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art At Marlborough, 331 Broome [Bowery/Chrystie] 212.219.8926, Beware a Wolf in the Alley, an installation and a short film by the inestimable Red Grooms, making a welcome return at Marlborough Broome Street's inaugural offering. For younger New Yorkers, a less-than-benign city may seem the stuff of fairy tales.

music Maximo Park, the longtime indie rock band, has a new album on the way. They'll be performing at Irving Plaza on May 23; tickets go on sale tomorrow.

playlist Bad Self Portraits, a new album from the irresistibly mixed-genre Lake Street Dive

Voices is more electronic pop from the upstate duo Phantogram

Benji is a deeply affecting new album from Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek)

Carole King fans have Beautiful on Broadway but even diehards don't always know about her pre-solo-career recording Now That Everything's Been Said by The City, which has some great stuff on it.

theater My Mother Has 4 Noses is the new musical play and album by Jonatha Brooke, a one-woman show about Brooke's relationship with her mother and the last two years they spent together as her mother struggled with Alzheimer's.

books You thought Sandra Bullock had space trouble. The Martian by Andy Weir, is the rip-roaring story of an astronaut, left behind on Mars.

Out next week, The Headmaster's Wife, by Thomas Christopher Greene, tells the tale of a Vermont headmaster found running naked in Central Park. Nothing is what it seems.

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros, makes the eye opening, obvious-in-retrospect argument that violence isn't simply the result of poverty, it is also the essential enabler.

Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch is a lively meditation on her lifelong companionship with Eliot's book.

[Today's main photo of Jonatha Brooke by Sandrine Lee]

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