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At 7:30, Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby Street, 212.334.3324


SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 20


Smells like teen spirit: Headlong Dance Theater does Britney (see Wednesday).
photo: Sarma Ozols
Smells like teen spirit: Headlong Dance Theater does Britney (see Wednesday).

 

Dance

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT

To an outdoor site in Red Hook comes the stunning ensemble hip-hop work, Students of the Asphalt Jungle, that catapulted Harris and his Philadelphia homies to international stardom. The free weekend shows are preceded by a "history of hip-hop" performance and Q&A, Friday at 6 in the auditorium at P.S. 27, 27 Huntington Street. ZIMMER

At 2, and Sunday, Coffey Park, Dwight Street

between Verona Street and Visitation Place, Brooklyn,

212.625.3505

Music

ARETHA FRANKLIN

Despite hosannas from Wex and myriad aspiring diva-lettes, these ears have never bowed before the altar of the Queen of Soul. Then she covered Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" and burned down the Grammys last minute by rewriting the "Nessun Dorma." ReRe rarely tours; yet when she's not being lazy and resting on laurels, the heavens are revealed in her cries and exultation. CRAZY HORSE

At 8, Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue, 212.247.4777


SUNDAY

SEPTEMBER 21


 

Film

'DEMONLOVER'

Ostentatiously set 15 minutes into the future, Olivier Assayas's unfairly maligned exercise in vid-game aesthetics and image circulation is a nastier version of his lovable Irma Vep. Demonlover takes a few cues from the evil-media classic Videodrome, but however glitzy, clever, and luridly philosophical, this is mainly an old-fashioned thriller. "They watch, but they don't understand," one actor muses. Even when blood pours and narrative disappears, the argument is less surreal than cerebral. HOBERMAN

Now Playing, Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, 143 East Houston Street, 212.330.8182


MONDAY

SEPTEMBER 22


 

Music

ELVIS COSTELLO

Wipe that smirk off your face or he'll do it for you. On his enchanting new album of lush torch songs limning one love affair's end and another's ecstatic beginning, the vicar of vitriol sounds no less rapturous, in a great-American-songbook way, than on the newly reissued Get Happy!! Pianist Steve Nieve accompanies the cuddly curmudgeon, with bonus standards and jazzy guests a possibility. GEHR

At 8, through September 24, Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, 212.840.2824


TUESDAY

SEPTEMBER 23


Books

LITERATURE FROM THE 'AXIS OF EVIL'

In the '80s, Sting could hope that the Russians loved their children, too. In these post-Cold War, high-terror days, what of the Iraqis, Iranians, and North Koreans? The debut-fete of the online mag Words Without Borders features Andre Dubus III, exiled Iraqi novelist Najem Wali, Korean American poet Suji Kwock Kim (Notes From the Divided Country), the poet and translator Ammiel Alcalay, and others. Sounds like it's time for my translation of Kim So-wol's poem "Azaleas" (1925), set in Yongbyon, later home to a DPRK nuke reactor. PARK

At 7, the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 212.255.7793, ext. 11

Music

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB+THE WARLOCKS

Three years ago, BRMC headed up the nu-rock movement with Jesus and Mary Chain-indebted jams straight out of the garage. Lately they've managed to flesh out their stripped-down attack with heady psychedelia and some surprisingly memorable songs, and they can rock plenty hard when they need to. The arty roar of L.A.'s Warlocks recalls vintage Velvets, with some fine space- and stoner-rock touches afoot. HOARD

At 8, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212.777.6800

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