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Out in the next few days is 1491, New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (Borzoi, $30), that rewrites history, based on new findings by archaeologists and anthropologists. One example: In 1491, certain cities, such as Tenochtitlá, the Aztec capital, were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlá, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.

To rustle up some well-made Manhattans this weekend, check out the Hirsch Selection rye, aged 10 years, at Park Avenue Liquor, 292 Mad [40th/41st] 212.685.2442. A fifth is $38. (Yes, we know that a fifth is actually 757ml rather than the 750ml you get nowadays. Sue us.)

Well-known Dutch designer Hella Jongerius (pictured, left) is the guest curator for the Cooper-Hewitt's, 5th and 91st, 212.849.8400, Works from the Permanent Collection, which focuses on samplers from all over Europe. Ms. Jongerius has also created ten textiles, called Sampler Blankets, which will become part of the permanent collection.

Sunday at 7:30pm, Bob Stillman, (pictured, right) performs at Joe's Pub ($12). Mr. Stillman is a Broadway performer as well as an accomplished singer-songwriter. "I've always been drawn to songs that make you feel and make you think, and that take you to unexpected places," says Mr. Stillman. "I love lyrics, I love melody, and I love color, which is why I love people like Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman, not to mention Cole Porter and Kurt Weill and Nina Simone and Rufus Wainwright and…well, you get the idea."

West End
Heading to London for some theatre (despite the troubles)? One good source is London Theatre Guide.

Marion's Continental, 354 Bowery [Great Jones/4th] 212.475.7621, celebrates its 55th anniversary of the original restaurant (and 15th anniversary of the reopened Marion's) this Sunday by rolling back dinner menu prices to 1950. No reservations.

Central Park West
Jazz pianist extraordinaire Brad Mehldau plays Summerstage on Friday at 7pm. You can hear some samples here.

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