Agenda Newsletter - September 18, 2007

The Met whips out the big guns
The Age of Rembrandt

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This fall, the Met flaunts its assets: Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman’s landmark bequest of modern classics (opens today—think Pollock, de Kooning, and Motherwall); contemporary photography, showcased in a new space (opens September 25—think Sherman, Wall, Struth); and this sprawling show, featuring all 228 of the museum’s classic Dutch paintings on what would have been Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. Look for twenty paintings by the man himself (see his self-portrait above), wonderfully supplemented by his Dutch compatriots, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals among them.
    DVD won’t insult your consumer intelligence
The Graduate   Most “anniversary-edition” DVDs are ripoffs—obvious attempts to monetize the back catalog. But this 40th-anniversary disc is a stunner: All the old extras remain, from screen tests to trailers. But MGM has added new commentary from Katherine Ross, Dustin Hoffman, and Mike Nichols (plus, for some reason, Steven Soderbergh), and tossed in the CD soundtrack as well. But we’re picking it up for this new extra: “Would You Like Me to Seduce You: The Seduction Scene Revisited.” MGM Home Entertainment
Buy it  »     Revolution
at the Joyce Theater
This sexy, electrifying rock-and-roll tap show is like So You Think You Can Dance meets Dance Dance Revolution meets Riverdance. Sold? Enter to win tickets now!

Untitled Document

The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Opens today;    

Author explains The Shock Doctrine
Naomi Klein
  It’s easier to steal someone’s wallet if you punch him out first. In her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Klein brings this idea to its logical conclusion: Evil capitalists build resorts over fishing villages after the 2004 tsunami, take New Orleans public schools private following Katrina, and sign preemptive contracts to rebuild countries we’ve yet to go to war with. Tonight, hear her get stirred up. Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave.
7 p.m.
On her book’s trailer  »
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Gallery takes on the museums
Willem de Kooning: The Last Beginning
  Larry Gagosian kicks off fall as only he can with this big show of abstract, eighties de Kooning on the tenth anniversary of the artist’s death. Curator Klaus Kertess pairs these later works with a handful of de Kooning’s signature canvases from the forties, fifties, and late seventies, tracing the progression of his aesthetic and gestural technique. It’s a museum-caliber show without the museum-caliber admission—or any admission, for that matter—and a fantastic complement to the Met’s Abstract Expressionism, also opening today. Gagosian Gallery
Opens today
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Weirdos make like legends
Black Lips
  This self-mythologizing bunch of kids from Atlanta do things like record live albums in Tijuana drinking dens and piss on each other onstage. But their blissful racket, an update of psychedelic sixties garage rock, would assure their near-legendary status all on its own. Their latest full-length, Good Bad, Not Evil, just came out to rapturous reviews; see them now, before they tire of their own antics. Tonight, Bowery Ballroom
September 19, Music Hall of Williamsburg
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Weimaraners visit Shake Shack
Around the Park
  You jaded adults might’ve tired of William Wegman’s Weimaraners back in the mid-nineties, but your offspring will probably appreciate the whimsical doggy portraits he shot here in the park. (His models enjoy a snack at Shake Shack, hang out on park benches, and drive around in one of those green golf carts.) Get in line, grab a burger, and see the works projected on four outdoor monitors near the Shack. After 1 p.m., they show video Wegman made from 1970 through 1999. William Wegman
Madison Square Park
Through October 28
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Agenda Newsletter - September 18, 2007