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tv Downton Abbey has finished its run on PBS but you can still see it, the most pleasurable series to come down the lane in a very long time, since it's watchable online (and on iTunes and on DVD). Sure it's middlebrow, but a project like this could give middlebrow a good name. Snappy storytelling, memorable characters, beautiful scenery and Maggie Smith. Is she shameless? She is. Far too clever to chew the scenery, she nibbles it so agreeably, so deliciously as the matriarch of a privileged British family in Edwardian England, that you could watch each dart of the eyes, flare of the nostrils, and purse of the lips for hours. And you get your chance.

indie rock Friday: Calvin Johnson of legendary Beat Happening plays Dead Herring. [Photo: Jeff R Williams] Friday: Electro-dance Javelin rocks Glasslands. Just Announced… 4/2: LCD Soundsystem. 4/13: TV On the Radio. 6/7: Okkervil River.

art The Arctic Trilogy is an exhibition of videos by New York artist Janet Biggs who has been traveling to the islands of Svalbard. They're not a place you'd like to visit on holiday, but the existential challenges posed by their extreme environments inspire awe. Opens Friday at the Winkleman Gallery, 621 W. 27th [11th/12th] 212.643.3152.

books From the existential to the enchanting: the latest in Alan Bradley series featuring eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce set in the post-WWII British countryside. This one's called A Red Herring Without Mustard and is the literary equivalent of bundling up in a favorite old sweater with a cup of cocoa. Make that tea.

fashion Pamela Golbin, Chief Curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre Palace, hosts a series of fashion talks at the French Institute with Tory Burch, Lorenz Bäumer, and Oscar de la Renta. $25 each or $65 for all three.

out of town St. Pete, FL: Cabanas, fire pits and a beachside bar for $99 a night: The sand is white, the water is turquoise, and the cocktails have names like the Cabanana (fresh bananas and strawberries swirled into a slushy old-school daiquiri concoction). More

more Nueva tango vocalist Silvana Deluigi will command your attention when she performs at Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd [Thompson/Sullivan] 212.477.9462, tonight, with sets at 9:30, 11, and 1am.

The Landmarks Commission is having hearings about designating the interior of Gordon Bunshaft-designed Manufacturers Trust Company Building, which MAS calls a modernist masterpiece.

At the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd [Park/Lex] 212.838.2560, thru 2/19, 72 selected illustrations for book covers that you may think are works of art themselves.

The New Amsterdam Market has a Valentine's Market & Apothecary, 2/12-2/14, 11-6. Chocolate from Liddabit and Mast, plus P&H Soda, and Cee Bee's Citrus.

Funny man Matt McCarthy hosts a new monthly comedy show at the Ace Hotel. The next one is Monday, 2/21, 8pm, $5.

Funny lady Kathy Griffin plays Broadway, eight shows, starting 3/11. Tickets from $61.50.

NYC The Future Metropolis considers what things will look like around here 20 years from now, particularly as it relates to green infrastructure. Thursday, 2/17, 7pm, $5 in advance, at The Educational Alliance, 197 E. Bway [Jefferson/Clinton].

The 12th annual Dog Show from Mascot Studio, 328 E. 9th [1st/2nd] 212.228.9090, starts 2/14, featuring artwork such as the one shown here by Katherine Streeter.

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