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two giveaways! MUG has a pair of free tickets to see Michelle Shocked play Iridium, with the Les Paul Trio and The Sweater Set, on 12/12. To enter the contest, email us with the words 'Michelle Shocked' in the subject line (and include your name in the email) by 1pm today. We'll announce the winner on the website (in this space) at 2pm. {The winner is: Birgit Darby. Have a great time!}

Last call soon! MUG's Win $250 in Holiday Booze sweepstakes closes on Sunday night, 11:59pm. Enter now by liking us on Facebook or email us with the word 'booze' in the subject line.


indie rock Saturday: The boys from FIXED bring a dance party to Brooklyn Bowl. Saturday: The Antlers make music beautiful. See them at Webster Hall. Just Announced… 5/4 & 5/5: Andrew Bird. 5/10: M83. 5/12: Neon Indian. [Photo: Ben Ritter]


shopping Brooklyn's Artists & Fleas hops across the bridge to Chelsea Market from December 16th-31st. There's a preview on December 15th from noon-8pm. Over 30 designers, artists, and collectors will graft some indie spirit onto your holiday spirit. Daily, 10:30am-7:30pm, more info on the pop-up here.

A few weeks back, we asked you to nominate your favorite small box stores, and we think the results make a terrific tip sheet. Keep those small businesses in mind as you do your holiday shopping. And if you want to add to the list, by all means!

photography An idea for the photographer or fledgling shutterbug on your list: a gift certificate to PhotoManhattan, a photography center with introductory and more advanced courses. Prices are relatively modest: Nine sessions, two hours each, is $329.


movies Rooftop Films presents Films for the Occupation—four nights of activist films, screening for free, from December 13th-16th in Manhattan and Brooklyn. On Tuesday, a sneak preview of Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws from the UK, which emerged before OWS to call attention to climate change. More here.


out of town Impermanence is the touchstone of this unsettled era—stores, restaurants, and now a hotel celebrate their pop-uppy here-and-goneness. The Papaya Playa Project, 99 cabanas on the coastline of Tulum, Mexico, is a departure for Design Hotels, which describes the lodging as "rustic". But you can expect a lot of attention to have been paid to the food, the mood, the music, and the spa, as well as a departure of the hotel itself on May 5th, 2012.


more Sherie Rene Scott, Raúl Esparza, Orfeh and other notable Broadway performers will sing at New York City Christmas, at Joe's Pub on Monday, December 12th, 7pm. Tickets start at $50; all proceeds go to ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty).

On Saturday, 4pm, at Brooklyn's Central Library, Arthur Phillips reads from The Tragedy of Arthur, and talks about his well-reviewed novel with Leonard Lopate.

On Tuesday, 12/13, 7pm, at the Irish Arts Center, a screening of Colin McIvor's movie Cup Cake, about a young man who inherits his family's bakery, though not their baking skills. $10

The Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th [Bway/6th] 212.481.0295, holds its annual Holiday Gift Fair on Saturday, starting at noon. All kinds of letterpress printed and handmade cards and other paper goods. $10 suggested admission.












Snowflake Lights Display at Saks Fifth Avenue and Wooden Camera courtesy of Shutterstock


Times Square (from 2009)

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