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urban design… With any luck, Betaville is making Robert Moses spin in his grave. Developed by Carl Skelton, director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center, is an "open-source multiplayer environment for real cities in which ideas for new works of public art, architecture, urban design, and development can be shared, discussed, tweaked, and brought to maturity in context, and with the kind of broad participation people take for granted in open source software development." Read more in this article from the Architectural League's Urban Omnibus.

indie rock… Saturday: Sundelles bring pleasant power pop to Bruar Falls. Saturday: Legendary indie rock vets Mission of Burma play The Bell House. Just Announced… 3/5: Miike Snow. 5/11 & 5/12: Sleigh Bells & CSS. 9/30 & 10/3: Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel).

moviesInto Eternity, a documentary opening February 2nd at Film Forum, looks at Onkalo, a nuclear waste facility built into bedrock about 185 miles northwest of Helsinki. It will be backfilled and decommissioned in the 2100s. But here's the kicker: human beings must steer clear of the waste for 100,000 years. The film tries to get our heads around the nearly incomprehensible concept.

artDaniel Egnéus has a show of Little Red Riding Hood works on paper at
Traffic Art Space, 136 E. 74th [Park/Lex] 212.734.0041, in advance of a new edition of the book with Mr. Egnéus' illustrations.

Artist Joe Fig talks about his mini versions of artist studios (artists like Chuck Close and Mary Heilmann), collected in the book Inside the Painter's Studio. It takes place Thursday, February 3rd, 7pm at the School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd [2nd/3rd] 3rd flr. Free.

Another interesting-sounding talk: curators Lynne Cooke and Douglas Crimp discuss their recent Madrid exhibition Mixed Use, Manhattan, which examined how artists have made use of lofts, piers, lots, and streets, in various stages of repair, since the 1970s. It's sponsored by the Public Art Fund and takes place at the New School, 66 W. 12th [5th/6th] on Wednesday, February 9th, 6:30pm, $10.

The Museum of Natural History has a sleepover series for kids. On March 5th, the Rubin hosts a 'Dream-Over' for adults that will include dream analysis and meditation workshops, guided by a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. $55.

The adventurous chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble performs Hallucinations, an evening of electro-acoustic music—including a remix by Ricardo Romaneiro of John Corigliano's Three Hallucinations—tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. MUG readers can get 2-for-1 table seats (online sale only) by using this link and using the password code 2for1.

The Biography Bookshop in the West Village has been gone for a year, but its owners opened up bookbook, 266 Bleecker [6th/7th] 212.807.8655, and they're celebrating their first anniversary by having a sale during the month of February. Everything is 20% off: books, bargain books, and Moleskines.

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, a new play by Tony Kushner, begins previews at the Public on March 22nd, directed by Michael Greif. Tickets are $75-$85.

The 19th annual City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival runs the month of February with a different flavor each day.

What's the famous wall of Broadway flops? Answer

Moma (from 2009)

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