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WEDNESDAY

DECEMBER 10


Monkey see: Mansaku Nomura II and his grandson go bananas at the Japan Society (see Wednesday).
photo: Japan Society
Monkey see: Mansaku Nomura II and his grandson go bananas at the Japan Society (see Wednesday).

Art

MARCEL ODENBACH

Viewers expecting this German artist's video works are in for a surprise. His collages—layering personal, political, formal, and historical visual info—play stunning polemical tricks too. Each image contains a universe of simultaneous others. One minute you see a striped zebra or venetian blinds. Step closer: Within the dark stripes, a mosaic of sheet music, text, and news photos about African unrest or his own family history unfurls. Step back and a group portrait coagulates. LEVIN

Through January 10, Anton Kern Gallery, 532 West 20th Street, 212.367.9663

Books

JOHN KINSELLA+SUSAN STEWART

Australian Kinsella (20 books before he turned 40) and Penn prof Stewart (this year's Columbarium is her fourth), both much lauded lyricists, share a love for insights that emerge from confusion (and vice versa). Stewart aims for an otherworldly quiet: "Dark the wish/made on the star,/a true wish made/on the water's image." Kinsella ranges from

hermetic to noisy but is always urbane: "if you read/the nineteen eleven edition of Britannica the Thylacine is not/extinct nor would its editors without knowing the characters/of Tasmanians have guessed that within twenty five years/it would be 'it once' or 'was.' " DAVIS

At 7, Barnard Hall, Sulzberger Parlor, 3009 Broadway, 212.854.2116

Theater

MANSAKU-NO-KAI KYOGEN COMPANY

How stylized do you like your slapstick? Kyogen, the comic annex to Japan's centuries-old Noh theater, is about as austere as low comedy gets. Which doesn't mean it's not funny. This rare U.S. visit from a leading Kyogen troupe features Mansaku Nomura II, a 70-year veteran of the art form. FEINGOLD

Through Friday, Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, 212.752.3015

'THE STORY'

An ambitious black journalist is accused of falsifying a story in Tracy Scott Wilson's new play—a premise that undeniably has the freshness of this year's newspaper headlines. Phylicia Rashad heads the cast of Loretta Greco's production. FEINGOLD

Through December 21, Joseph Papp Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, 212.239.6200

 


THURSDAY

DECEMBER 11


Art

JONATHAN MONK+ALEKSANDRA MIR

In an elegant pairing, Monk's "Time and or Space" alternates super-conceptualized slide projections (one a day, each a copy of the last) and vinyl wall texts that specify a future rendezvous. Will he be waiting at the Eiffel Tower at noon on October 13, 2008? Here and now, Mir's forest of flippant street signs, from her "Naming Tokyo" project, casts another spin on options of place. The giveaway map (telling who named them and why) explains all. LEVIN

Through December 20, Swiss Institute, 495 Broadway, 212.925.2035

Dance

MISNOMER DANCE THEATER

Fuse an Ivy League education with conservatory training and many months in Bali and Turkey, and you get Chris Elam, a smart, physically fluent choreographer whose Intimacy in Transition investigates uncommon relationships among diverse characters. Jesse Manno, Andy Teirstein, and Mike Vargas provide music; Teirstein's will be performed live. ZIMMER

Through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 5, through December 21, P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, 212.477.5288

Music

PHIL WOODS QUINTET

One of the living titans on alto saxophone, Woods is a veteran of bop who emerged from the shadow of Charlie Parker as a singular master. He is always authoritative and, when inspired, deeply affecting. This appearance is special: His longtime rhythm section (Steve Gilmore, Bill Goodwin) enjoys the return after eight years of Bill Charlap plus an exciting added starter in trumpeter Brian Lynch. Woods knows all the tunes and writes good ones, too. GIDDINS

Through Saturday at 9 and 11, Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, 212.581.3080


FRIDAY

DECEMBER 12


Film

'FILM-MAKER'S COOP HOLIDAY BENEFIT PARTY'

The original artist-run underground avant-garde film distribution outfit throws its annual benefit bash, with new work by Abby Child, Lewis Klahr, Kiki Smith, and the late Stan Brakhage, among others. There will be stuff to drink, time to schmooze, and raffles that include Super-8 equipment, slide projectors, and artists' videotapes. HOBERMAN

At 8, Millennium, 66 East 4th Street, 212.267.5665

'VON STERNBERG'

Hollywood's master craftsman, Josef von Sternberg was the Pygmalion who invented Marlene Dietrich (and himself), not to mention the silent gangster flick. At his best, VS could out-light, out-design, and out-fetishize any director on the lot. This 18-film retro opens with new 35mm prints of Shanghai Express (1932) and the even crazier Devil Is a Woman(1935). HOBERMAN

Through December 25, Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 212.727.8110

Music

MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE

Radio never played 'em, their label dumped 'em, and their last album came out in 2000. So how the hell did MSI sell out three nights at Irving? By being the most innovative electro-punk band since Atari Teenage Riot. Taking industrial's fury, hip-hop's cockiness, and glam's gender-fuckery to their most absurd extremes, MSI put on a show that would make Linkin Park wet their pants. With Rasputina and -kHz- on Friday; the Soul Conductors, Kenny Muhammad, and the Human Orchestra on Saturday; My Chemical Romance on Sunday. PHILLIPS

At 8, through Sunday, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212.777.6800

'THE OUTSIDER ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL'

Larry Tee's latest brainchild is the first big event at the new Crobar, but whatever you do, don't say the E-word. The headliners FannyPack sing about sugar and spice and everything nice—like cameltoes. The local dirty girls in Avenue D are Fannypack's the X-rated counterparts, with slutty lyrics set to Miami Bass. Very different techno and electro flashbacks come courtesy of LFO and Opti-grab. Leftovers from the "E" generation (W.I.T., My Robot Friend) and more. ROMANO

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