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WEDNESDAY

OCTOBER 29


Got no human grace: Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face opens for Halloween (see Friday).
photo: Rialto Pictures/Janus Films
Got no human grace: Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face opens for Halloween (see Friday).

Photo

JOSEPH JACHNA

Jachna, a Chicago native, studied at that city's legendary Institute of Design, where he learned the basics of post-Bauhaus eloquence and restraint from Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Their influence is evident in this savvy group of black-and-white images from the '60s and '70s, many of abstracted landscapes rendered with maximum graphic punch. At his most confident and idiosyncratic, Jachna reaches into his pictures, often as a spectral hand, flashing the sun in a shard of glass. ALETTI

Through November 1, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 504 West 22nd Street, 212.627.3930

Music

THE STROKES

Born Rich? Rich Girls? The Socialites? Who's Your Dandy? As expected, our privileged punk Strokes' new Room on Fire is hotter than Pernod sex on an L.E.S. roof with a U.E.S. slut who digs A.R.E. Weapons. Julian croons his ennui à nuit over revealingly tight new wave parts that mess with distortion and disco. We are young, darlin'—and bliss is just a bathroom scrog away. With Kings of Leon and Regina Spektor. SINAGRA

Today and Thursday at 8, Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, 212.465.MSG1

Theater

THE VIOLET HOUR

Sex and society go one-on-one in Richard Greenberg's hit play Take Me Out, and will probably be doing the same in this new work about a financially strapped young publisher forced to choose between his mistress's lurid memoirs and his best friend's unwieldy novel. Evan Yionoulis directs a cast headed by Robert Sean Leonard, inaugurating Manhattan Theatre Club's reign at the newly restored Biltmore. FEINGOLD

In previews, opens November 6, Biltmore Theatre, Broadway and 47th Street, 212.239.6200

 


THURSDAY

OCTOBER 30


Books

'INTIMACY & GEOGRAPHY: THE NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN POETRY FESTIVAL'

What better salve from, and defiant response to, the Bush-whacked world than a three-day celebration of poems and their creators? The first ever in the city, "Intimacy" allows you a sustained peek into the alchemy by which various bards—from all over the country—summon up their muses and deal with wide-ranging concerns, in readings, panels, performances, and one-on-one interviews. Among the poets in attendance will be Meena Alexander, Eugene Gloria, Kimiko Hahn, Lawson Inada, Li-Young Lee, Arthur Sze, Patrick Rosal, and Tina Chang. FRANCIA

Through Saturday, Asian American Writers Workshop, 16 West 32nd Street, CUNY Graduate Center, 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, 212.494.0061

Dance

NOCHE FLAMENCA

Has it really been 10 years since this scrappy, fine flamenco troupe first transfixed Manhattan? Martin Santangelo—Brooklyn-born, now living in Spain—and his Spanish wife, Soledad Barrio, install their troupe of nine, including dancers, singers, and guitarists, in an intimate space for a five-week season, including a New York premiere. Bring the kids; the show sometimes includes one of theirs. ZIMMER

At 8 (preview) and Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3, Tuesday at 8, and other dates through November 30, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, 212.239.6200

Film

'THE NEXT DIRECTOR: HONG SANG-SOO'

This frequently festivalized South Korean filmmaker's four features have established him as a soulful, often funny formalist who typically focuses on unhappy love affairs. Last year's Turning Gate and The Power of Kangwon Province (1998) are bittersweet; The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1997) and Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2001) are more purposefully alienated. HOBERMAN

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

Theater

KAREN FINLEY

Sat for your psychic portrait lately? "Madame Karen" may be better known for reading out your social-political-sexual aberrations than for probing your inner life, but for two weeks you can watch, free of charge, while affluent art buyers sit for half an hour (by appointment only) and Karen gouaches their insides. Those less concerned with portraiture can attend her one-night-only Séance: Unsolved Mysteries of the Art World the night before Halloween. FEINGOLD

At 8 (séance); Friday, through November 18 (psychic portraits), the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 212.255.5793

 


FRIDAY

OCTOBER 31


Books

JOSHUA BECKMAN+MATTHEW ROHRER

Who will parse the erotics of collaboration? Maybe you. Last year's read-in-one-sitting Nice Hat. Thanks.collected the joint improvisations of poets Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer's two-line koans ("Once while spying on my neighbor/I solved for x."), deadpan tercets ("Birds/follow/ mommy."), and longer adventures in the realm of the non sequitur (e.g., "Black Sabbath's Paranoid Girlfriend"). They tour behind their new CD, Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. PARK

At 7, Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718.965.9177; Sunday at 3, Sunny's, 253 Conover Street, Brooklyn, 718.625.8211

Film

'EYES WITHOUT A FACE'

Georges Franju's nocturnal masterpiece of poetic horror has a premise that's beyond lurid. A plastic surgeon attempts to restore his mutilated daughter by transplanting the faces of kidnapped women on her. On one hand, it's a superbly shot surreal fairy tale in the tradition of Cocteau's Orpheus; on the other, it ranks with its slasher-shocker contemporaries, Psycho and Peeping Tom. The print is new. HOBERMAN

Opens Friday, Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 212.727.8110

Music

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

Somewhat to my surprise despite the wonderful Decoration Day, they were a great band at the Bowery in June: rhythm section sharp, new young fat guy clarion, and Patterson Hood as charismatic telling his stories as singing his songs. These songs are as acutely observed as any being written in the neorealist mode. Learn to love them before you go—you'll be glad you did. With Satanicide. CHRISTGAU

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