Listings

Through November 1, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 212.334.0010

Theater

'LISTEN TO MY HEART'

Black Burlesque (Revisited) hops to it at DTW (see Wednesday).
photo: Elizabeth Cerejido
Black Burlesque (Revisited) hops to it at DTW (see Wednesday).

Tireless songwriter David Friedman's probably better known as the principal arranger-conductor for Disney's animated block- busters. But his own songs carry an emotional freight that's made them cabaret standards. This selection of Friedmania, staged by cabaret know-all Mark Waldrop, opens a new performing space; the cast includes two of New York's better-loved divas in embryo, Alix Korey and Anne Runolfsson. FEINGOLD

Opens today, Upstairs at Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, 212.239.6200

'THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW'

As far as we know, nobody in William Nicholson's new play even thinks he or she is Napoleon. But with Eileen Atkins and John Lithgow in the leads, some fairly imperial acting should be going on. Director Daniel Sullivan's skilled hand may help matters too. FEINGOLD

Opens today, Booth Theatre, Broadway and 45th Street, 212.239.6200

 


FRIDAY

OCTOBER 24


Film

'ELEPHANT'

A poetic disaster film inspired by the Columbine massacre, Gus Van Sant's most successful experiment is designed for maximum glide—the near avant-garde structure involves long traveling shots over complex sound bridges. Divisive, disturbing, and deeply tactful, Elephant is stronger on specific "empty" moments than motivation. Van Sant skims the surface of a particular autumn morning as long as possible before everything is capsized and dragged into the fathomless depths. HOBERMAN

Opens today

Music

DEATH COMET CREW+ROGERS SISTERS+ GLASS CANDY

Arguably the originators of backpack hip-hop, Rammellzee's group DCC have a fucked-up new EP of muted cut-and-scratch, DCC America. They're playing their first gig in 20 years, alongside Troubleman labelmates the Rogers Sisters (Brooklyn's own B-52's, and I mean that in a good way) and Glass Candy (mascara fanatics who've rarely lived up to the jabbing post-punk promise of their early singles). CMJ Event. Also: Broke Revue, King Cobra. WOLK

At 7:30, Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, 212.219.3006

THROTTLEROD+FIVE HORSE JOHNSON+ HALFWAY TO GONE

If Molly Hatchet, Point Blank, and Blackfoot had toured together in their primes, it conceivably might've made for a heftier r&b-and-c&w-grilled redneck boogie-metal bill than this Altamont-ready showcase from Detroit's Stone Sour Records, but don't count on it. Throttlerod are four Virginia dudes; Five Horse Johnson are a Toledo quartet; Halfway to Gone are a trio from Jersey. They all make Pantera sound like pussies. EDDY

At 8, CBGB Downstairs Lounge, 313 Bowery, 212.228.1790

Photo

MARK WYSE

Like many photos of surfers, Wyse's are also pictures of water. Foaming, sparkling, turbulent expanses of blue green liquid flood his frames with radiant color and all but swamp the tiny wet-suited figures bobbing on boards like so much scattered flotsam. As if he were a hovering bird, Wyse sees these alert, crouching men from above, giving us an exhilaratingly omniscient view all the more remarkable considering he's only leaning over a pier or perched on a cliff. ALETTI

Through November 8, Wallspace, 547 West 27th Street, 212.594.9478

Theater

'WILDER'

A song-and-dance show about the author of Our Town? Definitely not. The hero of this "erotic chamber musical," by playwright Erin Cressida Wilson and Red Clay Ramblers alumni Jack Herrick and Mike Craver, is a man looking back on his coming of age in a Depression-era whorehouse. Doesn't sound much like Grovers Corners. Sounds promising, though, given a cast headed by John Cullum, last seen not being the bunny in Urinetown. FEINGOLD

In previews, opens Sunday, Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, 212.279.4200

 


SATURDAY

OCTOBER 25


Music

EMMYLOU HARRIS

As graceful promulgator queen of Americana, Emmylou is "curator" of this week's strong Carnegie Hall series; her recent Louvin Brothers salute CD contribution recaptures the country tones and song-catching taste that won the crown. She's worked different sounds for eight years now; her own new CD combines them with words almost as simple as the old twang songs'—another step forward, 30 years into a singular career. MAZOR

At 8, Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, 881 SeventhAvenue, 212.903.9600

THE SHINS+THE THERMALS+

THE CONSTANTINES+MICHAEL YONKERS BAND

The Thermals' witty, crackling More Parts Per Million is crystalline punk rock concentrate, terse and savagely emphatic. They're joined for this Sub Pop showcase by the Shins (who sort of aspire to be John Ashbery backed up by Badfinger), the Constantines (post-Fugazi slam-bam from Toronto), and the Michael Yonkers Band (whose psych-fried 1969 art-rock album Microminiature Love finally appeared this year). Also: Arlo, All Night Radio. CMJ Event. WOLK

At 7, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212.533.2111

 


SUNDAY

OCTOBER 26


Music

RZA+OL' DIRTY BASTARD

Wu-Tang Whatever. It's no surprise that in order to make the best music of their careers, the key members of the Wu have had to unshackle themselves from the rest of the fam. RZA is fresh off scoring Kill Bill and a new solo album, Birth of a Prince, that's not nearly as disappointing as one would have thought. Ol' Dirty Bastard—now Dirt McGirt —has been passed around from collaborator to collaborator for the past few years, and other people steadily see the great in him that he's not fully aware of. CARAMANICA

At 8, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, 212.997.4144

Theater

'NOBODY DON'T LIKE YOGI'

And what's not to like? The guy caught, he threw, he batted, and he apothegmatized. Pennant winning was never the same for the Yanks after Steinbrenner canned him—an event that's likely to play a large part in this new solo drama, written and directed by unknowns but starring Ben Gazzara, virtually unseen on the New York stage since he locked horns with the late Colleen Dewhurst in the 1976 revival of Virginia Woolf. FEINGOLD

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