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shopping… Get a head start on your holiday shopping or your New Year's resolution to spruce up the home front. The Artful Home takes place tomorrow through Sunday at the Puck Building, with over 200 artists showing their work. $12 in advance, $20 at the door, more details here.



indie rock… Thursday: Eccentro-popsters Malajube make French piano freak-outs the "new cool." See them at Bowery Ballroom. Saturday: Parts and Labor will pack a melodic noise-drone punch when they play The Silent Barn in Brooklyn. Just Announced…12/18: We Are Scientists. 1/19: Blonde Redhead



theater… A trusted source reports:
"David Henry Hwang's play, Yellow Face, is going to be exceptionally great. It's basically a pseudo-autobiographical story of David's misadventures with Cameron Mackintosh and the Miss Saigon hijinx, into his own failure of Face Value. That sounds very self-involved and uninteresting…but his views of Identity (sexual, racial, national) [make] the whole thing lift off. It's also hilarious and deeply moving." Starts Monday at The Public.



books… Ira Levin, who died on Monday, was the author of a lot of great stuff: Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford Wives, and Deathtrap on Broadway. His first novel, not much read these days, was called A Kiss Before Dying, and we think it holds up very well: a great, suspenseful mystery. (Skip the movie versions).



comedy… We've got a serious case of Daily Show withdrawal symptoms as the writer's strike continues. Some Methadone in the form of comic Lizz Winstead, the show's creator, performing at Comix tomorrow night. And on December 10th, "An Evening with the Writers and Friends of The Daily Show," also at Comix.




talk… Antonio Monda, professor, screenwriter, film critic, and author of the new book Do You Believe: Conversations on God and Religion talks with Jonathan Safran Foer, Nathan Englander, and Paul Auster on that very subject. Monday, November 19th, 6:30pm, at Cooper Union. Free.




out of town… Via Travelzoo, $1248 gets you Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Lima, and Cuzco: round-trip fares, hotel accommodations (six nights), tours, breakfast, and airport transfers.




classical… New York native Paul Pinto performs (at the tender age of 25) his own brand of avant-garde classical music at Caffe Vivaldi on Tuesday, November 20th, 9:30pm.


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