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THE DAILY SHOW V. THE ONION
Sunday, December 5, at 2pm, writers from both square off for 50 minutes on the future of news in the second Bush term, one of many events in the 17th Annual Independent and Small Press Fair, taking place on both days that weekend at the Small Press Center, 20 W. 44th [5th/6th] 212.764.7021. Free.

GAY/LESBIAN SKI GROUP
Add the gay- and lesbian-oriented Ski Bums to our list of ski clubs. There's a season kickoff on December 2nd for the skiers and snowboarders at XL, 357 W. 16th [9th] starting at 7pm.

JOHN SAYLES READING/DISCUSSION
The Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca Talks series features writer/director John Sayles this Thursday, December 2nd at 54 Varick [Canal/Beach]. It's free, door and cash bar open at 7:30pm, reading at 8pm.

MAKING MARBLES
Learn to make one-of-a-kind, brightly-colored marbles at Urban Glass, 647 Fulton [Ashland] Bklyn 718.625.3685. Experience helpful, but not required. It takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 27-28, 11-4, and costs $400.

WATCHES
Over 100 vintage models are up for sale at Watchismo.com, which we wrote about this summer [here]. Owner Mitch Greenblatt has added a new section of watches under $200.

OPERATION FAIRY DUST
The non-profit NY BACked, which helps children in a variety of ways, has their Operation Fairy Dust Event this December 5th. They hold a holiday bazaar (10-15 vendors) to fund the Operation Fairy Dust program which provides evening gowns and accessories to teen girls with financial need for their prom night. New or gently worn evening gowns happily accepted. 212.807.5844 for more info.

TIMES SQUARE ANGEL
One Night Only! Charles Busch stars in "Times Square Angel" on Monday, December 13th at 8pm. First performed in 1984, Busch plays nightclub singer Irish O'Flanagan "who learns a doozy of a lesson during one jam-packed Christmas Eve." Tickets are $25, reserve at 212.254.1109. It plays at Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Ave. [9th/10th].

MORE ON MOCCA, FROM A READER
"Sad news about Mocca Restaurant closing. Thus ends a personal era for me: Mocca was one of my first real NYC haunts and certainly played a part in my realizing I'd actually become a NY'er after 10 years living nearby. Those were the days — everyone who came to visit had to eat there with us. Granny lived a couple of blocks away so we'd meet frequently at Mocca for convenience and atmosphere reminding her of her Polish upbringing. I'll always see Mocca there on 2nd Avenue no matter what upscale, trendy joint appears in their place, just as I still see so many old favorites in the neighborhood, though some are long gone. I guess part of being a New Yorker is the hidden past we carry with us."
We're off for a few days, back on Monday. Have a great holiday.


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