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comics and cartoons… This Saturday and Sunday is the fifth MoCAA Art Festival, a gathering/celebration of comics and cartoon artists, including Neil Kleid and Jake Allen, who created Brownsville (pictured), about Jewish gangsters in Brooklyn in the 1930s.

out of town… What better reason to leave town than a perfect lobster roll, a bucket of steamers, and some ocean spray? That was the fact-finding mission undertaken by Elizabeth Bougerol in her new book New England's Favorite Seafood Shacks: Eating Up the Coast from Connecticut to Maine. The poor thing had to taste, by her count, 156 lobster rolls, 211 cups of chowder, and 308 orders of clams, oysters, and scallops. Now you can follow in her footsteps.

talk… There were a few tickets still available when we last checked for a talk tonight, 6pm, by Witold Rybczynski at Harperley Hall, 1 W. 64th [CPW] on Frederick Law Olmsted, with an introduction by Tom Wolfe, under the auspices of Landmark West. It's $25 for the talk, $100 for the talk and a reception.

food… Our friends to the north are full of surprises. There's apparently a revolution going on in Quebec, having to do with cheese. Get the skinny on June 19th, 6:30pm, at the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center
, 500 W. 37th [10th] 
, presented by Waldemar Albrecht. According to Artisanal, Quebec is making some of the most superb cheeses they've ever tasted. $75. But MUG, you may be saying, did they ever find that $50,000 worth of cheese that sank after Quebec cheese company La Fromagerie Boivin marinated the goods in a local fjord to improve the flavor? Details here on the missing cheese.

shopping… The ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White [Church/Bway], is having another one of their fab sales from June 10th through June 18th, 11-6 each day. CDs, LPs, posters, books, and videos. Specials this time include a signed Ravi Shankar LP, a copy of Saturday Night Fever signed by Travolta, and 5,000 Broadway original cast albums and soundtracks from the late Footlight Records…More fab stuff: Chelsee Eyes, 20 W. 20th [5th/6th] 212.242.4823, has a sale on now through June 30th. Major price breaks on the latest designer eyewear, ranging from $35-$350 on glasses that were $150-$550. Open M-F, 10-5, and Saturday by appointment. No cc.

kids…Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton read from their new book The Great American Mousical about mice who work below the boards of Broadway, on Saturday, 3pm, at the Museum of the City of NY. $15, reserve online or by calling 212.534.1672, ext. 3395.

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