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'ANDY WARHOL: I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING'

Maybe he didn't, but that's why there is scarcely any aspect of other people's movies Warhol's works did not call into question. You can see for yourself in this series of mid-'60s "Silver Age" Factory films, some of them newly discovered—with a few movies and documentaries about Warhol thrown in for good measure. HOBERMAN

Through October 28, BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.777.FILM

Music

BETH GIBBONS & RUSTIC MAN

The voice of Portishead sometimes got short shrift from beat-heads, who thought the group was the sum of its samples. To them, Beth Gibbons might have been interchangeable, but they were way, way wrong. Better than Tricky's Martina, Gibbons had the voice that embodied the emotional ethic of trip-hop (forgive the phrase), and her new album, Out of Season, is a vivid reminder of a fugue state gone by. CARAMANICA

Today and Saturday at 8, St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water Street, Brooklyn, 718.643.1118

YO LA TENGO+SUN RA ARKESTRA+THE AISLERS SET

Put the two opening acts together, and you'd have something like the headliners' aesthetic. YLT aspire to the high friction, deep pulse, and cosmic ambition of the Arkestra—cf. their giddily charming cover of Ra's "Nuclear War." Their natural gifts, though, are in line with the Aislers Set's raw-honey tunes and arrangements to sweeten bitter thoughts, and a vinyl collector's mastery of historical pop strategy. WOLK

At 8, Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.387.0505; Sunday at 9, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey, 212.533.2111

 


SATURDAY

OCTOBER 11


Art

RICHARD SERRA

Pushing the outer limits of massive bulk and space-warp geometry, this master of heavyweight minimalism presents four enormous new works: a double torus, a back-to-back torus, a hull-like toroid maze into inner space, and a floor piece. Their undulations are breathtaking. So are the velvety, rusty, Kieferesque surfaces. If their imposing spatial presence doesn't awe you, maybe the 30-ton weight of each steel plate will. LEVIN

Through October 25, Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, 212.741.1111

Music

FRAN LANDESMAN

Hipper-than-thou wordsmith in from London with current writing partner, Simon Wallace. Some tunes will be by her former sidekick, Tommy Wolf, like tear-jerky "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and one-time nitery staple "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." Also on hand will be vets Bob Dorough and Jackie Cain in her first Manhattan appearance since hubby-partner Roy Kral died. FINKLE

Today and Sunday at 7 and 9:30, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212.239.6200

Photo

HARRY CALLAHAN

This shrewdly edited show of early experimental work is full of small marvels. Callahan's shivering double exposures, jazzy riffs of repetition and variation, playful light drawings, and studies of telephone wires, scarred concrete, dried leaves, and a twig on trampled snow feel intuitively, effortlessly right—never precious, never arty. Throughout, Callahan balances abstraction and figuration with such ease that at the beginning of his career, he already looks like a master. ALETTI

Through October 18, Pace/MacGill Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, 212.759.7999

 


SUNDAY

OCTOBER 12


Theater

'SMASHING'

A young American writer's ex-lover, victim of a lurid portrait in his latest novel, seeks her revenge in London in Brooke Berman's intriguing comedy. The cast is headed by David Barlow, lately seen Off-Broadway as Nijinsky, and the director is Trip Cullman, who won plaudits for his work on Last Sunday in June. FEINGOLD

Opens today, Intar 53 Theater, 508 West 53rd Street, 212.868.4444

 


MONDAY

OCTOBER 13


Theater

'GOLDA'S BALCONY'

That lady on the balcony was Israel's prime minister in the decisive years from 1969 to 1974, and much of the criticism of her tactics then was echoed when William Gibson's play (revised from his 1979 play Golda) opened Off-Broadway last spring. Enthusiasm for Tovah Feldshuh's performance suggested that a less contentious alternate title might be Tovah's Triumph. Whether that will reoccur on Broadway, we'll know shortly. FEINGOLD

In previews, opens October 15, Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th Street, 212.239.6200

 


TUESDAY

OCTOBER 14


Dance

MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY

Still leading the pack, Cunningham closes his 50th-anniversary season with two local premieres: Split Sides, to new music by Radiohead and Sigur Rós, in which his longtime chance procedures get a very public airing, and Fluid Canvas, which incorporates music by John King and computer technology by Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser that captures the motions of a choreographed hand. ZIMMER

At 8, and October 16 through 18 at 7:30, Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100

AKRAM KHAN COMPANY

He's 29, was born in London to Bangladeshi parents, and has studied Kathak dance since he was seven. Other influences include Michael Jackson videos and performing with Peter Brook in Mahabharata.His young ensemble presents a fusion of Kathak and modern styles, Kaash, powered by the spirit of Shiva, to music by Nitin Sawhney and with visual design by Anish Kapoor; both are Indians raised in Britain. ZIMMER

At 8, and October 15 through 19, Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212.242.0800

Music

RAPHAEL SAADIQ+TONY! TONI! TONÉ!+JOI

In the wake of Saadiq's solo album stiffing, a Tony! Toni! Toné! reunion seems not only smart but worthwhile, particularly since the trio was the heart of mainstream r&b's best live band from the last decade. Joi is commercially doomed and artistically blessed, both in the fine cult-hero tradition. WALTERS

At 8, S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, 212.243.4940

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