arts 09.8.05


The sinister image of Joshua Radin on his album (pic, top right) couldn't be more at odds with his music which is gorgeously autumnal. He'll be playing at Maxwell's on 9/11, the Living Room on 9/16, and at the Bowery Ballroom on 9/19. Downloadable at iTunes is his mini-album The Red Tent will want to settle in with her new book The Last Days of Dogtown (Scribner, $25). About 10 years ago, Ms. Diamant found an account of a town abandoned in the early 1800s near the coast of Massachusetts. It inspired this novel of a town peopled with widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and witches.

The newcomer Saravanaas, 81 Lex [26th] 212.679.0204, is an attractive, casual spot (pic, bottom middle) to sample southern India vegetarian cooking.

At James Leonard Opticians, 1010 2nd [53rd] 212.753.7733, up to 85% off designers eyeglasses from Armani, Silhouette, Prada, Gucci, and more. Thru 9/20 (closed Sundays).

The descendant of The Custom Shop, J. Lucas Clothiers, is having a sale: buy two custom suits and get a third free. Also, buy six shirts, get a seventh free. This isn't a retail store — they come to you in your home or office. Call for an appointment at 646.431.9342.

Tomorrow and Saturday at Avery Fisher, Semi-Permanent05, speakers, exhibitions, and activities focused on the creative side of design. We've made it sound dull, haven't we? But it won't be.

This Saturday at Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th [5th/6th] 212.989.3270, join Babar's artist Laurent de Brunhoff as he speaks briefly about the new book, Babar's World Tour, and signs copies. Noon-2pm.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the ever-renegade group Negativland has a show opening tomorrow night at Gigantic Artspace, 59 Franklin [Bway/Laf] 212.226.6762. They're known for, among other things, 'cultural jamming,' which they coined in 1984, in which materials from mass culture (Disney, bottom left pic) are recombined to impart meanings quite different from the original intentions. They work with images, sound, and text in various media; among them, music, art, video, and film.
Our favorite cup of coffee — Illy (dark roast, fine grind, as it happens) — costs a small fortune. Many places around town have the 8.8oz can for $12 or $13. We've seen it online for over $15 a can, and our corner market sells it for $16. At Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market, when you buy a case (six cans), they're $9.85 each.

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