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    If National Public Radio is your significant other — you know, the presence in your private life that you sometimes ignore but can’t imagine living without — take this rare...
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    Get in the spirit: Baba Chuck Davis, a “Pied Piper” of African-American cultural life in Brooklyn and beyond, hosts the 37th annual DanceAfrica this Memorial Day weekend with a...
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    The tsunami of French performance overtaking the city this month during DANSE gathers force with the Lyon Opera Ballet. Choreographer Christian Rizzo’s Ni fleurs, Ni Ford-Mustang is a...
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    Nonesuch Records’ reissue of gray country goddess Emmylou Harris’s 1995 album Wrecking Ball — no relation to Miley Cyrus’s pop ballad — hearkens back to a more...
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    Hop aboard a British man-of-war and set sail for 1797 at BAM, where Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville’s novella, is having a revival in honor of the...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 1/24: Neutral Milk Hotel BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building Friday & Saturday, 8:00...
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    Enigmatic and self-serving, Neutral Milk Hotel established long ago that they are perfectly fine being one of indie rock’s great mysteries. In the years since the group issued its last...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 1/17: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires Bowery Ballroom 9:00 p.m.,...
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    Unlike synchronized sound in film, word balloons were seen in cartoons as early as the 18th century. Yet in the early 1900s, comics innovators like Frans Masereel, Milt Gross, and woodcut...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 10/25: The Julie Ruin Music Hall of Williamsburg 9:00 p.m., $15 In 1997,...
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    With last year’s Shuffle Culture, Questlove attempted to re-create and rethink the experience of scrolling through an iPod live onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This year, in...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 9/20: Laura Benanti 54 Below 8pm, Friday & Saturday; 11pm, Friday,...
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    When she died at the age of 39 from an accidental overdose, Anna Nicole Smith, whose career included stints as a stripper, a Playmate, a model, an actress, a reality-show celebrity, and...
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    Childhood is terrifying for us all. But, of course, for Neil Gaiman, the monsters under the bed are always literal. The author of The Sandman series and “all-ages” hits like...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Erykah Badu BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building Saturday & Sunday, 7:30pm, $35 Neo-soul was no...
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    Neo-soul was no longer neo when Erykah Badu released her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), but its expansive sound and softly sung narratives made the whole world sound...
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    The more things change, the more people’s facial hair stays the same—such is the legacy of Walt Whitman, the bearded Brooklyn poet whose “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”...
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    If you like to keep your clothes clean, we recommend sitting away from the stage at tonight’s edition of Get It Out There. The monthly free comedy night at BAMcafé, sponsored by...
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    Sufjan Stevens may not have recorded 
albums dedicated to all 50 states, as promised long ago. But now he has a song suite inspired by all nine planets—including ousted dwarf...
  • Fork in the Road: Events
    Monday, December 10 Fourth Annual Latke Festival Celebrate Hanukkah at BAM with 17 restaurants including Fatty 'Cue and Veselka, as they fry up some of the best latkes in the city....
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    If you’re a purist of the potato pancake known as the latke, you might want to avert your eyes. For the rest of you, 
tonight—just in time for the Festival of...
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    For 36 years, the late German choreographer Pina Bausch created groundbreaking work as a pioneer of tanztheater (dance theater). Now BAM presents the U.S. premiere of her final work, . . ....
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    On the heels of a string of Gen-X films (Slacker, Singles, Reality Bites), 25-year-old first-time director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) tried his hand at capturing the aimlessness of his...
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    For those who share Tim Burton’s gothic sensibilities, Cirkus Cirkör from Sweden has a dark new show, Wear it like a crown, which looks back on those good ol’ days of...
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    What a thrill it is whenever our New Yorker arrives with a new David Sedaris dispatch from Europe. The humorist’s latest story in the magazine, “Dentists Without Borders,”...
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    When Walt Whitman wrote the poem that the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival takes its name from, the ferry served as the main means of transportation between inner city and outer borough....
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    No need to guess why budding filmmaker and actor Lena Dunham would find Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998) inspiring. The story of two young women sharing a railroad apartment,...
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    Before Madonna was into Kabbalah, Gertrude Stein was into Saint Teresa of Ávila, a 16th-century Spanish mystic who was reportedly obsessed with levitating and believed in a...
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    Have you heard? The ’90s are back and more expensive than ever. After you outfit yourself in some designer flannel, make sure you still have the $169.99 needed for the four-LP...
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    For the 26th year, BAM hosts the day-long Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So spend your day off commemorating (OK, maybe sleep in just a little, too) with keynote speaker...
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    “Jealous love/Ashes and fire/Pain and sin/All of this exists/All of this is sorrowful/All of this is fado,” sang the legendary Amalia Rodrigues in Tudo Isto e Fado, a sentiment...
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    “When you comfort me,” Leslie Feist sings on her new album, “it doesn’t bring me comfort, actually.” She could be speaking for her fans: Although it’s...
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    With the slew of subway altercations captured on YouTube lately, you’d think we were watching a scene out of Walter Hill’s 1979 gang-war cult hit The Warriors, which follows a...
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    Cue “The Ballad of Mack the Knife”—The Threepenny Opera with its cast of gangsters and prostitutes is back in town. The 1928 musical-theater masterpiece by Kurt Weill and...
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    Dir. Vincent Minnelli (1946). Minnelli’s posh contribution to gothic noir (innocent bride endangered by possibly Satanic husband) is fascinatingly miscast—Katherine Hepburn as the...
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    Dir. Vincente Minnelli (1945). Mise-en-scene is everything in this curiously static, nominally “Good Neighbor” MGM musical. The lengthy production numbers are animated only by Fred...
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    Dir. Albert Brooks (1985). The hippie dream turns into a yuppie nightmare in this comedy of pain and humiliation, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, an exploration of our national...
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    Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (1964). Antonioni's first color film is almost pure science fiction. Everything exudes a chemical glow, driving the movie's tragic, agitated heroine (Monica...
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    Dir. Bong Joon-ho (2006). The top grossing movie in South Korean history has as its main attraction a mutant carnivore-cum-somersaulting slime ball. As amorphous as its creature, The...
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    Dir. Thomas Alfredson (2009). A genuine sleeper, as well as the most successful genre film ever made in Sweden, Tomas Alfredson’s offbeat gorefest is an unexpectedly touching treatment...
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    Dir. Jacques Audiard (2001). Emmanuelle Devos won a Cesar for her portrayal of a deaf office-worker and her fiercely telegraphed disapproval gives Jacques Audiard’s character-driven...
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    Dir. Steven Soderbergh (2009). The hardcore teen queen who took the name “Sasha Grey” and refers to her porn films as performance art plays a paid escort, $2,000 an hour. A mosaic...
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    Dir. Francesco Rosi (1975). Someone is killing the judges of Italy: Rosi’s conspiratorial procedural is the Italian equivalent of Hollywood’s post Watergate thrillers, adapted from...
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