Agenda Newsletter - September 7, 2007

Forget Thanksgiving Day
The Art Parade

Untitled Document

West Broadway between Grand and Houston Streets; September 8,
4 p.m.; More info
We don’t want to offend any folks with their own celebratory marches, but this avant-garde procession from three of the strongest artsy forces south of Houston—Deitch Projects, public-art nonprofit Creative Time, and Paper magazine—might be our favorite such event in the city. The third annual parade will feature projects and performances by Op artist Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Rodriguez (he made a cardboard subway car in 2005), and the often nude, always entertaining Dazzle Dancers.

We just love Christian Bale
3:10 to Yuma
  James Mangold (Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line) isn’t the most creative director in Hollywood, but he works well with actors. He doesn’t exactly reinvent the wagon wheel with this neo-Western, but it’s juiced when a cavalry of incredible men—Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, and scene-stealing psychopath Ben Foster—come crashing in to save the day. Crowe and Foster go way, way over the top, but Bale’s quiet determination drives the film from here to that inevitable sunset. Lionsgate
Opens today
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TV Festival: Our pilot picks.

Get yer Boss tix now!      

Queer films hand picked
Best of NewFest
  The ever-judicious folks at BAM are screening the audience favorites and award winners from this year’s queer film event NewFest, which you might’ve missed in June amid Pride fever. The very best of the best: The Birthday, a doc about Iraq’s unexpectedly liberal attitudes toward transsexuals; The Godfather of the Disco, a narrative about a gay man’s life in seventies New York; and Sonja, a tender girl-on-girl addition to the coming-of-age genre. BAM Rose Cinema
Through September 9
Showtimes vary
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Vampire Weekend prove they’re not goth, okay?

Waterfront fest: art, noise bands, kung-fu.      

See who preceded Diane Arbus
Lisette Model and her Successors
  Before Diane Arbus there was Lisette Model, who immigrated to New York from Vienna right before World War II and started shooting fashion for Harper’s Bazaar. Before long she was seeking out eccentrics in seedy jazz clubs and on Coney Island. This homage, on the 25th anniversary of her death, presents a reissue of her 1979 monograph and seminal vintage works alongside those of her most famous followers (Arbus, Larry Fink, Peter Hujar, and Bruce Weber among them). Aperture Gallery
Just opened
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Farm Aid: Nelson, Matthews, and Young.

Farewell to Joan Miller’s witty dance-theater.      

Video-art pioneer properly framed
Shigeko Kubota
  Video-art pioneer Kubota set the stage for art-world darlings like Doug Aitken and Paul Pfeiffer. Like her fellow Japanese conceptualist Yoko Ono, Kubota was a major player in the sixties Fluxus movement, redefining artistic message and media. Maya Stendhal’s comprehensive showing is a veritable fun house of Kubota’s engaging works: Fractured mirrors and psychedelic projections frame Kubota’s video sculptures—stoic, Transformer-like clunkers adorned and implanted with video screens. Maya Stendhal Gallery
Just opened
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Bizarre, ultraviolent, allegorical Western!

Last chance: More fun-house mirrors.      

Best minds transform park
HOWL! Festival
  We love this fest for its mess of bad public painting, bits of burlesque, cool jazz, slam poetry, fabulous queens, and nostalgic outbursts. Sure, you could be kid-centric and stick by the North (read junior) Stage—on Saturday, you’ll find teen stuff; on Sunday, a suitably anachronistic classical performance of Tubby the Tuba—but we suggest you put her on your shoulders and just wander around the park, taking it all in. Eccentric costumes recommended. Various locations
Through September 9
11 a.m.
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Arts, crafts, and walruses with grandma.

Interactive South African music for everybody.        

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Agenda Newsletter - September 7, 2007