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playlist Torrent is the single by Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir; his album is out next month

In Beautiful Life, jazz singer Dianne Reeves gets a little help from her friends, though, strictly speaking, none is needed. Winter warmer: Wild Rose, featuring an assist by Esperanza Spalding.

L.A. band Crosses, a side project of Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, is a fresh brew of hardcore rock, electronics and Moreno's voice.

Bollywood meets Bond. James Bond. That would be The Bombay Royale's irresistible You Me Bullets Love.

Catherine Russell brings it big time, old-school in Bring It Back. It's jaunty jazz and the cheeriest blues imaginable. Public Melody Number One is Harold Arlen chaneling Fats Waller—and Russell knows what to do with that.

film The doldrums, movie-wise. A Film Forum remedy: The Complete Hitchcock, which starts February 21. The Paley Center screens the director's television work.

photography An outdoor exhibition by artists of the four 'outer' boroughs, called New York (Outer Borough) Stories, is presented by NYC DOT and United Photo Industries. Two locations: 24 Gouverneur Lane [Water/Front] and 141 Water [Pine/Maiden Lane]. [Photo: Sol Aramendi]

food Some Times Square classics should rest in peace (Mamma Leone's comes to mind). But we're very happy to see the return of Gallagher's steakhouse, established 1927, on West 52nd. It's gussied up a bit, but still keeps its old theater district vibe, including the meat locker on view from the street.

installation American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) had his studio in Redding, Connecticut on the ground floor of his home there. The American Academy of Arts and Letters has recreated it as a permanent exhibition, opening March 6, with 3,000 items from Ives' studio donated by his grandson. There is an accompanying show looking at the composer's life and work. On this snowy morning, his A Brass Serenade: Romanzo di Central Park sounds like a sweet reminder of warmer days. [Photo: Martin Solarte]

book Elegantly written, compassionate yet clear-eyed, Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, by Katy Butler, looks at modern medicine's view of its black-and-white imperative of extending life, one that may be at odds with the wishes of a patient and their family. Ms. Butler writes, movingly, from experience.

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