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indie rock… This week, the CMJ Music Marathon brings hundreds of tour vans to our city streets. Here are a few picks for the badgeless and broke. Thursday: Insound's party at the hot Studio B features French Kicks, Thunderbirds Are Now, We Are Wolves and more. Friday: Share brunch with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists (free burritos + bloody marys) at Pianos. RSVP required.


photography… At the Jen Bekman gallery, 6 Spring [Eliz/Bowery] 212.219.0166, an interesting exhibition of photographs by British-born James Deavin. The show, called "Photographs from the New World," is a real-world look at the virtual world Second Life. If the exhibition subsequently turns up inside of Second Life, however, it will rip a small hole in the space/time continuum.


book… From Rivergate Books Hidden New York: A Guide to Places that Matter by Marci Reaven and Steven Zeitlin, opens the door on 32 spots around the five boroughs where you might not have spent much time: among the Chinese men in Hua Mei Garden who meet to show off their exotic birds, say, or the Magic Table at the Edison.


musical event… A string player with the chops, plus cover-boy looks, have made Peter Sachon the first It-cellist for Broadway. He'll be at Birdland on November 6th, 7pm, in a show called "Peter Sachon — Strings Attached" directed by Tony-winner Victoria Clark. There will be contemporary and classical pieces, and vocal performances by Ms. Clark and Michael Winther. $25, plus $10 minimum. (Photo: Michael Timmons)


r & b… Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, it might be quicker to list the things Angela Johnson can't do. Check her out at the Blue Note in a late-night show tomorrow, 12:30am, $10.


out of town… Via Travelzoo, we learn of Alitalia's sale on travel between NY and a number of European cities between January 15th and March 29th (book by November 14th). Roundtrip to Rome, $399, plus taxes and fees. No, Alitalia's not our favorite carrier, but at those prices, we'll deal with it.


movie… Next Wednesday, the critically-acclaimed "Iraq in Fragments" premieres at the Film Forum. It's a revelatory documentary about daily life among Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds in Iraq.



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