Volume 75, Number 41 | March 1 -7 2006

The A List

Alter Egos The Whitney Biennial is back, and it sounds like the most intriguing one yet. For the first time, the curators have given it a name, “Day Into Night,” which is symbolic of their attempt to pin down the state of American art — not an easy thing to do when one of the curators and two of the featured artists in the Biennial, like Reena Spaulings, aren’t even real. Named after a Truffaut film, which takes its name from a light filter that makes day look like night, the show touches upon the notion of artifice as it relates to everything from identity to the Bush administration. Opens March 2 through May 28. Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th St., (212-570-3676; whitney.org).Hanna Liden, courtesy the Whitney Museum

Sundays with Satoshi When you make your way over to Philip Marie on a Sunday afternoon there are two things that you can count on: jazz guitarist Satoshi Inoue, and his happening music. As for who’ll join him, you’ll have to leave that to chance. Inoue enjoys taking his versatile, melodic style and blending it with some of the city’s finest musicians, including pianist Toru Dodo, bassist Sean Smith and fellow guitarist Peter Bernstein. What makes Inoue so effective in the duo format, one of the most difficult for a musician, is his ability to seamlessly shift between the roles of a featured soloist and sensitive accompanist. Every Sunday, noon to 3:30 pm. Philip Marie, 569 Hudson St. at 11th St. (212-242-6200; philipmarie.com). — Lee Metcalf

Grey Glamour The 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens,” a profile of the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasiss and their dilapidated, 28-room East Hampton mansion, has been joked about on “Will and Grace” and was the focus of a recent fashion spread in Vogue. Now Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”) has brought the story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Edie” to the stage with a new musical based on the film. It’s set in the mid-1970s, and as Jackie O. moves with the jet set, her relatives become notorious recluses, living in squalid conditions amongst stray cats. As the two women face a dark future, they must learn to face their storied pasts. Opens March 7 at Playwrights Horizons, 42 W. 42nd St. btwn. 9th and 10th Aves. (212-279-4200; playwrightshorizons.org. —Scott Harrah. Joan Marcus

The Magnificent Seven In honor of the 20th anniversary of Naked Angels, a collective of actors, writers, directors and designers, artistic director Jenny Gersten amassed seven promising playwrights, which she nicknamed the Mag-7. “Naked Angels was founded by young artists who aspired to support one another in having their ideas and artistry seen and heard,” she said, so it was only natural to give the next generation of theater artists the same props. Now through March 13, you can see the works of the next-big-playwrights Louis Cancelmi, Graham Gordy, John Kim, Heather Lynn MacDonald, Itamar Moses, Hugh Murtagh and Deirdre O’Connor in an evening of their one-acts at the Flea Theater. (Pictured, right, is “Handlers,” by Louis Cancelmi, starring Tim Cummings.) Tickets are $15. 41 White Street btwn. Church and Broadway (212-352-3101; NakedAngels.com).Wendy Stulberg

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