Agenda Newsletter - August 6, 2007

Terrific band rocks a boat, gently
Brightblack Morning Light

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The Half Moon; Skyport Marina; 7 p.m.; $25; Review; Tickets
We love the concept of the “booze cruise”—it rhymes, for starters—but the idea of staging a set by this pulse-slackening, mind-expanding group of New Mexico hippies on a boat seems to us an even more acute revelation. Plus, you can still get drunk. Whether you’ll get away with a more appropriate form of intoxication remains to be seen, but rest assured that indie’s greatest groove band will doubly reinforce the notion that you’re floating away from city strife.

Catch an epic comeback (maybe)
Lauryn Hill
  First she sold records, then she was crazy, then she wasn’t, and now … well, we have no idea. But with the Fugees reunion on hold indefinitely, we wouldn’t be so brazenly passing up a confirmed shot at seeing Miss Hill in the flesh. Unlike so many famed burnouts, Hill’s raw talent—as an MC and probably more so as a singer—means she might still put on a classic show, even if we don’t dare hope for another classic LP. MLK Concert Series
Wingate Field
7:30 p.m.
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Great comics critic reads
Douglas Wolk
  For all the grumbling about how underrated comics are, there’s a growing fear that boosterism might be the death of the “graphic novel.” Wolk treats it as an art form that can take care of itself. In Reading Comics, his new book, he praises the seminal Watchmen series while bemoaning its imitators, playfully deconstructs Jaime Hernandez, and puts those shallow superheroes in their place. He’s no dry academic, either—tonight, expect some miffed fanboys. Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue
7 p.m.
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Cantankerous codger recalls days of yore
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page   This tough-minded but compassionate tale—newly reissued, and narrated by a crusty bachelor looking back on his times as an inhabitant of a small island on the English Channel—is one of the best novels of the twentieth century. (We’re getting caught up this summer.) He witnesses the seminal events of world wars through weary eyes and observes the gradual overtaking of his home by tourists with bitter—and hilarious!—resentment. It’s okay: You can put aside that beach read. G.B. Edwards
New York Review Books
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Woo with Louis MacNeice’s help
Collected Poems   The Belfast-born, Oxford-bred Louis MacNeice spent much of his career toiling in the shadows of a more famous contemporary, W.H. Auden, but he produced some wonderful work all the same. This newly expanded, import-only edition of his collected poems lifts the skirt on his lovelorn side. One fine set of quatrains addressed to an inamorata ends, “Though to-day is arid, / We know—and knowing bless— / That rooted in futurity / There is a plant of tenderness.” Louis MacNeice
Faber and Faber
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Music class taps into the fun principle
Music for Aardvarks
Demo Classes   She’s perfectly happy singing along to “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Problem is, when you take her to music class, you’re “encouraged” to join in. Parents looking to avoid such indignity flock to this freewheeling program, where everyone sings and dances along to former grunge-rocker David Weinstone’s cosmopolitan songs about taxicabs and bagels. Not sold? Book your spot today in one of the free trial classes happening this month before you commit for a fall session. Various locations
and dates
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Agenda Newsletter - August 6, 2007