Film Society of Lincoln Center; 7 p.m.; $30; Tickets
Actors always complain about how journalists only ask about their off-screen antics. Truth is, reporters focus on gossip because actors rarely have anything interesting to say about their work. But the wry Don Cheadle—who stars in Talk to Me, the story of a Baltimore ex-con who becomes a local activist D.J.—never fails to amuse and edify, whether talking about the politics behind Hotel Rwanda or the star-spangled jumpsuit he flaunts in Ocean’s 13.
Hear a tale of sex, drugs, and wrestling
Mike Edison Edison, reading tonight from his upcoming memoir, I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, has quite the résumé: editor-in-chief of Heeb, High Times, and the illustrious Screw (where he took over for Al Goldstein); in-house writer for Hustler (on cocaine and brothels) and Penthouse (where he “edited” the letters); author of 28 porn novels; onetime pro wrestler; and collaborator with GG Allin. As if the glimpses into his warped world weren’t enough, the Rocket Train Delta Science Arkestra and special guests will provide live accompaniment. KGB Bar
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Hard-core kids embrace their inner metalhead
Deliver Us Darkest Hour dress like nice, hip boys and write thoughtful lyrics about hating Bush, but they also play super-technical Euro-style metal that would probably blow Yngwie Malmsteen’s mind. Together for more than a decade, the once-hard-core D.C. fivesome finally seem comfortable in their metallic skin: This new album is quirky but melodic—
“Demon(s)” has a poppy, sing-along chorus—and comes complete with loooong, face-melting guitar solos. Darkest Hour
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Violin prodigy takes it outdoors
Concerts in the Park We can hardly think of a more pleasingly light performance for the outdoors than a very accessible program put on by one of the country’s best philharmonics. Tonight, violin prodigy Stefan Jackiw brings the classic Mendelssohn Violin Concerto to a fresh new setting along with Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous sixth symphony (called Pathetique, but don’t let that put you off). Clear skies are forecast, so you’ll be able to enjoy your own personal Tanglewood in the city sans umbrella. New York Philharmonic
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1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die
It’s not too late to plan the ultimate cross-country summer road trip. Patricia Schultz’s latest overly informed guide reveals countless (okay, 1,000) must-see travel destinations. Want a copy? Enter now!
Rising-star poets bring the goods
Nathaniel Bellows and
Meghan O’Rourke It’s a little silly to talk about stars in the ever-dwindling world of poetry, but Bellows and O’Rourke are two bright young things who are slowly but surely making names for themselves. O’Rourke’s first collection, Halflife, toes the line between metaphysical yearning and physical desire. Bellows’s Why Speak? puts a philosophical spin on the pastoralism. This joint reading and Q&A session is your chance to see them before they ascend to the firmament. 192 Books
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Cats lack a strong command of grammar
I Can Has Cheezburger? This site will totally confuse beginning readers. But kids who are old enough to use baby talk as a linguistic device are reveling in the latest manifestation of the cute craze that has basically completely overtaken every other function of the Internet. This site’s the best example of the “lolcat” phenomenon: Users submit Über-adorable kitty pictures—with wickedly silly, syntactically crazed captions (like, for instance, “I can has cheezburger?”). Children, can you say anthropomorphism? Read »
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