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Alexis Cole. Head downtown to hear the winner of this year’s jazzmobile vocal competition. Sweet Rhythm, 88 7th Ave. S. (betw. Bleecker & Grove Sts.), 212-255-3626; 8 & 9:30, $15.

Playwright Carson Kreitzer’s Flesh and the Desert
. The land of Las Vegas, featuring Elvis, Liberace, Seigfried & Roy, Bugsy Siegel, showgirls. Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-279-4200; 7, $10.

I Wake Up Screaming & Sorry Wrong Number. Double-bill of classic thrillers starring Betty Grable, Barbara Stanwyck. Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (betw. 6th Ave. & Varick St.), 212-727-8110; 1:05, 4:25, 7:25, $10.50.

Pornology New York. Documentary of the hot horny 1970s of Plato’s Retreat, the Hellfire, the Mindshaft, The Vault, the Anvil, Le Trapeze, Show World w/ Michele Capozzi, Neville Chambers, Porsche Lynn, Lenny Waller. Pioneer Theater, 155 E. 3rd St. (at Ave. A), 212-591-0434; 7, $6.50-$10 (includes pizza and beer reception).

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Ben Kweller. Riding that appearance on the Weird Al Show to super-stardom. Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. (betw. Sterling & St. John’s Pls.), B’klyn, 718-230-0236; 9, $18/$29.

Andy Friedman & The Other Failures, Sweet Crude Bill
. Free sounds, $1 mugs of beer in rock ’n’ roll lounge. Magnetic Field Cocktail Lounge, 97 Atlantic Ave. (betw. Henry & Hicks Sts.), B’klyn, 718-834-0069; 8, free.

Drama of Works & Exploding Puppet Productions. “Sid & Nancy Punch & Judy Show,” “Words, Words, Words,” tiny monkey puppets try to write Hamlet, "Puppet Kafka" with marionette Kafka and cockroach, "Die Hard: The Puppet Musical,” singing-sock-puppet-themed adaptation of 1980’s action flick. The Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St. (at White St.), 212-352-3101; 7:30, $10-$15.

The World Famous *Bob* presents Monday night burlesque. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves.), B’klyn, 212-868-4444; 9:30, $5.

Osmany Paredes. It’s Mozart with a Latin heart and a jazzy soul. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $15.

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Robbers on High Street, Aeroplane Pageant, The Jealous Girlfriends. Their sophomore record, See, We Don’t Sound Like Spoon, debuted earlier this month. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $13/15.

Mo’ Fire. You don’t need any hot sauce for that chili! This party will set that booty on fire. I mean it will make you dance, sicko. Featuring The Roughstars, MC Yummy, The Groove Bros & The Whole Damn Family. Fontanas
, 105 Eldridge St. (betw. Broome & Grand Sts), 212-334-6740; 10, $6

Pasolini’s Teorama
. Terence Stamp plays sexy stranger who beds mother, father & daughter. BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave. (at Flatbush St.), B’klyn, 718-636-4100; 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15, $7.50-$11.

K2 Lounge “Time to Ascend” Party. Full bar, global sounds DJ, gallery. The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-620-5000, ext. 344; 6-7 happy hour, 7 Tangka painting demo by Pema Rinzin, 9:30 CABARETcinema, free + $7 min.

Earth to Sun Ra. Reading of new opera, Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth!, performances by Latsha N. Nevada Diggs, Taylor Ho Bynum, VJ’s Love Intelligence Group, DJ Steinski. Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave. (at 75th St.), 1-800-WHITNEY; 6-9, pay what you will.

Suicide. Pioneering synth-punk and revolutionizing Brazilian deodorant commercials. South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St. (at South St.), 212-732-7678; 7, free.

The Millenial Territory Orchestra, Ethan Lipton. It’s movies with jazz once again—this time we hear the melodies accompanied by a selection of Laurel & Hardy films. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7:30, free ($3 donation suggested).

Ann Hampton Callaway. You’ll recognize her as the voice from the theme from "The Nanny." Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $25.

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Best Butt Contest. $100 for best cheeks, hosted by Mimi Imfurst, TJ the DJ. XES Lounge, 157 W. 24th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-604-0212; midnight (butt contest), free.

J-break, Wavewhore
, detox, dance, sweat all night to breakbeat. Sullivan Room, 218 Sullivan St., (betw. W. 3rd & Bleecker Sts.), 212-252-2151 (rsvp@sullivanroom.com); 10pm-4am, $7 w/ RSVP.

Midsummer Arts Madness. Art auction and fundraiser for visual artists from Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and the western edge of Bed-Stuy. Eleven Ten Gallery, 1110 Fulton St. (betw. Franklin Ave. & Classon St.), B’klyn, 718-857-5696 (RSVP to sonyany99@aol.com or 718-622-8711); 6:30-10, free.

Hippiefest Peace & Love Seaside Summer Concert Series. The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, the Zombies, Moody Blues singer Denny Laine, Melanie, Country Joe McDonald. Asser Levy/Seaside Park, W. 5th St. & Surf Ave. (across from New York Aquarium), Coney Island/Brighton Beach, B’klyn, 718-469-1912; 7:30, $5.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Up to their knees in funk. Castle Clinton, Battery Park (Broadway and State Sts.), 212-344-7220; 7, free.

Marlena Shaw. During her years on the Blue Note label she released a disc called Who Is This Bitch Anyway? Enough said about her attitude. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $30.

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They Might Be Giants, Les Chauds Lapin. They might be pushing 50. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $22/$25.

Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match
. William Walsh, Tony O’Neill, Tao Lin, Maureen Tkacik, Joshua Mandelbaum read; judged by Leigh Newman, Wesley Stace, host Anthony Tognazzini. Garibaldi Plaza, Washington Sq. Park, (east of the fountain in the center of the park), 212-696-6609; 6:30, free.

Reverend Jen’s Magical Birthday Anti-Slam!
Open mic art stars celebrate elfin Jen dressed as magical creatures. Mo Pitkin’s, 34 Ave. A (betw. 2nd &3rd Aves.), 212-777-5660; 9:30, $4.

Erotic Performance Loft Party. Lesbian dildo show with porn star Ginger, topless and nude lap dancing. Midtown West Loft, 344 W. 38th St., 5th fl. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), Buzzer No. 501; 6:30pm-3:30am, $50-$60.

Wavegarden. Concert with crystal bowls, flute & tabla. Meta Center, 214 W. 29th St., 16th fl. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-736-0999; 8-9:30, $20.

Pelican, Earth, Unearthly Trance. Here’s hoping the bouncers remember to bring earplugs. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $15/$17.

The Hazey Janes, The Muggs. Adorable indie rock just might be Scotland’s number one export. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8:30, $8.

David Vandervelde and The Moon Station House Band, Blitzen Trapper, The A-Sides. Bowie and T. Rex. There are worse things to sound like…Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 9:30, $10.

M.I.A
. Trust me, it’s just a lot easier to say M.I.A. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 10, sold out.

Johnny Pacheco. This is New York salsa dura, created in Spanish Harlem—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Pacheco, one of the original Fania all-stars proves it himself. South Street Seaport, Pier 17 Stage (Fulton & South Sts.), 212-732-7678; 7; free.

Amanda Monaco 4. The talented guitarist and educator shows her chops tonight. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.

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Pelican, Earth, Priestbird (formerly Tarantula AD). The show ain’t over until the first brain hemorrages. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $15.

Audacia Ray’s The Bi Apple
. Erotica reading and screening. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at E. 2nd St.), 212-505-5181; 8-11, $5-$8.

Paper Rad w/ Cory Arcangel. Psychedelic blend of art and music w/ Ben Jones, Slow Jams Band, DJ Jazzy Jexxx. MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-708-9400; 8-11, $10.

Anthony Coleman. Melodic minimalist reveals inspirations, failures, successes, inner angst with audience participation. Issue Project Room, The (OA) Can Factory, 232 3rd St., 3rd Floor (near Gowanus Canal), B’klyn, 718-330-0313; 7, free.

The White Stripes, Grinderman, Porter Wagoner. At this rate, we fully expect Mr. White to be dressed in a blood-soaked chicken suit on the cover of the next record. Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, 212-307-7171; 8, $39.50-$49.50.

Grady Tate Quintet. The famed drummer foregoes the sticks for the mike as he releases his new CD as a vocalist, recorded live at this very stage. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8:30 & 10:30, $25.

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Nicole Atkins & The Sea, Die Romantik, Takka Takka, Scott Liss. There’s maybe too much dark mystery for Mercury to contain. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 7:30, $12.

PAINTstain Monday Night Crafting
. DIY, create art, commune & collaborate in cozy bar. The Stain Bar, 766 Grand St. (at Humboldt St.), 718-387-7840; 5, free, supplies provided or BYO.

The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in a Winner-Take-All America. Daniel Brook’s indictment of how American youth is trapped into boring corporate drone jobs to pay exorbitant rents and student loans. The Half King, 505 W. 23rd St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 212-462-4300; 7, free.

Something in Spanish, Nutron. Mysterious live performance by Brit exotic lounge avant-pop jazz group with unedited films. Monkeytown, 58 N. 3rd St (betw. Kent &Wythe Sts.), B’klyn, 718-384-1369; 8:30, $5 + $10 min.

Nom de Plume, Katy Pfaffl, Phonograph, Kelly Jones, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio. NY band Phonograph deliver that catchy crunchy folk rock that’s hard to resist. Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-533-7235; 7-11, tip jar.

Ted Poor & Bad Touch. You gotta be poor and have a pretty amazing touch to try and overshadow a screening of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. Good luck, guys. Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, Brooklyn, 718-768-4966; 8, $5 donation.

Bob Telson & Isabel de Sebastian. The guy who got an Oscar for Baghdad Café’s soundtrack shows up with his missus to sing movie songs and more. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 7:30, $15.

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Bishop Allen, Rock Plaza Central. Taking a break from their busy schedule of not releasing an EP every month. South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St. (at South St.), 212-732-7678; 7, free.

Way Down East
. Newly restored print and musical score. Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center, north side of W. 65th St. (betw. Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.), 212-496-3809; 7, $15/$20.

The Lolita Party. Get hot and sloppy with Andy D., The Mistakes, DJ Chrispy, sexy bartender Zachbot. Death by Audio, 49 S. 2nd St. (betw. Wythe & Kent Sts.), B’klyn, No Phone; 9, $6. www.myspace.com/thelolitaparty.

Crossroads. Slammin’ street art crossed with urban culture by Yushi aka Pesu (Old Souls), Andrew Cotton, Rodrigo Gonzalez, Andrew K Thompson & Mighty Tanaka (curator). Ad Hoc Arts, 49 Bogart St., Buzzer 22, Unit 1G (at Grattan St.), B’klyn, 718-366-2466; 7-10, free.

Pinchbottom’s Subconscious: Bottoms Over Broadway. Starring Amber Ray, Anita Cookie, Bastard Keith, Clams Casino, Tigger & more. The Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St. (at White St.), 212-352-3101; Thurs. & Fri. 10, $15.

Girls Against Boys. Twenty years later, and the battle continues to rage on. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $20.

The Coydogs, Marissa Nadler, TK Webb, Pale Hoarse, The Joints. Part coyote, part dog, part roots rock. Church of Messiah, 129 Russell St. (betw. Nassau & Driggs Aves.), 718-389-0854; 7am, $10.

Cursive. Honestly, an rock band with a cellist is okay in our book. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 7, $15.

Noisettes. The band describes lead singer, Shingai Shoniwa, as singing like Billie Holiday on PCP—because there’s a woman who needed to be more heavily medicated. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 10, $10.

Gogol Bordello. The band performed with Madonna at the Live Earth concert, so expect a lot of talk about Kaballah in faux British accents at the upcoming show. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $25.

Neko Case, Eric Bachman. This is pre-electric Dylan (circa 1964) revived through Case, who they say came to fame forty years too late. But then we do need a reference, don’t you agree? Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield (entrance at E72nd St.); 212-360-2756; 7, free.

Bobby “Blue” Bland, Catherine Russell. Well into the fifth decade of his career, Bland can still get you into that sweet groove. Do not dare to show up without a date. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), B’klyn, 718-855-7882; 7:30, $3 donation.

Battles, Singer. A little bit synthetic, all the way rockin. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $14.

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The Lemonheads. Back like so much alternative rock clockwork. Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave. (at Eckford St.), B’klyn, 718-387-0505; 8, $22.50.

Midsummer Brazilian Carnaval.
Beleza Brazil performs samba, frevo, marchas, pagode, forró & more. Behind Lincoln Center fountain, Columbus Ave. (betw. 62nd & 65th Sts.), 212-721-6500; dance lessons at 6:30, live music from 7:30-10; $15 includes lesson.

Global Underground. Chosan, Eli Efi & Laylo, Foundation Movement, Zuluboy & more. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Sts.), B’klyn; 8, $10/$12.

W.M.D. (just the low points): Ontological-Hysteric INCUBATOR. Absurdly comic mind-stimulating vapid chit-chat, live musical score performed by Captain Tom. St. Mark’s Church, Parish Hall, 131 E.  10th St. (at 2nd Ave.), 212-420-1916; 10, $5.

Drive-By Truckers. Finally, someone who speaks to the drifting cow-punk masses. Castle Clinton, Battery Park (Broadway and State Sts.), 212-344-7220; 7, free.

Electric Six. Can you really say you’ve lived a full life before you’ve heard “Gay Bar” on a boat? Rocks Off Concert Cruises, W. 41st St. at the Hudson River, 212-571-3304; 7, $30/$35.

Gravy Train!!!!, VIP, Love or Perish. Junx joined when Drunx left. Have no fear, though, the core of Chunx, Hunx, Junx and Funx remains intact. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 9, $10.

Blackmail With Alloy Orchestra, Morley. Nope, not that kind of blackmail, but a silent Hitchcock film set to newly-written music. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), B’klyn, 718-855-7882; 7:30, $3 donation.

Eyaol Maoz’s Diymon. The Brooklyn-based guitarist was so influenced by Medeski, Martin & Wood that he got Medeski himself to record with him. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.

Mobius Band, J.D. Samson (of Le Tigre), Sune (of The Raveonettes). If you aren’t dancing then watch out for Pilobolus Dance Theatre who will also be in the house. Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-242-4300; 9:30, free (RSVP at GBH.tv).

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They Might Be Giants, Corn Mo. Serious accordion-on-accordion action. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $22/$25.

Chuck Klosterman
. Author talks about relativity of truth, sex, drugs & cocoa puffs. Hosted by Rich Cohen, author of Sweet and Low: A Family Story. Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-768-4242; 12:30-1:45, free.

Macbeth Without Words: The Pretentious Festival. Improves classic story by cutting out difficult language, doubles blood, ghosts, witches & bitches. The Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave. (betw. Union Ave. & Lorimer St.), B’klyn, 718-907-3457; 8, $10.

Open Level Naked Yoga. With Isis Phoenix, open up your second chakra—but don’t forget to bring your own towel. Yoga Mandali, 560 Broadway, 2nd flr. (at Prince St.), 212-473-9001; 8:15-9:45, $25 donation.

The Mooney Suzuki, The Muldoons, Stylofone. One percent inspiration and 99% perspiration? Yep, that about sums it up. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 8, $10.

The Fratellis, The Switches. When you meet two other guys named Fratelli, you really owe it to yourselves to start a band. Really. Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St. (betw. 7t & 8th Aves.), 212-777-6800; 6:45, $22.

Steve Kuhn Trio feat. Eddie Gomez. You could drop the feature bit: Gomez is known to steal the spotlight from the bandleader way back when he played with Bill Evans. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th Street, 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $25.

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The Shout Out Louds. Changed their name when they heard about another band called Luca Brasi. Go figure…South Street Seaport, Spiegeltent (at Pier 17), 646-775-2880; 11:30, $25.

Freegan Meeting and Trash Tour.
Meeting and guided tour of retail waste. Herald Square Park, Broadway, (35th St. entrance), 347-724-6954; 7:30, free. 

Helpers. Reading of new comedy by Isaiah Sheffer, directed by Eduardo Machado, Q&A with cast & creative team after performance. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th St.), 212-864-5400; 7, free.

Caged. Women behind bars wreck the place in classic, 1950 flick. Pioneer Theater, 155 E. 3rd St. (betw. Ave.), 212-591-0434; 7, $6.50-$10.

The Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Land of Talk. Bring some sunscreen—and a history book. Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, E. 72nd St. at Fifth Ave., 212-360-2756; 5, $30/$35.

Ze Luis Quartet. Brazilian jazz in a club named after the country’s favorite spirit—a potentially explosive mix. Cachaça, 35 W. 8th St.(bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-388-9099; 9, 11 & 1am, $10.

Alice Smith. Sexy-styled vocals and dinner. Yum. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 9:30 & 11:30, $15.

Jerome Sabbagh Quartet. What can you say about a jazz band that plays before a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining? Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 8, $5 donation.

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Armin Van Buuren. The DJ fires up his unique blend of soaring, electronic dance music for a rabid trance crowd this superstitious afternoon. McCarren Park, Lorimer Street (betw. Driggs Avenue & Bayard St.), B’klyn, no phone; 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m., $40+.

A Return to Our Dolly Dinkle Days. The Adult Dance Recital with “…And Dancers,” goofy days of tutus, baton twirling and tippy toes dancing. Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St. (at White St.); 212-352-3101; 10, $12.

Hysterical Dementia. Variety show w/ The Monumental Misfits of Comedy: Stephanie Sabelli, Bruce Smolanoff, Shecky Beagleman, Steve Bird. Mo Pitkin’s, 34 Ave. A (betw. E. 2nd & E. 3rd Sts.), 212-777-5660; 7:30, $10 + 1 drink min.

Groundhog Day. CABARETcinema: Artists’ Choice, karmic debt in Punxsutawney, Buddhist multimedia artist Andra Samelson introduces Bill Murray comedy. Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. (at 7th Ave.), 212-620-5000; 9:30-11:15, free + $7 bar min.

Menomena, Beat the Devil. Their second record, Friend of Foe, was criticized for its “feigned maturity,” which I guess is why we can relate. South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St. (at South St.), 212-732-7678; 7, free.

Zoe, The Pinker Tones, Chetes. The Latin Alternative Music Conference hits town once again, bringing the new groove of Latino music outside the realm of salsa. Take for instance this sample, all of which share a taste for caliente-flavored electronic music. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7:30, $3 donation.

Hugh Masekela. The singer/trumpeter was one of  South Africa’s main voices against apartheid, and age han’t mellowed him. Rockin’ The River Cruise, 42nd St. & the Hudson River (at Pier 83), 212-630-8888; 8 & 10:30, $45.

Run Run Riot, Sonji, Jen Urban & the Box, Mahogany, Tanya True.
A good time will be had for all…Club Midway, 25 Avenue B (betw. 2nd & 3rd Sts.), 212-253-2595; 7:15, $10.

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Ron Sexsmith. If you haven’t had your fill of authentic Canadian bands so far, here’s another free one to gorge on. Castle Clinton, Battery Park, (betw. Battery Pl. & State St.), no phone; 7-9, free.

Readymade Dance Theatre Company: Version 2.0.
Audience onstage with three performers as they thrash it out in a war. P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (at E. 9th St.), 212-477-5288; Through 7/15; 8, $10-$20.

Thrillerfest. 12 blockbuster thriller authors, including Tasha Alexander, Brett Ellen Bloc, Sean Chercover, Kathryn Fox, James Grippando, Philip Hawley Jr., Jonathan Santlofer, Andrew Gross. Borders, 461 Park Ave. (at 57th St.), 212-980-6785; 6-8, free.

Sonorous Echo, Eva Dean Dance & Alloy Orchestra.
Sleep deprivation from A to Z and other nocturnal stuff. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-691-6500; Through 7/14; 2 & 7:30, $20.

Suzanne Vega. A decade and a half later, and I’m still trying to get that damn “Tom’s Diner” song out of my head. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 8, $30/$33.

Dub Trio, The Giraffes, The Exit. RSVP-only. Probably shouldn’t BYOB, though. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, free.

Dragons of Zynth, DJ Mistakes, Brightside (ex-Aqui). Sort of like Fishbone, only, you know, even weirder. Solar One, 2420 FDR Dr. (betw. 23rd St. & Ave. C), 212-505-6050; 6, free.

Tim Fite, The Mugs. His bio is full of lies, but really, what do you expect from a indie hip-hop/country artist? Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 8, $10.

Maximo Park, Monsters Are Waiting, The Oohlas. Lead singer Paul Smith was discovered by the band singing along to a Stevie Wonder song in a pub, which, incidentally, is how I landed this calendar gig. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 7, $16.

Noche Flamenca, Andrew J Nemr & Cpd Plus, Darrah Carr Dance. Though better seen & heard in a more intimate setting of a small theater, Noche Flamenca’s singers, musicians and dancers will blow you away. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7:30, $3 donation.

DJ Dolores, Aparelhagem. This Brazilian composer and producer has been a mainstay in his country’s electronic music scene since the emergence of the Mangue Beat movement in the early ’90s. S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick St. (at W. Houston St.), 212-243-4940; 10, $22.

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Spoon. See, not everything from Texas is bad. Rockefeller Park (at Chambers St. & River Terrace), no phone; 7, free.

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.
Musical flick screening w/ live bands, munchies. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd. (at Broadway), Queens, 718-956-1819; sunset, free.

How the AP Has Covered New York City. New York Book Club sponsors panel discussion with AP’s most renowned correspondents and photographers: Hal Buell, Richard Drew, Valerie Komor & Edie Lederer. Visitors Center & Museum Shop, Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St. (at Delancey St.), 212-982-8420; 6, free.

Let’s Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies. Word for Word Author Series, sizes and kinks revealed by Pamela Des Barres, Patti D’Arbanville. The Bryant Park Reading Room, at 42nd St. & 6th Ave., 212-768-4242; 12:30-1:45, free.

Deerhunter, Ex-Models, Blues Control. Their website is full of testimonials asking them to stop making music. How can you not love a band like that? Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $15.

Sam Champion. They were named after a weatherman—we mentioned that before? Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; 8:30, $10.

Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Dj Medina. The son of Fela Kuti inherited the Afro Beat mantle from his late father, Fela Kuti; DJ Medina is a mainstay at World Music dance parties around town…not bad for a midweek gig. Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, E. 72nd St. (entrance at 5th Ave.), 212-360-2756; 7, free.

Mark Ronson, Papa Grows Funk. Amy Winehouse may have the hair, but Mark has the beats. Who do you think those special guests gonna be? Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 9, Sold Out.

Daniel Kelly. His website says that he has “kaleidoscopic musical abilities which range from solo piano to richly cinematic electronic textures.” That means it’s experimental jazz not meant to be understood. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.

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Band of Horses, Zach Galifianakis. It’s a bad art auction and now you get some good indie rock. Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-242-4300; 8, $30

British architect Zaha Hadid, choreographer Frederic Flamand
. Lincoln Center Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave. (betw. 62nd & 65th Sts.), 212-875-5456; 9, free.

Sitelines: Tryst and System of Units. Performance troupe from Siberia paired with interventionist performance group from NY play off each other and passersby, outlandish costumes and “surprises.” River to River Festival, Old Slip (btw. Water & Front Sts.), adjacent to the Police Museum, 212-219-9401 ext. 118; noon-6, free.

Foosball Tournament. Fat Cat Billiards, 75 Christopher St. (at 7th Ave.), 212-675-6056; 7:30, free.

Mirah, Benjy Ferree, Magnolia. How can you not love someone with the middle name “Yom Tov.” Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $15.

Federico Aubelle, Nortec Collective. Argentinean-born Aubele blurs the line between acoustic tango and electronic music, while Nortec Collective can’t even see that line, mixing up different musical styles into their eclectic mix. Proceed with caution. Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, E. 72nd St. (at 5th Ave.) 212-360-2756; 7, free.

Slavic Soul Party. Get your Balkan groove on with the home-grown brass band every Tuesday from now until they become too big for the room. Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 9, $10 donation.

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Art Brut, White Rabbits. Does a band with franchises really need to tour? How complicated is it? Did they really form a band? Find out tonight at 8. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 8, $18.

Norah Tarnow’s The Big Quiz Thing
. Trivia around the clock: test your wit for grand prize at stake. All are welcome to play on teams of four or more and no one has to get on stage. Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St. (at Stanton St.), 212-253-7246; 8, $7.
 
Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight. Top eight comedians in NYC. Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $10 + 2 drink min.

Under Byen, Benzos. Rock without guitar? Only in Denmark. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B’way & Church St.), 212-219-3132; 8, $13.

The Mooney Suzuki, New London Fire, Dark Romantics. Doing music for Suzuki commercials, because very few tropes are as lucrative as the pun. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 9:30, $10.

Leonardo Cioglia Group. Kick off those Monday blues with this bassist’s upbeat Brazilian groove. Louis 649, 649 E. 9th St. (at Ave. C), 212-673-1190; 9, free.

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Fujiya & Miyagi. British Krautrock band named for Japanese characters and a punctuation mark. South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St. (at South St.), 212-732-7678; 7, free.

Changing Room: The Body and Space
. Installation in abandoned photo lab, photographer Anja Hitzenberger architect/designer Illya Azaroff performances by Jimena Paz, Pascale Wettstein. 145 Nassau St. (betw. Spruce & Beekman Sts.), no phone; 6, free.

Art After Dark: First Fridays. Pretty young things look at each other, art, DJs Justine D, Jacques Renault. Guggenheim, 1071 5th Ave. (at 89th St.), 212-423-3500; 9-1, $15/$25.

Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot takes R&J to the asphalt. Municipal Parking Lot, Ludlow & Broome, 212-877-0099; 8, free.

Chromeo, Kid Sister, Flosstradamus. Electro-funk with a PhD in French Lit. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), 
B’klyn, 
718-389-1880; 10, $10/$12.

Mulgrew Miller Trio. For the past 20 years, this pianist has changed the way people look at jazz piano. Find out how tonight. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30, $30.

Karsh Kale. It’s a multi-culti mashup of Hindi/English/dance/lounge vibes. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 11:30, $20.

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Benni Hemm Hemm, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Donkeys. Because everything from Iceland is good, right? Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 7:30, free.

Old Tricks by Red Metal Mailbox.
Part freak-show, part dance-hall, all magic vaudeville theater with trio of carnival lovelies. Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City, Queens, 212-482-7069; 8, $15.

Daisy Spurs feat. The Fuckerettes, gogocuntrypunkmashupelectrohouse. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd fl. (betw. Houston & Stanton St.), 212-219-0736; 10, $12-$15.

AfroPunk Series: Love Story. 2006 flick of Arthur Lee and Love, legendary ’60s psychedelic band. BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., B’klyn, 718-636-4100; 6:50, $11.

Isaac Delgado, Xiomara Laugart, Pistolera. “Pistolera” is Spanish for “gunwoman,” but there’s no violence implied here, just a lot of Latin sounds into the night. Delgado is one of the biggest names in Salsa, by the way. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7:30, $3 donation.

J.D. Allen I Am I Am Trio.
You are! You are! OK, we got it. Puppets Jazz, 294 5th Ave. (betw. 1st & 2nd Sts.), B’klyn, 718-499-2627; 9, $10.

Fucking Hawk, Wild Bee, Lions & Tigers, The Jaguar Club, Animal Style. Ummm, did someone decide to take a trip to the zoo? Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 8, $6.

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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Donkeys, High Places. Honestly, I was never a huge fan of Casiotone for Those in Fulfilling Relationships. Don Pedro’s, 90 Manhattan Ave., B’klyn, 718-218-6914; 8, $tba.

Emancipate Culture Project Breakfast Discussion.
Community organizer Malia Lazu moderates discussion between musicians Cris Williamson, Vicki Randle, Christina Courtin & Sandra dos Santos and activists Janice Dixon, Kyung Ji Rhee & Diana McClure. McNally Robinson Bookstore, 52 Prince St. (betw.Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.), 212-274-1160; 9:30am, free.

Michael Formika Jones & Michael T’s The Factory. Dress wild and party, hosted by Richie Rich, Amanda Lepore, Rainblo, Greggor, Bronques, Miss Guy, Michael Cavadias. Lotus, 409 W. 14th (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 646-467-8251 (or email mgogel@lotusnewyork.com), dinner reservations 212-243-4420 x 250; 10pm, free (say “Formika” or “Michael T” at the door).

The Ataris, The Crash Moderns, Super Satellite. Goonies references and Don Henley songs for people who weren’t alive in the ’80s. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 7:30, $13.

Nick Bärtch Ronin. Tomorrow’s a holiday, so check out this Swedish pianist as he debuts  in the U.S. in time to see the fireworks. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), 212-539-8778; 7:30 & 9:30, $18.

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Radio Birdman, Awesome Color. Australian for proto-punk. Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street, (212) 777-6800; 7, $22.50/$25.

Romanian Violinist Eugen Tichindeleanu.
Former child prodigy goes “fiery” on Franck, Paganini, Suk, Kreisler & Saint-Saens. The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. (betw. 37th & 38th Sts.), 212-879-9779; 7:30, $15.
 
Melissa Nolledo-Christoffels: Epiphanies of Flight. 30 works by Philippine photographer and digital artist. Philippine Center, 556 5th Ave. (betw. 45th and 46th Sts.), 212-764-1300; 7-10, free.

Online sex writers of Nerve.com. Authors Nick Antosca (Fires), Tao Lin, (Eeeee Eee Eeee & Bed), Nelly Reifler (See Through). McNally Robinson Bookstore, 52 Prince St.(betw.Lafayette & Mulberry Sts.), 212-274-1160; 7, free.

The Tito Puente Orchestra. The master timbalero may be gone, but his legacy lives on under the leadership of his son, Rony Puente. S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick St. (at W. Houston St.), 212-243-4940; 9, $20.

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Ra Ra Riot. The show must go on. South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St. (at South St.), 212-732-7678; 7, free

Patti LaBelle.
Good Morning America Concert Series. Bryant Park, 42nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), no phone; 7am, free.

Dance party at Cooper-Hewitt.
DJ Derek Plaslaiko. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 92nd St. (at 5th Ave.), 212-849-8380; 6-9, $12.

Duende Arts. Creating theater in the most unthought-of places. Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement, 66 Grand St., no phone; Fri.-Sat. 8, free. (RSVP required: duendearts@gmail.com).

Daylight’s for the Birds, Southeast Engine, Harmony & Pollution. Used to be called On!Air!Library! A name like that is worth keeping the band together at all costs. Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036; 8, $tba.

The Ballet. Just like the real ballet, only without all of the tights. Cinders, 103 Havemeyer St. (betw. Hope & Grand Sts.), 718-388-2311; tba.

Groove Collective, Ravi Coltrane, Craig Harris. Can you think of a better way to spend a night under a Brooklyn sky? Didn’t think so. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7, $3 donation.

Carlinhos Brown, Céu. Brown single-handedly changed the face of Brazilian percussion as we know it; Céu makes her native São Paulo sound cool again. Nokia Theatre, Times Square, 1515 B’way (at W. 44th St.), 212-930-1950; 9, $30.

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She’s vegan and supports the military. Now that’s rock ’n’ roll. Pier 54,  Hudson River Park (West & 13th Sts.), no phone; 7, free.

Wet & Wild Night Swimming.
Get all wet with open wine and beer bar, finger food, entertainment, swimming under the stars. The Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 800-838-3006; Thurs. & Fri. 7-midnight, $25.
 
The Evolution of the Digital Portrait. Photography & video exhibit of Hollywood stars from the good old days: Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda & more. ClampArt, 521-531 W. 25th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 646-230-0020; 6-8, free.

Trombonophilia. End of month-long festival of NYC’s trombonists. The Stone, Ave. C (at 2nd St.), no phone; Thurs. & Fri. 8 & 10, $10.

Rocky Votolato, Langhorne Slim, Limbeck. Alt-country-o-rama. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $15.

Rickie Lee Jones. Played the Blue Fairy in a ’80s cartoon remake of Pinocchio, but let’s be honest, who didn’t? The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $45.

The Stills, Sam Roberts Band, Malajube. Now it’s Brooklyn’s turn to celebrate Canada. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7, $3 donation.

Andy Palacio & Garifuna Collective. The Garifunas are the descendants of former slaves who were shipwrecked in the Caribbean. Today, their language and culture are endangered, and thanks to the effort of Palacio and others, we get to know what they are all about. S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick St. (at W. Houston St.), 212-243-4940; 9; $28.

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NYC Firefighter Calendar signing. Meet the hunks, take pics, have calendar “signed” by New York’s bravest and cutest. The Original Fire Store, 17 Greenwich Ave. (betw. 8th St. & 6th Ave.), 212-226-3142; 4-7, free.

Reading For Filth. Queer writers read about queer sex w/ Wayne Hoffman, Aaron Hamberger & host Dean Johnson. Rapture Café, 200 Ave. A (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 212-228-1177; 8, free.

Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Qualifier Contest. Watch speedy-face-stuffing competitors trying to snag a spot in the upcoming annual Coney Island 4th of July 12-minute hot dog eating contest. South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St., 516-338-8500; 7, free.

Dios (malos), School of Seven Bells, Mark Mallman, Hollerado. What’s better than getting a cease-and-desist order from Ronnie James Dio? OK, maybe Geddy Lee, but still. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 9, $12.

Manu Chão. By the time you read this, the show will be sold out. But you can always go through your favorite scalper, wander through the park and listen for the free vibes floating through the trees. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7, $25.

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Martha Wainwright, Chris Thile, Jim Campilongo, Ari Hest. Who knew she could follow up a record called Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole? World Financial Center Plaza, Battery Park (betw. Vesey & Liberty Sts.) 212-533-735; 7, free.

This Single Night of Summer.
Ancient Finnish folklore, dance, music. The Living Room at The Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 646-207-0595; 8, $10.

Resistance: A Radical History of the Lower East Side. Essays on Lower East Side pre-yuppie by Michael Rosen, Al Orensanz, Jay Blotcher, moderator Clayton Patterson. Visitors Center, Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St. (at Delancey), 212-431-0233; 6, free.

Rescue Dawn. Sneak preview of Werner Herzog’s film w/ Steve Zahn appearing in person. Museum of the Moving Image, 247 W. 42nd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 718-784-4520; 7, $14/$20.

EPO-555. The Danish World-pop quartet releases their new disc, Mafia. No “Sopranos” jokes, please. We’ve had enough of those. 200 Orchard Bar, 200 Orchard St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.); 8, $10.

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Hawkwind, The Phantom Family Halo, Titan. Almost 40 years later, and it just keeps getting weirder. Europa, 104 Meserole Ave. (at Manhattan Ave.), B’klyn, 718-383-5723; 6:30, $25.

Apostle of Hustle, Home Video, Brighton, MA. Broken Social Scene sideproject, or blacksploitation version of the new testament. You make the call. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 10, $12.

Bad Brains. DC hardcore, the way it was meant to be experienced—on a boat. Rocks Off Concert Cruises (at W. 41 St. & 12 Ave.), 212-571-3304; 7, $35.

Benny Lackner Trio.
Continuing the Brooklyn Underground jazz series with the local pianist, who mixes acoustic grooves with high-tech, electronic gadgets. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 8, $5 donation.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart. Yep, I had a hard time pronouncing this Latin Jazz saxophonist’s name, too. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $15.

Kinderspiel. Stolen Chair Theatre Company’s erotic role-playing, taboo-breaking, adult child’s play from Weimar Berlin-style cabaret. Soho Think Tank, The Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster St. (betw. Spring & Broome Sts.), 212-410-2830; 7, free.

The Moth StorySLAM: Escape. Host Sara Barron. The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker (betw. Thompson & LaGuardia Sts.), 212-742-0551; 7:30, $6.

Günter Grass. Introduced and interviewed by Amos Elon, English-language reading by Michael Stuhlbarg. 92nd Street Y, Lexington Ave. (at 92nd St.), 212-415-5500; 8, $18.

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Comedy Central Park. Comedy Central’s Insomniac Dave Attell with five
stand-up wiseguys: John Mulaney, Ted Alexandro, Joe DeRosa, Amy Schumer
and Kurt Metzger. SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, enter
park at 69th St. and 5th Ave. or 72nd St. and CPW, 212-360-2756;
7:30-10, free.

Matt & Kim, Parts and Labor, Deathset, The Golden Error
. Of course they don’t have a bass player. That would just be creepy. Above the Auto Parts Store, 600 Bushwick Ave. (at Jefferson St.), no phone; 8.
   
Steve Shiffman & The Land of No, The Golden Revelry, Eric Gaffney, Linda Draper. You can take the Gaffney out of the Sebadoh, but you can’t take the Sebadoh out of the Gaffney. Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036; 8, $7.

Longwave, Soft, Palomar, The Picture. The NME called their second record, “fucking amazing,” but really, there’s no need for that kind of language. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $12.

Rooney, The Rewinds. Named after a character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which should give you a pretty good idea where these guys stand. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 7:30, $13/$15.

Lucero. Like line dancing in a leather jacket. Rocks Off Concert Cruises (at W. 41 St. & 12 Ave.), 212-571-3304; 10, $25/$30.

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The Bluegrass legend comes to Brooklyn to show us city folks what the music of inner-America sounds like. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7, $3 donation.

Las Rubias Del Norte. The Northern blondes continue to explore the sounds of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and also American music that you have forgotten about. Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 10, $10.

Bob Kaiser & Friends
. The Staten Island saxophonist shows his chops, playing both club tunes and hard-bopping material from Charlie Parker. Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, 718-984-1202; 9, free.

White Light/Black Rain. What really happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St. (at Broadway), 212-875-5600; 6:30, $7-$11.

“Art Models” Costumed Draw-a-Thon
. Egon Schiele tribute, draw, paint, sculpt, 6 bands, intimate setting, fetish drawing sextion. Michael Alan Art, Retreat, 147 Front St., Dumbo, B’klyn; midnight-4am, $10.

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The Richard Thompson Band, Ollabelle. Brit blues into the night for all those sad, sad Brooklynites. Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. (at Prospect Park West), 718-855-7882; 7, free ($3 donation).

Make Music NY!
New music/art quintet jamming things up on the sidewalk, Stephanos Tsigrimanis, Sarah Willis, Sarah Finer, Paul Pinto, Jeffrey Young. Streetcorner of 112th St. & Manhattan Ave., 646-701-2641; 6-7, free.

Debut of Gazelland: Skin Magazine. Chic “mature” club kids, trannies, fashion queens, Julie Atlas Muz, DJ Larry Tee, hosted by freak chic Gazelle, Suzanne Bartsch, Kenny Kenny, Amanda Lepore, Moondust, Lady Fag, Viva, Joey Israel, Andre J., Brandon Olson. Kino 41, Arena, 135 W. 41st St. (betw. 6th Ave. & Broadway), 212-278-0988; 10:30, free.

Porn Rock Ball. Go down and get down with sex rock act Erocktica and PinkSnow, live porn rock bands, Baroness fetish fashion show, MC Editrix Abby, strippers, burlesque artists, DJ Xris Smack, topless balloon popping, orgasm contest. Don Hill’s, 511 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.) 646-279-7054; 8:30-1am, $10/$15 (free w/ costume).

Honorary Title, The Pierces, Bear Hands. Don’t get more rock ’n’ roll than “intricately worded narratives.” Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 9, $12/$14.

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The Giraffes, Dragons of Zynth, Beat the Devil. Mustache rock—with mustaches. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 9, $8.

In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series.
Celebrate queerness of all tastes and colors with Radclyffe, Jolie du Pre, J.D. Glass, Michael Luongo, Jay Lygon, Peggy Munson, host Rachel Kramer Bussel. Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome St. (betw. Eldridge and Forsyth Sts.), 212-334-9676; 8, free.

Lesser Seen Lynch. Bobby Peru says to Lula, “I gotta take a piss bad, can I use your head?” Guy Girard’s David Lynch: Don’t Look At Me and Wild At Heart. Ad Hoc Art, 49 Bogart St., Buzzer 22, Unit 1G, E. W’burg, B’klyn, 718-366-2466; 7:30, free.

PopRally P.S.1 Summer Preview. Cocktails, psychedelic light show “The Meltyblend Oculus,” Lorenzo de Los Angeles III and exhibits. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave. (at 46th Ave.), Queens, 718-784-2084;noon-6, $5.

Peaches. Did a guest spot on a Pink album and appeared on the soundtrack for the second Jackass movie—not bad for someone with a backup band she affectionately referred to as hermaphrodites. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 9, $30/$35.

Ateleia, David Behrman. According to his bio, Ateleia “combines crystalline pulse with submerged aquatic drones and subtle ghost melodies,” which is apparently a really long way of saying, “makes ambient music.” Issue Project Room, 400 Carroll St. (betw. 1st & Union Sts.), 718-330-0313; 8, $10.

Rainey + Berne + Hebert. What’s with these plus signs? Couldn’t they come up with a name or a bandleader? Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.

Mccoy Tyner Trio w/ Toots Thielemans.
The legendary octogenarian harmonica player joins Tyner tonight. No way you can miss out on this one. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $55.

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Sneak preview of Michael Moore’s film Sicko. Crappy American health care, discussion with Michael Moore in person. Sponsored by Variety and Museum of the Moving Image, location TBA, call 718-784-4520; 7, $14/$20.

Tribeca Drive-In at Rockefeller Center. Summer series of drive-in flicks on huge 30’x 50’ screen, Lucy Liu in Watching the Detectives. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, enter on 49th St. (near 6th Ave.), 212-941-2400; open 6, movies start 9, free.

Modern Times. The Tramp plays the fool. Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (betw. 95th & 96th Sts.), 212-864-5400; 9, $10.

Big Business, Panthers, Hull. Big Biz brings the metal, but leaves the guitars at home. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B’way & Church St.), 212-219-3132; 8, $12/ $14.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Funky swamp swing fresh from the Crescent City. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B’way), 212-997-1003; 7, $40, $55.

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Albert Hammond Jr., The Dead Trees, Medium Cool. Man, everyone sounds like The Strokes these days. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $20/$23.

Speakeasy Cinema.
Host Matt Kohn invites film artists who bring surprise fave film, afterward everyone talks. The Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St. (at White St.), 212-254-5277; 7:30, $5.

Comics Demetri Martin, Greg Giraldo, Amanda Melson, Baron Vaughn, Andres DuBouchet, host Liam McEaneaney.
Celebrate Monday with a few laughs, a few drinks. Lolita, 266 Broome St. (at Allen St.), 212-966-7223; 8, free, happy hour until 8.

Annie Hall. The Woodman w/ Diane Keaton. Bryant Park, behind New York Public Library (betw. 40th & 42nd Sts. & 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-768-4242; 5-11 (film begins at sunset), free.

Panda Bear. The one-man jam band featured on our cover two weeks ago. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 7:30, $15.

Buffy Saint-Marie. The folkie that used to live on Sesame Street plays NYC for the first time in over 10 years. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 7:30, $30.

Alexis Cuadrado’s Puzzles Quartet. The Barcelona-born bass player relocated to the U.S., where he joined the local Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective, which showcases local talent every Monday at the neighborhood coffee house/arts space. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 8, $5 donation.

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Voxtrot, Favourite Sons, Au Revoir Simone. Like the ’80s, without the eaganomics. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 6, $18.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Obsession, somnambulism & murder w/ live music by Richard Marriott & Club Foot Orchestra. The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. (betw. 36th and 27th Sts.), 212-685-0008; 7, $10/$15.

Monkey Town Twice-Yearly Video Art Fest. Best of. Monkey Town, 58 N. 3rd (betw. Wythe & Kent Sts.), B’klyn, 718-384-1369; Fri. & Sat. 7:30 & 10, $5, reservations recommended.

BowieBall. 35th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust, glam rock with Keanan Duffty, Peppermint, Formika, Deva, Fischerpooner DJ set, Amber Ray, Ginger Fringe, Angie Pontani. Don Hill’s, 511 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.), 212-219-2850; 10pm-4am, $10 (w/RSVP and costume)/$15 at door.

Apples in Stereo. Used books and borrowed psych pop. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St. (at Jersey St.), 212-334-3324; 7:30, $25.

O’Death, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Super Monster.
Gaelic for death. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $10/$12.

Izaline Calister. The Curaçao-born singer makes her first New York appearance, mixing jazz and Afro-Antillean music in her native language, Papiamentu. Americas Society, 680 Park Ave. (at 68th St.), 212-277-8359; 7, free (registration required).

Olu Dara, Cassandra Wilson. Summerstage (the free one) officially opens today with the father of Nas and Wilson—one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary jazz. Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, E. 72nd St. at Fifth Ave., 212-360-2756; 7, free.

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Earl Greyhound, Dirty on Purpose, Great Northern. Just like the ’70s, only with long hair and afros. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $13/$15.

A.M. Holmes & Daniel Mendelsohn.
Tell-all about new memoirs. Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 128 Crosby St. (betw. Prince & W. Houston Sts.), 212-334-3424; 7, free.

Camilla Trinchieri. Book release party for reading for new novel, The Price of Silence. Tenement Museum, 97 Orchard St. (betw. Broome & Delancey Sts.), 212-982-8420; 6, free.

Over The Rainbow, Under the Bridge. Goddess Trina Rose unveils new flick, A Yellow Brick Road, a Wizard of Oz from munchkin’s perspective. D.J. Johnny Dynell, hosts John Cameron Mitchell & Justin Bond. Unisex Salon, The Delancey, 168 Delancey (betw. Attorney & Clinton Sts.); 10, $5/$10, RSVP to listlistlist@gmail.com.

Asian Fusion Puppetry. Puppets from the East meet puppets from the West, plus screening of action-packed cult film, Kung Fu Hustle. Lunar Stages, Chinatown, Columbus Park (Bayard & Mulberry Sts.), no phone; 7:45-11, free, www.lunarstages.com.

Mary Timony, Georgie James, Welcome. Mary Timony studied viola at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. How’s that for rock ’n’ roll? Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 8:30, $10.

Marta Topferova. The Czech-born deep-voiced singer/songwriter opted to compose her original material in Spanish, but that doesn’t mean she’s forsaken her native tongue. Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 10, $10.

Thought. We guess the Brooklyn-based pop-jazz fusion band couldn’t think of a name… until they came up with this. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.

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Amanda LePore, Cazwell, Jonny McGovern, Mr. Joe, Dean Johnson. Cocktails and trannies at literary salon. Rapture Café & Books, 200 Ave. A (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 212-228-1177; 8, free dirty martinis 10-11.

Julius Caesar.
To be or not to be—et tu? Moosehall Theatre Production. Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, 218th St, & Indian Rd. and Isham St. and Seaman Ave., 917-918-0394; Through June 23 at 7:30, free. www.moosehallisf.org.

CAKE Dirty Dance-A-Thon. “Sexually charged” touchy-feely party for the ladies. Arena, 135 W. 41st St. (betw. 6th Ave & Broadway), no phone; 10, $10(women)/$20. www.cakenyc.com.

Flight of the Conchords, Eugene Mirman. Not TV stars, but they play them on TV. Blender Theatre at Gramercy, 127 E. 23rd St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.), 212-777-6800; 7, $25.

Golden Bear, Phonograph, Rocketship Park, The Morning Pages. Not to be confused with the Western New England College Golden Bear Pep Band. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8, $8.

Booker T. & the MG’s, Sharon Jones. Back when the term “house band” had nothing to do with crappy techno music. Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City (at Chambers St.); 7, free.

Esperanza Spaulding. The experienced bassist has a distinguished career playing with Joe Lovano and the Ray Charles Big Band. Tonight she shows her chops as a bandleader. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $20.

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Lily Allen, Kevin Michael. Got in trouble for calling Bob Geld a “cunt.” Yeah, been there. Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St. (betw. 7t & 8th Aves.), 212-777-6800; 6:45,$26.

Museum Mile at El Museo.
Haunting exhibition of The Disappeared (Los Desaparecidos) by 14 artists from seven Central and S. American countries, live music, dancing, do-it-yourself chalk designs and street murals. Museo del Barrio, 230 5th Ave. (at 104th St.), 212-831-7272; 6-9, free.

La Bohème. Metropolitan Opera in the Park presents Puccini. Great Lawn Central Park (79th to 85th St.), 212-362-6000; 8 (get there 2 hrs early for good seat), free.

Reel Life Moviehouse. Dr. Strangelove w/ Brooklyn short films. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Wythe & Kent Aves.), B’klyn, 718-782-5188; 8, free.

Akron/Family, White Magic, Lexie Mountain Boys. They’re not all related and they live in New York City, but otherwise the name is totally accurate. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 7, $15.

Feist, Grizzly Bear. The uncollective Broken Social Scene. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B’way), 212-997-1003; 8, $25.

Bob Parins, Phonograph, Jeff Young, Chris Koza. Catch Phonograph’s Heartbreakers-meets-Wilco set at 9. It’s Petty Tweedy. Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-533-7235; 7, tbd.

Somi. The Illinois-born singer draws from her East African heritage on her amazing new disc, Red Soil In My Eyes. Her music will bring tears to yours. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $20.

Wumm Zack, Gasser/Reiter Duo. What’s that? Yep, it’s Wumm Zack, straight out of Austria. Oh, and Gasser is not what you’re thinking. Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 212-319-5300; 7, free.

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The Ladybug Transistor, Pipas. Is there such a thing as too much Elephant 6? We’ll let you know. Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 8, $10.

On the Bowery. Hybrid narrative and documentary film of impoverished bums on Bowery by director Lionel Rogosin. MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-708-9400; 8, $6-$10.

You Bet Your Life LIVE! All hell breaks loose at zany 2007 version of Groucho Marx game show with Lisa Levy. HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. (betw. Spring & Broome Sts., entrance on Dominick St.), 212-352-3101; 7, $10.

Artemis Women’s Wrestling Club Meet. Basic submission grappling, tumbling, break falls, physical conditioning. Fight House, 2nd fl., 122 W. 27th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), no phone; 6-7:30, $15 women, $20 male companions.

Michelle Carr
. With a background in musical theater and appearances on Broadway, the local singer graces a small stage for a change. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $20.

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Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Season opening grudge match, Bronx Gridlock vs. the Queens of Pain. Hunter College, B3 Gym. Lexington Ave. (at 68th St.), 646-405-9803; 7; 8:30 whistle, $20-$30.

Robin Thicke.
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Bryant Park (41st St. & 6th Ave.); 7am, free.

Freak Show. Comedy by Poykpac, music by Riah/tr33soul, Argyle Johansen, Skyhill and NaNuchKa. DJ Crunc Tesla, video art by Broken Lens, demented clown bartender, body painting, circus/sideshow, burlesque performance as a happy ending. Sputnik Bar, 262 Taaffe Pl. (betw. DeKalb & Willoughby Sts.), B’klyn, 718-398-6666; 8-late, $5.

The Clientele, Beach House, Pipas. They used to be called The Butterfly Collectors, which should give you a pretty good idea where they stand. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $15.

Jesse Malin, Radio 4. Collaborated with Ryan Adams as The Finger, for the EPs We Are Fuck You and Punk’s Dead Let’s Fuck. Should be fun for the whole family. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 7, $50.

Snowden, Beat Up Old Fellas, The King Left. Opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Arcade Fire on the strength of their first EP. You should pretty much just give them your money now. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8, $8.

Architecture in Helsinki, Santogold, Black Moth Super Rainbow. All the goofiness you could ever want from a six-member Australian indie rock band. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $18/$20.

Oscar Peterson Tribute. At 82 years of age, the legendary pianist of many historical performances & recordings receives living tribute. A truly swinging night with Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Freddie Cole, Paquito D’Rivera and many others. Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. (at 57th St.), 212-247-7800; 8, $18-$66.

Maysa. The talented R&B singer warms us up even further with her new disc, Feel the Fire. And it’s pretty hot outside already. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-997-4144; 8, $27.

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Bloc Party, The Noisettes, The Maccabees. They haven’t saved rock ’n’ roll yet, but according to NME, they’re still working on it. Asbury Park Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury, NJ, 732-775-0959; 7, $30.

The Miss Lez Pageant.
Beauty pageant for seven hot queer women. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7, $15/$20.

Love. Artist d. lammie-hanson’s B&W photography and oil paintings. ElevenTen Gallery, 1110 Fulton St. (betw. Claver Pl. & Franklin Ave.), B’klyn 718-857-5696; 6:30-9, free.

Glam Rock Fashion Mixer/Dance Party. Benefit for Kostume Kult, featuring the Infidels, DJs all night. Mannahatta, 316 Bowery (at Bleecker St.), no phone; 7-midnight. $5 donation, www.mannahatta.us.

POPulation: Music for the Masses. Plush headquarters for club kids. Element, 225 E. Houston St. (at Essex St.), 212-254-2200; 9pm-2am; $15, $10 (advance email guestlist@elementny.com).

John Doe. X-free and Knitters-less Doe in an intimate setting, showing off some new tunes off of A Year In The Wilderness. Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-533-7235; 8, $10.

Trio Beyond. When guitarist John Scofield joins forces with fellow giants Jack DeJohnette (drums) and Larry Goldings (keys), you can rest assured that the music will be beyond fantastic. Maybe that’s how they got their name. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $35.

Loser’s Lounge. How does it feel to be a loser? If you need a hint, tonight they pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), 212-539-8778; 7, $25.

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Great Lake Swimmers. Rockin’ out, glockenspiel-style. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 11:30, $14.

Reading For Filth: Queer Writers Read About Queer Sex.
Celebrate Gay Pride month and hear raunchy dirt hosted by scandalous performer/promoter/sex-blogger Dean Johnson with Mike Albo, Joey Arias, Hedda Lettuce. Rapture Café & Books, 200 Ave. A (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 212-228-1177; 8, free.

Constraints I, II, & III. By Nina Winthrop and Dancers. The Flea Theater, 41 White St. (betw. Broadway & Church Sts.), 212-352-310; June 6-10; Wed.-Sat. 7; Sun. 3, $12/$15.

St. Joan of the Stockyards. Director Lear deBessonet reinvents Brecht’s savage masterpiece with choreography, meat and country and blues, set in 1920s Chicago. P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (at E. 9th St.), 212-477-5288; previews thru 6/17, opens 6/18; 8, $15/$20.

The Stills, Aderbat, DJs VHS or BETA. They’re on Vice records, so, you know, expect a lot of big butt jokes. Don Hill’s, 511 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.), 212-219-2850; 7, $15.

Rufus Wainwright, Joan as Policewoman. OK, Rufus isn’t the most rock ’n’ roll name in the world, but it beats Louden Wainwright IV. Expect Joan to give you a nice opening to the whole orchestral shebang. Blender Theatre at Gramercy, 127 E. 23rd St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.), 212-777-6800; 7, $40.

Dinosaur Jr., Awesome Color. Dinosaur Jr.’s newest record doesn’t suck. No, seriously. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $25.

Cyro Baptista. The Brazilian musician takes inspiration from Hermeto Paschoal, making music out of inner tubes, flip-flops, bicycle chains and doorbells. Joining him tonight is multi-stringer Kevin Breit. Expect the unexpected—and watch your back. Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson St. (betw. Spring & Dominick Sts.), 212-242-1063; 7:30 & 9:30, $20.

GMT Express. Mixing Afro-Cuban beats, Brazilian grooves and American funk, making sure you forget that it still isn’t Friday. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves. by W. 4th St.), 212-989-9319; 8:30, $10.

The Sea and Cake, Loney, Dear. Jazz-influenced rock, without all of that fusion crap. Sound Fix, 110 Bedford Ave., B’klyn, 718-388-8090; 7, free.

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Rufus Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche. One Louden short of a family reunion. Blender Theatre at Gramercy, 127 E. 23rd St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.), 212-777-6800; 7, $40.

Monterey Pop.
40th anniversary of 1968 groovy D.A. Pennebaker documentary. IFC Center, 323 6th Ave. (at W. 3rd St.), 212-924-7771; 7:30, $5-$15.

Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare in the Park, The Delacorte Theater, Central Park (at 81st St.), 212-260-2400; 8 (tickets at 1pm), free.

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. Readings by Tom Dolby, Stacey Ballis, Philip Himberg, & Edwin John Wintle. KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave. & Bowery), 212-769-6816; 7-9, free.

Kings of Leon, Snowden, The Features. The South has risen again. Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St. (hbetw. 7t & 8th Aves.), 212-777-6800; 6:45, $27.

Maria Guida. Releasing her new CD, Soul Eyes. With that name, I thought she’d be a fado singer or something. But that would be stereotyping, right? Sweet Rhythm, 88 7th Ave. S. (betw. Bleecker & Grove Sts.), 212-255-3626; 8; $15.

Jenny Scheinman. The violinist and composer has recently taken up singing as well. They do like her in Chicago, by the way. Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 7; $10 donation.

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Sebastian Junger. Macho hunk writer/journalist reads/signs. The Explorer’s Club, 46 E. 70th St. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 212-628-8383; 6, $5-$20.

O’Debbie Awards Ceremony! The O’Debra Twins welcome Langhorne Slim, Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, Rev. Jen, Mike Amato and more. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (betw. Houston & Bleecker), 212-612-0505; 10, $5.

Unlearn! Because Life Can Make You Stupid! Author Richard Woods, “better half” of advice columnists “Dick and Jane” disses monogamy and explains how to have more fun in marriage. Sexy Spirits, 301 W. 55th St. #4 (at 8th Ave.), 212-581-2640; 7:15, $10.

The Horrors, Schoolyard Heroes.
Garage rock is spooooky. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $14.

The Fucking Champs, Birds of Avalon, Red Fang. If you held a title like that, you’d name your band after it, too. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 8, $12.

Jeff Lorber. The Philly keyboardist has broken barriers between R & B, funk and jazz in his recordings. Tonight he plays from his new disc, He Had A Hat. Be sure to wear one. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $20.

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Delta Dreambox. Music your great-grandmother probably sang to…
the band specializes on material by the likes of Bessie Smith and Ma
Rainey – you know the first-ever recorded blues artist? Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 8, $10 donation.

CSS, Yo Majesty.
Rockin’ it, Web code-style. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $20.

Martha Graham Dance Company.
Excerpts from 1936 Chronicle. 12:30, intersection of Wall and Broad Sts., 212-219-9401; 12:30, free.

Avant-Garde-Arama: High Octane Ethyl. Justin Bond & Taylor Mac host mini-fest of dance, music, theater, video by various artists. P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (at E. 9th St.), 212-477-5288; Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2 at 8pm, $15, $10 members.

Bushwick Open Studios & Arts Festival. 200 artists, night of dance, theater, sex, & magic, community barbecue, film screenings. Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr St., B’klyn, no phone; 7-11, free. www.artsinbushwick.org.

Guggenheim First Fridays. With Nouvelle Vague. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave. (at 89th St.), 212-423-3500; 9pm-1am, $25.

Calvin Johnson, Julie Doiron (ex-Eric’s Trip), Woods. Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson vs. Dub Narcotic Sound System’s Calvin Johnson, winner takes all. Don Pedro’s, 90 Manhattan Ave., B’klyn, 718-218-6914; 8, tba.

Animal Collective, Danielson. Freak-folk, down by the river. South Street Seaport, Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17, 212-SEA-PORT; 7, free.

Bobby Hutcherson Quintet. One of the earliest vibraphonists in jazz, the L.A. native continues to bend the rules in the jazz world. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30; $35.

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The Comas, The Broken West, Nethers. Fresh out of the Intensive Care Unit, The Comas are awake and mostly coherent. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8, $10.

New Fest.
19th NY Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival. AMC Loews 34th St. Theater, 312 W. 34th St. (at 8th Ave.), 212-571-2170; various times through June 10, $6-$13.

Sundance Film Fest at BAM. Howard Gilman Opera House, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave. (at Ashland Pl.), B’klyn, 718-636-4100; opening 8 (through June 10), $15.

Honey Space. Installation by artist Thomas Beale w/ performances by Mickey Western, Mary Go Round, New Orleans brass sensation Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship, homemade intoxicants served by Miss Elixer. 11th Ave. (betw. 21st and 22nd Sts.); 6-9, exhibition through July 4, free. www.tbeale.com.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Cobbs. Whatever happened to your rock ’n’ roll? Only one way to find out. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 7, $25.

Thomas Meglioranza & Thomas Bagwell. The Austrian duo performs a selection of tunes by classical composers from their native country. Hey, it’s free, so why not? Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 212-319-5300; 8, free (registration required).

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The Bravery, The Cinematics, The Photo Atlas. New York’s only post-punk disco dance band. We kid, we kid. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $20.

Postopolis!
Architectural bloggers, architects & designers talk architecture and more. Storefront for Art & Architecture, 97 Kenmare St. (betw. Mulberry & Lafayette Sts.), 212-431-5795; various times through June 2, free.
 
Soft Targets. Readings and performances from off-beat annual journal of poetry, artwork, theory, short fiction by Kalup Linzy, Gary Lutz, Ariana Reines, Mick Barr. The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 212-255-5793; 7, free.

Revealing Ethnography. Harlem. Performance artist Alicia Grullón in 21-day performance installation. Storefront of 159 W. 119th St. (at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.), no phone; Through June 14, Noon-7pm, free. www.becomingmyth.com.

The National, My Brightest Diamond. This nation’s sold out. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $18/$20.

!!!, Maserati. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry—keyboard’s sticky… Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $16/$18.

Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch. Sorry buddy, but you’re never getting on Bush’s iPod at this rate. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B’way), 212-997-1003; 7:30, $32.50.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio. One of the greatest masters of the B-3 organ shows us what it is all about. Prescriptions this way, please.
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30; $20.

Super Secret Surprise Project. Israeli-born Jay Vilnai leads this experimental ensemble, but he doesn’t want to talk about it. It would spoil the surprise, get it? Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30; $5 donation.

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Brand New, Anathallo, Colour Revolt. Might want to get around to changing that name, finally. Blender Theatre at Gramercy, 127 E. 23rd St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.), 212-777-6800; 6:30, $21/$24.

The Bravery, The Cinematics, The Photo Atlas.
The whole retro new wave thing is cute, and then next thing you know, you’re opening for Depeche Mode. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $20.

P.J. Merola’s Zeitgeist
. Stimulate your thoughts and titillate your ears at premiere of multi-media, live solo percussion, electronic music, stereo video displays. Access Theater, 380 Broadway (at Walker St.), 4th floor, 212-966-1047; 8-9:30, free, reserve in advance online, limited seating. 5/29-6/3.

Sushi-Making Class.
Uh, make sushi, and eat it, with singles, Mannahatta Lounge, 316 Bowery St. (at Bleecker), no phone, newyorkmoxie.eventbrite.com, 7:30-9:30, $45.

The National, Doveman. The new National record is called Boxer. We’re hoping it’s either a tribute to Paul Simon or George Foreman—preferably both. Honestly, we can’t take another Daniel Day-Lewis tribute album. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $18/$20.

Pamela Luss. Enjoy your Memorial Day hangover with this young vocalist’s pipes. Sweet Rhythm, 88 7th Ave. S. (betw. Bleecker & Grove Sts.), 212-255-3626; 8 & 9:30, $15.

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Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch. It’s not so much the eyes as those long, lovely eyelashes that we love. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B’way), 212-997-1003; 7:30, $33.50.

Taylor Mead
. Octogenarian, actor & poet laureate of Andy Warhol’s Factory reads from his new book, Taylor Mead, a Simple Country Girl. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (at Bleecker), 212-614-0505; 6:30-7, $6.

Songs For Ice Cream Trucks CD release party. New album by theremin player Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, benefit for homeless New Yorkers with HIV & AIDS. Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 128 Crosby Street (betw. Prince & W. Houston Sts.), 212-334-3424; 7:30, $10 includes free beer & 5 Boroughs Ice Cream.

Jackie Beat in REHAB! Singing drag queen tries to quit addiction to the good things—booze, drugs, sex, food, gambling & shopping. The Cutting Room, 19 West 24th St. (betw. 5th & 6th), 212-352-3101; 5/25-5/27. Friday, May 26, 10; May 27 & 28, 8, $17.
 
Sage Francis with Band, Buck 65, Alias, Buddy Wakefield. The only hip-hop artist badass enough to collaborate with The Mountain Goats. Word. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $16/$18.

Mice Parade, Tom Brosseau, David K. Daniels. It’s really more of an organized infestation than a parade. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 8, $12.

Mia Riddle and her band. Time for sad songs on a Friday. Yay! Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 8, $8.

Wynton Marsalis Septet. With his busy schedule with the jazz orchestra and all, this is a rare chance to hear the most famous of the Marsalis clan with a band. Rose Hall, 33 W. 60th St. (betw. B’way & Amsterdam Ave.), 11th Fl., 212-258-9800; 8, $30-$120.

Todd Sickafoose’s Blood Orange. The bassist relocated from L.A. a few years back, but neglected to consider a name change. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 suggested donation.

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Les Breastfeeders, The Stalkers, The Size Queens. With a name like that, it doesn’t really matter what your band sounds like. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8:30, $10.

The Rosebuds, The Ladybug Transistor, Bowerbirds
. Rockin’ the last words of an eccentric millionaire newspaper tycoon. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $13/$15.

BMX Bandits, Pants Yell!, Yellow Fever, Metric Mile, Lispector. They’ve shared members with Teenage Fanclub, the Soup Dragons and a handful of other notable groups—hey, Scotland’s a small country. Europa, 104 Meserole Ave. (at Manhattan Ave.), B’klyn, 718-383-5723; 7, $15.

Oxford Collapse, Centipede D’Est. One critic said that their latest record, Remember the Night Parties, had a “palatable indifference,” but they totally didn’t care. Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. (at Meeker), B’klyn, 718-609-0484; 8, $8.

The Exit, TK Webb, Artranker Convoy. All I’m saying is that, if I opened for 311, I wouldn’t go around bragging about it. Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. (at Meeker), B’klyn, 718-609-0484; 8, tba.

Reuben Rogers Group. The local bassist releases his new CD, The Things I Am. Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson St. (betw. Spring & Dominick Sts.), 212-242-1063; 9 & 10:30, $12.

Kwartet Akademos. All the way from Poland, these young classical musicians show us that their country has a lot more to offer than potato vodka and pirogues. Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St. (at B’way), 212-247-7800; 7:30, $15.

Indie press writing panel. Robert Lasner and Elizabeth Clementson of Ig Publishing chat with novelist Evan J. Mandery (Dreaming of Gwen Stefani) & author & former dominatrix Kimberly Warner-Cohen (Sex, Blood and Rock ‘n’ Roll). Small Press Center, The General Society, 20 West 44th Street (5th & 6th Aves.), 212-764-7021; 6:30, free, reservations recommended. 

Von Sacher Masoch’s Venus in Furs. Cruelty, torture and love in mini videOpera by Yoav Gal with Heather Green and Greg Purnhagen, Ha-Yang Kim—solo cello works. HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave (betw. Spring & Broome Sts., enter on Dominick), 212-352-3101; 5/24 & 5/25 7, $15.

Burlesque, comedy and music. Drinks in the lounge with playboy bunny Colette Hawley and her musical sugar daddy Eli Bolin. Ars Nova, AV Lounge, 511 West 54th St. (at 10th Ave.), 212-868-4444; 8, 10, free.

Video 101: Touch Your Television. Make love to your TV while watching rarely seen pre-1979 videos, anarchist and participatory television, acid trip images, Einstein imagery & Portapaks, with guest author Douglas Davis. Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave. (at 2nd St.), 212-505-5181; 8, $5-$8.

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Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts, Stars of Track and Field. The only thing sadder than a lonely astronaut is multiple lonely astronauts. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $18/$20.

Handsome Furs, TK Webb.
Is there anyone in Montreal that hasn’t been in Wolf Parade at some point? Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 7:30, $13.

Post Records Showcase, Bryan McPherson, The Telethons, John Houx, Rachel Epp. Post Records vs. Anti-Folk in a cage match. Only one will survive. Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A (at 6th St.), 212-473-7373; 7:30, one drink min.

Niño Joselle Trio. Paco de Lucia’s protégé pays tribute to pianist Bill Evans tonight, bringing piano to flamenco strings. Wonder how that is going to work out. Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. S. (W. 11th St.), 212-255-4037; 9 & 11, $30 + $10 min.

The Quiet Party. Shshsh! Communicate and flirt via pens and paper in silent room—no talking, no cellphones. Madame X, 94 W. Houston St. (betw. Thompson St. & LaGuardia Pl.), 212-539-0808; 6:30-9:30, $10 + 2 drink min. www.quietparty.com

Rev. Jen’s Anti-Slam. Open mic hosted by sexy, adorable, elfin Reverend Jen, 6 mins. max. Mo Pitkin’s, 34 Ave. A (betw. East 2nd & East 3rd Sts.), downstairs, 212- 777-5660; 9:30, $4.

Singles Night At The Firing Range.
“Adventurous” singles experience the rush of firing a .22 caliber rifle, price includes instruction, ammo & prizes for best shot. West Side Pistol Range, 20 West 20th St. (betw 5th & 6th  Aves.), 800-239-0542; 6:45, $65.

Life in a Marital Institution. Two-timing winner of Moth’s GrandSLAM James Braly reveals bipolar tale of attraction, repulsion, death & afterlife—20 years of monogamy in one terrifying evening. Ars Nova, 511 West 54th St. (at 10th Ave.), 212-868-4444; 8, $15.

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Bebel Gilberto. Do not call the Brazilian-bred vocalist “the
daughter of bossa nova.” Her sound goes way beyond that, blending her
native roots with European electronica, jazz and other influences, as
heard on her latest disc, Momento. Blender Theatre at Gramercy, 127 E. 23rd St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.), 212-777-6800; 7:30, $ 25.

Best Show Ever.
Lara Yaz & Alex Grubard present NYC’s best unknown comedians. Mo Pitkin’s, 34 Ave. A (betw. 2nd & 3rd Sts.), 212-777-5660; 7-9, free.

Passing Strange. A funky new musical about a black bohemian in search of himself, with a post-show discussion. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 7, $25-$60.

Harold Night. The city’s top ensembles perform longform improv. Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 307 W. 26th (8th Ave.), 212-366-9176; 8, $5.

Dan Bern. You’ve got to respect a guy who’s made a career singing about balls. Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. (betw. Sterling & St. John’s Pls.), B’klyn, 718-230-0236; 8, $16.

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Damien Rice. Rumor has it that once Rice has released 10 albums, you’ll be able to call his house. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave. (betw. 50th & 51st Sts.), 212-307-7171; 8, $39.50.

Smut.
“Jewish Girls are Dirty,” get some kink in your hair with pervert/author of Circuit, T.C. Gardstein, comedian Emily Epstein & Mindy Raf as protest singer Lebyia Rogers. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Sts.), B’klyn, 718 782-5188; 8, free.

Gray’s Anatomy. Steven Soderbergh & Kathleen Russo, Spalding Gray’s widow present a screening of Soderbergh’s doc. IFC Center, 323 6th Ave. (W. 3rd), 212-924-7771, 7:30, $TBA.

Everett Bradley’s Ev/olution. The singer, percussionist and playwright presents his one-man show that explores his life with voice & instruments. The Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. (betw. Broadway & 6th Ave.), 212-691-1900; 7:30, $15.

Wasted. Film fundraiser for Erin Buckley’s film about New York’s culture of drinking. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (at Bleecker), 212-614-0505; 8-9:30, $6.

The Jesus And Mary Chain once got their asses kicked by Ice Cube’s band. Now that’s punk rock. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $45.

Nublu Orchestra. The LES room can barely contain an audience, so I have no idea how they are going to squeeze an orchestra in there. You can’t blame them for trying, though—this is avant-garde music at its best. Nublu, 62 Ave. C (betw. 4th and 5th Sts.), 212- 979-9925; 10 & midnight, $10.

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Laura Veirs. The singer-songwriter brings her folk-inflected music to town and she is ripe for discovery by a wider audience—that means you. Blender Theatre at Gramercy, 127 E. 23rd St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.), 212-777-6800; 7, $15.

Cooch Sexxy Circus Porno Dance Party.
Benefit to aid victims in Darfur. dance all night long , three floors of porn stars, fetish models, gogo dancers, drag queens, trapeze artists, tarot readings. Lucky Cheng’s, 21 1st Ave. (betw. 1st & 2nd Sts.), no phone; 9 a.m., $10/$15, myspace.com/coochparty

A Taste of Harlem. Benefit for Abyssinian Development Corporation, sampling from local Harlem restaurants, such as Sylvia’s Restaurant, Lenox Lounge and Blue Smoke Restaurant, silent auction, DJ Hollywood, dancing. City College, Great Hall, 138th St. (at Convent Ave.), 646.442.6552; 7, $50/100.

In the Flesh Erotic Series. Sexy lit curated by erotic writer/editor, Rachel Kramer Bussel w/ writers Sarah Iverson, Jackie Kessler, Min Jin Lee, Samara O’Shea, Jerry Rodriguez and Dana Vachon w/ free candy and cupcakes. Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome St. (at Forsyth St.), 212-334-9676; 8, free.

!!!, Holy Fuck. They really ought to bill the show as Holy Fuck!!! Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $16/$18.

Genghis Khan, Danava, The Coydogs.
Taking a break from raping and pillaging. Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave. (at S. 2nd St.), B’klyn, 718-599-1450; 9, $tba.

Daniel Johnston, Bang On A Can All-Stars, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.
Gonna be a weird night. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 6, $21.50.

They Might Be Giants. They might be performing intimately. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 9:30, $30.

Southern Culture On The Skids, The Dansettes, Jule Brown.
There are far less entertaining ways to get banana pudding in your hair. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 9:30, $15/$17.

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. In the tradition of their Fania predecessors, the orchestra performs quality salsa made to be appreciated even by those of us who can’t dance. S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick St. (at W. Houston St.), 212-243-4940; 10, $20.


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Arctic Monkeys, Be Your Own Pet. If I were to be my own pet, I think I would be an arctic monkey. Then I’d be a teenage rock star millionaire. Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. (at 8th Ave.), 212-307-7171; 6:30, $30.

Spank Rock, Ghostface, Roxy Cottontail, DJ Nick Catchdubs. Get slapped on the ass at the hip-hop show of the week. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 7, $30.

TigerCity, Sam Champion, Stylofone, The Affair. Comparisons to Talking Heads, Prince and The Police. Sounds pretty sweet to us. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 7, $13.

José Conde Y Ola Fresca. Latin groove with a funky edge as you work your way into next weekend. Oh, and it’s also a CD release party. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), 212-539-8778; 9:30, $ 15.

Dance lessons & live salsa. Merengue bands and DJ Bachata, plus Vallenato in main room, house and classics downstairs. The Copacabana, 560 West 34 St. (at 11th Ave.), 212-239-COPA, ext. 2672; 6 p.m.-8, free (w/ buffet).

Printed Matter benefit. With John Waters, Terence Koh, performances by Flaming Fire and Peaches, after-party, cocktails and sushi by Matsuri. Hiro Ballroom at The Maritime Hotel, 371 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-925-0325; 7:30-11, $15-$150.

South Street Seaport Museum’s Schooner Pioneer Volunteer Recruitment Drive. Learn how to sail on traditionally rigged 1885 schooner. South Street Seaport Museum, 207 Front St. (at Beekman St.), 212-748-8684; 6:30-8:30, free.

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Maya Azucena. The Brooklyn-born singer celebrates her new
self-released disc. Find out what Roberta Flack, who she sang with last
year, already knows. Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St (at 6th Ave.),
212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $10.

Fischerspooner Dancers Casting Call. Professional male and female dancers needed for cool neo-electric band (bring resume and head-shot). The Performing Garage, 33 Wooster St. (at Grand St.), 347-901-6513; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fucking Different: Mix NYC Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival. Seven Berlin lesbian filmmakers and seven queer filmmakers make short flicks about lesbo sex and desire. Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St. (at White St.), 212-570-0090; 7:30, $5.

Thick As Thieves.
Reading by Steve Geng from his memoir recounting alcoholism, heroin-addiction, criminal escapades, incarceration in Rikers Island, obsession with his sister and other amusing hobbies. The Half King, 505 W. 23rd St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 212-462-4300; 7, free.

Pharaoh’s Daughter.
Hookah-smoking, belly-dancing, pyramid-scaling, modern mystical music from the Middle East. Kind of. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 6, $25.

Mando Diao, Pop Levi, The Films. Check out Mando’s website and click on the tab that says “full of himself.” Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 7:30, $15.

The Lisps, Salt & Samovar, The Shivers. Speech impediments, sodium chloride and Russian teapots and chills. With the Double Dutch Dance Troup performing in between them. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $8.

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The Gourds, Sim Redmond Band, Kelly McRae. The Gourds’
hyper-literate honkytonk Americana grows on you like muscadine vines on
an old elm tree. Except they don’t choke you to death. And they don’t
produce muscadines. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 7:30, $15.

Jackie Factories’ Night of a Thousand Stevies 17.
Dress like Stevie, wear white-winged doves, shawls, tambourines; producers Chi Chi Valenti, Hattie Hathaway, Johnny Dynell. Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel, 371 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-925-0325; 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $25.


Center Broadsides Reading Series.
Poets Scott Hightower and Brenda Connor-Bey. The Center for Book Arts , 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, (betw. B’way & 6th Ave.), 212-481-0295; 6:30, $5/$10 donation.

Eyewash: Foundations of Style. Forward Motion Theater presents live performance and digital media w/ FeedBuck, David Linton, Vanessa & Ray Velasquez, Synthesthete, music by DJ ActivePhaze. Monkeytown, 58 N. 3rd St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Sts.), B’klyn, 718-384-1369; 7:30 & 10, $5-$10.

The Giraffes, Bling Kong, Band of Thieves, Nico Stai. The Giraffes may be exotic and have those long necks and funny spots, but Bling Kong has a troop of cute cheerleaders. With pom-poms and uniforms, for real. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 9:30, $10.

Garifuna Soul. The Garifunas are descendants of former slaves who were shipwrecked near the island of St. Vincent during the 17th century and ultimately mixed with the local indigenous tribes. Honduran-born Aurelio Martinez gives us a taste of their unique language & culture. Americas Society, 680 Park Ave. (at 68th St.), 212-277-8342; 7, free (registration required).

The Many Moods Of Miles Davis.
We heard that the late trumpeter had quite a temper … but, ah, the music was great, as this double-header tribute with the Ryan Kisor Quintet and Terence Blanchard’s group will prove to you. Rose Hall, 33 W. 60th St. (betw. B’way & Amsterdam Ave.), 11th Fl., 212-258-9800; 8, $37.50 – $127.50.

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Air, TV on the Radio. Acoustic TVOTR opening for Air in a large theater. Great idea, wrong venue. But beggars can’t be choosers. The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, 212-307-7171; 8, $46.

Tiny Theater.
Some like ‘em small: Dance theater puppet installation, 12 original performances in less than 10 minutes in 6′ x 6′ x 6′ area. The Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave. (betw. Union Ave. & Lorimer Sts.), B’klyn, 212-352-3101; Thurs.-Fri.; Sat. 4, $10-$15.

Ho-down at Kerry’s Bye Bye Booby Party. Say “bye-bye” and “ta-ta” to man’s two best friends: plastic surgery/queer dance party fundraiser, DJ Sparber. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Sts.), B’klyn, 718-782-5188; 10-1, “sliding door” fee.

In the Year of the Pig. Emile de Antonio’s doc against the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at 2nd Ave.), 212-505-5181; 7, $5/$8.

Albert Hammond, Jr., High Class Elite. The Stroke himself will play for free to the, well, high-class elite—or at least those who were elite enough to get the e-vite and RSVP in time. Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-242-4300; 8, free.

Girlyman. CD release party for The Joyful Sign. Their sound is as cute and sparkly as their name. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 6, $20.

Cornelius, Holy Fuck.
Japanese pop musician Keigo Oyamada calls himself Cornelius after Planet of the Apes.  Holy Fuck says they like to “make people freak out and smash stuff.” You won’t be bored. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 7, $25.

Four Generations Of Asian Composers. Cambodian-born composer Chinary Ung is 65 so, what else to do? Some of his friends are getting together to play some music in his honor. Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. (at 70th St.), 212-545-7536; 8; $ 20.

Mark Sherman Quintet. Releasing his new CD, Family First, for all of you jazz vibes fans. Sweet Rhythm, 88 7th Ave. South (at Bleecker), 212-255-3626; 8 & 10, $15 (+ $10 min).

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The Magic Numbers, All Smiles. Bubblegum pop asks schoolhouse rock the question, and the answer is “3 is the magic number.” Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-242-4300; 7, $25.

Bowery Women: Poems.
Downtown poetesses Martha Rhodes, Maggie Dubris, Cynthia Kraman, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Janet Hamill, reading from new anthology edited by Bob Holman and Marjorie Tesser. McNally Robinson Bookstore, 52 Prince St. (betw. Lafayette & Mulberry Sts.), 212-274-1160; 7, free.

Masterworks of Six Centuries Upper East Side Gallery Art Walk. Stroll through art “time machine” spanning 15th to 20th centuries, party hop six NY art galleries in three-block radius. Richard L. Feigen & Co., 34 E. 69th St, 212-628-0700; Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, 23 E. 69th St., 212-517-3643; David Tunick Inc., 19 E. 66th St., 212-570-0090; Zwirner & Wirth, 32 E. 69th St., 212-517-8677; Didier Aaron Inc., 32 E. 67th St., 212-988- 5248; Dickinson Roundell Inc., 19 E. 66th St., 212-772-805-8:30, free. Exhibits on view through June 15th.

Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Deadstring Brothers, Burden Brothers. In the contest for who was born with the more melancholic name, which set of brothers would win? Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 8:30, $10.

Arcade Fire, The National. We thought that even though this show is already sold out, we should mention it because Arcade Fire hasn’t been getting much press lately. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave. (betw. 50th & 51st Sts.), 212-307-7171; 7, $SP (scalper’s prices).

Martirio. The Spanish-born Flamenco singer has added a whole new flavor to her music in her latest disc, Primavera en New York (Spring in New York). Find out for yourself tonight, and figure out what she has seen here that you’ve been missing all along. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), 212-539-8778; 7, $ 30.

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Captured! By Robots, The Teddy Bear Orchestra. The rockinest human slave around. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $10.

Vintage 007, Spies A Go Go: Octopussy.
If you like pussy, watch Roger Moore (in his last James Bond flick) flirt with jewel smuggler Maude Adams, masquerading as a crocodile, gorilla and clown. Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., (betw. 6th Ave. & Varick St.) 212-727-8110; 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30, $10.50.

Party for Infinite Bliss. Oil paintings by Anne-Françoise Potterat with DJ Maxx Klaxon. Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. (betw. Allen & Orchard Sts.), 212-966-7223; 6-8, free, $3 draft beer, $3 well drinks.

Techno and Cambodian. Chef Ratha Chau from Kampuchea and DJ James Effing Friedman blend music and food at The Chowdown, Episode 10. APT, 419 W. 13th St. (at 9th Ave.), no phone, 7 doors/8 sharp dinner, $40, www.thechowdown.com.

Amy Winehouse. Winehouse has tattoos of naked women all over her body, which could possibly be the awesomest thing ever. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; 6, $20.

Priestbird (formerly Tarantula AD), Pit Er Pat, White/Lichens, Matteah Baim Or Tarantula ADD. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 7:30, $10.

Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie), David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Johnathan Rice. Sad musicians are even sadder when they’re solo. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B’way), 212-997-1003; 8, $28.

Blonde Redhead, Fields.
If you were trampled by a horse, you’d call your record Misery Is a Butterfly, too. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $22/$25.

Michel Camilo. Toast a $13 martini with Camilo and his trio for the release of his latest CD, Spirit of The Moment (Telarc). Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 10:30, $35.

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Alice Smith. It’s just a matter of time before she pulls a Winehouse on us. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 7, $12.

8 Minute Dating.
Meet eight single “professionals.” Slate, 54 W. 21st St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-989-0096; 7:30-9:30, $40.

Devious Delights mid-week “Play Group.” Celebrate spring by swapping partners. Email to reserve at party@DDeviousDelights.com, no phone; 7, $50 per couple (includes wine and beer, light food and soft beverages), free for single females.

Ron Carter Nonet, Aaron Goldberg Tri0. Celebrating the legendary bassist’s 70th birthday! Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th St. (betw. B’way & Amsterdam Ave.), 212-501-3340; 8, $40.

Elio Villafranca Trio.
Since leaving Cuba 12 years ago, he has made a name through his own musical combinations played in a jazz format. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $15.

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Point Break LIVE! Absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports film; a Keanu will be selected at random from the audience (show run extended). Milagro Theater (CSV Cultural Center), 107 Suffolk St. (betw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), 212-352-3101; Fri. 8, Sat. 7 & 10:30, $20 (includes beer).

Chemistry. Sensual loft party featuring Tantric massage, DJ Dragon, premiere of Porno Jim’s Douggie Style. BYOB, hors d’oeuvres, Grand Space. Brooklyn, no phone, thelist@chemistry-nyc.com; 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

Pepperspray. Red Hot Chili Pepper cover band. Connolly’s Pub, 121 West 45th St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-597-5126; 10, $10.

Zikrayat: Live at Lotus. All-acoustic performance ensemble featuring music and dance of Egypt and the Arab world. Galapagos, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves.), B’klyn, 718-384-4586; 7:30, $17.

Langhorne Slim, Marcelles Hall & The Headliners, Paleface, Just About to Burn. His backing band is called The War Eagles. Yet another reason why it’s a bad idea to screw with Langhorne Slim. Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. (at Meeker), B’klyn, 718-609-0484; 8, $tba.

La Laque, Hopewell, The Silent League, J Dimenna. You don’t understand French? No problem, just wear a beret and practice your condescending sneers. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384 7112; 7:30, $5. 

The Mother Hips, Backyard Tire Fire, Hymns. The post-menopausal Hips are miraculously still giving birth to litters of sway-worthy California psychedelic tunes. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 8:30, $15. 

Cassandra Wilson. Wilson usually plays Carnegie Hall, so this is a rare opportunity to catch the deep-voiced singer in a much more intimate setting. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.), 212-475-8592; 8 & 11:30, $55.

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Machetero. Controversial film dramatizing Puerto Rican independence, soundtrack by Puerto Rican punk band RICANSTRUCTION. Julia de Burgos Theater, 2nd floor, Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave. (betw. 105th & 106th Sts.), no phone, info@barriocinema.com; 7, $7.

4 Artists + 4 Bands = Art + Music. Chill to floating planets and nervous cabaret, Shannon MacGregor, Morgan Sheasby (of The 62), George Spencer, Jenny Walty, Smyer, Man In Gray, Nervous Cabaret, Up The Empire. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384-7112; 6-8, $6 after 8.

Spring party at Moroccan restaurant. Music and DJ’s. Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery (at Rivington St.), 212-473-3113; open bar 10-11, free.

Trans Am, Zombi, Psychic Paramount.
Sure an album with a title like Sex Change would be a turning point for any band. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $10.

Tracy Bonham, Annette Strean, Kirk Cornelius, Dewanatron. Yep, that Tracy Bonham. Yep, that Union Hall. Yep, bocce ball. Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 8, $12.

Ballin’ The Jack. Reinterpreting the music of … The Marx Brothers! Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 8, $10.

John Pizzarelli. Celebrating the jazz legacy of Hoboken with his latest disc, Dear Mr. Sinatra. Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St. (at Madison Ave.), 212-744-1600; 8:45, $75.

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Machetero. Controversial film dramatizing Puerto Rican independence, soundtrack by Puerto Rican punk band RICANSTRUCTION. Julia de Burgos Theater, 2nd floor, Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave. (betw. 105th & 106th Sts.), no phone, info@barriocinema.com; 7, $7.

4 Artists + 4 Bands = Art + Music. Chill to floating planets and nervous cabaret, Shannon MacGregor, Morgan Sheasby (of The 62), George Spencer, Jenny Walty, Smyer, Man In Gray, Nervous Cabaret, Up The Empire. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 718-384-7112; 6-8, $6 after 8.

Spring party at Moroccan restaurant. Music and DJ’s. Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery (at Rivington St.), 212-473-3113; open bar 10-11, free.

Trans Am, Zombi, Psychic Paramount.
Sure an album with a title like Sex Change would be a turning point for any band. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $10.

Tracy Bonham, Annette Strean, Kirk Cornelius, Dewanatron. Yep, that Tracy Bonham. Yep, that Union Hall. Yep, bocce ball. Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 8, $12.

Ballin’ The Jack. Reinterpreting the music of … The Marx Brothers! Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 8, $10.

John Pizzarelli. Celebrating the jazz legacy of Hoboken with his latest disc, Dear Mr. Sinatra. Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St. (at Madison Ave.), 212-744-1600; 8:45, $75.

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Quantum physics with author Brian Greene. Teeny particles, how time works, how to go back to the future to kill Hitler. Kaufmann Concert Hall, The 92nd St. Y, Lexington Ave. (at 92nd St.), 212-415-5500; 8, $25.

The Be Film Underground Film Festival. The best national and international short films in animation, documentary, experimental and narrative. The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room, 40 W. 40th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.) or Park Avenue Screening Room, 500 Park Ave. (at 59th St.), no phone; Wed.-Sat. 7-9, $10, $75 (pass to all screenings), www.befilm.net.

The Cribs, White Rabbits, The Jealous Girlfriends. You know that show where the rappers show off their mansions? Yeah, this British band is kind of like that. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 10, $15.

Bjork. Not a pixie, but she plays one on—OK, she is actually a pixie. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave. (betw. 50th & 51st Sts.), 212-307-7171; 8, $61.

Peter Bjorn and John, Fujiya & Miyagi, Au Revoir Simone.
I think we have our music lineup for the first-annual first names convention. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $20.

Paul Shapiro’s Ribs And Brisket Revue. Not really—it’s a celebration of Jewish-inspired jazz. There’s some music about bagels, too! Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves. by W. 4th St.), 212-989-9319; 8:30, $10.

Dave Scott Jazz Ensemble. He’s a TV weatherman in San Diego (no, really), visiting us to release new album, In A Fog. Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 10, $10.

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Peter & The Wolf, Artanker Convoy, Heavy Creatures. Finally a good band from Liverpool. Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 8, $8.

Peter Bjorn and John, Fujiya & Miyagi, Au Revoir Simone.
We call this one the first-name bill. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $20.

Jan “Birdman” Wroblewski. When this tenor saxophonist started out, jazz was considered “subversive” in his native Poland. Good thing he didn’t care, as he went on to become one of the country’s most prominent players and songwriters, and still going strong at 71. Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-581-3080; 7, $25.

Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans. Greg Palast discusses his book about “Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild” w/ Robert Kennedy Jr. and Randi Rhodes. Community Church of New York, 40 E. 35th St. (betw. Park & Madison Aves.), no phone; 7, $15-$25.

Sex Worker Visions II.
Party and launch of Spread magazine’s “Money Issue,” featuring art exhibit by Annie Sprinkle, Zak Smith, Genevive Zacconi and Vena Virago, plus hand-decorated dildos sent in by sex workers across the U.S. & Canada. Arena Studios, 407 Broome St., Suite 7A (betw. Lafayette & Centre Sts.), no phone; 6-9, free.

Comic Book Club. Three guys talking about comics, what could be geekier? PIT, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-563-7488; 8, $5.

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Spock’s Beard. There’s just no way to make fun of a band called Spock’s Beard that they haven’t already thought of themselves. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-997-4144; 8, $30/$35.

Steve Wilson’s Generations. The alto and soprano saxophonist shows us why he’s favored by Diane Reeves, Don Byron and Herbie Hancock. But I mean, who isn’t these days, right? Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30, $ 30.

Shakers N’ Bakers. The group mixes things up (get it?), blending Ornette Coleman with Led Zeppelin—doesn’t sound like it could work, but somehow it does. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.

Nellie McKay. Is it just us or is this girl really that much fun? Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (at W. 57th St.), 212-247-7800; 8:30, $38-$43.

Deva. Female-fronted Devo cover band and mutant clone keyboardist Booji Boy cavort amid bubbles and confetti. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Avenue (betw. Havemeyer & Withers Sts.), B’kln, no phone; 9:30, $7.

National Dance Week. Dancers from Ailvin Ailey School, HunterDance Theater, Joffrey Ballet School, Momentum Dance Company, Studio Maestro. Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (), no phone; 6:30-7:30, free, RSVP tasha@tendumagazine.com.

Fuckplays. The final night to experience Working Man’s Clothes its small play festival. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves.), 718-782-5188; 7:30, $10.

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Acid Mother’s Temple, Mammatus, Alasehoutek. This ain’t your mamma’s heavy Japanese psychedelic collective. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B’way & Church St.), 212-219-3132; 8, $13/$15.

Sean McCaul, animal nudity, Top Down. Let’s just hope PETA doesn’t find out about this—exploiting the poor, naked creatures without even giving them top billing. Club Midway, 25 Avenue B (betw. 2nd & 3rd Sts.), 212-253-2595; 8, $5

Constantines, Tim Fite. Sometimes play Neil Young cover shows under the name Horsey Craze. I’m pretty sure Young has killed men for less. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 866-468-7619; 7:30, $12.

The Hold Steady, The Thermals. OK, maybe the tuition is worth it, after all. NYU, Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Sq. S., 212-998-4987; 7:30, $5/$7.

Lightning Bolt, xBxRx, Aa, High Places.
I hear that you’re not allowed to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design until you’ve formed, like, three noise-rock bands. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $10.

Elsa Higby. The local vocalist sings music by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzola, sharing the stage with three poets, who will read from their latest collections. Think of it as a double bill. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves. by W. 4th St.), 212-989-9319; 6, $ 6.

Dirty Wars. Readings against torture, arbitrary detention and kidnapping by Lisa Appignanesi, Mark Danner, Dorothea Dieckmann, Nadine Gordimer and more. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 7-8:30, $10/$8 (PEN & ACLU members)

Dirty Dancing. A screening of something free at Tribeca Film Festival. World Financial Center Plaza, bordered by West Street, the Hudson River, Vesey & Liberty Sts., 646-452-5296; approx. 8, free.

Nothing Festival.
Maybe last week’s selection of Tere O’Connor-approved choreographers didn’t wow. Here’s a whole new bunch. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-924-0077; Wed.-Sat. 7:30, $12-$25.

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Casper & The Cookies, The Besties, The Icicles, Normandy, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Not actually an Elephant 6 band, but they play one on tour. Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036; 8, $7.

Cracker. Hey, hey, hey, like being … shhhh! It’s an all-acoustic show, so be forewarned. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8, $20.

The Silos. They had to change their name from The 13th Floor Grain Elevators due to some confusion. Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Ave. (at 27th St.), 212-683-6500; 10, free.

The Tragically Hip, Constantines.
Mind you, this is hip in Canadian terms. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $25/$28.
 
Ellie Fordyce Trio. As a teenager, Fordyce would cut classes to catch jazz jam sessions, which proves something about the importance of math. Papoo’s, 55 Broadway (at Exchange Place), 212-809-3150; 7, free.

Epitaph. In celebration of Charles Mingus’ 85th birthday, an ensemble conducted by Gunther Schuller plays the epic jazz piece. Rose Hall, 33 W. 60th St. (betw. B’way & Amsterdam Ave.), 11th Fl., 212-258-9800; 7:30, $30-95.

DARMSTADT: Classics of the Avant-Garde. Flute and electronics by young composers. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves.), 718-782-5188; 7:30-9:30, $5.

PEN World Voices Festival: Writing Home.
International authors
explore why home is in the heart, with Don DeLillo, Kiran Desai, Neil
Gaiman, Nadine Gordimer, Alain Mabanckou, Steve Martin, Salman Rushdie,
Pia Tafdrup, Tatyana Tolstaya, Saadi Youssef. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B’way), 212-840-2824; 8-9:30, $15/$10 (PEN members).

Gypsy Rose Lee & The Minsky Follies. The “naughtier” side of
Gypsy Rose Lee played by Burgundy Brixx, original skits and strip-tease
music from Billy Minsky’s burlesque. Mo Pitkins, 34 Ave. A (betw. 2nd & 3rd Sts.), 212-777-5660; 9:30, $10.

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Stephen Petronio Company. Premiere of The Ship Song, music by Nick Cave. Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. (betw. 18th & 19th Sts.), 212-691-9740, $40/$30 (members).

Female Female-Impersonator
. Comic Michele Balan. LBGT Center, 208 W. 13th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-620-7310; 7, $25-$50.

An Evening with Farley Granger. In person signing copies of Include Me Out: My Life From Goldwyn to Broadway. Film Forum, 208 W. Houston St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-727-9110; 8, free.

Spank Rock (DJ set). Maybe they’ll play “Put that Pussy on Me.” Don’t forget to bring the kids! Virgin Megastore Union Square, 52 E. 14th St. (at B’way), 212-598-4666; 7, free.
 
Fountains of Wayne, Robbers on High Street. Making lawn ornament stores vaguely cool again. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $20.

Samba Jazz & The Music Of Jobim. The master would have turned 80 this year, so two of his former alumni, Duduka da Fonseca (drums) and Helio Alves (piano) celebrate his legacy the only possible: with style. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 33 W. 60th St. (at B’way), 5th Fl., 212-258-9595; 7:30 & 9:30, $30.

Andrea Wolper. Singing her heart out for all you boys and girls. 55 Bar, 55 Christopher St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-929-9883; 7, no cover + 2 drink min.

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Jarvis Cocker. Now Pulp-free. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 8, $32.

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble. Celebrating Mingus’ 85th birthday under the leadership of Veteran trombonist Steve Davis. Musical prodigies are so fun that way. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 33 W. 60th St. (at B’way), 5th Fl., 212-258-9595; 7:30 & 9:30, $10.

Naked Yoga. That’s right, yoga in the nude. Union Square, 7-8:30, $15 (bring a friend and get a free class), nakedyoga@gaiatreehouse.com.

Not4Prophet. N4P reads from “Thrift Shop Hip Hop” and talks about politics, poetry, punk rock and being a Puerto Rican in exile. Carlitos Cafe y Galeria, 1701 Lexington Ave. (betw. 106th & 107th Sts.), 212-534-7168; 7-11, $5 donation.

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Coco Rosie. Coming to a perfume commercial near you. Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave. (at Eckford St.), B’klyn, 718-387-0505; 8, $18.50.

Joyce & Dori Caymmi. Two legendary Brazilians sharing a stage near you. Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-581-3080; 9 & 11, $35.

Michael Gamble Meteorchestra
. The Rhode Island native busted out of the smallest state and moved to Brooklyn to make his synth-based music. Tonight he gives his neighbors a taste of his poison. Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), B’klyn, 718-789-2762; 9 & 10:30, $5 donation.
 
Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Exhibit of rare books, manuscripts, ephemera. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. (betw. 66th & 67th Sts.), 212-930-0730; Fri. Noon-8; Sat. Noon-7; Sun. Noon-5, $20, 3-Day Pass $45.

The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation). Fassbinder’s 1980 film. Deutsches Haus (NYU), 42 Washington Mews (at Washington Sq. Park), 212-998-8660; 6:30, free.

Tripnotica NYC. Electronica, down-tempo, trip-hop music, art exhibition, pre-record release party for Bjork’s Volta. The Delancey, 168 Delancey St. (betw. Clinton & Attorney Sts.) 8:30, $10, $7 with invitation.

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Portuguese Wine Tasting. Wine & food from Portuguese restaurants (benefit for Slow Food USA). Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers (at 23rd St.), 212-929-7700; 5:30-8, $35.

The Sublet Experiment. Romantic comedy performed in actual NYC apartments. 112 Willow St. (betw. Pierrepont & Clarke Sts.), B’klyn Heights, 212-352-3101, Thurs.-Fri 8; Sat.-Sun. 7, $20.

Women in Hip-Hop: Revered or Reviled. Editor Kim Osorio, DJ/writer Julie Covello and NOW-NYC. Charities Building, Room 4A,105 E. 22nd St. (at Park Ave. S.), no phone; 6:30, $7 donation.

80th Annual Golden Gloves Finals. Amateur boxing championship. The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 32nd St. & 7th Ave., 212-307-7171; 7:30, $25-$45.

Peelander Z, Aloke, Americans, Right on Dynamite, The Waylons. Hands down, one of the top five Japanese Action Comic Punk Bands in the state of New York. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 866-468-7619; 7:30, $10.

Battles, O’Death, Dirty Projectors. Come on kids, stay out late. It’s math-rock. You can totally justify skipping class the next morning. NYU, Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Sq. S., 212-998-4987; 7:30, $5/$7.

Hot Chip, Tussle. LCD Soundsystem is playing their house. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 6:30, $22.

Tain And The Ebonix

. What’s not to love when the drummer is the bandleader? Veteran Jeff “Tain” Watts also releases his new disc, Folk Songs. The Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. (betw. B’way & 6th Ave.), 212-691-1900; 9:30, $15.

Balkan Beat Box. Gypsies to a dance beat. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $17.

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Patti Smith & Her Band. Patti Smith’s soon to be released 10th album will be called 12. Crazy poets. Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St. (at 9th Ave.), 212-242-4300; 7, $35.

Mason Jennings, Kaiser Cartel
. Not related to Waylon or Shooter until DNA tests prove otherwise. Luna Lounge, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), B’klyn, 866-468-7619; 7:30, $15/$17. (also April 21 at Gramercy Theatre).

Son Volt, Jason Isbell. Seriously, this band is like a total rip-off of Uncle Tupelo. Even the guy’s voice sounds the same. The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. (at 15th St.), 212-777-6800; 8, $22.50/$25.

John Vanderslice, St. Vincent
. The guy wrote, “Bill Gates Must Die.” I bet he’s totally gonna trash Vista all night. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St. (at 11th St.), Hoboken, 201-653-1703; 8, $12.

Pink Nasty, The Black. Gonna be a, er … colorful evening. Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St. (at Richardson St.), B’klyn, 718-302-3770; 10, free.

Art Brut, Fucked Up. How do you follow a band called “Fucked Up?” I’m sure Art Brut will find a way. Studio B, 259 Banker St. (betw. Calyer St. & Meserole Ave.), B’klyn, 718-389-1880; 8, $12.

Ratatat, Despot. Two dudes, two instruments, one wicked onomatopoeia. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 7:30, $20.

Michael Bates’ Outside Sources. The bassist and his quartet play an intimate set comprised of original compositions inspired by the likes of Dave Douglas and Ornette Coleman—modern jazz isn’t for those who can’t keep an open mind. Barbès, 376 9th St. (at 6th Ave.), B’klyn, 718-965-9177; 10, $ 10.

Paquito D’Rivera. Latin jazz to warm up to. Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-581-3080; 9 & 11, $35.

PopRally Night Crawl. After-hours tour of Comic Abstraction: Image-Breaking, Image-Making exhibit. MoMA, 11 W. 53rd. St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-708-9400; 8:15, $10.

GalleryBar Collective. Artists and art lovers “mingle.” Art For Progress, 120 Orchard St. (betw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.), no phone, 7:30-11, free.

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Visual Slang: The Modern Urban Imagination. Artwork and graffiti by 20 artists, curated by Lois Stavsky w/ Michael Ponce. Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand St., 917-562-8468; 6-8, free.

Blini & Caviar. Cocktail reception for photos by Alla Esipovich w. guest Dr. Alexander Borovsky of State Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg. Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk St. (at Houston St.), 212-780-0175; 6:30, free.

Art Brut, Holy Hail. Look for their sophomore release, Put Out Another Record, e Put Out Another Record, dropping this spring. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $16.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet. The Cuban-born Grammy winner shows us why he got the trophy in the first place. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 212-576-2232; 7:30 & 9:30, $25.

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B Musicals. Three films for the price of one: Mister Big, The Merry Monahans and Get Hep To Love. Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (betw. 6th Ave. & Varick St.), 212-727-8112; various times, $10.50.


Eric Jerome Dickey
. Reading from novel Sleeping with Strangers. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd St.), 212-362-8835.

O’Debra Twins Show & Tell. Comedy open mike. The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (at Bleecker St.), 212-614-0505; 10, $3.


Bob Mould, Radio 4, Harmony Rockets
. Bob Mould is a former scriptwriter for the WCW. Apparently, he was also in a band at some point. Husker…something… (Benefit for Callum Robbins.) Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 7, $25.

Gang Gang Dance w/ Professor Murder & Yacht. Rhizome Benefit Concert also includes computer artist Cory Arcangel MC. ‘Cuz that’s just the way it is. Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel, 366 W. 17th St., 212-242-4300; 8, $35.

Smoosh, The Postmarks, Creeping Weeds
. Here’s hoping they don’t get carded. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B’way & Church St.), 212-219-3132; 7, $12/$14.

The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. Swinging those Monday blues away. Swing 46, 349 W. 46th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-262-9554; 8:30, $15.

Photo from The Merry Monahans

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