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You Are What You Eat: The Long History of Knowing about Our Food, Our Bodies, and Ourselves takes place at the NY Academy of Sciences, 7 WTC, 40th flr. 800.344.6902, on Wednesday, January 26th, 6:30pm, $25.

John Adam's opera Nixon in China gets its Met premiere on February 2nd; the composer talks about the production at WNYC's Greene Space, January 19th, 7pm, $10. Bonus: several arias from the opera's leads. [Photo: Margaretta Mitchell]

The Youth Bike Summit, a three-day event with the goal of inspiring biking among the city's youth, starts tomorrow at the New School, $10. NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will participate.

At Bar Basque through Saturday, highly regarded Basque chef Aitor Elizegi visits and creates special dishes.

indie rock… Friday: Anamanaguchi plays enthusiastic 8-bit electro at The Studio at Webster Hall. Saturday: Noise makers Black Dice @ Secret Project Robot w/ Deakin of Animal Collective. Just Announced… 1/30, 1/31, & 4/8: The Hold Steady. 4/30: Of Montreal.

photography… Now through February 12th at Bruce Silverstein, 535 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.627.3930, Fragmented Narratives, an exhibition of photographs by Todd Hido of nudes and denuded landscapes, a disintegrated world bereft of sunlight. Even a cat looks troubled.

architecture… At Cooper Union's Great Hall on January 26th, 7pm, Gregg Pasquarelli, founding partner of SHoP, discusses the projects that his firm is working on, including the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards and an East River waterfront park, among many others. Tickets are $15, available from January 19th, here.

out of town… Yes, it can be rainy in San Francisco this time of year. But for $259 RT, including taxes and fees, through early April, you can probably overlook that. Delta, AA, and Virgin are all showing the fare.

shopping… At Kaori's Closet Tokyo, 71 W. Houston [Wooster/W. Bway] 212.387.7788, hard-to-find lingerie from Japan and elsewhere is on sale up to 70% off retail through the end of the month. They carry labels such La Vie à Deux, Narue, Premier and Laguna Moon.

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