Agenda Newsletter - July 13-15, 2007

Psychedelia’s comeback kings deign to visit
Os Mutantes

Psychedelia has suddenly become groovy again. Take the unlikely rise of the song “Balada do Louco”—originally recorded in 1972 by Os Mutantes—to No. 38 on the Brazilian charts earlier this year. Best known for their role as architects of the Tropicalia movement, not to mention their prodigious use of LSD, the chamber-pop foursome reunited in 2006. This tour’s not some nostalgia trip, though; their music remains surprisingly edgy and weird.
    Show-within-show quests for the bottom
Extras Season Two   Extras was the perfect fix for squirm-comedy addicts fiending since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant wrapped up The Office Britain. Season two finds the eternally dumped-upon Andy Millman (Gervais) getting his sitcom picked up by the BBC only to have the show, in the pervading spirit of misery, devolve into an embarrassing quest for the lowest common denominator. Our favorite of the bizarro celebrappearances: a horny, insecure Daniel Radcliffe—”I’ve done it with a girl, intercourse-wise.” HBO Home Video
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Toby Keith, No. 1 with a boot.
D.L. Hughley drops one-liners, possibly more.       Buscemi finally carries another film
  Steve Buscemi can parachute in and save almost any movie, lowbrow or art house, in a single scene-stealing turn, but not since 2001’s Ghost World has he carried an entire flick. Perhaps that’s why he directs himself in this unbearably tense face-off between a cynical journalist (Steve) and a bad actress known more for her turns in the tabloids (Sienna Miller). The two are so brilliantly vile destroying one another that you wish they’d revive Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Sony Classics
Opens tonight
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Ticket alert! Ticket alert!
Jerry Stahl reads new stories about weird sex.       Flip the bird to AFI
  Woody Allen. Meryl Streep. Diane Keaton. In Elaine’s. The Guggenheim. Zabar’s. With Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” playing, as the camera pans over Central Park. It’s flat-out insane that the AFI’s new list of the best 100 films dropped Manhattan (and added The Sixth Sense). Love or hate Woody now (and, yes, the May-September romance with Mariel Hemingway was the beginning of a bad thing), you can’t help but love this film if you love this borough. Film Forum
Opens tonight
July 19
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Kirov Opera spins the Ring Cycle.
Tom Jones leads revolution.     Electric Six
Aboard the Temptress
The Detroit rockers perform their disco-metal-dance-rock explosion on a yacht, as part of the Rocks Off Concert Cruise series. Win tickets to this sea-sick show! Enter now!

Untitled Document

Lincoln Center Festival; July 17, 8 p.m.; $40-$55;    

Hear jazz pianist cross boundaries
The Marc Cary Focus Trio
  The second installment of this year’s Summergarden series features the accessibly avant-garde jazz pianist Marc Cary, drummer Sameer Gupta, and bassist David Ewell playing selections from their debut album, FOCUS, and premiering a new piece written especially for the occasion. Go early—not only is the event free (a rarity at MoMA), but seating is presumably limited, given the ginormous Richard Serra sculptures on view in the garden through September 10. MoMA Sculpture Garden
July 15
7 p.m.
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Iva Bittova experiments on violin.

Opening: JoAnn Verburg’s intimate photos.      

Make a beeline for this band
The Sippy Cups
  You’re probably sick of hearing every new kiddie band described as “parent-friendly,” so we’ll just tell you to arrive here early enough to catch the Sippy Cups, who are opening for Hip-Hop Harry (your kid might like TV-tie-in Harry; though he is not exactly “unfriendly,” you might not). With its candy-colored sense of spectacle and circus-y theatrics, the acid-rock-influenced San Francisco six-piece blends flower power and nineties rave culture for a totally unexpected sort of children’s music. Global Family Day
Central Park SummerStage
July 15
3 p.m.
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They can sew that themselves.

Mowgli and The Jungle Book gang—as puppets!        

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Agenda Newsletter - July 13-15, 2007