EMILY JACIR For a year-long project titled "Where We Come From," an American artist of Palestinian ancestry asked other displaced Palestinians a simple question: "If I could do anything for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?" She then set out to realize their modest requests: Take a picture of my family house, water a tree in my village, go to my mother's grave in Jerusalem and put flowers on it. Documented in film, video, and bilingual texts, her efforts reverberate with the complexities of fear, longing, and travel restrictions, and her own difficulties at checkpoints. Read every affecting word. As the details accumulate, socio-conceptual art expands to elucidate the whole geopolitical mess. THROUGH MAY 17, Debs & Co., 525 West 26th Street, 212-643-2070. (Levin)

TAKASHI MURAKAMI Having been commissioned to update the Louis Vuitton monogram bag, as Stephen Sprouse did recently, this Japanese art star—who coined the, uh, concept of superflat—digs himself deeper into designer labelhood. His multicolor monograms (instant rip-offs are already on Canal Street) brilliantly lift the LV from drab social snobbery to fresh youthquake must-have. Recycled on the surfaces of paintings (interspersed with his flower-face and eyeball motifs) and on gallery walls, the inexorable logos raise extreme issues of mergers and takeovers between fashion and art, aesthetics and business, genius and repetitive stress syndrome. Let's just call it deep shallowness. THROUGH MAY 10, Marianne Boesky Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, 212-680-9889. (Levin)

Riding the wave: Yo La Tengo play the Beacon Theater on Friday (see music).
photo: Matthew Salacuse
Riding the wave: Yo La Tengo play the Beacon Theater on Friday (see music).


LES BALLETS DE MONTE-CARLO Maybe it's the Mediterranean breeze. Maybe the international roster of dancers. Maybe the genius of Jean-Christophe Maillot, who can take a warhorse ballet (in this case Cinderella, to the Prokofiev score) and turn it into something rich and strange. His version of the tale centers on Cinderella's relationship with her dead mother, and rings brilliant changes on the classic costumes and props. It marries classical and contemporary ballet, even as the tormented heroine gets her prince. TUESDAY AT 7 AND MAY 1 THROUGH 3 AT 7:30, Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100. (Zimmer)

LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY Celebrating 25 years under Carla Maxwell's sure directorial hand, this ensemble, a true international treasure, offers revivals of José Limón's The Unsung and Doris Humphrey's New Dance, Variations and Conclusion and the New York premiere of Limón's Psalm, as well as new works by Adam Hougland (the lyrical Phantasy Quintet to Vaughn Williams) and Jonathan Riedel (The Unsightful Nanny, a black comedy inspired by Edward Gorey, to music by Saint-Saëns). Opening night's a special program; after that two different bills alternate. TUESDAY AT 8, THROUGH MAY 11, Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212-242-0800. (Zimmer)


'STAN BRAKHAGE MEMORIAL PROGRAM' Ken Jacobs will premiere a new video piece, Keeping an Eye on Stan, documenting the late Stan Brakhage's final trip to New York, to open an afternoon of Brakhage films spanning a period of nearly 50 years (Wonder Ring, Blue Moses, Sexual Meditations: Room With a View, Office Suite, and Stately Mansions Did Decree among others) with remarks by some of the filmmaker's leading exegetes. SUNDAY AT 3, American Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue and 36th Street, Queens, 718-784-0007. (Hoberman)

'MAROONED IN IRAQ' Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi's music-fueled road movie is set on the Iraq-Iran border in the gruesome aftermath of the first Gulf War. Cast with non-actors and crowded with cartoon bluster, it's a denser, funnier movie than Ghobadi's more straightforward Time for Drunken Horses. Increasingly grim as its musician heroes approach Iraq, this lusty, heartfelt movie has a visual energy that's almost Brueghelian and a humanist passion that's as contagious as its music. OPENS FRIDAY, Lincoln Plaza, Broadway and 62nd Street, 212-757-2280. (Hoberman)

'THE TURKISH STAR TREK' A/k/a Turist Omer Uzay Yolunda, this East Village cult film, a 1973 cheapster by Hulki Saner, has the Turkish doofus Turist Omer mistakenly beamed up to the starship Enterprise to pal around with an extremely fey Kirk and his friends in a universe of brazenly shoplifted and utterly desultory special effects. MONDAY AT 8, Den of Cin, below Two Boots Video, 44 Avenue A, 212-254-0800. (Hoberman)


BLACKALICIOUS+LIFESAVAS Blackalicious's last album, Blazing Arrow, was as joyful a noise as hip-hop produced last year. And MC Gift of Gab might even be the best combination of intelligence, grace, speed, and wit that hip-hop has. Being signed to MCA gets them access to the best neo-soul out there, making it all the easier to spread the up-with-people gospel. With their Quannum brethren Lifesavas. TUESDAY AT 9, S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, 212-243-4940. (Caramanica)

CHEAP TRICK+THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION Spencer has always had a few cheap tricks up his sleeve (ever feel like you've been cheated?), but this is the real McCoy. Personal testimony: When this crack touring unit jumped onstage to thrash through "Surrender" with the ecstatic Get Up Kids a couple years back at Milwaukee's Eagle Ballroom, the little emo girls understood. Daddy was way all right. While he still seems a little weird, Rick Nielsen still pick-tosses and double-necks like a young Budokhaner. And of course, blooze-punk Spencer's always good for a howl. With the Anniversary. THURSDAY AT 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212-307-7171. (Sinagra)

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