arts 02.2.06

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book… We've made nearly a cottage industry out of reading about Iraq, but it is a singularly unhealthy pastime and not recommended. If you're going to read one book on Iraq, though, you can't do better than The Assassin's Gate (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) by New Yorker writer George Packer. It's the book that gave us the clearest understanding of how and why we got into Iraq, and how the American occupation has affected Iraqis of all persuasions. Packer doesn't write from an immutable ideological perspective — he was in favor of removing Saddam — but he details with clarity the many blunders of the administration and the Coalition Provisional Authority. The chapter on the devolution of the city of Kirkuk, long Iraq's peaceful melting pot (pre-Saddam), is especially heartrending.

indie rock… Oh My Rockness picks: On Friday, Chad van Gaalen brings his heartfelt songs to Mercury Lounge. On Saturday, Calla's understated sound seduces at Northsix. Just Announced:Neko Case at Webster Hall (4/6 & 4/7) and Wolf Parade at Webster Hall (4/9 & 4/10).

art… Chilean-born Alfredo Jaar is an artist/filmmaker/architect now living in NY who focuses on 'third world' countries in his work. At Galerie Lelong, 528 W. 26th [10th/11th] 212.315.0470, opening tomorrow night, Friday, 6-8pm, is Mr. Jaar's 36-minute digital film called Muxima, which is the name of an Angolan folk song. The film looks at the tribulations of the Angolan people through different versions of this song. Mr. Jaar will be on hand to introduce the film at 7pm.

kids… There are just a couple of spots still available for the pajama party at the NY Aquarium called Sleep in the Deep, tomorrow night, from 7pm to Saturday at 10am. A kid and a parent can sleep with the fishes, feeding them, doing sea-themed crafts, and having a look at them before turning in. Geared to kids ages 6-12, $145 for two.

talk… We've cast our vote before for Andrew Haswell Green as the all-time greatest New Yorker. Michael Miscione has been championing Green for years and he'll talk this Sunday, 2pm, at the Museum of the City of NY, 1220 5th [103rd] 212.534.1672, about Green's accomplishments and unveil a statue of Green that has recently been rediscovered. Free with museum admission.

travel… This is a pretty amazing deal: Paris on Air France for $499 — that's for the flight and four nights at the Pavillon Pereire Arc De Triomphe hotel. Details at Travelzoo, more on the hotel from Trip Advisor.

sale… Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos of Lutz and Patmos are known for their Italian-made cashmere sweaters for women. Tomorrow, 2/3, from 11-7, they're having a big, tax-free sale: all sweaters will be $110 and under. It takes place at their showroom, 425 W. 13th [9th/Wash] 4th floor.

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