Thursday 8/10

[Dance]

These are the Breaks
Give it up for a new generation of B-girlz

Heads will spin when B-girlz from the Boogie Down and beyond battle it out at We B*Girlz: A 25th Anniversary Breakin' Event. Emceed by master freestyler Tony Blackman and featuring sounds by top-notch turntablist DJ Sparkles, the three-on-three floor wars between NYC's Fox Force Five, Jersey's Natural Born Killahz, Philly's Style Comes First, and London's Flowzaic are sure to take old-school headz back to 1981, when a group of B-boyz showcased flares, windmills, and other power moves on this same turf, paving the way for a new generation of women. Judges include famous B-girlz who continue to spread the gospel of hip-hop: Rokafella, a Spanish Harlemborn dancer and choreographer who has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and Tito Puente; Asia One, who organizes the annual B-Boy Summit; and Dutch artist Aruna, who performed at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink, who started out in the late '70s painting subway cars, holds it down in the background. Expect a grand finale that will have you popping and locking all the way home. From 5:30 to 7, Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th streets, 212-LINCOLN, free GRACE BASTIDAS


[Music]

Now You See Them
Peep the funky jazz-salsa-disco of Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles

Born in Venezuela but now based in Brooklyn, Los Amigos Invisibles boast crazy chops that allow members of this bilingual (yet mostly Spanish-singing) six-man band to reproduce every style they tackle with as much authenticity as they want or need. That means their sambas can truly sound 40 years old, their disco jams 30, and so on. These crafty genre hoppers can also cross time and style periods as they see fit, fusing Latin and international styles with varying degrees of worship and irreverence. But unlike most of their dance peers, LAI don't rely on drum machines or digitized instrumentation to sound contemporary: Their sensibility may be modern, but their rhythms jump with timeless human pulses. Having remixed Beastie Boys and David Byrne and collaborated with Masters at Work, they're soon to self-release Superpop Venezuela, a sure-to-be-club-ready platter produced by France's king of disco-house, Dimitri From Paris. See them and sweat. At 6, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, 212-534-2804, elmuseo.org, free BARRY WALTERS


[Books]

The Doctors Are In
Embarrassing medical riddles explained

Ever since authors Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, MD, had a surprise bestseller with their Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini, the unlikely writing duo (Leyner, a humorist and author of five books, including the pomo hit Et Tu, Babe, and Goldberg, a New York physician) have suddenly become the go-to guys for all sorts of ridiculous medical head-scratchers. Their latest, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? More Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey Sour, quite seriously answers stumpers such as "Why do women pee more often than men?" and "What turns snot green?" mixed with a healthy dose of Leyner's offbeat humor and satiric vignettes. Bring a good question to tonight's discussion and maybe the authors will be inspired to write a trilogy. At 7, Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue, 212-727-1227, free ANGELA ASHMAN


[Music]

A New Day
Lyrics Born empties backpack—finds melody, open mind

As a member of mid-'90s avant-rappers Latyrx, Lyrics Born was consciously or notinstrumental in setting up a seemingly impenetrable wall between hip-hop's bohemian-minded indie scene and its oft demonized mainstream wing. Not only was he an oddball stylist, with patterns and texture that suggested performance art, but his music was a placeholder for hope that the genre might actually contain multitudes. In 2003, he finally released a solo album, Later That Day, that was as notable for his rhymes as for its overall musicalitysuddenly his voice was exploring melody, and on her collaborations, his better half, the singer Joyo Velarde, sounded like a simpatico partner in crime, helping detangle him from his lyrical thicket. Now we're full circle: 2004's "Callin' Out (Remix)" featured LB going toe-to-toe with fellow Bay Area verbal gymnast E-40, a sign, perhaps, that all those walls just don't mean what they used to, or that they never should have meant a thing in the first place. With RJD2 and Alice Smith. At 6, Pier 54, 13th Street and the Hudson River, 212-627-2020, free JON CARAMANICA


The moment the exquisitely beautiful Bonnie Parker, played by 26-year-old Faye Dunaway, appears on-screen in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, she is instantly forgiven for all the mayhem and violence she is about to commit. Along with the dim-wittedand very good-lookingClyde (Warren Beatty), she goes on a notorious crime spree through America's dust bowl, a celluloid rainbow of sunlit hues and amber waves of grain. Director Arthur Penn turned a pair of Depression-era gangsters into misunderstood antiheros and in the process redefined violence in Hollywood. Get swept away all over again by America's most infamous criminals as they leave a trail of victims behind them. At 8, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, between Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, enter off Water Street, Brooklyn, 718-802-0603, freeANDREW ABER

 
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