arts 12.15.05


Interesting viewing and choice artwork to purchase directly from over 60 young painters and sculptors at the School of Visual Arts open studios. It takes place tomorrow, 12-8, and Saturday, 12-6 at 141 W. 21st [6th/7th] 8th and 9th floors. Free admission. (Pictured, work by SVA student Jill Alexander)

Indie Rock
Thursday 12/15:
 Baby Dayliner, Pela, Foreign Islands at Scenic
Insound's holiday party is gonna ROCK from Foreign Island's sexy staccatos, to Pela's soaring guitar solos, to Baby Dayliner's daring drum beats. Friday 12/16:
 We Are Wolves at The Hook
Feedback, danceable bass booms and lurching percussion are what make We Are Wolves such wild animals (and also made them one of the most talked about bands at CMJ 2005).
 Saturday 12/17:
 Tralala, Palomar at Mercury Lounge
NYC's Tralala is a power-pop party band fronted by four female vocalists and backed by three male instrumentalists. They sound like The Bangles covering X-Ray Specs covering The Ramones covering Bill Haley and the Comets. Don't miss openers Bound Stems and The Changes of Chicago.
Just Announced 
12/31: Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom. 12/31: Ambulance Ltd., Levy at Mercury Lounge.
1/30: Deerhoof at Bowery Ballroom. 2/14: Cat Power at Town Hall

After seeing Fashion in Colors at the Cooper-Hewitt, we've got Chanel and Schiaparelli on the brain. So do the folks who run Unique Boutique NYC, a website that features vintage designer fashions. Dresses, handbags, hats, and coats from the aforementioned as well as Prada, Dior, Lilli Ann, and many others. Now thru 12/23, they're offering 20% off online or at a sale this Saturday from noon-6pm at Catherine Slip. RSVP for the full details at

The Little Orchestra Society performs Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" this Saturday at 11am and 1pm at Avery Fisher. Tickets are $10-$50, available here.

Don't Miss
Striking 12 by GrooveLily at Ars Nova…Gilt opens today at the New York Palace, marking the welcome return of chef Paul Liebrandt…Holiday cheer got you down? Broadway's hot ticket antidote, Sweeney Todd, will leave you feeling…sanguine…Plus, Kong, Volunteering Opportunities…The Blessing of the Animals takes place this Sunday, 6pm, at Central Presbyterian Church, Park and 64th, and, if you want to curl up with a good book, try J. R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar. Though it has nothing to do with the holidays, it's nevertheless imbued with some essential bit of the spirit.

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