arts 01.25.07

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art… Artist Cindy Workman has a new show called "Les Demoiselles" that features arresting, composite images of women fashioned from disparate sources including magazines, online images, even sewing pattern envelopes. The women are in varying states of dress and emotions — some engage us eye to eye, others avert their gaze. Ms. Workman used to work in traditional collage techniques but has now moved to digital imaging. The work remains as fresh and quietly fierce as ever. Opens tonight, 6-8pm, at Lennon, Weinberg, 514 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.941.0012.

indie rock… Saturday: The Books bring their lovely melodies and complex dissonance to Webster Hall. Tuesday: Brooklyn's Mountains take their quiet sonic manipulations to Tonic. Just Announced…3/21 & 3/22: The Decemberists, My Brightest Diamond. 4/2: The Blood Brothers

restaurant… This afternoon, winter makes a brief appearance at the party. Fortify yourself at the beautiful Centovini, 25 W. Houston [Greene/Mercer] 212.219.2113, with a pairing of a Montepulciano from Fattoria del Cerro and a selection of antipasti. The place itself is a felicitous pairing of the folks behind i Trulli and Murray Moss (of the store Moss). Expensive, worth it.

opera… The rising star Gotham Chamber Opera is back for a new season at the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand [Pitt] with Rossini's comic one-act "Il Signor Bruschino," opening tonight. Four performances follow. Tickets are $30-$65, available here.

reading… Madison Smartt Bell has a new biography of Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian who fomented a successful slave rebellion. It's the first book about Toussaint in English in over 50 years and he is a complex and fascinating figure. Bell will be reading at 192 Books, 192 10th [21st/22nd] 212.255.4022, tomorrow night, 7pm.

downloadSondre Lerche, the Norwegian singer-songwriter, is a MUG favorite, and we're always happy when he has a new CD in the works. This one's called "Phantom Punch" and it will be released February 6th. Lerche says the riff of the title track came to him riding the bus with his wife to the IKEA in Newark. Which only goes to show…what does that show, actually? Whatever, download the song here — it rocks.


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