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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/20/2010

Pop culture radar: Green Day, 'Avatar' and more

By Jen Chaney

Neytiri, soon to be seen on DVD. (Fox)

Another week, another slew of major events shooting across the pop culture stratosphere. Here are some of the biggies on our radar at the moment.

"American Idiot" opens on Broadway: Fifteen years ago, who would have thought the guys who made "Dookie" could inspire a Broadway musical? Yet here it is: Green Day's show -- featuring hits like "21 Guns" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" -- officially debuts tonight in New York. Look for a review tomorrow from the Post's Peter Marks.

"Sarah Silverman tells all": The comedian releases her first book, a memoir, today. Title: "The Bedwetter: Stories of Redemption, Courage and Pee." While it's reportedly filled with plenty of Silverman's signature snark, the chick who's [bleep]ing Matt Damon does make a few genuine confessions, like the fact that she used to consume 16 Xanax a day in her teens, and that she also wet the bed for years (Hence, the book's title.) If you live in the D.C. area, take note: Silverman hosts a book signing this Thursday at the Borders Books on 18th and L Sts.

"New CD from Rufus Wainwright": Am I the only one besotted by the operatic, melodramatic musical stylings of one Mr. Rufus Wainwright? No? Then perhaps you'll also be happy to know that his latest CD -- "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu," a stripped-down selection of melancholy fare that Post reviewer Allison Stewart calls "an exquisite, profoundly intimate grab bag of not necessarily complementary musical ideas" -- arrives in stores today.

"Crazy Heart" on DVD and Blu-ray: The indie drama that finally won Jeff Bridges his well-deserved Oscar is out today on DVD and Blu-ray.

"Idol Gives Back": "American Idol's" annual star-studded musical charity event will be broadcast this Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox. Among the big names scheduled to appear: Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Elton John and (eek!) Justin Bieber. The Post's Lisa de Moraes will have full "Idol" coverage, as always, in her On TV blog.

"Avatar" on DVD and Blu-ray: James Cameron's modest, under-the-radar little film about the Na'vi people makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut. But be forewarned: this is strictly the 2D theatrical release with absolutely no extras. A more robust special edition is due in November. Because, you know, "Avatar" hasn't made enough money yet, so Fox desperately needs to capitalize on that holiday-season business.

The season finale of "Project Runway": The seventh fashion-design-off comes to a close this Thursday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. Many viewers already said auf wiedersehen to this series well before it moved to Lifetime, but surely some of you remain curious to see who ultimately stays in, and who gets booted out.

By Jen Chaney  | April 20, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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"American Idiot" opens on Broadway.

No comparisons are perfect, but remember that The Who had the first rock musical, "Tommy."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 20, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Are these the only choices? Project Runway has become old and tired, Avatar has lost its luster now that the type has died down a bit, and if the best new reading material is a Sarah Silverman book, God help us all.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | April 20, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

td, perhaps you'd like this?
"Enjoying a golden old age" (dual review of latest albums by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/19/AR2010041904569.html
Mose Allison also has a new album out, with the breakout song "My Brain."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 20, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sixteen Xanax a day? Good grief, no wonder Sarah Silverman wet the bed: she was unconscious.

Posted by: northgs | April 20, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to concur with td- I think it's the calm before the summer blockbusters start to hit. (Might have to check out that Rufus Wainwright cd, though.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | April 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, Sarah was dating Jimmy Kimmel for a while there, so maybe she really did need those 16 Xanax a day.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | April 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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