Agenda Newsletter - September 25, 2007

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Prepare to hole up inside
Halo 3
For Xbox 360; Bungie; On sale today; $59.99; Buy it
This shoot-’em-up went on sale at midnight (with overheated promotional events at Best Buys all over the city), and it’s widely expected to become one of the best-selling video games ever—and for good reason. A couple other sci-fi fighting games may look better, but unlike BioShock, it won’t have people writing but-is-it-art think pieces. That’s Halo 3’s genius: The focus is on fun. It’s a blast, in every sense of the word.

One of TV’s best ensembles comes to DVD
The Unit: The Complete
Second Season   This show’s first season delivered taut David Mamet lines spoken by certified badasses (not his usual two-bit con men), and more effectively than Mamet’s military movie Spartan. In this season, the Mametspeak receded and one of TV’s best ensembles, led by Dennis Haysbert and Robert Patrick, stepped up. We’d watch just for Haysbert’s onscreen wife: On a show about killing machines, the ferocious playwright and stage star Regina Taylor (years ago, Broadway’s first black Juliet) is by far the most fearsome character. 20th Century Fox
On sale today
Buy it  »      

Band makes magic live
Bat for Lashes
  English-Pakistani multimedia artist Natasha Khan has already been compared to all the usual weird chicks: Björk, Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Nico, Siouxsie Sioux. If she shares those estimable women’s knack for emotive power and their sense of myth and magic, she’s also learned a few things from Steve Reich and maybe even Phil Spector. Her band’s Fur and Gold is a dark exploration of nature and the psyche, alternately lush and restrained, and always haunting. With Lewis & Clarke
Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m.
Tickets  »      

Journo exposes “made in the U.S.A.”
Nobodies   If you believe buying T-shirts labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” means they’re not sweatshop-made, read this thoroughly researched, compulsively readable book. John Bowe spent three years in a U.S. territory called Saipan, a Pacific island where laborers are shipped in, paid $3.05 an hour, confined to their barracks, and sometimes physically and sexually abused. He also uncovers similar cases in Florida and Oklahoma. Despite the title, it’s not sensationalist—American companies seem to be getting away with murder. Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy
John Bowe
Random House
Buy it »

New space houses hidden photography
Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan
  We’ve referenced it before, but the inauguration of the Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography deserves special highlight. This show promises to be a rich teaser of what to expect from the new gallery space, which is dedicated to the museum’s oft-stored collection of post-1960 photography. You’ll see artists rarely associated with the palatial institution on Upper Fifth—Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans among them. The Met
Opens today
Slideshow  »
More info  »      

Kiss for kids coming to MSG
Doodlebops! Live
  If you can imagine your young one deciding between Moe, Rooney, or DeeDee Doodle Halloween costumes, you obviously need to get tickets to this live show happening next month. Everything from “Get on the Bus” to the Doodlebop pledge will be brought to life onstage, with stuff you can’t get from the tube as a bonus: live backup dancers, even more colorful costumes, new songs, and of course, her favorite rock stars in the (heavily disguised) flesh. Madison Square Garden
October 6 and 7
Various times
Tickets  »        

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Agenda Newsletter - September 25, 2007