Mary Jane Veloso - Family to visit Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia prison


Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino nagtutulungan..Dyan kinilala, ang Pagmamahalan at pagkakaisa..katulad noon ni Flor Contemplacion..hanggang kaya natin ipagdasal mapigilan lang ang pag BITAY pero..Opinion ko lang Hindi na Bata si Mary jane Veloso..Sana Bago
Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino nagtutulungan..Dyan kinilala, ang Pagmamahalan at pagkakaisa..katulad noon ni Flor Contemplacion..hanggang kaya natin ipagdasal mapigilan lang ang pag BITAY pero..Opinion ko lang Hindi na Bata si Mary jane Veloso..Sana Bago

Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino nagtutulungan..Dyan kinilala, ang Pagmamahalan at pagkakaisa..katulad noon ni Flor Contemplacion..hanggang kaya natin ipagdasal mapigilan lang ang pag BITAY pero..Opinion ko lang Hindi na Bata si Mary jane Veloso..Sana Bago

Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino nagtutulungan..Dyan kinilala, ang Pagmamahalan at pagkakaisa..katulad noon ni Flor Contemplacion..hanggang kaya natin ipagdasal mapigilan lang ang pag BITAY pero..Opinion ko lang Hindi na Bata si Mary jane Veloso..Sana Bago

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Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso Among Those Set for Execution in.
Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso Among Those Set for Execution in.

Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso Among Those Set for Execution in.

Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso Among Those Set for Execution in.

Philippine national Mary Jane

The tragic circumstances of Mary Jane Veloso | Asian Correspondent
The tragic circumstances of Mary Jane Veloso | Asian Correspondent

The tragic circumstances of Mary Jane Veloso | Asian Correspondent

The tragic circumstances of Mary Jane Veloso | Asian Correspondent

Philippine national Mary Jane

Terpidana Mati Mary Jane Sebut Opo hingga 4 Kali - JPNN.com
Terpidana Mati Mary Jane Sebut Opo hingga 4 Kali - JPNN.com

Terpidana Mati Mary Jane Sebut Opo hingga 4 Kali - JPNN.com

Terpidana Mati Mary Jane Sebut Opo hingga 4 Kali - JPNN.com

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

Australia appeals to Indonesia over preparations to execute drug.
Australia appeals to Indonesia over preparations to execute drug.

Australia appeals to Indonesia over preparations to execute drug.

Australia appeals to Indonesia over preparations to execute drug.

Mary Jane Veloso

MARY JANE VELOSO
MARY JANE VELOSO

MARY JANE VELOSO

MARY JANE VELOSO

Mary Jane Veloso

Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, left, who is on death.
Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, left, who is on death.

Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, left, who is on death.

Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, left, who is on death.

Philippine national Mary Jane

Década de 1960
Década de 1960
Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, right, who is on.
Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, right, who is on.

Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, right, who is on.

Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, right, who is on.

Philippine national Mary Jane

APPEAL for URGENT ACTION Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane.
APPEAL for URGENT ACTION Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane.

APPEAL for URGENT ACTION Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane.

APPEAL for URGENT ACTION Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane.

Mary Jane Veloso is a

Rumah Minimalis IndoMARY JANE VELOSO - Rumah Minimalis Indo
Rumah Minimalis IndoMARY JANE VELOSO - Rumah Minimalis Indo

Rumah Minimalis IndoMARY JANE VELOSO - Rumah Minimalis Indo

Rumah Minimalis IndoMARY JANE VELOSO - Rumah Minimalis Indo

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso

Muling magkikita ngayong araw, Mary Jane Veloso at pamilya | metro.
Muling magkikita ngayong araw, Mary Jane Veloso at pamilya | metro.

Muling magkikita ngayong araw, Mary Jane Veloso at pamilya | metro.

Muling magkikita ngayong araw, Mary Jane Veloso at pamilya | metro.

Magkikita na si Mary Jane

Sangat Berisiko Jika Mary Jane Terlalu Lama di Nusakambangan - www.
Sangat Berisiko Jika Mary Jane Terlalu Lama di Nusakambangan - www.

Sangat Berisiko Jika Mary Jane Terlalu Lama di Nusakambangan - www.

Sangat Berisiko Jika Mary Jane Terlalu Lama di Nusakambangan - www.

Sangat Berisiko Jika Mary Jane

Death row convict executions imminent: Attorney General | The.
Death row convict executions imminent: Attorney General | The.

Death row convict executions imminent: Attorney General | The.

Death row convict executions imminent: Attorney General | The.

Last ditch effort: Mary Jane

Reddit, this woman will be dead in less than 48 hours. This is MARY JANE VELOSO, a Filipina maid who was a victim of human trafficking and is innocent of knowingly carrying drugs. She along with 8 others will be executed by firing squad in Indonesia on Tu
Reddit, this woman will be dead in less than 48 hours. This is MARY JANE VELOSO, a Filipina maid who was a victim of human trafficking and is innocent of knowingly carrying drugs. She along with 8 others will be executed by firing squad in Indonesia on Tu

Reddit, this woman will be dead in less than 48 hours. This is MARY JANE VELOSO, a Filipina maid who was a victim of human trafficking and is innocent of knowingly carrying drugs. She along with 8 others will be executed by firing squad in Indonesia on Tu

Reddit, this woman will be dead in less than 48 hours. This is MARY JANE VELOSO, a Filipina maid who was a victim of human trafficking and is innocent of knowingly carrying drugs. She along with 8 others will be executed by firing squad in Indonesia on Tu

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Filipino drug courier to be executed alongside Andrew Chan and.
Filipino drug courier to be executed alongside Andrew Chan and.

Filipino drug courier to be executed alongside Andrew Chan and.

Filipino drug courier to be executed alongside Andrew Chan and.

Mary Jane Fiesta Vesolo was

Filipina maid facing execution in Indonesia tricked into.
Filipina maid facing execution in Indonesia tricked into.

Filipina maid facing execution in Indonesia tricked into.

Filipina maid facing execution in Indonesia tricked into.

Veloso believes, according to

P-Noy to seek mercy for Veloso | Headlines, News, The Philippine.
P-Noy to seek mercy for Veloso | Headlines, News, The Philippine.

P-Noy to seek mercy for Veloso | Headlines, News, The Philippine.

P-Noy to seek mercy for Veloso | Headlines, News, The Philippine.

Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta

Tangisan Mary Jane dan harapan ampunan dari hukuman mati
Tangisan Mary Jane dan harapan ampunan dari hukuman mati

Tangisan Mary Jane dan harapan ampunan dari hukuman mati

Tangisan Mary Jane dan harapan ampunan dari hukuman mati

Mary Jane, warga Filipina yang

Saksi: Pamilya Veloso, umaasang hindi na.
Saksi: Pamilya Veloso, umaasang hindi na.

Saksi: Pamilya Veloso, umaasang hindi na.

Saksi is GMA Networks late-night newscast hosted by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel.

UB: Reprieve ni Mary Jane Veloso, matatapos na.
UB: Reprieve ni Mary Jane Veloso, matatapos na.

UB: Reprieve ni Mary Jane Veloso, matatapos na.

Unang Balita is the news segment of GMA Networks daily morning program, Unang.

MARY JANE VELOSO to see mom, kids before.
MARY JANE VELOSO to see mom, kids before.

MARY JANE VELOSO to see mom, kids before.

The mother and kids of Mary Jane Veloso are currently on their way to Indonesia to see her, she.

Mary Jane Veloso, Nepal quake, boxers pick.
Mary Jane Veloso, Nepal quake, boxers pick.

Mary Jane Veloso, Nepal quake, boxers pick.

An Indonesian court rejects Filipino maid Mary Jane Velosos second case review. The death.

A letter from MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube
A letter from MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube

A letter from MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube

Overseas Filipino Worker Mary Jane Veloso was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia in.

As long as shes alive, theres hope for Mary Jane.
As long as shes alive, theres hope for Mary Jane.

As long as shes alive, theres hope for Mary Jane.

Supporters of Mary Jane Veloso led by her mother Celia Veloso continue to make their pleas.

Recruiter ni Mary Jane Veloso: Inosente ako.
Recruiter ni Mary Jane Veloso: Inosente ako.

Recruiter ni Mary Jane Veloso: Inosente ako.

Mariing itinanggi ng sinasabing recruiter ni Mary Jane Veloso na siya ang dahilan kung.

Mary Jane Veloso gibalhin sa Indonesia island.
Mary Jane Veloso gibalhin sa Indonesia island.

Mary Jane Veloso gibalhin sa Indonesia island.

Sun.Star Pilipinas April 24, 2015 for more information, visit http://www.sunstar. com.ph.

The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube
The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube

The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube

The parents of Mary Jane Veloso insist their daughter has been framed up Follow Rappler on.

MIGRANTE: Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso - YouTube
MIGRANTE: Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso - YouTube

MIGRANTE: Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso - YouTube

Mary Jane Veloso is a 30-year-old Filipina mother-of-two sentenced to death by the.

MARY JANE VELOSO racing against time - YouTube
MARY JANE VELOSO racing against time - YouTube

MARY JANE VELOSO racing against time - YouTube

Mary Jane Velosos 6-year old son says he misses his mom as lawyers race for time to save.

MARY JANE VELOSO has last wish - YouTube
MARY JANE VELOSO has last wish - YouTube

MARY JANE VELOSO has last wish - YouTube

Filipino drug convict Mary Jane Veloso has a dying wish. As her family exhausts all possible.

Rappler Talk: The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube
Rappler Talk: The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube

Rappler Talk: The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO - YouTube

Can we still #SaveMaryJane from the Indonesian death row?

[News@6] Pamahalaan, muling tiniyak ang.
[News@6] Pamahalaan, muling tiniyak ang.

[News@6] Pamahalaan, muling tiniyak ang.

[News@6] Pamahalaan, muling tiniyak ang pagtulong kay Mary Jane Veloso ( Ulat ni.

Sister wants to save MARY JANE VELOSOs life - YouTube
Sister wants to save MARY JANE VELOSOs life - YouTube

Sister wants to save MARY JANE VELOSOs life - YouTube

The sister of Mary Jane Veloso, the Pinay who is in the death row due to drug sumggling, went.

Kin, Migrante to seek pardon for Mary Jane Veloso.
Kin, Migrante to seek pardon for Mary Jane Veloso.

Kin, Migrante to seek pardon for Mary Jane Veloso.

Maritess Laurente, the sister of Mary Jane Veloso, and Connie Regalado of Migrante.

Arethas Latest, Screamos Newest, Sineads Last

All dates subject to change. September JOHN ZORN -- As he did 10 years ago at the old Knitting Factory for his 40th birthday, the saxophonist and composer Mr. Zorn will celebrate himself with a month of continuous performances, amounting to an exhaustive, if not quite complete, retrospective. Tonight he plays his string quartets; tomorrow he duets with the drummer Milford Graves; Tuesday he plays his scores to films by Kenneth Anger, Maya Deren and Harry Smith; and so on through September. Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, (212) 358-7503. www.tonicnyc.com NICHOLAS PAYTON -- Well, now its official: every major young trumpeter in jazz keeps a funk band on the side. Mr. Paytons Sonic Trance has come up with a first, self-titled album, and it alters the cluttered landscape of these backbeat side-projects. It is, in places, legitimately weird and thoughtful; its post-electric-Miles scuffs and skids transcend the jazz musicians common desire to make a soigné mood album or a blunt attempt at hip-hop. Tuesday. Warner Brothers.. Ben Ratliff provides schedule and briefly describes jazz and pop concerts planned for new season; photos (L)

MARY JANE VELOSO: How a 30-year-old Filipina ended up on death row in Indonesia

Mary Jane Veloso, 30, was caught trafficking drugs when her flight from Malaysia landed in Jogjakarta in April 2010. She unknowingly brought with her 2.6 kilograms of heroin with a street value of US$500,000. Reports imply that she was not aware of the .

Kin of Filipino on Indonesia death row getting death threats

Celia Veloso, mother of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, breaks down during a news conference Monday, April 7, 2015 outside the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, Philippines, on the planned��.

The Pop Life; Tributaries to the Musical Mainstream

Last year record labels released about 27,000 CD titles in the United States. Though that it is a hefty number, it is actually low for the business, which released nearly 39,000 titles just a few years ago. Considering that only several hundred of those CDs even make the Top 40, that leaves thousands upon thousands of CDs that few people ever hear. Thus, every year, the pop music critics at The New York Times compile a list of the CDs that almost got away the previous year. The choices here include CDs on small independent labels; groups whose music has never been released domestically; acts who work in genres that are far too experimental or avant-garde for mainstream radio; older legends making a comeback; and younger musicians with the potential to become legends.. Favorite non-mainstream CDs of 2002 are named by New York Times critics, including Neil Strauss, Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff and Kelefa Sanneh; photos (L)

Sonic Booms, Mellow Croons Fill the Air

This list is selective, and performances are subject to change. Alaska FAIRBANKS SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL University of Alaska (907-474-8869). Vista Trio, Julie Wilson, Mark Hummel, others (July 25-Aug. 10).. Roundup of summer popular and jazz musical performances planned around the nation; drawing; photos (L)

Militants decry harassment, police security overkill at Veloso rally

The militants, led by Migrante International, trooped to the Indonesian embassy on Sunday to protest the looming execution of Filipino domestic helper Mary Jane Veloso, along with eight other drug convicts. They plan to stay at the embassy in Salcedo.

Jokowi consulting lawyer on Mary Jane ��� Palace

���President Aquino talked with President Jokowi earlier this morning and appealed for humanitarian consideration for Mary Jane Veloso who was apparently duped into being an unwitting carrier of illegal drugs,��� Coloma said.

Family to visit MARY JANE VELOSO in Indonesia prison

The family of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina facing death penalty in Indonesia for smuggling huge quantities of drugs, is scheduled to fly to the Southeast Asian nation on Thursday to visit her in prison, a senior Foreign Affairs official said.

Mary Jane writes to Filipino youth, women - Rappler

MANILA, Philippines ��� Mary Jane Veloso, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is set to face the firing squad in Indonesia on Tuesday, April 28, wrote letters addressed to the Filipino youth and women so they would avoid��.

Despite Protests, Indonesia Moves Forward to Execute Drug Convicts

Nine people, most of them foreigners, are scheduled to go before firing squads in what is believed to be the largest mass execution in the nation in decades.

Indonesia Rebuffs Last-Ditch Bids to Delay Drug-Convict Executions

Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge.

Jokowi on Mary Jane: Its about the supremacy of law

JAKARTA, Indonesia ��� Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo appears to have crushed the final hope that Mary Jane Veloso could be spared from execution. In an interview aired on state-owned television station TVRI��.

Intl lawyers rush aid for MARY JANE VELOSO

MANILA - The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) has asked Indonesian President Joko Widodo to overturn the death sentence of Filipino migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso. IADL President Jeanne Mirrer urged Widodo to take into account .

FAST FACTS: The case of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso

JAKARTA, Indonesia ��� The Philippine government is scrambling to save the life of former overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, a 30-year-old mother of two sentenced to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia.

Mary Jane sends out handwritten appeal for pardon to.

Mary Jane Veloso, the OFW on Indonesias death row, has sent handwritten personal appeal to Indonesian President Widodo seeking pardon and appealing to is compassionate heart.

Countdown Appears to Start for Execution of Foreigners in Indonesia

Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison for the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday.

The story of Mary Jane Veloso, in her own words - Rappler

In a narrative, Mary Jane Veloso herself tells the story of how she was framed and duped into unknowingly acting as a drug mule.

The Internet Is Begging the Indonesian Government to Spare a Filipina Single.

As the executions of 10 drug convicts loom in Indonesia, a massive social-media campaign has kicked off in support of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina maid set to face the firing squad. The hashtag #MaryJane was the No. 2 trending topic on Indonesias .

Sister flies to Indonesia as govt scrambles to save MARY JANE VELOSO

Bearing a notebook containing messages from loved ones, Marites Veloso-Laurente flew to Indonesia on Friday evening to give comfort to her sister, Mary Jane Veloso, who may be executed in the coming days for drug smuggling. A report on 24 Oras said .

Charges filed vs Mary Janes alleged recruiter

MANILA, Philippines ��� Philippine law enforcement agencies have filed charges against the alleged recruiter of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mary Jane Veloso, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday, April 24. In a media briefing.

FAST FACTS: The case of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso

JAKARTA, Indonesia ��� The Philippine government is scrambling to save the life of former overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, a 30-year-old mother of two sentenced to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia. Mary Jane was arrested, tried.

Children of Mary Jane Veloso plead for her life

Their mother is due to be executed alongside Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who are all due to face an Indonesian firing squad in coming days. 24/04/15. Children of condemned prisoner Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso plead for her release.

Australia Wants Claims Against Indonesian Judges Probed

Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

Migrant group says govt assistance to Mary Jane Veloso came too late

Activists ask Indonesia to spare sentenced Pinay drug mule. Activists from Migrante picket the Indonesia Embassy in Makati City on Wednesday, April 1, to ask the Indonesian government to release Filipino drug trafficking inmate Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

The Listings: Oct. 28 -- Nov. 3

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, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings MANIC FLIGHT REACTION Opens Sunday. A middle-aged professor faces the prospect of tabloid scrutiny and invasion of privacy when a past affair with the wife of a leading presidential candidate threatens to go public. Trip Cullman directs this comedy, by Sarah Schulman (2:00). Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. ON SECOND AVENUE Opens Sunday. A musical nostalgia tour back to when Second Avenue was the heart of a bustling Yiddish theater scene. Book in English and songs in Yiddish, with supertitles (2:00). JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th Street, (212) 239-6200. SEE WHAT I WANNA TO SEE Opens Sunday. Michael John LaChiusas highly anticipated new musical stars Idina Menzel and Marc Kudisch and features three contemporary stories based on the work of the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa (2:00). The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200. CAPTAIN LOUIE Opens Monday. A family musical by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) about a lonely young boy whose overactive imagination sends him dreaming on Halloween night (1:00). Little Shubert Theater, 422 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. CAMBODIA AGONISTES Previews start tomorrow. Opens Wednesday. Dont expect Hairspray from this musical play about the civil war years under the Khmer Rouge (1:30). Pan Asian Repertory Theater, at the West End Theater, in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, Manhattan, (212) 279-4200. THE WINTERS TALE Opens Wednesday. Closes Nov. 6. Edward Halls all-male version of Shakespeares late romance comes to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a five-day run (2:52). At 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100. SWEENEY TODD Opens Thursday. Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris star in this intimate revival of the Sondheim classic, featuring 10 actors who play their own instruments. It started at the Watermill Theater in England, before moving to the West End and Broadway (2:30). Eugene ONeill Theater, 230 West 49th Street, (212) 239-6200. ALMOST HEAVEN: SONGS OF JOHN DENVER Previews start today. Opens Nov. 9. Using songs like Rocky Mountain High, the director Randal Myler stages a musical about the times (not the life) of John Denver (2:00). Promenade Theater, 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street, (212) 239-6200. THE ARK Opens Nov. 14. Find out what Noahs family thought of his seemingly crazy idea in this musical about the back story of the biblical flood and the animals and people who survived. Annie Golden and Adrian Zmed star in this show, with music by the songwriter Michael McLean (2:30). 37 Arts-Theater B, 450 West 37th Street, (212) 307-4100. BACH AT LEIPZIG Previews start today. Opens Nov. 14. A historical comedy about the fierce competition for an organ master position in 1722, sort of like American Idol set in 18th-century Germany (2:15). New York Theater Workshop, 79 East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 239-6200. BINGO Opens Nov. 7. In the tradition of Tony n Tinas Wedding, this latest interactive musical takes you into the belly of the beast -- a bingo game in a church basement (1:20). St. Lukes Theater, 308 West 46th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. THE COLOR PURPLE Previews start Tuesday. Opens Dec. 1. Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prizewinning book has become the basis for the first musical co-produced by Oprah Winfrey (2:30). Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street, (212) 239-6200. HAMLET Previews start Wednesday. Opens Nov. 13. Another angst-ridden, spoiled kid with mommy issues moves to the East Village. Michael Cumpsty plays him (2:30). Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, (212) 279-4200. JERSEY BOYS Opens Nov. 6. Straight from La Jolla Playhouse in California, this rags-to-riches musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, featuring hits that include Big Girls Dont Cry and Rag Doll. Des McAnuff directs (2:30). The August Wilson Theater, 245 West 52nd Street, (212) 239-6200. MR. MARMALADE Previews start Tuesday. Opens Nov. 20. See the world through the eyes of precocious children in Noah Haidles comedy about a wished-for family (1:50). Roundabout Theater Company, at Laura Pels Theater, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater, 111 West 46th Street, Clinton, (212) 719-1300. THE RUBY SUNRISE Previews start Tuesday. Opens Nov. 16. The new artistic director of the Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, stages Rinne Groffs time-traveling play about, among other things, the invention and development of the boob tube (2:15). Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200. SEASCAPE Previews start today. Opens Nov. 21. George Grizzard, Frances Sternhagen, Elizabeth Marvel and Frederick Weller star in the revival of Edward Albees interspecies drama about a couple who meet two talking lizards on the beach (2:00). Lincoln Center Theater, at the Booth Theater, 222 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. SOUVENIR Previews start today. Opens Nov. 10. A comedy with pleasing music and off-key singing about the strange, deluded life of Florence Foster Jenkins, who may have been the worst singer in history. Judy Kaye stars (2:05). Lyceum Theater, 149 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. THE WOMAN IN WHITE Previews start today. Opens Nov. 17. After a West End run, this Victorian thriller by Andrew Lloyd Webber comes to Broadway with the British musical theater stars Maria Friedman and Michael Ball. Trevor Nunn (Cats) directs (3:00). Marquis Theater, 211 West 45th Street, (212) 307-4100. Broadway ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR An uninspired revival of Alan Ayckbourns classic farce of marital misery and Christmas cheerlessness, directed by John Tillinger. The largely merely serviceable cast includes Paxton Whithead, Mireille Enos and the wonderful Deborah Rush, who sidesteps the usual clichés of playing drunk in splendid comic style (2:30). Biltmore Theater, 261 West 47th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Ben Brantley). CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG The playthings are the thing in this lavish windup music box of a show: windmills, Rube Goldbergesque 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 musical 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 Theater, 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) IN MY LIFE Joseph Brookss whimsical musical about heaven and earth works grotesquely hard to disguise its conventional heart. Mostly, its like drowning in a singing sea of syrup (1:45). Music Box Theater, 239 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) LATINOLOGUES Created and written by Rick Najera and directed by Cheech Marin, long since de-Chonged, this is a series of loosely linked monologues delivered in character by Mr. Najera and three other talented Latino performers. Mr. Najera and his compadres can be skillful slingers of one-liners, but the characters cooked up to transmit them are neither fresh nor fully realized. In contrast to the colorfully individualized portraits in John Leguizamos solo shows, the men and women of Latinologues are composites of worn, easy stereotypes (1:30). Helen Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Charles Isherwood) THE 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 Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) A NAKED GIRL ON THE APPIAN WAY Could it be that the exhaustingly prolific Richard Greenberg has been even busier than anyone suspected? This clunky farce about the limits of liberalism, directed by Doug Hughes and starring a miscast Richard Thomas and Jill Clayburgh, suggests that Mr. Greenberg has been moonlighting as a gag writer for sitcoms and is now recycling his discarded one-liners (1:45). American Airlines Theater, 227 West 42nd Street, (212) 719-1300. (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. Such a good time is being had by so many people that this fitful, eager celebration of inanity and irreverence has found a large and lucrative audience (2:20). Shubert Theater, 225 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) SWEET CHARITY This revival of the 1966 musical 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) 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) BEOWULF Bob Flanagans luminous puppets of lizards and fish are wonderful, but they are relatively tangential to a so-called rock opera that is not sure whether it wants to be a childrens show or Jesus Christ Superstar, and fails at both. Humans who are less animate than the puppets try to sing their way through an uninspired enactment of this great epic (1:15). Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 727-2737. (Anne Midgette) CYCLING PAST THE MATTERHORN A grating comedy-drama by Deborah Grimberg about the fractious relationship between a mother and daughter. Shirley Knight plays Esther, a needy, needling woman who discovers that shes going blind just as her daughter leaves the nest. Carrie Preston is her needy, self-absorbed daughter (1:35). Harold Clurman Theater on Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200.(Isherwood) DRUMSTRUCK This noisy novelty is a mixed blessing. Providing a two-foot drum on every seat, it offers an opportunity to exorcise aggressions by delivering a good beating, and, on a slightly more elevated level, it presents a superficial introduction to African culture, lessons in drumming and 90 minutes of nonstop music, song and dancing by a good-natured cast (1:30). Dodger Stages, Stage 2, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200.(Lawrence Van Gelder) EINSTEINS GIFT Vern Thiessens potentially moving play about two German-Jewish Nobel winners -- the physicist Albert Einstein and the chemist Fritz Haber -- their differing conceptions of sciences role and the martial use to which their work is put, is marred by unnecessary Odd Couple exchanges and a miscast Haber, but benefits from good performances by Shawn Elliott as Einstein and Melissa Friedman as Habers wife (2:00). Acorn Theater on Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Andrea Stevens) FIVE COURSE LOVE This musical is merely pleasantly fluffy, and sometimes offensive, but Heather Ayers may make a star vehicle out of it, thanks to an energetic, versatile performance in five roles. She, John Bolton and Jeff Gurner search for love in five restaurants, with a too-generous portion of bad accents and phallic jokes along the way (1:30). Minetta Lane Theater, 18 Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village, (212) 307-4100.(Neil Genzlinger) * FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT This production features the expected caricatures of ego-driven singing stars. But even more than usual, the show offers an acute list of grievances about the sickly state of the Broadway musical, where, as the lyrics have it, everything old is old again (1:45). 47th Street Theater, 304 West 47th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL A terrific cast keeps the generator running in this bright but flimsy contraption. A few of David Nehlss dozen ditties raise a hearty chuckle, like the valedictory anthem in which the shows heroines collectively vow to make like a nail and press on. But Betsy Kelsos book all but dispenses with plot, and substitutes crude cartoons for characters (2:00). Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212 239-6200. (Isherwood) INDIA AWAITING The charismatic Maulik Pancholy is an Indian-born Wall Street trader torn between his love for an American woman and his lingering ties to home (2:00). Samuel Beckett Theater on Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Miriam Horn) IN THE AIR Historical melodrama about the 1918 flu epidemic is like a soft-focus film on the Lifetime channel (2:15). Theater 315, 315 West 47th Street, Clinton, (212) 868-4444. (Jason Zinoman) 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) ONE-MAN STAR WARS TRILOGY With a storm trooper roaming the aisles and a woman in an Obi-Wan Kenobi get-up telling theatergoers to turn off their cellphones or they will be turned into cosmic dust, Charles Rosss sprint through Episodes IV through VI strives for the atmosphere of a Star Wars convention, but ends up achieving something like a religious revival (which is sort of the same thing). True believers will love how Mr. Ross, a self-confessed geek who plays every major role in under an hour, simulates R2D2, but everyone else will scratch their heads (1:00). Lambs Theater, 130 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Zinoman) * A SOLDIERS PLAY This movingly acted revival of Charles Fullers Pulitzer-Prize winning drama from 1981, directed by Jo Bonney and featuring Taye Diggs, uses the clean-lined conventions of murder mysteries to elicit unsettlingly blurred shades of racism, resentment and self-hatred (1:55). Second Stage Theater, 307 West 43rd Street, Clinton, (212) 246-4422. (Brantley). THIRD Heidi is having hot flashes. In this thoughtful, seriously imbalanced comedy, Wendy Wasserstein takes her archetypal heroine (most famously embodied in 1988 in The Heidi Chronicles) into the fog of menopausal, existential uncertainty. The wonderful but miscast Dianne Weist plays a feminist college professor forced to reconsider everything she stands for. Though Daniel Sullivans staging is too easy--+going to build tension, the play exhales a poignant air of autumnal rue (2:00). Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center, (212) 239-6200. (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) Off Off Broadway ASHLEY MONTANA GOES ASHORE IN THE CAICOS, OR: WHAT AM I DOING HERE? A revue of satiric songs and sketches by Roger Rosenblatt that seeks to comment on the state of the national psyche. Its not good, apparently, but whats new? A bright cast keeps things lively, but Mr. Rosenblatts targets are mostly moldy (1:15). Flea Theater, 41 White Street, TriBeCa, (212) 352-3101 (Isherwood) Long-Running Shows AVENUE Q R-rated puppets give lively life lessons (2:10). Golden, 252 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) 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) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF The Shtetl Land pavilion in the theme park called Broadway. With Rosie ODonnell and Harvey Fierstein. (2:55). The Minskoff Theater, 200 West 45th Street, (212) 307-4100. (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). New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd Street, (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, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Who was that masked man, anyway? (2:30). Majestic Theater, 247 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE PRODUCERS The ne plus ultra of showbiz scams (2:45). St. James Theater, 246 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) WICKED Oz revisited, with political corrections (2:45). Gershwin Theater, 222 West 51st Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) Last Chance 4.48 PSYCHOSE The French screen siren Isabelle Huppert gives an extraordinarily economical, admirably concentrated performance in Sarah Kanes dark, thrumming ode to negation. But Claude Régys clinical production doesnt manage to chase away the ghost in the machine: the texts resistance to taking effective theatrical shape (1:45). Part of the Next Wave Festival. Performed in French with abridged English titles. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, closing Sunday. (Isherwood) * IN THE CONTINUUM A spirited, smart and powerful portrait of two black women whose lives are suddenly upended by an H.I.V. diagnosis. Written by and starring Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter, who both possess the strong presence and confident technique to bring out the subtle force and potent flavoring in their writing (1:30). 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, (212) 279-4200, closing Sunday. (Isherwood) SAINT OEDIPUS Combines actors and puppets with Greek and Christian myth to create a fierce, virtuosic theater piece (1:10). The Wierszalin Theater of Poland at La MaMa E.T.C., 74A East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 475-7710, closing Sunday. (Jefferson) * SIDES: THE FEAR IS REAL This hilarious collection of sketches may send up familiar targets -- the insecure thespian, the fraudulent acting teacher, the arrogant Juilliard grad -- but since its performed with such specificity and comic charm by actors firing on all cylinders, you wont care a whit. Written by and starring an entirely Asian-American cast, this slight but consistently entertaining satire is a primer on what not to do in an audition room (1:15). Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street, at Lafayette Street, East Village, (212) 307-4100, closing Sunday. (Zinoman) LA TEMPESTAD - Its an interesting experiment and a pretty interesting play, even without the experiment: the idea is to transplant the characters and some of the themes from The Tempest to a setting and story far removed from Shakespeares tale and see what happens. Larry Loebell, the author, chooses the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, and Prosperos main demon is the American military, which uses it for aerial target practice (2:15). Resonance Ensemble, at the Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster Street, SoHo, (212) 352-3101, closing Sunday. (Genzlinger) 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. * AFTER INNOCENCE (No rating, 95 minutes) Calm, deliberate and devastating, Jessica Sanderss documentary After Innocence examines the cases of seven men wrongly convicted of murder and rape and exonerated years later by DNA evidence. It confirms many of your worst fears about the weaknesses of the American criminal justice system.(Stephen Holden) * CAPOTE (R, 114 minutes) Philip Seymour Hoffmans portrayal of Truman Capote is a tour de force of psychological insight. Following the novelist as he works on the magazine assignment that will become In Cold Blood, the film raises intriguing questions about the ethics of writing. (A. O. Scott) * DOMINO (R, 113 minutes) A lollapalooza of delectable cheap thrills from Tony Scott about the real life and nasty-girl times of a privileged London brat turned South Central bounty hunter named Domino Harvey. (Manohla Dargis) DOOM (R, 95 minutes) In this formulaic, claustrophobic shoot-em-up, based on a video game, soldiers quell a mutant uprising on Mars. Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as the Rock, is the trigger-happy troop leader, while Rosamund Pike is the forensic archaeologist, who, like the audience, is trapped in a loud, hellish enclosure. (Ned Martel) DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY (PG, 105 minutes) Pure, schmaltzy formula -- an injured racehorse, a down-on-his-luck trainer, his angelically cute daughter -- but just try to resist it.( Scott) ELIZABETHTOWN (PG-13, 121 minutes) A well-intentioned mess from Cameron Crowe, in which a young man (the weightless Orlando Bloom) loses his job and his father and finds true love (the hard-working Kirsten Dunst) -- all in the course of a very short week and a very long two hours. (Scott) EMMANUELS GIFT (G, 80 minutes) The inspirational story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a disabled young man from Ghana, West Africa, whose mission is to improve the lives of others like himself. But beneath the weight of Oprah Winfreys pushy narration and a succession of overly posed images, Emmanuels Gift becomes a powerful story of political change that is almost smothered by contrivance. (Jeannette Catsoulis) THE FOG (PG-13, 100 minutes) This occasionally scary remake is about a dense, mysterious fog that hides vengeful spirits with a century-old grudge against an Oregon seaside town. At least theres a good-looking young cast, led by Tom Welling of Smallville and Maggie Grace of Lost. (Anita Gates) * GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (PG, 90 minutes) George Clooney, with impressive rigor and intelligence, examines the confrontation between the CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow (a superb David Strathairn) and Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (himself). Plunging you into a smoky, black-and-white world of political paranoia and commercial pressure, the film is both a history lesson and a passionate essay on power, responsibility and the ethics of journalism (Scott) * GRIZZLY MAN (R, 103 minutes) Werner Herzogs bold, enthralling documentary about one mans journey into the heart of darkness (and the belly of the beast) traces the life and strange times of the self-anointed grizzly expert Timothy Treadwell. (Dargis) * A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (R, 97 minutes) A masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills about a seemingly average American family almost undone by cataclysmic violence, David Cronenbergs latest mindblower is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year. With Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris and William Hurt, all excellent. (Dargis) * IN HER SHOES (PG-13, 130 minutes) In his newest film, Curtis Hanson wrests a richly textured story of love from a seemingly unlikely source, Jennifer Weiners breezy, best-selling fiction about two sisters -- played by Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette -- engaged in an epic battle of the heart, a fight waged mostly against each other and their own best interests. (Dargis) INNOCENT VOICES (R, 120 minutes, in Spanish) Alternately powerful and mawkish, Innocent Voices remembers the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy from a rural village who faces forcible conscription into the army. (Holden) KISS KISS, BANG BANG (R, 103 minutes) Clever and dumb at the same time, this hectic pastiche of L.A. noir conventions offers opportunities for Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan to have a good time with hard-boiled dialogue, and the audience to have a few laughs watching them. The pictures self-conscious manipulations of tone and chronology might have seemed fresh and witty 10 years ago, but probably not even then. (Scott) MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3D (No rating, 40 minutes) Tom Hanks narrates this Imax film that tries to give moviegoers the virtual experience of being on the lunar surface. At times it comes close. (Gates) MIRRORMASK (PG, 101 minutes) This British film, directed by Dave McKean from a screenplay by Neil Gaiman, blends live action with computer-generated animation by the Jim Henson Company into a provocative, murky surrealism. The story follows the Freudian nightmare of a 15-year-old girl whose parents work in the circus; its strictly for cultists. (Holden) * NINE LIVES (R, 115 minutes) The director Rodrigo Garcias suite of fleeting but intense moments in the lives of nine women is an extraordinarily rich and satisfying film, the cinematic equivalent of a collection of Chekhov short stories. The brilliant cast includes Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn, Holly Hunter and Amy Brenneman. (Holden) NORTH COUNTRY (R, 123 minutes) A wobbly fiction about a real pioneering sex-discrimination case, North Country is an unabashed vehicle for its modestly de-glammed star, Charlize Theron, but its also a star vehicle with heart -- an old-fashioned liberal weepie about truth and justice. (Dargis) * THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO (PG-13, 99 minutes) Julianne Moore is radiant as Evelyn Ryan, the real-life 1950s Ohio housewife and mother of 10 who kept her family afloat on her winnings from television jingle contests. Jane Anderson wrote and directed this tribute in a wonderfully zany, off-center style. (Holden) THE PROTOCOLS OF ZION (No rating, 93 minutes) Marc Levins Protocols of Zion, a documentary about a century-old forgery purporting to reveal a Jewish master plan to rule the world, makes its case expertly and powerfully. The film even has laughs (which is no small feat), but the cumulative effect of its message is enormous sadness that hate is so strong and so resistant to reason.(Gates) ROLL BOUNCE (PG-13, 107 minutes) A drowsy comedy from Malcolm D. Lee about a handful of kids grooving and roller skating in the summer of 1978, Roll Bounce has heart and good vibes but little else to recommend it. (Dargis) ROOMS FOR TOURISTS (No rating, 93 minutes, in Spanish) Five young women, whove never met, find themselves stranded in the desolate outskirts of Buenos Aires for a night after missing their connecting train. They accept a local mans offer of room and board, and promptly find themselves hunted by masked psychos through the narrow hallways of his old, dark house. A creepy, no-budget film shot on black-and-white video and full of sinister atmosphere.(Laura Kern) THE ROOST (No rating, 80 minutes) A minimalist horror movie with more ambition than resources, The Roost treads a well-worn path as four friends (Karl Jacob, Sean Reid, and real-life siblings Will and Vanessa Horneff) are stranded at an isolated farmhouse filled with vampire bats and angry zombies. Though the premise is rough, and the acting rougher, the movie proceeds with such youthful enthusiasm that its rawness is more charming than annoying. (Catsoulis) SEPARATE LIES (R, 87 minutes) A hit-and-run accident near the country house of an imperious British lawyer (magnificently played by Tom Wilkinson) leads him into an ethical labyrinth that tests his moral mettle as well as that of his wife (Emily Watson) and her lover (Rupert Everett). (Holden) SERENITY (PG-13, 119 minutes) It probably isnt fair to Joss Whedons Serenity to say that this unassuming science-fiction adventure is superior in almost every respect to George Lucass aggressively more ambitious Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. But who cares about fair when there is fun to be had? Scene for scene, Serenity is more engaging and certainly better written and acted than any of Mr. Lucass recent screen entertainments. (Dargis) * SHOPGIRL (R, 107 minutes) This delicate, deceptively simple film, taken from Steve Martins novella, spins perfect romance out of loneliness, compromise and the possibility of heartbreak. As a young retail clerk adrift in Los Angeles, Claire Danes gives a flawless performance, and Mr. Martin and Jason Schwartzman, as the very different men competing for her affection, bring gallantry, farce and sweetness to this funny, sad, insightful movie. (Scott) * THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (R, 88 minutes) Mining his own childhood, Noah Baumbach has put together an unsparing, funny portrait of a family in crisis and a young man trying to figure out his parents and himself. Superbly written and acted, especially by Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels as a pair of divorcing writers. (Scott) STAY (R, 98 minutes) The director Marc Forster, whose previous films include Finding Neverland, takes a maximalist approach to this mysterioso story about a psychiatrist and a suicidal patient dislocated by time, space and lots of crazily raked angles. (Dargis) THREE EXTREMES (R, 125 minutes, in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese) This trilogy provides a sampler of short horror films from high-profile Asian directors: Chinas Fruit Chan, South Koreas Park Chan-Wook, and Japans Takashi Miike. Three Extremes may seem tame to jaded fans of whats been termed New Asian Horror, but it serves as a fine introduction to the genre for those who are curious but squeamish. (Dana Stevens) THREE OF HEARTS: A POSTMODERN FAMILY (No rating, 98 minutes) Susan Kaplan and David Friedsons documentary about a ménage à trois in contemporary New York could have been inane and smirky. But thanks to a development 13 years into Sam, Samantha and Stevens relationship, it becomes thought-provoking. (Gates) TWO FOR THE MONEY (R, 122 minutes) A turgid male weepie in which Matthew McConaughey plays a former college quarterback turned sports-betting guru under the loud tutelage of Al Pacinos odds-making kingpin. (Dargis) USHPIZIN (PG-13, 91 minutes, in Hebrew) In this groundbreaking collaboration between secular and Orthodox Israelis, two roustabouts barge into the home of a Hasid and his wife and make comic trouble. (Holden) EL VACILÓN: THE MOVIE (R, 90 minutes, in Spanish) Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow, hosts of the wildly popular morning show on La Mega radio (WSKQ-FM), play themselves making a movie about their lives and their listeners sexual adventures. The result is 90 minutes of over-the-top gross-out humor. (Gates) * WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (G, 85 minutes) The stop-motion pooch and his cheese-loving master, back again at feature length. Silly and sublime. (Scott) WHERE the TRUTH LIES (No rating, 107 minutes) Atom Egoyans drama about a fictional comedy team from the 1950s features an overly knotty murder mystery, a mess of blondes and two fine performances from Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. (Dargis) FILM SERIES CHILDREN IN THE 20TH CENTURY (Through Nov. 22) Symphony Space Thalia Films international program of films focusing on problems that affect children continues with two films. Landscape in the Mist (1989) is Theo Angelopouloss award-winning film about two Greek children traveling alone to Germany to find their father. Nobody Knows (2004), directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, is a drama about four children being brought up by their struggling single mother. Both films will be shown on Sunday and Tuesday. Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400; $10. (Gates) A MOVING CAMERA: KENJI MIZOGUCHI (Through Nov. 22) BAMcinématek is screening seven films by Mizoguchi (1898-1956), renowned for his painterly filmmaking and his brilliant direction of women. The series begins Monday with Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), his landmark 16th-century ghost story. Other films in the program will include Osaka Elegy (1936) and The Life of Oharu (1952). BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100; $10. (Gates) NEW FRENCH CONNECTION (Through Sunday) BAMcinémateks fourth annual program of contemporary French films concludes this weekend with Jérôme Bonnells Pale Eyes (2005), a bittersweet comedy about a mentally ill Frenchwoman who runs away to Germany; Claire Deniss Intruder (2004), a drama about a heart transplant; and Jean-Pierre Deniss Petite Chartreuse (2005), about a little girl in a coma. BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100; $10. (Gates) SOME LIKE IT WILDER: THE COMPLETE BILLY WILDER (Through Nov. 13) The Museum of the Moving Image is sponsoring a 26-film retrospective of Wilder, the Austrian-born director-writer who gave the world Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity. This weekends features are Ace in the Hole (1951), starring Kirk Douglas as a reporter involved in a media circus; The Fortune Cookie (1966), Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in their first film together, about an insurance scam; and Buddy, Buddy (1981), Wilders last film, which also starred Lemmon and Matthau. 35th Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, (718) 784-0077; $10. (Gates) Pop Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music. JOAN BAEZ, RICHARD THOMPSON (Tonight) The clips of Joan Baez in her folkie heyday, projecting a voice both haunting and hopeful, and her wistful but wised-up present-day interviews lent warmth to Martin Scorseses recent Bob Dylan documentary. Richard Thompsons gruff voice and angular rock guitar are still sardonically forceful, and his rueful folk forays remain moving, making him the perfect choice to compose the soundtrack to Werner Herzogs character study Grizzly Man. 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, (888) 466-5722; $17 to $60. (Laura Sinagra) BLACK DICE, THE DOUBLE (Tonight) The experimental band Black Dice expands its palette of sharp noise to include ominous glitch electronics, warped meta-blues and churning tribal bursts. The Double uses all the tools at its lo-fi disposal in service of arty pop undercut with burbles, dark surges and twinges. 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street, (212) 777-6800; $13 in advance, $15 at the door. (Sinagra) JAMES BLUNT (Wednesday and Thursday) With a Rod Stewart vocal tone that can also flip into transporting falsetto, this British artist writes songs in the ethereal but angsty Elliot Smith vein, only with more forceful alt-pop production. His song No Bravery is an antiwar lament that clings. 7:30 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $15 (both shows sold out). (Sinagra) THE COUP, LIFESAVAS (Tomorrow) The funky, political Coup took flak in 2001 for a pre-9/11 album cover featuring exploding twin towers. But the groups main man, Boots Riley, has lost none of the oppositional fervor. The Portland, Ore., hip-hop duo Lifesavas shares the righteous bent of others on the Bay Area label Quannum Records. 8 p.m., Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, Chinatown, (212) 941-8100; $15 in advance, $17 at the door. (Sinagra) SHERYL CROW (Sunday and Monday) Though her latest material goes heavy on the strings in an attempt to play up her romantic side, she still traffics in comforting clichés that are more gutsy classic rock than croon-pop. 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $50 to $100. (Sinagra) DIOS (MALOS) (Wednesday) This laid-back quintet from Hawthorne, Calif., plays shaggy indie-rock marked by questing vocals, dream-pop harmonies and a kind of acoustic-electronic psychedelia that conjures a couch daydream rather than a desert drive. 9 p.m., Maxwells, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J., (201) 653-1703; $9 in advance, $10 at the door. (Sinagra) DRESDEN DOLLS (Tonight) Combining bash and chatter with Weimar-style cabaret, this Boston duo, the singer and pianist Amanda Palmer and the drummer Brian Viglione, plays feisty call-and-response punk. The Gypsy punkers Devotchka and the band Faun Fables are also on the bill. 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600; $20 in advance, $22 at the door. (Sinagra) AL GREEN (Thursday) Soul oldies meet gospel testifying in Al Greens highly unpredictable performances. He sings, he preaches, he dances, he tosses roses to the ladies. He jumps in and out of songs and teases the crowd with his timing and his whims. Sometimes he makes songs like Lets Stay Together sound like aching, immediate pleas; sometimes the audience ends up singing more than he does. 8 p.m., B. B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd Street; (212) 997-4144, $175, SRO tickets $100.(Jon Pareles) NANCI GRIFFITH AND THE BLUE MOON ORCHESTRA/THE CRICKETS/ELIZABETh COOK (Wednesday) Nanci Griffith comes from the school of Texas songwriting that finds little epiphanies amid small-town lives and loves. She has a tendency to sugarcoat her character studies with her little-girl voice, but shell get some Texas rockabilly grit from the band sharing the bill: the Crickets, Buddy Hollys band. The concert also features Elizabeth Cook, a country singer with a full-fledged streak of honky-tonk. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, $35 to $65. (Pareles) HANSON (Wednesday) As theyve grown up, the squeaky-clean brothers responsible for the exuberant late-90s hit Mmm-bop have attempted blues-pop and songwriting without much pop success. The middle brother, Taylor, with his pop-star looks and breathy, urgently breaking tenor, remains the draw. 8 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street; ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-7171, $35. (Sinagra) SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS (Monday) Determined to bring back 1960s soul, the Daptone label put together a house band, the Dap-Kings, and found itself a church-rooted singer from Augusta, Ga., Sharon Jones, who finds the flirtation and heartache in songs by the Dap Kings bassist, Bosco Mann. 9 p.m., S.O.B.s, 204 Varick Street, South Village, (212) 243-4940; $14 in advance, $16 at the door. (Pareles) ROBERT EARL KEEN (Thursday) This gravel-voiced Texas songwriter, a contemporary of Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, is a storyteller who can unfurl a sad-luck tale with genuine heart and a sardonic twinge. 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street, (212) 777-6800; $23.50 in advance, $30 at the door.(Sinagra) LEO KOTTKE AND Mike GORDON (Tomorrow) The fingerpicking guitarist Leo Kottke and the former Phish bassist Mike Gordon have collaborated on two albums. The most recent is a collection of covers and originals informed by Mr. Gordons affinity for calypso. 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street, Manhattan, (212) 777-6800; $30.(Sinagra) MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD (Monday) Medeski, Martin & Woods jams can take them in any direction, from old-fashioned organ funk to free jazz, but they know how to keep the dance floor happy. 6:30 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, Manhattan, (212) 485-1534, $32. (Pareles) THE MOUNTAIN GOATS (Tomorrow and Monday) John Darnielle, the singer-songwriter who records as the Mountain Goats, just released The Sunset Tree (4AD), one of the best albums of his career: a semi-autobiographical disc full of extraordinarily vivid little story-songs. Monday with Grizzly Bear. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $14 (sold out). Monday at 8 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $14. (Kelefa Sanneh) NEW YORK GYPSY FESTIVAL (Sunday though Nov. 6) The rage for Gypsy-rock dovetails nicely with this festival showcasing Romany music from Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia and the Balkans, ending in a show headlined by the Gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello. This weeks acts include Leningrad, VIA Romen, Kinos Hronos, Slavic Soul Party and the Bulgarian wedding musicians Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov. Several locations; check www.nygypsyfest.com for schedule. Most shows are $10 to $15. (Sinagra) OPETH (Thursday) This Swedish death-metal band has moved though progressive and even acoustic phases. Its long songs can travel in many directions, but recent material is more a return to form. 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600; $20 in advance, $22 at the door. (Sinagra) VIRGINIA RODRIGUES (Tomorrow and Sunday) With her otherworldly voice, Virginia Rodrigues conjures a timeless, mystical Brazil, where nature meets spirit and the songs of Afro-Brazilian deities share the ethereality of Gregorian chants. 8 and 10 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; $20 at the bar, $30 at the table. (Pareles) RASPUTINA (Monday) The cellist and singer Melora Creager leads this string trio of sawing goth rockers. Playing over heavy drum samples, they toggle between metallic distortion and clean-toned moodiness. Sarah Slean and Contramano also play. 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $18 in advance, $20 at the door. (Sinagra) RAVI SHANKARS FESTIVAL OF INDIA IIi (Tonight) The four-part first half of Ravi Shankars Festival of India III, conducted and led by the sitarist-composers daughter Anoushka, includes a devotional prayer composed in 1974, as well as a tarana vocal piece composed of meaningless syllables, sung over a 16-beat tal. The second part of the program features father and daughter on sitar. Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $26 to $90. (Sinagra) SLIPKNOT (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) Lest anyone think life in the Midwest is all scrapbooking and apple pie, these self-styled Iowa miscreants put on a violent professional-wrestling-like show, spewing odes to teenage toxicity and violent boredom through holes in grotesque masks. 7:30 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street, (212) 307-7171; $41. (Sinagra) GIANMARIA TESTA (Tuesday) Gianmaria Testa, a part-time train stationmaster in Italy, writes terse, cozy songs suffused with romance and mystery. Theyre European cabaret tunes tinged with swing jazz and Latin music, and his smoky voice is knowing and enigmatic. 7:30 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village, (212) 539-8778 or (212) 239-6200; $20 with a two-drink or $12 minimum. (Pareles) THRICE (Tuesday) This quartet plays a brainy version of emo-rock that looks to the Cure and Fugazi as influences. Dustin Kensrue breaks into rote screams with regularity, but the band is capable of impressive mood shifts. 7:30 p.m., Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd, (212) 247-0200; $21.50 in advance, $25 at the door.(Sinagra) VERUCA SALT (Tuesday) One of 90s alt-rocks most popular female-led bands, Veruca Salt had a huge hit with Seether, a melodic punk-pop chugger. Long separated from the groups co-founder, Nina Gordon, Louise Post is still slamming away at the power chords. 8 p.m., Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, at Canal Street, Chinatown, (212) 941-8100; $15 in advance, $17 at the door. (Sinagra) GWEN STEFANI, BLACK EYED PEAS (Tuesday) Ms. Stefani, the tomboy-Barbie-doll lead singer of the pop-ska band No Doubt, was always destined for savvier collaborators. Her girl-nextdoor-meets-plastic-fashionista vibe is enhanced with top producers hip-hop beats. With their saucy pop-hop, the Black Eyed Peas play cultural ambassadors to the hip-hop deprived. 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue, (212) 465-6741; $39.50 to $75. (Sinagra) RUFUS WAINWRIGHT AND BAND (Tuesday and Wednesday) Mr. Wainwrights piano-driven torch songs grapple with his musical birthright and cosmopolitan decadence. His brand of healing can be a scalding process, but he can be funny as well. In Gay Messiah he claims to reject any savior mantle, preferring instead to play a cheeky John the Baptist. Tuesday with the power-poppers OK GO, Wednesday with the smart singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street, (212) 496-7070; $35 to $40. (Sinagra) KANYE WEST, KEYSHIA COLE, FANTASIA (Wednesday and Thursday) Kanye West made his name as a producer of tracks marked by sped-up vocal-soul samples. As a rapper, he artfully balances his considerable arrogance, guilt and thoughtfulness. That Mr. Wests gift for the sad, slightly paranoid hook has only increased is evident in the current single, Gold Digger, which loops an arresting snip of Jamie Foxx shredding in Ray Charles mode. A protégée of Mr. West, Keyshia Cole wrings raw pathos from radio R & B fare. The American Idol darling Fantasia is also on the bill. 8 p.m., Theater at Madison Square Garden, Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue, (212) 465-6741; $49.50 to $65. (Sinagra) Cabaret Full reviews of recent cabaret shows: nytimes.com/music. BARBARA CARROLL (Sunday) Even when swinging out, this Lady of a Thousand Songs remains an impressionist with special affinities for Thelonious Monk and bossa nova. 2 p.m., Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212) 419-9331; $55, including brunch at noon. (Stephen Holden) ANNIE ROSS (Tomorrow) Cool, funny, swinging and indestructible, this 75-year-old singer and sometime actress exemplifies old-time hip in its most generous incarnation. 7 p.m., Dannys Skylight Room, 346 West 46th Street, Clinton, (212) 265-8133; $25, with a $12 minimum. (Holden) SINGING ASTAIRE (Tomorrow and Sunday) This smart, airy revue, which pays tribute to Fred Astaire, has returned, featuring Eric Comstock, Hilary Kole and Christopher Gines. Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080; $30, with a $10 minimum. (Holden) * ELAINE STRITCH (Tonight through Sunday) In a courageous and successful leap into the unknown, Ms. Stritch makes her cabaret debut at 80. Dispensing with her theatrical signature numbers, she weaves 16 songs new to her repertory into a funny running monologue of her adventures in and out of show business. 8:45 p.m., Cafe Carlyle, Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, Manhattan, (212) 744-1600; $125 (sold out). (Holden) PAULA WEST (Tonight and tomorrow night, and Tuesday through Thursday) This pop-jazz singer explores the lives of underdogs in a show whose material ranges from Johnny Cash to Cole Porter, all of it done with an exploratory zest. Tonight and tomorrow night at 9 and 11:30; Tuesday through Thursday nights at 9, Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212) 419-9331; $50, with a $20 minimum, or $50 prix-fixe dinner required at the early shows tonight and tomorrow. (Holden) Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music. KARRIN ALLYSON (Wednesday through Nov. 5) On last years Wild for You (Concord), Ms. Allyson slipped into a bath of sudsy soft rock; but she still peppers her performances with sharply rendered ballads and blues. 9 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080; cover, $40, with a $10 minimum. (Nate Chinen) TIM BERNES PARAPHRASE (Thursday) This threesome, led by the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, engages in an interplay thats unscripted but hardly formless; as on the brand-new live album Pre-emptive Denial (Screwgun), Mr. Berne has restlessly creative partners in Drew Gress, a bassist, and Tom Rainey, a drummer. 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, at Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762; no cover. (Chinen) JAMES CARNEY GROUP (Tomorrow) Mr. Carney, an accomplished composer and sharp pianist, features his own material in this ensemble with the trombonist Josh Roseman, the tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Ted Poor. 9 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) STEVE COLEMAN AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS (Tonight and tomorrow night) Mr. Colemans alto saxophone cuts cleanly through the angular free-funk of his signature ensemble; the other four elements are Jonathan Finlaysons trumpet, Thomas Morgans bass, Jen Shyus vocals and Tyshawn Soreys drums. 9 and 10:30, Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063; cover, $15. (Chinen) SONNY FORTUNE QUARTET (Tonight and tomorrow night) Since the 1960s, countless saxophonists have adopted the methodology of John Coltrane, but few have captured his restless spirit; Mr. Fortune, the saxophonist of choice for the former Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, is chief among them. 8, 10 and midnight, Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, above Bleecker Street, West Village, (212) 255-3626; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) KENNY GARRETT QUARTET (Through Sunday) Mr. Garrett is a forceful and propulsive personality on the alto saxophone; his latest blazing band has Vernell Brown on piano, Vicente Archer on bass and Ronald Brunner on drums. 8 and 10 p.m., with an 11:30 show tonight and tomorrow night, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121; cover, $30 tonight, $32.50 tomorrow and Sunday, with a $10 minimum all nights. (Chinen) * ROBERT GLASPER TRIO (Tuesday through Nov. 6) A percussive and tuneful pianist, Mr. Glasper mines a trio tradition informed by gospel and seemingly every strain of R & B; his superb trio makes its first Village Vanguard appearance on the heels of Canvas, an auspicious Blue Note Records debut. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037; cover, $20 to $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) TOM HARRELL QUINTET (Through Sunday) An introverted but assertive trumpeter, Mr. Harrell has a top-shelf modern jazz ensemble and an able frontline partner in the tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 255-4037; cover, $20 to $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Wednesday and Thursday) Part piano trio, part jam band, this threesome has a new album, The Sameness of Difference (Hyena), featuring reinterpretations of songs by Charles Mingus, Jimi Hendrix and Bjork, among others; on the second of their two nights here, theyll be joined by the groove-ready saxophonist John Ellis. 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; cover, $12 ($10 in advance.) (Chinen) * HANK JONES AND BARRY HARRIS (Tomorrow) Mr. Jones and Mr. Harris are certifiable masters of modern jazz piano, both originally from the Detroit area; meeting onstage for the first time, theyll perform in duo and with the sterling rhythm team of Ray Drummond on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway, Jazz at Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $50 and $75. (Chinen) JASON LINDNER BIG BAND (Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Lindner, a pianist and composer, is best known for this 10-year-old ensemble, which outfits the big band tradition with contemporary contours; its ranks include the trumpeters Duane Eubanks and Avishai Cohen and the trombonist-cellist Dana Leong. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $20. (Chinen) ARTURO OFARRILL Y RIZA NEGRA (Tuesday) The pianist and bandleader of Lincoln Centers Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra knows how to energize smaller settings; with Riza Negra he has six pieces at his disposal and uses them to full advantage. 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) ARUÁN ORTIZ GROUP (Tonight and tomorrow) Mr. Ortiz, a young Cuban pianist with a modern jazz pedigree, leads a promising ensemble that includes the singer Claudia Acuña, the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton and the drummer Eric McPherson. 9 p.m., Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 675-7369; cover, $20. (Chinen) NICHOLAS PAYTON QUARTET (Tonight and tomorrow night) Mr. Payton, an abundantly gifted trumpeter, recently shelved his native hard bop in favor of postmillennial fusion; here he returns to form with a young rhythm section consisting of Danny Grissett on piano, Vicente Archer on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. 9 and 11, Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080; cover, $40, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) JEROME SABBAGH QUARTET (Tuesday) Mr. Sabbagh is a quietly commanding tenor saxophonist and composer in the postmodern mainstream; his sleek ensemble sound owes a lot to the guitar playing of Ben Monder. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $20. (Chinen) SLAVIC SOUL PARTY (Tomorrow and Tuesday) The percussionist Matt Moran leads this exuberantly funky Balkan brass band, which plays every Tuesday night in Park Slope; tomorrow, the band shares a bill at Joes Pub with Forró for All, a Brazilian dance-groove outfit. Tomorrow at 9:30 p.m., Joes Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778; cover, $14, with a two-drink minimum. Tuesday at 9 p.m., Barbes, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; cover, $8.(Chinen) * STEVE SWALLOW/OHAD TALMOR SEXTET (Through Sunday) Employing the sinewy compositions of Steve Swallow and the plush arrangements of Ohad Talmor, this ensemble edifies both artists equally; in addition to Mr. Swallows bass and Mr. Talmors tenor saxophone, the group includes Russ Johnsons trumpet, Greg Tardys clarinet, Meg Okuras violin and Jacob Garchiks trombone. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow night, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $20; tonight and tomorrow night, $25. (Chinen) * TAPPIN INTO MONK (Tonight and tomorrow night) Savion Glover, the titan of modern tap dance, should make for a natural interpreter of Thelonious Monk, whose music is inherently percussive; Mr. Glover will be joined by a coterie of other dancers and a quartet composed of the tenor saxophonist Ted Nash, the pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the bassist Gerald Cannon and the drummer Herlin Riley. 8, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Rose Theater, 60th Street and Broadway, Jazz at Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $30 to $130. (Chinen) CLARK TERRY QUINTET (Tuesday through Nov. 6) Mr. Terrys buoyant trumpet style and comic vocalizing have long made him one of jazzs most beloved personalities; his five-piece band has a soulful guest in the singer Mary Stallings. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $30 at tables, with a $5 minimum, or $20 at the bar and a one-drink minimum. (Chinen) TIN HAT AND AURORA SEPTET (Thursday) Tin Hat, founded by the guitarist Mark Orton and the violinist Carla Kihlstedt, pursues a rustling eclecticism informed by ethnic folk music; the added attraction here is Mr. Ortons Aurora Septet, a new project thats heavy on the clarinets and strings. 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3303; $25. (Chinen) JULIUS TOLENTINOS FULL CIRCLE (Monday through Nov. 5) Mr. Tolentino, a surefooted young saxophonist, steers this quartet toward the gruffly ecstatic swing style associated with his former employer, the legendary Illinois Jacquet. 9:30 p.m. on Monday; $15 plus a $10 minimum at tables, $5 at the bar. Tuesday through Nov. 5 at 11 p.m., Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway, Jazz at Lincoln Center, (212) 258-9595; cover, $10, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar.(Chinen) RANDY WESTON AND AFRICAN RHYTHMS (Through Sunday) Mr. Weston, the pianist, has been a South African jazz ambassador for many years; his signature ensemble features T. K. Blue on alto saxophone and flute, and Benny Powell on trombone. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set Fridays and Saturdays, Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway, Jazz at Lincoln Center, (212) 258-9595; cover, $30, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar. (Chinen) Classical Full reviews of recent music performances: nytimes.com/music. Opera AIDA (Tomorrow) The Metropolitan Operas big and satisfying Aida gets a new soprano in the title role, with Hasmik Papian joining Salvatore Licitra and Dolora Zajick. 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $42 to $150. (Bernard Holland) IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Tonight and Sunday) The New York City Operas production of this Rossini classic is an efficient, attractive frame for the composers florid score, and the company has a generally strong cast, with Hugh Russell as Figaro, Jennifer Rivera as Rosina and John Tessier as the Count. Tonight at 8, Sunday at 1:30 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $16 to $120. (Allan Kozinn) * LA CENERENTOLA (Tonight) Olga Borodinas mezzo-soprano is slightly dark for the title role in Rossinis Cinderella story, but she has the clarity and agility to bring this virtuosic, richly ornamental music to life. Kenneth Tarver joins the cast as the Prince in this performance. The other singers in this comic-book production by Cesare Lievi include Simone Alberghini as Dandini and Simone Alaimo as Don Magnifico. 8, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $36 to $205. (Kozinn) COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Tomorrow and Tuesday) This is the ultimate ensemble opera, and the Mets revival of its sunny and simple 1996 production is an impressive ensemble effort from a young, attractive and gifted cast. The soprano Barbara Frittoli and the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena are endearing as the sisters whose devotion to their fiancés proves so ephemeral. Also winning are the fine lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani and the robust baritone Mariusz Kwiecien. James Levine conducts. Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $26 to $220. (Anthony Tommasini) LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Monday and Thursday) Nicolas Joëls production of Donizettis most popular opera seemed pointlessly opulent, murky and confusing when it was first presented by the Metropolitan Opera in 1998. The company has cleared away some of the clutter since then, and the production returns with new stage direction from Zoe Pappas. The cast, which looks to be strong, stars Elizabeth Futral as the mentally fragile Lucia.. 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $26 to $175. (Tommasini) * THE MINES OF SULPHUR (Wednesday) Contemporary opera has always been New York City Operas soul, if not necessarily its bread and butter. Its latest adventure is this gripping horror tale with an emotionally searing 12-tone score by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, in a suitably dark staging, directed by David Schweizer. The superb cast includes Jessie Raven, Mark Duffin, Caroline Worra and Timothy Nolen. 7:30 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $16 to $120. (Kozinn) LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Wednesday) Jonathan Millers 1998 production, now directed by Robin Guarino, has the virtue of letting Mozarts music and Da Pontes libretto work their magic unhindered. The cast includes Lisa Milne as Susanna, Luca Pisaroni as Figaro, Hei-Kyung Hong as the Countess, and Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino and Peter Mattei as the Count. The conductor Mark Wigglesworth makes his house debut. 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $65 to $110. (Kozinn) THE ORPHAN SINGER (Today) Drawn from a book by Emily Arnold McCully and adapted for the stage by Barbara Zinn Krieger, this multimedia musical, aimed at young audiences, explores Vivaldis time as a music teacher at a girls orphanage in Venice. The production uses an all-female chamber ensemble and, as the promotional materials put it rather vaguely, a Broadway-quality cast. American Opera Projects is a co-sponsor. 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 398-4024; $15; $12 for students and 65+. (Tommasini) TOSCA (Tomorrow) This Puccini favorite has its final performance of the City Opera season. Carla Thelen Hanson makes a fine, darkly shaded Tosca, and Todd Thomas is a bold, swaggering Scarpia. On opening night, Jorge Antonio Pita sounded underpowered and somewhat strained as Cavaradossi. John Demain conducts. 8 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $16 to $120. (Jeremy Eichler) TURANDOT (Tomorrow and Tuesday) New York City Opera brings back its old and oft-updated production, with the soprano Lori Phillips reprising the role of Puccinis Chinese princess. Philip Webb is her Calaf; George Manahan conducts. Tomorrow afternoon at 1:30, Tuesday night at 7:30, New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $16 to $120. (Anne Midgette) Classical Music BRUCKNER ORCHESTRA LINZ (Wednesday) The orchestra has left Bruckner at home for its American debut under Dennis Russell Davies. Instead, Mr. Davies, a longtime Philip Glass champion, will lead the premiere of Mr. Glasss Symphony No. 8, along with his Symphony No. 6, Plutonian Ode (based on the eponymous poem by Allen Ginsberg), with the soprano Lauren Flanigan. 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, (718) 636-4100; $20 to $60. (Eichler) CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Thursday) Daniel Barenboim, in his final season as music director, starts the orchestras three-day New York visit with Mozarts Sinfonia Concertante in E flat and Bruckners Fifth. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $35 to $120. (Midgette) VLADIMIR FELTSMAN (Sunday) When he arrived from the Soviet Union in 1987, this pianist proclaimed that he was at least as interested in the European Classical repertory as in blockbusters from the Russian tradition. He bolsters his case here with two Beethoven sonatas, Nos. 8 (Pathétique) and 31, and Mussorgskys monumental Pictures at an Exhibition. 2 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $26 to $89. (James R. Oestreich) KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO (Tuesday and Wednesday) Long the resident chamber ensemble at the 92nd Street Y, this warm-hued group offers Shostakovichs two piano trios, as well as Mozarts Trio in B flat (K. 502) and Pärts quirky Mozart-Adagio, based on the slow movement from Mozarts Piano Sonata in F (K. 280). 8 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500; $35. (Kozinn) ROBERT LEVIN (Thursday) Equally nimble as a pianist and as a musicologist, Robert Levin is the host of Mozart Explored, a series of concerts with commentary. He is joined by the Mendelssohn String Quartet and others. 7:30 p.m., Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $35. (Eichler) GYORGY LIGETI: THE COMPLETE PIANO ÉTUDES (Tomorrow) Ligetis music and Christopher Taylors pianism are both major contributors to music of our time: a prime event. 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799; $20. (Holland) MANDELRING QUARTET (Sunday) This young German string quartet has won several European chamber music prizes and runs its own festival but is not yet well-known here. The intimate concert room at the Frick is a great place to discover these worthy performers. They can be heard there playing works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Beethoven. 5 p.m., Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, (212) 288-0700; sold out, but returned tickets may be available. (Kozinn) MET CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (Sunday) Charles Wuorinens Dante Trilogy is accompanied by a New York premiere by Elliott Carter and Le Boeuf sur le Toit by Milhaud. 5 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $58 to $68. (Holland) MIRÓ QUARTET (Tonight) Targeting hipness on the one hand, demonstrating a high degree of classical polish on the other, this fine string quartet celebrates its 10th anniversary with a program of composers with hearing problems: Beethoven, Smetana and Brent Michael Davids (Tinnitus Quartet). 7:30, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $42. (Midgette) IVAN MORAVEC (Monday) This venerable pianist plays Janacek and Debussy but mostly Chopin. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $23 to $79. (Holland) NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday) Announce the beloved violinist Itzhak Perlman playing and conducting Mozart, Schubert and Tchaikovsky, and you quickly sell out your house. Beginning Thursday, Gidon Kremer offers arguably more for the head and less for the heart: he is featured in Schnittkes Concerto Grosso No. 5, with Mikko Franck conducting; the Shostakovich Fifth and Beethovens Leonore Overture No. 3 are also on the program. Today at 11 a.m., tomorrow and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500. This weekends concerts are sold out; $26 to $94 on Thursday. (Midgette) NEW YORK VIRTUOSO SINGERS (Sunday) This estimable chamber chorus champions contemporary music and, true to its name, performs it with virtuosity. The singers present works by winners of its first annual composition competition, among them Devlyn Case, Joelle Wallach, David McMullin and Stephen Miles. There will also be works by two well-established American composers, George Perle and Augusta Read Thomas. Harold Rosenbaum conducts. 3 p.m., Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, at 73rd Street, (914) 763-3453; $15 suggested donation. (Tommasini) ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Monday) Having found a new conductorless playmate, the orchestra performs for the first time with chorus. The estimable Kent Tritle, the innovative and tireless music director at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue, is also the founding artistic and music director of the Bach Choir of New York, which joins the orchestra in Bachs Cantatas Nos. 48, 78 and 147 in the Mets Medieval Sculpture Hall. 8 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212) 570-3949; $60. (Oestreich) * REBEL (Wednesday) Two natural horn players, Wilhelm Bruns and Sebastien Salm, join this ensemble of Baroque specialists for works by Bach and Telemann, including some that draw on, or at least obliquely refer to, hunting calls. Included are Bachs First and Fifth Brandenburg Concertos and the Sinfonia from Cantata No. 174, as well as a Concerto Grosso and an Overture by Telemann. 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799; $35; $21 for students. (Kozinn) ANDRAS SCHIFF (Tuesday) This estimable musician of the keyboard will divide his evening between Haydn and Beethoven. 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $30 to $56. (Holland) Dance Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance. ACFDANCE (Thursday) New dances by Adrienne Celeste Fadjo explore the dynamics of a group of women and relationships among members of a 1950s family, set to music by Philip Glass and Moby. 7:30 p.m., 14th Street Y Theater, 344 East 14th Street, at First Avenue, East Village, (718) 243-1110 or www.ACFDance.com; $15. (Jennifer Dunning) * American Ballet Theater (Through Nov. 6) The companys three-week City Center season continues with a series of mixed-repertory programs introduced earlier this month. Tonight and Sunday afternoon has Fokines Sylphides, Tudors Dark Elegies and Twyla Tharps In the Upper Room, a program repeated Tuesday and Thursday evenings with first Peter Quanzs new Kaleidoscope and then Mark Morriss Gong replacing Les Sylphides. Joosss Green Table can be seen tomorrow and Sunday afternoons and Wednesday night. Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow and Sunday at 2 p.m., New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan, (212) 581-1212 or www.abt.org or www.nycitycenter.org; $25 to $90.(John Rockwell) AMERICAN BOLERO DANCE COMPANY (Tonight and tomorrow) Gabriela Granados and her company of singers, dancers and instrumentalists will perform with guest artists from Spain and Argentina in Spanish Gems, a program that includes flamenco and classical Spanish dance. 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, (718) 463-7700 Ext. 222 or www.flushingtownhall.org; $25.(Dunning) BAX Space Grant Showcase (Tonight and tomorrow) The Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents new work from the borough artists Jen Abrams, 16 Tons Theater Company and Judith M. String/Mile of String. A postperformance discussion focuses on the new dance-theater pieces, which were created with the help of free rehearsal space provided by BAX. 8 p.m. 421 Fifth Avenue, at Eighth Street, Park Slope, (718) 832-0018, www.bax.org; $15. (Claudia La Rocco) Book Dances (Weekends through Nov. 6) Melissa Briggs Dance offers site-specific performances portraying memorable scenes from classic novels. The novels, one scene from each, are Anna Karenina, The Fountainhead, East of Eden and Franny and Zooey. The audience will be split into small groups and guided to each site and scene within a 19th-century church. Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m., the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, 121 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, (718) 832-0018 or www.bax.org, $15, $12 students and 62. (Rockwell) DONALD BYRD/SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER (Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Byrd once again examines the cultural context of classical ballet, particularly through a black modern-dance choreographers eyes, this time in The Sleeping Beauty Notebook, danced by the Spectrum Dance Theater of Seattle, which he directs. 7:30 p.m., Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077 or www.dtw.org; $25. (Dunning) The Budapest Ensemble (Sunday) Led by the fabulously named Zoltan Zsurafszki, 35 folk dancers and musicians will perform Csardas!, based on a lively folk dance that rose from early condemnation to become a beloved dance in Hungary. 3 p.m., Lehman Concert Hall, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard, West Bronx, (718) 960-8833; $20 to $30. (La Rocco) CISNE NEGRO DANCE COMPANY (Tuesday through Thursday) From São Paulo, Brazil, this high-energy, balletic modern-dance troupe will perform dances by Patrick Delcroix, Vasco Wellencamp and Dany Bittencourt. 8 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 242-0800; $36. (Dunning) DANCE AND PROCESS (Tonight and tomorrow) Its three-for-one night at the Kitchen, as choreographers Felicia Ballos, Pedro Jimenez and Isabel Lewis present the fruits of a seven-week group process, guided by the curator Miguel Gutierrez. 8 p.m. 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, thekitchen.org; $10. (La Rocco) DANCE AT THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday) The first of two programs this week at the Factory features Ursula Eaglys new Nobody Try to Be a Hero, inspired by the Moscow theater hostage crisis, and Rebecca Daviss The Birds are here, I hear them , inspired by chemical compounds, classical Japanese poetry and concepts of time and memory. Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. In the second program, the Lower Lights Collective will present Drawn, a series of simultaneous pieces taking place through the space that revolves around household objects and old, thrown-away wooden furniture. Thursday at 8 p.m. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 482-7069; $15; pay-what-you-will for Queens residents on Thursday. (Dunning) DANCE CHINA NY (Tonight and tomorrow) The company will perform traditional Chinese dances and choreography by its director, Qi Jiang. Tonight at 8:45; tomorrow at 8 p.m., Merce Cunningham Studio, 55 Bethune Street, at Washington Street, West Village, (212) 334-3764 or www.chinesedance.org; $20. (Dunning) Golden Dragon Acrobats (Sunday) Contortions, swordplay, balancing acts; if done well, Chinese acrobatics can mesmerize. The best Chinese troupes tour the world, and this award-winning troupe has performed its family-oriented feats in more than 65 countries. 3 p.m., Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, at the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University, Brookville, N.Y., (516) 299-3100, tillescenter.org; $15 to $25. (La Rocco) Marie-Christine Giordano Dance Company (Thursday through Nov. 5) Nurtured or Neutered? Perhaps well find out when the Swiss dancer and choreographer Marie-Christine Giordano presents a premiere of this work for five dancers at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center. Womanhood is a frequent subject for Ms. Giordano, who used the difficulties of finding ones own voice as a daughter as starting point. 8 p.m. Theater 2, 199 Chambers Street, (212) 220-1460, tribecapac.org; $20; $15 for students, 65+ and artists. (La Rocco) * Grupo Corpo (Through tomorrow) One of the foremost Brazilian dance troupes, mixing all manner of dance genres, with choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras. The program offers Lecuona, set to mid-20th-century loves songs by Ernesto Lecuona, and Onqotô, the companys latest work, to a commissioned score by Caetano Veloso and José Miguel Wisnik. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100 or www.bam.org; $20 to $60. (Rockwell) JOYCE S. LIM AND PAZ TANJUAQUIO/TOPAZ Arts (Tonight through Sunday) Ms. Lims new splitting the night sky was inspired by her travels and research throughout Southeast and East Asia. Ms. Tanjuaquios new Thunder Against 1.2.3. was inspired by a line from Tristan Tzaras 1918 Dada Manifesto. 8:30 p.m., Danspace Project, St. Marks Church, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (212) 674-8194 or www.danspaceproject.org; $15. (Dunning) Jodi Melnick and Scott Heron (Tonight and tomorrow) What do Ms. Melnicks Wanderlust, Kentucky and Mr. Herons Flossing and Other Dances have in common? Not much, it seems, but theyre both solos by Bessie-winning performers, so why not premiere them together? 7:30 p.m., Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077, dtw.org; $20. (La Rocco) PARSONS DANCE COMPANY (Tonight through Sunday) David Parsons and his full-throttle dancers present his new DMB, to music by the Dave Matthews Band, and repertory including Wolfgang, a tribute to Mozart; and Shining Star, to music by Earth, Wind & Fire. 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; $40. (Dunning) SHAPIRO & SMITH (Tomorrow) Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith celebrate the music of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa and the E Street Band member Soozie Tyrell in the new Anytown: Stories of America, a modern-dance work that explores the intertwined lives of three families of regular folks. 8 p.m., Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J., (732) 842-9000 or www.shapiroandsmithdance.org; $20 to $50. (Dunning) STREB S.L.A.M. (Tonight through Sunday) Elizabeth Streb and her Frequent Flyers will career through dances whose sets include a giant hamster wheel and hanging cement blocks. Free popcorn. Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. S.L.A.M., 51 North First Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 384-6491 or www.strebusa.org; $15; $10 for children over 4; free for children under 4. (Dunning) VON HOWARD PROJECT (Tonight through Sunday) Christian von Howard combines intricate partnering with sinuous athleticism in a program that also includes dance by the guest choreographer Susan Douglas Roberts. Tonight through Sunday at 8 p.m. Joyce SoHo Theater, 155 Mercer Street, (212) 431-9233 or www.joyce.org; $20; $12 for students and 65+; $30 for Sunday benefit tickets. (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: OBSESSIVE DRAWING, through March 19. In the museums first emerging talent show, one of the five artists selected is 83, lives in a home for the elderly in Pennsylvania and stopped painting two years ago because of failing eyesight. Overall, the work in the exhibition is abstract and spare, giving the problematic outsider category a new spin. 45 West 53rd Street, (212) 265-1040. (Holland Cotter) * THE FRICK COLLECTION: MEMLINGS PORTRAITS, through Dec. 31. Just over 30 portrait paintings by Hans Memling survive from the 15th century. Of those, about 20 are now on view at the Frick Collection. Thats a whale of a lot of paintings by any major early northern European artist to be in any one place at one time, and there is little question that this show -- two compact rooms of compact pictures, each picture a main event -- will figure on any short list of outstanding events of the year. 1 East 70th Street, (212) 288-0700. (Cotter) GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM: RUSSIA!, through Jan. 11. This survey of nine centuries of Russian art ranges from 13th-century religious icons to a smattering of 21st-century works, achieving its astounding effect without resorting to a single egg, or anything else, by Fabergé. It immerses us in two enormous, endlessly fascinating narratives: the history of painting and the history of Russia, forming a remarkable tribute to the endurance of the medium and the country, and the inescapable interconnectedness of art and life. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, (212) 423-3600. (Roberta Smith) * JAPAN SOCIETY: HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: HISTORY OF HISTORY, through Feb. 19. A very personal, whimsical exhibition by this well-known Japanese photographer, who incorporates into his work artifacts that he has collected, particularly from East Asia and Japan. Mr. Sugimotos reach is long, and his range is broad, from fossils to textiles to undersea dioramas to Japanese calligraphy to the Trylon and Perisphere (a minisculpture) that symbolized the New York Worlds Fair of 1939. It may not be all that enlightening, but as an artists personal survey, it comes off. 333 East 47th Street, (212) 832-1155. (Glueck). * JEWISH MUSEUM: THE JEWISH IDENTITY PROJECT: NEW AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, through Jan. 29. Whos Jewish, who isnt, and, by the way, what is a Jew, anyway? They are not easy questions, as this intense who-are-we exploration makes clear. Ten projects by 13 artists try to help break the stereotype of American Jews as uniformly white, middle-class and of European descent. Using photography and video, they have interpreted their missions broadly, from the Korean-born Nikki S. Lees meticulous staging of a Jewish wedding with herself as the bride, to Andrea Robbins and Max Bechers look at the thriving shtetl established by Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews in the rural community of Postville, Iowa. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, (212) 423-3200. (Glueck) * Metropolitan Museum of Art: VINCENT VAN GOGH: THE DRAWINGS, through Dec. 31. Think again before deciding youve got a case of van Gogh fatigue and skipping this exhibition -- not just because the focus is on drawings, which on the whole are less well-known than the paintings and were so important to the early spread of his reputation, but also because in the flesh, great art, no matter how often it has been dully reproduced or mistaken for a price tag or overrun by crowds, retains its dignity and originality and utter strangeness. Frankly, the whole show, even including the bad drawings, is unforgettable. Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. (212) 535-7710. (Michael Kimmelman) EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO: THE (S) FILES/THE SELECTED FILES 05, through Jan. 29. The definition of what Latino art means is changing in a post-identity-politics time, and this modest biennial, drawn mostly from unsolicited proposals submitted by artists in the greater New York area, is an indicator of what that change looks like. 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, (212) 831-7272. (Cotter) MUSEUM OF BIBLICAL ART: THE NEXT GENERATION: CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH, through Nov. 13. Works in this juried show of artists who belong to the organization Christians in the Visual Arts range from traditional paintings and sculptures to an interactive video-and-photo documentation of a shamanistic performance in the woods. Ambitious, optically captivating collages by Mary Fielding McCleary and Anita Breitenberg Naylor are among the few pieces that exceed familiar generic limitations. 1865 Broadway, at 61st Street, (212) 408-1500. (Ken Johnson) 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) * WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: OSCAR BLUEMNER: A PASSION FOR COLOR, through Feb. 12. Not exactly a well-known name today, except to devotees of American Modernism, this German-born architect-turned-painter (1867-1938) was, in fact, one of the major American artists of the early 20th century, right up there with the likes of Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Arthur Dove and Charles Demuth, to name a few. Most of his compositions are unpeopled landscapes depicting houses and building fragments in brilliantly stylized settings in which trees, clouds, smokestacks, telephone poles, water and snow are rendered as rhythmic and dramatic shapes that play off one another almost musically. 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, (212) 570-3676. (Glueck) Galleries: Uptown Egon Schiele: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections This extensive exhibition mostly of works on paper gives an informative account of the regrettably brief career of one of the 20th centurys great draftsmen and romantic rebels. Schieles self-portraits and drawings and watercolors of sexy young women still burn with fires of narcissistic yearning, erotic desire and bohemian dissent. Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, (212) 628-6200, through Feb. 20. (Johnson) Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection A British sculptor of Nigerian descent organizes an absorbing small exhibition of objects related to travel from the Cooper Hewitt collection, and adds his own oblique comment on 19th-century imperialism in the form of two headless female mannequins in Victorian-style dresses cut from African-patterned fabrics, poised on six-foot stilts strapped to their feet. Smithsonians Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, (212) 849-8300, through May 7. (Johnson) Vietnam: Destination for the New Millennium -- The Art of Dinh Q. LE Born in Vietnam, Mr. Le moved to the United States at 11 and received a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. This small exhibition presents high-concept photographic and sculptural works about the Vietnam War and its effects, as well as a pair of sleek sculptures representing communications satellites that satirize Vietnams plans to enter the space age and the global consumerist economy. Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street, (212) 288-6400, through Jan. 15. (Johnson) Galleries: 57th Street Harry Kramer The spirit of Abstract Expressionism lives on in the work of an artist who has been exhibiting in New York regularly since 1970. But Mr. Kramers lusciously colored compositions of slashing gestures and planes of thick paint are more seductive than confrontational. Ameringer Yohe, 20 West 57th Street, (212) 445-0051, through Nov. 5. (Johnson) Organic New York This rewarding exhibition recalls an American trend of the 1940s that was eclipsed by Abstract Expressionism but has been brought back to life by many younger painters of today: surrealistic, biomorphic abstraction. It is loaded with swirling, symbolically charged paintings and sculptures by William Baziotes, Lee Krasner, Richard Pousette Dart, Mark Rothko and 15 others. Michael Rosenfeld, 24 West 57th Street, (212) 247-0082, through Nov. 5. (Johnson) Galleries: Chelsea Tim Bavington Modes of the 1960s, like spray-painted stripes and geometrically shaped canvases, are revived in attractive, multipaneled abstractions but with a contemporary conceptual twist. Mr. Bavington bases his compositional decisions on an obscure system by which he translates passages of old rock music from the aural to the visual. Jack Shainman, 513 West 20th Street, (212) 645-1701, through Nov. 12. (Johnson) Stephen Bush, Penetrol This Australian painter presents partly abstract pictures of rustic cabins in alpine settings. Made in thick, viscous, partly brushed and partly poured enamel and oil paints in hallucinatory hues of hot pink, red and green, they suggest a kind of sentimental romance escalated into a gorgeous but frightening psychotic delusion. Goff + Rosenthal, 537B West 23rd Street, (212) 675-0461, through Nov. 12. (Johnson) Contemporary Obscurists Works by contemporary artists who use the camera obscura in variously inventive ways include Vera Lutters huge negative image of an abandoned factory interior; Shi Guoruis ghostly, panoramic view of Shanghai; and Abelardo Morells magical photographs of bedrooms with upside-down views of the city projected onto their interior walls. Alan Klotz, 511 West 25th Street, (212) 741-4764, through Nov. 12. (Johnson) Chris Doyle, Flight Power Love Tower A startling, semi-abstract sculpture of a giant, illuminated flying eagle made of slender lengths of wood and long fluorescent lights fills the front exhibition space. One of the amusing stop-action videos in the back shows the artist flying through his studio. Jessica Murray, 150 Eleventh Avenue, near 22nd Street, (212) 633-9606, through Nov. 12. (Johnson) Franklin Evans, freakout If you like Mr. Evanss densely worked neo-psychedelic mural in the Drawing Centers current emerging artists show, you will appreciate the ink-and-watercolor drawings on view here. Crammed with richly colored geometric patterns, abstracted landscapes and figures, they are both trippy and intimately sensuous. Jeff Bailey, 511 West 25th Street, (212) 989-0156, through Nov. 12. (Johnson) ROY LICHTENSTEIN: CONVERSATIONS WITH SURREALISM In its swank, newly opened downtown outpost, a blue-chip uptown gallery is showing eight examples of this famous Pop artists indelibly cartoonized, also swank borrowings from Surrealism. Mitchell Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, Chelsea, (212) 744-7400, through Nov. 12. (Smith). Other Galleries * André KertEsz From tiny, wonderfully intense pictures made in the teens in Budapest, where Kertesz was born in 1894, to formally acute views of Paris in the 20s and 30s, to emotionally and metaphorically resonant images of New York, where he lived from 1936 to his death in 1985, this beautiful exhibition covers the career of a giant of 20th-century photography. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street, (212) 857-0000, through Nov. 27. (Johnson) Landscape: Myth and Memory Miniature ruins built of tiny bricks on rocky landscapes made of clay by Charles Simmonds; large, faux-antique photographs of Egyptian pyramids by Lynn Davis; an enormous, crusty book by Anselm Kiefer open to the photographic image of ancient architectural remains; and archetypal circles painted and photographed by Richard Long all add up to a nicely choreographed collective fantasy about primordial civilizations. Senior & Shopmaker, 21 East 26th Street, (212) 213-6767, through Nov. 23. (Johnson) * NINE CONTEMPORARY SCULPTORS: FELLOWS OF THE SAINT-GAUDENS MEMORIAL A lively link between past and present is the Fellowship of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, a foundation set up in 1977 to honor the great 19th-century American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Each year the foundation has chosen a contemporary American sculptor to receive a cash award ($10,000) and the opportunity for an eight-week summer show at the Saint-Gaudens estate in Cornish, N.H. This smartly selected exhibition presents representative work by nine award winners, ranging from a huge cube by Tara Donovan, made entirely of toothpicks (2003), to a mini-city sprawled on a vast tabletop, whose buildings of solid graphite were wrought by Alex McFarlane (1983). Saint-Gaudenss own work appears in it, too; surprisingly, it doesnt seem all that far out of context. UBS Art Gallery, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, at 51st Street, (212) 713-2885, through Dec. 2. (Glueck) * THE SPLENDOR OF THE WORD: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY Few objects encapsulate their times like the exquisite full-service concentrations of text, image and decoration that are illuminated manuscripts, and few institutions in North America have as many great ones as New York Citys favorite library. New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue, at 42nd Street, (212) 869-8069, through Feb. 12. (Smith). Zhou Xiaohu The best works in an unfocused presentation of efforts in various media by this versatile Chinese artist are the haunting, darkly comical Claymation videos depicting scenes like the trial of Saddam Hussein, a political assassination and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Ethan Cohen, 18 Jay Street, near Hudson Street, TriBeCa, (212) 625-1250, through Nov. 12.(Johnson) Last Chance CANDICE BREITZ In four video pieces, the words of Hollywood actresses and actors are reconfigured into a conversation about parenting, and unknown fans of Madonna and Michael Jackson sing for the camera, alone yet together. Sonnabend Gallery, 536 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 627-1018, closing tomorrow. (Smith). ANTHONY BURDIN In his second solo show in New York, this idiosyncratic multimedia Los Angeles artist takes over all four levels of the gallerys funky space, showing his wildly improvised, distinctly lived-in music videos, a series of small exquisite drawings and an installation involving some of the byproducts of his nomadic life. Maccarone Inc., 45 Canal Street, near Orchard Street, Lower East Side, (212) 431-4977, closing on Monday. (Smith) COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM: EXTREME TEXTILES, Dont look for aesthetic pizazz in this intensely techy 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, closing on Sunday.. (Glueck) * MACCHINE NATURALI: ABSTRACT COLLAGES BY JOSEPH STELLA The largest New York show in some time of Stellas elegant, understated collages, made from dirt-stained scraps of paper, can thoroughly rearrange your grasp of his sensibility and the history of American Modernism. Peter Freeman Inc., 560 Broadway, at Prince Street, SoHo (212) 966-5154, closing tomorrow. (Smith) * MY HAND OUTSTRETCHED: FILMS BY ROBERT BEAVERS As if from the forehead of Zeus, this midcareer retrospective introduces the ravishing, impeccably structured art of an avant-garde filmmaker who ranks with the best of his generation. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, (212) 570-3600, closing Sunday. (Smith). * Evan Penny: No-One In Particular This Toronto-based sculptor creates astoundingly realistic and, in some cases, weirdly distorted bigger-than-life busts of people out of silicone, rubber, hair and other materials. Sperone Westwater, 415 West 13th Street, West Village, (212) 999-7337, closing tomorrow. (Johnson)

Children of condemned prisoner Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso plead for her release

The children of condemned prisoner Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso have made an emotional plea to the son of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare her life, ahead of her imminent execution alongside the Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran .

An Abundance of Performing Arts Nationwide

The following list of performers and concert dates is selective. Performances are subject to change. Alaska. Roundup of pop and jazz msical events and festivals scheduled for this summer around nation; photo (M)

Saving MARY JANE VELOSO/ Saving babies by OstreaVent

A focus of attention these days is the fate of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, who has been sentenced to be executed by firing squad by the Indonesian Supreme Court for carrying 2.6 kilos of heroin in her suitcase at an Indonesian��.

Australia Offers to Pay for 2 Prisoners Keep in Indonesia

Australia has offered to cover Indonesias costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution, the foreign minister said Thursday.

Rappler Talk: The fate of MARY JANE VELOSO

MANILA, Philippines - Rappler talked to Celia Veloso, mother of the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) on Indonesian death row, Mary Jane Veloso. In 2010, Mary Jane was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death for attempting��.

Family of MARY JANE VELOSO begs Indonesia for her life

Mother of death row Pinay in Indonesia appeals for govt help. Celia Veloso, mother of Mary Jane Veloso, the Pinay who is on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling, appeals to the government outside the Department of Foreign Affairs office in Pasay.

Australia appeals to Indonesia over preparations to execute.

Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso, one of 10 drug smugglers facing death, transferred to island prison where execution will take place.

Pacquiao makes personal appeal for Mary Jane Velosos life

Candlelight vigil for Mary Jane Veloso. Activists led by OFW rights group Migrante International light candles in front of the Indonesian embassy on Sunday, April 26. Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina convicted in a drug-related case in Indonesia, is set to.

Indonesia Rejects Australia Offer of Swap to Stop Executions

Indonesian officials said Thursday they will reject an Australian offer to swap prisoners as part of a last-ditch attempt to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days.

Aside from MARY JANE VELOSO, 77 other Pinoys facing death penalty abroad

Aside from Mary Jane Veloso, the 30-year-old Filipina facing execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling, over 70 other Filipinos are on death row in other countries for various crimes, most of them involving illegal drugs. According to the Department of.

Mary Jane told of execution date: Tuesday, April 28 - Rappler

CILACAP, Indonesia (2nd UPDATE) ��� Unless the last-minute legal efforts to save her work, or by some miracle clemency is granted, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso could be executed on Tuesday, April 28, along with 8 other��.

The fate of Mary Jane Veloso

The parents of Mary Jane Veloso insist their daughter has been framed.

Court does not accept MARY JANE VELOSOs 2nd appeal

(4th UPDATE) Lawyers for Mary Jane Veloso say they are disappointed the new evidence was not even considered.

POP AND JAZZ GUIDE

Here is a selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. * ARLING AND CAMERON, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111. The disc jockeys, producers and remixers Gerry Arling and Richard Cameron sift the last few decades of pop for campy pleasures and lively rhythms -- 1970s funk, giddy Japanese pop, sputtering breakbeats, French crooning -- and they mix them into tracks that can induce dancing or giggles. They are touring with live musicians on flute and guitar, and a video show. Tonight at 9, with Thunderball and DJ Otefsu opening; admission is $12 (Jon Pareles).

Indonesia: No clemency for MARY JANE VELOSO

A Filipina who is among 9 drug-trafficking convicts on death row in Indonesia will still face execution, the countrys attorney-general told Reuters on Monday after a last-ditch appeal by Philippines President Benigno Aquino for clemency. Indonesia.

The Listings: Dec. 23 - Dec. 29

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, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings CANDIDA Opens Wednesday. George Bernard Shaws play about that very immoral -- his words -- title character who must choose between her husband and the poet who has fallen in love with her (1:55). Bouwerie Lane Theater, 330 Bowery Lane, at Bond Street, East Village, (212) 279-4200. ALMOST, MAINE Opens Jan. 12. A comedy featuring 11 episodes, which all take place at 9 p.m. on a Friday, about love and heartbreak in a cold town in Maine (2:00). Daryl Roth Theater, 101 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 239-6200. BEAUTY OF THE FATHER Opens Jan. 10. The New York premiere of a new play by Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) about a young woman who travels to Spain to reconcile with her father (2:10). Manhattan Theater Club, at City Center, Stage II, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan, (212) 581-1212. THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED Opens Jan. 10. If youre pining for the television series Entourage, currently on hiatus, you might want to try Douglas Carter Beanes new comedy, which covers similar territory: Hollywood agent, cute movie star, tabloid gossip (2:10). Second Stage Theater, 307 West 43rd Street, Clinton, (212) 246-4422. Broadway CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCERS LIFE At 72, Ms. Rivera still has the voice, the attitude and -- oh, yes -- the legs to magnetize all eyes in an audience. If the singing scrapbook of a show that surrounds her is less than electric, theres no denying the electricity of the woman at its center (2:00). Schoenfeld Theater, 236 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Ben Brantley) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG The playthings are the thing in this lavish windup music box of a show: windmills, Rube Goldbergesque 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) THE COLOR PURPLE So much plot, so many years, so many characters to cram into less than three hours. This beat-the-clock musical adaptation of Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prizewinning novel about Southern black women finding their inner warriors never slows down long enough for you to embrace it. LaChanze leads the vibrant, hard-working cast (2:40). Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS On paper this musical 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 Theater, 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 Theater, 219 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) JERSEY BOYS From grit to glamour with the Four Seasons, directed by the pop repackager Des McAnuff (The Whos Tommy). The real thrill of this shrink-wrapped bio-musical, for those who want something more than recycled chart toppers and a story line poured from a can, is watching the wonderful John Lloyd Young (as Frankie Valli) cross the line from exact impersonation into something far more compelling (2:30). August Wilson Theater, 245 West 52nd Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) LATINOLOGUES Created and written by Rick Najera and directed by Cheech Marin, long since de-Chonged, this is a series of loosely linked monologues delivered in character by Mr. Najera and three other talented Latino performers. Mr. Najera and his compadres can be skillful slingers of one-liners, but the characters cooked up to transmit them are neither fresh nor fully realized. In contrast to the colorfully individualized portraits in John Leguizamos solo shows, the men and women of Latinologues are composites of worn, easy stereotypes (1:30). Helen Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Charles Isherwood) THE 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 Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) THE ODD COUPLE Odd is not the word for this couple. How could an adjective suggesting strangeness or surprise apply to a production so calculatedly devoted to the known, the cozy, the conventional? As the title characters in Neil Simons 1965 comedy, directed as if to a metronome by Joe Mantello, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick reprise their star performances from The Producers, and its not a natural fit. Dont even consider killing yourself because the show is already sold out (2:10). Brooks Atkinson Theater, 256 West 47th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) SEASCAPE While George Grizzard sounds affecting depths in this audience-friendly revival of Edward Albees 1975 Pulitzer Prizewinner, Mark Lamoss production is most notable for being likable and forgettable, traits seldom associated with Albee plays. The ever-vital Frances Sternhagen plays life-affirming wife to Mr. Grizzards curmudgeonly husband, while Frederick Weller and the wonderful Elizabeth Marvel are the sea creatures who confront the old couple one afternoon at the beach (1:45). Lincoln Center Theater, at the Booth Theater, 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. Such a good time is being had by so many people that this fitful, eager celebration of inanity and irreverence has found a large and lucrative audience (2:20). Shubert Theater, 225 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) * SWEENEY TODD Sweet dreams, New York. This thrilling new revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheelers musical, with Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone leading a cast of 10 who double as their own musicians, burrows into your thoughts like a campfire storyteller who knows what really scares you. The inventive director John Doyle aims his pared-down interpretation at the squirming child in everyone, who wants to have his worst fears both confirmed and dispelled (2:30). Eugene ONeill Theater, 230 West 49th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) SWEET CHARITY This revival of the 1966 musical 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) SOUVENIR Stephen Temperleys sweet, long love letter of a play celebrates the unlikely career of Florence Foster Jenkins, a notoriously tone-deaf soprano socialite. Its a show that could easily have been pure camp, and at over two hours it still wears thin. But with Vivian Matalon directing the redoubtable Judy Kaye as Mrs. Jenkins, and Donald Corren as her accompanist, the plays investigative empathy turns the first act into unexpectedly gentle, affecting comedy (2:15). Lyceum Theater, 149 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) A TOUCH OF THE POET It takes Gabriel Byrne, playing a self-dramatizing monster father, roughly an hour to find his feet in Doug Hughess lukewarm revival of Eugene ONeills drama. But when he does, in the shows second half, audiences are allowed a rare glimpse of a thrilling process: an actors taking hold of the reins of a runaway role and riding for all its worth. Unfortunately, nothing else in this underdirected, undercast production begins to match his pace (2:40). Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, Manhattan, (212) 719-1300. (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 on 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) THE WOMAN IN WHITE Bravely flouting centuries of accepted scientific theory, the creators of this adaptation of Wilkie Collinss spine tingler have set out to prove that the world is flat, after all. This latest offering from Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Trevor Nunn, seems to exist entirely in two dimensions, from its computer-generated backdrops to its decorative chess-piece-like characters (2:50). Marquis Theater, 211 West 45th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) Off Broadway * ABIGAILS PARTY Scott Elliotts thoroughly delectable production of Mike Leighs 1977 comedy about domestic discord among the British middle classes. Jennifer Jason Leigh leads a superb ensemble cast as a party hostess who wields the gin bottle like a deadly weapon, resulting in an evening of savagely funny chaos (2:15). Acorn Theater at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Isherwood) ALMOST HEAVEN: SONGS OF JOHN DENVER Almost 30 of John Denvers songs are rediscovered and reinvented, as the shows publicity material says, but not generally improved upon. But Nicholas Rodriguez hits the high notes of Calypso spectacularly (2:00). Promenade Theater, 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Neil Genzlinger) APPARITION Anne Washburns gothic shorts are like an excellent late-night storytelling session at the Vincent Price camp for disturbed children (1:20). Connelly Theater, 220 East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 352-3101. (Jason Zinoman) BINGO Play bingo, munch on popcorn and watch accomplished actors freshen up a stale musical about game night (1:20). St. Lukes Theater, 308 West 46th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200.(Zinoman) * CELEBRATION and THE ROOM The Atlantic Theater Companys production of the first and most recent plays by Harold Pinter gets only the later work right. (Thats Celebration, an unexpectedly boisterous comedy from 2000.) But if the italicized acting scales down dramatic effectiveness, it heightens thematic clarity. Essential viewing for anyone wondering why Mr. Pinter won the Nobel Prize this year (1:45). Atlantic Theater, 336 West 20th Street, Chelsea, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) A CHRISTMAS CAROL Spirited entertainment (1:30). Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 279-4200. (Lawrence Van Gelder) DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD The Peanuts characters grow up, do drugs and have sex in this dark, disposable parody. Good grief (1:30). Century Center for the Performing Arts, 111 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 239-6200. (Zinoman) DRUMSTRUCK This noisy novelty is a mixed blessing. Providing a two-foot drum on every seat, it offers an opportunity to exorcise aggressions by delivering a good beating, and, on a slightly more elevated level, it presents a superficial introduction to African culture, lessons in drumming and 90 minutes of nonstop music, song and dancing by a good-natured cast (1:30). Dodger Stages, Stage 2, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200. (Van Gelder) FIVE COURSE LOVE This musical is pleasantly fluffy, but Heather Ayers may make a star vehicle out of it, thanks to an energetic, versatile performance in five roles. She, John Bolton and Jeff Gurner search for love in five restaurants, with a too-generous portion of bad accents and phallic jokes along the way, but lots of laughs (1:30). Minetta Lane Theater, 18 Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village, (212) 307-4100. (Genzlinger) HIS ROYAL HIPNESS LORD BUCKLEY IN THE ZAM ZAM ROOM Jake Broders scrupulous (and rigid) re-creation of the influential nightclub comic Lord Buckley, an unlikely mix of English royalty and Dizzy Gillespie (1:50). 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, (212) 279-4200. (Zinoman). INFERTILITY A harmless, insubstantial and highly amplified musical about the struggles of five people hoping to become parents (1:20). Dillons, 245 West 54th Street, Manhattan, (212) 868-4444. (Zinoman) * IN THE CONTINUUM Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter are both the authors and the performers of this smart, spirited and disarmingly funny show about two women: one a middle-class mother in Zimbabwe, the other a 19-year-old at loose ends in Los Angeles whose lives are upended by HIV diagnoses. Emphatically not a downer (1:30). Perry Street Theater, 31 Perry Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 868-4444. (Isherwood) *MEASURE FOR MEASURE The joyous surprise of this Shakespeares Globe production, directed by John Dove, is how it floods this famously dark play with continuously roaming beams of comic light. In particular Mark Rylance, the troupes outgoing artistic director, is an endearingly clueless Duke Vincentio (3:05). St. Anns Warehouse, 38 Water Street, at Dock Street, Brooklyn, (718) 254-8779. (Isherwood) MISS WITHERSPOON This poignant, funny mess of a comedy by Christopher Durang, set in an antechamber of the afterlife, cheerfully suggests that there are worse fates than death for sensitive souls in this self-destructive world. The play meanders but has the good fortune to star the priceless Kristine Nielsen as a dead woman who intends to stay that way (1:20). Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Brantley) MR. MARMALADE A zany comedy by Noah Haidle about emotionally disturbed children. Yes, you read that right. Michael C. Hall of Six Feet Under plays the now-cuddly, now-abusive imaginary friend of a neglected 4 year old. Unfortunately, Mr. Haidle never truly capitalizes on his provocative conceit, choosing instead to draw us a scary but ultimately hollow cartoon (1:50). Roundabout Theater Company, Laura Pels Theater, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater, 111 West 46th Street, (212) 719-1300. (Isherwood) *MRS. WARRENS PROFESSION An absolutely splendid Dana Ivey takes the title role in Charlotte Moores sensitively acted production of Bernard Shaws famously provocative play, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary on the New York stage this year (2:20). Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 727-2737. (Isherwood) THE OTHER SIDE In Ariel Dorfmans ponderous comedy-drama, an old couple standing in for all of Suffering Humanity endure the trials of warfare and the bureaucratic absurdities that come with peace. Even the redoubtable Rosemary Harris and John Cullum can do little to enliven the proceedings (1:30). Manhattan Theater Club, City Center Stage I, 131 West 55th Street, (212) 581-1212. (Isherwood) PETER PAN (2:00). Entertaining without being exhilarating (2:00). The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, (212) 307-7171. (Van Gelder) Radio City Christmas Spectacular It remains prime entertainment (1:30). Radio City Music Hall, (212) 307-1000. (Van Gelder) TIGHT EMBRACE Jorge Ignacio Cortiñass political hostage drama wants to show, with its dash of magic realism and flickering poetic fire, how human beings use language as a weapon to betray one another. Good acting, especially by Zabryna Guevara, helps the play toward its goal (2:00). Intar Theater at the Kirk on Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Andrea Stevens) * THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Led by Lois Smith in a heart-wrenching performance, the cast never strikes a false note in Harris Yulins beautifully mounted revival of Horton Footes drama, finding an emotional authenticity in a work largely remembered as a tear-jerking chestnut. This is not to say you should neglect to bring handkerchiefs (1:50). Signature Theater, 555 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 244-7529. (Brantley) Off Off Broadway BIG APPLE CIRCUS -- GRANDMA GOES TO HOLLYWOOD Long on sweetness, rich in color and highly tuneful, but short on eye-popping, cheer-igniting wows (2:10). Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street, (212) 307-4100. (Van Gelder) FEAR ITSELF: SECRETS OF THE WHITE HOUSE In the latest cartoonish send-up of the Bush administration, the simple task of translating ideas into dramatic form seems to have been overlooked (1:45). Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, at 10th Street, East Village; (212) 352-0255. (Zinoman) * JACKIE HOFFMAN: CHANUKAH AT JOES PUB The return of a beloved ritual for those wanting a reprieve from enforced benevolence and good cheer. The fearless, explosively funny Ms. Hoffman radiates anything but love and charity as she reviews the year in outrage, both global and personal (1:10). Joes Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village; (212) 239-6200. (Isherwood) WALKING IN MEMPHIS: THE LIFE OF A SOUTHERN JEW Part memoir, part stand-up routine, this autobiographical piece is endearing, but not quite as colorful as it thinks it is. Jonathan Ross, the pieces creator, grew up Jewish in Memphis: anecdotes about his life may make for good theater, but will probably be better when he gets a little older (1:20). Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, Manhattan, (212) 868-4444. (Anne Midgette) Long-Running Shows AVENUE Q R-rated puppets give lively life lessons (2:10). Golden, 252 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley) 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) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF The Shtetl Land pavilion in the theme park called Broadway. With Rosie ODonnell and Harvey Fierstein (2:55). Minskoff Theater, 200 West 45th Street, (212) 307-4100. (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). New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd Street, (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) THE PRODUCERS The ne plus ultra of showbiz scams (2:45). St. James Theater, 246 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) WICKED Oz revisited, with political corrections (2:45). Gershwin Theater, 222 West 51st Street, Manhattan, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley) Last Chance HAYMARKET Zayd Dohrn, son of Weather Underground members Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, mixes documentary, fiction and memory in this play about the bomb that exploded at an 1886 workers rally in Chicago and the anarchists who were hanged for the crime (2:05). Beckett Theater at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200, closing today. (Miriam Horn) * KLONSKY & SCHWARTZ Romulus Linneys amusing if thin drama follows the unbalanced friendship between the poet Delmore Schwartz and his protégé (1:30). Ensemble Studio Theater, 549 West 52nd Street, Clinton, (212) 352-3101, closing today. (Zinoman) ROPE The key revelation of this revival of the Patrick Hamilton play that became a Hitchcock movie: The whole darn thing was originally set in a fancy London parlor stuffed with fancy British people. David Warrens staging of this theatrical relic boasts a juicy cast, but the play just lies there, like the corpse in the chest at center stage (2:05). Zipper Theater, 336 West 37th Street, (212) 239-6200, closing today. (Isherwood) 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, closing tomorrow. (Isherwood) THREE DOLLAR BILL Three exhaustingly clever one-acts by Kirk Wood Bromley about being gay, conservative and miserable (2:00). Center Stage, 48 West 21st Street, Flatiron district, fourth floor; (212) 501-4528, closing today. (Zinoman) 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. AEON FLUX (PG-13, 95 minutes) Adapted from MTV animated shorts from a decade ago, this glossy, incoherent movie sends Charlize Theron 400 years into the future, where she runs around and does somersaults in a spandex body suit. (A. O. Scott) BE HERE TO LOVE ME (No rating, 99 minutes) Margaret Browns documentary biography of the brilliant, deeply troubled Texan singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt is a tender, impressionistic labor of love. (Stephen Holden) * BREAKFAST ON PLUTO (R, 129 minutes) Candide meets Tom Jones in drag heaven might describe Neil Jordans picaresque fairy tale about a foundling who becomes a transvestite in 1970s and 80s London, against the backdrop of the Irish troubles. (Holden) * BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (R, 134 minutes) Annie Proulxs heartbreaking story of two ranch hands who fall in love while herding sheep in 1963 has been faithfully translated onto the screen in Ang Lees landmark film. Heath Ledger (in a great performance worthy of Brando at his peak) and Jake Gyllenhaal bring them fully alive. (Holden) CHICKEN LITTLE (G, 80 minutes) The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Well, its not as bad as that. Almost, though. (Scott) THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (PG, 135 minutes) This honorable adaptation of C. S. Lewiss novel has much of the power and charm of the source. The fusing of live action and computer-generated imagery is adequate, if rarely inspiring. Adult viewers are likely to imbibe the films wonders indirectly, through the eyes of accompanying children, who are likely to be delighted and sometimes awed. (Scott) ELECTRIC SHADOWS (No rating, 99 minutes, in Mandarin) The fanciful Chinese tear-jerker, which spans several decades from the Cultural Revolution to the present, wants to be an Asian Cinema Paradiso, but doesnt quite live up to its prototype. (Holden) THE FAMILY STONE (PG-13, 102 minutes) A home-for-the-holidays movie about a tribe of ravenous cannibals that bares its excellent teeth at anyone who doesnt accommodate its preening self-regard, most recently a big-city executive played by a very good Sarah Jessica Parker. (Manohla Dargis) GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN (R, 134 minutes) This lumbering vehicle for the rap star 50 Cent blends gangster intrigue with follow-your-dream striving. The story is a mess, and the star is no actor, but a fine supporting cast and Jim Sheridans warmhearted direction make it watchable. (Scott) *GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. (PG, 90 minutes) George Clooney, with impressive rigor and intelligence, examines the confrontation between the CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow (a superb David Strathairn) and Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (himself). Plunging you into a smoky, black-and-white world of political paranoia and commercial pressure, the film is a history lesson and a passionate essay on power, responsibility and the ethics of journalism. (Scott) * HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (PG-13, 150 minutes) Childhood ends for the young wizard with the zigzag scar in the latest addition to the Potter saga, even as the director Mike Newell keeps its British eccentricity, fatalism and steady-on pluck irresistibly intact. (Dargis) IN THE MIX (PG-13, 97 minutes) This predictable, one-dimensional romantic comedy is all about its star, Usher, who plays a New York D.J. beloved by one and all. Beautiful women lust after him, but when a Mafia princess (Emmanuelle Chriqui) joins their number, her mobster father (Chazz Palminteri) disapproves. Even though Darrell (Usher) once took a bullet for him. (Anita Gates) ISNT THIS A TIME!: A TRIBUTE TO HAROLD LEVENTHAL (No rating, 90 minutes) Jim Browns touching documentary cuts between onstage musical numbers and behind-the-scenes recollections from the Weavers; Arlo Guthrie; Peter, Paul and Mary; and other folk musicians who organized and performed a Thanksgiving 2003 tribute concert to this distinguished manager and promoter, who helped establish their careers. (Laura Kern) * KING KONG (PG-13, 180 minutes) Peter Jacksons remake is, almost by definition, too much -- too long, too big, too stuffed with characters and effects-driven set pieces -- but it is also remarkably nimble and sweet. Going back to the Depression-era setting of the 1933 original, Mr. Jacksons film is as much a tribute to the old, seat-of-the-pants spirit of early motion pictures as it is an exercise in technological bravura. Naomi Watts as the would-be movie star Ann Darrow and Andy Serkis as the big monkey who loves her have a rapport that gives the spectacle the pathos and sweetness it needs, and help to turn a brute spectacle into a pop tragedy. (Scott) MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (PG-13, 144 minutes) Think As the Geisha Turns with devious rivals, swoonworthy swains, a jaw-dropping dance number recycled from Madonnas Drowned World tour and much clinching, panting and scheming. Directed by Rob Marshall from the Arthur Golden book, and starring Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh. (Dargis) MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT (No rating, 108 minutes) This weepie about the tender friendship between a 70-something British widow (Joan Plowright) and a struggling young writer (Rupert Friend) is as anachronistic as the notion of a Terence Rattigan play set in the present. (Holden) * PARADISE NOW (PG-13, 90 minutes, in Arabic and Hebrew) This melodrama about two Palestinians, best friends from childhood, chosen to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv is a superior thriller whose shrewdly inserted plot twists and emotional wrinkles are calculated to put your heart in your throat and keep it there. (Holden) * PRIDE & PREJUDICE (PG, 128 minutes) In this sumptuous, extravagantly romantic adaptation of Jane Austens 1813 novel, Keira Knightleys Elizabeth Bennet exudes a radiance that suffuses the movie. This is a banquet of high-end comfort food perfectly cooked and seasoned to Anglophilic tastes. (Holden) THE PRODUCERS (PG-13, 127 minutes) At a fraction of the Broadway ticket price, its no bargain. (Scott) RENT (PG-13, 135 minutes) Jonathan Larsons beloved musical is as loud, earnest and sentimental as ever. But somehow, as it has made the transition to the screen almost a decade after its theatrical debut (with much of the original stage cast), the show has dated less than the objections to it. Yes, the East Village was never really like this, but in Chris Columbuss hands, the hectic updating of La Bohème to the age of AIDS and gentrification feels surprisingly sweet and fresh. (Scott) * SHOPGIRL (R, 107 minutes) This delicate, deceptively simple film, taken from Steve Martins novella, spins perfect romance out of loneliness, compromise and the possibility of heartbreak. As a young retail clerk adrift in Los Angeles, Claire Danes gives a flawless performance, and Mr. Martin and Jason Schwartzman, as the very different men competing for her affection, bring gallantry, farce and sweetness to this funny, sad, insightful movie. (Scott) * SYRIANA (R, 122 minutes) Ambitious, angry and complicated, Stephen Gaghans second film tackles terrorism, American foreign policy, global trade and the oil business through four interwoven stories. There are at least a half-dozen first-rate performances, and Mr. Gaghan, who wrote and directed, reinvents the political thriller as a vehicle for serious engagement with the state of the world. (Scott) TRANSAMERICA (R, 103 minutes) Felicity Huffmans performance as a preoperative transsexual on a cross-country journey with her long-lost son is sensitive and convincing, and helps the picture rise above its indie road-picture clichés. (Scott) WALK THE LINE (PG-13, 138 minutes) Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years. Joaquin Phoenix, sweaty, inarticulate and intense as Cash, is upstaged by Reese Witherspoon, who tears into the role of June Carter (Cashs creative partner long before she became his second wife) with her usual charm, pluck and intelligence. (Scott) YOURS, MINE AND OURS (PG, 90 minutes) Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo inhabit roles originated by Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball in this snug, airtight remake of the 1968 comedy about the combining of two antagonistic families with 18 children between them. Cutesy unreality prevails. (Holden) ZATHURA: A SPACE ADVENTURE (PG, 113 minutes) In this extraterrestrial fantasy, adapted from a Chris Van Allsburg story, a magical board game sends two squabbling young brothers into space to fend off invaders and learn the meaning of brotherhood. The movie is sweeter, gentler and more family-friendly than Jumanji, to which it is the unofficial sequel. (Holden) Film Series ARTISTS CHOICE: STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Through Jan. 8) The Museum of Modern Arts 15-film series of works selected by Mr. Sondheim, the Broadway composer and lyricist, continues. This weeks films include Kontrakt (1980), a Polish comedy that Mr. Sondheim describes as having for my money, the most devastating last shot in cinema; The Sea Wolf (1941), the Jack London story, starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield; Hal Hartleys Henry Fool (1997); and Gus Van Sants Elephant (2003). Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 708-9400; $10. (Gates) ESSENTIAL HITCHCOCK (Through Jan. 12) Film Forums five-week retrospective of Alfred Hitchcocks films continues. This weeks features include Psycho (1960), about a mamas boy running an out-of-the-way motel; Hitchcocks second version of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956); and a double feature of Suspicion (1941) and Spellbound (1945). 209 West Houston Street, west of Avenue of the Americas, South Village, (212) 727-8110; $10. (Gates) FASSBINDER (Through Feb. 26) IFC Centers Weekend Classics Program is presenting 11 feature films and 2 shorts by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1946-82). This weekends film is The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), his portrait of one German womans postwar struggles. 323 Avenue of the Americas, at West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 924-7771; $10.75. (Gates) MAYSLES FILMS: FIVE DECADES (Through Dec. 31) The Museum of Modern Arts monthlong retrospective of films by the documentarians Albert and David Maysles continues. This weeks features include Grey Gardens (1975), the sad profile of two of Jacqueline Onassiss Bouvier relatives in reduced circumstances; Gimme Shelter (1970), about the Rolling Stones and Hells Angels at the tragic Altamont concert; Whats Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (1964), filmed during one of the Fab Fours first visits here; and Umbrellas (1995), one of five Maysles films about the installations of the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 708-9400; $10. (Gates) PIXAR: 20 YEARS OF ANIMATION (Through Feb. 6) A complete retrospective of Pixar animated films continues at the Museum of Modern Art. This weeks features include Toy Story (1995), about the rivalry between Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear; Monsters, Inc. (2001), in which terrifying creatures reconsider scaring children; and Finding Nemo (2003), a father-and-son fish story. 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 708-9400; $10. (Gates) Pop Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music. ASSEMBLY OF DUST, THE HACKENSAW BOYS (Thursday) Assembly of Dust is a jam band featuring the former Strangefolk singer Reid Genauer and members of the band Percy. The eight-member Virginia band Hackensaw Boys play raw traditional bluegrass with lots of fast fiddling, banjoing, stomping and hollering. 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place at 15th Street, Manhattan, (212) 777-6800; $16.50 in advance, $18 at the door.(Laura Sinagra) SARAH AROESTE BAND, SMADAR, PHARAOHS DAUGHTER (Tuesday) Taking part in the Sephardic Music Festival, Sarah Aroestes band plays Ladino rock, with lyrics in the Castilian Spanish developed by Spanish Jews after 1492. Born in Israel to a Moroccan family, Smadar plays sings in five languages and incorporates accordion, Turkish clarinet, bass, drums and darbuka. They are joined by the jazzy klezmer group Pharaohs Daughter. 8 p.m., Makor, Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 601-1000; $12. (Sinagra) YOEL BEN-SIMHON AND SULTANA ENSEMBLE, DIVAHN (Wednesday) The Israeli-born Moroccan vocalist and oudist Yoel Ben-Simhon and his Sultana Ensemble (playing here as part of this weeks Sephardic Music Festival) combine original arrangements and traditional music from the Jewish Sephardic and Arabic cultures. The all-woman group Divahn, featuring Galeet Dardashti on lead vocals, finds inspiration in music and poetry from 19th-century Persia as well as the Ashkenazi cantorial tradition. 9 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; $15. (Sinagra) BILAL (Tuesday) The Philadelphia neo-soul singer Bilal has been doing his jazz-inflected thing under the pop radar for a while now, though he has not yet enjoyed the attention conferred on contemporaries like DAngelo. 9 p.m., S.O.B.s, 204 Varick Street, at Houston Street, South Village, (212) 243-4940; $25 in advance, $28 at the door. (Sinagra) BURNT SUGAR (Tuesday) The acid-funk, jazz and rock band led by the writer Greg Tate has grown into an improvisatory institution. As he explains on the bands Web site, Spontaneous combustion being an occupational hazard in Gotham, Burnt Sugar is how we keep it real, surreal, arboreal, aquatic, incendiary. 10 p.m., Zebulon Café Concert, 258 Wythe Avenue between Metropolitan and North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934; free. (Sinagra) EARTH, WIND AND FIRE (Thursday) In the 1970s, Earth, Wind and Fire was the glossy, horn-powered hit machine that covered all bases, from idealism (Keep Your Head to the Sky, Shining Star) to dance tunes (Boogie Wonderland) to lovers pleas (Reasons). 8 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street, ticketmaster.com, (212) 307-7171; $65 and $90. (Jon Pareles) ELYSIAN FIELDS (Tonight) Led by the guitarist Oren Bloedow and the vocalist Jennifer Charles, the quintet Elysian Fields plays dark, romantic rock. For this Sephardic Music Festival show, Mr. Bloedow and Ms. Charles will draw from their side project La Mar Enfortuna (Tzadik), a collection of Moorish-tinged songs sung in Ladino. 9:30 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; $15.(Sinagra) THE FAB FAUX (Tuesday and Wednesday) This Beatles tribute band isnt trying to win a costume contest. Its here to channel the original Fab Fours music, tone for tone and interval for interval. This week the group takes on the Beatles white album. 8 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600; $30 (sold out). (Sinagra) IRVING FIELDS AND SEPTETO RODRIGUEZ (Wednesday) The 90-year-old lounge pianist and bandleader Irving Fields has been combining Cuban and Jewish music since his 1950s Bagels and Bongos mambo heyday. Here he is joined by the Cuban-born percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez and his septet. 8 p.m., Makor, Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 601-1000; $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (Sinagra) RUBÉN FLORES: THE LATIN AMERICAN SONGBOOK (Thursday) Rubén Flores, an actor and singer, will be performing popular songs, novelties and rarities culled from several Latin American pop traditions. 7:30 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; $15. (Sinagra) THE FUNK BROTHERS (Wednesday) Its been more than three decades since this legendary band, whose most famous member was the bassist James Jamerson, ended its run as the cohesive backup group for scores of Motown hits. In 2003, the living members jammed and recounted their sometimes hardscrabble history for the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. 7:30 and 10 p.m., B. B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, 243 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 997-4144; $40 in advance, $45 at the door. (Sinagra) GOVT MULE (Thursday) Govt Mules guitarist and leader Warren Haynes brings the gravity of the blues and the rolling grooves of Southern rock together with the bleary determination of grunge. His songs are haunted by death and memory, and he leads them into jams that can be both soaring and unsparing. 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street, Upper West Side, (212) 496-7070; $39.50 to $59.50. (Pareles) VIVIAN GREEN (Tuesday) The R & B singer-songwriter Vivian Green has not distinguished herself with the searing vocals of a Keyshia Cole, but her voice is sweet and her songs about love and rocky romance display a jazz-inflected sense of muted drama. 8 p.m., B. B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, 243 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 997-4144; $22.50, $25 at the door. (Sinagra) G-UNIT CHRISTMAS (Monday) Working off some of that holiday feasting will be an array of rappers and singers associated with the hip-hop federation G-Unit: Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Keyshia Cole and Bobby Valentino. 8 p.m., Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, N.Y., (631) 888-9000; $38.50 to $78.50. (Sinagra) THE LEEVEES (Monday) This indie pop duo plays funny Hanukkah songs, aiming for an Adam Sandler-meets-They Might Be Giants mix of melodic and parodic. 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $15. (Sinagra) JOHN MCEUEN (Tuesday) The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member and country renaissance man John McEuen displays the deft mastery of acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin that has made him a Nashville collaborator of choice for the likes of Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. 7 p.m., Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; $20. (Sinagra) MOUTHUS (Tuesday) Brooklyns Mouthus is a feedback-heavy, droning noise outfit led by Brian Sullivan and Nate Nelson. It is part of a wave of chaotic bands that employ chanting over crammed clatter, rumble and clang. The group plays on this bill with Axolotl and Dead Bush. 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; $8. (Sinagra) MIKE PATTON AND RAHZEL (Wednesday and Thursday) Faith No Mores Mike Patton can be called, for better or worse, a progenitor of rap-metal. His avant-garde foray into the post-lingual has led him to collaborate with Rahzel, who supplies the beats under Mr. Pattons yammers, mantras and squeaks. 7 p.m., Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, (718) 387-0505; $20. (Sinagra) RAQUY AND THE CAVEMAN , RASHANIM (Monday) The dumbek player Raquy Danziger and the hard-rocker Liron Peled team up to make heavy rock with Arab rhythms. The power trio Rashanim is the guitarist Jon Madof, the bassist Shanir Blumenkranz and the drummer Mathias Kunzli. 10 p.m., Mo Pitkins, 34 Avenue A, East Village, (212) 777-5660; $10. (Sinagra) AMY RIGBY (Wednesday) This singer-songwriter opines about romance and decline with biting wit. She gave Nashville a try, but shes back home in New York, where her brand of real-life feistiness has always found a better fit. 9 p.m., Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B, Lower East Side, (212) 529-8463; free. (Sinagra) KENNY ROGERS (Tonight) You would assume that the man famous for the countrified radio smash The Gambler knows when to fold em. Evidently that time has yet to come. This is a show with a holiday theme, but it will hopefully still include the singalong recrimination Lucille and the casual tale of gnarly violence Coward of the County. 8 p.m., North Fork Theater at Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y., (516) 334-0800; $51.50. (Sinagra) SLAVIC SOUL PARTY (Tuesday) Part of the Gypsy-rock set that includes Gogol Bordello, this brass bands combination of East European, Mexican and Asian influences is undergirded by a sense of fun. 9 p.m., Barbes, 376 Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; $8 suggested admission. (Sinagra) CIDINHO TEIXEIRAS BRAZILIAN SHOWFEST (Sunday) The pianist and composer Cidinho Teixeiras band plays standards by the likes of Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. A rotating cast of singers includes some of the areas prominent Brazilian vocalists. 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Zinc Bar, 90 West Houston Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 477-8337; $5.(Sinagra) TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS (Tonight) In this familial performance-art project, Jason Trachtenburg plays lo-fi pop tunes inspired by slides found at yard sales while his wife, Tina, runs the projector. Their daughter, Rachel, plays drums. For this show they branch out into holiday critique, suggesting that the Christmas red and green are emblematic of blood and money. 7:30 p.m., Performance Space 122, 150 First Avenue, at Ninth Street, East Village, (212) 477-5288; $20, $15 for 62+, $10 for children. (Sinagra) ULTRAMAGNETIC MCs (Tonight) The Bronx rap group Ultramagnetic MCs, founded by the shape-shifting rapper Kool Keith with Ced Gee and DJ Moe Love, was a critical hit in the late 80s, helping to nudge old-school dozens-playing forward with imaginative grooves and space-is-the-place lyrics. 11 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Sinagra) BRYAN VARGAS, YA ESTá, JAY RODRIGUEZ (Thursday) This long evening of Latin soul stylings features a set by the electric Afro-Latin soul band Bryan Vargas and Ya Está at 9:30, one by the saxophonist Jay Rodriguez and members of his Groove Collective (playing here as the Latin All-Stars) at 10:30, and a jam session with all the players at midnight. Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; $12. (Sinagra) WHAT I LIKE ABOUT JEW (Tomorrow and Sunday) The cabaret-rock comedians Sean Altman and Rob Tannenbaum might be giants of Jewish joke-pop, but you can also hear some Beatles in their risque borscht-belting -- not to mention a reverence for tradition that always holds up to their wacky auto-critiques. Tomorrow at 7 and 9 p.m., Sunday at 6 and 9 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $18 in advance, $22 at the door. (Sinagra) Cabaret Full reviews of recent cabaret shows: nytimes.com/music. Michael Feinstein (Tonight, and Monday through Thursday) From crooning to clowning, Christmas meets Hanukkah in this singer-pianists jolly one-man variety show, A Holiday Romance. 8:30 p.m., with a late show at 11 tonight, Feinsteins at the Regency, 540 Park Avenue, at 61st Street, Manhattan, (212) 339-4095; $60 cover and $40 minimum.(Stephen Holden) * Andrea Marcovicci (Tonight and tomorrow night, and Tuesday through Thursday) In her spellbinding retrospective Ill Be Seeing You Love Songs of World War II, Ms. Marcovicci balances nostalgia for songs associated with the good war with acknowledgment of the real pain and sacrifice that inspired so many of them, providing a dusting of reality. 9 p.m., with a late show at 11:30 tonight, Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212) 419-9331; $65 cover, $60 Tuesday through Thursday, with a required $60 prix-fixe dinner at the early shows from Wednesday to Saturday, and a $20 minimum on Tuesday and at the late shows. (Holden) ANNIE ROSS (Wednesday) Cool, funny, swinging and indestructible, this 75-year-old singer and sometime actress exemplifies old-time hip in its most generous incarnation. 9:15 p.m., Dannys Skylight Room, 346 West 46th Street, Clinton, (212) 265-8133; $25, with a $12 minimum. (Holden) SINGING ASTAIRE (Tomorrow and Sunday) This smart, airy revue, which pays tribute to Fred Astaire, has returned, featuring Eric Comstock, Hilary Kole and Christopher Gines. 5:30 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080; $30, with a $10 minimum. (Holden) STEVE TYRELL (Tonight and tomorrow night, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Tyrell has one of those where-have-I-heard-it-before growls that sounds great on a movie soundtrack, but loses its charm in a club, as he rolls standards off the assembly line as if they were all the same song. 8:45, with additional shows at 10:45 tonight, tomorrow and Thursday nights, Cafe Carlyle, Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, Manhattan, (212) 744-1600; $100 tonight and tomorrow; $90 Tuesday through Thursday. (Holden) Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music. MONTY ALEXANDER AND FRIENDS (Through Sunday) Mr. Alexander, an effervescent pianist originally from Jamaica, focuses on Christmas songs and Sinatra songs, with collaborators like the saxophonist Red Holloway, the trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and the drummer Herlin Riley. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $35 at tables with a $5 minimum, or $20 at the bar, with a one-drink minimum. (Nate Chinen) J. D. ALLEN TRIO (Monday) A muscular and harmonically adventurous tenor saxophonist, Mr. Allen has strong support from Eric Revis on bass and Jeremy (Bean) Clemons on drums. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $10 at tables, $5 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen) GREGG AUGUST SEXTET (Wednesday and Thursday) With Late August (Iacuessa), Mr. August, a bassist, proves himself a sensible small-group composer in the Cedar Walton vein; his band includes the saxophonists Greg Tardy and Myron Walden, the trumpeter John Bailey, the pianist Helen Sung and the drummer Eric McPherson. Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street, at Seventh Avenue South , West Village, (212) 675-7369; cover, $10. Thursday at 9:30 p.m., Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 675-7369; cover, $10 with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) BALLIN THE JACK (Tonight) The clarinetist and saxophonist Matt Darriau heads this midsize ensemble, which spikes its swing-era repertory with madcap irreverence. 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883; cover, $8. (Chinen) GATO BARBIERI (Thursday through Jan. 1) The Argentine saxophonist, best known for his theme to the film Last Tango in Paris, brings his dramatic atmospherics to the vicinity of Times Square; prices will soar on New Years Eve but, one hopes, so will the music. 8 and 10 p.m. (8 and 11 on New Years Eve), Iridium, 1650 Broadway at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121; cover, $32.50, with a $10 minimum ($55 and $95 on New Years Eve, with minimums of $20 and $25). (Chinen) DAVE BINNEYS BALANCE (Tuesday) The alto saxophonist Dave Binney heeds an avant-gardism that embraces harmony, melody and rhythm, along with amplification; he receives sinuous support from the keyboardist Craig Taborn, the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Dan Weiss. 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883; cover, $10. (Chinen) AVISHAI COHEN GROUP (Tonight and tomorrow) Mr. Cohen is an accomplished Israeli trumpeter with a taste for modernism; his ensemble features the guitarist Lionel Loueke, the saxophonist Yosvani Terry, the bassist Barak Mori and the drummer Eric McPherson. 10 p.m., Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street, at Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 675-7369; cover, $15. (Chinen) FREDDY COLE (Tonight and tomorrow) A charismatic and offhandedly urbane vocalist, Mr. Cole takes a broad approach to repertory that nearly disarms comparisons to his older brother Nat. 9 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080; cover, $30, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) ANTHONY COLEMANS SEPHARDIC TINGE (Thursday) Mr. Coleman, a keyboardist with a pan-everything sensibility, leads an ensemble inspired by Iberian Jewish music as part of the Sephardic Music Festival; the following set, at 10 p.m., features a trio led by another fascinating pianist and conceptualist, Uri Caine. 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; cover, $12 for each set. (Chinen) GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO (Thursday) Mr. Colligan has built his solid sideman career on a rhythmically intrepid piano style; he plays here with Josh Ginsburg on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums. 8 and 9:45 p.m., Kitano Hotel, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, (212) 885-7119; no cover, $10 minimum. (Chinen) * PAQUITO DRIVERA AND PANAMERICANA (Tuesday through Jan. 1) Few musicians have a better claim to pan-Americana than Paquito DRivera, the clarinetist, saxophonist and longtime Cuban exile who toured extensively with Dizzy Gillespies United Nation Orchestra. Headlining the club that bears Gillespies name, Mr. DRivera features a diverse array of sidemen, including the trumpeter Claudio Roditi, the cellist and trombonist Dana Leong and the steel drum player Andy Narell. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595. Cover: $30, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar ( on New Years Eve, first set, $130; second set, which begins at 11 p.m., is $195. Both sets include dinner). (Chinen) FREEDOMLAND (Thursday) Boisterous, unscripted improvisation is the lingua franca of this collective, with the percussionist Dee Pop, the multi-reedist Daniel Carter, the saxophonist Dave Sewelson and the bassists William Parker and David Hofstra; a preceding set, at 8 p.m., will feature a trio led by the restless violinist Billy Bang. 10 p.m., Jimmys Restaurant, 43 East Seventh Street, basement, East Village, (212) 982-3006; cover, $10, includes one drink. (Chinen) DONNY McCASLIN GROUP (Thursday) Mr. McCaslin has earned accolades for his sinewy, surging saxophone solos in the Maria Schneider Orchestra; here he gets a sparser setting, backed only by the bassist Omer Avital and the drummer Daniel Freedman. 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883; cover, $10. (Chinen) MARYANNE DE PROPHETIS (Tonight) Marking the release of a stark and haunting new album, At a Glance (LoNote), the singer Maryanne de Prophetis corrals the trumpeter Ron Horton and the pianist Frank Kimbrough, who is also her husband; joining the group as a guest is the bassist Dean Johnson. 6 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883; no cover. (Chinen) THE ORGAN SUMMIT (Through Sunday) This descriptively titled engagement features no fewer than three Hammond B-3 organists -- Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Reuben Wilson -- together with the saxophonist Houston Person and the guitarist Melvin Sparks, among others. 8 and 10 p.m., with an additional 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow night, Iridium, 1650 Broadway at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121; cover, $30 with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) REUBEN RADDING TRIO (Wednesday) Mr. Radding, an intense young bassist, leads this texturally oriented ensemble, with the clarinetist and saxophonist Oscar Noriega and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; cover, $8. (Chinen) BEN RILEYS MONK LEGACY SEPTET (Tonight) Mr. Riley, one of the most buoyant drummers ever to serve in Thelonious Monks band, honors the pianist and composers memory with this rock-solid septet, stocked with players like the trumpeter Don Sickler and the baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber. 8, 10 and 11:45 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $30. (Chinen) * PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND (Tuesday through Dec. 31) The granddaddy of traditional New Orleans revival ensembles, the Preservation Hall band plays too seldom in these parts; this engagement closes out a tough year in defiantly high spirits. 8 and 10 p.m. with an 11:45 p.m. set on Dec. 30; sets at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. on New Years Eve, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $30 to $35 ($125 and $175 on New Years Eve). (Chinen) VANESSA RUBIN SINGS DAMERON (Through Sunday) Ms. Rubin, a likable singer, rounds up an impressive cast in this evening of songs by the bebop composer Tadd Dameron; among them are the trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, the alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, the pianist John Cowherd and the drummer Carl Allen. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595; cover, $30, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar. (Chinen) DAVE SCOTT QUINTET (Wednesday) Mr. Scott, a prominent trumpeter and educator on the San Francisco scene, features his own compositions in this traditionally grounded but open-minded ensemble, with Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Gary Versace on piano, John Hebert on bass and Take Toriyama on drums. 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; cover, $8. (Chinen) SONNY SIMMONS ALL-STAR FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Wednesday) The term all-star has relative connotations when it comes to free jazz; the alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons fits the bill, as do the guitarist Bern Nix and the multi-reedist Daniel Carter. 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; cover, $12. (Chinen) CEDAR WALTON QUARTET (Through Sunday) As a pianist and composer, Mr. Walton heeds an articulate, almost courtly variety of hard bop; hes at his best when his forms spark solos from collaborators like the trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who plays through Sunday, and the alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, who comes aboard next week. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037; cover, $20 to $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen) * DR. MICHAEL WHITES ORIGINAL LIBERTY JAZZ BAND (Tuesday through Jan. 1) The New Years Eve residency of this traditional New Orleans jazz outfit, led by a knowledgeable clarinetist and scholar, is a hallowed tradition at the Village Vanguard; this year it takes on a wrenching poignancy, but pointedly swings on. 9 and 11 p.m. (9:30 and 11:30 p.m. on New Years Eve), Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037; cover, $20 to $25, with a $10 minimum ($100, and a $25 minimum on New Years Eve). (Chinen) * CASSANDRA WILSON (Tuesday through Jan. 1) A jazz singer by training and temperament, Ms. Wilson takes obvious pleasure in a genre-blind repertory; she has the right accompanists, including Brandon Ross and Marvin Sewell on guitars, Grégoire Maret on harmonica and Reginald Veal on bass. On New Years Eve, Ms. Wilson will play a special double bill with the guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart, for a special price. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $55 at tables, with a $5 minimum, or $35 at the bar and a one-drink minimum(sets at 7 and 10 p.m. on New Years Eve, with $85 cover at tables $55 at bar for first show; and $125 at tables and $85 at the bar for second show). (Chinen) OTOMO YOSHIHIDE FESTIVAL (Sunday through Dec. 30) Mr. Yoshihide, a prominent figure on Japans free-jazz and noise-rock scene, plays both turntable and guitar in this nearly weeklong celebration; his clutch of collaborators, which changes nightly, will include the trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, the guitarist Bill Laswell and the saxophonist John Zorn. 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, www.thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen) Classical Full reviews of recent music performances: nytimes.com/music. Opera AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY (Tomorrow and Wednesday) Tobias Pickers much-anticipated opera, based on Theodore Dreisers landmark 1925 novel, a rare Metropolitan Opera commission, breaks no new ground for musical originality and dramatic inventiveness. This is an unabashedly conventional melodrama. Whole stretches of Mr. Pickers Neo-Romantic score would not be out of place on Broadway. Still, with an effective libretto by Gene Scheer that reduces the 900-page novel to its essential narrative strands, An American Tragedy has its own kind of sweep and passion. And every time Mr. Picker summons his modernist vein, the music becomes more challenging and consequently more involving. The production by Francesca Zambello, with its three-tiered set, is impressive to see and flows deftly. And the cast could not be better, with the dashing baritone Nathan Gunn as Clyde Griffiths, the ambitious social-climber, the soprano Patricia Racette as the wistful factory worker Roberta, and the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as the moneyed and dazzling Sondra. James Conlon conducts. Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $26 to $220.(Anthony Tommasini) DIE FLEDERMAUS (Monday, Thursday and Dec. 31) Most stagings of Strausss ever-popular operetta, including some revivals of the Mets 1986 Otto Schenk production, seem uncomfortable with the mix of silliness and cynicism in the story of playful infidelities in 1870s Vienna. But the Mets current presentation boasts a winning cast of singers who, for the most part, take the story seriously and give subtle portrayals, especially Bo Skovhus as the ladies man Gabriel von Eisenstein, Sondra Radvanovsky as his knowing wife, Marlis Petersen as the perky chambermaid Adele and Earle Patriarco as the wily Dr. Falke. Jacques Lacombe conducts a lithe and fresh performance. And with the masterful comedic actor Bill Irwin as the drunken jailor Frosch, the show has plenty of hilarity. Those attending the New Years Eve performance can count on surprise guests showing up to sing during the party scene in Act Two. Monday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $26 to $250. (Tommasini) LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Tonight) On opening night of the Mets revival of Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor in late October the admirable American soprano Elizabeth Futral gave a vocally top-notch and sensitive performance of the touchstone title role. Still, determined to sing this daunting role with musicianly honesty, she seemed reticent to plumb the emotional recesses of this unstable and fascinating character. So it should be interesting to hear her Lucia now that she has gotten the jitters out and lived with the role in Nicolas Joëls production. The veteran Bel Canto tenor Ramón Vargas sings Edgardo. Edoardo Müller conducts. 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $36 to $205. (Tommasini) THE MERRY WIDOW (Tonight and tomorrow) The tiny Amato Opera can pick up on a holiday tradition with the best of them. For the 100th anniversary of Franz Lehars classic operetta, its offering the piece in a new English translation. 7:30 p.m., Amato Opera, 319 Bowery, at Second Street, East Village, (212) 228-8200; $30, $25 for students and 65+.(Anne Midgette) Classical Music BARGEMUSIC (Tomorrow) Seasonal music is in the eye, or ear, of the beholder. And to hear Bachs Goldberg Variations in their entirety performed by a skilled pianist, Steven Beck, seems a wonderful holiday present. 7:30 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083; $60. (Midgette) A BOHEMIAN CHRISTMAS (Sunday) The Bohemians of the title are not funky artists, but residents of medieval Prague. The ensemble Early Music New York is offering a program of 13th- to 15th-century music from Bohemia and, incongruously, Poland; it isnt all Christmas music by any means, but its a nicely organized program. 3 and 8 p.m., St. James Chapel, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 110th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 280-0330; $40. (Midgette) HANDELS MESSIAH (Tonight) Andrew Megill leads the veteran Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in the second of its two annual Messiah performances in Carnegie Hall. Julianne Baird, Margaret Lattimore, Philippe Castagner and Brian Mulligan are the soloists. This is typically a solid competitor in a crowded Messiah field. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $20 to $100.(Jeremy Eichler) NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (Wednesday and Thursday) Lorin Maazel leads the orchestra in Sibeliuss Fifth Symphony along with Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer as soloist and Webers Bassoon Concerto with Judith LeClair. 7:30 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $26 to $92. (Eichler) NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRA (Tomorrow and Wednesday) Every year around this time, the New York String Orchestra Seminar assembles talented young players from the nations high schools and conservatories for 10 days of intensive rehearsals and coaching capped by two performances. First up is an all-Mozart program including the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Piano Concerto No. 21 with Jonathan Biss as soloist. Next, on Wednesday, comes a more eclectic program ranging from Bach to Barber with Beethoven and Spohr in between. Hilary Hahn joins as soloist and Jaime Laredo conducts both nights. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $17 to $47. (Eichler) P. D. Q. BACH (Tuesday through Thursday) Believe it or not, its been 40 years since the composer and satirist Peter Schickele first discovered the music of his own creation, P. D. Q. Bach, whom he describes as the last and certainly the least of Johann Sebastian Bachs interminable children. Mr. Schickele marks the anniversary this week with three performances of his 40-Year Retrogressive program, in which hell reprise various P. D. Q. favorites while no doubt gleefully skewering the conventions of musicology and concert life along the way. 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400; $26 to $56. (Eichler) Dance Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance. * ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (Tonight through Sunday, Tuesday though Thursday) More shifting repertory from this vibrant company, performing mixed bills. Ailey Classics tonight and Wednesday night, and a program of seasonal novelties tomorrow afternoon. (The season runs to Jan. 1.) Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., tomorrow and Wednesday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m., New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan, (212) 581-1212 or www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org; $25 to $75.(John Rockwell) SAVION GLOVER (Tonight, tomorrow and Monday through Thursday) This Tony Award-winning tap stylist (Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk) is back again, doing what he does best. (Through Jan. 15. ) Tonight at 8, tomorrow at 2 and 8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 242-0800; $34 to $42. (Jennifer Dunning) * THE NUTCRACKER (Through Thursday) The last week of the New York City Ballet in George Balanchines perennial holiday favorite, with ever-shifting casts. This afternoon, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and next Friday at 2 p.m., tonight and next Friday (the last performance of the run) at 8 p.m., and Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 870-5570, www.nycballet.com; $20 to $99. (Rockwell) THE NUTCRACKER (Today, Monday and Tuesday) For those who prefer Long Island to Lincoln Center, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet soloist Bonnie Pickard performs the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in the Eglevsky Ballets Nutcracker. Today at 5 p.m., Monday and Tuesday at noon and 5 p.m.. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Brooksville, N.Y., (516) 299-3100; $25 to 45. (Claudia La Rocco) THIS WAY THAT WAY (Tonight through Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday) The show, developed by Mark Lonergan of Parallel Exit, follows two con men on a cross-country adventure in a production that blends vaudeville, physical theater and dance, with the stars Joel Jeske and Ryan Kasprzak. (Through Dec. 31.) Tonight at 7:15, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m., 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, Manhattan, (212) 279-4200, www.59E59.org; $35; $15 for children. (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: OBSESSIVE DRAWING, through March 19. In the museums first emerging talent show, one of the five artists selected is 83, lives in a home for the elderly in Pennsylvania and stopped painting two years ago because of failing eyesight. Over all, the work in the exhibition is abstract and spare, giving the problematic outsider category a new spin. 45 West 53rd Street, (212) 265-1040. (Holland Cotter) Asia society: Vietnam: Destination for the New Millennium -- The Art of Dinh Q. LE, through Jan. 15. Born in Vietnam, Mr. Le moved to the United States at 11 and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. This small exhibition presents high-concept photographic and sculptural works about the Vietnam War and its effects, as well as a pair of sleek sculptures representing communications satellites that satirize Vietnams plans to enter the Space Age and the global consumerist economy. 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street, (212) 288-6400.(Ken Johnson) Brooklyn Museum: Edward Burtynsky: Manufactured Landscapes, through Jan. 15. Large, expertly made color images by a Canadian photographer show industrial subjects like marble quarries in India, a tire dump in California and modern development in China. 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000. (Johnson) * Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: FASHION IN COLORS, through March 26. Drawn from the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute in Kyoto, Japan, this sumptuous show arranges 68 often lavish Western gowns and ensembles according to the colors of the spectrum and reinforces their progress with a posh color-coordinated installation design. For an experience of color as color, it is hard to beat, but it also says a great deal about clothing, visual perception and beauty. 2 East 91st Street, (212) 849-8400. (Roberta Smith) * THE FRICK COLLECTION: MEMLINGS PORTRAITS, through Dec. 31. Just over 30 portrait paintings by Hans Memling survive from the 15th century. Of those, about 20 are on view at the Frick Collection. Thats a whale of a lot of paintings by any major early Northern European artist to be in any one place at one time, and there is little question that this show -- two compact rooms of compact pictures, each picture a main event -- will figure on any shortlist of outstanding events of the year. 1 East 70th Street, (212) 288-0700. (Cotter) * GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM: RUSSIA!, through Jan. 11. This survey of nine centuries of Russian art ranges from 13th-century religious icons to a smattering of 21st-century works, achieving its astounding effect without resorting to a single egg, or anything else, by Fabergé. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, (212) 423-3600. (Smith) African-American Vernacular Photography, through Feb. 26. These days collectors and curators prize vernacular photographs -- commercial studio portraits, postcards, snapshots and other sorts of often anonymous photographic kitsch. Here that trend intersects with a commitment to photography as a form of social documentation in a exhibition of about 70 vernacular photographs depicting African-Americans from 1860 to 1940. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street, (212) 857-0000. (Johnson) * JAPAN SOCIETY: HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: HISTORY OF HISTORY, through Feb. 19. A personal, whimsical exhibition by this well-known Japanese photographer, who incorporates into his work artifacts he has collected, particularly from East Asia and Japan. Mr. Sugimotos reach is long and his range is broad, from fossils to textiles to undersea dioramas to Japanese calligraphy to the Trylon and Perisphere (a minisculpture) that symbolized the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. 333 East 47th Street, (212) 832-1155. through Feb. 19th (Grace Glueck) JEWISH MUSEUM: SARAH BERNHARDT: THE ART OF HIGH DRAMA, through April 2. This exhibition is devoted to the flamboyant 19th-century actress whose name was once invoked by mothers as a warning to melodramatic daughters: Who do you think you are, Sarah Bernhardt? Its almost overstuffed roster of items includes original Félix Nadar photos of Bernhardt at 20 and the costumes she wore as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, (212) 423-3200. (Edward Rothstein) * JEWISH MUSEUM: THE JEWISH IDENTITY PROJECT: NEW AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, through Jan. 29. Whos Jewish, who isnt, and, by the way, what is a Jew, anyway? These are not easy questions, as this intense who-are-we exploration makes clear. Ten projects by 13 artists try to help break the stereotype of American Jews as uniformly white, middle class and of European descent. Using photography and video, the artists have interpreted their missions broadly, from the Korean-born Nikki S. Lees meticulous staging of a Jewish wedding with herself as the bride, to Andrea Robbins and Max Bechers look at the thriving shtetl established by Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews in rural Postville, Iowa. (See above.) (Glueck) * Metropolitan Museum of Art: FRA ANGELICO, through Jan. 29. An exhibition as rare as it is sublime brings the divine Angelico down to earth, showing how he had the best of both worlds, using the innovations of the Renaissance to parlay the radiant colors, gilded surfaces and doll-like figures of Gothic art into a final flowering. Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212) 535-7710. (Smith) METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: DAVID MILNE: PAINTING TOWARD THE LIGHT, through Jan 29. Watercolors by a Canadian painter little known in the United States, although he spent some 25 years in New York City and other parts of the state. In his quiet, spare renditions of urban vignettes, country landscapes, trees and domestic life, David Milne (1882-1953) focused mainly on aesthetic matters, like color, line and light, while skirting the avant-garde. Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, (212) 535-7710. (Glueck) * METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: THE PERFECT MEDIUM: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE OCCULT, through Dec. 31. Hands down the most hilarious, not to mention the most charming, exhibition the Met has done in years: an assemblage of 19th-century and early-20th-century spirit photographs, séance reportage and other examples of transparent tomfoolery. Like all examples of great humor, it is, at heart, also a sneakily serious affair. Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212) 535-7710. (Michael Kimmelman) * Met: VINCENT VAN GOGH: THE DRAWINGS, through Dec. 31. Think again before deciding youve got a case of van Gogh fatigue and skipping this exhibition -- not just because the focus is on drawings, which on the whole are less well known than the paintings and were so important to the early spread of his reputation, but also because in the flesh, great art, no matter how often it has been dully reproduced or mistaken for a price tag or overrun by crowds, retains its dignity and originality and utter strangeness. (See above.) (Kimmelman) * Museum of Modern Art: Beyond the Visible: The Art of Odilon Redon, through Jan. 23. The timing was off for the big Odilon Redon retrospective in Chicago in 1994. The art worlds mind was on identity politics and neo-conceptualism. Fin-de-siècle drawings of moony monsters and lamp-bright flowers existed on some other planet. Now theres another Redon survey, smaller, very beautiful, culminating in his lush, pixilated late paintings. And the timing for it is just right. 11 West 53rd Street, (212) 708-9400. (Cotter) * Museum of Modern Art: ELIZABETH MURRAY, through Jan. 9. Here is the complete range of shape-shifting, dizzily colored pictures that Elizabeth Murray has produced over four decades. The colors are noisy, the harmonies pungent, the scale big and bold. While art-world fashion has drifted here and there, Ms. Murray has stuck to her craft, with all its difficulties and at the occasional cost of failure and neglect. Her show is a meaty, openhearted, eye-popping event. (See above.) (Kimmelman) Museum of Modern Art: PIXAR: 20 YEARS OF ANIMATION, through Feb. 6. With more than 500 drawings, collages, storyboards and sculpted models by 80 artists, numerous projections and a mesmerizing three-dimensional zoetrope, this exhibition offers a detailed glimpse of the creative and technological processes behind such computer-animation wonders as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. In the end, nothing has as much art or magic as these films themselves, but the concentrated effort and expertise that goes into them is nonetheless something of a wonder too. (See above.) (Smith) * The Museum for African Art: Lasting Foundations: The Art oF Architecture in Africa, through Jan. 6. Like most architectural shows, this one uses lots of photographs and texts, and more than many, it also incorporates objects: Dogon door locks from Mali; carved Igbo doors from Nigeria; Swahili window frames, rich with Indian and Islamic motifs, from Kenya. World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, 220 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, (718) 784-7700. (Cotter) neue galerie: Egon Schiele: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections, through Feb. 20. This extensive exhibition mostly of works on paper gives an informative account of the regrettably brief career of one of the 20th centurys great draftsmen and romantic rebels. Schieles self-portraits, drawings and watercolors of sexy young women still burn with fires of narcissistic yearning, erotic desire and bohemian dissent. 1048 Fifth Avenue, (212) 628-6200. (Johnson) * New York Public Library: THE SPLENDOR OF THE WORD: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS, through Feb. 12. Few objects encapsulate their times like the exquisite full-service concentrations of text, image and decoration that are illuminated manuscripts, and few institutions in North America have as many great ones as New York Citys favorite library. Fifth Avenue, at 42nd Street, (212) 869-8069. (Smith) * Rubin Museum of Art : What is it? HimalAyan Art, For a basic guide to the art of Tibet and Nepal, you will do no better than to take a slow walk through this new show, which, using an array of gorgeous objects, distills knotty visual and spiritual systems to a soothing but stimulating entry-level form. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000. (Cotter) The Noguchi Museum: The Imagery of Chess Revisited, through March 12. In 1944, the artists Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp and the gallery director Julien Levy organized an attention-getting New York exhibition devoted to chess, once a chic pastime for members of the artistic intelligentsia. Organizers of this historically intriguing show managed to find most of the works that were in the original exhibition, including chess sets designed by the artists Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder and Man Ray. 9-01 33rd Road, at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 204-7088. (Johnson) * Studio Museum in Harlem: FREQUENCY, through March 12. Despite some marked unevenness, this display of new and recently emerged talent confirms the current vitality of black art, contemporary art and midsize New York museums. Names to look out for include Kalup Linzy, Leslie Hewitt, Jeff Sonhouse, Shinique Amie Smith, Demetrius Oliver, Michael Paul Britto, Nick Cave, Mickalene Thomas and Michael Queenland, but dont stop there. 144 West 125th Street, (212) 864-4500. (Smith) * Whitney Museum of American Art: THE ART OF RICHARD TUTTLE, through Feb. 5. For 40 years Richard Tuttle has murmured the ecstasies of paying close attention to the worlds infinitude of tender incidents, making oddball assemblages of prosaic ephemera, which, at first glance, belie their intense deliberation and rather monumental ambition. Out of cord, tin, Styrofoam, florists wire and bubble wrap he has devised objects whose status is not quite sculpture or drawing or painting but some combination of the three, and whose exquisiteness is akin to that of jewelry. His outstanding retrospective is a cross between a kindergarten playroom and a medieval treasury. 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, (800) 944-8639. (Kimmelman) Galleries: Uptown Charles Biederman: Works from the Thirties One of the most interestingly maverick and talented of between-the-wars American Modernists, Biederman left New York in 1942 for Minnesota, where he continued to make art and write art theory until his death in 2004. This small exhibition of biomorphic abstract paintings and one glossy construction of squares and knobs from the 1930s shows what an excellent student he was of European Surrealism and Constructivism. Meredith Ward, 60 East 66th Street, (212) 744-7306, through Jan. 14. (Johnson) Richard Pousette-Dart: Presences: The Imploding of Color Though routinely associated with Abstract Expressionists, Pousette-Dart had metaphysical and symbolist interests that distinguished him from better-known members of that group. In the 1960s and 70s, he turned to what you could call Pointillist Color Field Painting, and though the sensuous impact of light, color and thickly stippled paint is strongly asserted, the works are also animated by intimations of cosmic mysticism. Knoedler, 19 East 70th Street, (212) 794-0550, through Jan. 7. (Johnson) Galleries: 57th Street Gerhard Richter This celebrated German master presents two sets of paintings. One set, made in his familiar manner of squeegeeing layers of wet paint, is enigmatically punctuated by a photograph of Mr. Richters own painting of flying fighter planes from the 1960s. The other, consisting of large canvases bearing blurry, all-gray patterns based on silicate molecules, casts a spell of visionary pessimism. Marian Goodman, 24 West 57th Street, (212) 977-7160, through Jan. 14. (Johnson) Structure Hardly any artist today takes geometry as seriously as certain American Modernists did following the lead of Mondrian in the mid-20th century. So this well-produced show of geometric relief sculptures by Ilya Bolotowsky, Nikolai Kasak and Charles Biederman among others comes as a nice surprise. Eli Bornsteins truly beautiful, neatly gridded constructions of floating wood blocks painted lovely confectionery colors are alone worth the trip. Forum, 745 Fifth Avenue, at 57th Street, (212) 355-4545, through Jan. 14. (Johnson) Richard Walker: Beacon Road Paintings Working on compact panels in a deft, painterly style that mixes influences of Alex Katz and Neil Welliver, this Scottish artist creates vividly atmospheric views of snowy woods and other quiet nature scenes. Alexander, 41 East 57th Street, (212) 755-2828, through Dec. 30. (Johnson) Galleries: Chelsea Abetz/Drescher The Berlin-based collaborators Maike Abetz and Oliver Drescher paint large, busily detailed pictures of Renaissance ruins densely populated by fashion models, broken guitars, televisions and naked figures from pagan myth in a style you might call psychedelic Pre-Raphaelite. Though not impressive formally or technically, they do capture a certain wildly eclectic and deeply narcissistic state of youthful consciousness. Goff & Rosenthal, 537B West 23rd Street, (212) 675-0461, through Jan. 7. (Johnson) Carolina Raquel Antich: All of a Sudden An Argentine who lives in Venice, where she was included in last summers biennale, Ms. Antich makes extremely spare paintings and drawings of children that exude moods of such sweet innocence that you cant help suspecting something malevolent lurking just beyond the outer edges of her imagery. Florence Lynch, 531-539 West 25th Street, (212) 924-3290, through Jan. 7. (Johnson) Nobuyoshi Araki, Painting Flower and Diaries Mr. Araki is one of Japans great photographers, but his installation of pictures of tied-up nude young women interspersed with pictures of exotic flowers garishly slathered with paint is too fashionably transgressive. Anton Kern, 532 West 20th Street, (212) 367-9663, through Jan. 14. (Johnson) Miki Carmi: Psychic Readymades This young Israel-born painter makes strangely creepy pictures of senior citizens oversize bald heads based on members of his family. He lavishes painterly attention on veins, age spots, baggy eyes, wrinkles and drooping lips, and he floats the heads like weird balloons against white backgrounds. The paintings are far from beautiful, but their unsettling impact feels right for the often confusing roles that elders play in our psychic lives. Stux, 530 West 25th Street, (212) 352-1600, through Jan. 21. (Johnson) * ROY DE FOREST: NEW PAINTINGS At 75, this underappreciated West Coast artist, a sort-of Neo-Expressionist before the fact, brings a new vehemence of color and texture, amplified by clearer compositions, to his comic-sinister universe of bright-eyed, zoned-out men and animals. George Adams, 525 West 26th Street, Chelsea, (212) 564-8480, through Jan. 28. (Smith). Paula Scher: The Maps Big paintings in the form of maps of Europe, North America, Los Angeles and Long Island combine abstraction and eccentric cartography with invigorating, subtly comical verve. Maya Stendhal, 545 West 20th Street, (212) 366-1549, through Jan 21. (Johnson) Catherine Sullivan: The Chittendens In a multiprojection video work, professional actors, none speaking, perform scripted sequences of actions. At first the effect is comical, but humor is overridden by an academic mission to deconstruct codes of behavior in film, theater and real life. Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, (212) 206-7100, through today. (Johnson) Galleries: SoHo * JIM DRAIN and ARA PETERSON: HYPNOGOOGIA With a kaleidoscopic, mirrored DVD installation and multifaceted sculptures that resemble gaudy 12-foot-high soccer balls, two of contemporary arts most interesting collaborators have masterminded a kind of wonderland of digital and analog psychedelia. The best piece is best experienced by descending into a kind of rabbit hole on a ladder. The total effect is amazing, if a little vacant. Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, (212) 343-7300, through Jan. 28. (Smith) Last Chance CHARLES BURCHFIELD: PAINTINGS, 1915-1964, The best landscapes of this underappreciated American modernist, seen here in a rare, well-selected survey of his watercolors, depict a natural world that is lighted from within. D. C. Moore Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, near 57th Street, (212) 247-2111, closing today. (Smith) Dave Cooper: pictorial ruminations on the volume and density of mostly pillowy girls Comically weird illustration is enjoying great popularity among artists under 40. The Ottawa-based Mr. Cooper is a master of the genre. His manically surrealistic paintings and drawings of toothy, pop-eyed women in hectic situations mix attraction and repulsion with infectious verve. Jonathan Levine, 529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, (212) 243-3822, closing today. (Johnson) GEORGE GROSZ: HIS VISUAL AND THEATRICAL POLITICS This small banquet of George Groszs drawings from 1914 to 1930 -- before he came to the United States -- shows his work in two arenas, for publication and for the stage, at the height of his wit and moral indignation. Achim Moeller Fine Art, 167 East 73rd Street, (212) 988-4500, closing today. (Glueck) Hans Haacke: State of the Union People say that the days of politically minded art are over. The market, that monstrous sponge, absorbs and neutralizes all. But there may be at least one resistant margin left: uncoolness. Uncool art can do and say whatever it wants, because the market doesnt care. Hans Haackes art has been doing and saying what it wants for 40 years. Sometimes his socially engaged Conceptualism is in synch with fashion; at other times, like now, it is not. But he keeps to his course, changing the forms, adjusting the themes, renewing the commitment. In this show he carries the case for art as political argument into the post-9/11 present. Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-1105, closing today.(Cotter) Gwen Hardie: Face Paintings Each of Ms. Hardies quietly arresting, medium-size canvases depicts a much enlarged part of someones face -- an eye, a nose, the top of a lip -- realized in thin layers of smudgy color. Detail is suppressed, and the paintings veer toward an evocatively blurry and enigmatic generalization that verges in some cases on abstraction. Dinter, 547 West 27th Street, Chelsea, (212) 947-2818, closing today. (Johnson) BYRON KIM: ODDLY FLOWING In this rambling show by an artist who made a splash in the early 1990s by comparing the skin tones of different people in monochromatic canvases, most interesting are the photographic assemblages under the rubric of What I See. These impressions of important places in his life, like the one of his backyard in Park Slope, Brooklyn, have a sweet, nostalgic poignancy. Each is the result of a 360-degree sweep with a digital camera, with the images reassembled into an intensified whole. They tweak the landscape in a lively fashion. But the show needs focus; the inclusion of other, unrelated works weakens its impact. Max Protetch, 511 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 633-6999, closing today. (Glueck) * Helen Levitt: Slide Show: Color Photographs 1959-1984 For some artists, Ms. Levitt is one, the camera is less an expertly operated tool than a seamless extension of mind, eye and heart. Made from slides, the 21 color pictures in this show of things happening in the street are small miracles of form, story-telling and metaphor. Laurence Miller, 20 West 57th Street, (212) 397-3930, closing today.(Johnson) * Mary Ellen Mark: Falkland Road When the American photographer Mary Ellen Mark started visiting India in the 1960s, she didnt head for the Taj Mahal. She hung out on a jammed and noisy street in Bombay called Falkland Road, the citys busiest low-rent red light district. Her goal was to photograph the prostitutes -- men and women, children and adults -- who lived and worked there. The complete series of pictures, exhibited only once before in the United States in 1981, is on view in two Chelsea galleries. The images are as startling and engrossing as ever. And with the devastating spread of AIDS in India since they were made, they are something more. Marianne Boesky Gallery and Yancy Richardson Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea. Boesky: (212) 680-9889; Richardson: (646) 230-9610, closing today. (Cotter) TIM NOBLE & SUE WEBSTER: THE GLORY HOLE The latest gimmickry from this British art team consists of metal scrap assemblages that conjure up 1950s junk sculptures and, properly lighted, cast shadows of the artists faces or bodies in profile. Briefly diverting side-show humanism. Bortolami Dayan, 510 West 25th Street, Chelsea, (212) 727-2050, closing today. (Smith) * Claes Oldenburg This excellent show of works from the 60s by this seminal Pop artist includes paint-splattered objects like oversize sneakers and a slice of pie à la mode and soft, stuffed objects like a toilet and a giant house key. Zwirner & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, (212) 517-8677, closing today. (Johnson) Lari Pittman New, weirdly antic pictures of domestic interiors rendered in a luminous, splintery Cubist style by this Los Angeles-based painter are visually captivating and poetically mysterious. Gladstone, 515 West 24th Street, Chelsea, (212) 206-9300, closing today. (Johnson) Traffic As usual for its big group exhibitions, Exit Arts current Biennial, this one devoted to the theme of traffic -- vehicular and otherwise -- is messy, youthful, noisy, crowded and entertaining. Highlights include a miniature model of a sidewalk construction site walkway by Chantel Foretich; portraits of 10 New York art dealers -- i.e., art traffic controllers -- by Tom Hébert; a finely made plywood tower mimicking a mold for pouring concrete highway bridge supports, by Mike Wsol; a set of ceramic train cars by David Packer; and many variously amusing, tedious and distracting videos. Exit Art, 475 10th Avenue, at 36th Street, (212) 966-7745, closing today. (Johnson) CY TWOMBLY: BACCHUS Eight paintings deliver a red-hot visual tsunami via the artists characteristic spiraling scribbles writ large across amazing, angry, joyful enveloping surfaces that are in the grand tradition of the aging painter letting it rip. Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, at 77th Street, (212) 744-2313, closing today. (Smith) REBECCA WARREN: PAS DE DEUX A young British sculptor who works in unfired, sometimes painted clay, makes an impressive debut with sculptures that roam the history of sculpture and decorative objects with juicy abandon, sprouting snoutlike breasts and frazzled roses and culminating in large figures of dancers that split the difference between Degas and de Kooning, with a little Francis Bacon thrown in for good measure. Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street, Chelsea, (212) 243-0200, closing today at 3 p.m. (Smith).

Charges filed vs Mary Janes alleged recruiter

Crying during a television interview, Mary Jane Velosos alleged recruiter says, The truth will come out: I am innocent

Pacquiao begs Indonesian leader: Save Mary Jane - Rappler

Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao says clemency for Mary Jane Veloso will serve as a great morale booster for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Lawyers cling to hope as Velosos execution nears

(CNN Philippines) ��� Mary Jane Veloso has more than 24 hours left before her execution. But her lawyers believe theres still hope. ���There are still a lot of things that can happen, Edre Olalia, one of the lawyers from the National Union of Peoples.

The honor of Mary Jane Veloso - Rappler

Mary Jane claims to be the victim here ��� a victim of circumstance and a devious recruiter. She remains steadfast in her innocence ��� and will continue to do so until the bitter end. (READ: The race to save Mary Jane Veloso��.

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