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Plus: A Letter from the West Coast

You can swing dance to Joe Battaglia's New York Big Band on Saturday nights this summer at the appropriately Deco Edison Ballroom.


There's a free concert on Saturday, part of the Roosevelt Live series, with the delightful Diane Birch; Brooklyn's Jones Street Station opens.


indie rock… Friday: See Blank Dogs and Black Moth Super Rainbow at South Street Seaport for free! Saturday: The Brown Book instru-METAL's up Lit Lounge. Just Announced… 8/24: Mew. 10/12 - 10/15: Built To Spill. 10/23: School of Seven Bells.


shopping… What could be better than the fun clothing and accessories from Fred Flare? A bricks-and-mortar Fred Flare. It's at 131 Meserole [Leonard] 718.349.1257 in Greenpoint. We want one of their limited-edition handmade bicycle necklaces!


event… This Saturday, 2pm, Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St [ ] LIC 718.361.1750, there's a Portrait Exchange Round Robin – a free workshop created by artist Peter Walsh. It's meant for all ages, no experience necessary. It will be a series of five-minute intervals in which partners create portraits of each other, then change partners and repeat. Got it? They'll supply materials, you get to keep your own drawings.


photography… At Yancey Richardson, 535 W. 22nd [10th/11th] 646.230.9610, Glitz & Grime: Photographs of Times Square, an exhibition of new and vintage images created in, or inspired by, Times Square. If you want to see the exhibition, though, you'll need to carve out time during the week: the gallery's summer hours are M-F, 10-6.


movies… Even with the change of management in Washington, there hasn't been enough satire created to compensate for the previous eight years. Armando Iannucci's movie In the Loop, opening tomorrow at the IFC, helps. With James Gandolfini and Mimi Kennedy.


out of town… Montreal, roundtrip on Continental this weekend is $128. Outbound has to be Saturday, return Monday or Tuesday.






Dear MUG,
Thank you so much for your pungent putdown of architectural "critic" Nicolick Yourassoff, as we in Los Angeles fondly knew him. We tired of him long ago here, where he spent his time issuing pronunciamentos on a city he never understood, currying favor (to put it politely) with international starchitects, and gunning for the New York Times job from the day he reluctantly arrived. I think it's fair to say he was viewed here with as much affection and respect as our "heroic" freeways.

A West Coast friend.


high line (from 2007)

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