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After an eight-year copyright battle, the New York Philomusica chamber ensemble is returning Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat tonight to the stage with Kurt Vonnegut's rewritten libretto. Vonnegut will appear before the performance for a conversation with the company's artistic director. You can read more about the backstory here. The event takes place tonight at Broadway Presbyterian Church, Bway & 114th, at 8pm, with the Vonnegut talk starting at 7:30. Tickets are $35 available by calling 212.501.3330 (from noon on) or in person one hour before the performance, if they're still available (cash only).

indie rock… Oh My Rockness picks…Friday: Be charmed by Bishop Allen's happy rock at Pianos. Saturday: The Presets play club music for people who hate club music. Just Announced:4/7: The Raconteurs (with Jack White & Brendan Benson), 6/17: Band of Horses

movie… There are only a handful of actors whose movies we'd go to see whatever they're in. One of those people is Mary Steenburgen, who is, to our way of thinking, seriously underrated. She's in a movie opening tomorrow called Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, along with Marisa Tomei, Danny DeVito, John Goodman, and superb Scottish actor Robert Carlyle.

gay and lesbian… Every Thursday night, there's a get-together of gay, bisexual guys (though all are welcome) at the restaurant Au Coin du Feu, 222 Lafayette [Spring/Broome] 212.226.7676. The idea is to speak French with each other (all levels) and schmooze for an hour or more. It starts at 7pm, and you should call to let the restaurant know you'll be attending. Other than that, it's a very informal and friendly soirée.

art… Just opened at Silo, 1 Freeman Alley [off Rivington, Bowery/Chrystie] 212.505.9156, is an exhibition of work by Patrick Grenier called A Lack of Imagination. Much of the work — sculpture, drawings, and video projections — is about the art world itself.

travel… For those of you who like to plan ahead: TravelZoo has a cruise on the Danube between Vienna and Nuremberg in November or December, starting at $499 for six nights.

dining… More planning ahead: Coinciding with the rally on Washington, a charity dine-out, Dining for Darfur, takes place on Sunday, April 30th. At participating restaurants in NYC and elsewhere (and restaurateurs reading this, we hope you'll do your part), 5% of proceeds from the evening's till will go to the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian work in Darfur and Chad. The event is organized by food writer Andrea Strong and we applaud her effort. So far, some excellent restaurants have stepped up to the plate — the list is here. We also hope the food blogging community will help Andrea spread the word.


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