arts 04.2.09

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Film director and producer Albert Maysles discusses the trial of Mendel Beilis, a Jewish man accused of murdering a 13-year-old Christian boy in 1913 to use his blood in a religious ritual, the basis for Mr. Maysles' next film. At the Museum at Eldridge Street on April 5, 11am. Reserve… It's up to 70% off retail when North American Bear has their sample sale of soft toys and baby gifts, 4/3-4/8 (except Sunday), 10-4, 902 Bway [20th/21st] 212.388.0700. Cash only.

indie rock… Saturday: Like the dance-ness of Cut Copy? Then you'll love The Presets! See them at Webster Hall. Monday: London's James Yuill plays pretty perfect electro-pop. See his first NYC show at Mercury Lounge. Just Announced… 6/8 & 6/10: The Hold Steady. 7/31-8/2: All Points West Festival (with Beastie Boys, Tool, Coldplay and more)

talk… Tonight, 6:30pm, In Their Own Words, In Their Own Words: A Salute to the Women of the Greenwich Village Preservation Movement, featuring interviews conducted over 10 years with people like Margot Gayle, Verna Small, and Jane Jacobs. It takes place at Judson Memorial Hall, 239 Thompson [W. 3rd/W. 4th], free, reserve.

art… This weekend, Luminous Flux, presented by Gemini & Scorpio and art curator Leo Kuelbs: a packed program of video art and events on the theme of flight. At Galapagos in Dumbo.

jazz… Jazz singer Mary Foster Conklin has a rich, supple voice that navigates seen-it-all and open-hearted with equal felicity. She's performing with songwriter Mark Winkler on Saturday at the Laurie Beechman, 407 W. 42nd [9th/10th] 212.695.6909. It's a $15 cover, plus $15 minimum.

movies… If you haven't caught Valentino: The Last Emperor, the documentary about fashion design Valentino Garavani and the company he founded 45 years ago until his departure last year, it's been held over at Film Forum. On April 7th, at the 8:10pm performance, there'll be a Q & A with director/producer Matt Tyrnauer.

songwriter… Singer-songwriter Eric Andersen wrote one of the best, if underappreciated, folk-rock (as they used to call it) albums of the '70s, Blue River. Since then, many worthy albums from a genuine troubadour, with plenty still to say. He's at Joe's Pub tomorrow night, 10pm. $25. [Photo: Knut Vadseth]

comedy… Tonight at Ars Nova, Lucas Kavner performs Barnes & Noble, Frisco TX, a sketch comedy with music, set in the retail world of the bookselling giant. Interesting to think that someday Mr. Kavner may look back at the store, when books make their final move to digital, with a sense of nostalgia.

out of town… Up for a quick getaway this weekend? Leave on Saturday, come back Monday and get to Quebec City or Toronto, round-trip for $179 including taxes and fees.

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