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movies A short description of Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light—a movie about Chile's Atacama Desert and about the search for "disappeared" political prisoners during the Pinochet era—is far too reductive. It's like saying Lear is about a foolish old man dividing his estate. Starts Friday at IFC.

books People who know the work of Finnish/Swedish author Tove Jansson (1914-2001) generally know her hugely popular and charming Moomin books. The great surprise is that she wrote several adult books and you can read one for yourself now that NYRB Classics has published Fair Play. It's the story of a writer and an artist, two women who live in the same apartment building. Jansson tracks their relationship of many years as they "watch Fassbinder films and Westerns, critique each other's work, spend time on a solitary island, travel through the American Southwest, and turn life into nothing less than art."

photography At 3rd Streaming, 10 Greene [Grand/Canal] 646.370.3877, Alvin Baltrop: Photographs 1965-2003, an exhibition of the late photographer's graphic documentation of the individuals who lived in and around the Hudson River piers when those piers represented New York's nadir.

Over 100 photographers contributed to Rizzoli's new book New York: A Photographer's City—artists such as Catherine Opie, Ryan McGinley, Jenny Holzer, Andreas Gursky, and Vik Muniz.

Imelda May may have been born in Dublin, but a quirk of nature has put slap-bass rockabilly in her blood. She's performing with Jeff Beck at the Beacon on Monday, March 28th.

A preview screening of The Best and the Brightest, a movie about NYC parents trying to get their kids into private kindergarten, stars Neil Patrick Harris and has a great supporting cast including Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, and Kate Mulgrew. At the Bell House on Friday night, 8pm.

An exhibition of works by underground comix great R. Crumb starts March 23rd at the Society of Illustrators. Called Lines Drawn on Paper, it features select pieces from the collection of Eric Sack.

Friday: Fine troubadour Mark Kozelek plays Bowery Ballroom. Saturday: Slow crunk core Salem plays Santos Party House. Just Announced… 3/27 Japan Benefit with Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono and more. 5/13 & 6/17: Beirut. 8/1: Lykke Li.

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