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event The Blue Note Jazz Benefit for Japan takes place on Monday, April 18th, 7pm, at the Highline Ballroom with an incredible lineup: the sublime Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer), Madeleine Peyroux (who has a new album out in June), saxophonist Joe Lovano, Karrin Allyson, clarinetist Don Bryon, and a slew of other first-rate musicians. Tickets are $45; all proceeds go to Japan relief.

art Expect crowds: it's Quentin vs. Coen at the Bold Hype Gallery, 547 W. 27th [10th/11th] 212.868.2322, where works from over 100 emerging artists, inspired by the movie directors, will be shown. The opening reception is tonight, 6-11pm, and the show runs only through April 9th. [Image: Seth Patrick's The Big Lebowski x Reservoir Dogs x Pink Floyd]

movies Director Bernard Tavernier ('Round Midnight and the lesser known, exquisite A Sunday in the Country) makes a welcome return with The Princess of Montpensier, a costume drama set in 16th century France. It opens April 15th at IFC. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and watch A Sunday in the Country.

music From a MUG reader: "I had an NYC experience last week and it made me think of MUG: One man singing and accompanying himself on electric keyboard. He's so good that I missed my uptown train so that I could listen to him longer. He's so good that I would pay good money (including ridiculous Ticketmaster fees!) to hear him. He's so good that I crossed back to the downtown platform to give him money and shake his hand. Turns out his name is Maestro D. He has his own sound, but, if hard pressed to make a comparison, I'd say he made me think of Curtis Mayfield or an edgier Luther Vandross. If you can catch Maestro D—enjoy!" Maestro D performs frequently at the West 72nd Street station (Broadway line) and you can watch a video of him posted YouTube.

out of town When people tell you they've found the most beautiful, most romantic hotel on the water in Italy, it's hard to suppress an eye roll. No kidding, you think. Ocean + Italy = how can you go wrong? But the Grotta Palazzese—in the tiny town of Polignano a Mare in Bari, just north of the heel of the boot—might very well be just that. [Continued]

At the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market on Sunday, the Etsy collective of local artists called The {NewNew}.

'Improvisational fixing and mending' at the Fixers' Collective, Thursdays at Proteus Gowanus.

Field trip! Hop on the Lomography Secret Location Bus Trip this Saturday. $20.

Forty Second Street (from 2009)

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