arts 03.1.07

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movies… The Audience Award winner at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Cats of Mirikitani opens tomorrow at the Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th [5th/Univ] 212.924.3363. It's the affecting documentary about Jimmy Mirikatani, an 80-year-old Japanese-American artist living on the streets of Soho, who forms a friendship with filmmaker Linda Hattendorf. The movie reconstructs strands of his life, which as producer Masa Yoshikawa says, encompasses "childhood picnics in Hiroshima, ancient samurai ancestors, lost citizenship, Jackson Pollock, Pearl Harbor, Americans imprisoned in WWII…One thing is clear from his prolific sidewalk displays: he has survived terrible traumas and is determined to make his history visible through his art. September 11 thrusts Mirikitani once again into a world at war and challenges the filmmaker to move from witness to advocate."

indie rock… Thursday: What do you get when you pair eccentro-pop with noisy screamcore? Rob Crow and Genghis Tron at Rebel. Monday: Melodic punks The Thermals and riff-heavy The Big Sleep take over Studio B in dynamic tandem. Just announced…5/6 & 5/7: Beirut. 5/8: Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie).

concert… Tonight, 8pm, at Merkin Hall, 129 W. 67th Bway/Amst], it's Bang on a Can All-Stars with Meredith Monk. There will be three world premiere compositions, plus Ms. Monk performing during the second half. Tickets are $25.

book… As far as we're concerned, anything Joe Conason writes is worth reading. He's got a new book out called It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush. Tomorrow night, 6:30pm, he'll be part of a conversation called Reforming and Renewing American Government with Jerrold Nadler, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Adam Cohen, who's on the Editorial Board of the Times. It takes place at Lipton Hall, 40 Wash Sq. S., and space is limited. RSVP at 212.998.6735 or here.

out of town… The folks at TravelZoo have scooped up this deal at Vermont's culinary resort, The Inn at Essex: $99 a night, plus $25 dinner credit.

chess… In the spirit of books and movies on Scrabble and crossword players, comes The Kings of New York, about Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School, following 'A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Team.'

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