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Early plaudits for God of Carnage, now in previews, particularly for the work of its cast: Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden… It's Expo 09 at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st [10th/11th], an alternative 'World's Fair' with art installations and top DJs. Friday and Saturday, 9pm-2am… Ravel, Beethoven, and Lekeu are on the program of Friday night's Lautreamont Concert at the Liederkranz Foundation, 6 E. 87th [5th/Mad], 8pm, $20.

indie rock… Friday: Harmonious power-pop alert! No, not Weezer. It's The XYZ Affair at the Music Hall of Williamsburg! Saturday: Sail away with Chairlift's spacey and moody psych pop at Santos Party House. Just Announced… 5/7 & 5/8: Fischerspooner 5/28 & 5/29: Grizzly Bear 6/18: Andrew Bird

artCasual Conversations in Brooklyn is a multi-faceted art project opening Saturday, a consideration of the borough's immigrant communities. At the Black and White Project Space, 483 Driggs [N.9/N.10] 718.599.8775.

wine… Toro, Spain's formerly also-ran wine region, has now become the It vino. Bottles earn raves from critics and fetch serious prices. There's a blind tasting of Toro wines tomorrow night, 6-9pm and again on Thursday, 3/12 at the Institute Cervantes, 211 E. 49th [2nd/3rd] 212.308.7720, $80.

cd… Though at times she sounds uncannily like Billie Holliday, singer Madeleine Peyroux still manages to create an original, tender, somewhat mysterious vibe on her albums. She's got a new one out next Tuesday called Bare Bones, and we were going to point you to her concert at Joe's Pub on that night, but it's now sold out. If you can somehow get in, you'll be glad you did.

architecture… The one-of-a-kind Surrealist cliffside house Casa Malaparte on Capri is the subject of a talk by Michael McDonough on Tuesday, 6-8pm. Mr. McDonough is the author of a book on the unusual house, Malaparte: A House Like Me. Tickets are $20, reserve.

dvd… How often do you find a horror movie with reviews that include adjectives such as moving, elegant, funny, ingenious, and gorgeous? Let the Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson, has been described thusly and the Swedish flick is out on DVD this Tuesday so you can decide for yourself.

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