'DUST MEMORIES' The spirit of Duchamp hovers over this show about the "vast material and metaphorical significance" of dust, in which Lawrence Weiner alludes to it, Robert Morris stirs it up (in three 1969 Earth Projects), and David Poissenot preserves it as jam. Cornelia Parker finds it on Freud's couch, Michael Ross collects a thimbleful from his own studio, and Jonathan Monk hopes to create it by projecting a slide until it deteriorates. Dario Robleto asks us to take his word that his pieces contain not just human- and dinosaur-bone dust but pulverized minerals, amino acids, rust, and wisdom teeth. THROUGH AUGUST 2, Swiss Institute, 495 Broadway, 212-925-2035. (Levin)

'NOW PLAYING' An established Chelsea gallery turns over its space to three new players in the neighborhood, Daniel Reich Gallery, K48, and John Connelly Presents, announcing that "Each will operate their businesses within our walls and present exhibitions." This they do, in a fresh, young triple-bill chock-full of young talent and the new communal sensibility. Among the works are Bjorn Copeland's grinding gnome, David Altmejd's bejeweled wolfmen, Mungo Thomson's lead-crystal beer bottles, and K48's (Scott Hug's zine, also behind the "Teenage Rebel Bedroom Show") limited-edition CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs by about 100 artists. THROUGH AUGUST 1, D'Amelio Terras, 525 West 22nd Street, 212-352-9460. (Levin)


DANNY BURACZESKI'S JAZZDANCE Ten years after relocating to Minneapolis, this deeply musical choreographer brings his company of 10 to New York with three new works: an exploration of the cardiovascular system and the heart as the center of human emotion, in Beat; his own solo Get Happy, which honors and quotes Judy Garland in "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"; and Las Cuatro Estaciones (The Four Seasons), to a recorded score by Astor Piazzolla, inspired by Thoreau and Emerson. Completing the program is the 1993 Swing Concerto, a signature work that rides the clarinet on a journey through the roots and history of American jazz. MONDAY AT 7, TUESDAY AT 8, AND JULY 23 THROUGH 26, Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212-242-0800. (Zimmer)

'CATCHQUICKBEFOREITHITSYOUINTHEFACE' Jenny Seastone Stern, a downtown force to be reckoned with, inaugurates the bimonthly "Emerging Artists Series," featuring seven seven-minute works hustled along by musical interludes. On the first bill are Sakura Shimada, Felicia Ballos and Flora Wiegmann, Nathan Philips, Kellee Santiago with Dale Rutledge, and Seastone Stern in her own quartet. SATURDAY AT 7, Galapagos, 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-782-5188. (Zimmer)


'EYES WIDE OPEN: THE EVOLUTION OF WIDESCREEN CINEMA' This eclectic widescreen-history series runs from Abel Gance's Napoleon triptychs to the stretch of the 1950s giganto-formats, even including Andy Warhol's double-screen venture into wideness, Chelsea Girls (1966). Japanese art films, Jean-Luc Godard, Elvis Presley, Lawrence of Arabia—it's movieness at its most godlike, and summer moviegoing in an ideal world: Forget the spritz of living room pixels or a 20-foot-wide multiplex swatch. Here's cinema as big as a clear night sky. OPENS FRIDAY, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, American Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Queens, 718-784-0077. (Atkinson)

'AN INJURY TO ONE' Weaving together environmental disaster, Dashiell Hammett, Joe McCarthy, and the Wobblies, Travis Wilkinson's deft multimedia essay tells the secret history of Butte, Montana, through the story of Frank Little, a WWI-era union organizer brutally murdered by capitalist bosses. It's smartly paired with Chris Marker's À Bientôt J'Espère, which profiles a 1967 French workers' strike that presaged the ideals of May '68. THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 212-505-5181. (Halter)


BLUR Like the Beatles and the Stones, Blur play definitive Britpop: rock with a certain caustic wit and sadness that the gloomy motherland instills. The departure of moody, once-blotto guitarist Graham Coxon leaves frontman Damon Albarn to follow the sun, literally, to Africa. There, with a little help from his friends—Norman Cook producing and bassist Alex James filling Coxon's void—his voice found Bowie, and his curiosities ventured into Morocco and Gorillaz territory. As he can still pogo like the white boy he is to the groovier Think Tank, the new Blur sees a break in the London fog. With Moving Units. THURSDAY AT 8, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 212-279-7740. (Kim)

CHRIS ISAAK+LISA MARIE PRESLEY Although Isaak seems to have run out of studio inspiration, this retro moper has maintained his alternative life as an extroverted, wry showman. The real attraction here is the other half of an inspired pairing: Presley has created a long-delayed debut album that's far from perfect, but there's enough darkness and fire amid its gloss to suggests she's more than just the daughter and ex-wife of former kings. WEDNESDAY AT 8, Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, Long Island, 516-334-0800; MONDAY AT 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212-307-7171. (Walters)

'JAZZ IN JULY: VENUTI, BIX, & LANG: CENTENARIES' Dick Hyman has enjoyed at least two constants in his career during the past 20 years—scoring Woody Allen movies and programming the "Jazz in July" festivals. The movies are uneven; the festivals are amazingly even. Working with a top-rank group of mainstream pros, he explores ragtime, stride, theater songs, blues, swing, and jazz piano. The 19th annual go-round begins tonight with the music of Bix, Venuti, and Lang played, respectively, by Randy Sandke, Andy Stein, and both Howard Alden and Bucky Pizzarelli, as well as Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and others. Check out the photo gallery, too, for Hank O'Neal's marvelous "Portraits." TUESDAY AT 8, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-996-1100. (Giddins)

Next Page »