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Shakespeare was an enthusiastic user of meta devices (think Hamlet and the play within the play) so he'd probably love Macbeth performed as MacHomer, by comedian Rick Miller, in the guise of 50 Simpsons characters and voices. Something wickedly funny this way comes at Highline Ballroom, this Sunday at 8pm, plus two performances on Monday… Rufus Wainwright, Caroline Rhea, Lady Bunny, Julie Halston, Jackie Hoffman, Lypsinka and others are in the lineup of The Grand Street Follies, a vaudeville fundraiser for God's Love We Deliver and Tweed Theater works. Tomorrow and Saturday, details… A free iPhone app, the NYC Subway Map delivers as promised.

indie rock… Friday: Soaring, majestic Montreal pop band? No, not Arcade Fire. Plants and Animals. See them at Bowery Ballroom. Saturday: They aren't British and this isn't 1991. They're The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Catch this retro "Britpop" at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Just Announced… 4/27-4/29: Mogwai. 6/5: TV On The Radio. 6/11: Band of Horses (acoustic).

books… Tonight at Brooklyn's Word, 126 Franklin [Milton] 718.383.0096, a reading and signing by Ed Park, editor of The Believer and author of highly praised Personal Days, along with Deb Olin Unferth (Vacation), and Brian Baise.

magic… Twice weekly – Saturdays at 5pm and Tuesdays at 8pm, Sam Eaton does some fancy prestidigation, awesome mind-reading, and related how-did-he-do-that? tricks in his show The Quantum Eye at the Bleecker Street Theater, 45 Bleecker [Lafayette] 212.239.6200. Tickets are $47.

wine… A tasting of cult wines? Count us in. On March 4th, 6:30pm, at New York Vintners, 21 Warren [Church/Bway] 212.812.3999, $75 gets you sips of Silver Oak Cabernet, Quintarelli Valpolicella, Dalla Valle Cabernet, Perret Condrieu, Gaunoux Pommard, and two Chateauneufs. Reserve.

performance… One of our favorite actors, Manoel Felciano, has jumped the geographical shark by deciding to move for a while to some place called San Francisco. Never heard of it. Before then, he'll be performing results from his project of a song-a-day-for-a-year (he didn't quite hit the mark) at Joe's Pub on March 2nd and 14th. $20.

art… At David Zwirner, 519 W. 19th [10th/West] 212.727.2070, painting and films by Belgian artist Michaël Borremans in a show called Taking Turns.

classicalThe Riverside Symphony performs tomorrow night, 7:30pm, at Zankel Hall with pianist Adam Neiman. The program consists of Elliott Carter's Dialogues, Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, C. P. E. Bach's Sinfonia No. 1 in D Major, and Haydn Symphony No. 81 in G Major. Tickets are $35-$50, a steal for music of this calibre.

event… Primo Levi called it "the greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis." From Alan Furst: "One of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II." They're referring to Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada, translated for the first time into English, available March 3rd. And on that date, Fallada's son Ulrich Ditzen will be at NYU's Deustches Haus, 7pm, to talk about his father, who died in 1947, just before the book's publication. Free.

One of the rewards of making it this far through the winter is the return of Champagne mangos. They're back – spotted in Chinatown.

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