THEATER: It’s “go time” for The Butane’s Group’s Operation Ajax, which ingenuously sets the CIA’s 1953 overthrow of Iran’s first democratically-elected government in the context of a casino. “Constructed from no less than 25 text sources (memoirs, documentaries, plays, poetry, novels, films, reality tv shows), the densely-layered performance explores how the addiction to risk and gambling has become a potent metaphor for U.S. foreign policy.” (For an enhanced theater experience, explore the show’s thorough bibliography, with links to all source material.) - John Del Signore

Friday // 8:15pm // 347 W. 36th St., 13th Floor // Call (917) 916-1307 to reserve tickets, which cost $18.

MUSIC: We'd go to this show for just the openers...tonight at Bowery Ballroom State Radio, Earl Greyhound and The Epochs take the stage. Earl Greyhound is SFJ-approved, and The Epochs have been a favorite of ours for a couple of years (ever since they handed us a handmade cd on the sidewalk outside of Irving Plaza). Tickets still on sale here.

Listen: Mouths to Feed.mp3 - The Epochs

Friday // 7:30pm // Bowery Ballroom [6 Delancey St] // $17

ART: Brooklyn's Micro Museum has been making bigger waves with its weekly Open Walls series, in which shows are organized from start to finish in just one week. This week will feature works on paper by artist Mikella Millen. The drawings, prints and collage explore environmental themes relating to "today's technological expansion." - John Del Signore

Saturday // Noon to 7pm; reception at 5pm. // 123 Smith Street, Brooklyn // $2 donation

2007_02_arts_lzep.jpgMOVIE: Miss the days of real rock music? This Saturday the rarely screened rock doc Led Zeppelin: Live at The Royal Albert Hall will bring you back to the days of 13 minute drum solos and good 'ol fashioned rock n' roll (at least for about an hour and a half).

Saturday // 9:30pm // Anthology Film Archives [32 Second Ave] // $8

THEATER: Christopher Shinn’s Dying City comes to New York after a successful run at London’s esteemed Royal Court Theatre. His play probes the aftermath of the Iraq war as experienced by the wife of dead soldier and his distraught brother, who refuses to accept the military’s official account of his death. Pablo Schreiber (Tony nominee Awake and Sing!) plays dual roles: the deceased soldier Craig and his twin brother Peter. Rebecca Brooksher portrays Kelly, Craig’s wife. (Read a great interview with Shinn, conducted by Mark "Mr. Excitement" Armstrong for The Brooklyn Rail.) - John Del Signore

Saturday // 2pm & 8pm // Lincoln Center Theater [Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
150 West 65th Street] // Tickets cost $70

EVENT: Maybe you don't have to work Monday, so what better way to keep yourself up late on a Sunday night then with Hip Hop Karaoke. Tap in to your inner rap star or just be a spectator.

Sunday // 10pm // Knitting Factory [74 Leonard St] // Free

MUSIC: Malajube and Snowden are in town for three nights this starting Saturday. The first two shows are sold out, but you can still get tickets here for the third show with Ra Ra Riot.

Listen: Montréal -40°C.mp3 - Malajube

Monday // 8:30pm // Southpaw [125 5th Ave, Brooklyn] // $10

Just down the street, at Union Hall, Chin Up Chin Up and The End of the World will be rocking the basement. Tickets for that show are still on sale here.

Listen: This Harness Can't Ride Anything.mp3 - Chin Up Chin Up

Monday // 8pm // Union Hall [702 Union St, Brooklyn] // $10