Bobrauschenbergamerica kisses up to one of our greatest living artists (see Wednesday).
photo: Michael Brosilow
Bobrauschenbergamerica kisses up to one of our greatest living artists (see Wednesday).



Break dancing meets kung fu and blaxploitation mixes with chinoiserie in this exploration of a cross-cultural fascination that began in the '70s. Curated by Christine Y. Kim, with site-specific and other work by 19 American artists of African, Asian, and mixed descent—Rico Gatson, Patty Chang, Ellen Gallagher, Michael Joo, Paul Pfeiffer, and David Diao among them—it puts a new spin on identity issues. David Hammons plans a surprise. LEVIN

Opens today, through January 4, Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 212.864.4500



What better way to authenticate a reading of the Northern Irishman's violent and literate crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, than with several pints of one of the best pours in town? Learn to fear the "Belfast six-pack," Mexican prisons, and mob boss Darkey White, and enjoy the craic. REIDY

At 8, Rocky Sullivan's, 129 Lexington Avenue, 212.725.3871



The most mannered of New York City's rock revivalists, these suits haven't hit a home stage since last frost, if memory serves. What better way to greet overcoat weather than with their ruminative, iced-out double-time dirges? Plus, if anything suits the too-large, dick-staffed Ballroom space it is Interpol's reverb-obscured epic Sturm. Unlike the Strokes, they've no new album on the way, but here's to the possibility of previews. CATUCCI

At 6, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 212.307.7171; Tuesday at 7:30, Roseland, 239 West 52nd Street, 212.777.6800


I&W's Sam Beam nests in Miami with his loving wife and two kids, teaches film at a local college, and sports a woodcutter's beard—an image not evident from the sad songs on his new EP, The Sea & the Rhythm. Singing like Simple Simon, whispering and plucking like Nick Drake with a shadow of Neil Young melancholy, Mr. Beam shines a light on sorrow. With Papercranes and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter. KIM

At 8, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 212.219.3006


Every recent Murray concert has been an event, and this one whets the appetite on two levels. First, the program will begin with his new quartet including the brilliant drummer Hamid Drake, who is not often heard here; second, he's got a lot of strings—10, not including his own bassist—conducted by Craig Harris, and one can scarcely imagine how he'll deploy them. GIDDINS

At 8:30, Zankel Hall at Carnegie, Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th streets, 212.247.7800



Who would've thought that Rod the Bod would someday headline a "lite" radio station bill? Simply Red's latest is their danciest in years. The only chart on which Seal's still doing well is the one that reports club play, and McLachlan's had more than her share of trance mixes. Is dance-pop the new adult contemporary? Guess there's nowhere else for adult ex- and non-rockers to go. WALTERS

At 8, Madison Square Garden Theater, 31st Street and Seventh Avenue, 212.465.6741



Sugiura's latest photograms record the often life-size silhouettes of scientists and artists projected as shadows on photographic paper. Since Sugiura's process involves performance, her subjects always manage to round out the format's inherent flatness, usually with the aid of characteristic props. Yayoi Kusama sits under a flower-decked umbrella in back-to-back positive and negative images; Keith Sonnier grapples with a tangle of neon; and a portly geneticist blows a small galaxy of soap bubbles. ALETTI

Through October 25, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 535 West 22nd Street, 212.255.8450




Anne Bogart's meditation on post-World War II New York's most freewheelingly agglutinative artist deploys her SITI company on a set that's a giant American flag. Charles L. Mee's text Rauschenbergianly collages into itself words by Whitman, the Beat poets, Merce Cunningham, and the artist himself. Rumors that this reviewer was offered the role of the stuffed goat are flatly untrue. FEINGOLD

Through Saturday, BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100






Noemie Lafrance's Bessie-winning site-specific journey, unfolding in a 12-story stairwell, sends a dozen women, representing members of the servant class, sprawling down to their destiny. Wear comfortable shoes; you'll be following them. ZIMMER

At 7 and 8:30, Friday and Saturday at 7, 8:30, and 10, and Sunday at 7 and 8:30, through November 23, City Court Building Clock Tower, 108 Leonard Street, 212.868.4444



It's been more than a year since their self-titled debut, and nearly four since winning the Best Unsigned Band at the Latin Alternative Music Conference, so you know that this action-packed five-piece from Monterrey, Mexico, will turn S.O.B.'s into one big groovy fiesta with a booty-shaking mix of house beats, Latin rhythms, and good old-fashioned (i.e., lascivious) rock 'n' roll showmanship. HENDRICKSON

At 10, S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, 212.243.4940


One of the great contemporary singers, she is a figure with little precedent in jazz: a diva who writes most of her material and sings standards with autobiographical urgency—as on her new CD, It's Me. The forebears who come to mind are Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, but they sang of survival while faltering; Lincoln incarnates revitalization and strength. She phrases with queenly resolve, singing from deep down and underscoring her lyrics for maximum impact. GIDDINS

At 8 and 10:30, through Sunday, Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street, 212.475.8592

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