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photography The superb photographer Victoria Sambunaris has a show on now at Yancey Richardson, 535 W. 22nd [10th/11th] 646.230.9610, called The Border, large landscape images of the borders—natural and man-made—between the U.S. and Mexico. The politics are implicit, though the effect of these images is certain to transcend politics, conjuring everything from the ideal of the western frontier, to the sweep of nature and the often graceless hand of man.

food Sam Talbot is in the kitchen of Imperial No. Nine, the newly opened, sustainable seafood restaurant in the Mondrian Soho. The Talbot part sounds good, the sustainable part sounds good, and so does the part about taking inspiration from Talbot's childhood memories of fishing off the Carolina coast. But the design of the room is said to draw from Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête. Really? Cocteau and sustainable seafood? Did they mean Cousteau? The look doesn't evoke Cocteau for us—seems more like Angela Lansbury might sing "Be Our Guest" between courses.

art Flawless: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer opens on Saturday at Cavin Morris, 210 11th [24th/25th] 212.226.3768, with work by a variety of artists employing many techniques—old meeting new.

design A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry opening March 15th at Museum of Arts and Design, showcases work from around the world using porcelain (and other ceramics) in art jewelry.

indie rock Saturday: Legendary Scottish pop band Trashcan Sinatras at Joe's Pub. Sunday: Megaphonic Thrift, Norway's answer to Sonic Youth, play Mercury Lounge. Just Announced… 5/24: Arctic Monkeys. 5/15: CSS & Sleigh Bells. 4/19: PJ Harvey. [Photo: Magne Sandnes]

out of town The sprawling Hotel La Kasbah in Tunisia is nestled within a fortress abutting the medina. Old on the outside, it's pure boutique within, with all the little and not-so-little luxuries of a five-star property, like multiple pools and an intricately mosaic'ed hammam. And rooms start at an almost-unbelievable $50 US a night per person. [Continued]

The talented cabaret performer Joey Arias, who first made his mark in the '80s channeling Billie Holiday, performs at Town Hall on Thursday, April 21st, 8pm. One night only. Tickets from $29-$49.

Friday night, 7pm, the 4th Annual Panorama Challenge, a trivia contest involving the fantastic Panorama of the City of NY, at the Queens Museum of Art.

We always love the vintage goods at the Etsy site Lucky Little Dot and even more while their sale (up to 50% off) lasts—thru 3/14.

A live, multimedia performance of new album Letters to Distant Cities is recreated on 3/21, 7pm, at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main [Water] 718.666.3049 Bklyn, with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Clare Muldaur Manchon (Clare and the Reasons) and more. $10

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