MYA+VANESSA CARLTON+TWEET Whoops, there goes my Girl Scout uniform! If you're female and 17, you know this bill has your mood ring on orange alert. With all that proto-Ashanti grooming and a marmalade vox, Mya has got enough B-list jeep jams under her belt now to headline, and keyb-spaz Vanessa Carlton has churned out more diary pop than a season of MTV Diary. And Tweet might be running on soul-hop fumes, but I bet those fumes mix perfectly with Gap Scents. With Lucy. THURSDAY AT 6:15, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-park, at 72nd Street, 212-360-CPSS. (Sinagra)

LIZ PHAIR All right, Ms. Pop Queen, Ms. Shitloads of Money, Ms. I'm Gonna Turn My Back on Every Recent College Graduate Who Ever Jerked Off Thinking About Me. If you're such a big star, how come you're playing the Bowery? Can't quite fill the Garden, huh? Sure I'm gonna be there, only no more Mr. Nice Guy. That'll be me yelling "Show us your tits" in the back. SUNDAY AT 10, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111. (Christgau)

IGGY POP & THE STOOGES+SONIC YOUTH With Bob Hope gone, the Igster may be the hardest-working linksman left in the entertainment business. No matter how negligible his output for the last 20 years has been, he always puts out for shows, and here he's back with his old crew, who helped to foment his greatest howls, for a reunion even more surprising to see than most of the other recent (pre-) punk legends. If their recent Cali show is any indication, this should be a goddamn barn burner and then some. While thousands of neo-garage groups should also show up to pay homage, our legendary art-punk quintet should do fine. FRIDAY AT 8, Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, New York, 516-221-1000. (Gross)

Band on the run: Less Than Jake get ready, set, go for the Vans Warped tour (see music).
photo: Dennis Kleiman
Band on the run: Less Than Jake get ready, set, go for the Vans Warped tour (see music).

SONNY ROLLINS Pack up your troubles and get as close to the source as you can—the elation is more contagious that way. This is an essential New York experience and all they're asking is a $10 donation; the Hamptons have nothing to compete with. SATURDAY AT 7, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-park, at 72nd Street, 212-360-CPSS. (Giddins)

'VANS WARPED TOUR' Say what you will about the "Warped Tour"—that it represents corporate punk at its worst, that the bands all sound the same—and you may be right, but you probably aren't a 14-year-old who lives in your combat boots. For the festival's target audience, however, all that matters is seeing as many bands as possible, and maybe living out the fantasy described in Blink 182's "The Rock Show" of finding true teenage punk-rock love. With the Ataris, Dropkick Murphys, Glassjaw, Rancid, the Used, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, Poison the Well—and that's just one of six stages. SATURDAY AT NOON, Randalls Island, 212-307-7171. (Phillips)


'PROTEST' This shrewd, timely show is a reminder, says the gallery, that organized protest "is as much a part of the American spirit" as the events that prompt it. That point is made simply and effectively through 34 black-and-white images of, among other things, a KKK cross burning, civil rights marchers knocked down by fire hoses, and anti-war and gay-lib demonstrators. Martin Luther King, Allen Ginsberg, and Malcolm X are all here, but anonymous resistance—exemplified by that solitary man standing in front of a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square—is the show's driving force. THROUGH AUGUST 26, Pace/MacGill Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, 212-759-7999. (Aletti)

TOMOKO SAWADA Sawada's first American solo show couldn't be more winning. Like Cindy Sherman, she uses herself as an infinitely malleable subject, first in a series of 400 black-and-white photo-booth portraits, each of which finds Sawada radically, comically transformed—into a nerd, a flirt, a nymphet, a hag, a blond, a brunet. These miniatures face off with a group of 30 garishly colored studio portraits (each with a heart-shaped lighting effect) of Sawada posing as a potential bride in an arranged marriage. Pert and pliant, satirically submissive, she becomes a Japanese everywoman, almost vanishing in the process. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6, Zabriskie Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 212-752-1223. (Aletti)


'NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL' What's born on August 8, constantly changes its shape, and has more pairs of eyes than you can count? That's right, the "Fringe Festival" is here again, to liven up the downtown heat with nearly 204 productions from 10 countries and 15 U.S. states. Since Urinetown climbed successfully to Broadway, this year's roster is naturally heavy on musicals, including a murder-mystery tuner, Suspect; one about Providence's much convicted pol, "Buddy" Cianci; one entirely in verse, Kirk Wood Bromley's Lost; and two straightforwardly titled Meaningless Sex and Slut. Post-9-11 America is clearly this year's dominant theme, with works like Civil Liberties, Windows on the World, expat/inferno, and Freedom of Speech jockeying for audiences with American Fabulous, American Mouth, and God Bless Americana. As usual, there's no quality guarantee, but a good chaotic time should be had by all. OPENS FRIDAY, THROUGH AUGUST 29, various venues, 212-279-4488, (Feingold)


BRIAN GAGE+SETH TOBOCMAN+SABRINA JONES+FLY Slave rebellions, corporate brainwashing, deceitful dictators—sound like your average bedtime story? It's not. Delightfully disguised as a children's book, Gage's Amazing Snox Box depicts a futuristic (or is it circa 1933?) dystopia, featuring what may be the vilest culprit in the screwing of the working class and puppeteering of American thought: television. Gage moderates a panel of political cartoonists including Seth Tobocman, creator of the fabulously titled You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive. WEDNESDAY AT 7, Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby Street, 212-334-3324. (Russell)

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