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The Weekly Cultural Agenda: Retro Aliens, Miniature Art, and The Future of New York



Monday:

Introverted, but outspoken. Ingenious, but troubled. For a few years, Bobby Fischer became one of the most famous people in the world for simply playing chess better and more passionately than anyone else. Watch him implode in Bobby Fischer Against the World at 9pm on HBO.

Tuesday:

Hipster chanteuse Keren Ann offers French-inspired melodies as beautiful as she is at Brooklyn's The Bell House tonight and the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday.

The Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan has created a bestiary of hand-crafted miniature art works, Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities, that are sure to puzzle and astound the eye.

Wednesday:

A creative international exchange program between featuring 10 design firms, GLIMPSES of New York and Amsterdam in 2040 imagines the architectural futures of the two historically associated cities in a vibrant exhibition at The Center for Architecture in Manhattan.

Thursday:

Remember the '90s when the cool kids wore Dr. Martens and brash, ska-inspired punk was enjoyed without irony? Revisit them when veterans The Bouncing Souls perform at Reggie's Rock Club tonight, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Chicago.

Friday:

Decidedly weird and wonderful, Andrew Bird will offer his mercurial violin-heavy soundscapes at New York's Prospect Park Bandshell.

Playing more or less themselves, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon set out on an extended, volatile man-date as they eat at America's best restaurants in Michael Winterbottom's The Trip.

After his so-so Star Trek, sci-fi auteur J.J. Abrams takes another stab at big-budget glory with his retro alien romp, Super 8.

Saturday:

Despite the fact that it played out on genteel grass courts, their tennis rivalry made most boxing matches look downright tepid. Catch the 70s flavor and heated conflict of McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice at 10pm on HBO.

Sunday:

The genius behind The Beach Boys and former recluse Brian Wilson continues to come out of his shell. Tonight he presents a solo show of reinterpreted Gershwin classics and his own hits at New York's Highline Ballroom.

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