Agenda Newsletter - September 17, 2007

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Tourists get more than they bargain for
The Elephanta Suite
Paul Theroux; Houghton Mifflin; $25; Buy it
This trio of tragic novellas isn’t just a highbrow Turistas (though that would be cool enough). Most of the set-upon Americans traveling through India have it coming: the oblivious wealthy couple in a full-service spa, the lawyer exploiting cheap labor and desperate women. But what makes the place so menacing isn’t chaos but a kind of mystical, subversive cohesion. Paul Theroux’s rough justice being what it is, the spiritual seeker genuinely undeserving of her fate exacts revenge. But she—like the reader—remains transformed.

Grindhouse highlight goes unrated
Death Proof   Back when Grindhouse tanked in theaters, David Edelstein called Quentin Tarantino’s female-empowering, car-crashing half of the flick a “small masterpiece”—while fanboys griped about the intentional “missing reel” depriving them of Vanessa Ferlito’s lap dance. The extra 30 minutes on this new unrated DVD restore the small genre exercise to its epic, Cannes-conquering length: You’ll see more non sequiturs, even longer car chases, more foot fetishism, and yes, guys, that B-movie lap dance—in all its nudity-free glory. Weinstein Company
On sale tomorrow
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Long, strange trip ends back home
Arthur Magazine, Issue 26   The music-and-culture bible for people who use real Bibles for rolling papers, Arthur disappeared earlier this year when the editor and publisher were beefing. But now the guide to all things psychedelic and folkie—not to mention nerdy and anarchistic—has returned with an issue, just delivered to New York coffee houses and record and book stores, that features Thurston Moore and Byron Coley interviewing Yoko Ono, Douglas Rushkoff on 9/11 conspiracy theorists, and profiles of Becky Stark and the Sun City Girls. $6 online; available free at various locations  »      

Prog greats to roast chicken, your mind
  Tonight, these prog-rock vets will open a travel bag of insanity: six-minute drum solos, fog, fire, Geddy Lee’s sample-happy bass improvisations, and, yes, chickens baking in rotisserie ovens. The innovative trio de force are touring behind their first album of new material in five years, the dragon-free Snakes & Arrows, and they’ve been leaving a trail of evidence, via YouTube, that local Geddyheads are in for a truly epic show. Madison Square Garden
8 p.m.
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Out-of-towners show off
Works & Process: Boston Ballet
  These performance-and-panel-discussion combos are to the point but always illuminating. Catch this world-class ballet company—they’ve poached a few of our own star dancers lately—and pay special attention to the new piece by their resident choreographer, Jorma Elo, whose sharp, fiercely geometric and musical work is some of the most transfixing in ballet right now. Get there at 6:30 for standby tickets; you can expect a decent number of series-pass holders not to show. The Guggenheim
7:30 p.m.
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Have them make themselves useful
Mini Chef Cooking Classes
  Her phyllo pastry might not be perfectly flaky, but how many 3-year-olds can boast that they’ve cooked at a meatpacking-district restaurant? (And how many are sanctioned to play with food for a whole hour?) With its flexible approach—pizza needn’t be round—this series of classes in local and international cuisine could well produce little foodie sophisticates who shun chicken fingers. Yes, that’s a warning. (The course started on Rosh Hashanah; sign up for five sessions or the remaining nine.) Paradou
2:30 p.m.
$190 for five classes in the ten-class series
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Agenda Newsletter - September 17, 2007