arts 07.13.06

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museum…Cast off the steam and damp of July with a visit to the Noguchi Museum, 32-37 Vernon Blvd. 718.204.7088 LIC, where the current exhibit, "Best Friends: R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi," is refreshing in every way possible.

indie rock…Thursday: Wear shorts to Insound's Pre-Siren Fest Party (with Oh No! Oh My!, The Big Sleep and Professor Murder) for $2 admission. Saturday: Crammed crowds! Hellish heat! It's Siren Fest again… this year with Stars, The Scissor Sisters, Art Brut and many more. Just announced…8/23 The Shins. 9/24 & 9/25 The Flaming Lips. 10/3, 10/4 & 10/5 Massive Attack

movie…We always thought Australia was the dopiest continent but smartly crafted films such as Jindabyne, opening tomorrow, could get us to reconsider. It's the story of a murder and a marriage and it stars Laura Linney. Any director who casts Linney clearly has his head screwed on right, whatever continent he comes from.

art…If the show at MoMA hasn't slaked your Dada thirst, you'll want to check out "Dada: Art and Anti-Art," an overview of the works of Hans Richter at the Maya Stendhal Gallery, 545 W. 20th [11th] 212.366.1549, including many that are rarely seen.

reading/performance…Here's an odd but compelling couple: Norwegian singer-songwriter (and MUG fave) Sondre Lerche and writer Gary Shteyngart, author of the novel Absurdistan. They'll be talking about their work and reading/performing next Wednesday at Barnes & Noble Union Square, 7pm. Katherine Lanpher hosts, free admission, get there early if you want a seat.

cabaret…Veteran Broadway singer and dancer Valarie Pettiford debuts her cabaret act for local consumption next Wednesday at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd [5th/6th] 212.206.0440. One night only, shows are 7:30 and 10:30pm, $20 music charge, two drink minimum.

beverages…This one, we'd say, is a definite maybe, but we include it for the coffee and tea mavens among you. Saturday (11-7:30pm) and Sunday (10-6) at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th [6th/7th] is the Everything 4 Coffee & Tea Festival, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Exhibitors include Illy, Ceylon Treasures, Jalima Coffee, and Tracy Stern Salon Tea.

film festival…The 29th Asian American Film Festival starts today at the Asia Society and runs through July 21st. There will be over 80 features, documentaries, shorts, and videos.
Reader Suggestions for Outdoor Dining
"You missed two of the nicest gardens in the West Village — Vittorio, 308 Bleecker [Grove/Barrow] 212.463.0730 and Gavroche, 212 W. 14th [7th/8th] 212.647.8553"

"I love Pampano, 209 E. 49th [3rd] 212.751.4545."

"ViceVersa, 325 W. 51st [8th/9th] 212.399.9291, is great, too, in the West 50s. I went with five others Friday night and dined on their outdoor patio in the back. We had an awesome dinner and it was outside away from exhaust."

"Surely there's something you like in Chelsea?"

"Don't know if you've been up to our restaurant The Riverdale Garden, 4576 Manhattan College Pkwy Bx 718.884.5232, or dined in our flower garden, but if you haven't, you're missing out. The garden is nearly in full bloom and now that summer produce is kickin', the menu is light and full of summertime favorites."-Michael and Lisa Sherman

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