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At 8, Millennium, 66 East 4th Street, 212.673.0090

Music

MOLOTOV+EL GRAN SILENCIO+RABANES

Here we have three modern rock bands from Latin America packaged for easy consumption. With its macho sing-along choruses and grinding power chords, Molotov sound like a Mexican beer commercial. El Gran Silencio skillfully integrate Mexican folk styles and Colombia's cumbia rhythms, as well as ska and reggae. Panama's affable and equally diverse Rabanes lighten the load with some goofy pop flavor. With Yerba Buena and Diestra. HENDRICKSON

At 6:30, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 212.485.1534

'VISION COLLABORATIONS'

Usually a summer occasion, this is a two-night fall festival that combines avant-jazz and dance, beginning at 8 and including such musical highlights as William Parker's trio and Patricial Nicholson's dance troupe on Friday at 9; and the trumpet duo of Roy Campbell and Baikida Carroll on Saturday at 8:30, and two key violinists, Billy Bang on Friday at 10 and Leroy Jenkins on Saturday at 9. It's a bargain—go early, stay late. GIDDINS

Today and Saturday at 8, the Center, 268 Mulberry Street, 845.986.1677


SATURDAY

NOVEMBER 15


Art

ISAAC JULIEN

Using his trademark triptych format and the star presence of Melvin Van Peebles (in person and in wax), Julien does a brainy three-screen, 11-minute, 16-mm de- and reconstruction in which "blaxploitation films meet the museum." A dissonant para-narrative of past and future, reality and simulation, tedium and sudden violence, Baltimore has a taut visceral and formal elegance. LEVIN

Through December 14, Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 212.206.7100

Photo

SIMEN JOHAN

Although Johan has removed his usual alien children from these 14 new photographs, their presence pervades the bizarre environments that remain. Suggesting an alarming synthesis of early Gregory Crewdson and late Anthony Goicolea, these obsessively fabricated sites have the skewed logic and creepy surprise of horror-film sets. A cross of grimy teddy bears, a jeweled spider web, pine trees crawling with furry creatures—once you enter Johan's dream world, there's no going back. ALETTI

Through December 6, Yossi Milo Gallery, 552 West 24th Street, 212.414.0370


SUNDAY

NOVEMBER 16


Music

RANCID

They've struggled with purism and side projects and love-gone-band and what-does-it-all-mean only to return as what they were when they broke through eight years ago now: as tuneful and passionate a punk band as this nation has seen since the Ramones. Go tell 'em so. They need to hear it. CHRISTGAU

At 6:45, Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, 212.247.0200


MONDAY

NOVEMBER 17


Theater

'CAROLINE OR CHANGE'

A housemaid's-eye-view of history, circa 1963, is the core of this new musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. Angels in America meets Thoroughly Modern Millie? Whether fusion or collision is the result, director George C. Wolfe's cast, headed by the glorious Tonya Pinkins in the title role, should provide plenty of excitement. FEINGOLD

In previews, opens November 30, Joseph Papp Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, 212.239.6200


TUESDAY

NOVEMBER18


Art

ANNE CHU

Strung from ropes and sticks as if awaiting a puppeteer, Chu's big, chunky chainsawed wood, wire, and fabric marionettes (one with its own hand puppet, another with a doll on a leash) have a weird plasticity, a fine presence, and a sense of medieval wonder. The comical splay-legged monster is fabulous. And the single landscape marionette is a nice touch. LEVIN

Through December 20, 303 Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, 212.255.1121

Dance

CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN

Lin Hwai-min's exquisitely trained ensemble, the oldest contemporary dance troupe in the Chinese-speaking world, returns for its third Next Wave appearance with Moon Water; as usual, the sky over the stage will open up. He juxtaposes tai chi movement with Bach cello suites, exploring the nature of illusion for 70 breathtaking minutes. ZIMMER

At 7:30, and November 20 through 22, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100

Music

JOE HENRY+AMY RIGBY

An imaginative pairing . . . Rigby makes the everyday seem fresh and charmingly strange; Henry makes the strange and unexpected feel oddly familiar and comfortable. He was arguably the most original and effective voice the alternative-country scare produced, but ran for his musical life from modern twang to free experimentation; the famously urban Ms. Rigby moved to Nashville, took to the musicians, and was just named best local songwriter there. Ya never know. Joe Henry also plays Thursday at Joe's Pub (see the music listings). MAZOR

At 8, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.230.0236

THE WHITE STRIPES

For a low-tech quasi-"roots" boogie duo, they sure do feed the high-tech stream: The video of Kate Moss pole-dancing to their Bacharach cover is the bandwidth-eater, but Michel Gondry's clip for "The Hardest Button to Button" is the coolest thing since, uh, the one he did for "Fell in Love With a Girl." In any case, "I saw them when" bragging rights officially end this December. WOLK

At 6:45, through November 20, Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, 212.247.0200

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