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event… Over 250 artists are participating in the NYC Clay Fest starting Friday and continuing for two more weekends. Artists in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will be opening their studio doors for you to browse (and buy) porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware in all price ranges. This great idea was organized by the BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center in LIC. Dates and times are at the website or you can download the PDF brochure.

artLandscape and light — natural and incandescent — are the essential components of Linden Frederick's work on display at the Forum Gallery, 730 5th [57th] 212.355.4545, in an exhibit titled Night Neighbors. There's a bit of Hopper in the twilit scenes of Belfast, Maine; here, though, the light in the windows radiates quiet domestic grace. Even so, the viewer is outside its reach.

restaurants… Now open: Fish Tag, 222 W. 79th [Bway/Amst] 212.362.7470, Michael Psilakis' seafood replacement for the late Gus and Gabiel… And another replacement: Michael Huynh turns his Vietnamese beer garden into the Viet-Cuban Chinito, 154 Orchard [Stanton/Riv] 212.780.0010… Expanding the brand: Kurt Gutenbrunner, chef/owner of Wallsé, one of our perennial favorites, has opened Cafe Kristall, 70 Mercer [Spring/Broome] 212.284.1500, inside Soho's Swarovski Crystallized Boutique… Creeping MePa heebie-jeebies: The Darby, 246 W. 14th [7th/8th] 212.242.4411—that is some kind of ugly.

movies… Never thought we'd be saying this, but Jim Carrey gives an extraordinary performance in I Love You Phillip Morris, opening tomorrow, a jaw-dropping and often wildly funny movie and love story, based on true events. Carrey plays gay con man Steven Russell who falls in love with fellow inmate Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) and he turns in a fully-committed, deftly nuanced performance of a charismatic, (if frequently unsympathetic) character. The movie's not for those with, uh, delicate sensibilities or, on the other end of the spectrum, the usual Jim Carrey audience. But we can't think of another movie quite like it, and that's meant as high praise.

photography… We wrote about NYC Salt earlier this year, a nonprofit photography program geared for inner-city teenagers founded five years ago by Alicia Hansen and Rebecca Locke, inspired by their work teaching an after-school photography class in the Heights. Their Christmas Show takes place December 9th, 6:30-9:30pm, at 315 W. 36th [8th/9th] Suite 1001. You'll find prints, calendars, and postcards — good gifts and a good organization.

sales… At the Sak Sample Sale, today from 9:30-7, tomorrow, 9-2, 339 5th [33rd/34th] 212.329.4500, Sak signature leather bag styles (now $5-$75), plus goods from Elliott Lucca, freeBird, and Lina Cassady. Cash and cc only… At Stella McCartney, 429 W. 14th [9th/10th] 212.255.1556, now thru 1/9, up to 40% off select spring/summer ready-to-wear and accessories… At powerHouse Arena, 37 Main [Water] 718.666.3049  in DUMBO, their big annual book sale starts 12/9. "Timelessly hip" titles (as they describe them) are marked way down, while supplies last.

more The NY Phil and some of Broadway's best rendered unto Sondheim on his 80th birthday; you can see for yourself on the Sondheim: The Birthday Concert DVD.

The NY State Wine Market hosts over 30 wineries (plus meadery) at the New Amsterdam Market on Sunday, 11-4.

Edition two of The Encyclopedia of New York City is out now. The book's editor, Kenneth T. Jackson, talks about the book at the Museum of the City of NY on 12/9, 6:30pm. It's $12 admission, but if you mention Manhattan User's Guide, it's $6. Reserve at 917.492.3395 or by email.

Mark Hurst's annual Uncle Mark Gift Guide & Almanac, a helpful tech guide to the holidays, is available for free download.

Gift shopping? Check out MUG's Gift Guide and be sure to follow the links of NYC Bloggers Do the Holidays for a one-of-a-kind look at the season.

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