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art Opening on Saturday at Alexander and Bonin, 132 10th [18th/19th] 212.367.7474, Americana, an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Matthew Benedict. Many of his works reflect a fascination with a vanished New England.

movie The wonder and wounds of childhood is quietly, delicately anatomized in Valerie Massadian's Nana, opening tomorrow night at Anthology Film Archives, 7pm and 8:45pm, for its New York theatrical premiere.

food Short-grained rice, stock, saffron, plus a few additional ingredients, and hey presto, risotto. Of course there's risotto and there's risotto. Achieve the latter after taking The Art of Winter Risotto class at Eataly, Thursday, January 31, 6:30pm, $100. Truffles not included.

photography Andy Freeberg's Guardians at Andrea Meislin, 534 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.627.2552, opens tonight, documenting the retirement-age women of Russia who sit sentry before some of that country's greatest artworks. There's a talk with Freeberg at the gallery this Saturday, 2pm.

architecture The 2nd annual Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Open House NY and Docomomo, is happening Saturday, February 7, 11am. Explore the city's modern architecture solo or in teams. Tickets are $30.

Beer tasting seminar tonight at City Winery, $65.

The extremely funny cabaret singer Christina Bianco is at Birdland for more Diva Moments on 1/28. Check her out here.

A track off of Ólafur Arnalds' forthcoming album For Now I Am Winter. The Icelandic neoclassicist composer has, as always, winter's melancholy deep in his bones.

Tickets for April's Lebowski Fest go on sale this Saturday at 11am. The Dude abides.

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