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jazz… Being spoiled for choice is one of the core principles of living in NY, but an occupational hazard, too: somebody great, a living treasure, another legend, is always passing through. That's by way of saying that the great, legendary, living treasure Oscar Peterson is at Birdland from August 22nd through August 27th, in town to celebrate his 81st birthday. Hearing Peterson play is always a celebration — he still flies through notes playing, oh, dozens of them before other jazz pianists have laid a hand on the keyboard. You could describe his style as levitational — and that goes for one's mood, too. Sets are at 8 and 11pm, $75.

indie rock… Thursday: Hushed finger-picking never sounded so good. Don't miss Iron & Wine under the stars at the Pool. Saturday: Classical music for indie rockers? Clogs play a free show on the East River. Just Announced…10/27: The Futureheads. 11/1: The Knife. 11/11 & 11/12: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead

lunch… Knocking off for one of the last summer weekends early on Friday? Head down to the James Beard House and treat yourself to a fab Mediterranean fish fest courtesy of chef Roberto Passon, whose eponymous Hell's Kitchen restaurant features Venetian cooking (Passon spent time at the Hotel Cipriani and at Hotel Sirmione). Starts at noon, $75.

theater… Playwriting hasn't historically been a family trade, but here's a notable exception: Moby Pomerance, who has written the well-received Fringe Festival play "Broken Hands," is the son of Bernard Pomerance, who wrote "The Elephant Man," which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1979. "Broken Hands" plays four more performances: tonight and tomorrow, Sunday the 20th and the 27th. Details here.

reading… It should be a fun discussion when authors Jennifer Egan (The Keep and Look at Me) and Patrick McGrath (Port Mungo, The Asylum) meet to talk about the gothic tradition in literature at McNally Robinson, 50 Prince [Laf/Mulberry] 212.274.1160, on Monday, August 21st, 7pm.

comedy…Last show of the summer for a lineup of comedians hosted by Andy Borowitz at Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction, 34 Ave. A. [2nd/3rd] 212.777.5660, on Monday, August 21st, 8:30pm, $6.
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