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The McSweeney's Book of Politics & Musicals is out June 26th, a curdled paean to D.C., using Broadway zazz as a fluffer. There's a book party at powerHouse Arena on 6/28, 7pm, rsvp.

Counterprogramming: Patrick Watson and Loney Dear [Photo: Andrew DeSantis] are the wonderful, wintery singer-songwriters playing River to River on 7/6. Free.

The Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars play the Highline Ballroom on 6/29, 8pm, $25. Their story is racking, the music a joyful noise.

Watch, and possibly play, badminton when Recess New York holds court at Governors Island, this Saturday, noon-5pm. 32 organizations compete; some additional courts available.

33 Surrealist collages, collaboratively created by André Breton, Paul Éluard and Suzanne Muzard in the 1930s, at Ubu Gallery, 416 E. 59th [1st/Sutton] 212.753.4444.

art 99-year-old Toko Shinoda the Japanese artist who blends abstract expressionism and calligraphy, has her first major show in New York in decades. Guided by the Brush, presented by Allison Tolman at Joan B Mirviss Ltd, 39 E. 78th [Mad/Park] 212.799.4021, shows Shinoda's recent work, an unutterably moving balancing-act of space, color, tension and release. For all that, it seems effortless. But you try to achieve that effortlessness. It would take you 100 years. At least.

design Design for the Real World Redux, an intriguing exhibition of the 2011 Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award, is on now at White Box, 329 Broome [Bowery/Chrystie] 212.714.2347, following Papanek's teaching that "design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical." Pictured: Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova (Terreform One & Planetary One): Urbaneering Brooklyn 2110: Ecological City of the Future

movie The Department of Defense estimates there were 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010 alone. The Invisible War, a new documentary, by Kirby Dick, exposes the appalling epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Sunlight may not be enough of a disinfectant for a problem this serious, but it is a start. Opens tomorrow.

book Out on Tuesday, The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker, Janet Groth's account of her two decades at the magazine, starting at age 19, the daily inner workings and her relationships with many notable contributors.

crowdsourcing We've written before of our unbounded admiration of, and affection for, WFMU. This Kickstarter project, about $6,000 shy of the $50,000 goal, will be a documentary called Freeform or Death, the story of FMU's manager, Ken Friedman, to keep this essential radio station alive and well.

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