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Lighting samples, special editions, and prototypes—chandeliers, sconces, desk and standing lamps—are available from David Weeks at his DUMBO studio, 68 Jay [Water] #612A 718.596.7945, 12/2 and 12/3, noon-6pm. Cash or check only.

The Holiday Train Show is back for the 20th year at the NY Botanical Garden. You can watch a time-lapse video of its setup.

Coming next summer, 10,000 bikes at over 600 stations, available 24/7. Learn more at the Bike Share Open House at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia [W. 3rd/Bleecker] 212.683.0023, 6:30-8pm.

The 39th—and, sadly, last—season of Pilar Rioja and her flamenco dance programs, plays 12/2-12/18 at Repertorio Español's Gramercy Arts Theater, 138 E. 27th [Lex/3rd].

Familiar but Strange: Exploring our Relationships with Robots is part of the Being Human in the 21st Century Series, at NY Academy of Sciences, 12/5, 7pm, $25.

indie rock Friday: Poignant glitch pop master Baths plays Bowery Ballroom. Friday: We've always liked Owen. See him play pretty pop songs at Glasslands. Just Announced… 1/19: Jeff Mangum (3rd show). 3/10: Four Tet. 3/16 & 3/17: Justice. 3/23: Dr. Dog.

photography Born in France, based in Madrid, Pierre Gonnord creates unforgettable, painterly photos of of people who, according to the artist, "represent specific social realities and, sometimes, another concept of beauty." At Hasted Kraeutler, 537 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.627.0006, from December 8th.

history Opening Tuesday at Museum of the City of NY, The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011. The exhibit looks at the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 that has, for 200 years, been such a dominant feature of living in Manhattan.

movies When someone is asked to pick a favorite Shakespeare play, Coriolanus is never it. But it has its share of bloody thrills (and some resonant themes), so you may want to keep an open mind about the movie version, starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes. It opens for a one-week Oscar run tomorrow at Loews Lincoln Square. Vanessa Redgrave plays his mother, Volumnia.

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