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WEDNESDAY

AUGUST 20


 

Books

LOST TRIBE

Need a new selection for your book club? This anthology of "Jewish Fiction From the Edge" features b.c. mainstays Myla G-o-l-d-b-e-r-g, debutante-delineator Gary Shteyngart, and the illuminating Jonathan Safran Foer, cheek by jowl with some interesting unknowns. Contributors Jon Papernick, Nelly Reifler, and Ellen Umansky read from their work. DE KRAP

At 6, Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, 212.219.0903

Dance

PHILLY FEET

Maybe it's the relatively low rents, or the slightly calmer scene: Experimental dance thrives in Philadelphia. See edgy work by Phrenic New Ballet (many of whose members are or were associated with the Pennsylvania Ballet), the theatrical Moxie Dance Collective, and the compelling Myra Bazell, all for free, outside, and with plenty of time to catch dinner and a movie after. ZIMMER

At 5:30, Lincoln Center, 63rd Street between

Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, 212.875.5766.

Film

EAST VILLAGE FILM FESTIVAL

Less a traditional festival than an appropriately anarchic collection of autonomous events, the fledgling Howl festival has a film component that achieves continuity through its celebration of the hood's rough-and-tumble past. Highlights include Richard Hell's Scowl series of punk classics introduced by classic punks; the Avant-Garde(n), six screenings of experimental film in public gardens; and a tribute to Jack Smith. HALTER

Through Tuesday, various venues, howlfestival.com

NINE FILMS BY ROBERT BRESSON

From radiant literary adaptations (Les Dames du Bois du Boulogne) through pre-nouvelle- vague cornerstones (A Man Escaped, Pickpocket) to scalding latter-day damnations (The Devil Probably, L'Argent), Bresson's is a unique body of work—astonishing in its rigor and congruence, at once ascetic and overpowering. The first local showcase since his death in 1999 (and since fistfights nearly broke out at MOMA's hot-ticket retro that same year), this Anthology series is reasonably thorough (he made only 13 films over four decades) and an essential pilgrimage for acolytes and neophytes alike. If you've only seen these films on video, you haven't really seen them. LIM

Through September 4, at Anthology Film Archives,

32 Second Avenue, 212.505.5181

Music

BIRD & DIZ

It's a bebop week, and its alternating heartbeats are saluted by a quintet that includes altoist Charles McPherson, one of Charlie Parker's savviest disciples, and Tom Harrell, who doesn't usually make one think of Gillespie. The collaboration marries them and a book of roller coaster classics that still seem fresh. GIDDINS

Through Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30, Friday and Saturday

also at midnight, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, 212.582.2121

 

HANDSOME FAMILY

Rennie Sparks is a genius, a deceptively mellow American urban gothic noir poet with an alt-country heart and a husband with a baritone to deliver her most twisted missives like desperate love songs. Garnering sympathy for the devils they give voice to, her songs reveal the stumbling, innocent id as surely as they further the mythic promise of Hopper-esque darkest hours. If the latest recordings can be samey, live they never disappoint. SINAGRA

At 9:30, Time Café, Fez, 380 Lafayette Street, 212.533.2680


THURSDAY

AUGUST 21


 

Books

PETER KUPER

The Metamorphosis, Kuper's second comic-book take on Kafka, captures the short classic's creeping claustrophobia and waking-nightmare wooziness. This multimedia presentation will let the audience see Kuper's varied, even violent illustration taking an ax to the frozen sea within, or at least scratching up the mental furniture of a salaryman's damnation. "Please don't make things harder than they are," Gregor cries out to the clerk from his company who flees in terror, the letters rendered as horrid-pathetic wriggles. "Do remember my past accomplishments." DE KRAP

At 7, Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 212.253.0810

Music

SEX PISTOLS

Twenty-five years after their historic breakup and seven years after their first reunion, cynicism is justified all over again. Expect no anarchy in the U.S.A., although perhaps a few inspiriting references to same. But expect proof once again that the Sex Pistols weren't just an idea—they were music, music they can play like no one else. CHRISTGAU

At 7:30, Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, New York, 516.221.1000


FRIDAY

AUGUST 22


 

Film

DOG DAYS

It's getting hot in hier: Shock-doc specialist Ulrich Seidl's fiction debut is an abject—and pointedly Austrian—contribution to the heat-wave mini-genre, a startling anti-summer movie that observes the sunstroked dysfunctions in a Viennese suburb with a cold mortician's eye. Seidl goes to great lengths to prove the film's final line: "People are so cruel." Karmic payback is enforced with sadistic zeal. The sleazebag who dunks his girlfriend's head in the toilet is eventually sodomized with a candle at gunpoint and made to sing the Austrian national anthem. LIM

Opens today, Angelika, Houston and Mercer, 212.777.FILM

Music

TORI AMOS+BEN FOLDS

Ben Folds (né Ben Folds Five) and Tori Amos have combined their piano-playing powers for an evening of wacky behavior, eccentric storytelling, piano thumping, and song-singing in the Lottapianos Tour. Perhaps Amos, the quintessential chronicler of female experience, and Folds, the kid who got beat up after class, are the yin to each other's yang, and vice versa? HAVRANEK

At 7, PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey, 732.335.0400; Saturday at 7, Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, New York, 516.221.1000

BJÖRK

Our ethereal elvish sugar cube has come a long way since her sidecar-shimmy days. She's a motorcycle mama, a movie star, a mash-up dance diva, and a sexier cyborg than that plastic T3vixen any day. Always thinking and acting globally, of late she's rocking an asymmetrical Japan-tastic robo-geisha hairdo—a sign perhaps, that the world is in a shaky state of flux. Her weird vespers, creepy and sweeping, seem the right tone for the times. With Sigur Rós and Bonnie Prince Billy. SINAGRA

Friday and Saturday at 7, KeySpan Park, Brooklyn


SATURDAY

AUGUST 23


 

Music

CHARLIE PARKER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2003

Two weekend afternoons of bebop splendor with the great drummer and Parker alum Roy Haynes, singer Carla Cook, saxophonist Wessell Anderson, and the 3 Altos—a trio de résistance with Gary Bartz, Sonny Fortune, and Vincent Herring that should rock the park—on Saturday at 3; and two more great altoists, Charles McPherson and the ardent, revived Arthur Blythe, plus drummer Jeff Watts's band, on Sunday at 3. GIDDINS

At 3, Marcus Garvey Park, 124th Street between Madison and Park avenues, 718.622.7035; Sunday at 3, Tompkins Square Park, East 7th Street through East 10th Street, between Avenues A and B, 212.387.7685

R. KELLY

What's the logical career move for a man facing child pornography charges? Write a song for the American Idol, of course—that guy is popular! And so it goes for the besieged R. Kelly, a man who never met an innuendo he couldn't milk. The music is, as always, seductive (in the good way!), but try listening closely to the words without cringing. With Ashanti. CARAMANICA

At 8, Madison Square Garden, 31st Street and Seventh Avenue, 212.465.MSG1


SUNDAY

AUGUST 24


 

Dance

SWING CRASH COURSE

Is it just me, or is everyone going to lots of weddings these days? Here's a chance to bone up on your Lindy Hop, at a four-and-a-half-hour session team-taught by three professional dancers. It happens monthly. See the website for discount coupons and lots of other class options. ZIMMER

At noon, Dance Manhattan, 39 West 19th Street, 212.807.0802, dancemanhattan.com

Music

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND+DICKEY BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN

Baffling as it may seem, crossover jam potentate-turned-pop star Matthews continues his inexorable rise, despite the latent bwana vibe and the fact that his best work results from collaboration with legends (like the Waters sisters). DM remains but a tadpole compared to the ax-slinging High King of modern improvisational music Dickey Betts, a rock star so cool Billy Crudup played him as a celluloid antihero in Almost Famous. CRAZY HORSE

Sunday and Monday at 7, Continental Airlines Arena, Route 120, Rutherford, New Jersey, 201.935.3900


MONDAY

AUGUST 25


 

Music

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS

There aren't many studio obsessives whose live shows are served up as raw and funny as this hookmonger cavalry's. In person, you also get Neko Case's hell-raising holler, Dan Bejar's brainiac glam redistributed among touring Pornographers, and crate-digging covers (Sweet and the Donner Party last time). With Young and Sexy. WOLK

At 9, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212.533.2111

Photo

DREAMING IN PICTURES: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF LEWIS CARROLL

When it comes to Carroll's meticulously staged, late-19th-century photos of little girls, prurience is in the eye of the beholder. Many of these children—dressed up as beggar maids, exotic waifs, and Cinderellas—have a solemn, wise-beyond-their-years aura, but their sulky pouts and challenging stares are far more Alice than Lolita. Like Julia Margaret Carmeron's, Carroll's fantasies of innocence and experience are very much of their time, but shouldn't be missed in ours. ALETTI

Through August 31, International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Avenue, 212.857.0000


TUESDAY

AUGUST 26


Photo

CMYK: CONTEMPORARY COLOR PART II

The second installment of this gallery's survey showcases two established talents, Martin Parr and Massimo Vitali, and two newcomers, Karine Laval and Zachary Zavislak. The first two are predictably punchy and engaging, but their professional gloss is smartly matched in Zavislak's trio of classically stylized tabletop still lifes and Laval's handsomely bleached-out, neo-constructivist studies of people intersecting with architecture at public swimming pools. ALETTI

Through September 6, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 52 East 76th Street, 212.517.3766

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