New York City Center; September 26–October 6; 8 p.m.; $10; More info
Some of the world’s best dance companies performing in an intimate venue for just ten bucks a pop: If this festival is a dream come true, you need to wake up and buy tickets now. Fans of both classical and modern can still catch some highlights. The New York City Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders will showcase pristine moves for the balletomane; for the less straitlaced, there’s the fierce Urban Bush Women and modern innovator Larry Keigwin’s company.
Kill! Kill! Kill!
Heavenly Sword Thanks to that giant honking graphics processor inside the PS3, the ridiculous, candy-colored blade-swinging game Heavenly Sword isn’t merely an HD-centric showcase of swirling pixels: It’s an astounding killing machine! The game can throw hundreds of enemies at you at once, so if you’ve ever daydreamed of slicing and dicing scores of baddies, like Neo in those giant Matrix rumbles or Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, this is the game to sate your insatiable bloodlust. Sony
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See robo porn in perspective
Sex Life of Robots In the future, robots will screw like, er, rabbits. Or so envisions filmmaker Mike Sullivan in his “work-in-progress” stop-animation art-porn Sex Life of Robots. If you’re someplace private, you can watch the trailer that screened to an aghast audience at Tribeca Film Fest last year, but we suggest you step out of your cave and see the Museum of Sex’s documentary on Sullivan’s creative process and the accompanying exhibit of his porn stars—retooled Barbies and G.I. Joes. Museum of Sex
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Feminist flips the script
Katha Pollitt We were about to burn ourselves in our bras when feminist par excellence Pollitt devoted chapters of her new memoir, Learning to Drive, to Web-stalking a philandering ex-boyfriend. But it is one hell of a betrayal tale—the bastard encouraged her to join a Marxist reading group padded with his former and current lovers. Tonight, hear the award-winning journalist discuss her bruised midlife in the upper echelon of leftist circles—where really smart people experience heartbreak and have difficulty mastering parallel parking. Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place
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If you see only one tango opera this year
Maria de Buenos Aires It’s an opera, but not an opera opera: This rarely staged work focuses on the life, death, and possible resurrection of a Buenos Aires hooker, features a stunning score by tango nuevo master Astor Piazzola, and also has the added bonus of breezing by in a very un-operalike 80 minutes. What an hour and a half it is: You get sex, death, a trip to hell, and some sleazy-good tango. Now that’s musical theater we can get behind. Gotham Chamber Opera
Skirball Center at NYU
“Cow Pie Radio” comes to CD!
Chickens Howdy’s a real-life Western farmer with Grand Ole Opry cred; BB’s his sidekick on the weekly variety show “Cow Pie Radio.” Their new CD stitches together a big-band–honky-tonk–hoedown fusion that’s just shy of kitschy, and just hilarious enough to be truly great. Our favorite cut: “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.” We suggest you convene a playdate, hit play, and watch a flock of little city kids flap their wings. Buck Howdy with BB
Prairie Dog Entertainment
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