Agenda Newsletter - July 24, 2007

Indie rockers just keep getting better
Tegan and Sara

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The Con; Sire/London/Rhino; $13.98; Buy it; Webster Hall; November 19; 8 p.m.; $25; Tickets
The latest electro-folk offering from these Canadian twins is somehow cuter, catchier, and more heartache-y than their last disc, So Jealous, thanks in part to co-producer Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), who sprinkled in irresistible synthesizer hooks. We’re addicted to the title track for its eighties-megaballad sound and over-the-top emo chorus—“I really like to cry.” The duo’s upcoming local shows instantaneously sold out, so get your ticket to their November gig at Webster Hall, uh, right now!

Insert pot-smoking joke here
Weeds: Season Two   We are to Mary Louise Parker as stoners are to Little Debbie snack cakes. Be that as it may, her Showtime drama has evolved out of its soccer-mom-sells-dope premise into a timely and moving serial of suburban angst—one that also happens to feel like the most current show on television. We’re thinking that by now, we’ll actually get the season-two jokes we missed the first time around. (Pot-smokers, please note: The Blu-Ray disc includes a “Test Your Short-Term Memory” game.) Lionsgate
Out today
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Here’s yet another reason to see this movie
The Host   We’ve raved so much about this South Korean horror flick that we’re running out of ways to praise it, so let’s focus on the political parable: The movie is the most apt genre metaphor for the war on terror yet, a rigorous fantasy in which a very real threat (Mr. Scaly) is subsumed by a much more catastrophic overreaction (involving American troops). You could also just buy the two-disc edition for the extras, in which the effects geeks explain their magic. Magnolia Home Entertainment
Out today
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Imagine all the people … gone
The World Without Us   Alan Weisman’s engrossing depiction of what would happen to the planet if humans vanished overnight is the kind of sensationalism we love—there’s plenty of context on ecology, global warming, and our own evolutionary past. But you can be forgiven for skipping to the vivid chapter on New York. Roaches and rats? Dead within years. The subways? Within decades, they’re rivers. Nothing will last as long as you think it will—not even industrial pollution. Alan Weisman Thomas Dunne Books
Buy it »

No End in Sight Opening Night With Director Q&A at Film Forum
Director Charles Ferguson’s documentary gives an insider’s look at what went wrong in Iraq. Win tickets to see the film and meet Ferguson. Enter now!    

See the summer’s standout solo show
Futoshi Miyagi
  Miyagi made a buzzy New York solo debut last year with “Stranger,” a series of photographs in which the artist posed intimately but not sexually with gay strangers cruised on Craigslist. His follow-up has the same sort of whimsical, imagined innocence, though with slightly less left to chance. He muses on a childhood legend, the mythical island of Nirai Kanai, but the exhibition is less about the myth itself and more about how myths and memories are constructed. Daniel Reich Gallery
Through August 10
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Primates wreck bedroom furniture
‘No More Monkeys’ Music Video   The next time she starts complaining about summer boredom, point your browser to YouTube and check out the Putumayo’s promo video for its latest world-lite album, Animal Playground. A hand-drawn animation of hyperactive monkeys superimposed on footage of the Trinidadian singer Asheba and some local kids jumping on the beach makes this clip bounce like a rubber ball (or if you prefer, the funkiest calypso). Warning: May be dangerous for your bedsprings. Asheba
Putumayo Kids
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Agenda Newsletter - July 24, 2007