'FRANKENSTEIN' Subtitled "(or, It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye)," this group show and its title come into sharp focus when you realize what Damien Hirst's spin painting, Angela Bulloch's drawing machine, Roxy Paine's extruded sculpture, Sam Kusack's mechanism slicing into a rotating rock, and Renee Coppola's exploded in-vitro globs have in common. These works and the others are not only machine-made or generated by unnatural processes of creation, but, like the actions recorded in photographs by Roman Signer, Erwin Wurm, and Rivane Neuenschwander, they all come into being in ways that escape from their creators' control. THROUGH AUGUST 22, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, 212-414-4144. (Levin)

TODD KNOPKE It's the height of group-show season, but in his first solo this new artist shows off multiple talents in a group show of his own, which includes molecular paintings, an undersea light box, a few photographs, and an enormous felt patchwork quilt titled Come On! The mini-disco-ball closet, with a bookshelf door, nearly rivals Maurizio Cattelan's tiny elevator. The heart pierced by a starburst of arrows makes a connection between Tom Friedman and Chris Johanson. And Wolfman, a stark tree with white furry animals perched on its branches, is an interpretation of a dream described in one of Freud's first case studies. THROUGH AUGUST 9, I-20, 529 West 20th Street, 212-645-1100. (Levin)

She sits by the seashore: "By the Sea," a group show at Yossi Milo, includes Loretta Lux's haunting Paulin (see Photo).
photo: Loretta Lux/Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery
She sits by the seashore: "By the Sea," a group show at Yossi Milo, includes Loretta Lux's haunting Paulin (see Photo).


REGGIE WILSON FIST & HEEL PERFORMANCE GROUP As much anthropologist as choreographer, Wilson assembles dancers, actors, and "shouters" (singers) to render works influenced by a search for the sources of black culture that has taken him to Trinidad, Tobago, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa, as well as back to his family's roots in the Mississippi Delta. This free outdoor show also includes a performance by a Canadian ensemble, the Rubberbanddance Group, that promises a merging of hip-hop and ballet. FRIDAY AT 8:30, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-park, at 72nd Street, 212-360-CPSS. (Zimmer)

ZENDORA DANCE COMPANY If the word Zen is buried in your name, it's probably no accident that you make delicate, haiku-like dances, and it's a gift that you are going to perform them outdoors, in what resembles a Japanese garden. Three works by Nancy Zendora, with music by Brenda Hutchinson and Sang Won Park, will be danced by a company of five; one's a tribute to the lost objects in the Baghdad Museum; all render stones as symbols. MONDAY AND TUESDAY AT 8 AND AUGUST 6 AND 11 THROUGH 13, La Plaza Cultural, 9th Street and Avenue C, 212-431-5155. (Zimmer)


'THIRD INTERNATIONAL BLACK PANTHER FILM FESTIVAL' Should there be a hyphen between "Third International" and "Black Panther"? No matter—this old New Left series, alternating between City College and Columbia before winding up at the Studio Museum, features vintage '60s guerrilla newsreels, as well as such varied look-backs as The Weather Underground, Raoul Peck's Lumumba, and Spike Lee's A Huey P. Newton Story, as well as workshops and panels. THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY, Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Avenue, 212-650-7100; Lerner Hall, 114th Street and Broadway, 212-662-0006. (Hoberman)

'BRIEF CROSSING' The poet laureate of teenage sex, Catherine Breillat revels in the hormone-addled tango of a shipboard romance between a French adolescent and an English woman in early middle age. This gemlike comedy of manners has had its own rough crossing, surfacing here earlier for one screening and going AWOL at the next. THURSDAY AT 4:30, 6:50, AND 9:10, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-777-FILM. (Hoberman)

'DIRECTED BY DOROTHY ARZNER' The lone woman director of Hollywood's golden age, Arzner worked from the coming of sound into World War II, directing a number of strong female stars (among them the young Katharine Hepburn and the young Lucille Ball), and imbued even her potboilers with a sense of gender solidarity. Six of the films are newly restored, including Hepburn's 1933 vehicle Christopher Strong. OPENS FRIDAY, THROUGH AUGUST 17, MOMA at the Gramercy, 127 East 23rd Street, 212-777-4900. (Hoberman).


CAFÉ TACUBA This Mexican alt-rock band kicked off rock en español's distinctly mestizo attitude with original compositions and Mexican themes in tunes like the snarling curses of "Pinche Juan" and "Jaguar Lips," an homage to Indio beauty. Unlike the violently romantic tales of border life told in polka-based norteños, Tacuba's lyrical and instrumental style evolved from a more sophisticated hodgepodge, and their own in-jokes deflect our tendency to trivialize their culture. TUESDAY AT 10, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111. (Oumano)

EELS+MC HONKY The expanded Eels Orchestra arrangements are dearly missed, as is drummer Butch. But Mark Everett has accumulated a song catalog that few of his '90s peers rival (the latest single, "Saturday Morning," is a power-pop explosion waiting to happen), and MC Honky's opening DJ set revels in the fun Everett usually represses in favor of pathos, tunes, and a sincerity that's even mightier than his wit. THURSDAY AT 8, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212-777-6800. (Walters)

ELY GUERRA Mexico's half-Brazilian queen of post-Tropicalista rock en español isn't really all that "rock," despite hearty Arto Lindsay-produced guitar parts. She's more art-song, in the Björk or Tori pretentious-poetry sense. But she's warmer than they'll ever be—Lotofire, indeed. Also tougher and sexier, with a way less stilted sense of rhythm. SATURDAY AT 3, Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-park, at 72nd Street, 212-360-CPSS; SUNDAY AT 9:30, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212-239-6200. (Eddy)

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