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Somebody’s gonna get censored: See “Banned Book Party.”

Celebrated in his time and frequently censored in ours, Mark Twain used to advertise his lectures with this promise: “The trouble begins at 8.” Author and provocateur Mike Edison isn’t making that claim. But it’s a safe bet that his own upcoming 8pm debacle will see Twain’s savvy marketing slogan come to pass — when Edison and friends present the fifth installment of their yearly tribute to Banned Book Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6). This self-professed “evening of literary hi-jinks, state-sponsored fear, vampires, music, sex and smokin’-hot smarty-pants thrills” features special guests who’ll read passages from their favorite banned books. Brush up on your knowledge of forbidden titles, because the evening ends with a spirited round of “Name That Banned Book.” Before that, however, those who’ve been burying their noses in profane pages can cut loose and dance to the outer space bop and dirty blues stylings of the Interstellar Rendezvous Band — whose members include drummers Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Dee Pop (Bush Tetras, Gun Club) and Mickey Finn (the Left Banke), with Edison laying down licks from his set-for-stun theremin.

Fri., Sept. 28, 8pm. At 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson St., btw. Desbrosses & Vestry Sts.). Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the event. For info and reservations, visit 92y.org. Also visit mikeedison.com.

—Scott Stiffler

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This exhibition will feature a new video and performance project by robbinschilds — a collaborative duo formed by choreographers Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. Though trained in dance, robbinschilds expands the traditional understanding of this discipline by adding site-specific installation-based performances, video, sound and sculptural components. Appealing to various layers of our perception, robbinschilds’ projects have previously been staged at the Kitchen, PS122, Dance Theater Workshop, PS1 at MoMA, The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceSpace Project at St. Mark’s Church and the Autumn Skate Bowl.

“I came here on my own” will encompass the entire 6th floor of Art in General. Through Dec. 15, Art in General is located at 79 Walker St. (1 block south of Canal, between Broadway & Lafayette). Hours: Tues.-Sat., 12-6pm. For info, call 212-219-0473 or visit artingeneral.org.

—Stephanie Buhmann

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