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Volume 19 Issue 37 | January 26 - February 1, 2007
The A-List

Sat 1.27
Photo Ingenue
Ryan McGinley, whose Whitney debut sparked talk of him becoming the next Nan Goldin, has turned his attention away from friends and onto Morrissey fans in his first solo show, “Irregular Regulars,” at Team gallery. In these vibrant, often monochromatic pictures, he captures the star-struck gazes of rapt audiences and recasts Morrissey, in still moments on stage, as a godlike creature. Above is the one rare photo in the collection of McGinley himself, being carted offstage. Across the street, check out the engrossing, disturbing “Womanizer” exhibit at Dietch Projects before it closes today. Through Feb. 10. Team, 54 Grand Ave., 212-279-9219; www.teamgal.com.

Tues 1.30
Near and Far East artists on the L.E.S.
Working in a variety of mediums, and coming from a wide range of religious, cultural and political backgrounds, the 24 Muslim artists in “Changing Climate, Changing Colors” shed light on the diverse interpretations of Islam today. The Abrons Art Center group show includes artists from Tunisia to Iran, such as Sara Rahbar, multi-media artist and creator of “Flag,” (2006), right. Through March 16. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400, www.henrystreet.org/arts.

Wed 1.31
Net Neutrality 101
If the current Net Neutrality debate has you a bit confused, then come hear leading Internet advocate and scholar Susan Crawford, an Associate Professor of Law at New York’s Cardozo Law School, explain the finer points of this obscure law provision and its meaning for the future of communications. Hosted by Blogging Liberally. 7 p.m., The Tank, 279 Church Street, 212-563-6269, www.thetanknyc.org.

Wed 1.31
One-on-One Theater
“The Pod Project,” which opens tonight, is a surreal experiment in personalized theater. Individual audience members shuffle from one, glowing “pod” to the next, where actors waiting in each deliver a one-on-one performance of 13 scenes, ranging from a moutaintop ski-lift to a woman showering in a bathroom (left). Created and directed by Naked Angels writer and actor Nancy Bannon, with lighting by Tony-winning designer Brian MacDevitt, “The Pod Project” promises that no two viewers will experience the show the same. Tickets $25. Through February 11. 20Greene Gallery, 20 Greene, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com.

Thur 2.1
Godfather of Indie Rock
There are few singer/songwriters as fun to watch as Jonathan Richman, who is even zanier live than his hilarious cameo in “Something about Mary.” You can see the indie rock pioneer tonight through Saturday, as he helps kick off the Knitting Factory’s 20th anniversary. Tickets $20 advance/$23 day of show. Thur-Sat., Feb. 1-3. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., 212-219-3132, www.ticketweb.com.

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