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Marni Nixon gets some much-deserved recognition thanks to Film Forum on February 23rd (get your tickets now) when she's interviewed about her work as the ghost voice on many movie musicals (Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, et al.) and in-the-flesh theater performances… The roots rock band Roman Candle got a lot of buzz for their first album, released in 2006, then went quiet. They're back with a new album in May called Oh Tall Tree In The Ear and they're playing on Wednesday, February 11th at Union Hall. Check out their music here—these guys are seriously good.

indie rock… Friday: If you think there's no true hardcore bands left in NYC, you haven't heard Cerebral Ballzy. See them at The Bell House. Saturday: Buzzing indie-poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart shoegaze the stage of the Mercury Lounge. [Photo: Annie Powers] Just Announced… 2/5: Cat Power at MHOW. 3/15: Modest Mouse. 5/7: Franz Ferdinand.

photography… We don't recall ever having asked you to read a press release before, but we suggest you do so in the left column of the Stanton Chapter website. You'll learn about 18-year-old Sean Vegezzi, who has his first solo show of photographs opening tomorrow night. Sounds like a pretty great kid and a talent to watch.

book… There's no end to the charm and appeal of illustrator Chesley McLaren's work. The latest evidence is a new book called When Royals Wore Ruffles: A Funny and Fashionable Alphabet! written by Ms. McLaren and Pamela Jaber. In it, a young girl travels back through time and sees a lot of historical fashion do's and don'ts. Chesley will be at Bergdorfs on February 14th, 2-4pm, 7th floor, doing a signing.

soundSwarm / Knives by Seth Nehil is a new sound installation opening February 7th at Sunset Park's Diapason Gallery, 882 3rd Ave. [32nd/33rd] Bklyn, 10th flr., 718. 499.5070. This is one of those things where we have no idea what they're talking about: "Flocking is a form of continuity which links discrete sonic events into strands. Tumbling is vertical, a relationship between two or more strands." But we're curious to find out. [Image: Jacob Kirkegaard]

architecture… Architectural historian Francis Morrone discusses Deluxe Apartments in the Sky—how city life developed from the 1830s row houses to the high-rises of the 1950s and 60s. It takes place on Monday, February 9th, 7pm, at the Municipal Art Society. $15.

food… Every so often the French are completely sensible. Case in point, cassoulet. Then they get all French on you—arguing to the death about what constitutes authentic cassoulet. Anyway, Savoy, 70 Prince [Crosby] 212.219.8570, bravely takes up the cassoulet cause from February 19th-March 15th. The night before, February 18th, Adam Gopnik talks about The History and Romance of Cassoulet at a special dinner at the restaurant, $85 for three courses paired with wines.

Even if the Peoples' Symphony Concerts has a vaguely Eastern Europe/Soviet satellite ring to it, don't let that deter you: they've been hosting first-rate classical music at rock-bottom prices for over 100 years. Tickets are $10-$12.

Previous MUG Under $21s:
Chicken Pot Pie
Improv Everywhere DVD
Sparrow Earrings
Lobel's Ground Beef
Leah Siegel album
Wave Hill

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