrainians—with a trumpet concerto and symphony by the lesser-known Mieczyslaw Weinberg, who survived the Stalinist purges thanks to Shostakovich himself. And if you think the stories are compelling … American Symphony Orchestra
Avery Fisher Hall
June 3
3 p.m.
Tickets  »     Audra McDonald
in 110 in the Shade
See the four-time Tony winner in her return to Broadway. Take a chance now

Carolines on Broadway; Through June 3, various times; $40.75; See recent Agenda winners    

Warhol film appreciation begins now
Chelsea Girls
  Andy Warhol recently became the second-highest-grossing artist after Picasso, but his films remain largely unseen. MoMA’s working on it: Their weeklong run of the artist’s three-and-a-half-hour dual-screen opus Chelsea Girls begins Saturday. Starring the usual assortment of Warhol “superstars” and featuring music by the Velvet Underground, this milestone of underground cinema is boring, hilarious, and completely unforgettable. It will also tide us over until his Museum of the Moving Image retrospective in November. MoMA
June 2–9
Various times
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Curse nature’s indifference outdoors
Night Air Theatre:
March of the Penguins
  Maybe it’s twisted to sit outside on a balmy night and watch a movie that shows baby penguins freezing to death. Or maybe it’s genius: Who would pass up a chance to see this Oscar-winning documentary—the one that launched a national obsession with nature’s unsexiest animal—outdoors, under a full moon, with Morgan Freeman’s mellifluous voice wafting out over a salt marsh? You need only bring lawn chairs and your sense of nature’s awesome indifference to life. Salt Marsh Nature Center 8:30 p.m.
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Agenda Newsletter - May 31, 2007