arts 07.18.08

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Ten years of favorites from Joe's Pub return to celebrate the venue's anniversary…We finished reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle—and Janet Maslin's rave (and our love for dogs) notwithstanding—we pretty much hated it. Are we the outlier here?…

indie rock… Saturday: Broken Social Scene and Stephen Malkmus headline this year's free Siren Fest in Coney Island. Sunday: Noisy, experimental and forever eccentric; Liars play for free at McCarren Park Pool. More free summer shows. Just Announced…10/4: Shudder To Think. 10/10: Of Montreal.

salesRag Nation is closing their Park Ave. S. showroom and is having a big sale today and Saturday, 11-7, Sunday, 1-7, and Monday, 11-7. New and used men's and women's designer clothes: New Gucci men's leather jacket was $1000, now $500. Assorted dresses from Moschino, McQueen, Prada, and Gucci now $45-$125. 200 Park Ave. S. [17th] 212.941.5472

design… Some serious design wonks—Michael Bierut of Pentagram (and author of Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design), editors from Metropolis, i-D, and Paul Lukas, who writes the Uni Watch column, will be at KGB on Tuesday, 7/22, 7pm. They'll "read at an action-packed evening of sports-fueled design criticism," what else?

booksBad Seeds in the Big Apple: Bandits, Killers, and Chaos in New York City, 1920-1940, by Patrick Downey. Just published and at the top of our reading list.

artBlack and White Gallery, 636 W. 28th [11th/12th] 212.244.3007, has a group show of artists who have had solo shows in the past year. That includes work by Michael Van Den Besselaar, pictured here.

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