Agenda Newsletter - August 9, 2007

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Watch a pirated clip for YouTube: The Movie!
‘Be Kind Rewind’ Trailer
Yes, this is pirated video of a promo being shown in a Comic-Con theater, but the meta overload makes perfect sense given that the clip’s for Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, in which Jack Black and Mos Def play video-store clerks who accidentally erase their VHS inventory and resolve to reshoot every film in the store, starring themselves. (Check out Black faking his way through the Ghostbusters theme.) Don’t be surprised if the director makes this the official trailer.

Chamillionaire makes it rain—free songs
Mixtape Messiah 3   Like other literal-minded people, we grappled with the fact that so-called “mixtapes” are actually bootleg CDs sold on the street. Houston’s most lyrical rapper is working, as is his wont, on a whole new level: He’s giving away these reworked versions of familiar tracks online. If that confuses you, you’ll be absolutely floored hearing Young Jeezy’s “Go Getta” become “Mo Scrilla” and Birdman and Lil Wayne’s “You Ain’t Know” morph into “You a Dummy.” Chamillionaire
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Paul van Dyk
at Central Park
The German trancemeister returns to Central Park for a hotly anticipated D.J. set. Enter to win tickets now!    

See hometown favorites get soused
Hold Steady
  Now that the Hold Steady are done being fêted for last year’s breakthrough effort, Boys and Girls in America, we can get back to what’s really important: their booze-fueled shows. As if raising the spirits of the inveterate drunks, swindlers, and transients that make up front man Craig Finn’s stable of characters, Hold Steady gigs are gloriously sloppy affairs. Tonight’s event is outdoors, so follow these instructions: Acquire paper bag. Insert tall boy. Enjoy. Celebrate Brooklyn
Prospect Park Bandshell
7 p.m.
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John Dillinger enjoyed them
Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection   If you don’t know Loy and Powell’s witty, urbane Thin Man comedies, say ten Hail Marys, buy this box, and immediately watch Manhattan Melodrama. The 1934 film is doubly historic: It’s the duo’s first movie together—and the one John Dillinger saw just before he was murdered! It’s also a flick Rudy Giuliani might enjoy, a love triangle farce in which a street-smart gal (Loy) leaves her beloved crook (Clark Gable) for Powell’s pompous, careerist Manhattan district attorney. Warner Home Video
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Terrifying clown sits for portrait
Untitled   The Joker-like character in this photo may not have the sex appeal of Heath Ledger’s imminent villain, but he’s got the whole nefarious-psycho-clown thing down. Peter Hujar, the photographer known for his seventies-era snapshots of seedy downtown scenesters, first showed the picture in 1974 at the Midtown Y Photography Gallery. See it, and others from the gallery’s repertoire, at the New York Public Library’s current show, “Making the Scene.” Peter Hujar
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Non-terrifying clowns entertain
The Slappy and Monday Clowning Show
  Monday plays the musical saw and stacks cigar boxes on his nose; Slappy plays concertina and gives her pal a hard time. Yes, it’s classic, edge-of-anarchy clowning. But husband-and-wife team Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley, founders of the theatrical troupe the New York Goofs, are two of the smartest, wittiest, and most demented clowns on the new vaudeville scene. See them now that they’ve returned from Jordan, where they were performing for Iraqi refugee kids. New York Goofs
Van Cortlandt Park, Classic Playground
August 10
10:30 a.m. More info  »        

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Agenda Newsletter - August 9, 2007