What You're Doing Tonight, 5/18

The Shins get a leg up at Terminal 5, a night of magic downtown, and a Preston Sturges/Coen Brothers two-fer

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Tuesday, May 19, 2009  |  Updated 12:03 PM EDT
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What You're Doing Tonight, 5/18

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The Shins take Terminal 5.

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FOR KICKS: Indie mainstay band The Shins may have undergone some personnel changes recently, but that won't affect the enthusiasm with which they rock Terminal 5 tonight -- or the audience lovefest that's guaranteed to ensue. 8PM.

ECHOES: Preston Sturges' great 1942 Hollywood satire Sullivan's Travels follows a film director (Joel McCrea) who -- when studio heads refuse to greenlight his making of O Brother Where Art Thou -- wanders off to experience the chain-gang life for himself. Brilliantly, the second half of this Film Forum twofer (part of the Con Film Festival) is O Brother Where Art Thou, Joel Coen's 2000 hit with George Clooney, John Tuturro et. al. as chain-gang escapees. 4:50PM.

MAGIC HAT: The lineup at the long-running Monday Night Magic show reads like a who's who of the current magic scene -- which, admittedly, is a fairly short list; this is the best place to see feats of illusion outside of Las Vegas. Theatres at Bleecker, 8PM.

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