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Raves all around for You Lost Me There, the debut novel by Rosecrans Baldwin.

Can it. Learn how at Astor Center, 8/25. Pricey at $95, but it will seem like money well spent come winter.

Refinery 29 has a rocking roundup of 20 Fall Handbags.

indie rock… Friday: Legendary brit-pop band The Wedding Present plays for free at South Street Seaport. Saturday: Electro-chill band Neon Indian plays for free at Governors Island. Just Announced… 10/21 & 10/22: Massive Attack. 11/14 & 11/15: Sufjan Stevens.

books… Two new books with NYC as their backdrop: Peter Quinn's The Man Who Never Returned, a fictional accounting of the real-life disappearance of Judge Crater. From Adam Langer, The Thieves of Manhattan—a literary-world caper.

moviesThey Came to Play is a documentary about the pianists who compete in the Van Cliburn Foundation's International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. These 'amateurs', who must be 35 or over, turn out to be a fascinating group of characters, making the movie a genuine pleasure to watch. Opens tomorrow at IndieHouse, 358 W. 44th [8th/9th].

out of town… The Ibis in Earls Court isn't the most glam place you'd ever stay, but $649 (plus $184 per person in taxes) gets you six nights at Thanksgiving time in London, roundtrip airfare, plus breakfasts. Details.

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