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Chan Chun Sing joins NTUC to strengthen Labour Movement leadership
SINGAPORE: The Labour Movements Central Committee has requested for Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing to join the unions body and strengthen its leadership. Leaders of the NTUC have written to the Prime Minister Lee Hsien .
Minister Chan Chun Sing is new NTUC Deputy Sec-Gen. No.
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing has been appointed the new Deputy secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). This is a surprising move considering that it will mean he is��.
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Democratic Party central committee member Nelson Wong Sing-chi looks set to face an internal party investigation after he publicly called on pan-democratic lawmakers to back Beijings restrictive reform model in exchange for a chance to pick Hong Kong.
Picture essay: Private wake at the Istana for Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing (second from right), Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah (right) and Tanjong Pagar MP Chia Shi-Lu (left) paying their respects. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN. Minister for .
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HuffPost responds to Minister CHAN CHUN SING: Chees 2.
The website hits back. chan-chun-sing. In a sharply-worded statement, Huffington Post has responded to Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing. This after Minister Chan chastised the publication in a��.
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has agreed to NTUCs request to allow Minister Chan Chun Sing to serve in the labour movement. Minister Chan will work at NTUC immediately on a part-time basis and on a full time basis��.
Lim Swee Say resigns from Labour Movement, CHAN CHUN SING to succeed him
SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Central Committee has accepted the resignation of Mr Lim Swee Say as Secretary-General, and unanimously elected Deputy Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing to fill the position. On Mar 30, Mr .
CHAN CHUN SING appointed NTUC deputy secretary-general
SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress has appointed Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing as its Deputy Secretary-General, with effect from Tuesday (Jan 27). In a statement on Tuesday, NTUC President Diana Chia and .
Straits Times refuses to publish Chee Soon Juans unedited.
Referring to himself in the third person, Chee wrote on his own Facebook page about himself: ���The Straits Times has refused to publish Dr Chee Soon Juans letter to Mr Chan Chun Sing. It wanted to edit out the essence of Dr��.
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Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing has kicked off the first round of bare knuckle sparring with the chief of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), Chee Soon Juan. In a letter to The Huffington Post,��.
Chan Chun Sing to chart NTUCs future direction
SINGAPORE ��� Ahead of impending Cabinet changes, Mr Chan Chun Sing joined the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) full-time last Wednesday. Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of an NTUC Income run organised by Young NTUC today (April .
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(Photo: Straitstimes.com) Yesterday, Channel NewsAsia ran a piece which highlighted Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sings criticisms of Dr Chee Soon Juan. Chan wrote that Dr Chee does not deserve��.
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Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean told Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing that he was among those who just missed the cut-off for the $8 billion Pioneer Generation Package and joked that��.
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Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing arrived near 7am to greet Singaporeans, as the queue was reconfigured to run next to shady Connaught Drive. A priority queue was also set up for senior citizens,��.
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The Secretary General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Lim Swee Say, is being replaced by another PAP Minister effective from May 4. Lim Swee Say, who had all long held the position of Minister in the Prime��.
CHAN CHUN SING pokes Chee Soon Juan. We imagine.
In a letter to The Huffington Post, Minister Chan Chun Sing took issue with the publication for giving SDP sec-gen Chee Soon Juan ���considerable but undeserved attention and space���. Chee had published two opinion pieces,��.
Best support given to all children: Chun Sing
The bulk of all government support ���focuses on the child���, regardless of parentage, because ���the child is innocent and should be given the best support possible���, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said in response to a call to.
Masagos made full minister; new roles for Chun Sing, Chuan-Jin
In a widely-anticipated move, Chan Chun Sing will step down as Social and Family Development Minister and Second Defence Minister from Thursday. This paves the way for the 45-year-old to become the new secretary-general of the National Trades Union .
Tan Chuan-Jin appointed as minister for social and family development: PMO
Chan Chun Sing will take over Lims appointment and relinquish his current roles as the minister for social and family development and second minister for defence on Thursday. ���Chun Sing will have much work to do building on what Swee Say has done, but .
Chee Soon Juan to CHAN CHUN SING: Do not stigmatise failure
Singapore Democratic Party secretary-general Dr Chee Soon Juan has responded to comments by Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing, who yesterday (15 January) accused him of being a political��.
THE LISTINGS | MAY 4 - MAY 10
Selective Listings by critics of The New York Times of new and noteworthy cultural events in the New York metropolitan region this week. * denotes a highly recommended film, concert, show or exhibition. Theater Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current shows, additional listings, show times and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings DIXIES TUPPERWARE PARTY In previews; opens on Thursday. Dixie Longate has left her Alabama trailer park to sell Tupperware in New York in this irreverent comedy (1:15). Ars Nova, 511 West 54th Street, Clinton, (212) 868-4444. DEUCE In previews; opens on Sunday. The grandes dames Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes play retired tennis players in this new Terrence McNally comedy. Michael Blakemore directs (1:45). Music Box Theater, 239 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. GASLIGHT Previews start on Wednesday. Opens on May 17. The always fascinating Brian Murray stars in Patrick Hamiltons thriller about a man who drives his wife insane (2:00). Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 727-2737. MEMORY Previews start tomorrow. Opens on Thursday. Part of the increasingly essential Brits Off Broadway festival, a new play by Jonathan Lichtenstein (The Pull of Negative Gravity), about the way people choose to remember events, reveals how the Holocaust still haunts the present. Terry Hands directs (1:30). 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, (212) 279-4200. 110 IN THE SHADE In previews; opens on Wednesday. Audra McDonald stars in the Roundabouts revival of the musical version of N. Richard Nashs Rainmaker. Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, (212) 719-1300. PASSING STRANGE In previews; opens on May 14. The Joes Pub veteran and pop singer Stew tries his hand at musical theater, with a rock-theme score and a story about the journey of a black bohemian (2:30). Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555. RADIO GOLF In previews; opens on Tuesday. The last play in August Wilsons cycle is set in 1997 and centers on the vital question of what will be done with the fabled Aunt Esthers house. Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change) stars (2:30). Cort Theater, 138 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200. Broadway A CHORUS LINE If you want to know why this show was such a big deal when it opened 31 years ago, you need only experience the thrilling first five minutes of this revival. Otherwise, this archivally exact production, directed by Bob Avian, feels like a vintage car that has been taken out of the garage, polished up and sent on the road once again (2:00). Schoenfeld Theater, 236 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Ben Brantley) * THE COAST OF UTOPIA Lincoln Center Theaters brave, gorgeous, sprawling and ultimately exhilarating production of Tom Stoppards trilogy about intellectuals errant in 19th-century Russia. A testament to the seductive powers of narrative theater, directed with hot and cool canniness by Jack OBrien and featuring a starry cast (Brian F. OByrne, Jennifer Ehle, Martha Plimpton, Josh Hamilton and Ethan Hawke, among others) in a tasty assortment of roles. Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) * COMPANY Fire, beckoning and dangerous, flickers beneath the frost of John Doyles elegant, unexpectedly stirring revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furths era-defining musical from 1970, starring a compellingly understated Raúl Esparza. Like Mr. Doyles Sweeney Todd, this production finds new clarity of feeling in Sondheim by melding the roles of performers and musicians (2:20). Barrymore Theater, 243 West 47th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) CORAM BOY Set in 18th-century England, this rollicking melodrama about imperiled orphans is big and broad but not particularly deep. With a cast of 40, an orchestra in the pit and bursts of choral music (Handel, mostly) decorating the proceedings, it is tastefully splashy and certainly impressive, but less emotionally engaging than you might hope (2:30). Imperial Theater, 249 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Charles Isherwood) CURTAINS This musical comedy about a musical-comedy murder -- featuring songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Rupert Holmes -- lies on the stage like a promisingly gaudy string of firecrackers, waiting in vain for a match. The good news is that David Hyde Pierce, playing a diffident Boston detective, steps into full-fledged Broadway stardom. Scott Ellis directs a talent-packed cast that includes Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba. (2:30). Al Hirschfeld Theater, 302 West 45th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) * FROST/NIXON Frank Langella turns in a truly titanic performance as Richard M. Nixon in Peter Morgans briskly entertaining, if all-too-tidy, play about the former presidents annihilating television interviews with the British talk show host David Frost (the excellent Michael Sheen). Michael Grandage directs with the momentum of a ticking-bomb thriller and the zing of a boulevard comedy (1:40). Jacobs Theater, 242 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) * GREY GARDENS Christine Ebersole is absolutely glorious as the middle-aged, time-warped debutante called Little Edie Beale in this uneven musical adaptation of the notorious 1975 documentary of the same title. She and the wonderful Mary Louise Wilson (as her bedridden mother), in the performances of their careers, make Grey Gardens an experience no passionate theatergoer should miss (2:40). Walter Kerr Theater, 219 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) INHERIT THE WIND Doug Hughess wooden revival of this worthy war horse, based on the Scopes monkey trial of 1925, never musters much more velocity than a drugstore fan. Be grateful that the cast includes Christopher Plummer, in savory form as a Will Rogers of jurisprudence. An oddly subdued Brian Dennehy plays his pompous adversary (2:00). Lyceum Theater, 149 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) * JOURNEYS END A splendid revival of R. C. Sherriffs 1928 drama of life in the trenches during World War I. Acutely staged (by David Grindley) and acted by a fine ensemble led by Hugh Dancy and Boyd Gaines, this production offers an exemplary presentation of that theatrical rarity, an uncompromising, clear-eyed play about war and the experience of day-to-day combat. An essential ticket (2:40). Belasco Theater, 111 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) LEGALLY BLONDE This nonstop sugar rush of a musical about a powder puff who finds her inner power-broker, based on the 2001 film, approximates the experience of eating a jumbo bag of Gummi Bears in one sitting. Flossing between songs is recommended (2:20). Palace Theater, 1564 Broadway, at 47th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) MARY POPPINS This handsome, homily-packed, mechanically ingenious and rather tedious musical, adapted from the P. L. Travers stories and the 1964 film, is ultimately less concerned with inexplicable magic than with practical psychology. Ashley Brown, who sings prettily as the family-mending nanny, looks like Joan Crawford trying to be nice and sounds like Dr. Phil. Directed by Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne (2:30). New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd Street, (212) 307-4747. (Brantley) LES MISÉRABLES This premature revival, a slightly scaled-down version of the well-groomed behemoth that closed only three years ago, appears to be functioning in a state of mild sedation. Appealingly sung and freshly orchestrated, this fast-moving adaptation of Victor Hugos novel isnt sloppy or blurry. But its pulse rate stays well below normal (2:55). Broadhurst Theater, 235 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN Kevin Spacey gives a bizarre, beat-the-clock performance, as lively as a frog on a hot plate, as James Tyrone in this off-kilter revival of Eugene ONeills last play. Mercifully, he does not block the view of Eve Best, who maps the contradictory levels of Tyrones strapping love interest with clarity and intelligence (2:50). Brooks Atkinson Theater, 256 West 47th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) THE PIRATE QUEEN How to river-dance your way to the bottom of the ocean, courtesy of the songwriters of Les Misérables (2:30). Hilton Theater, 213 West 42nd Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) * SPRING AWAKENING Duncan Sheik and Steven Saters bold adaptation of the Frank Wedekind play is the freshest and most exciting new musical Broadway has seen in some time. Set in 19th-century Germany but with a ravishing rock score, it exposes the splintered emotional lives of adolescents just discovering the joys and sorrows of sex. Performed with brio by a great cast, with supple direction by Michael Mayer and inventive choreography by Bill T. Jones (2:00). Eugene ONeill Theater, 230 West 49th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Isherwood) * TALK RADIO The most lacerating portrait of a human meltdown this side of a Francis Bacon painting. Playing an abrasive radio talk show host with a God complex, the astounding Liev Schreiber seems to fill the air as inescapably as weather in Robert Fallss gut-grabbing revival of Eric Bogosians 1987 play (1:40). Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) TARZAN This writhing green blob with music, adapted by Disney Theatrical Productions from the 1999 animated film, has the feeling of a superdeluxe day care center, equipped with lots of bungee cords and karaoke synthesizers, where children can swing when they get tired of singing, and vice versa. The soda-pop score is by Phil Collins (2:30). Richard Rodgers Theater, 226 West 46th Street, (212) 307-4747. (Brantley) THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING Joan Didions arresting but ultimately frustrating adaptation of her best-selling memoir about being blindsided by grief, starring Vanessa Redgrave. The tension between style and emotional content that made the book such a stunner does not translate to the stage. The substance here is in the silences, when the focus shifts from words to Ms. Redgraves wry, wounded face (1:40). Booth Theater, 222 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) Off Broadway ALL THE WRONG REASONS: A TRUE STORY OF NEO-NAZIS, DRUG SMUGGLING AND UNDYING LOVE John Fugelsangs amiable solo show mixes memoir and stand-up comedy in a tale of family, faith and Roman Catholic guilt. Slight but engaging (1:30). New York Theater Workshop, 79 East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 460-5475. (Isherwood) AMERICAN FIESTA The economist, consultant, preacher and playwright Steven Tomlinson makes his New York stage debut with a one-man show about how it was that he came to collect Fiestaware, the colorful china of the Depression years, which he deploys as a metaphor for just about everything. An astute observer of consumer obsession, Mr. Tomlinson ultimately subordinates much of his clever writing to a tepid and trite political message: that American civic life is a fractured bowl that needs to be put back together right now. American Fiesta is also about gay marriage, eBay and neuroscience, which is to say that it is about much too much (1:30). Vineyard Theater, 108 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 353-0303. (Ginia Bellafante) BE A high-energy, low-content Israeli show that blends music, dance and sex appeal in the latest attempt to tap into the Stomp market (1:30). Union Square Theater, 100 East 17th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 307-4100. (Jason Zinoman) THE BIG VOICE: GOD OR MERMAN? Think of two gifted and smart gay men with years of life together deploying their considerable talents from the two pianos you happen to have in your living room. The result is a hilarious and very touching memoir of two decades of love and the funky glories of show business life (2:00). Actors Temple Theater, 339 West 47th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Honor Moore) BILL W. AND DR. BOB This insightful new play about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous subtly makes the claim that the recovery movement was born as a series of accidents. Patrick Husted is excellent as Bob Smith, Bill Wilsons partner in combating addictions (2:15). New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Bellafante) BIOGRAPHY A revival of S. N. Behrmans hoary 1932 comedy about a society portraitist and the men who keep trying to reign her in feels slight as a needlepoint pillow. As the plays supposedly beguiling heroine, Marion Froude, Carolyn McCormick never beguiles (2:15). The Pearl Theater, 80 St. Marks Place, at First Avenue, East Village, (212) 598-9802. (Bellafante) * BLACKBIRD David Harrowers stunning new drama looks back at a sexual relationship -- between a 40-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl -- that transforms, cripples and paralyzes. Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill, both extraordinary, peel their characters down to their barest souls. Joe Mantello is the masterly director (1:30). Manhattan Theater Club at City Center Stage I, 131 West 55th Street, (212) 581-1212. (Brantley) THE FANTASTICKS A revival -- well, more like a resuscitation -- of the Little Musical That Wouldnt Die. This sweet-as-ever production of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidts commedia-dellarte-style confection is most notable for Mr. Joness touching performance (under the pseudonym Thomas Bruce) as the Old Actor, a role he created when the show opened in 1960. Mr. Jones also directs (2:05). Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) * IN THE HEIGHTS Lin-Manuel Mirandas joyous songs paint a vibrant portrait of daily life in Washington Heights in this flawed but enjoyable show. Essentially a valentine to the barrio -- conflict of a violent or desperate kind is banished from the picture -- the musical contains a host of funny performances and brings the zesty sound of Latin pop to the stage. (2:10). 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Isherwood) THE J.A.P. SHOW: JEWISH AMERICAN PRINCESSES OF COMEDY Laughs along with longueurs (1:30). Actors Temple Theater, 339 West 47th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Lawrence Van Gelder) A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN You dont have to be Jewish or Brooklynish to empathize with Jake Ehrenreich, but in terms of fully appreciating his essentially one-man show, it probably helps. Especially the Catskills jokes (2:05). 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street, (212) 560-8912. (Anita Gates) MY MOTHERS ITALIAN, MY FATHERS JEWISH AND IM IN THERAPY Steve Solomon does skillful impersonations in his one-man show, but some of his jokes are as old as the hills (1:30).Westside Theater Downstairs, 407 West 43rd Street, (212) 239-6200. (Gates) NO CHILD Teachers will love Nilaja Suns one-woman show about the challenges of teaching drama at Malcolm X High School (1:10). Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow Street, at Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 239-6200. (Gates) * SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL A disarming collage of selections from the monologues and journals of Mr. Gray, the ultimate stand-up solipsist, who died in 2004. Directed by Lucy Sexton, and read by five performers, none of whom resemble Mr. Gray, with an affection that shrewdly stops short of hero worship (1:30). Minetta Lane Theater, 18 Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) Off Off Broadway DENIAL An engrossing and timely legal drama about a Holocaust denier being defended by a Jewish lawyer, this play examines the moral and ethical dilemma inherent in the First Amendment and asks how much sufferance can a free society give its crackpots and maintain its individual liberties (2:30). Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 995-5302. (Wilborn Hampton) REALISM and JUMP! The stately Jean Cocteau Repertory (now known as the Exchange) gets a hipster makeover with two foul-mouthed and aggressive new provocations from Britain (1:30 each). Kirk Theater, 420 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Zinoman) T J AND DAVE The comics T. J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi miraculously improvise a one-hour play at every performance. This is an impressive feat of mental athletics, but the results are also observant, complex and frequently enormously funny (1:00). Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 239-6200. (Gates) Long-Running Shows ALTAR BOYZ This sweetly satirical show about a Christian pop group made up of five potential Teen People cover boys is an enjoyable, silly diversion (1:30). New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Isherwood) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cartoon made flesh, sort of (2:30). Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 West 46th Street, (212) 307-4747. (Brantley) CHICAGO Irrefutable proof that crime pays (2:25). Ambassador Theater, 219 West 49th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE COLOR PURPLE Singing CliffsNotes for Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (2:40). Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE DROWSY CHAPERONE A pasteboard pastiche of 1920s musicals, as remembered by a witty show queen(1:40). Marquis Theater, 1535 Broadway, at 45th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT Often more entertaining than the real thing (1:45). 47th Street Theater, 304 West 47th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) HAIRSPRAY Fizzy pop, cute kids, large man in a housedress (2:30). Neil Simon Theater, 250 West 52nd Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) THE LION KING Disney on safari, where the big bucks roam (2:45). Minskoff Theater, 200 West 45th Street at Broadway, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) MAMMA MIA! The jukebox that devoured Broadway (2:20). Cadillac Winter Garden Theater, 1634 Broadway, at 50th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Who was that masked man, anyway? (2:30). Majestic Theater, 247 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) RENT East Village angst and love songs to die for (2:45). Nederlander Theater, 208 West 41st Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) SPAMALOT A singing scrapbook for Monty Python fans (2:20). Shubert Theater, 225 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE A Chorus Line with pimples (1:45). Circle in the Square, 254 West 50th Street, Manhattan, (212) 239-6200. (Isherwood) WICKED Oz revisited, with political corrections (2:45). Gershwin Theater, 222 West 51st Street, Manhattan, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) Last Chance THE ACCOMPLICES Bernard Weinraub, a former reporter for The New York Times, has chosen a worthy subject for his first play: In 1940, the young Zionist Peter Bergson was determined to persuade the United States government to open its arms to Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. Unfortunately, this production takes a hagiographic approach to its protagonist, emphasizing his heroism at the expense of more complex characterization. (2:00). Acorn Theater, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200; closes tomorrow. (David Ng) ANNE OF GREEN GABLES The trick to refashioning beloved childrens books for the stage is to keep both the spirit and the story largely intact. In this, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford -- a musical-theater partnership of five decades standing, who have moved from their hit Im Getting My Act Together to the American Girl demographic -- have largely succeeded. This breezy, upbeat musical avoids slickness and gets the job done, and is nicely cast into the bargain (1:30). The Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 279-4200; closes tomorrow. (Anne Midgette) * APOSTASY Gino Dilorios fearless play about a dying white Jewish woman who falls under the spell of a black televangelist is pretty good; the acting that delivers it is terrific, especially Susan Greenhill as the woman, and Susan Louise OConnor as her daughter (2:00). Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, (212) 868-4444; closes on Sunday. (Neil Genzlinger) GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL A very funny if not terribly original satire of musical theater features what must be the worst backers audition of all time (2:05). Actors Playhouse, 100 Seventh Avenue South, at Fourth Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 239-6200; closes on Sunday. (Zinoman) JANE EYRE Staged as a psychological drama, this new version of an oft-adapted classic is a shadowy, fluid, engaging production (2:45). Baruch Performing Arts Centers Nagelberg Theater, 55 Lexington Avenue, at 25th Street, (212) 279-4200; closes tomorrow. (Zinoman) HOWARD KATZ The subject of Patrick Marbers comedy of unhappiness about a rabid talent agent, starring a baleful Alfred Molina and directed by Doug Hughes, is nothing more nor less than your standard-issue midlife crisis. This familiar topic gets the better of all the talented people here trying to make it seem fresh (1:30). Laura Pels Theater, 111 West 46th Street, (212) 719-1300; closes on Sunday. (Brantley) THE VIEW FROM K STREET STEAK An attempt at political satire that misses with just about every shot, this play ends up being simply confusing and boring, neither funny nor timely (1:50). Altered Stages, 212 West 29th Street, Chelsea, (212) 352-3101; closes tomorrow. (Hampton) Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, show times and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS (R, 87 minutes) Not as funny as the title or the Cartoon Network series on which its based. (A. O. Scott) BLADES OF GLORY (PG-13, 93 minutes) In this fast, light, frequently funny comedy about a male figure-skating team, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder stake an early claim to being the comedy couple of the year. (Stephen Holden) THE CONDEMNED (R, 100 minutes) This simple-minded vehicle for the wrestling star Steve Austin follows a bunch of muscle-bound lowlifes as they fight to the death for the benefit of an Internet reality show. Leaden and inept, the movie fails to deliver even the action goods, presenting every fight scene in such quaking, extreme close-up that its difficult to tell whos pummeling whom. Fortunately, the language of pain is universal. (Jeannette Catsoulis) * DIGGERS (R, 90 minutes) This minutely observed period piece, set in 1976, about clam diggers on the south shore of Long Island has the brave, mournful tone of a Springsteen song (My Hometown, say) set in Billy Joel territory. (Holden) DISTURBIA (PG-13, 104 minutes) A pleasant, scary, well-directed variation on the killer-next-door theme, with the engaging Shia LeBeouf as Kale, a young man who turns house arrest into an occasion for voyeurism and crime-fighting. (Scott) FRACTURE (R, 111 minutes) A glib entertainment that offers up the spectacle of that crafty scene-stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen-nibbler Ryan Gosling. (Manohla Dargis) GRINDHOUSE (R, 180 minutes) A double feature, complete with fake previews for schlocky exploitation pictures, that pays nostalgic tribute to disreputable traditions of moviemaking and moviegoing. Robert Rodriguez contributes Planet Terror, a purposely incoherent zombie gross-out flick that flaunts is own badness the way Rose McGowan (as a go-go dancer named Cherry Darling) shows off her weaponized prosthetic leg. For his part, Quentin Tarantino, more of a connoisseur than his collaborator (and a much better filmmaker), turns out a brutal, talky and satisfying car-chase revenge movie in Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell. (Scott) * THE HOAX (R, 115 minutes) A first-rate performance by Richard Gere drives this true story of Clifford Irving (Mr. Gere), who claimed to be the authorized biographer of Howard Hughes. Shadowed by the paranoia of its period (the early 70s), this movie, crisply directed by Lasse Hallstrom from an excellent script by William Weaver, is less a morality play than an entertaining portrait of a literary gambler. (Scott) * HOT FUZZ (R, 121 minutes) A British parody of Hollywood-style action flicks from the wits behind Shaun of the Dead. Think of it as The Full Monty blown to smithereens. (Dargis) IN THE LAND OF WOMEN (PG-13, 98 minutes) This meek, mopey comedy is the film equivalent of a sensitive emo band with one foot in alternative rock and the other in the squishy pop mainstream. The movie would like to think of itself as a softer, fuzzier Garden State. (Holden) THE INVISIBLE (PG-13, 102 minutes) This supremely silly retread of the 2002 Swedish film Den Osynlige proves its tough to be in love and in limbo at one and the same time. When a rich-yet-troubled teenager (Justin Chatwin) crosses paths with a violently disturbed classmate (Margarita Levieva), we learn theres nothing quite like a near-death experience to repair those stubborn emotional wounds. (Catsoulis) KICKIN IT OLD SKOOL (PG-13, 107 minutes) Jamie Kennedy tries to lead a break-dancing revival, playing a man who was left in a coma by a break-dancing accident in 1986 and has only just now come out of it. Funny early, but grows less so, and the dancing sequences arent as exciting as they ought to be. (Neil Genzlinger) * KILLER OF SHEEP (No rating, 83 minutes) Largely hidden from view for three decades, Charles Burnetts lyrical film about a working-class family living in a broken-down home in a bombed-out stretch of Los Angeles is an American masterpiece, independent to the bone. (Dargis) LONELY HEARTS (No rating, 100 minutes) This beautifully photographed remake of Leonard Kastles 1970 cult B movie The Honeymoon Killers succeeds better than many modern crime dramas in balancing the philosophical with the visceral, although its villains dirty deeds still trump its deeper strain of melancholy. (Holden) NEXT (PG-13, 96 minutes) Nicolas Cage plays a guy who can see into the future in this crummy adaptation of a nifty Philip K. Dick story. Too bad Mr. Cage couldnt tap into those same powers to save himself from another bad role. (Dargis) PERFECT STRANGER (R, 109 minutes) There is enough of a grain of truth in this noirish, paranoid thriller set in the New York media world that even after it lurches from the farfetched into the preposterous, the movie leaves a clammy residue of unease. (Holden) * PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (No rating, 120 minutes, in French) A film from the venerable French auteur Alain Resnais about love and cinematic spaces, elegant camera moves and six heavenly bodies as seen through a mighty telescope. (Dargis) * RED ROAD (No rating, 113 minutes) Andrea Arnolds first feature falls into melodrama and implausibility at the end, but along the way it is a remarkably assured and complex piece of work, anchored by the directors formal control and by Jackie Dicks quietly heartbreaking performance as a Glasgow video-surveillance officer with an unhappy past. (Scott) SING NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE (No rating, 94 minutes) A would-be Big Chill for 30-somethings, Sing Now concerns the 15-year reunion of a college a cappella group for a classmates wedding in the Hamptons, and its attendant midlife crises. But the ensemble cast is too unwieldy, and interesting characters are given short shrift. Only Molly Shannon, in a selfless, robust performance, registers amid the suds. (Andy Webster) SNOW CAKE (No rating, 112 minutes) Sigourney Weaver peels off layers of urbane sophistication to play a high-functioning autistic woman living in a rural Ontario town who intersects with an embittered Briton (Alan Rickman). Their technically accomplished performances partly camouflage the suds. (Holden) SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT (No rating, 64 minutes) Betsy Blankenbakers plodding but heartfelt documentary celebrates the career of Indianas Crispus Attucks Tigers, who, in 1955, became the first all-black high school basketball team to win a state championship. Interspersing grainy game film and interviews with original team members, like the N.B.A. legend Oscar Robertson and the former Harlem Globetrotter Hallie Bryant, the movie pays tribute to a time when basketball scholarships and N.B.A. opportunities were unknown. Back then, a players only opportunity was to make history. (Catsoulis) * SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (No rating, 105 minutes, in Thai) Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a Thai director who has become a star of the international festival circuit, makes films that are difficult, abstract and mysterious in the best art-cinema tradition, but at the same time characterized by unusual warmth and generosity of spirit. Syndromes, suggested by the lives of the filmmakers parents and the music of Mozart, is a two-part invention on the themes of chance and longing, shot with an intoxicating mix of suavity and sensuality. (Scott) TA RA RUM PUM (No rating, 156 minutes, in English and Hindi) This Bollywood movie about a race car driver (the versatile Saif Ali Khan) takes place in New York, but that doesnt stop it from being a classic example of Bollywood family values. Here, all the citys a stage set, perfect for Fame meets West Side Story production numbers. (Rachel Saltz) * TRIAD ELECTION (No rating, 93 minutes, in Cantonese) The surfaces gleam as luxuriously in Johnnie Tos exemplary gangster thriller Triad Election as those in a similarly slicked-up Hollywood film, but the blood on the floor here seems stickier, more liable to stain. A brutal look at the shadows darkening the Hong Kong triads, the film picks up the narrative line first coiled and kinked in Mr. Tos companion thriller, Election. (Dargis) VACANCY (R, 80 minutes) This banal horror retread involves a couple of critters (Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale) flailing inside a sticky trap for what is, in effect, the big-screen equivalent of a roach motel. (Dargis) * THE VALET (PG-13, 85 minutes, in French) If you love to hate the superrich, this delectable comedy, in which the great French actor Daniel Auteuil portrays a piggy billionaire industrialist facing his comeuppance, is a sinfully delicious bonbon, a classic French farce with modern touches. (Holden) * YEAR OF THE DOG (PG-13, 97 minutes) Mike Whites touching comedy about a woman who loses a dog and finds herself is funny ha-ha but firmly in touch with its downer side, which means that its also funny in a kind of existential way. Molly Shannon stars alongside a menagerie of howling scene-stealers. (Dargis) ZOO (No rating, 76 minutes) Robinson Devors heavily reconstructed documentary is, to a large extent, about the rhetorical uses of beauty. It is, rather more coyly, also about a man who died after having sex with a stallion. (Dargis) Film Series and Revivals AN EVENING WITH ANDREAS HYKADE AND MARIUSZ WILCZYNSKI (Monday) This evening includes works by two leading contemporary animators, Andreas Hykade from Germany and Mariusz Wilczynski from Poland. The Runt, the concluding episode of Mr. Hykades trilogy of country films, will have its United States premiere; Mr. Wilczynskis latest work, Kizi Mizi -- which the director describes as a tough love story between a cat and a mouse -- will have its world premiere. Both animators will be on hand to discuss the works. Museum of Modern Art Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, (212) 708-9400, moma.org; $10. (Dave Kehr) RADICAL SCAVENGER: THE FILMS OF EMILE DE ANTONIO (Today through Thursday) The director Emile de Antonio reinvented the art of the collage film in the documentaries he made from 1963 to 1989, the year of his death. He raided network news footage and archival sources to select sounds and images that he would then recombine into radical political statements. This series at the Anthology Film Archives begins tonight with a new print of Mr. de Antonios most celebrated and influential film, In the Year of the Pig (1968). A pointed assemblage of television reports about the Vietnam War, both abroad and at home, In the Year of the Pig was among the most widely seen protest films in the United States. Among the other titles: Rush to Judgment (1966), di Antonios critical analysis of the Warren Report (made with the conspiracy theorist Mark Lane); America Is Hard to See (1970), about the presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy; and Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971), a comic portrait of Richard M. Nixon. Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, at Second Street, East Village, (212) 505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org; $8. (Kehr) WILD AT HEART: BARRY GIFFORD (Tuesday) The novelist and screenwriter Barry Gifford will attend a screening of Wild at Heart, David Lynchs 1990 film adapted from Mr. Giffords novel about a pair of extremely star-crossed young lovers (Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern). This will be the rarely screened European version, which includes, if memory serves, a little extra gore than Americans were allowed to see in the R-rated film released in theaters here. BAMcinématek, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100, bam.org; $10. (Kehr) Pop Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music. AIR (Thursday) This French duo, whose every electronic note seems to drip with breathy, limply funky pop nostalgia, plays as part of David Bowies High Line Festival. At 8 p.m., Theater at Madison Square Garden, (212) 465-6741, thegarden.com or highlinefestival.com; $36 and $46. (Ben Sisario) * KAREN AKERS (Tonight and tomorrow night, and Tuesday through Thursday) The songs in Simply Styne, Ms. Akerss beautiful tribute to the composer Jule Styne, have been arranged into a touching, tongue-in-cheek cabaret answer to Scenes From a Marriage. The pianist Don Rebic is her witty partner in deconstruction. (Through May 12.) At 9, with additional shows tonight and tomorrow night at 11:30, Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212) 419-9331, algonquinhotel.com; $60 cover; $65 dinner charge at 9; $25 minimum at 11:30. (Stephen Holden) ANTIBALAS (Tomorrow) This Brooklyn collective worships the musky Afro-funk of Fela Kuti, and can produce a credible facsimile of it, thickly textured with reverb-heavy guitars and brawny horns. Its latest, Security (Anti-), also follows Felas other big legacy: no-holds-barred denunciations of political oppression and corruption. At 9 p.m., Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street, Manhattan, (212) 777-6800; $20. (Sisario) * ARCADE FIRE, THE NATIONAL (Monday through Wednesday) Arcade Fire became king of the indie-rock mountain with a lovable, artsy eccentricity and a disarming emotional clarity. Its new album, Neon Bible (Merge), is dark and preoccupied but satisfyingly cathartic. The National, from Brooklyn, plays flawless, wilting ballads threaded with subtly brilliant guitar playing by Bryce Dessner and the dry, cynical baritone of Matt Berninger. Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m., United Palace Theater, 4140 Broadway, at 175th Street, Washington Heights, (212) 307-7171, bowerypresents.com; Wednesday at 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, (212) 307-7171, radiocity.com or highlinefestival.com; sold out. (Sisario) THE BAMBOOZLE (Tomorrow and Sunday) The Web site for this lollapalooza in the Giants Stadium parking lot has a faux radio station, complete with obnoxious promo spots crackling with pyrotechnic sound effects. Its unfortunately appropriate for the Bamboozle, a roll call of more than 100 young hard-rock bands that, once you get past the headliners, sound utterly interchangeable and predictable -- the kind that make you want to change the station. My Chemical Romance and Muse headline tomorrow, and Linkin Park on Sunday. A few highlights are Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Killswitch Engage, Weird Al Yankovic, Captured by Robots, Lordi, Andrew W. K., and Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock (It Takes Two). At noon, Meadowlands Sports Complex, Routes 3 and 120, East Rutherford, N.J., (201) 935-3900, thebamboozle.com; $35 each day. (Sisario) * BEIRUT, FINAL FANTASY (Sunday through Tuesday) A year ago Zach Condon, a 19-year-old from Albuquerque who records as Beirut, released Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing), an album of somber, sepia-toned marches with touches of Balkan brass. He quickly became a celebrity among music bloggers, which means that by now Beirut has become a kind of blog classic rock. As Final Fantasy, Owen Pallett creates nervous universes in miniature, looping ribbons of violin around his quavering voice. At 7:30 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111, boweryballroom.com; sold out. (Sisario) * BJORK (Tomorrow and Tuesday) Its been a long time since Bjorks combination of wailing indie-rock, eroticized electronica and use of random musical props -- Inuit choirs, beatboxers, African kora players -- has been truly avant-garde, or even surprising. But her latest album, Volta (Elektra), still sounds fresh and energized, with every sound becoming her exotic plaything. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., with Konono No. 1, a Congolese band whose polyrhythmic bubblings are made with amplified thumb pianos, at the United Palace Theater, 4140 Broadway, at 175th Street, Washington Heights, (212) 307-7171; Tuesday at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, Harlem, (212) 307-7171, apollotheater.com; both sold out. Konono No. 1 also plays tomorrow night at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111, boweryballroom.com; $23. The doors open at 8, and Magik Markers opens. (Sisario) * BLONDE REDHEAD (Tuesday) Its days of spindly, atonal guitar webs apparently behind it, Blonde Redhead has for the last few years been making lusher, more cottony music, as if finally realizing that its amplifiers have reverb buttons. Its latest, 23 (4AD), is a gorgeous trip through clouds of overdriven guitar and heavenly vocals, recalling those kings of overdriven guitar and heavenly vocals, My Bloody Valentine. With Fields. At 8 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 533-2111, bowerypresents.com; sold out. (Sisario) BOWLING FOR SOUP (Wednesday) When the venerable British singer and guitarist Richard Thompson put together his album 1,000 Years of Popular Music, his choices included Sumer Is Icumen In, Renaissance ballads and Cole Porters Night and Day, as well as 1985, a gag catalog of 80s nostalgia by this otherwise undistinguished Texas rock band. (When did Motley Crue become classic rock?/And when did Ozzy become an actor?) Its a fun karaoke number, though Mr. Thompson may have been making another point: if you were really going to preserve the most representative songs of our culture, youd have to include some 1985s, right? At 8 p.m., Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street, Manhattan, (212) 777-6800; $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. (Sisario) BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT (Tomorrow and Sunday) Though nominally part of the current psych-folk revival, Brightblack Morning Light has a sound that is harder to place, and therefore more intriguing: an electric hum; warbling keyboards that evoke damp funk; and ecstatic, breathy chants, like the rituals of a secret forest cult. The songs on its most recent album were written, the band has said, while living in tents in Northern California. Also on the bill: Daniel A.I.U. Belteshazzar-Higgs with Chiara Giovando. Tomorrow at 10 p.m., Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 260-4700, mercuryloungenyc.com; Sunday at 9 p.m., Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, near Sterling Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 230-0236, spsounds.com; $13 in advance; $15 at the door. (Sisario) JIM CAMPILONGO, MIKE VIOLA (Monday) Just another night at the Living Room, a plain Lower East Side cabaret that puts on one guitar-cradling singer-songwriter after another, some of them world-class. Mr. Campilongo is a well-traveled guitar whiz who plays with Norah Jones in her country band, the Little Willies; his Electric Trio has had a Monday-night residency forever. Mr. Viola, jumping from piano to guitar, sings strident power-pop with some jagged wit. Also on the bill are Kelly Jones and Phillip La Rue. At 8 p.m., 154 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street, (212) 533-7235, livingroomny.com; no cover. (Sisario) CORNELIUS (Thursday) Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese musician who records as Cornelius (he took his name after Roddy McDowalls character in Planet of the Apes), is a witty if cold conceptualist, toying with minimal electronics and off-kilter rhythms that sound like the stimuli of some psychological lab experiment. At 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 533-2111, bowerypresents.com; $25. (Sisario) BEN GIBBARD (Tuesday) The singer of Death Cab for Cutie, the indie-rock giants whose spectrum of mood runs from lovelorn and aloof to wistful and aloof, is on a rare solo tour. With David Bazan and Johnathan Rice. At 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 840-2824, the-townhall-nyc.org or bowerypresents.com; sold out. (Sisario) KIKI AND HERB (Sunday) A few years ago this brilliantly perverse cabaret duo played their farewell show at Carnegie Hall. Then came a run on Broadway. And some late-night gigs at Joes Pub. And the inimitable Christmas show. (Highlight: a medley of Smells Like Teen Spirit and Frosty the Snowman.) Kiki and Herb cant stay away from the stage, and New York is the better for it. At 11:30 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555, joespub.com; $20. (Sisario) * TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS (Tomorrow) As stalwart as you can be in indie rock, Mr. Leo has made a long and admirable career matching the musical fury of Clash-like punk with impassioned, highly personal social commentary. His new album, Life Among the Living (Touch and Go), is a reminder that he is one of the best and most uncompromising songwriters in the game. With Love of Diagrams. At 6:30 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 533-2111, bowerypresents.com; $19. (Sisario) MAGIC NUMBERS (Wednesday) Perfectly jangly bubblegum harmonies of mid-60s vintage get a slight melancholy twist with this British foursome, made up of brother-and-sister pairs. With All Smiles. At 7 p.m., Hiro Ballroom, 371 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 533-2111, bowerypresents.com; $25. (Sisario) * MARTIRIO (Tuesday and Wednesday) This Spanish singer, long a curious mingler of pop, jazz and flamenco, recorded her new album, Primavera en Nueva York (Calle 54), in New York with a jazz band, its boleros reinterpreted as a languorous, savory jazz suite. She makes her New York debut at Joes Pub. At 7 and 9:30 p.m., 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555, joespub.com; $30. (Sisario) MOE (Tonight through Sunday) One chord is all Moe needs to start one of its nimble, quick-fingered jams. Its music starts with the Grateful Dead-Allman Brothers hybrids that most jam bands use, and from there it takes off toward Southern rock, spacey interludes or the borderline of funk. At 9, Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 414-5994, highlineballroom.com; sold out. (Jon Pareles) NEKROMANTIX (Sunday) Is it Halloween already? This Copenhagen trio follows the Munsters-as-punk lead of the Misfits and the Cramps with a full sideshow of warped rockabilly, B movie titles (new album: Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!) and, most important, ghoulish stacked hairdos. With Heart Attacks, Westbound Train and Orange. At 8 p.m., Blender Theater at Gramercy, 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 307-7171; $12.50. (Sisario) JENNIFER OCONNOR (Wednesday) Ms. OConnors portraits of the lovelorn and depressed, sung over light strums of guitar and with the guileless vulnerability of a 2 a.m. phone confession, are dry but not unsympathetic: Maybe shes on her lunch break thinking of you. She has a Wednesday residency this month at the Living Room. At 11 p.m., 154 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street, Lower East Side, (212) 533-7235, livingroomny.com; $8. (Sisario) * JOHN PIZZARELLI AND JESSICA MOLASKEY (Tonight and tomorrow night, and Tuesday through Thursday) These married musicians have been called the Nick and Nora of cabaret, a sobriquet that only begins to describe their upbeat sophistication. They fuse two distantly related musical worlds into a larger whole in which Stephen Sondheim, Dave Frishberg, Paul Simon, and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross join hands. (Through May 26.) At 8:45, with additional shows tonight and tomorrow night at 10:45, Café Carlyle, at the Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, Manhattan, (212) 744-1600, thecarlyle.com; $75 and $125 Tuesday through Thursday; $85 tonight and tomorrow. (Holden) DULCE PONTES (Thursday) This Portuguese singers champions (or at least her publicists) call her the successor to the fado queen Amália Rodrigues. Not quite: Ms. Pontess style has leaned pretty far toward the soapy and homogenized glitz you can hear every year at the Eurovision festival. (Ms. Pontes was a competitor in 1991.) But she has a strong, fleshy alto, and for this Carnegie Hall appearance will sing traditional songs from her lovely new album, O Coração Tem Três Portas, with a small acoustic ensemble. At 8 p.m., (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $23 to $72. (Sisario) ANNIE ROSS (Tuesday) When this jazz legend barks out I Got Rhythm, she turns this great Gershwin standard into a hipsters credo. If youve got as much rhythm in your body and music in your head as Ms. Ross does at 76, who indeed could ask for anything more? At 7 p.m., Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Flatiron district, (212) 206-0440, metropolitanroom.com; $25 cover, two-drink minimum. (Holden) * SHIVKUMAR SHARMA AND ZAKIR HUSSAIN (Tomorrow) Shivkumar Sharma plays the santur, Indias hammered dulcimer, and has transformed it from an accompanying instrument into a solo instrument that brings shimmering resonances to the classical Indian raga repertory. He will be accompanied by Zakir Hussain on tabla, who can supply subtle propulsion and percussive fireworks over the course of a raga. At 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 545-7536, the-townhall-nyc.org or worldmusicinstitute.org; $25 to $45; $15 for students. (Pareles) SIX PARTS SEVEN (Tonight) The Six Parts Seven, from Kent, Ohio, play instrumental rock that unfolds with deliberation and inexorable grace, working through minimalistic guitar-picking patterns and gradual buildups that quickly become mesmerizing. With Trouble Books, Ghosts of Pasha and Yellow Fever. At 8, Union Hall, 702 Union Street, at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 638-4400, unionhallny.com; $8. (Pareles) SLOAN (Thursday) Like modern metafictions, Sloans pop-rock songs twist inward on themselves. With their winsome tunes and neo-Beatles intricacies, Sloans songs are not just about unrequited yearnings, but also about the process of writing pop songs about unrequited yearnings. Theyre rarely so clever that their heart doesnt come through. With Small Sins. At 9 p.m., Maxwells, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J., (201) 653-1703, maxwellsnj.com; $20. (Pareles) SUNSET RUBDOWN (Tonight) A solo enterprise of the prolific Spencer Krug, who sings and plays keyboards in the Montreal indie-arty band Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown is one of those weirdly fascinating bedroom noise projects characterized by stompy lo-fi backing tracks and evocative stream-of-consciousness lyrics (Shut up, I am dreaming of places where lovers have wings). With Katie Eastburn and Get Him Eat Him. At 8:30, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111, boweryballroom.com; sold out. (Sisario) * AMY WINEHOUSE (Tuesday and Wednesday) The British R&B revivalist of the moment, Ms. Winehouse growls defiant epigrams of debauchery (They tried to make me go to rehab/I said no, no, no) over tasty arrangements that, were it not for the whiff of hip-hop in the rhythms, could pass for lost 1960s soul tracks. With Patrick Wolf on Tuesday. At 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 414-5994, highlineballroom.com; sold out. Mr. Wolf also plays on Wednesday at 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111, boweryballroom.com; $15. (Sisario) Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music. KARRIN ALLYSON (Wednesday and Thursday) Ms. Allyson is an effervescent jazz singer whose recent album Footprints (Concord) convincingly delves into Jon Hendricks-style vocalese. (Through May 12.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; cover, $40, with a $10 minimum. (Nate Chinen) SAM BARDFELDS STUFF SMITH PROJECT (Thursday) Sam Bardfeld, a violinist with a wide-ranging résumé, pays tribute to a swing-era hero of his instrument with help from the pianist Anthony Coleman, the bassist Sean Conly and the guitarist and singer Doug Wamble. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen) TIM BERNES LITTLE SATAN (Wednesday) The alto saxophonist Tim Berne presents a coy riff on his established skronk-improv trio Big Satan: the drummer Tom Rainey remains, but Kieran Daly on electric mandolin fills in for the guitarist Marc Ducret. At 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen) MICHEL CAMILO (Tuesday through Thursday) A percussive, often cathartic pianist, Mr. Camilo has a new album, Spirit of the Moment (Telarc), that captures the crisp interplay of his Latin-jazz trio with the bassist Charles Flores and the drummer Dafnis Prieto. (Through May 13.) At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592, bluenote.net; cover, $35 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen) * RON CARTER NONET/AARON GOLDBERG TRIO (Monday) At 70, the bassist Ron Carter has come to assume a professorial stature in addition to his celebrated virtuosity; here he leads an ensemble that includes four cellos. Also on the program is the sharp young pianist Aaron Goldberg, with a superb rhythm section: Omer Avital on bass and Ali Jackson on drums. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $40; $35 in advance. (Chinen) CREOLE JAZZ SERENADERS (Tomorrow) The New Orleans jazz banjoist Don Vappie has been leading this repertory ensemble for the past dozen years, with typically high-spirited results. At 9:30 p.m., Joes Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555 or (212) 539-8778, joespub.com; cover, $20, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen) DEATH AMBIENT (Tonight and tomorrow night) A descriptively titled experimental collective, consisting of Fred Frith on guitar, Ikue Mori on electronics and Kato Hideki on bass. At 8 and 10, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen) ELI DEGIBRI TRIO (Tuesday) An Israeli saxophonist with a taste for burnished sonorities, Eli Degibri explores his own music with help from Gary Versace on organ and Obed Calvaire on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Louis 649, 649 East Ninth Street, East Village, (212) 673-1190, louis649.com; no cover. (Chinen) SCOTT DUBOIS QUARTET (Sunday) Scott DuBois, a guitarist equally devoted to knotty compositions and free improvisation, leads a band with the saxophonist Hakon Kornstad, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Jeff Davis. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen) JOHN ELLIS GROUP (Tomorrow) John Ellis is a tenor and soprano saxophonist drawn to loose-limbed funk, but he also has an interest in spacious modern jazz, as he illustrates on his most recent album, By a Thread (Hyena). He works here with similarly inclined players, like the guitarist Mike Moreno, the pianist Aaron Parks and the drummer Kendrick Scott. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15. (Chinen) * ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON (Sunday) Jazz at Lincoln Centers nationwide Duke Ellington repertory competition concludes this weekend, as 15 high school jazz orchestras come out swinging. Sundays concert and ceremony feature the finalists, alongside Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. At 7:30 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 875-5030, jalc.org; $20. (Chinen) ALAN FERBER NONET (Tonight) Here, as on his new album, The Compass (Fresh Sound New Talent), the trombonist Alan Ferber features his own elastic compositions for nonet. In the second set the group will be augmented with a four-piece string section. At 9 and 10, Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; $5 donation. (Chinen) 4 GENERATIONS OF MILES (Thursday) The rapid permutation of Miles Daviss working bands makes it theoretically possible for four former sidemen to claim connection to four separate phases of his career. Here those musicians are the drummer Jimmy Cobb, the tenor saxophonist George Coleman, the bassist Buster Williams and the guitarist Mike Stern. (Through May 13.) At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; cover, $32.50 to $35, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) JOEL FRAHM (Tuesday) Mr. Frahms tenor saxophone playing has rarely sounded roomier or more relaxed than it does on his new album, We Used to Dance (Anzic). He holds down a regular trio engagement at the Bar Next Door. At 8 and 10 p.m., 129 MacDougal Street, West Village, (212) 529-5945, lalanternacaffe.com; cover, $8, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) * KENNY GARRETT (Tonight through Sunday night) The best moments on Beyond the Wall, Mr. Garretts most recent album, showcase his alto saxophone in dialogue with the robust tenor of Pharoah Sanders, who resurfaces as a guest at this engagement. At 8:30 and 10:30, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; cover, $35 and $40, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) * GRAND REUNION (Tuesday through Thursday) The saxophonist Todd Williams, the pianist Marcus Roberts, the bassist Reginald Veal and the drummer Herlin Riley reconvene as a collective, each bringing a sophisticated understanding of the blues. Given that they once worked together in the employ of Wynton Marsalis, there just might be a special guest. (Through May 13.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595, jalc.org; cover, $30, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar. (Chinen) TOM HARRELL QUINTET (Tonight and tomorrow night) An introverted but assertive trumpeter, Tom Harrell leads a disciplined hard-bop band with Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. At 8, 10 and 11:30, Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, (212) 864-6662, smokejazz.com; cover, $28. (Chinen) * FRED HERSCH TRIO (Tuesday through Thursday) Together with the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Nasheet Waits, the pianist Fred Hersch applies a rigorous elasticity to originals and standards alike. The trio has a sparkling new album, Night and the Music (Palmetto), featuring a little of both. (Through May 13.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) BILL HORVITZ EXPANDED BAND (Sunday) The guitarist Bill Horvitz presents a suite of new compositions dedicated to the memory of his brother Philip, a writer and performer; some 20 musicians will be involved, including the clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, the bassist Ken Filiano and the pianist and vocalist Robin Holcomb. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15, $10 for students. VIJAY IYER (Thursday) A pianist and composer given to restive energies and rhythmic conundrums, Mr. Iyer leads an exceptionally intuitive band, with the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the drummer Marcus Gilmore and the bassist Matt Brewer. (Through May 12.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen) OMER KLEIN TRIO (Tonight and tomorrow night) The pianist Omer Klein explores a melodic modernism partly informed by his Israeli roots; his trio includes Massimo Biolcati on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 9 and 10:30, Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 675-7369, smallsjazzclub.com; cover, $20. (Chinen) * KATE McGARRY SEXTET (Thursday) On her fine new album, The Target (Palmetto), Ms. McGarry applies a vision of pop pluralism to the craft of jazz singing, without slighting either side of the equation. She appears with some of the same musicians here, including the guitarist Keith Ganz, the organist Gary Versace and the saxophonist Donny McCaslin. (Through May 13.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $20. (Chinen) JOHN McNEIL/BILL McHENRY QUARTET (Sunday) Mr. McNeil, a trumpeter, and Mr. McHenry, a tenor saxophonist, mostly play obscurities from the 1950s West Coast jazz canon in this solid and often delightful quartet. At 8 and 10 p.m., Biscuit BBQ, 230 Fifth Avenue, at President Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 399-2161, biscuitbbq.com; cover, $10; $5 for musicians, students and children, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) JEREMY PELT QUARTET (Tonight through Sunday night) Jeremy Pelt, a trumpeter with a big tone and bracing technique, leads a locomotive band with Danny Grissett on piano, Derek Nievergelt on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. At 9 and 11, Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) MICHELE ROSEWOMAN (Today) Ms. Rosewoman is a pianist with a sharp and searching style, as she confirms on her recent album, The In Side Out (Advance Dance). Here she leads her band Quintessence: Mark Shim and Loren Stillman on saxophones, Matt Brewer on bass and Gene Jackson on drums. At 6 and 7:30 p.m., Rose Center for Earth and Space, Central Park West at 81st Street, (212) 313-7278, amnh.org/rose/specials/jazz; suggested admission, $14. (Chinen) GRANT STEWART (Tuesday) Mr. Stewart is an uncommonly proficient tenor saxophonist, as he confirms on a bebop-steeped new album, In the Still of the Night (Sharp Nine). At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Smalls, 183 West Tenth Street, West Village, smallsjazzclub.com; cover, $20. (Chinen) TRAVIS SULLIVANS CASUAL SEXTET (Thursday) The alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan, probably best known as the leader of a self-explanatory band called the Bjorkestra, leads a smaller and freer group with colleagues like the guitarist Rez Abbasi and the vocalist Jen Shyu. At 9:30 p.m., Joes Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778, joespub.com; cover, $12, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen) LEW TABACKIN TRIO (Tonight and tomorrow night) Lew Tabackin is an expansive tenor saxophonist and lyrical flutist who never sounds freer than in this setting, backed only by a bassist (Boris Kozlov) and a drummer (Mark Taylor). At 8 and 9:45, Kitano Hotel, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, (212) 885-7119, kitano.com; cover, $25, with a $15 minimum. (Chinen) OHAD TALMORS NEWSREEL (Sunday) The multireedist Ohad Talmor features his own music in this ensemble featuring the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the keyboardist Jacob Sacks, the bassist Matt Pavolka and the drummer Dan Weiss. (Mr. Endsley plays an early set at 7 p.m., with his own group.) At 9 p.m., Bar 4, 444 Seventh Avenue, at 15th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 832-9800, myspace.com/conceptionsatbar4; suggested cover for each show, $5. (Chinen) * CECIL TAYLOR: NEW AHA 3 WITH ANDY BEY (Sunday) On the surface, the fiery pianist Cecil Taylor and the mellifluous singer Andy Bey have little in common. But their interaction here is not a first, and it holds some cooperative possibilities, partly because of the audacious support of the bassist Henry Grimes and the drummer Pheeroan akLaff. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592, bluenote.net; cover, $35 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen) TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET (Tonight through Sunday night) This string ensemble, which won a 2005 Grammy for best classical crossover album, marks the release of a more recent effort, A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane (Telarc). At 7:30 and 9:30, with an 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow night, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $35; $30 on Sunday. (Chinen) * VISION TONIC (Tuesday) In response to the recent closure of Tonic, the Vision Festival absorbed a few off-season bookings, including two next Tuesday. The first, at 7:30, is a promising trio consisting of the guitarist Marc Ribot, the bassist Henry Grimes and the drummer Chad Taylor; the second, at 9:30, includes the drummer Andrew Barker and the multireedists Daniel Carter and Sabir Mateen. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Clemente Soto Vélez, 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (212) 696-6681, visionfestival.org; cover, $10 per set, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) JOHN ZORNS BOOK OF ANGELS (Tonight and tomorrow night) The Book of Angels is a body of 300 works composed by John Zorn during an apparently feverish three-month span. Tonight the cellist Erik Friedlander and the keyboardist Jamie Saft, among others, perform some of those pieces; tomorrow the interpretation falls to the bassist Shanir Blumenkranz and the Masada String Trio. At 8, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (212) 352-3101, abronsartscenter.org; $20. (Chinen) Classical Full reviews of recent music performances: nytimes.com/music. Opera * IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Tomorrow) Bartlett Shers breezy production of Rossinis Barbiere di Siviglia, which was introduced in November, conveys the comic confusions of the story through its fluid staging and a wonderfully abstract set: a matrix of movable doors, staircases and potted orange trees, behind which the characters spy on one another. The heated sexuality in this tale of romantic intrigue also comes through strongly, thanks to Mr. Shers subtle directing of a handsome cast, notably the captivating young mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, a vocally agile and feisty Rosina. Some major changes are coming to the cast, though, for the final performances. The accomplished American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, in his Met debut role, makes a sweet-toned, technically agile and appealing Count Almaviva. The baritone Russell Braun is a hardy and clever Figaro. Maurizio Benini conducts. At 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000, metopera.org; $220 tickets available. (Anthony Tommasini) LA GRAN SCENA OPERA COMPANY (Tonight and tomorrow night) In the tradition of every great diva who just cant say goodbye to the stage, Mme. Vera Galupe- Borszkh is following last years 20th annual and absolute last farewell with a return engagement, Back by Personal Whim (and Popular Demand). Mme. Vera, for the two or three opera lovers in New York still unfamiliar with her name, is a creation of the brilliant Ira Siff, who skewers opera and its mores as only one steeped in it can. Madames recitals are a combination of stand-up comedy and Vissi darte, and have been shown to be suitable even for nonopera fans -- if they can get tickets. At 8, Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, granscena.org; $33. (Anne Midgette) * IL TRITTICO (Tonight, Monday and Thursday) The Mets new Trittico, Puccinis triptych of one-act operas, is now the most elaborate production in the companys repertory. The director Jack OBrien has created grandly old-fashioned yet insightful and effective stagings of these three very different operas: Il Tabarro, a grim love triangle aboard a barge in Paris; Suor Angelica, a tender, mystical and ultimately devastating story of a young nuns yearning to be with her dead child; and Gianni Schicchi, an irreverent comedy about the avaricious relatives of a miserly old man who has just died. The earthy soprano Maria Guleghina as the beleaguered barge-owners wife, the impassioned soprano Barbara Frittoli as Sister Angelica and the stylish baritone Alessandro Corbelli as the shrewd Schicchi are standouts, though the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe almost steals each show playing three supporting roles. James Levine conducts vibrant and beautifully refined performances. Tonight at 8, Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000, metopera.org; $205 tickets available tonight; $175 for Monday and Thursday. (Tommasini) TURANDOT (Tuesday) Franco Zeffirellis extravagant take on a Puccini fantasy of Far Eastern bloodthirstiness and lust helps wind down the Mets season. Erika Sunnegardh continues in the title role. At 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000, metopera.org; $175 tickets remaining. (Bernard Holland) Classical Music * PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD (Thursday) During his Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall this season, this astounding French pianist has revealed himself to be a fascinating concert programmer and astute music historian. The next-to-last of his Perspectives concerts, called Programming Games, offers an eclectic evening of 20th-century works for piano and percussion by Ligeti, Peter Eotvos and Gyorgy Kurtag, culminating in Bartoks exciting Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. You can be sure that Mr. Aimard will have an intriguing explanation for having included Steve Reichs Clapping Music in the mix. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; sold out. (Tommasini) AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA (Tuesday and Wednesday) Composers, especially young ones, have too few chances to hear their new orchestral works performed. Part concert, part service, part competition, this orchestras annual new-music readings address the gap, selecting nine composers (from 150 submissions this year) to receive feedback from mentor composers and conductors. One of the nine will win a $15,000 prize and an official premiere at an American Composers Orchestra concert; all will hear their music performed by a professional orchestra -- a prize in itself. At 10 a.m., Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South, Greenwich Village, (212) 977-8495, americancomposers.org; free. (Midgette) AMERICAN MODERN ENSEMBLE (Tonight and tomorrow) This ensemble of experienced new-music performers, conducted by Robert Paterson, offers works by Chen Yi and Zhou Long, both from China, who draw on Chinese and Western sounds and structures in their music. (They are also married.) The first half of the program includes Ms. Chens Sparkle, Chinese Ancient Dances, Near Distance and Blue Dragon Sword Dance. The second part is devoted to Mr. Zhous Dhyana and Metal, Stone, Silk, Bamboo. The composers will be interviewed during the intermission. At 8 p.m., Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 645-2000, americanmodernensemble.org; $20; $15 for students and 65+. (Allan Kozinn) CONCERTANTE (Sunday) This vibrant string sextet will play Mozarts String Quintet in G minor (K. 516) and Strausss Metamorphosen (the version for string sextet). The ensemble, which champions new music, also offers a new piece by Jonathan Leshnoff. At 3 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $20. (Vivien Schweitzer) MATTHIAS GOERNE AND CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH (Monday) Call it the Fischer-Dieskau effect: Germany has produced a whole crop of fine baritones, and one of the finest is Matthias Goerne, with a dark, full voice; a slightly distracting penchant for onstage gesticulation; and a constant search for artistic stimulation that will push him to extend his artistic horizons. Christoph Eschenbach, moving off the podium and taking his place as accompanist, joins him for a concert of Schumann (including the Op. 24 Liederkreis) and Brahms (including Vier Ernste Gesänge, a wrenching set to which Mr. Goerne should do full justice). At 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $23 to $72. (Midgette) INTERPRETATIONS (Thursday) To celebrate the composer Chinary Ungs 65th birthday, several ensembles and soloists -- Antares, the Brentano String Quartet, the cellist Maya Beiser, the percussionist Steven Schick and the baritone Thomas Buckner -- are joining forces to play some of his music. The program also includes works by Koji Nakano, Hi Kyung Kim, Kee-Young Chong and Chou Wen-Chung. At 8 p.m., Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street, (212) 517-2742 or (212) 545-7536, asiasociety.org; $20. (Kozinn) ALEXANDER LONQUICH (Thursday) This German pianist returns to the 92nd Street Y, where he made his New York debut in March 2006, with Schumanns Fantasiestücke, and selections from Album for the Young. He will be joined by Cristina Barbuti for Schumanns 12 Pieces for Piano Four Hands for Children Small and Large, and Brahmss Variations on a Theme by Schumann for Piano Four Hands. At 8 p.m., 1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500, 92y.org; $40. (Schweitzer) * ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Tomorrow) The young Dutch violinist Janine Jansen made her New York debut at an Orpheus concert at the start of this season, and gave high-energy performances of Vivaldis Four Seasons, which was also the subject of her first recording. Now she has released a second CD with the Mendelssohn Concerto as its centerpiece, and is returning to play that work with Orpheus as well. The program also includes Poul Ruderss Credo and Trapeze, and Schumanns Symphony No. 2. At 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $30 to $98. (Kozinn) * JORDI SAVALL (Wednesday and Thursday) This Spanish master of the viola da gamba has become a favorite of New York early-music audiences, both as a soloist and as the leader of his three period-instrument ensembles. This time he is playing two gamba recitals, with Pierre Hantaï, a harpsichordist; and Xavier Díaz, a lutenist. The first program, Folias and Romanescas, includes works by Ortiz, Murcia, Sanz and Hume. The second is devoted to music of the French court, with works by Marais, Couperin and others. At 8 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949, metmuseum.org; $55; $100 for both concerts. (Kozinn) Dance Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance. * ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (Tonight through Sunday) Yes, these terrific dancers will be performing Aileys soul-lifting Revelations. Any other questions? Tonight and tomorrow night at 8, Sunday at 3 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, (888) 466-5722, njpac.org; $22 to $78. (Jennifer Dunning) AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET (Tonight and tomorrow night) This New Jersey-based classical ballet troupe will perform Twyla Tharps Octet, and choreography by Val Caniparoli; Harrison McEldowney; Susan Shields; the company director, Graham Lustig; and the always intriguing Melissa Barak. At 8, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $18 to $38; $12 to $32 for students and 65+. (Dunning) BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE: FIRST WEEKENDS (Tonight and tomorrow night) The choreographers participating in this installment of a series for new and lesser-known artists are KC Chun-Manning, Alethea Adsitt and Jessica Morgan. At 8, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Avenue, at Eighth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 832-0018, bax.org; $8 to $15. (Dunning) CHAMECKILERNER (Tonight and tomorrow night) Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, both originally from Brazil, are known for their dark, exaggerated and often raw depictions of human behavior. In their new multimedia EXIT, they create a funeral rite for themselves in which they watch from the afterlife while colleagues offer eulogies and flashbacks. At 8:30, the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11, thekitchen.org; $10. (Dunning) NORA CHIPAUMIRE (Tonight) This is the second and last performance of push/pull theories by Ms. Chipaumire, a Zimbabwean dancer, and the choreographer and writer/director Linnet Taylor. Ms Chipaumire is a powerful performer whose work explores her experience as an immigrant and her relationship to her history and country. At 7:30, Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077, dtw.org; free. (Roslyn Sulcas) DANCE CONVERSATIONS @ THE FLEA (Tuesday) This performance and discussion series ends its season with dances by Kristen Hollinsworth, Valerie Green, Julia Ritter and Pascal Rekoert, and talk moderated by Jonah Bokaer. At 7 p.m., Flea Theater, 41 White Street, TriBeCa, (212) 226-2407, theflea.org; free. (Dunning) ANDRé GINGRAS/KORZO PRODUCTIES (Tonight and tomorrow night) From the Netherlands, Mr. Gingras and his company will present CYP17, a mixed-media piece that aims to present the freak show that is our future, as its publicity puts it. Rock on. At 8:30, Danspace Project, St. Marks Church, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (212) 674-8194, danspaceproject.org; $15. (Dunning) IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (Tonight through Sunday, and Thursday) Six individuals and companies will celebrate choreography by men. They are Aaron Drapers AnD Dance, nathantrice/RITUALS, Jeffrey Peterson Dance, Cosmo Scharf (in collaboration with Larry Keigwin and Young Dance Collective), Brian Brooks and dre.dance, directed by Taye Diggs (yes, the actor) and Andrew Palermo. (Through May 13.) Tonight and tomorrow night at 8, Sunday at 3 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, at Chambers Street, TriBeCa, (212) 279-4200, dnadance.org; $25. (Dunning) JOYCE SOHO PRESENTS (Tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday night) This is the first of a three-part series offering four emerging groups each week. This weekend features Sidra Bell Dance New York, Oni Dance, Gallim Dance Group/Andrea Miller and Dorian Nuskind-Oder. Week 2 performances begin on Thursday, with fivefour/Cortney McGuire and Leah Nelson, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Katie Martin and Katy Orthwein. At 8, Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer Street, (212) 352-3101, or (866) 811-4111; $15; $12 for students and 65+; $35 for a three-weekend pass. (Sulcas) ALONZO KINGS LINES BALLET (Tonight through Sunday) This San Francisco company dances ballet with an unusually streamlined and extra-active body line and attack. Mr. Kings new Moroccan Project is set to African drumming and oud and violin music. His Migration, also new, will be danced to music by Pharoah Sanders, Miguel Frasconi and Leslie Stuck. Tonight and tomorrow night at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 242-0800, joyce.org; $40. (Dunning) LA MAMA MOVES! (Tonight through Sunday night) This modern-dance version of a three-ring circus spills out into three theater spaces at La MaMa, with nine programs featuring more than 50 companies and soloists. (Through May 13.) At 7:30 p.m., La MaMa E.T.C., 74A East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 475-7710, lamama.org; $15. (Dunning) MONEY OF THE MONTH CLUB (Tonight and tomorrow night) Were not quite sure what this is all about, but it sounds as if it lives up to the Dixon Place standard of the cozily bizarre. At 8, Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, between Houston and Prince Streets, Lower East Side, (212) 219-0736, dixonplace.org; $12; $10 students and 65+. (Dunning) * NEW YORK CITY BALLET (Tonight through Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) The new production of Romeo and Juliet by the company director, Peter Martins, continues. The doomed young lovers will be danced by Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild (tonight, tomorrow night and Tuesday); Tiler Peck and Sean Suozzi (tomorrow afternoon and Thursday); Erica Pereira and Allen Peiffer (Sunday); and Kathryn Morgan and Seth Orza (Wednesday). (Through May 13.) Tonight at 8, tomorrow at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 870-5570, nycballet.com; $15 to $86. (Dunning) DAVID PARKER AND THE BANG GROUP (Tuesday through Thursday) The members of Mr. Parkers troupe use their bodies as instruments -- literally -- creating a percussive score as they dance. His new Hour Upon the Stage is likely to offer the eccentric comedy that Mr. Parker specializes in, or as press materials put it, a ribald approach to gender and sexuality. On Tuesday there will be a preshow talk at 6.30 p.m. (Through May 12.) At 7.30 p.m., Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077, dtw.org; $25; $15 for students, 65+ and artists. (Sulcas) RAGAMALA MUSIC AND DANCE THEATER (Tonight through Sunday, and Thursday) From Minneapolis, the company mixes Indian Bharatanatyam dance with contemporary movement, Japanese taiko drums and a capella singing. (Through May 13.) Tonight at 7, tomorrow at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at noon and 5 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m., New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 239-6200, newvictory.org; $12.50 to $35. (Dunning) SKOVE WORKS (Thursday) Lily Skove and her modern-dance company will present SPLIT, a collaboration with the lighting designer T J Hellmuth that plays with hidden and obstructed perspectives in shadowy spaces that might be rooms in a house. And this mustily idiosyncratic performing space would seem the ideal setting. (Through May 12.) At 8 p.m., the Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (212) 352-3101, chocolatefactorytheater.org; $15. (Dunning) * URBAN BUSH WOMEN (Tuesday through Thursday) Jawole Willa Jo Zollars Walking With Pearl: Africa Diaries and Walking With Pearl: Southern Diaries, works based on the travel diaries of the modern-dance pioneer Pear Primus, are the linchpins of the two programs at the Joyce offered by this dynamic company. There are other draws, however: a new work by Camille A. Brown, one of the most promising young choreographers around, and a restaging of Blondell Cummingss Chicken Soup. (Through May 13.) Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 242-0800, joyce.org; $36. (Sulcas) Art Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art. Museums * AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: MARTíN RAMíREZ, through May 13. Ramírez, a Mexican peasant who immigrated to Northern California and died there at 68 in 1963, spent the last 32 years of his life in a mental hospital, making some of the greatest art of the last century. He had his own way with materials and color, and an unforgettable cast of characters. But most of all, Ramírez had his own brand of pictorial space, established by rhythmic systems of parallel lines, both curved and straight, whose mesmerizing expansions and contractions simultaneously cosset and isolate his figures. In addition to being one of the seasons best exhibitions and the first of his work in a New York museum, this show should render null and void the distinction between insider and outsider art. 45 West 53rd Street, (212) 265-1040, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith) BROOKLYN MUSEUM: KINDRED SPIRITS: ASHER B. DURAND AND THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE, through July 29. This show of about 60 works by one of the greats of 19th-century American landscape painting has as its centerpiece Kindred Spirits (1849), a tribute to the landscapist Thomas Cole and his friend the poet-journalist William Cullen Bryant. A founder of the Hudson River School, Durand (1796-1886) favored the realistic approach to landscape advocated by the English critic John Ruskin. Durand explored forest interiors with close attention to the ways of trees, foliage and rocks and ground cover in smaller works, while his larger and more elaborate exhibition pictures, influenced by European masters, are Arcadian visions suffused with light, color and atmospheric perspective. The show reveals Durands strong sense of artistic mission and his potent role in shaping the aesthetic of 19th-century America. 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org. (Grace Glueck) GREY ART GALLERY: BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE: A RETROSPECTIVE OF BRIAN ODOHERTY/PATRICK IRELAND, through July 14. Starting in the mid-1960s and in concert with the most influential thinkers of the period (Roland Barthes, Marcel Duchamp and Susan Sontag), Brian ODoherty made Conceptual art in a Minimalist vein. This show displays his sculptures, drawings, performance videos, paintings and rope drawings, which could easily be called installations. Its a must-see show for anyone who wants to understand the conceptual frameworks that underpin so much of todays most significant installation and performance art. 100 Washington Square East, Greenwich Village, (212) 998-6780, nyu.edu/greyart/. (Bridget L. Goodbody) GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM: DIVISIONISM/NEO-IMPRESSIONISM: ARCADIA AND ANARCHY, through Aug. 6. Ultimately this rare, compressed, mercurial exhibition of work by the Italian Divisionists of the 1890s is long on history and short on truly convincing paintings. The inclusion of works by Seurat and his French, Dutch and Belgian followers clarifies how the Italians pushed Pointillism, Seurats invention, in all directions: toward realism, academic classicism, Symbolism, class consciousness and even Impressionism. The show opens a new, albeit small, window on the genesis of Modernism beyond the French canon. If many of the works are period pieces, they are also immensely appealing, big-hearted and physically robust period pieces. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 88th Street, (212) 423-3500. (Smith) * JAPAN SOCIETY: AWAKENINGS: ZEN FIGURE PAINTING IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN, through June 17. Japan Society has a history of producing exquisite shows of Buddhist art. And this one, with four dozen paintings of Buddhists gods and saints hung in shrinelike alcoves, is transporting. It covers a broad swath of geography, bringing together 13th- to 16th-century hanging scrolls, not only from Japan but also from China, where Zen Buddhism, called Chan in Chinese, originated. 333 East 47th Street, (212) 832-1155, japansociety.org. (Holland Cotter) THE JEWISH MUSEUM: DATELINE: ISRAEL: NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO ART, through Aug. 5. Roughly every decade, the Jewish Museum offers a survey of contemporary art from and about Israel. This year non-Israeli artists from Europe and the United States -- and a single artist from Palestine -- have been added to the mix. Theres some very good work here, though, on the whole, the show grapples with crucial political issues in an indirect way. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, (212) 423-3200, jewishmuseum.org. (Cotter) * THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: JOURNEYS: MAPPING THE EARTH AND MIND IN CHINESE ART, through Aug. 26. Every six months or so, the Met rotates all the work in its Chinese painting galleries to preserve the delicate silks and papers, and each time, the curator in charge, Maxwell K. Hearn, produces a new and illuminating thematic exhibition, as is the case with Journeys. Outward-bound and inward-bound are the directions taken by Chinese landscape painting, and it carries us on some fascinating voyages in a show that mixes classical and contemporary art. (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Cotter) * THE MET: VENICE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD, 828-1797, through July 8. At its peak in the Renaissance, Venice was a giant, clamorous Costco-on-the-Rialto. All the necessities, and most of the luxuries, of life flowed into and through it, with many items arriving from Islamic Africa and the Near East. With classic Met largesse, this exhibition suggests the spectacle of two different cultures meeting in one fantastic city, in which commerce and love of beauty, those great levelers, unite them in a fruitful bond. (See above.) (Cotter) MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM: APOCALYPSE THEN: MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATIONS FROM THE MORGAN, through June 17. Even in the contemporary art world the symbolism of the Book of Revelation has a subversive appeal. This new exhibition at the Morgan Library celebrates a facsimile of Las Huelgas Apocalypse (1220), the largest surviving Spanish illuminated commentary on the Apocalypse. The show, which includes 50 leaves from the original text, unbound and installed around the gallerys perimeter, offers a walking tour of the medieval imagination. 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, (212) 685-0008, morganlibrary.org. (Andrea K. Scott) * THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: JEFF WALL, through May 14. This majestic show makes a great case for Mr. Wall as the most complete, if traditional, of the untraditional artists who emerged from the turmoil of Conceptual Art. His often immense color transparencies mounted on light boxes are enthralling visual vehicles, intent on giving pleasure while making a point or two about society, art, history, visual perception, the human animal or all of the above. An imposing blend of painting, street photography and movies, they blur reality and artifice, narrative and form, detail and the big statement. You cant stop looking at them. (212) 708-9400, moma.org. (Smith) * NEUE GALERIE: VAN GOGH AND EXPRESSIONISM, through July 2. The Neue has, as usual, gathered a stellar roundup of Expressionist art. In one of the shows most exciting rooms, a third-floor gallery devoted mostly to self-portraits, two extraordinary van Goghs hang at opposite ends: Self-Portrait With Straw Hat (1887-88), from the Metropolitan Museums collection, filled with energetic, radiating brushstrokes, and the National Gallerys vibrant self-portrait of the artist holding a palette and brushes, painted about a year later. The most compelling pairing in this room, though, is van Goghs Bedroom from 1889, the second of three versions he painted of his room in Arles, with Egon Schieles obvious homage, The Artists Bedroom in Neulengbach, painted in 1911, in a darker palette and with a perspective tipped precariously toward the viewer. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, (212) 628-6200, neuegalerie.org. (Martha Schwendener) THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM: PHILOSOPHY OF TIME TRAVEL, through July 1. This flawed show, which was created by a group of artists who studied together at the California Institute of the Arts, is nonetheless an interesting example of one of the art worlds latest trends: the art collective. It takes Brancusis Endless Column as its point of departure and reimagines this Modernist icon from the point of view of art school grads, who are versed in the language of artspeak and wed to the righteous cause of freedom of expression. 144 West 125th Street, (212) 864-4500, studiomuseum.org. (Goodbody) WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: GORDON MATTA-CLARK RETROSPECTIVE, through June 3. I have no doubt that Matta-Clark is now being turned into a hot commercial commodity, but at least at the Whitney you can see what he aspired to be. He came up with various wonderfully harebrained ideas. Literally, in one case: after letting his hair grow for a year, he cut it off as a kind of performance and phrenological gag. The preserved hair, dutifully tagged piece by piece, opens the show like a holy relic. At the center of the exhibition is Splitting. To a plain single-family suburban frame house in Englewood, N.J., he made a cut straight down the middle, bisecting the building, then severing the four corners of the roof. The retrospective consists of films, drawings, photographs and some of the architectural pieces he cut out of buildings. The drawings are casual and not too interesting, but the luxurious black-and-white photographs from Paris speak more to Matta-Clarks formal elegance. The big message was: Life as art, and art as life, a philosophy dependent on our being properly attuned and keen to the moment. (212) 570-3676, whitney.org. (Michael Kimmelman) WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: TARYN SIMON, through June 24. Ms. Simon couches the show in the intellectual, power-to-the-people oratory of leftist politics, yet she clearly delights in exposing, in a quasi-tabloid fashion, Americas underbelly. Though she has also worked in war-torn areas, Ms. Simon is best known for The Innocents, a series of portraits of men and women who were wrongly convicted but later cleared by DNA test results. Ms. Simon can work as long as a year to gain permission to photograph high-security zones like the government-regulated quarantine sites, nuclear waste storage facilities, prison death rows and C.I.A. offices on view in the show. There are also pictures with lighter themes: the sandpit where the Grucci family tests fireworks, ski slopes being dynamited for avalanche control and the second Death Star, from Return of the Jedi, at George Lucass Skywalker Ranch. Ms. Simon is at her artistic best when her delight in the strangeness of American culture shines. (See above.) (Goodbody) Galleries: Uptown * RICHARD OELZE: PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FROM THE 1950s & 1960s Nearly two dozen paintings in the first United States show of this little-known German Surrealist introduce an introvert with a penchant for grisaille grottolike structures that seem built on air, and for soft, fleshy forms that sometimes have eyes or reveal hidden faces or figures. Max Ernst is a big influence, and Pavel Tchelitchew an obvious analogy, but the exquisite rendering and pervasive unquiet are Oelzes alone. Ubu Gallery, 416 East 59th Street, (212) 753-4444, through May 12. (Smith) Galleries: 57th Street * KATHY BUTTERLY: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A SOFT PLACE Although she is a little off her game here, this extraordinarily talented ceramic sculptor continues to impress with exquisitely detailed, radiantly colored, art historically aware, discreetly lascivious little pieces, especially if you have never seen her work before. Still, the question of whether it isnt time for a change hangs over the proceedings. Tibor deNagy Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, (212) 262-5050, through May 19. (Smith) Galleries: SoHo * GEGO, BETWEEN TRANSPARENCY AND THE INVISIBLE The artist named Gego was born Gertrud Goldschmidt in Germany in 1912, but lived most of her life in Venezuela, where she produced netlike drawings in ink and watercolor and what she called drawings without paper: semi-geometric, see-through, two- and three-dimensional pieces of twisted and knotted wires, suspended in space. Whether you think of them as grids gone haywire or as rational forms charged with emotion, theyre out of this world, and this survey gives a sense of what is distinctive and radical about Gegos art. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, Soho, (212) 219-2166, drawingcenter.org, through July 21. (Cotter) Galleries: Chelsea * PRIME TIME: MICKALENE THOMAS AND SHINIQUE SMITH A sparkling double-header by two very different artists with much in common. In paintings encrusted with rhinestones, Ms. Thomas gives 1970s pin-up portraits of African-American women the shimmer of Byzantine mosaics. Ms. Smith turns bundles of cast-off clothes into floral bouquets of exotic patterning. Caren Golden Fine Art, 539 West 23rd Street, (212) 727-8304, carengoldenfineart.com, through May 12. (Cotter) Galleries: Other * SOL LEWITT: DRAWING SERIES If the greatness of Sol LeWitt, the Minimal-Conceptual artist who died in April at 78, has so far escaped you, this show of 14 of his mind-teasing, eye-filling wall drawings from the late 1960s and early 70s may do the trick. Selected and arranged by the artist, they proceed in carefully sequenced contrasts and echoes that are both insightful and idiosyncratic. Since their generating instructions are part of their titles, they reduce the creative process to a short, highly visible straight line. But their crisp geometries, accumulating marks and radiating patterns force us to mind the gap between artistic thought and artistic action, to experience the inability of language to account fully for visual outcome. Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, N.Y., (845) 440-0100, through Sept. 10. (Smith) * LILY LUDLOW Best known as a designer for Imitation of Christ and Somnus, Ms. Ludlow offers a handful of draftsmanly paintings for this solo show. Done on faint dark lines on a white ground, each group picture presents nude, semi-classical figures entangled in what appear to be ethereal, sadistic ballets. Canada, 55 Chrystie Street, Chinatown, (212) 925-4631, canadanewyork. com, through May 13. (Cotter) Last Chance DELPHINE COURTILLOT From O. Winston Link to Anna Gaskell and The Blair Witch Project, there are far too many borrowed bits in these large watercolors based on staged photographs of people in dark, desolate landscapes. But the larger question is why the images wouldnt do just as well in their original photographic form. Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76th Street, (212) 731-2221, jacktiltongallery.com; closes tomorrow.(Smith) * WALTER DE MARIA Counting and space -- important to both Minimal and Conceptual Art -- come together with unusual clarity, if a bit too much in the way of gleaming metal, in two large installations by the creator of The Lightning Field earthwork. Both pieces consist of several dozen shiny, meter-long stainless-steel rods presented in spaces that couldnt be much more pristine. Experience the spatial levitation and note the number of sides on the rods; in both cases, they increase row by row. Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea, (212) 741-1717, and 555 West 24th Street, Chelsea, (212) 741-1111, gagosian.com; closes tomorrow. (Smith) * JONATHAN LASKER One of the tortoises of 80s painting, this artist has cultivated his narrow abstract vocabulary without painting himself into a corner, and this latest show is one of his best. The usual asides to the history of abstract painting continue, as does the almost garish postmodern style, but there is more coherence in both single works and the group. Perhaps this is because Mr. Laskers hand and brush have always stayed in the picture, subverting yet partaking of traditional touch and surface. Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, (212) 242-7737; closes tomorrow. (Smith) ORLY GENGER: MASSSPEAK More than three tons of nylon climbing rope knotted into mats and arranged in mounds that sometimes touch the ceiling add to the tradition of filling gallery space with unusual quantities of just one thing for an effect that is at once dour and hilarious, like a playground designed by a Welsh miner. Larissa Goldston, 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, (212) 206-7887, larissagoldston.com; closes tomorrow. (Smith) * JONATHAN MONK: SOME KIND OF GAME BETWEEN THIS AND THAT As usual, this Conceptually inclined Scottish artist concentrates on sly tributes to, or plays on, works by other artists, among them Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden, John Baldessari and René Magritte. The slightest pieces are best, including drawings done on old books and The Cheat, in which this and that consist of an early silent film accompanied by a boom box tuned to a classical music station. Casey Kaplan, 525 West 21st Street, Chelsea, (212) 645-7335, caseykaplangallery.com; closes tomorrow. (Smith * MAY STEVENS: ASHES ROCK SNOW WATER The outstanding piece in this beautiful show of recent work is a mural-size painting of eddying water, the surface flecked with glinting bits of mica and amber, as if spirits were moving beneath the turbulence. Mary Ryan Gallery, 527 West 56th Street, (212) 397-0669; closes tomorrow. (Cotter) * TEMPORARY SERVICES: GROUP WORK Temporary Services, an inventive Chicago-based artists collective, was given the run of Printed Matters archives and came up with a fascinating selection of collectively published materials covering several decades. In addition, the group has installed a photographic installation that touches on the many things that group may mean, from Apostles, to Immigrants, to Upper Class. Printed Matter Inc., 195 10th Avenue, at 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 925-0325; closes tomorrow. (Cotter) * WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: LORNA SIMPSON This tight, refined and impassioned survey covers more than 20 years of Lorna Simpsons career, from her photo-and-text meditations on race and sexism in the 1980s, to her more recent short films, which unite American history and personal history in forceful and lyrical ways. It would be easy to put some of this work on a shelf as identity art, but with an African-American woman holding one of the highest offices in the United States government, an African-American man running for president, and the nation embroiled in what some people view as an ethnic war, this art is entirely of the moment. (212) 570-3676, whitney.org; closes tomorrow. (Cotter)
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Television This Week
Television This Week
The Listings: June 17 -- June 23
Selective listings by critics of The New York Times of new and noteworthy cultural events in the Northeast this week. * denotes a highly recommended film, concert, show or exhibition. Theater Approximate running times are in parentheses. Full reviews of current shows, additional listings, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings BIG TIMES Opens tomorrow. Three bright-eyed women come to the big city to become stars in this tribute to vaudeville starring Mia Barron, Maggie Lacey and Danielle Skraastad (1:30). Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street, TriBeCa, (212)868-4444. HECUBA Preview today. Opens tomorrow. The ferocious Tony-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave roars as the former Queen of Troy in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Euripides tragedy (1:45). Brooklyn Academy of Musics Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, (718)636-4100. MY SWEETHEARTS THE MAN IN THE MOON Opens Sunday. Dont touch Harry K. Thaws wife. Stanford White learned that the hard way, and this play with music documents how the architect was murdered and the subsequent media circus (2:00). 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street, East Village, (212)868-4444. BIRDIE BLUE Opens Thursday. S. Epatha Merkerson stars as the title character in this memory play about a woman whose life changed tragically on the day that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed (1:30). Second Stage Theater, 307 West 43rd Street, Clinton, (212)246-4422. SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS Previews start Tuesday. Opens June 28. Edward Albee covered man-goat love. Now Adam Bock looks into man-shark romance in his new nonrealistic comedy about young urban types (1:30). McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street, fourth floor, (212)246-4422. TWELFTH NIGHT Previews start today. Opens June 25. The Aquila Theater presents Shakespeares comedy about mistaken identities, unrequited love and the threats of a puritanical zealot (2:15). Baruch Performing Arts Center, 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, (212)279-4200. Broadway AFTER THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC Though its opening odd-couple-on-a-dance-floor skit shows promising charm, this evening of three sketches from the first lady of neurotic comedy, Elaine May, mostly feels terminally torpid in the way that overworked and familiar material often does, even from comic geniuses. Daniel Sullivan directs an ensemble that notably features Jeannie Berlin (Ms. Mays daughter and onstage alter ego) and the invaluable J. Smith-Cameron. (2:00). Manhattan Theater Club, at the Biltmore Theater, 261 West 47th Street, (212)239-6200.(Ben Brantley) ALL SHOOK UP In a pint-size theater with a campy young cast, All Shook Up might be a moderate hoot. Inflated to Broadway proportions, its a mind-numbing holler (2:10). Palace Theater, 1564 Broadway, at 47th Street, (212)307-4100. (Brantley) BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL Try to imagine a sanitized Hair or a secular Godspell, with a helping of funky 70s disco, all filtered through the vocal pyrotechnics of American Idol (1:45). Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, 236 West 45th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival 2005) Robert Goulet is now striding gallantly through this garish revival of the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical. Although he is not too agile, Mr. Goulet brings a subdued professionalism to the role of Georges, the owner of a transvestite nightclub on the Riviera who is facing a rising soufflé of domestic conflict (2:30). Marquis, 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets, (212)307-4100. (Charles Isherwood) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG The playthings are the thing in this lavish windup music box of a show: windmills, Rube Goldberg-like machines and the shows title character, a flying car. Its like spending two and a half hours in the Times Square branch of Toys R Us (2.30). Hilton Theater, 213 West 42nd Street, (212)307-4100. (Brantley) DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS On paper, this tale of two mismatched scam artists has an awful lot in common with The Producers. But if you are going to court comparison with giants, you had better be prepared to stand tall. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz, never straightens out of a slouch (2:35). Imperial, 249 West 45th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) * DOUBT, A PARABLE (Pulitzer Prize, Best Play 2005 and Tony Award, Best Play 2005) Set in the Bronx in 1964, this play by John Patrick Shanley is structured as a clash of wills and generations between Sister Aloysius (Cherry Jones), the head of a parochial school, and Father Flynn (Brian F. OByrne), the young priest who may or may not be too fond of the boys in his charge. The plays elements bring to mind those tidy topical melodramas that were once so popular. But Mr. Shanley makes subversive use of musty conventions (1:30). Walter Kerr, 219 West 48th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF From the moment it sounds its first word in this placid revival, the voice of Harvey Fierstein (who has replaced Alfred Molina in the central role of Tevye) makes the audience prick up its ears. Whether that voice fits comfortably into the Russian village of Anatevka is another issue. But at least it brings a bit of zest to this abidingly bland production (2:55). Minskoff, 200 West 45th Street, (212)307-4100.(Brantley) THE GLASS MENAGERIE This revival suggests that to recollect the past is to see life as if it had occurred underwater, in some viscous sea. Folks drown in this treacherous element. Unfortunately, that includes the shows luminous but misdirected and miscast stars, Jessica Lange and Christian Slater (2:30). Barrymore, 243 West 47th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) JACKIE MASON: FRESHLY SQUEEZED Jackie Mason has so cunningly manufactured and marketed his dyspeptic comic persona -- the herky-jerky movements used to embellish the routines, the voice thats like a sinus infection with a bad back -- that he may soon be able to refine all actual jokes out of his act, and still slay em. Thats chutzpah. And quite a talent, too (2:05). Hayes, 240 West 44th Street, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Love is a many-flavored thing, from sugary to sour, in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucass encouragingly ambitious and discouragingly unfulfilled new musical. The show soars only in the sweetly bitter songs performed by the wonderful Victoria Clark, as an American abroad (2:15). Beaumont, Lincoln Center, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) * MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! In a role he has been playing over half a century, Hal Holbrook delivers a performance that is perhaps most remarkable for the energy it derives from a studied languor. Mr. Holbrooks Twain is an exhilarating master of theatrical passive aggression, while Twains observations about corrupt journalists, politicians and religious fanatics remain soberingly relevant (2:30). Brooks Atkinson Theater, 256 West 47th Street (212)307-4100.(Brantley) * ON GOLDEN POND Placing a powerhouse like James Earl Jones in Ernest Thompsons teary, sentimental comedy about an elderly couples summer of healing suggests a German shepherd in a poodle-sized dog house. Yet rather than make his surroundings feel small and artificial in this surprisingly fresh revival, Mr. Joness natural grandeur forces the play to find room for his sweeping emotional breadth (2:15). Cort, 138 West 48th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) * THE PILLOWMAN For all its darkness of plot and imagery, Martin McDonaghs tale of a suspected child murderer in a totalitarian state dazzles with a brightness now largely absent from Broadway. Exquisitely directed and designed, The Pillowman features top-of-the-line performances from Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum, Zeljko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlbarg (2:40). Booth, 222 West 45th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) SPAMALOT (Tony Award, Best Musical 2005) This staged re-creation of the mock-medieval movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is basically a singing scrapbook for Python fans. Still, it seems safe to say that such a good time is being had by so many people that this fitful, eager celebration of inanity and irreverence will find a large and lucrative audience (2:20). Shubert, 225 West 44th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) STEEL MAGNOLIAS Despite an ensemble featuring high-profile veterans of stage, film and television, sitting through this portrait of friendship among Southern women, set in a beauty parlor in small-town Louisiana, is like watching nail polish dry (2:20). Lyceum, 149 West 45th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE The capricious gods of casting have not been kind to Tennessee Williams of late. This staging, starring an erratic Natasha Richardson as Blanche, is not the hazy mess that the current Glass Menagerie is. But it, too, suffers from fundamental mismatches of parts, especially John C. Reillys sexually unmagnetic Stanley (2:45). Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, (212)719-1300. (Brantley) SWEET CHARITY This revival of the 1966 musical, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Wayne Cilento, never achieves more than a low-grade fever when whats wanted is that old steam heat. In the title role of the hopeful dance-hall hostess, the appealing but underequipped Christina Applegate is less a shopworn angel than a merry cherub (2:30). Al Hirschfeld Theater, 302 West 45th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) * THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE The happy news for this happy-making little musical is that the move to larger quarters has dissipated none of its quirky charm. William Finns score sounds plumper and more rewarding than it did Off Broadway, providing a sprinkling of sugar to complement the sass in Rachel Sheinkins zinger-filled book. The performances are flawless. Gold stars all around. (1:45). Circle in the Square, 1633 Broadway, at 50th Street, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) * WHOS AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Everybody ultimately loses in Edward Albees great marital wrestling match of a play from 1962. But theatergoers who attend this revealingly acted new production, starring a superb Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, are destined to leave the Longacre feeling like winners (2:50). Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) Off Broadway * ALTAR BOYZ This sweetly satirical show about a Christian pop group made up of five potential Teen People cover boys is an enjoyable, silly diversion (1:30). Dodger Stages Stage 4, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) BEAST ON THE MOON Richard Kalinoskis musty romantic drama depicts the fractious marriage of two survivors of the mass killings of Armenians during World War I. Larry Mosss production is respectable and effective, but the performances by Omar Metwally and Lena Georgas are exhaustingly busy (2:00). Century Center for the Performing Arts, 111 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) FASTER Two sides of a love triangle snap under the pressure of our speeded-up culture in Faster by Londons Filter Theater, part of the Brits Off Broadway festival. Based on James Gleicks book of the same name, the play is elegiac but also an exuberant demonstration of the electrifying acceleration of modern life (1:15). 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, Manhattan, (212)279-4200.(Miriam Horn) * HURLYBURLY If you are going to inhabit a wasteland, you might as well be thoroughly wasted. That seems to be the first rule of survival for the characters who have been brought so vibrantly and unforgivingly to life in this smashing revival of David Rabes 1984 play. But thanks to a terrific cast, theatergoers are likely to experience a heady buzz of excitement and clarity, which any of the desperate characters onstage would kill for (3:15). 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4100. (Brantley) LAZER VAUDEVILLE If this isnt an ancient showbiz rule, it ought to be: things will look a lot more impressive if they are done in the dark with a heavy dose of fluorescence. That seems to be the guiding principle behind this hodgepodge of juggling, rope twirling and such, delivered wordlessly by the cast (1:30). Lambs Theater, 130 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212)239-6200. (Neil Genzlinger) MANUSCRIPT Three talented, attractive young actors and some skillfully shaggy dialogue are the only reasons to see Paul Grellongs inconsequential play, a revenge tale centering on the theft of an unpublished manuscript expected to be of great literary merit. Implausibility is a big problem: there are plot holes here you could easily drive a hardback copy of Infinite Jest through (1:30). Daryl Roth Theater, 101 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS! The musical is the happy narcissist of theater; parody is the best form of narcissism. All it needs are smart writers and winning performers. Thats what we get in this case (1:30). Dodger Stages, Stage 5, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212)239-6200. (Margo Jefferson) * ORSONS SHADOW Austin Pendletons play, about a 1960 production of Ionescos Rhinoceros directed by Orson Welles and starring Laurence Olivier, is a sharp-witted but tenderhearted backstage comedy about the thin skins, inflamed nerves and rampaging egos that are the customary side effects when sensitivity meets success (2:00). Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow Street, Greenwich Village, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) THE PARIS LETTER Jon Robin Baitzs ambitious but schematic play is a morality tale about a misspent life and the dangers of sexual repression. Cleanly directed by Doug Hughes, it features a pair of excellent performances by the superb actors John Glover and Ron Rifkin. But Mr. Baitz gets himself trapped in the mechanical working of an overcomplicated plot (2:00). Roundabout Theater Company, at the Laura Pels Theater, 111 West 46th Street, Manhattan, (212)719-1300. (Isherwood) RAIN Wild, witty, wet and altogether winning. Those words sum up Rain, the new Cirque Éloize show that is ending the season at the New Victory Theater with a figurative and literal splash. This Quebec-based troupe, which opened the New Victory in December 1995, combines high circus arts and ingratiating self-mockery with nostalgic costumes, eclectic music and song, evocative lighting and creative choreography in two hours of fun calculated to please children and adults alike (2:00). New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212)239-6200. (Lawrence Van Gelder) SENECAS OEDIPUS In the new production of Senecas Oedipus by the Theater by the Blind, the iconic story of the king of Thebes who unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother is performed in modern dress. The poet Ted Hughess masterly 1968 adaptation is vividly alive, contemporary and shocking (1:30). Mint Space, 311 West 43rd Street, (212)868-4444. (Honor Moore) SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER This comedy, written more than two centuries ago by Oliver Goldsmith, doesnt have much to say today, and Charlotte Moore, the director of the Irish Repertory Theaters production, wisely doesnt try to pretend otherwise. Instead she lets the actors play with the audience, a restrained glee that is hard to peg at first but ultimately pays off with some great laughs. Goldsmiths 1773 comedy mocks the snobbery of the London upper class, while piling on the slapstick, mistaken identities and farce (2:30). Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212)727-2737. (Genzlinger) SLAVAS SNOWSHOW Clowns chosen by the Russian master Slava Polunin are stirring up laughter and enjoyment. A show that touches the heart as well as tickles the funny bone (1:30). Union Square, 100 East 17th Street, Flatiron district, (212)307-4100. (Van Gelder) TERRORISM Every element of everyday existence participates in the title activity of this smart, snarling shaggy dog of a play by the Siberian-born Presnyakov brothers. But while Will Frearss production makes its thematic points clearly, it is still searching for a style that convincingly blends Slavic urgency and ennui (1:20). The Clurman Theater at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212)279-4200. (Brantley) * THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) Is there such a thing as stand-up existentialism? If not, Will Eno has just invented it. Stand-up-style comic riffs and deadpan hipster banter keep interrupting the corrosively bleak narrative. Mr. Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation (1:10). DR2 Theater, 103 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212)239-6200. (Isherwood) THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY The story is familiar, and the script and lyrics are not especially innovative, but somehow Stephen Dolginoffs pocket musical about the Leopold and Loeb murder case lands like a well-placed punch. Every time Doug Kreeger, as Loeb, and Matt Bauer, as Leopold, blend their voices in close harmony, its a reminder that evil often looks and sounds beautiful (1:20). York Theater Company, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street, (212)868-4444. (Genzlinger) TROLLS Dick DeBenedictis and Bill Dyers semi-terrific musical is about gay men who arent as young as they used to be. With a glorious opening, likable characters and affecting but derivative music, the show is worth seeing but needs some work (1:35). Actors Playhouse, 100 Seventh Avenue South, at Fourth Street, Greenwich Village, (212)239-6200.(Anita Gates) Off Off Broadway DISCONNECT Plant four witty, intellectually stimulating people around a dinner table and you might have an engaging play. Plant four uninsightful, insipid people around a dinner table and you have Disconnect, a new work by Rob Ackerman that lets some self-absorbed 30-somethings whine for two hours about lost friends and parental beatings of long ago (1:45). The Working Theater, at the East 13th Street Theater, 136 East 13th Street, East Village, (212)279-4200.(Genzlinger) * DISPOSABLE MEN James Scruggs, who wrote and performed this collection of character pieces, engages issues of race in the button-pushing satirical style that Spike Lee was aiming for (yet failed to pull off) in his film Bamboozled. This multimedia show compares the way African-American men are portrayed in the media to images of monsters in classic horror films like Frankenstein and King Kong (1:10). Here Arts Center, 145 Avenue of the Americas, one block below Spring Street, (212)868-4444.(Jason Zinoman) FLAT This happily crass send-up of a BBC family drama is perfectly pitched for fans nostalgic for the self-parodying vulgarity of the sit-com Married With Children. Twelve episodes, quick scenes, stock characters and an opening montage sequence with a jingle that will lodge itself in your cranium, like it or not (1:00). Part of the Moral Values Festival. Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (212)868-4444. (Zinoman) KICKER What happens when a star journalist mistakes a seven-hour interview with a celebrity novelist for the beginning of a beautiful friendship? This premise is better than this would-be comedy, which doesnt manage to make its characters or situations credible enough to answer its own question. Best: the send-up of the Hollywood star spewing out the same old quotes -- and, true to the title, the last line. Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street, (212)868-4444. (Anne Midgette) LITTLE MARY William S. Leavengoods parable about faith, politics and conservatism in the Roman Catholic Church can sound more like a position paper than a play, but the authors strong storytelling instincts cant be denied (2:10). Sanford Meisner Theater, 164 11th Avenue, at 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212)352-3101.(Andrea Stevens) SCREEN PLAY A.R. Gurneys gleefully partisan retooling of the film Casablanca sets one tough saloon owners battle between idealism and cynicism in Buffalo in the 21st century. Staged by Jim Simpson as a deftly orchestrated reading, Screen Play turns out to be more than a quick collegiate caper; its a morally indignant work that fights frivolity with frivolity (1:10). Flea Theater, 41 White Street, TriBeCa, (212)352-3101. (Brantley) TRAILERVILLE Here in the age of baby-boomer angst about unwell parents, stages and bookshelves and movie-of-the-week schedules are full of old people and those who care for them, which means that the those who would visit the subject today need to make sure theyre bringing some fresh insights. John Dufresne, a novelist trying full-length drama, doesnt in Trailerville, an unruly play with a respectable supply of nicely turned phrases but nothing new to add to the growing eldercare genre (2:15). Blue Heron Arts Center, 123 East 24th Street, (212)868-4444, (Genzlinger) Long-Running Shows AVENUE Q R-rated puppets give lively life lessons (2:10). Golden, 252 West 45th Street, Manhattan, (212)239-6200.(Brantley) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cartoon made flesh -- sort of (2:30). Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 West 46th Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4747. (Brantley) BLUE MAN GROUP Conceptual art as family entertainment (1:45). Astor Place Theater, 434 Lafayette Street, East Village, (212)254-4370. (Brantley) CHICAGO Irrefutable proof that crime pays (2:25). Ambassador, 219 West 49th Street, Manhattan, (212)239-6200.(Brantley) HAIRSPRAY Fizzy pop, cute kids, large man in a housedress (2:30). Neil Simon Theater, 250 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4100. (Brantley) THE LION KING Disney on safari, where the big bucks roam (2:45). New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4100. (Brantley) MAMMA MIA! The jukebox that devoured Broadway (2:20). Cadillac Winter Garden Theater, 1634 Broadway, at 50th Street, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) MOVIN OUT The miracle dance musical that makes Billy Joel cool (2:00). Richard Rodgers Theater, 226 West 46th Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4100.(Brantley) NAKED BOYS SINGING Thats who they are. Thats what they do (1:05). Julia Miles Theater, 414 West 55th Street, Clinton, (212)239-6200. (Gates) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Who was that masked man, anyway? (2:30). Majestic Theater, 247 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) THE PRODUCERS The ne plus ultra of showbiz scams (2:45). St. James Theater, 246 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212)239-6200. (Brantley) RENT East Village angst and love songs to die for (2:45). Nederlander Theater, 208 West 41st Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4100. (Brantley) STOMP And the beat goes on (and on), with percussion unlimited (1:30). Orpheum Theater, Second Avenue at Eighth Street, East Village, (212)477-2477. (Brantley) WICKED Oz revisited, with political corrections (2:45). Gershwin, 222 West 51st Street, Manhattan, (212)307-4100.(Brantley) Last Chance THE ARGUMENT Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, co-author of the post-9/11 play Omnium Gatherum, aims to personalize another hot-button issue here, but its not likely that any serious thought, old or new, is going to be provoked by this whiny debate between two uninteresting types about the ever-sensitive topic of abortion. He wants the baby; she doesnt. It is hard to care (1:30). The Vineyard Theater, 108 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212)353-0303, closing on Sunday. (Isherwood) MARATHON 2005, SERIES B The second installment in this annual festival of short plays, which includes lively sketches by David Mamet and David Lindsay-Abaire, allows theatergoers the pleasure of hearing famous voices practicing scales, as it were, and of discovering that no matter what key theyre singing in, they still sound like themselves (1:45). Ensemble Studio Theater, 549 West 52nd Street, Clinton, (212)352-3101, closing on Sunday. (Brantley) MISS JULIE Anders Cato directs a new adaptation by Craig Lucas. Marin Hinkle, as Miss Julie, and Reg Rogers, as her fathers uppity valet, Jean, spar and flirt, humiliate each other and humble themselves as expected, in the traditional kitchen, with the designated disastrous results. Chances are you wont believe a word of it (1:35). Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, Greenwich Village, (212)868-4444, closing on Sunday. (Isherwood) RICHARD AND ANNE That idiot Shakespeare had it all wrong, according to Richard and Anne, an unknown script by Maxwell Anderson that is being energetically brought to light by the young actors of Mirror Repertorys training program. Tired of being maligned in productions of Richard III, the real Richard, no hunched back evident, comes back from the grave to set things straight (2:15). Arclight Theater, 152 West 71st Street, Manhattan, (212)868-4444, closing on Sunday. (Genzlinger) SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Slight but pithy, this humorous revue of 18 songs with lyrics by Mark Campbell and music by 18 different composers takes a sardonic and explicit look at gay life in New York: Sex with an actor. What was I thinking? (1:10). New York Theater Workshop, 79 East Fourth Street, East Village, (212)239-6200, closing on Sunday. ( Midgette) WORK: A MADCAP TRAGI-PARODY OF CORPORATE AMERICA Unless youve been living in a cave, Charlotte Meehans play Work: A Madcap Tragi-Parody of Corporate America should sound familiar, starting with its title. But when real life tops fiction, whats left to say? Not much, in this case. And thats the problem (1:30). Flea Theater, 41 White Street, TriBeCa, (212)226-2407, closing on Thursday. (Stevens) Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL IN 3-D (PG, 94 minutes) Theres a reason that children arent allowed to vote, drive, or make movies with multimillion-dollar budgets. Lively and imaginative as their inner worlds may be, the very young still lack the discipline and maturity to shape their dreamworlds into coherent and compelling stories -- a task the director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City) also fails to accomplish in this muddled quest narrative based on characters and themes created by his 7-year-old son, Racer Max.(Dana Stevens) * BATMAN BEGINS (PG-13, 137 minutes) Conceived in the shadow of American pop rather than in its bright light, this tense, effective iteration of Bob Kanes original comic book owes its power and pleasures to a director (Christopher Nolan) who takes his material seriously and to a star (a terrific Christian Bale) who shoulders that seriousness with ease. Batman Begins is the seventh live-action film to take on the comic-book legend and the first to usher it into the kingdom of movie myth. (Manohla Dargis) THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (PG, 120 minutes) The best efforts of the blue-ribbon cast cannot save this hopelessly stuffy, muddled screen adaptation of Thornton Wilders Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Peru in the early 18th century. (Stephen Holden) * CATERINA IN THE BIG CITY (No rating, 106 minutes, in Italian) In this contemporary political allegory from Italy, a disgruntled teacher and his family move from the country to Rome, where his 12-year-old daughter finds herself the object of a furious tug of war between two cliques, one left-wing and bohemian, the other right-wing and materialist. Bold, richly textured, and entertaining.(Holden) CINDERELLA MAN (PG-13, 144 minutes) The best part of Ron Howards ingratiating, Depression-era weepie about the boxing underdog-turned-topdog James J. Braddock are, unsurprisingly, Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti, two actors who could steal a movie from a basket of mewling kittens and an army of rosy-cheeked orphans. Renée Zellweger also stars. (Dargis) CRASH (R, 107 minutes) A gaggle of Los Angeles residents from various economic and ethnic backgrounds collide, sometimes literally, in the course of a hectic 36-hour period. Well-intentioned, impressively acted, but ultimately a speechy, ponderous melodrama of liberal superstition masquerading as realism.(A.O. Scott) * ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (Not rated, 110 minutes) This sober, informative chronicle of the biggest business scandal of the decade is almost indecently entertaining, partly because it offers some of the most satisfying movie villains in quite some time. Recommended for everyone except those likely to be in the Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling jury pools. (Scott) 5x2 (R, 90 minutes, in French) A couples relationship unravels backward, from divorce through the birth of their child to their first meeting. Interesting but chilly. (Scott) * THE HOLY GIRL (Not rated, 106 minutes; in Spanish) The Argentine director Lucrecia Martels second feature is an oblique, feverish exploration of religious ecstasy and adolescent sexuality. Hard to classify, other than as a miraculous piece of filmmaking. (Scott) THE HONEYMOONERS (PG-13, 90 minutes) Not the greatest, baby, but not as bad as it might have been. (Scott) * HOWLS MOVING CASTLE (PG, 118 minutes) The latest animated enchantment from Hayao Miyazaki. Lovely to look at, full of heart and mystery. ( Scott) THE INTERPRETER (PG-13, 123 minutes) A political thriller, both apolitical and unthrilling, notable for two accomplishments: turning the United Nations into a movie set and, even more remarkably, giving Nicole Kidman the opportunity to embody the suffering of Africans everywhere. (Scott) * KINGS AND QUEEN (No rating, 150 minutes, in French) A film about a hapless man and a woman who is alternately, perhaps even simultaneously, a mistress, monster, mother, murderer, object of lust and subject of loathing, this latest work from the wildly talented French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin is essential viewing. (Dargis) LADIES IN LAVENDER (PG-13, 104 minutes) Two dames of the British empire (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith) inhabit spinster sisters in Cornwall who nurse a handsome Polish violinist back to health in 1936. Amiably bogus. (Holden) LAYER CAKE (R, 104 minutes) Directed by Matthew Vaughn, making a smoothly assured debut, and written by J.J. Connolly, this is the newest in British gangland entertainment and the tastiest in years. The star of this show is the very good British actor Daniel Craig, who slices through Layer Cake like a knife. (Dargis) THE LONGEST YARD (PG-13, 97 minutes) In this crummy remake of the 1974 film of the same title, Adam Sandler stars as the former N.F.L. quarterback Paul Crewe, who years earlier was booted out of the league for shaving points and is now charged with leading a team of prisoners against a team of guards. In the original film, directed with seriocomic facility by Robert Aldrich, Crewe was played by Burt Reynolds with effortless charm and the tightest pants this side of Tony Orlando. The Aldrich version was recently released on DVD and makes for a nice evening in. (Dargis) LORDS OF DOGTOWN (PG-13, 105 minutes) Southern California skateboarders in the 1970s, when a hobby became a full-blown (and lucrative) subculture. Scruffy, loose and reckless, in the spirit of its time and place. (Scott) MADAGASCAR (PG, 86 minutes) Like many computer-animated features, this one, about four celebrity-voiced animals exiled from the Central Park Zoo -- expends most of its imaginative resources on clever visuals. These, in the end, are not enough to compensate for the lack of interesting narrative, real characters or jokes on subjects other than flatulence, excrement and contemporary pop culture. (Scott) MAD HOT BALLROOM (PG, 105 minutes) This documentary follows fifth graders from three very different New York City public schools as they prepare to compete in a ballroom dancing tournament. The sight of 10-year-olds trying to master the graceful, grown-up motions of the fox trot and the tango is charming, and the glimpses of their lives in and outside of school are fascinating, though unfortunately the film offers not much more than glimpses. (Scott) MR. AND MRS. SMITH (PG-13, 112 minutes) What counts in a movie like this are stars so dazzling that we wont really notice or at least mind the cut-rate writing (from Simon Kinberg) and occasionally incoherent action (from the director Doug Liman). Sometimes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie succeed in their mutual role as sucker bait, sometimes they dont, which is why their new joint venture is alternately a goof and a drag. (Dargis) MONSTER-IN-LAW (PG-13, 102 minutes) Jane Fonda finds a zany, good-natured verve in a dragon-lady caricature that mirrors a comedy so desperate to avoid offending that it runs in panic from every issue it brings up but refuses to address. (Holden) * MYSTERIOUS SKIN (Not rated, 99 minutes) Gregg Araki, one-time bad boy of the New Queer Cinema, has made a heartbreaking and surpassingly beautiful film out of Scott Heims clear-eyed novel about two Kansas boys dealing with the consequences of their sexual abuse by a Little League coach. Superb performances, especially by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (Scott) THE NINTH DAY (No rating, 90 minutes, in German) A somber, thought-provoking moral thriller, in which a Roman Catholic priest from Luxembourg, temporarily released from Dachau, finds his conscience tested when the Nazis try to co-opt him. Interesting ideas, insufficiently dramatized. (Scott) THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (PG, 119 minutes) On a shopping trip, four teenage girls find a pair of thrift-store jeans that mysteriously flatters all four of them, despite their differing shapes and sizes. Deciding the jeans must be magic, they make a pact to share them for the summer, wearing them for a week apiece and then mailing them to the next friend. Like the four girls at its center, this fresh-scrubbed, eager-to-please film makes up in charm for what it lacks in sophistication. (Stevens) * STAR WARS: EPISODE III -- REVENGE OF THE SITH (PG-13, 142 minutes) George Lucas saved the best -- or at least one of the best -- for the end. Or for the middle. In any case, the saga is now complete, and has regained much of its original glory. (Scott) WILD SAFARI 3-D: A SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE (Not rated, 45 minutes) A choppy tour of South African flora and fauna. Youngsters will love the romping lion cubs and elephant calves, while adults will be grateful for this travelogues vibrancy and brevity.(Ned Martel) Film Series JAMES DEAN (Through Thursday) Film Forums two-week festival, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Deans death, continues with his second film, Nicholas Rays sympathetic juvenile delinquent drama Rebel Without a Cause (1955), tonight through Tuesday. George Stevenss Giant (1956), in which Dean plays the rags-to-riches Texas oilman Jett Rink, will play next Wednesday and Thursday. 209 West Houston Street, South Village, (212)727-8110, $10. (Anita Gates) DRIVE-IN MOVIES AT THE ROCK (tomorrow) Smart Cars in the Channel Garden and a giant screen in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza have temporarily turned the site into a drive-in theater. The final film in this series is Michael Showalters pre-wedding romantic comedy The Baxter. (212)632-3975, free. (Gates) HANNA SCHYGULLA (Through June 30) The Museum of Modern Art presents an 11-film retrospective of the work of Ms. Schygulla, the multiple-award-winning German actress. This weekends offerings include The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), one of 18 films she made with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, tonight; Godards Passion (1981) and Ettore Scolas Nuit de Varennes (1983), tomorrow night; and Fassbinders Lili Marleen (1981), set during the Third Reich, on Sunday. 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, (212)708-9400, $10; $8, 65+; $6, students. (Gates) HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Through Thursday) The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents 26 films and videos, most of them New York premieres, from 20 countries. Offerings include The Liberace of Iraq; Compadre, from Peru; The Education of Shelby Knox, about a young woman from Texas; No More Tears Sister: An Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal, a documentary about Sri Lanka; and Omagh, about events in Northern Ireland. Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, (212)875-5600, $10. (Gates) MOMA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM PRESERVATION (Through Monday) The Museum of Modern Arts series concludes with Ingmar Bergmans Farodokument (1969) and Farodokument 1979, tonight; Leonid Trauberg and Grigori Kozintsevs silent about the Paris Commune, Novyi Vavilon (1929), on Saturday; Ralph Thomass Deadlier Than the Male (1966); and Federico Fellinis hometown reminiscence, Amarcord (1973), on Sunday and Monday. 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan. (212)708-9400, $10. (Gates) NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Through July 2) Subway Cinema presents 31 mainstream Asian films, including Kekexili (2004), from China, about the pashmina trade; One Night in Mongkok (2004), from Hong Kong; Green Chair (2003), from Korea; My Brother Nikhil (2005), from India, a Bollywood drama about AIDS; and the self-explanatory Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), from Japan. Anthology Film Archives (through June 26), 32 Second Avenue, at Second Street, (212)505-5181. ImaginAsian Theater (June 24-July 2), 239 East 59th Street, (212) 371-6682; (212)868-4444, $9.50. (Gates) NICHOLAS RAY TRIBUTE (Through tomorrow) The Two Boots Pioneer Theaters Ray festival ends tomorrow with Hot Blood (1956), a musical melodrama starring Jane Russell. 155 East Third Street, East Village, (212) 591-0434, $9. (Gates) VILLAGE VOICE BEST OF 2004 (Through June 29) BAMcinématek continues this festival of critics selections with The World (2004), Zhang Ke Jias first government-sanctioned film, tonight; a double feature of Richard Linklaters scenic romances Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), tomorrow; and Ken Jacobss Star Spangled to Death (2004) on Sunday. BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, (718) 777-FILM or (718)636-4100, $10. (Gates) Pop Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music. BAD PLUS (Tonight) This piano-driven power trios adventurous spirit straddles the boundaries of jazz and rock, and their exuberant forays are way more fun than their sketchy decision to cover Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit would suggest. The players, native Midwesterners all, throw themselves into live shows with prairie-fire earnestness. 7:30 p.m., Prospect Park Bandshell, Ninth Street & Prospect Park West, Park Slope, Brooklyn, free. (Laura Sinagra) BETTIE SERVEERT (Tomorrow) In the mid-90s, these Dutch bohemians combination of bright, twisty guitar work and the breathy yet plucky voice of Carol Van Dyk became a college-rock mainstay. They remain resolutely quirky, continuing to deliver honest grownup pop dispatches. 8:30 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212)219-3006, $15, $17 at the door. (Sinagra) BILAL (Thursday) Bilal has huge ambitions, spanning jazz and soul, funk and gospel, hip-hop and pop. Even when his material doesnt live up to those ambitions, he has musicality to spare. 8 p.m., S.O.B.s (Sounds of Brazil), 204 Varick Street, at Houston, South Village, (212)243-4940, $22, $25 at the door.(Jon Pareles) BOYZ II MEN (Tuesday) The smooth, if extravagantly produced, harmonies of this R&B quartet made the breakup anthem End of the Road and their duet with Mariah Carey, the epic after-death apology One Sweet Day blockbuster radio singles in the mid-90s. Recently, they have been sticking to greatest hits and cover projects. 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, Harlem, (212) 531-5305, $39 to $49. (Sinagra) BRAVE COMBO (Thursday) Can every rock and pop style be reduced -- or elevated -- to the fast bounce of a polka? Brave Combo has been making polka hybrids since 1979. 10 p.m. Satalla, 37 West 26th Street (212)576-1155, $15, $18 at the door. (Pareles) JOHN BUTLER TRIO, WOOD BROTHERS (Tuesday) John Butler is an Australian guitarist who, like Ben Harper, turns thoughtful songs into guitar and slide-guitar excursions. 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212)533-2111, $16, $18 at the door (sold out). (Pareles) LAURA CANTRELL (Tuesday) With her old-timey country radio show on WFMU and real Southern roots, the guitarist and songwriter Laura Cantrell has a deep alt-country résum. She writes clever ditties about the urban romantic experience. 7 p.m., Virgin Megastore, Union Square, 52 East 14th Street, (212)598-4666, free. (Sinagra) VANESSA CARLTON (Tuesday) The Wayans brothers White Chicks poked fun at the pianist and songwriter Vanessa Carltons daintily petulant 2002 hit A Thousand Miles, while acknowledging that its a truly infectious sinagalong. Her recent efforts reveal charming lyrics, though the her piano playing is still rather fussy. 9:30 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village, (212)539-8770, $20. (Sinagra) * DERRICK CARTER (Sunday) Count on Mr. Carter to spin an exciting, unpredictable set. He loves to enliven his thwacking house beats with squiggles and squelches, and he gravitates toward robotic bass lines, disembodied voices and scrambled snippets of disco and jazz. With Miss Honey Dijon. 10 p.m., Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street, near Greenwich Street, the Meatpacking District, (212)645-5700, $15. (Kelefa Sanneh) CJ CHENIER (Sunday) This son of Clifton Chenier, who was the undisputed king of zydeco, picked up his fathers accordion and his Red Hot Louisiana Band in the 1980s, carrying on the family tradition of bayou dance music laced with blues. 6:30 p.m., Satalla, 37 West 26th Street, (212)576-1155, $22. (Pareles) THE COMAS (Tomorrow) Like a lot of indie rock bands, the Comas seem tentative about really trying. But when they do, as on the best cuts from last years dreamy Conductor (Yep Roc), their portrayals of wage slavery and lolling slacker lust exude an intriguing passive-aggression. 10 p.m., Rothko, 116 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, rothkonyc.com, $10. (Sinagra) COMETS ON FIRE (Thursday) As epic as the Grateful Dead in its late 60s ballroom era and as noisy as its distant forebears Sonic Youth, this band conjures dark granduer with guitars and organ creating a swirl of heedless squall. 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212)533-2111, $14, $16 at the door. (Sinagra) ELYSIAN FIELDS (Tomorrow) With Jennifer Charless smoky voice and Oren Bloedows electric guitar, Elysian Fields conjure a haunted, late-night atmosphere in songs full of love and trouble. 9:30 p.m. Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village, (212) 539-8778 or (212) 239-6200, $15. (Pareles) FREE BLOOD (Tomorrow) This trio, a side-project of the dance-punk band called !!!, is the headliner at this concert devoted to discordant (and sometimes danceable) post-punk. The charming venue (long may it last) sells sweet confections, used records and beer, in three rooms on two levels. 9 p.m., Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street, Lower East Side, (212)253-0036, $6.(Sanneh) ROBERT FRIPP (Thursday) The King Crimson guitarist and master of the spacey, droning combination of tape loops called Frippertronics performs selections from his ongoing Soundscapes project in this newly renovated space. 8 p.m., Concert Hall at the Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, Manhattan, 212874-5210 and 212712-7171, $37.50. (Sinagra) DAVID GRUBBS (Tonight) The good parts of progressive rock -- its willingness to embrace complexity and eccentricity, its determination to avoid formulas -- have meant a lot to David Grubbs. He has been central to Gastr del Sol and Bastro, two bands known for heartfelt, wayward songs and excursions to the edges of rock. 8 p.m., the Project Room, 400 Carroll Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, $10. (Pareles) LALAH HATHAWAY (Thursday) The daughter of the songwriter Donny Hathaway made a loving rhythm-and-blues album in 1990 and has since turned up as a jazz singer. This is a chance to hear what shes been up to lately. She plays this outdoor concert as part of BAMs R&B Festival. 12 p.m., MetroTech Commons Plaza, Flatbush Avenue and Myrtle Street, downtown Brooklyn, free. (Pareles) MICHAEL HURLEY, THE PLACES (Sunday) Mr. Hurley is one of the most fertile-minded of all the unreconstructed folkies. Though hes had his ups and downs, the humor and grooves of his detailed, offhandedly existential songs about talking porkchops and growing pot deserve a place in the American songbook. The Places are led by a Portland Americana artist, Amy Annelle. 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side, (212)358-7503, $10. (Sinagra) IRON & WINE (Tonight) The modern rustic Sam Beam takes a whispery, almost Chet Baker-like approach to folk vocals. Sung atop delicately plucked guitar, his lyrics speak to the sensitive males concerns about intimacy and mortality. 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600, $18 , $20 at the door. (Sinagra) JUNIOR SENIOR (Thursday) This Danish duo hit big in 2003 with the euphoric, semi-campy dancefloor dictum Move You Feet. Its exuberant thumps and shouts rang bells with dance-music and rock fans. Their new single, Itch U Cant Scratch, slows things down a bit, mixing disco and peppy old-school rap. 8 p.m., Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, (212)260-4700, $15. (Sinagra) JORMA KAUKONEN (Saturday) One of the original psychedelic blues players, Jorma Kaukonen brought the Jefferson Airplane both searing electric guitar lines and old-fashioned blues. He then founded Hot Tuna, a band built on spiky, ragtimey blues. His own songs contemplate death and loss, holding his gentle voice in a lattice of fingerpicking. 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd, (212)997-4144, $32.50, $36 at the door. (Pareles) CYNDI LAUPER (Thursday) The new waver and activist Cyndi Lauper retains the zany streak that made her jumpy pro-girl pop songs and emotional synthesizer ballads favorites on MTV in the 1980s. She performs as part of Lincoln Centers Gay Pride salute lineup. Show time is 7 p.m., Rose Theater at the Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th Street, (212)721-6500, $85 to $135. (Sinagra) LITTLE RICHARD (Wednesday) Rock n roll wouldnt be the same without the whoops and hollers, the pounding barrelhouse piano chords and swooping glissandos that Little Richard hurled onto his singles in the 1950s. Preaching from the piano stool and belting songs like Tutti Frutti, hes still a force for creative anarchy. 8 p.m., B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, 243 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212)997-4144, $60 (Pareles) M2O PLAY PIAZZOLA (Tomorrow) Accomplished tango musicians, the violinist Machiko Ozawa and the pianist Makia Matsumura interpret the roiling, fluid music of Astor Piazzolla, 10 p.m., The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , www.thestonenyc.com, $10. (Sinagra) HUGH MASEKELA (Thursday) The South African flugelhornist Hugh Masekela has more to offer than his international hit Grazing in the Grass. For decades, he has brought together the three-chord lope of South African pop with the zig-zagging possibilities of jazz. 7:30 p.m., Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn; $3 suggested donation. (Pareles) MODEST MOUSE, CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN (Monday) The Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock uses his guitar to evoke creepy, lonely Northwestern expanses, but his rhythmic yen sometimes produces disco hybrids like the recent Float On, which unfurls bright guitar ribbons over a stomping beat. 80s college rock jokesters Camper van Beethoven recently reunited to release a concept album about a dystopian California. 6 p.m., Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Field, 72nd Street, (212)360-2777, $30, $35 at the door (sold out). (Sinagra) THE NATIONAL (Tonight) These Brooklynites play a kind of countryfied glowering rock that underplays its hand enough to seem modest. But even if the self-deprecating relationship woes of its frontman, Matt Berninger, recall those of the Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, his renderings have yet to make his gripes as interesting. 8:30, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston, Lower East Side, (212)260-4700, $12 (sold out). (Sinagra) THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS/GREEN MILK (Wednesday and Thursday) This revved-up Vancouver outfits tight power-pop grandeur builds with a sort of time-release tension, until the voice of Neko Case cuts through like a triumphant skywriter. Wednesday at 9 p.m., Maxwells, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J., (201)798-0406, sold out. June 25 at 7:30 p.m., Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn; $3 suggested donation.(Sinagra) NORTHERN STATE, SUPAGROUP, JASON LOWENSTEIN, DJ EUGENE HUTZ (Wednesday) Hipster luminaries coming together in a benefit for a union representing Village Voice employees include Northern State, the female rappers from Long Island whose buoyant and self-aware rhyming tickled funny bones a couple of years ago; the raucously sloppy heavy metal act Supagroup, the energetic former Sebadoh member Mr. Lowenstein; and Gogol Bordellos self-proclaimed Gypsy-punk frontman Eugene Hutz. 8 p.m., Rothko, 116 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, rothkonyc.com, $10. (Sinagra) OASIS, JET (Wednesday) No one ever accused Manchesters football-loving Gallagher brothers of originality or humility, and Oasis, their brash Beatlesque steamroller of a band, stands by their proven formula: simple, epic riffs, melodies arrogant in their inevitability and lyrics so dim they become profound. The one-hit rock n rollers Jet open. 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue, (212)465-6741, $34.50 to $75, (sold out). (Sinagra) DON OMAR (Tomorrow) One of reggaetons biggest names is a headliner at the 2005 Latin Fest, an amusement-park concert where other performers include the salsa singer Victor Manuelle, the rapper Cuban Link and Hector el Bambino, another reggaeton star. 3 p.m., Northern Star Arena, Six Flags Great Adventure, 1090 King George Post Road, New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7A, Jackson, N.J., (732)928-1821, $53. (Sanneh) TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS+BLACK CROWES (Tuesday) The rocker Tom Pettys slightly technophobic 2002 The Last DJ (Warner Brothers) righteously lamented corporate greed and radio blandness. But it contained no especially radio-worthy songs. Nothing like the raw scrape of Refugee, the rousing Free Fallin or the darkly hyper American Girl. 7:30 p.m., Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, (516)221-1000, $39.50 to $67.50. (Sinagra) TOSHI REAGON (Sunday) Singing about both love and politics with the same sense of independence, Toshi Reagon applies her gutsy voice and syncopated guitar playing to songs steeped in blues and funk. 7 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette, East Village, (212)539-8770, $20. (Pareles) JONATHAN RICHMAN (Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday) Recent albums havent added much to this whimsically nuerotic rock n roll livewires stream-of-consciousness classics, but the live ritual remains a goofy joy. 9 p.m., Northsix, 66 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718)599-5103, $15. (Sinagra) KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD (Tomorrow) For young blues guitarists like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the blues has as much to do with the Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix as it did with Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. With a baritone howl thats somewhere between Gregg Allman and Robin Trower and a guitar style that looks to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mr. Shepherd treats the blues as a muscular cry of desperation. 8 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J., Garden State Parkway, Exit 116, (732)335-0400, $20 to $45. (Pareles) SLEATER-KINNEY, DEAD MEADOW (Thursday) The incisive yet expansive guitar soloing lately preferred by Carrie Brownstein is the best reason to check out Sleater-Kinney, the enduring trio of grown-up riot grrrls who reach new melodic heights with each album. Dead Meadow plays heavy and somehow pastoral hard rock. 6:45 p.m. Roseland, 239 West 52nd Street, (212)247-0200, $21. (Sinagra) * RICHIE SPICE (Sunday) This fiery roots-reggae singer released one of 2004s best reggae albums, Spice in Your Life (www.fifthelementrecords.com). He loves midtempo reggae grooves, but hes a restless singer; the album includes Earth a Run Red, his fiery and exhilarating protest song that makes the apocalypse sound like the worlds best (and last) party. With Chuck Fender, Anthony Cruz and Spanna Banna. 10 p.m., Wild Palm, 1601 Bronxdale Avenue, the Bronx, (646)539-0749, $30. (Sanneh) EMILIANA TORRINI (Wednesday) Though shes of Italian and Icelandic descent, Emiliana Torrini was raised in Britain. Her first material was produced in the trip-hop vein, but her latest effort Fishermans Woman showcases her haunting voice in a more acoustic setting. 7 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village, (212)539-8770, $12.(Sinagra) TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS (Wednesday and Thursday) In this familial performance art project, Jason Trachtenburg plays lo-fi pop tunes inspired by slides found at yard sales and flea markets, while his wife, Tina, runs the projector. Their 9-year-old daughter, Rachel, who has become something of a girl-power poster child, plays drums. 8 p.m., Lambs Theater, 130 West 44th Street, (212)575-0300, $15. (Sinagra) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO WORLD STEELBAND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sunday) When Trinidad and Tobago opened their biennial steelband competition to the world in 1988, it drew competitors from Venezuela, Guyana and Sweden. In 2004, bands hailed from Europe, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The competition, which requires that a classical composition be played, highlights the full range of steel-pan sonics. 4 p.m., Theater at Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street at Seventh Avenue, (212)465-6741, $44.50 to $59.50. (Sinagra) DAR WILLIAMS (Wednesday) This adorable coffeehouse singer-songwriter augments her sweet voice with that rare quality of seeming like a real person. If her acoustic musings about a favorite babysitter or the romance of Spring Street can seem impossibly hopeful, they rarely slip into treacle. 7 p.m., Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 26th Street, free. (Sinagra) Cabaret Full reviews of recent cabaret shows: nytimes.com/music. BARBARA CARROLL (Sundays at 2 and 8 p.m.) Even when swinging out, this Lady of a Thousand Songs remains an impressionist with special affinities for Thelonious Monk and bossa nova. Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan; (212)419-9331. Cover: $55 at 2, including brunch at noon; $42 at 8, plus a $15 minimum; an $80 dinner-and-show package is available. (Stephen Holden) * BLOSSOM DEARIE (Tomorrow and Sunday) To watch this singer and pianist is to appreciate the power of a carefully deployed pop-jazz minimalism combined with a highly discriminating taste in songs. Dannys Skylight Room, 346 West 46th Street, Clinton; (212)265-8133. Tomorrow night at 7; Sunday night at 6:15. Cover: $25, with a $15 minimum; a $54.50 dinner-and-show package is available. (Holden) * EARTHA KITT (Tuesdays through Saturdays) The godmother of golddiggers, still glamorous as ever at 78, remains in full command of a voice that can tear into a song with a ravenous ferocity, and the personality to go with it. Cafe Carlyle, Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, Manhattan; (212)744-1600, through July 2. At 8:45, with an additional show on Saturdays at 10:45 p.m. Cover: $85 Tuesdays through Thursdays, $95 Fridays and Saturdays; no minimum. (Holden) Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music. PECK ALLMOND KALIMBA COLLECTIVE (Sunday) This unusual ensemble finds Mr. Allmond augmenting his usual arsenal of horns with a handful of kalimbas, or African thumb pianos; the groups other timbres include violin (Jenny Scheinman), marimba (Kenny Wollesen) and Haitian hand drums (Bonga Jean-Baptiste). 10 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, between North Third Street and Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718)218-6934, no cover.(Nate Chinen) THE BAD PLUS, CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO, JAMES CARTER ORGAN TRIO (Tonight) Three rhythmic trios, each drawing on traditions but carving new aesthetic niches. 7:30 p.m., Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Brooklyn, (718)855-7882, free, JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) * TERENCE BLANCHARD SEXTET/CLAUDIA ACUÑA BAND (Tonight through Sunday) With Flow (Blue Note), the trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard chronicles the maturation of a working band thats equally comfortable mining hard bop, West African grooves, or R&B-steeped fusion; Ms. Acuña, opening each set of this engagement, is one of the more intriguing jazz vocalists of her generation. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212)475-8592; cover, $25 at tables, with a $5 minimum, or $15 at the bar, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) RONI BEN-HUR (Tonight) Mr. Ben-Hur, a talented guitarist and composer, pays homage to the late pianist Elmo Hope with a quartet that includes Mr. Hopes widow, Bertha, on piano. 8 p.m., New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Downtown Brooklyn, (718)222-65423, no cover. (Chinen) * DON BYRON (Tuesday through June 26) Jazz has many multitasking bandleaders these days, but none better suited than the clarinetist, composer and conceptualist Don Byron. His six-day engagement features five distinct ensembles, including Music for Six Musicians, an Afro-Latin group, on Tuesday; a big band with the Malian kora master Abdoulaye Diabate, on Wednesday; and the Symphony Space Adventurers Orchestra, a funky repertory outfit, on Thursday. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212)255-4037; cover, $30; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) WILL CALHOUN PRESENTS AZA (Tonight) Mr. Calhoun, best known as the drummer for Living Colour, presents the debut of an ensemble consisting of the tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, the cornetist Graham Haynes, the bassist Buster Williams and the pianist Orrin Evans. The opening band, Burnt Sugar, fashions a related strain of avant-garde groove. 7 p.m., Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, reachable from the entrances at East 69th Street and West 72nd Street (212)360-2777, free. (Chinen) MICHEL CAMILO TRIO (Tonight) A percussive, often cathartic pianist, Mr. Camilo favors the Latin side of Latin-jazz; the fiery tenor saxophonist David Sánchez joins as a featured soloist. 8 p.m., Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway, (212)721-6500, tickets $35 to $65; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) CYRUS CHESTNUT AND JOHN HICKS (Monday) A pair of tasteful and knowledgeable pianists, playing solo and in duet. 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, (212) 501-3303, tickets $35; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) * STANLEY CLARKE, BÉLA FLECK, JEAN-LUC PONTY / PAUL MOTIAN, BILL FRISELL, JOE LOVANO (Thursday) Mr. Clarke, a bass player, Mr. Ponty, a violinist, and Mr. Fleck, a banjoist, share the attributes of expansive extroversion and dazzling technique. By contrast, Mr. Motian, a drummer and composer, sets a tone for his blue-chip trio thats shadowy, slippery, and open-ended as a koan. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, (212)247-7800, $30 to $75; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) * STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS (Thursday and June 24) Mr. Colemans alto saxophone cuts cleanly through the angular free-funk of his signature ensemble; the other four elements are Jonathan Finlaysons trumpet, Reggie Washingtons bass, Jen Shyus vocals and Tyshawn Soreys drums. 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, South Village, (212)242-1063; cover, $15, $10 for members. (Chinen) * KURT ELLING (Tuesday through June 25) There isnt a better male jazz singer today than Mr. Elling, who grants equal time to ballads, soul-searching originals and Jon Hendricks-style vocalese. After opening night, hell welcome a succession of special guests, starting with the saxophonist Bobby Watson on Wednesday and the guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on Friday. 9 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, (212)581-3080; cover, $30 to $35 weekdays, $40 Fridays and Saturdays, plus a $10 minimum all nights. (Chinen) SUSIE IBARRA TRIO (Tonight) Ms. Ibarra is a percussionist with a passion for texture and abstraction; her trio-mates, the pianist Craig Taborn and the violinist Jennifer Choi, have similar designs. 8 p.m., The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, www.thestonenyc.com, cover $10. (Chinen) KITTY MARGOLIS (Tonight through June 26) A frolicsome and exceedingly musical singer, Ms. Margolis exercises a fortunate affinity for songbook standards. 8 p.m., Au Bar, 41 East 58th Street, (212)308-9455; cover, $35, $50 on Fridays and Saturdays. (Chinen) * KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DEJOHNETTE (Wednesday) Guided by Mr. Jarretts piano extemporizations, this trio has spent the last two decades interpreting jazzs standard songbook; the protean percussion of Mr. DeJohnette and agile bass playing of Mr. Peacock have helped keep the music fresh. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, (212)247-7800, $30 to $75; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) CHRIS LIGHTCAP QUARTET (Tomorrow) A bassist with credentials in both straight-ahead and avant-garde circles, Mr. Lightcap fronts a group well suited to split the difference: Tony Malaby, tenor saxophonist; Jacob Sacks, pianist; and Rodney Green, drummer. 9 p.m., Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212)989-9319; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) * DAVID MURRAY AND THE GWO-KA DRUM MASTERS (Tonight through Sunday) A spirited, sometimes blustery tenor saxophonist, Mr. Murray has seldom been without a project; this one weds jazz to a form of folk music from Guadeloupe. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 p.m. set tonight and tomorrow, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212)576-2232, cover $30; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) MESHELL NDEGEOCELLOS SPIRIT MUSIC JAMIA (Tonight and tomorrow) Dance of the Infidel (Shanachie), a new record by the electric bassist and underground soul heroine Meshell Ndegeocello, gathers a passel of jazz improvisers but leans on R&B grooves. Here, as on the record, shell showcase musicians who span the stylistic divide, like the saxophonist Ron Blake, the drummer Chris Dave and the keyboardist Michael Cain. 9 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, (212)581-3080; cover, $40, plus a $10 minimum. (Chinen) NUBLU ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL (Monday through June 26) Nublu, the Alphabet City hipster hideaway, marks its third birthday with a weeks worth of club favorites. On Monday, the Nublu Orchestra assumes several different incarnations, each conducted by Butch Morris; on Tuesday, the breakout quartet Brazilian Girls shares stage time with the electro-jazz group Kudu; on Wednesday, the saxophonist and Nublu founder Ilhan Ersahin leads Wax Poetic, with vocals by Marla Turner. 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. (doors open at 8), Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village, (212)979-9925; admission, $15, Fridays and Saturdays, $20. (Chinen) LES PAUL 90TH BIRTHDAY SALUTE (Sunday) The venerable guitarist presides over an appropriately diverse array of admirers, including José Feliciano, Peter Frampton, Bucky Pizzarelli and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, (212)247-7800, $45 to $95; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) CHRIS POTTER GROUP (Wednesday) The versatile and virtuosic saxophonist convenes a tantalizing lineup: Jason Moran, keyboards; Scott Colley, bass; Nate Smith, drums. 10 p.m. and midnight, 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212)929-9883, cover $10. (Chinen) * MARC RIBOTS SPIRITUAL UNITY (Tuesday) This quartet of experimental all-stars, recently documented on an album of the same name, pays tribute to the fire-breathing saxophonist Albert Ayler. In addition to Mr. Ribots bracing electric guitar, the group features the athletic bass playing of Henry Grimes, the tart pocket trumpet and fat flugelhorn of Roy Campbell and the insistent drumming of Chad Taylor. 8 and 10 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side, (212)358-7501, cover $12. (Chinen) BEN RILEYS MONK LEGACY SEPTET (Tonight through Sunday) Mr. Riley, one of the most buoyant drummers ever to serve under Thelonious Monks employ, honors the pianist-composers memory with this rock-solid tribute band. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212)255-4037, cover $30. (Chinen) * MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA (Tuesday) Last years Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare) was a success not only for its Internet distribution and subsequent Grammy win; the album bespoke this ensembles rare cohesiveness and precision, along with the sophistication of Ms. Schneiders compositional language. 7 p.m., World Financial Center Plaza, West Street between Vesey and Liberty Streets, Lower Manhattan, (212)945-0505, free. (Chinen) PORTRAIT OF JACO /STEPS AHEAD (Wednesday) Invoking the late electric bass icon Jaco Pastorius, this concert gathers a congregation of heirs, like Richard Bona, Will Lee and Christian McBride. Mr. Bona also appears in Steps Ahead, a reassembled fusion super-group that now consists of the saxophonist Michael Brecker, the guitarist Mike Stern, the vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and the drummer Steve Smith. 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street, Upper West Side, (212)307-7171, $38.50 to $63.50; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) * WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET, DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET (Tonight) Mr. Shorter, the saxophonist, is an elder statesman with a young mans intrepidness and a childs sense of wonder. Mr. Holland, the bassist, is a veteran who chases chaos yet maintains strict control. Both musician-composers employ younger sidemen to salubrious effect; these working bands are among the most highly esteemed in jazz. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, (212)247-7800, $30 to $75; JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen) MARCUS STRICKLAND QUARTET (Monday) The thoughtful tenor saxophonist leads an ensemble of fellow up-and-comers: Robert Glasper, pianist; Vicente Archer, bassist; and his twin brother, E.J. Strickland, on drums. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212)475-8592; cover, $10 at tables, with a $5 minimum, $5 at the bar with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) * VISION FESTIVAL (Tonight through Sunday) The avowedly experimental music and arts gathering assumes its 10th incarnation and looks to be as spirited as ever. Highlights of the closing weekend include tonights mash-up of the Sound Vision Orchestra and Other Dimensions in Music; tomorrows Eddie Gale Now Band performance, with William Parker, the festival co-founder; and a set on Sunday featuring Mr. Parker, the pianist Matthew Shipp, the drummer Han Bennink and the saxophonist Sabir Mateen. Performances run from 7 p.m. past midnight, with an afternoon emerging-artist showcase tomorrow at 1 p.m. Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, 172 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side, www.visionfestival.org, $25 for evening shows, $15 to $35 for the emerging artist showcase. (Chinen) Classical Full reviews of recent music performances: nytimes.com/music. Opera MET IN THE PARKS (Tonight, tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday) The Met hits the boroughs this week: Aprile Millo takes on Puccinis Tosca in the Bronx and Queens, while Julius Rudel leads Saint-Saenss Samson et Dalila in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and New Yorkers everywhere bring picnics, sip wine and, more or less, listen. 8 p.m., Pelham Bay Park, Bronx (tonight); Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Staten Island (tomorrow); Prospect Park, Brooklyn (Tuesday); Cunningham Park, Queens (Wednesday), (212)362-6000, free.(Anne Midgette) ENCOMPASS NEW OPERA THEATER (Tonight and tomorrow) Gertrude Stein is a perennial favorite with this small contemporary opera company: the current performance is a trilogy of pieces by Ned Rorem and Virgil Thomson and a new jazz opera. Tonight at 8; tomorrow at 2 and 8 p.m., the Thalia at Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th Street, (212)864-5400, $35; $30 for students and 65+. (Midgette) Classical Music BARGEMUSIC (Tonight, tomorrow, Sunday and Thursday) Great views and typically fresh performances help make this floating concert hall one of the best for chamber music. Tonight Natasha Paremski, a young Russian pianist, performs a solo program of Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Rachmaninoff and John Corigliano. Tomorrow and Sunday feature Bachs Art of Fugue arranged for strings. On Thursday, Jeffrey Swann gives a lecture and performance on Liszt. Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m., Fulton Ferry Landing next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718)624-2083, $35.(Jeremy Eichler) EVE BEGLARIAN, COREY DARGEL, MARGARET LANCASTER (Monday) Ms. Beglarian and Mr. Dargel, two downtown composer-performers, sing each others music in an evening of contemporary art songs or electro-cabaret, along with Ms. Lancaster, a noted new-music flutist. 6:30 p.m., Opia, 130 East 57th Street, Manhattan, (212)421-3274, $15.(Midgette) BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL (Tomorrow and Sunday) Every two years Boston plays host to an early music festival that attracts important artists, ensembles, instrument makers and publishers from around the world. The main event this year is an operatic rarity, Boris Goudenow, composed in 1710 by Johann Mattheson, a leading northern European composer and a mentor to Handel. The production is elaborately staged in the Baroque style. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3:30 p.m., Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, (617)868-2363, $25 to $125.(Anthony Tommasini) CONNECTICUT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL (Tonight through Sunday) A short trip from Haydn (Seven Last Words) tonight to Mannheim and Mozart on Sunday is made more circuitous by John Schneidermans recitals of music for lute and guitar from Paris and Dresden tomorrow. Tonight at 8, tomorrow night at 6 and 8, and Sunday night at 6, locations in Mystic (tonight) and New London (tomorrow and Sunday), (860)444-2419; tonight, $24 reserved, free at the door (limited seating); tomorrow, $20; Sunday, $24 reserved, $18 general admission. (James R. Oestreich) GAY GOTHAM CHORUS (Tomorrow) Founded in 1993, this all-male choir has won attention for its imaginative programs and community service. Tomorrow it offers a program titled From the Grand Tier: An Evening of Opera and Operetta. Along with works by Donizetti, Gilbert and Sullivan, Purcell, Puccini, Sondheim and others, the chorus will perform the premiere of a work by Stephen Paulus, featuring the fine mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore. 8 p.m., Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, West End Avenue at 86th Street, Manhattan, (646)644-4909, $20; $15, students and 65+. (Tommasini) JUPITER SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS (Monday) The Jupiter Symphony folded when its tireless founder, the conductor Jens Nygaard, died in 2001. But a core of musicians from that ensemble, in honor of Nygaard, an inspiring and adventurous musician, has continued his legacy. A series of three concerts this summer features some excellent musicians in unusual programs, starting on Monday, which offers Spohrs seldom-heard Septet for Piano and Strings, and works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Frank Bridge. 7:30 p.m., Piano Salon, Yamaha Artist Services, 689 Fifth Avenue, at 54th Street, (212)799-1259, $10 to $25. (Tommasini) JOHN KAMITSUKA (Wednesday) This pianist has been praised for his Bach interpretations. He will offer more of them on this solo recital, along with works by Beethoven, Brahms and Yehudi Wyner. 8 p.m., Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212)247-7800, $25; $15 for students and 65+. (Eichler). MANNES INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE (Tonight through Wednesday) At its annual new-music festival, the Mannes College of Music offers lectures, master classes and symposiums about the multitude of modern styles and techniques, as well as concerts that put this information into practice. A sizable assembly of recent works will be performed, including chamber scores by Christian Wolff and electronic pieces by David Tcimpidis (tonight), solo and ensemble works by Luciano Berio, André Jolivet and Louis Karchin (who will be on hand to speak, on Sunday) and music by Elliott Carter (who has the Monday concert to himself). Tonight, Sunday and Tuesday at 7:30; Monday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 6 p.m., Mannes College of Music, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan, (212)580-0210, ext. 4838, $20; $10 for students.(Allan Kozinn) MUSIC MOUNTAIN (Tonight through Sunday) The Kent Singers offer English and American choral music tonight, while tango is on the program tomorrow and Sunday, with music by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano and even, on Sunday afternoon, dance. Tonight and tomorrow night at 8, Sunday at noon and 2 p.m., Gordon Hall at Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn., (860)824-7126, $25 at the door, $22 in advance, $12 for students; $40 for all three tango events. (Midgette) NAUMBURG ORCHESTRA (Sunday) Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the series opens with an attractive program of Americana, actual and would-be, with Copland (Clarinet Concerto), Bernstein (Serenade) and jazzy Stravinsky and Milhaud. 7:30 p.m., Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, midpark at 72nd Street, (718)340-3018, free. (Oestreich) NEW PATHS IN MUSIC (Tomorrow) This one-day festival spotlights contemporary music from Portugal, Lithuania and Australia. A panel discussion starts the day at 1 p.m., followed by piano and chamber offerings with the Cassatt String Quartet at 2, and a larger ensemble concert takes place at 8. Featured composers include Carlos Marecos, Carl Vine and Osvaldas Balakauskas, among many others. St. Peters Episcopal Church, 346 West 20th Street, Chelsea, (212)868-4444, $20 for afternoon or evening, $30 for both. (Eichler) NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (Today through Thursday) Gil Shaham brings his warm, rounded signature tone to Sibeliuss supremely lyrical (and occasionally windswept) Violin Concerto, the centerpiece of the Philharmonics concerts this morning and tomorrow, conducted by David Robertson. Starting Wednesday, Lorin Maazel leads the orchestra in one of Mahlers vast autobiographical outpourings, the Symphony No. 6. Today at 11 a.m. and tomorrow at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212)721-6500, $22 to $90. (Kozinn) OPUS ONE PIANO QUARTET (Sunday) As part of the Free for All at Town Hall series, this ensemble -- Anne-Marie McDermott, pianist; Ida Kavafian, violinist; Peter Wiley, cellist; and Steven Tenenbom, violist -- plays a hearty program of Czech works, including Dvoraks Piano Quartets in D (Op. 23) and E flat (Op. 87), and Martinus Piano Quartet No. 1. 5 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, (212)707-8787, free; two tickets per person are available at the box office starting at noon. (Kozinn) ST. LUKES CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (Tuesday) Had enough of summer heat yet? Here is Vivaldis musical take on the matter as well as his thoughts about the other three seasons. 7:30 p.m., St. Bartholomews Church, Park Avenue at 50th Street (212)580-0248, $20 and $35; $15 for students and 65+. (Oestreich) Dance Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance. * AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (Tonight through July 16) The week will be devoted to two programs, with the usual revolving casts. Tonight through Wednesday the companys Fokine Celebration will continue. This consists of two ballets by the famed choreographer in stagings first seen in February at the Kennedy Center: Petrouchka and the Polovtsian Dances, which also turned up at the companys season-opening gala on May 23. The program is filled out with Les Sylphides, long in the repertory, and Le Spectre de la Rose, new last fall. Thursday and June 24 and continuing through June 30 comes Le Corsaire, a fine excuse for bravura dancing. There will also be a presentation tomorrow morning of ABTKids, a one-hour introduction to ballet that will include the new Petrouchka. Tonight, tomorrow and Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m., tomorrow and Wednesday at 2 p.m. ABTKids tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212)362-6000 or www.abt.org, $22 to $130; ABTKids, $18. (John Rockwell) * CHRISTOPHER CAINES DANCE COMPANY (Tonight through Sunday) Dance by a quiet-voiced experimentalist. 8:30 p.m., Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, 131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue, East Village (212)674-8194, $20.(Jennifer Dunning) ANDREA DEL CONTE DANZA ESPAÑA (Tonight and tomorrow) Flamenco in an intimate setting. 8:30 and 10:45 p.m., Alegrias en La Nacional, 239 West 14th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, Chelsea, (917)667-2695, $10.(Dunning) DANCE AT DIXON PLACE (Wednesday) Four choreographers -- Christal Brown, Beth Gill, Michael Helland and Tzveta Kassabova -- will present dances in Isabel Lewiss Body Blend series of mixed media work. 8 p.m., Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, between Houston and Prince Streets, SoHo, (212)219-0736 or www.dixonplace.org, $12; $10 for students and 65+. (Dunning) DANCE AT VISION FESTIVAL X (Tonight through Sunday) A weekend of collaborations, featuring Patricia Nicholson (tonight and tomorrow); Felicia Norton and Leroy Jenkins (tomorrow); and Nancy Zendora, Rob Brown and Jo Wood Brown (Sunday). Tonight at 9; tomorrow at 8 (Norton) and 10 (Nicholson) p.m.; Sunday at 10 p.m. (Zendora), Orensanz Art Center, 172 Norfolk Street, south of Houston Street, Lower East Side, (212)473-0043 and www.visionfestival.org, $25. (Dunning) DANCING IN THE STREETS (Tomorrow) This first installment of Dancing in City Parks offers a chance to savor the wonderfully atmospheric -- and historic -- Red Hook area in Brooklyn as well as a free, one-hour program called Rhythms of Resistance that features the Ase Dance Theater Collective, Riddimathon!, Step Afrika! and 35 eighth graders from the neighborhoods public school. 2 p.m., Coffey Park, Visitation Place between Richards and Dwight Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn, (212) 625-3505 or www.dancinginthestreets.org.(Dunning) * EIKO & KOMA (Thursday through June 26) In Death Poem, these neo-Butoh artists continue their contemplation of life, this time featuring an ailing body proceeding toward an inevitable but highly personal death. 8:30 p.m., Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, 131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue, East Village, (212)674-8194, $15. (Dunning) FRESH BLOOD PRODUCTIONS (Tonight and tomorrow) This new company makes its debut in Roaring Around, an evening of dance by a guest choreographer, Sara Hook, and the company founders, KC Chun and Jennifer Schmermund, brave young souls who joined forces as masters degree candidates at the University of Illinois. Tonight at 9; tomorrow at 8 p.m., Merce Cunningham Studio, 55 Bethune Street, at Washington Street, SoHo, (917) 582-8902 or www.freshbloodproductions.org, $15.(Dunning) GOING THROUGH FILTER. TO SEE YOU (Tonight and tomorrow) Dance by Takemi Kitamura will be presented on a program with video by Toki Ozaki and puppetry by Matthew Acheson. 8 p.m., Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Avenue at Eighth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 832-0018 or www.bax.org, $8 and $15. (Dunning) * ANDREA HAENGGI/AMDAT (Tonight and tomorrow) Ms. Haenggis blast wall art is an outdoor dance video installation that takes the audience on a literal trip from one site to another. 8:15 p.m., Gallerie, 63 Pearl Street, Brooklyn, (718)218-8236 ext. 3 or www.amdat.org, $10. (Dunning) BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY (Tonight and tomorrow) In residence at the theater, the troupe will present a program of three dances that include a work-in-progress called Blind Date. 7:30 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall at City College, West 135th Street at Convent Avenue, Harlem, (212)650-7100 or www.aarondavishall.org, $25 to $35. (Dunning) * NEW YORK CITY BALLET (Tonight through June 26) As the City Ballets spring season nears its end, there is an interesting mixed bill tonight that includes Christopher Wheeldons charming Carnival of the Animals, which can also be seen tomorrow afternoon. But the big news of the week will be Jock Sotos farewell gala on Sunday afternoon and then, starting Tuesday, a seven-performance run of Balanchines Midsummer Nights Dream, which will close out the season. Balanchines first original full-length ballet, from 1962, this dance drama set to Mendelssohns music has long been a company favorite. Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.; Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.; tomorrow at 2 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212)870-5570 or www.nycballet.com, $30 to $83. (Rockwell) NOTES IN MOTION (Tonight and tomorrow) Dance theater by the company director Amanda Selwyn and five other choreographers in a program called Tilt. 8 p.m., John Jay College, 899 10th Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, Midtown Manhattan, (212)868-4444, $25 to $35. (Dunning) * OUT LIKE THAT! 2005 (Tomorrow) A celebration of gay pride and the Bronx in Dance, Man, Dance!, a program of dance and performance art by Richard Rivera, Arthur Aviles, Miguel Anaya and Issey Nini. 8 p.m., Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 841 Barretto Street, Hunts Point, South Bronx, (718)842-5223 or www.BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.org, $10 to $15. (Dunning) * CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!: PHILADANCO (Tomorrow) If Brooklyn erupts in a joyous roar tomorrow night, blame the soul-stirring dancing of this vibrant, gutsy Philadelphia-based modern-dance company. 8 p.m., Prospect Park Bandshell, Ninth Street and Prospect Park West, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718)855-7882 or www.briconline.org/celebrate; suggested donation: $3. (Dunning) * PASCAL RIOULT DANCE THEATER (Tonight and Sunday) Mr. Rioult wades in myth and dance history with his own modern-dance versions of Les Noces and Firebird and a work-in-progress called Kansas City Orfeo, set to Gluck and jazz. Tonight at 8; tomorrow at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212)242-0800 or www.joyce.org, $38. (Dunning) JODY SPERLING/TIME LAPSE DANCE (Thursday through June 26) Her fascination with the late 19th-century light-and-motion theater of Loie Fuller will be reflected in Ms. Sperlings new Debussy Soirée and in La Nuit, in a program of four dances that includes puppet performers. Thursday through June 25 at 8 p.m.; June 26 at 3 p.m., Harry de Jur Playhouse, Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street, between Pitt and Willet Streets, Lower East Side, (212)866-1759 or www.timelapsedance.com, $20.(Dunning) CATHERINE THARIN AND DIANE VIVONA (Tonight and tomorrow) Ms. Tharin, a former Erick Hawkins dancer, and Ms. Vivona, who performed with Bella Lewitzky, will present dances that explore unspoken human connections (Ms. Tharin) and a world born of visual fantasy mixed with emotional realism. 8 p.m., University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side, (212)696-7364, $15; $10, limited income or with Dance/NYCs Dance Pass. (Dunning) THEATER IN THE FLESH (Thursday through July 3) Elizabeth Mozer describes her Blood and Honey as visceral, image-driven theater and dance that explores womens experiences across cultural lines. Thursday through June 25 and June 30 and July 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and June 26 at 7 p.m.; July 3 at 3 p.m., ArcLight Theater, 152 West 71st Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, Manhattan, (212)868-4444, $18. (Dunning) * URBAN BUSH WOMEN (Tuesday through June 26) This dynamic all-female modern-dance troupe will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the new Walking with Pearl: Africa Diaries, an evocation of the life and work of Pearl Primus by the companys director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; and a new piece by Bridget L. Moore, the first winner of the companys competition for young female choreographers. Also offered will be the signature Zollar pieces Batty Moves, Girlfriends and Give Your Hands to Struggle. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday through June 25 at 8 p.m.; June 26 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea (212)242-0800. $36. (Dunning) BILL YOUNG/COLLEEN THOMAS & DANCERS (Tonight) The choreographers examine the literal and figurative notions of entrances and exits in their new Dust. 7:30 p.m., NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Fifth Floor Theater, 111 Second Avenue, East Village, (212)998-1982, $15.(Dunning) Art Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art. Museums * AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: ANCESTRY AND INNOVATION, through Sept. 4. This selection of quilts, paintings, sculptures and drawings by several generations of self-taught artists jumps with color and talent and reflects a sharp curatorial eye. 45 West 53rd Street, (212)265-1040. (Roberta Smith) AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: SELF AND SUBJECT, through Sept. 11. From Grandma Moses view of herself beguiled by infant descendants to A.G. Rizzolis rendition of his mother as a Gothic cathedral, this refreshingly offbeat show of 20th-century self-taught artists covers a vivid range of portraits. (See above.) (Grace Glueck) AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: TOTEMS TO TURQUOISE, through July 10. Jewelry dating to prehistoric times is used here to lend credence to contemporary works that are sometimes little more than glitzy knockoffs. Central Park West and 79th Street, (212)769-5100. (Smith) COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM: EXTREME TEXTILES, through Oct. 30. Dont look for aesthetic pizzazz in this intensely tech-y show of industrial fibers and fabrics, but dont rule it out. The shows raison dêtre is solely use, but a lot of whats on view, in the first museum display of material made to function in extreme conditions, is visually exciting. 2 East 91st Street, (212)849-8400. (Glueck) COOPER-HEWITT: HELLA JONGERIUS SELECTS, through Sept. 4. Shifting through the museums outstanding holdings in embroidered samplers, this innovative Dutch designer has selected a wonderfully reverberant show and also based a series of new wall hangings on sampler motifs. Their combined display diagrams the fraught but essential symbiosis of old and new. (See above.) (Smith) * EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO: MEXICO, THE REVOLUTION AND BEYOND, PHOTOGRAPHS BY CASASOLA 1900-1940, through July 31. This extraordinary show of work from a photo agency established by Agustín Victor Casasola in Mexico City has the span of a Greek epic and the nested themes and subplots of a picaresque novel, with revolutionary heroes and a vivid cast of everyday people. 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem, (212)831-7272. (Holland Cotter) * GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM: ART OF TOMORROW, through Aug. 10. Appreciated more for her role as a founder of the Guggenheims forerunner, the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, Hilla Rebay (1890-1967) is finally given her due as a painter in a full-dress display of her work over six decades. This first chance to see it en bloc reveals a painter whose spirit, energy and invention, especially in collage, come as a revelation. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, (212)423-3500. (Glueck) * JAPAN SOCIETY: LITTLE BOY, through July 24. Masterminded by the artist-writer-entrepreneur Takashi Murakami, this eye-boggling show traces the unexamined legacy of World War II as played out in Japans popular culture. With Godzilla and Hello Kitty presiding, it reveals how this culture was twisted and darkened by the otaku, or geek, subculture, which has in turn influenced younger artists. 333 East 47th Street, (212)832-1155. (Smith) METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: ALL THE MIGHTY WORLD, through Aug. 21. In one of the mediums shortest great careers, Roger Fenton helped establish photography as both an art and a profession in masterfully composed landscapes, portraits and still lifes that, for all their prescience, also express a profound ambivalence about the very notion of progress. Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212)535-7710. (Smith) MET: DEFINING YONGLE, through July 10. This show of imperial art in early-15th-century China is both perfect and messy. Its porcelain, metalwork, embroidery and ivory highlight the astounding craftsmanship of the imperial workshops under the Ming emperor Yongle, and reflect the miscegenation of Asian cultures at a time when most roads led to China. (See above.) (Smith) MET: MAX ERNST, through July 10. Despite and because of Ernsts being one of modernisms mystery men, he remains of interest, and there are intriguing things in this survey: from early Surrealist paintings, to near-abstract images generated by chance techniques, to the collage-style books some consider his masterworks. But only when he responds to specific events, like war, does his art snap into focus. (See above.)(Cotter) MUSEUM OF BIBLICAL ART: COMING HOME!, through July 24. A new small museum devoted to art related to the Bible gets off to a lively start with a big show of artworks by 73 untrained Southern Christian evangelicals. Many names familiar to followers of 20th-century folk and outsider art are on hand, including William Edmondson, the Rev. Howard Finster and Sister Gertrude Morgan. 1865 Broadway, at 61st Street, (212)408-1500. (Ken Johnson) * MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: LEE FRIEDLANDER, through Aug. 29. A gigantic retrospective of this great photographer of the American vernacular scene, whose sly and haunting works (grungy cityscapes, wild landscapes, portraits and nudes) can put you in mind of Audens remark that every original genius has something a bit shady about him. In Mr. Friedlanders case, its a compliment. 11 West 53rd Street, (212)708-9400. (Michael Kimmelman) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN: FIRST AMERICAN ART, through April 9. That American Indian art can provide the same aesthetic and emotional pleasure as European and American Modernism is the premise of this show, made up of 200 objects from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, and it affirms American Indian arts worthy aesthetic place in world culture. 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan, (212)514-3700. (Glueck) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN: GEORGE CATLIN AND HIS INDIAN GALLERY, through Sept. 5. The portraits and landscapes here give an account of Plains Indian life in the 1830s in wonderful and sometimes harrowing detail. Viewing it is a remarkable experience. (See above.) (Glueck) STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM: CHRIS OFILI, AFRO-MUSES, through July 3. More than 100 delirious watercolors by this familiar British artist, warm-up exercises for his daily routine. They depict imaginary men and women, head on or in silhouette, in African garb, and in deep, swimmy colors -- portraits as modest and charming as the work that made Mr. Ofili famous is outsize and occasionally over the top. 144 West 125th Street, (212)864-4500. (Kimmelman) * STUDIO MUSEUM: BILL TRAYLOR AND WILLIAM EDMONDSON AND THE MODERNIST IMPULSE, through July 3. The work of two self-taught proto-modern artists whose beautifully complementary achievements argue against the usual dualities, but offer further evidence that African-American folk art is as great as any art or music that this country has produced. (See above.) (Smith) UKRAINIAN MUSEUM: ALEXANDER ARCHIPENKO, through Sept. 4. This rare retrospective of work by the Ukrainian-born sculptor opens the handsome, much-expanded new quarters of this museum. The most exciting part is a beautifully illuminated room of Archipenkos most radical pieces that inspired later artists like Henry Moore. 222 East Sixth Street, East Village, (212)228-0110. (Glueck) WHITNEY AT ALTRIA: SUE DE BEER, through June 24. In a walk-in pink castle, the artists Black Sun is a two-screen video about teenage girlhood, which alternates passages of lyrical visual beauty and emotional poignancy with periods of aimless tedium. 120 Park Avenue, at 42nd Street, (917)663-2453. (Johnson) Galleries: Uptown HUBERTUS GOJOWCZYK: THE BOOK AS OBJECT If Joseph Cornell had been a librarian, he might have produced sculptures like the fantastically altered books that this Polish artist creates. Glass eyes stare out from the pages of one old tome; the corner of another morphs into a waxy brain. Achim Moeller, 167 East 73rd Street, (212)988-4500, through June 24. (Johnson) Galleries: 57th Street DON COLLEY: FALL GUYS & ZEITGEISTS Whether or not you like his images of thuggish clowns and romantic skies, you have to admit that Mr. Colleys new pieces are technically remarkable. They appear to be small, beautifully worked encaustic paintings, but they are, in fact, kiln-fired glazed ceramic tiles. George Adams, 41 West 57th Street, (212)644-5665, through June. (Johnson) THOMAS SCHÜTTE: ONE MAN HOUSES Models of small, modernistic houses meant to be built full-size by collectors, who buy them and furniture made from hollow-core doors, reflect on design and consumerism but with less formal interest and conceptual wit than do the works of Andrea Zittel or Jorge Pardo. Marian Goodman, 24 West 57th Street, (212)977-7160, through July 2. (Johnson) OK/OKAY This entertaining two-gallery exhibition introduces 14 European artists whose works in nontraditional media tend to read like overproduced one-liners. Swiss Institute , 495 Broadway, (212)925-2035; and Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, (212)998-6780, through July 16. (Johnson) Galleries: Chelsea BENJAMIN BUTLER: FORESTS EDGE Abstracted landscapes made with a brusquely sensuous touch in finely tuned colors toy with conventions of early Modernism to visually exciting effect. Team, 527 West 26th Street, (212)279-9219, through June 18. (Johnson) SOPHIE CALLE: EXQUISITE PAIN Ms. Calles complicated, two-part installation telling the story of the painful end of a love affair in words and pictures is absorbing but her programmatic intellectualism muffles the emotional dimension. Paula Cooper, 534 West 21st Street, (212)255-1105, through July 22. (Johnson) CHAN CHAO: ECHO Tension between the clinical and the voyeuristic animates high-definition portraits of attractive nude woman by a photographer known for portraits of young Burmese rebel soldiers. Yancy Richardson, 535 West 22nd Street, (646)230-9610, through July 2. (Johnson) * GREGORY CREWDSON: BENEATH THE ROSES Narrative and theatrical craft have overtaken art and visual form in these dreary mural-size color photographs, which are so freighted with props, contrivances and omens, and so monotonously joyless that their sense of foreboding turns into parody. Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street (212)206-6100, through June 18. (Smith) JASPER JOHNS: CATENARY Paintings and drawings less mandarin in their personal iconography only by comparison with the clotted art of the 1980s and 90s. There is a series of stupendously beautiful prints. The redeeming through line is touch, whose eloquence nearly salvages the works from their own oppressive claustrophobia. Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212)243-0200, through June 25. (Kimmelman) SCULPTURE This judicious small selection of three-dimensional works includes a rustic dream house by Vito Acconci; videos showing through an antique Asian iron gate by Nam June Paik; big, smooth white birds by Hiraki Sawa; and an amazing, life-size stainless steel tree by Roxy Paine. James Cohan, 533 West 26th Street, (212)714-9500, through June 25. (Johnson) HIROSHI SUGIMOTO Photographs of antique mathematical and mechanical models, evoking Brancusi, Arp and Man Ray, turning their subjects into big-screen cinematic presences, curvaceous and potent. Sonnabend Gallery, 536 West 22nd Street, (212)627-1018, through June 25. (Kimmelman) TIP TOLAND: CYCLE OF LIFE Comically humane and technically impressive painted clay sculptures by this West Coast ceramicist include a life-size, nude, octogenarian lady in a sexy, standing pose and twin gray-haired women realized with remarkable realism from the waist up. Nancy Margolis, 523 West 25th Street, (212)242-3013, through June 30. (Johnson) KARIN WEINER: FRONTIERA A camp site of cardboard logs, stuffed fabric stones and a rag rug around a television set; suspended stuffed clouds like ornate patchwork mattresses; a mound of stuffed antlers; and collages of countless flowers comprise this industriously zany artists second solo. ZieherSmith, 531 West 25th Street, (212)229-1088, through July 29. (Johnson) Other Galleries * MIKE BOUCHET The main piece in this show is a re-creation of Walter De Marias gallery-filling 1977 New York Earth Room, in this case made of topsoil from Home Depot and compost from Rikers Island. To fill the craftsy requirements of the present art market, there are Tom Cruise sculptures and paintings of soft drink labels upstairs. Maccarone Inc., 45 Canal Street, Lower East Side, (212)431-4977, through Aug. 28. (Cotter) * ALBERTO CASADO: TODO CLANDESTINO, TODO POPULAR, This young artist uses a technique involving painting on glass and aluminum foil to create shimmering, faux-kitsch works about politics, religion and ordinary life in Cuba. Art in General, 79 Walker Street, TriBeCa, (212)219-0473, through June 25.(Johnson) MICHAEL ELMGREEN AND INGAR DRAGSET: END STATION The Fur-Lined Teacup Award goes to this art duo, who have meticulously transformed the basement here into a nearly full-scale subway station. Torn posters and graffiti evoke the 1980s. A metaphor for how the political protests of that decade were stopped in their tracks? Bohen Foundation, 415 West 13th Street, meatpacking district, (212)414-4575, through July 1. (Smith) GLASS, SERIOUSLY This fine selection of artworks in glass includes teardrops by Kiki Smith; hand grenades by Kristin Oppenheim; vessels that spell invisible by Rob Wynne; a kind of stained-glass window made of stacked found wine bottles, by Jean Shin and Brian Ripel; and an elegant bowed panel of frosted sea-green glass by Christopher Wilmarth. Dorsky, 11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718)937-6317, through June 27. (Johnson) JUDY LEDGERWOOD: SPRING FEVER With a boldly insouciant touch and vibrantly dissonant colors, this Chicago-based artist makes grid-based pattern paintings using heraldic overtones and punchy mandala compositions of squished balloonlike shapes. Tracy Williams, 313 West Fourth Street, West Village, (212)229-2757, through June 24. (Johnson) MAKE IT NOW: NEW SCULPTURE IN NEW YORK This survey of work by nearly 30 young and youngish artists is overly cautious but nonetheless gives an interesting account of the diffuse field of sculpture (which includes photography, video, ceramics and painting in this case); tracks the current cross-fertilization between assemblage and appropriation art and offers enough glimmers of new talent to be worth a visit. Sculpture Center, 41-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens, (718)361-1750, through July 31. (Smith) MALCOM MORLEY: THE ART OF PAINTING After 30 years, Malcolm Morley returns to the Photo Realist painting style he helped found in the mid 1960s, further exploring the tensions between reality, the art of painting and the act of looking and demonstrating that fidelity, taken far enough, turns into something else. Sperone Westwater, 415 West 13th Street, meatpacking district, (212)999-7337, through June 25. (Smith) Last Chance DEAN BYINGTON Skillfully blending the handmade and the mechanical, the paintings of this San Francisco artist use patterns suggestive of lacy wallpaper and images from 19th-century engravings to evoke landscapes and their not always peaceful inhabitants. Leslie Tonkonow, 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212)255-8450, closing tomorrow.(Smith) ROBBERT FLICK: TRAJECTORIES With the cinematic idea that successive views give a dynamic sense of place, Mr. Flick mounted a video camera in his car window. He packs the results in grid formation on big sheets that give off the vibes of a country road, a city street, a desertscape. The whole is more than the sum of its tiny parts. Robert Mann, 210 11th Avenue, near 24th Street, Chelsea, (212)989-7600, closing tomorrow. (Glueck) CORNELIA FOSS Graceful, mature, modest paintings full of light and a subtle geometry: views of the beaches and salt marshes on Long Island and of Central Park. DFN Gallery, 176 Franklin Street, TriBeCa, (212)334-3400, closing tomorrow. (Kimmelman) * JULIO GONZÁLEZ This small but illuminating 43-piece exhibition surveys the career of a sculptor who, late in life, taught Picasso how to work with metal and then went on in the 1930s to create playful, Cubist-style, welded iron assemblages that transformed modern sculpture. Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street, Turtle Bay, (212)308-7720, closing tomorrow. (Johnson) JACQUELINE HUMPHRIES Gestural abstractions made with fluorescent paint, lighted by black lights, campy and eloquent. Nyehaus, 15 Gramercy Park South, (212)995-1785, closing tomorrow.(Kimmelman) RINKO KAWAUCHI: AILA AND THE EYES, THE EARS In her second New York show this young Japanese photographer is showing large pale close-ups of natural phenomenon -- fish eggs, dead chickens, a hatching bird -- reminding us with oddly visionary effects that lifes big themes are in the details. Cohan and Leslie, 138 10th Avenue, near 18th Street, Chelsea, (212) 206-8711, closing tomorrow. (Smith) ANNETTE LAWRENCE Ms. Lawrence, who is known for abstract works symbolizing themes of African-American ancestry, here presents an airy, expansive installation of many lengths of white string stretched in horizontal lines across the gallery. It is nicely complemented by musically suggestive drawings on brown paper composed of parallel pencil lines and calligraphic blobs in black, white and blood red. Betty Cunningham, 541 West 25th Street, Chelsea, (212)242-2772, closing on Wednesday. (Johnson) RICHARD PRINCE A well-chosen assortment of works from the past 25 years by this influential Neo-Pop semiotician includes joke paintings, car hood sculptures and photographs of scruffy upstate New York landscapes. Gladstone, 515 West 24th Street, Chelsea, (212)206-9300, closing tomorrow. (Johnson) * NEO RAUCH In his familiar and fashionable vein, mixing Pop, Surrealism, Socialist Realism and a stew of 19th-century sources, these latest paintings are more tours de force of labor and oddball design, chilly and sophisticated. The work is operating at a level where the air is thin and cold. David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212)727-2070, closing tomorrow. (Kimmelman) JEFF SONHOUSE: THE PANOPTIC CON As sharp visually as they are politically, Mr. Sonhouses compact, finely painted Pop-Surrealist portraits depict masked African-American men in colorful tuxedos with hair made of real matches, steel wool and other materials. In some, subjects are shown twice, mug-shot style: face-forward and in profile. These slyly incendiary works probe the mystique of the mythic scary-sexy black dude. Kustera Tilton, 520 West 21st Street, Chelsea, (212)989-0082, closing tomorrow. (Johnson) STURTEVANT: PUSH AND SHOVE The artist known for copying works by Warhol, Johns and other contemporary artists presents a darkly elegant installation of fake Duchamps, including a ceiling of 1,200 scrotumlike coal bags, a urinal, two bottle racks and a snow shovel. Perry Rubenstein, 527 West 23rd Street and 526 West 24th Street, Chelsea, (212)627-8000, closing tomorrow. (Johnson) HIROSHI SUGITO AND ROSILINE LUDUVICO The Japan-based Mr. Sugito and the Germany-based Ms. Luduvico bring compatible sensibilities to this dual show. Painted with wispy delicacy, her small pictures of people in the woods conjure sweet, sad moods. His most imposing painting, a large luminous field of patchy green punctuated by little butterflies, projects a vigorously sensuousness fantasy of pastoral bliss. Nicole Klagsbrun, 526 West 26th Street, Chelsea, (212)243-3335, closing tomorrow.(Johnson) JEAN CLAUDE WOUTERS: PORTRAITS & NUDES -- SPIRIT Through a process of re-photographing his prints, this French artist creates large, black-and-white photographs that are so pale it may take a second to see the ghostly image of a nude torso or, more hauntingly, the larger-than-life face that seems to gaze at us from an ethereal realm. Meyerowitz, 120 11th Avenue, at 20th Street, (212)414-2770, closing tomorrow. (Johnson)
The Straits Times censors Minister CHAN CHUN SINGs tikam.
Some of the quotes that Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing reportedly said at the inaugural Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore mentorship programme for students on Feb. 25, 2015��.
Scheme caps fees at S$800 a month for full-day childcare
SINGAPORE: There will be a new scheme for the early childhood education sector that will ensure a fee cap of S$800 a month for full-day childcare. Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament on Friday (Mar 13) that the new .
Social work sector needs to become more effective, integrated: CHAN CHUN SING
SINGAPORE: Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing has urged the social work sector to become more effective and integrated in the way it takes care of the most vulnerable in the society. Speaking at an event marking Social Workers Day .
Labour chief Lim Swee Say to be Manpower Minister; Chan Chun Sing to be.
SINGAPORE ��� Mr Chan Chun Sing will be Singapores new labour chief from May 4, taking over the role from Mr Lim Swee Say, who has resigned from the National Trade Unions Congress (NTUC) and will step down that day. Mr Lim will be appointed .
Chan Chun Sing rebuffs Huffington Post for running articles by Chee Soon Juan
The minister said the opposition politician claims he is forced to publish in foreign media because he has been silenced in Singapore media, but this is false as local press and socio-political websites have carried several of Dr Chees letters and.
THE POLITICAL HAZE BY CHAN CHUN SING and CHEE.
The haze started with Minister Chan Chun Sing in a statement rebutting Huffington Post for publishing two of SDP politician Chee Soon Juans articles criticizing the government. In it, M-Chan had called Chee a political��.
18,000 GUESTS TO SEE GRADUATION OF 5,007; Grand March to South Court to Be Begun by Participants at 6 This Evening. BUTLER TO MAKE ADDRESS First Graduates Will Be Those of Columbia College Becoming Bachelors of Arts. WOMAN WILL BE HONORED Agnes Reppiler, Essayist, Will Become Doctor of Letters -Others to Get Honors.
Columbia University will graduate today the largest class in its history, conferring degrees and certificates on 5,000 individuals, seventy-five of whom will get degrees from the new School of Library Service. Degrees will be granted in twenty-eight fields.. List of graduates
Chee Soon Juan rebuts Chan Chun Sing - Singapore.
In response to Minister Chan Chun Sings highlighting of his political failures as an example of why Singaporeans (and hence foreigners), should not give weigh to Dr Chee Soon Juans comments on the Huffington Post,��.
2,516 AT COLUMBIA GET DEGREES TODAY; In Addition, 664 Certificates and Diplomas Will Be Awarded in Various Courses. HONOR FOR 99-YEAR-OLD MAN Dr. Stephen Smith, a Graduate of the Class of 1850, to Receive a Doctorate. EXERCISES IN GYMNASIUMAcademic Procession for 168thCommencement Will Form at Library Building.
Columbia University, at its 168th commencement this morning, will confer 2,516 degrees, as well as eleven hononary degrees and 664 certificates and diplomas in its various schools and colleges. The exercises are to be held in the gymnasium at 11 oclock, preceded by the academic procession from the Library Building.. will receive honorary degree of Litt D from Columbia Univ
United Overseas Bank reinvests wage credits into staff development programmes
At an event to launch UOBs staff development initiatives on Wednesday evening (Apr 7), Deputy Secretary-General of the Labour Movement Chan Chun Sing commended the bank for being the first organisation in Singapore to use the Wage Credit Scheme .
chan chun sing: its not fair to build hdb flats in good areas.
Minister for Social and Family Development, Chan Chin Sing, explained that simply putting HDB flats in good locations and selling them to poorer people at low prices is not a good solution to bridging the rich-poor gap.
Service-related industries to get robotics and automation boost
Very often companies tell us its not that they dont want to adopt the new technologies, said Mr Chan. But they need to know what are the new technologies that are available, and also what are the new ideas possible for their respective applications..