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performance… We could swear Mary McCormack is seven feet tall. The actress in the revival of the '60s farce Boeing-Boeing plays the commandeering, wide-stanced, arms-akimboed Lufthansa stew named Gretchen (of course) and manages to make her utterly endearing. We found ourselves besotted by this perfomance, as each line reading and foot-plant becomes a mini master class in comedy (she's been Tony-nominated for the gig). Director Matthew Warchus' style for this revival is all crisp, emphatic corners, but Ms. McCormack raises him one, letting you see a flicker of a human being between the door slams. (The actress also stars in the new USA series In Plain Sight). Improbably, Ms. McCormack is not seven feet tall, but her towering comic skills will have you convinced otherwise.

indie rock… Friday: The Big Sleep drone-prog-guitar-ROCK their way to the Bowery Ballroom. Saturday: Chicago's The Cool Kids take hip-hop back to 1988. See them kick their delightful jams at Knitting Factory. Just Announced…9/18: Mogwai. 9/17 & 9/18: The Mars Volta.10/6 & 10/7: Okkervil River

camping… Sleep in Central Park (or one of four other parks) on Saturday, June 21st—you'll be among fellow campers—but you'll need to fill out an application for Under the Stars and then get accepted. Only in New York would camping be competitive.

event… Pottery students and members of Greenwich House Pottery, Greenwich House Pottery, 16 Jones [Bleecker/W. 4th] are having a show of their work—the opening night reception is tonight.

food/movies… Can you get out for lunch on Friday the 13th? If so, celebrate the NYC Food Film Festival at the James Beard House, 167 W. 12th [6th/7th], from noon-2pm. For $35 you'll get a screening of trailers from three films in the festival—This is My Cheesesteak, Brooklyn Pizza, and La Roccolta (directed by Il Buco's owner)—and hear a discussion among the three directors. For lunch, appropriate noshes: mini cheesesteaks, baby lamb chops, and much more. Reserve at 212.627.2308.

books… One of the best-reviewed books of the spring has been Netherland, Joseph O'Neill's meditation on our post 9-11 city. Tonight, Mr. O'Neill will be at 192 Books, 192 10th [21st/22nd] 212.255.4022, 7pm. Reserve.

head's up… We love The Real Tuesday Weld, the band name of Stephen Coates, who lives in a world of "oddball electronica-goes-Tin Pan Alley." Mr. Coates will be at Joe's Pub on July 9th.

Just When We Thought We Couldn't Think Less of David Brooks
From Daily Kos:
"How big of a douchebag is David Brooks?

He's such a big douchebag that he tries to criticize Barack Obama as not being an oh-so-regular guy (just like the tortoise shell spectacled and pink necktied drip Brooks is, of course) by saying:

[H]e doesn't seem like a guy who can go into an Applebee's salad bar and people think he fits in naturally there.

Only problem? David Brooks has apparently never stepped out of the limo and actually gone into an Applebees. Because they don't have salad bars."

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