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WEDNESDAY

DECEMBER 3


Yes dear, when you grow up, you will be rich and beautiful (see Monday).
photo: Tina Barney/Courtesy Janet Borden Inc.
Yes dear, when you grow up, you will be rich and beautiful (see Monday).

Dance

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

The only modern dance troupe that can sustain a month-long Manhattan run, this ensemble of crackerjack dancers opens a 45th anniversary season featuring new work by Robert Battle, Alonzo King, Jennifer Muller, and Dwight Rhoden. At the opening gala, you can see artistic director Judith Jamison's Hymn, and two favorites by Ailey himself, Cryand Revelations, performed to live music (a delightful treat that will be repeated Saturday). Donald McKayle's iconic Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder also gets live music, Tuesday and on December 13. Muller's Footprintspremieres Friday, and can also be seen Saturday and Sunday evenings. Other choreographers on display this week include Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Billy Wilson, and Ronald K. Brown. ZIMMER

At 7, and Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, and Sunday at 2 and 7:30, through January 4, City Center, 135 West 55th Street, 212.581.1212

Music

ANTHONY HAMILTON

Erstwhile D'Angelo backup, Hamilton's one of few current artists to hit on his sophomore run. Seems '03 is keener for quirky Southland soulmen with self-styled trucker personas. This I95 South veteran owes a debt to Withers sonic-wise, Womack vocally, and Wonder for his album title, yet has got potential for "neo-soul" longevity. (And glad to see the BL darken/hip its palette a bit.) CRAZY HORSE

At 7:30 and 10:30, Bottom Line, 15 West 4th Street, 212.228.6300

Theater

'DUET'

The love-hate rivalry of fin de siècle Europe's two great actresses, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse, was more than a press agent's fabrication. Their aesthetic battle still reverberates in today's theater, and still spawns dueling biographies. Don't count on Otho Eskin's play to provide the last word, but do count on powerhouse performances by two of our own best actresses, Laura Esterman and Pamela Payton-Wright. Ludovica Villar-Hauser directs. FEINGOLD

In previews, opens Thursday, Greenwich Street Theater, 547 Greenwich Street, 212.351.3101

 

'THE SECRET HISTORY OF DRAG: A VISIT WITH AGRIPPINA VAN HANSSEN-CORTEZ'

We've heard of the 2,000-Year-Old Man, but a 2,000-year-old drag queen is a new one for us. We'll have to wait till Obie winner David Drake smooths out all the ruffles on his new solo piece to figure out who's dragging whom where. FEINGOLD

Today and December 10 and 17, Dixon Place at the Marquee, 356 Bowery, 212.219.0736, ext.106

 


THURSDAY

DECEMBER 4


Film

'NATIVE AMERICAN FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL'

Not just work about, but more often, work by Native Americans, this densely programmed festival spans the hemisphere from Canada's Nunavut territory to Brazil's Mato Grosso. The emphasis in many programs is on indigenous TV. Screenings are free; reservations suggested. HOBERMAN

Through Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green; Donnell Media Center, 20 West 53rd Street; American Indian Community House, 404 Lafayette Street, 212.514.3737

 

Music

RYAN ADAMS+THE STILLS

Adams's songwriting skills may have suffered when he transformed from weepie alt-country heartthrob to tabloid-fodder Rock Star, but in a live setting, when drama matters more than metaphors, his new Replacements- and U2-aping material should hold up just fine. The Stills can get as wonderfully mopey as the Adams of old, but they drown their tears at the new wave club, not the honky-tonk. PHILLIPS

At 8, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, 212.307.7171

Theater

'THE PALMER RAIDS'

John Ashcroft isn't the first U.S. attorney general to be constitutionally illiterate where noncitizens are concerned: In 1919, after radicals left bombs in some socially prominent mailboxes, Ashcroft's predecessor A. Mitchell Palmer launched a sweeping series of no-knock raids and mass deportations of immigrants, mainly Russian Jews. Chicago's Plasticene Physical Theatre Company makes its New York debut with this "lyrical documentary" version of the whole explosive story. FEINGOLD

Opens today, through December 14, Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster Street, 212.613.3173


FRIDAY

DECEMBER 5


Film

'FROM HERE TO ETERNITY'

Celebrating its golden anniversary with an excellent restoration, this quintessential service drama is an example of something that ended with The Godfather—the transformation of a sprawling Dreiser-tradition bestseller into all-star, character-rich, Oscar bait. Contemporary audiences may not see why, even cleaned up, From Here to Eternity was the most daring movie of 1953, but should appreciate the acting bonanza. HOBERMAN

Through December 11, Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 212.727.8110

Music

LIVING COLOUR

Some detractors or even fans might say Black Rock's flagship band are attempting the nigh impossible . . . for the chaotic creative and commercial tenor of the times is inhospitable to second acts. Still the people must be speaking: We need that thunderous funky rhythm section, the mack daddy churchisms of Glover, and, above all, Reid's ax wizardry—the most eclectic in this hemisphere. With Tony C and the Truth. CRAZY HORSE

At 9, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212.533.2111

Photo

KARLHEINZ WEINBERGER

This Swiss photographer's '60s portraits of outlaw teens and sexy motorcyclists look like Danny Lyon as interpreted by Steven Meisel (who's already used them as fodder for a Versace Jeans campaign). Because Weinberger zeroes in on his subjects' DIY denims, rakish sideburns, and crude tattoos, fashion and fetish overwhelm any documentary impulse here, especially on a wall featuring 70 unframed images of brawny sex objects. Weinberger was too smitten to distance himself, but chances are you will be too. ALETTI

Wednesday through December 20, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, 212.243.3335


SATURDAY

DECEMBER 6


Music

AL GREEN

The big news is not that he's recording with Willie Mitchell again. He did that on a gospel album once. The big news is his unembarrassed return to secular material, which will render one of the great live performers of his generation available unencumbered to legions of old fans—and also some new ones. Don't miss this chance to witness a legend. With Cassandra Wilson. CHRISTGAU

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