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Cool, interactive installations from new media artist Mark Napier, tomorrow through November 26 at Bitforms, 529 W. 20th [10th/11th] 212.366.6939. The focus is the Empire State Building (pictured, bottom right), which Napier recreates in 3-D digital form. Viewers use a mouse to do things to it such as squeeze it, bounce it, throw it, and just generally love it all up. Previews here.

Classical Domain is a new, comprehensive guide to the city's classical music and opera performances.

Here's how the cover reads, in part: "An almanac of world knowledge compiled with instructive annotation and arranged in useful order by me, John Hodgman, a professional writer, in The Areas of My Expertise which include: Matters Historical, Matters Literary, Matters Cryptozoological, Hobo Matters, Food, Drink & Cheese (a Kind of Food), Squirrels & Lobsters & Eels, Haircuts, Utopia, What Will Happen in the Future, and Most Other Subjects." In stores now from Dutton ($22). More

We've always loved the design work of Thomas O'Brien (Aero). Now we can afford it: have a look at his vintage modern home accessories, on sale at Target. The 16-piece dinnerware set (pictured, bottom left) is $69.99.

Looks like Saturday's going to be a washout, but Sunday might be a good day for a little apple or pumpkin picking. Call ahead to the farms to see what's still available.
Wightman's Farms
Alstede Farms
Fiato's Orchard
Von Thun's

At Mo Pitkin's, 34 Ave. A [2nd/3rd] 212.777.5660, Mr. Murray Hill performs Saturday night at 11:30pm ($15). To call him a triple threat would hardly do him justice.

Rupert Everett as Sherlock Holmes? Yes, please. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking is on PBS this Sunday night, 9pm. Imperfect but still worthwhile.

We weren't mean enough to Zagat yesterday, is that it? You all felt the need to pile on? Shame on you. (And yet, it just makes us love you more). Here's a sampling of what you wrote:

Your analysis is "superb," "right on target," "hit the nail on the head!"

Most people I know use Zagat for the addresses and phone numbers only. Their ratings are laughable. And do you notice how every year they manage to pull out one surprisingly high-rated spot to give reporters something to write about?

Your piece on Zagat is SOOO right on!

To paraphrase Paulette Goddard in The Women, "Where you spit, no grass grows."

It is getting chilly out and this time of year always brings out the best in people. How about having a Zagat Book Burning party. We can all meet in Central Park and throw our Zagat's, new and old, into the bonfire. We can have various restaurants offer samples of their cuisine while sipping on hot chocolate spiked with rum. I hate that book, too.

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