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Cocksucker Blues
Thespian channels Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce once asked an audience, “Are there any niggers here tonight?” (His point being that, if the word was used more, it would lose its power.) Needless to say, he was a man who took risks. And so it is in that spirit that actor Steve Cuiffo walks out on a limb tonight, attempting his best impersonation of the iconic comedian-satirist, who died way too young at age 40 in 1966. Cuiffo, who just finished a performance in Rinne Groff’s play Orange Lemon Egg Canary at P.S.122 and who has worked with the Wooster Group, says, “Bruce had an honest point of view and he expressed it—and that’s hard to find. And based on what’s going today, he’s just as relevant.” Among the many pieces Cuiffo will tackle are “Christ and Moses,” “Religions Inc.,” and of course, “You Can’t Win a Case Based on ‘Cocksucker.’ ” At 4, Spiegltent, Pier 17, South Street Seaport, 207 Front Street, 212-279-4200, $15 KEN SWITZER


Bird Call
Wildlife adventure off the coast of Manhattan

Observing rats from a subway platform is one way to interact with wildlife in the City. Feeding pigeons is another. But for those in search of a more National Geographic–esque experience, New York City Audubon offers the Sunset Eco-Cruise to Harbor Heron Islands tonight. An environmentally friendly water taxi brings you up close to some of the approximately 3,000 herons nesting on islands around the harbor, and an expert guide tells you everything you could want to know about these beautiful birds. Binoculars are provided, and it’s not unusual to spot plumed egrets and falcons as well. According to NYCA executive director E.J. McAdams, the nonprofit organization received a grant three years ago to pilot this program and remains committed to “sharing the joy of experiencing these birds and the desire to protect them in the estuary.” The round-trip excursion takes 90 minutes, and the spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline is almost as impressive as the feathered flocks. Wine is served onboard. At 7, through August 19, Pier 17, South Street Seaport, 207 Front Street, 212-742-1969,, $10–$25 KEN SWITZER


Finding Emo
‘Warped Tour 2006’: Year 12 & the pit circles on

The Warped Tour is sorta like the Ozzfest, but for the skateboard- and BMX-ridin’, angular-hair-architect scene. Sadly, for some, this more-than-10-year-old multi-stage alternative extravaganza has taken a turn away from the aerial trickery: This year’s tour only has one halfpipe. But still, it brings the rawk—punk-flavored, naturally— in spades. There’s the appropriately booked elders (the Buzzcocks and their proto–pop punk; Joan Jett with her pop proto-punk; and the Germs, the legendary reunited L.A. hardcore band); numerous sing-along, pogo-jumpin’ poppy punkers (NOFX, Stretch Arm Strong, AFI, Anti-Flag); even some hip-hop (Catch-22); some spicy world jams (Gogol Bordello); the obligatory ska (Less Than Jake); and especially notable this year, a shit ton of metalcore and emo acts (Thursday, Vaux, Bullet for My Valentine, Boysetsfire, Every Time I Die). At noon, Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, New York,, $35 D. SHAWN BOSLER


Caribbean Beat
An all-day extravaganza

If work always keeps you in town, the summer is the perfect time to pretend you’re in the Caribbean during carnival. From 3 to 7 p.m., Target First Saturdays has stilt walkers, steel-pan music, and colorful costumes to get you into the spirit. At five, grab a seat and watch My American Girls: A Dominican Story, a documentary about a year in the life of a first-generation family of immigrants. There’s a screening at 6:30 of Sugar Cane Alley, which tells the story of a boy and his grandmother living in Martinique in the 1930s and his granny’s effort to keep him from becoming a sugarcane worker. Also at 6:30, the funky Jose Conde y Ola Fresca Band—they fuse Cuban son with mambo, jazz, and more—take to the stage in the back garden. At seven, author Ivor L. Miller puts a spin on the museum’s “Graffiti” exhibit (an exploration of the history of the elaborate aerosol-paint pieces that evolved through hip-hop culture) in a tour that addresses the influence of Caribbean people on the art form. By 8:30, it’s time to party with soul and house mixer DJ Reborn and hip-hop selector Mary Mac. At nine, the classic 1972 Jamaica film The Harder They Come ends it all. Phew! At 3, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000, free KEISHA FRANKLIN

According to the 2000 census, New York City has one of the highest populations of African/African American people in the country. Celebrate Brooklyn’s African Festival dedicates a full day to the motherland by featuring performers from all over the continent. It begins with Parisian expats and eight-person Congolese rumba group Kékélé. Vocalists Bumba Massa and Loko Massengo lend their soft voices to the sounds of melodic guitars and percussion. Nigeria native Lágbájá follows with the musical style he calls “Africano”—we call it Afrobeat. With an entourage of chorus singers, drummers, saxophone players, and more, the always masked singer performs sociopolitical, occasionally humorous songs that everyone can dance to. Later, Razia flirts with the sounds of the Middle East, with new age, reggae, and more blended in. African Underground Allstars display a little pan-African hip-hop, and guitarist Martino Atangana and his band, the African Blue Note, share funk and jazz. From 2 to 9, Prospect Park, Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-7882, free KEISHA FRANKLIN

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