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Sunday nights this summer, Klee Brasserie, 200 9th [22nd/23rd] 212.633.8033, has a Back from the Beach Pig Roast. Three courses are $35.

People Make Parks, a promising initiative to encourage community participation in future parks planning.

Remembering Merce Cunningham and Frank McCourt.

indie rock… Friday-Sunday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine and a bunch more play the three-day All Points West Festival. Friday: Obits (ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes) rock their great garage-punk for free at South Street Seaport. Just Announced: 9/21: The Decemberists. 9/24: Wavves. 11/6 & 11/8: Monsters of Folk with Conor Oberst, M. Ward.

art… This past April, artist Nicole Gagne was seriously injured when a staircase collapsed at the building where she and many other artists worked in LIC. Tonight at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, 547 W. 27th [10th/11th] 2nd flr., 212.244.4320, there is a benefit for Ms. Gagne, to pay her immediate expenses. Many artists have contributed original, postcard-sized artworks. Each is $40, cash only. If you can, stop in, buy a piece of art, help a fellow New Yorker.

movieThe Cove is a documentary about a dive team that infiltrates the genuinely appalling (and previously hidden) practices in Taiji, Japan, a remote village involved in the slaughter of over 20,000 dolphins a year. The movie plays like a thriller; what it exposes is a tragedy and must be stopped. You can help here.

talk… Next Wednesday, August 5, 12:30pm-1:45 p.m, a hat-tip to the McSweeney's mag The Believer. Some of its contributors, including Arthur Phillips, Jessica Anthony, and Joe Hagan, will talk with This American Life producer Starlee Kine. It's free and takes place at the Bryant Park Reading Room.

saleProenza Schouler is having a sample sale now through tomorrow, 9-6, of the spring 09 line and past collections. It takes place at 495 Bway [Broome/Spring] 8th flr., 212.343.1360.

heads up… Incomparable jazz guitarist Bill Frisell performs at City Winery on September 9th, 9pm. Tickets are $30-$48.

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