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Don't miss Summer Hours playing at these movie theaters – as rich and memorable as a first-rate novel… The start of herring season doesn't sound like much if you've never tasted the Dutch beauties freshly arrived. But they really are a treat. As of June 9th, herring central is Russ and Daughters… A wedding in your future? Check out the events of the month-long Brooklyn Pop-up Wedding Series.

indie rock… Thursday: Real Estate sends breeezy sunshine-psych pop vibes to Santos Party House. Friday & Saturday: We dig Disappears (featuring a dude from The Ponys) and their drone-gloom-rock Just Announced… 7/17 & 7/18: Paul McCartney. 8/4: Los Campesinos!

movies… Here's a nice idea: try to watch a classic movie minus all its baggage. That's the gist of the Closely Watched Films series launching on June 10th, 8pm, at the 92Y Tribeca. It's the notion of comedian and Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan, who fears some movies get "suffocated by unnecessary respect." Instead, he wants you to watch these movies as "the living, imperfect, but wonderful things they are." First up, William Powell and Myrna Loy (and Asta) in The Thin Man, followed by The Devil and Daniel Webster on July 15th. $12.

show… Not much could be better than hearing what's on the mind of the great monologist Mike Daisey unless what's on his mind is bacon. That is the unbeatable combo at Joe's Pub, June 8th, 9:30pm, $20. And here's a program note we bet you've never seen before: "Bacon will be cooked and served by the performer during the performance."

art… Through August 2nd at Socrates Sculpture Park, a group exhibition called State Fair, with works loosely connected by the idea of rural life. One such: Jason's Simon's August-September in which the artist, who annually visits the state fair in Honesdale, PA, used the videotape in August '01 at the fair and then on September 11th. The juxtaposition is like a punch in the stomach.

out of town… We love Virgin America for the many details it gets right: lots of movies on demand even for coach, food when you want it, even the '80s gay bar lighting. And right now we love them even more for their $109 fares each way to L.A., San Fran, Seattle, and Las Vegas.

heads up… Lots of people call themselves urban explorers, but their discoveries don't typically include a forgotten tunnel. Bob Diamond rediscovered the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel in 1980 (how exactly did the city misplace a tunnel?) and now gives informed tours of same. The next is on July 12th and you need to reserve by calling 718.941.3160. [Photo: Justin N. Lane]


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