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Youssou N'Dour
October 23 through 27
Zankel Hall at Carnegie, 881 Seventh Ave,
212-247-7800
Rather than mount an international tour behind his 2004 Cairo-mbalax fusion album Egypt, a model so irresistible that Thione Seck has one out now, the world's greatest pop star waited till he was confident he could do the music right—in a historic and unlikely-to-be-repeated engagement designed to prove how cosmopolitan, fraternal, and self-sufficient Islam can be. Christgau

Glam it up: Peter Hujar's 1973 Fayette from his first American retrospective
photo: Matthew Marks Gallery
Glam it up: Peter Hujar's 1973 Fayette from his first American retrospective


Gwen hollas back at Madison Square Garden November 11.
photo: Lorenzo Agius
Gwen Stefani+Black Eyed Peas
November 11
Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave & 32nd,
212-465-MSG1
In her beautiful new video for "Cool" Stefani does a great late Madonna: brown hair, flowing dress, pseudo-European je ne sais quoi. At the Garden expect something less subtle and more showy from the No Doubt frontwoman; after all, she didn't hire those fired-up bleacher stompers in "Hollaback Girl" for nothing. With the baldly crowd-pleasing Peas, who've lately made their own rewarding journey from mild to wild. Wood
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