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Jellio has a pop-up retail store, open until 12/23, at 139 Norfolk [Stanton/Riv] for childhood-inspired gifts… Well worth a visit: at OK Harris there are five one-person shows. There are mini-NYC environments from Alan Wolfson and mg shapiro uses household items to interesting effect… And don't miss the latest from Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures… An Italian Language/Supper Club at Alloro on December 15th and January 13th. Details.

indie rock… Friday: Passion Pit are just so electro-charming. See them glad up the gang at Glasslands. Friday & Saturday: When big "buzz" turns into just "big": Vampire Weekend plays two more shows at Terminal 5. Just Announced… 1/19: Department of Eagles. 2/19 & 2/20: Antony & The Johnsons. 3/8: OK Go

music… What singer/songwriter uses the word 'expunge' in his lyrics? That would be the hunk of burning talent named Declan Bennett from the U.K., who performs this Sunday with Brent Shuttleworth, 9:30pm, at Joe's Pub. Listen to the choice cut Therapy here.

photography… Zaria Forman's show Polar Light: Greenland at Look North, 275 Conover [Reed] Bklyn 347.721.3995, doesn't make the landscape look like a fun vacation, but it certainly is stunning, in a how-small-is-man way.

shopping… Knives from Cut Brooklyn, Mast Brother chocolate, Jeeyun Ha jewelry and more giftable stuff from over 50 local artisans at the Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, Sunday, noon to 7pm, 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan [Stagg].

movies… Add Frost/Nixon to your To See list, which might also include Slumdog Millionaire and Milk.

classical… Rob Kapilow's What Makes it Great? series, that makes classical music seem like the freshest thing going, features Chopin on December 8th and Schumann on January 12th, at the Walter Reade.

The Best Holiday Gift Guide
Seriously: Unwrapped: Not Usual Gift Ideas, edited by Rima Suqi and George Gozum, has got the best roundup of gifts of the season, (really, one of the best we've ever seen), and it's beautifully designed to boot. And while it's distributed through Kate's Paperie, this isn't a house organ—the gifts are from far and wide, organized by potential recipients: The Bookworm, The Fashionista, The New Parent, etc. It's free with a $25 purchase at Kate's, but you can buy it there for $8, a portion of which goes to fantastic non-profit 826.

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