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folk music PBS is airing the 2008 authorized biopic Pete Seeger: The Power of Song starting January 30, celebrating the life and music of the American icon who died on Monday. Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and Arlo Guthrie also appear… Pete Seeger: In His Own Words chronicles his life through various documents and letters… You can dip in anywhere to his extensive catalogue of albums and get happy. We Shall Overcome: The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert is as good as anywhere.

movie music Ennio Morricone, composer and conductor, conducts a concert of his music at Barclays Center on March 23, 7pm, tickets from $75. BAM screens some of the films with scores by Mr. Morricone, March 20-22. The composer will be on hand to introduce the 5:30 screening of Once Upon a Time in the West on March 22. Our favorite composition is the theme song to Once Upon a Time In America. And listen to what Yo-Yo Ma does what that particular music.

books The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, coming mid-February, is set in early 20th-century NYC; within, Coney Island attractions, the aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a missing woman and a love story. [Photo: Deborah Feingold]

From Robert Harris (Fatherland): An Officer and a Spy, a new work of historical fiction centered around the Dreyfus Affair.

movie In the lively documentary Tim's Vermeer, inventor Tim Jenison tries to unravel the mystery of Vermeer's genius (particularly how he painted "photo-realistically" 150 years before the invention of photography). Opens tomorrow at the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza.

trailer The documentary
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
opens February 21.

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