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Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words continues its merry decimation of self-absorbed stars. This Monday at the Triad, performers include Matthew Broderick and Jackie Hoffman… Elisa Monte Dance is back at the Joyce through Sunday… Michael Garrett has devised a Mediterranean menu for the train station-sized Trigo, 268 W. Bway [York/Beach] 212.925.1600.

indie rock… Saturday: Thomas Function rocks their epic tambourine/Television psych-punk at Cake Shop. Saturday: M83 brings melodic ambient awesomeness to The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. Just Announced… 3/16: The Ting Tings. 5/13: Animal Collective.

booksAlain L. Locke, the new biography by Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth, should help restore the philosopher, writer, cultural critic, and father of the Harlem Renaissance to his place among the great minds of the 20th century. We'd like to hear the authors talk about their subject—how about it, 92nd St. Y? Schomburg?

film… From 1/23-2/6, a public art project of posters (exact locations here) by Aaron Krach called Longer Periods of Happiness 2009. Mr. Krach's "search for the emotional heart of cheap commercial products" takes the form of an image of plastic calla lilies that will be briefly added to the city's visual panoply. A very limited edition print is available from DCKT Contemporary.

movies… If given a chance and a choice, there aren't many Hollywood directors we'd rather spend an evening with than Sidney Lumet, whose films include Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, The Pawnbroker, and Network. Mr. Lumet will be at the 92nd St. Y next Wednesday, 8pm.

event… Not a run-of-the-mill evening from this one, that much is guaranteed. The folks behind LVHRD have devised an event taking place next Monday called Cell Phone LockIn 2 (video of number 1 here). Expect a premise (cell phones cause a serious illness), protective gear, interactivity, live music, and Dewar's and Sapporo on the house. All clear?

out of townPuerto Rico, roundtrip, plus four nights at the Wyndham Rio Mar: $489. Valid through June, you need to book by 1/28.

classical/folk… As we wrote about the Metropolis Ensemble a couple of weeks ago, they're teaming up their ace classical players with the Groanbox Boys on 1/28, 7:30pm, at Le Poisson Rouge and featuring a new work by David Bruce (pictured). MUG readers get a discount: $10 off the $35 preferred seating; $50 off the $150 table of two seating; and $100 off the $300 table of four seating, plus a bottle on vino. Tickets here, use code MUG. You can also get a free download of one of the Groanbox tunes called Pigman's Dog here.

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