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Launched today, Hotpads is map-based rental listing and search engine website. Pretty cool on day one and lots of potential….The Decemberists new CD "The Crane Wife" is out now….Michelin blows it again, this time in San Fran…Major pianists at the Met Museum.



indie rock… Saturday: Sub Pop's latest signees, Oxford Collapse, bring their disjointed upbeat rock to the new Glasslands. Sunday: Catch the world-weary punk-folk drinking songs of Two Gallants at Bowery Ballroom. Just Announced…11/13: Joanna Newsom (5pm and 9:30pm). 12/31: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. 12/31: Mates of State(7pm and 10:30pm).



architecture… This weekend, one of the most New York of New York events: Open House NY. Throwing open their doors are 180 sites around the five boroughs — as they say: boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations. A great lineup this year, so try to catch at least some of it.



exhibit… Would we send you to the Coney Island Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library? We would. That's where you'll see the exhibition Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders: Cabinet of Curiosities. Over 15 months, there will be a changing display of exotic artifacts of all kinds, all of which should feel right at home in the neighborhood. This month, a mummified six-fingered hand of a witch, a three-eyed skull, and an eight-inch-long nuclear radiation stag beetle of Bikini Atoll. Free.



shopping… It's clothing only at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama this Sunday, 1-8pm. Come armed with $10, plus any size bag of unwanted duds, and swap away. There will also be DIY stations teaching embroidery, knitting, and beading. It takes place at 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave. [Stagg] Bklyn.



comedy… Raucous, multimedia sketch comedy has hit the West Village in the form of spurn, playing at the 13th St. Rep, 50 W. 13th [5th/6th] through October 21st, Wednesdays through Saturdays. $20. (Photo credit: Thaddeus Watkins).



book… Top Cats: The Life and Times of the New York Public Library Lions (Pomegranate, $19.95) has just been published. It covers Patience and Fortitude's history since they were created by sculptor Edward Clark Potter and carved by the Piccirilli brothers in 1911.



kids & art… Last chance to see "Zoo Story" at the Fisher Landau Center for Art, 38-27 30th St/ [38th/39th Aves] 718.937.0727, in LIC — this exhibition of animal artworks closes October 16th. Highlights include a clay gorilla by Daisy Youngblood, a bronze she-wolf by Kiki Smith, and a flock of concrete sheep by Françoise-Xavier Lalanne. There are also works by Ed Ruscha, Ross Bleckner, and John Baldessari. Hours are Thursday-Monday, 12-5pm. Free.
As the political season hits the home stretch, check out the 26-minute documentary now on DVD called "No Umbrella — Election Day in the City," from which the images below are taken. It's a short documentary about Election Day 2004 in a poor, Cleveland neighborhood. Councilwoman Fannie Lewis, who is in her 80s, is our new hero. Website










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