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MUGWeekend

Music
Groove Collective
Billboard says their music is "jazz/funk fusion at its most sublime." Check them out at Tonic, 107 Norfolk [Delancey/Rivington] 866.468.8150, on Friday at midnight, $10.

Books
Lincoln's Melancholy
by Joshua Wolf Shenk (Houghton Mifflin, $25), is subtitled How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled his Greatness. A revelatory read that may lead you to conclude that what is contemptuously dismissed as naval-gazing by certain presidents (and their fathers) may be the very thing that distinguishes between great leaders and those who merely play them on television.

Architecture
Open House NY
The annual voyeur's delight.

CD
Love is Here to Stay
The late Moose Charlap had the best name of any Broadway composer, if not the best track record. His wife, Sandy Stewart, and son, Bill Charlap, hit this one out of the park — a collection of standards performed with a wistful, contemplative intelligence.

Kids
Wallace and Gromit
The reviews for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit have been raves. Sample from Premiere: "This is more than just the best animated comedy of the year — it's the best comedy of the year, period."

Art
Francine Prose on Caravaggio
The author talks about the painter's life and work, tonight at the 92nd St. Y, 8:15pm, $25.

Gay
To Catch a Thief
Hedda Lettuce (pictured, top middle) hosts the pre-show at the Clearview Chelsea Classics series (Hitchcock for October), Thursdays at 7pm.

Sports
The Flashlight Frisbee
Now that the days are getting shorter, find some outdoor space after dark and toss the Flashlight, an eye-catching illuminated Frisbee.

Opera
Ariadne auf Naxos
A matinee this Saturday, 1:30pm, of the opera. The New Yorker wrote "…Elijah Moshinsky's glorious staging of 'Ariadne auf Naxos' seems to come back in each revival with its energy magically refreshed."


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