SUZANNE BOCANEGRA Her highly personal conceptual art is as compulsive as that of Danica Phelps. But instead of tracking daily transactions, Bocanegra picks apart all the petals in a bouquet painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder, all the items in a Bloomingdale Brothers price list of 1886, or all the brush strokes in an old flower album. Just when it seemed that the messy studio installation had run out of steam, her scrappy, musty, compacted works—made of clumped bits of paper, wax paper, cardboard, and linen—defy the odds. Drawn, painted, cut, dangling from linen tabs, or tagged like paper dolls, they correspond to some invisible system of ordering that puts form at the mercy of psycho-archival impulses. THROUGH JULY 5, Lucas Schoormans, 508 West 26th Street, 212-243-3159. (Levin)

DARIO ROBLETO "Cool materials representing cooler ideas," wrote one enthralled visitor in this Texan conceptualist's guest book. "Say Goodbye to Substance" is definitely a cool show about hot stuff: planetary extinction, nuclear annihilation, origin myths, and music, among other things. Made of meteoritic glass, melted vintage vinyl (Roy Orbison, T. Rex, Kraftwerk), trinitite from the first nuclear test, dinosaur dust, and such, it's a trove of sampled narratives and significant ingredients. The details—tiny darts carved from mammoth-fossil ivory tipped with vinyl, a pulverized female rib bone recast as male—are scarily smart too. THROUGH JULY 3, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, 120 Park Avenue, 212-663-2453. (Levin)

Rika Okamoto performing in Suspended Women as part of The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (see dance).
photo: Bill Biggart
Rika Okamoto performing in Suspended Women as part of The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (see dance).


EIKO & KOMA Last summer, these consummate Japanese artists offered a ritual of mourning at a waterfront site near ground zero, bringing many spectators to tears. This series of free performances, called Offering (reconceived), promises to be simpler, but just as powerful. Their "ritual of regeneration after loss" takes place in the historic cobbled graveyard alongside St. Mark's Church, itself an example of a monument recovered after a devastating fire. The space is intimate; make a reservation. WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AT 8:30, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, 212-674-8194. (Zimmer)

TWYLA THARP DANCE The redoubtable Ms. Tharp has a new Tony (for choreographing Movin' Out, her hit Broadway show) and a new company of superbly talented young dancers taking her concert choreography on the road. They open the 2003 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival with performances of her Westerly Round, Surfer at the River Styx, and The Fugue, and a duet from Known by Heart. The verdant and rustic Berkshire hills site also hosts a variety of free events (including a talk about Twyla by Marcia Siegel, Saturday at 4) through late August; see the dance listings for details. WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 8, SATURDAY AT 2 AND 8, AND SUNDAY AT 2, Ted Shawn Theatre, George Carter Road, off Route 20, Becket, Massachusetts, 413-243-0745. (Zimmer)


ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL This year's edition opens with a new movie made in Sri Lanka by Indian director Mani Ratnam and a tribute to the late Hong Kong star Leslie Cheung. In addition to a mixed program of shorts, features, and docs—made in South Korea, Malaysia, Iran, the Philippines, China, Japan, and the U.S.—are a number of workshops geared toward aspiring independent filmmakers. OPENS FRIDAY THROUGH JUNE 29, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue; Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens, 212-517-ASIA. (Hoberman)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA As part of the "Best of 2002" series, BAM devotes a weekend to recent films by the ageless Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira. Friday's I'm Going Home, with Michel Piccoli as an aging actor, may be as close as the ninetysomething director has come to making a commercial movie; Saturday's elliptical and lurid The Uncertainty Principle is more characteristic in its modernist take on 18th-century narrative; the documentary memoir Oporto of My Childhood, showing Sunday, is a local premiere. FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-777-FILM. (Hoberman)

'SHADOWS' A landmark, predicated on collective improvisation and scored by Charles Mingus, John Cassavetes's first feature essentially founded the American independent cinema as we know it. Shadows, newly restored by UCLA, can be bracketed with Godard's Breathless, completed the same year, as a low-budget, post-neorealist, pre-cinema verité Something New. Meanwhile, with his aggressive sincerity and swaggering integrity, Cassavetes became the prototype for the American independent director—the Method actor turned filmmaker. THURSDAY THROUGH JUNE 29, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 212-505-5181. (Hoberman)


SOLOMON BURKE & SOUL ALIVE ORCHESTRA+OLU DARA No less an exalted r&b personage than Jerry Wexler turned me on to the King, and so it was with great expectations that I received Burke's 2002 revival, Don't Give Up on Me. The soul man's takes on Van Morrison, Tom Waits, et al., and especially the Blind Boys summit, restored my faith in actual recordings. Dara, daddy of Nas and soon-to-be father-in-law of Kelis, will remix the freedom of crossing genres for generation next. WEDNESDAY AT 8, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-996-1100. (Crazy Horse)

ROSANNE CASH+NATALIE MACMASTER Does being the daughter of the Man in Black make Cash the Princess of Darkness? Certainly, her latest, Rules of Travel, goes there with the moody medium-tempo tunes. Regardless, the emotional intensity of the duets with Steve Earle ("I'll Change for You") and her pa ("September When It Comes") make this gig worth crossing the river for. And MacMaster, a Celtic fiddle virtuoso from Cape Breton, will certainly "throw dat bow." FRIDAY AT 7:30, Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 718-855-7882. (Crazy Horse)

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