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Tim Ries, who plays sax in the Rolling Stones touring band, is at the Highline Ballroom tomorrow night doing jazz takes of Jagger-Richards songs, something that works much better than you might think. [Photo: Lourdes Delgado]

Learn to make cheese at the Astor Center.

The genius of Sondheim is often more apparent on the show's cast album than during the show itself. See if that proves true when Road Show is released on Tuesday.

Fun T's from a local company, Countdown Apparel, that you can use to count down to an event (30 days to my birthday and one re Bernie Madoff).

indie rock… Thursday: pow wow! plays laid-back surf-pop at Public Assembly! Friday: The Feelies resurface with a free acoustic show at the Whitney Museum. Just Announced… 8/18 & 8/19: The Breeders. 9/27: Sunny Day Real Estate (reunited) 10/13 & 10/14: The Dodos.

photography… Opening today at Throckmorton Fine Art, 145 E. 57th [Lex/3rd] 212.223.1059, Desert Light, an exhibition of images by various photographers from the early 1900s to the present, showing in one way or another, the 'stark beauty of deserts.'

food… The New York Botanical Garden has a big hoo-ha opening this weekend. It's a summer-long lineup called The Edible Garden about growing great food. On hand at the NYBG this weekend, a starry list from the culinary world, including: Peter Hoffman, Dan Barber, Johnny Iuzzini, and Martha Stewart.

moviesWerner Herzog, director of the classic film Fitzcarraldo, will be at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince [Laf/Mulberry] 212.274.1160, discussing his book, Conquest of the Useless, his journals of the Fitzcarraldo shoot in the Amazon. Friday night, 7pm.

out of town… Here's a pretty amazing deal: 10 days, 8 nights in Beijing and Shanghai, flight between the two, ground transport, and breakfast for $899 (plus $85 in taxes/fees per person). Details.

spacesBrooklyn Bridge Park is still in its infancy, though you'll get a sense of what's to come when the park master planners Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates give a tour on Monday, June 29th, 6-8pm. RSVP.

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