arts 01.18.07

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photography… Major photography exhibits and small, notable ones (see below) are all over town. There's the Annie Leibovitz at the Brooklyn Museum and the Henri Cartier-Bresson at the ICP. We're particularly looking forward to the latter — called "Scrap Book" — that has an interesting history to it. Cartier-Bresson was taken prisoner during WWII. Presumed to have died, MoMA began plans for a posthumous tribute. When C-B returned alive, pleased at the prospect of a tribute (and no doubt even more pleased to be able to see it) he assembled a scrapbook of 300 prints he believed were his best work. At the ICP, a reprint of the restored book, plus correspondence and historical documents.

indie rock… Friday: Irving Plaza delivers a show that's all killer and no filler with Mission of Burma, Oneida and Turing Machine. Friday: Reclusive psych-folk singer Gary Higgins makes a rare live appearance at Mercury Lounge. Just Announced…2/16: Sonic Youth. 3/30 & 3/31: Bloc Party. 4/18: Ratatat. 5/8: Blonde Redhead

photography… "Dress Up," at The Phatory, 618 E. 9th [B/C] 212.777.7922, an exhibition of photographs by Hee-Jung Hong opens on Saturday, 7pm. In these self-portraits, Hong explores notions of beauty framed by cultural assumptions: a collective Asian perspective, her particular perspective, and what may be our own.

festival… The two-day Explorers Club Documentary Film Festival starts tomorrow, featuring the best documentary films having to do with the environment, wildlife, and science. Among the offerings: "Volcanoes of the Deep" by Jean-Michel Cousteau (yes, his son), "Sharks at Risk" and "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History." It takes place at the HQ: 46 E. 70th [Park/Mad]. Tickets are available here.

music… Yuka Honda (formerly with Cibo Matto) and Petra Haden (The Decemberists, Foo Fighters) give a performance at Location One, 26 Greene [Grand/Canal] 212.334.3347, on Saturday, 8pm, featuring songs from their upcoming duet album. We haven't heard a note yet from it, but it sounds like a very cool matchup. $20.

out of town… Chief MUGgle, Charlie Suisman, has written the cover article in this month's Budget Travel magazine called "Secret Hotels of the Riviera Maya": eight hideaways south of Cancún, from a thatched-roof, swinging-hammock, beach-bumming spot, to Pablo Escobar's old mansion, to the very hip, very delightful Hotel Básico in Playa del Carmen. [Photo Credit: John Kernick]

shopping… Up to 75% off thousands of display or slightly damaged copies from Taschen, 107 Greene [Prince/Spring] 212.226.2212, tomorrow and Saturday, 11-8pm, and Sunday, noon-7pm.

head's up… A new CD from Patty Griffin is coming February 6th called "Children Running Through." A full-band show is supposed to take place on that night at the Angel Orensanz Center, produced with The Artists Den. We're still waiting on confirmation and details, but if you're a fan (and we love Patti Griffin), you'll want to keep an eye out.
We got lots of votes for best chicken soup in town — we'll run them tomorrow.


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