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WEDNESDAY

SEPTEMBER 17


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

HEADLONG DANCE THEATER

Philly's wry, Bessie-winning dance comedians, David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith, set their sights on MTV, cross-pollinating it with Dante's Inferno. Britney's Inferno deconstructs the choreography of celebrity culture and integrates local teenagers into the act. ZIMMER

At 7, through Friday, and Saturday at 2 and 7, Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, 212.924.0077

Music

CLARK TERRY

Aveteran of the Ellington and Basie orchestras and the former leader of the Big B-A-D Band, Terry knows

about orchestras, and he is once again in front of a new

one, debuting here this week—quite a feat at this stage

in his life. A brilliant, unmistakably individual trumpeter, Terry has been reborn in the last few years and remains the kind of performer who could convert your maiden aunt to jazz, if you had a maiden aunt. GIDDINS

Through Saturday at 9 and 11, Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, 212.581.3080

 

JOHN ZORN

He's 50 and has been celebrating in style all month, with a different band, concept, and repertory every night or so. He performs game pieces, including "Xu Feng," on Wednesday; convenes his most admired band, Masada (Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron), Thursday through Saturday; and follows that with the premiere of "Chimeras/Sortilege" on Sunday, duets with Wadada Leo Smith and Susie

Ibarra on Monday, and his Jewish nationalist opus, "Kristallnacht," on Tuesday. GIDDINS

Through Tuesday at 8 and 10, and through September 30, Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, 212.358.7501

Photo

JOIE IACONO

The artist presents an intriguingly elliptical self-portrait, both literally and metaphorically. The eccentric arrangement of variously sized color still lifes, portraits, and landscapes recalls both Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans without seeming in the least bit derivative, perhaps because Iacono has found her own witty, allusive, and assured vocabulary. Pamela Pecchio's terrific nature studies are in the Project Room. ALETTI

Through October 4, Wallspace, 547 West 27th Street, 212.594.9478


THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 18


 

Books

'TRAMPOLINE'

Stranger Things Happen author Kelly Link hosts a reading of Trampoline, her new anthology of fantastically odd short stories, featuring contributors Jeffrey Ford, Samantha Hunt, Shelley Jackson, and Rosalind Palermo Stevenson. The Voice's Ed Park will read the title of his story and, if time permits, an excerpt. MORALES

At 7, Housing Works Bookstore and Café, 126 Crosby Street, 212.334.3324

Film

'PORDENONE SILENT FILM WEEKEND'

Each autumn, the planet's most devout film buffs gathered at the shrine of movie rediscovery in

Pordenone, Italy. Again this year, Pordenone comes to

us. Treasures include Carl Theodor Dreyer's lost Once

Upon a Time (1922), British comedienne Beatrice Lillie's

1926 film debut, and a 1928 comedy feature irresistibly

titled Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath. HOBERMAN

Today through Sunday, BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.777.FILM

Music

JANE BIRKIN

The ex-wife of both John Barry and Serge Gainsbourg, Birkin is the heavy breather on the hit version of "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus," the mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg, and an iconic actress (she was an early nude in Blow-Up). Here she rejuvenates her musical career with Arabesque, a tribute to Gainsbourg that includes his classics rearranged in a surprising but flattering Middle Eastern style. WALTERS

At 8, through Friday, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, 212.355.6160

QUASI+HELLA+FIERY FURNACES

If they ever build a power plant that runs on bitterness, Quasi's Sam Coombs will light up the entire Pacific Northwest on his own—even the slide guitar on Hot Shit sounds like it's carrying a grudge. The frantically time-shifting instrumental guitar 'n' drum duo Hella stick to rockist internal combustion; the Fiery Furnaces are fueled by warped early Fall records and wah-wah wobble. WOLK

At 9, Northsix, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718.599.5103; Quasi and Hella also Friday at 9, Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, 212.219.3006, and Monday at 9, Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201.653.1703

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SHELBY LEE ADAMS

After nearly 30 years, Adams is so at home with his subjects—all friends and relatives in eastern Kentucky, where he grew up—that even the most outlandishly Appalachian of them have a compelling, weirdly seductive presence. His new show includes a number of deftly staged tableaux, but its highlights are a series of individual portraits, many of children, that are never so affectionate that they don't draw attention to every detail of the sitter's face, clothes, setting, and disposition. ALETTI

Through October 11, Yossi Milo Gallery, 552 West 24th Street, 212.414.0370


FRIDAY

SEPTEMBER 19


 

Art

CLARA WILLIAMS

Opening after we go to press, The Price (Giving In Gets You Nowhere), a folksy intervention of life-size mechanized marionettes, emerges from a Fort Greene brownstone's third-story windows every hour on the hour—like a giant cuckoo clock with Byzantine automaton pretensions. Enacting an eight-minute narrative based on Arthur Miller's play of the same name, it's presented by the Public Art Fund and BAM. LEVIN

Through October 26, 80 Arts, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, 212.980.3942

Film

'FRANKENHEIMER'

The flashiest of the first tele-trained generation of Hollywood filmmakers, John Frankenheimer proved that given the right material—The Manchurian Candidate or Seconds—he could be the quintessential director of '60s thrillers. Seven Days in May, The Train, and Black Sunday have their moments as well. All the prints are 35mm; many are new. HOBERMAN

Opening, through October 9, Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 212.727.8110

Music

LYLE LOVETT+MARSHALL CRENSHAW

Brilliant combination! Wordsmiths, pop tunesmiths, acerbic commentators, knowledgeable roots modifiers—and rarely mentioned in the same breath before. Lovett's first new songs in seven years veer back toward Texas twang; Crenshaw's new ones take off from increasingly sophisticated power pop, but they both live and breathe where jazz, pop, country, soul, and cynical girls meet. They ought to be able to sing a few together. With Michelle Malone. MAZOR

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


SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 20


 

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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