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Counterintuitive—and the more compelling for it: artist Rebecca Martinez's Beauty Challenged, images of out-to-pasture mannequins haunted by their younger days, in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman. Through July 19th.

Everlasting Moments, out now on DVD, is a lovely period drama by Swedish director Jan Troell.

Guinness World Records named the bhut jolokia, also known as the ghost chili, as the hottest pepper. It's rated at over 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale. (Tabasco sauce, by contrast, is between 2,500-5000 Scoville units). Newly available at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost [Leonard/Manhattan] Bkyln 718.389.2982. Bring your Hazmat gear.


indie rock… Friday: Sunshine-psych-poppers Reading Rainbow play Cake Shop. Sunday: She & Him play a free show at Governors Island! Just Announced… 9/21-9/24: Ra Ra Riot. 11/5: Interpol.




artEARTH: Fragile Planet is an exhibit in which over 100 illustrators make visual comments on the environmental state of the world. It's at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd [Park/Lex] 212.838.2560, through the end of this month.


theater… We're in the theater's fallow season, so hooray for Town Hall in livening things up this month. Some seriously good performers (including the sublime Christine Andreas) sing award-winning music of Broadway on July 12th. Broadway's rising stars get to strut their stuff on July 19th and on July 26th, All Singin' and All Dancin': original choreography, great tunes. 


movies… Bertolucci, Agnes Varda, Stephen Frears and other major film directors talk shop in the engrossing documentary Great Directors, opening tomorrow.


photography… As the President and the military wrestle with America's longest war, the iconic images of WWII by Polish-born Dmitri Baltermants of the consequences of war on the ground, are as sadly relevant as ever. Most memorable is his wrenching image titled 'Grief'—the aftermath of a Crimean village massacre in which women search for their loved ones in an open field. 'Tchaikovsky' (pictured below) is also an image that, once seen, is never forgotten. The exhibition, which also includes works by the photographer through the 1960s, is at Nailya Alexander Gallery, 41 E. 57th [Mad/Park] 212.315.2211.














Brooklyn (from 2008)

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