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Israeli pop star and gay icon Ivri Lider plays Webster Hall on 5/31… Mark Kurlansky's has a new book, The Food of a Younger Land with the kind of subtitle publishing houses are addicted to: A Portrait of American Food – Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation's Food Was Seasonal… The Crawfish Boil for Nola takes place this Sunday at SolarOne, 2420 FDR Svc Rd. E. [22nd]. Sixty bucks gets you four crawfish pours and unlimited beer and New Orleans hurricanes. Eat, drink, do some good for N'awlins.

books… Indulge, please, a little family pride. Publisher Charlie Suisman's kid brother David Suisman has written a book called Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music. Reviewed recently in the WSJ, it contains lots of great stories of early popular music (Bessie Smith blows an audition by saying "Hold on, let me spit" in the middle of it) and could be a thought-provoking bookend to the apotheosis of commercialized pop, which had its finale last night. The author gives a reading tonight, 6pm, at B & N, 5th and 18th.

movies… And speaking of brothers, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story, is a Disney documentary about dysfunctional families. OK, not exactly, but it does tell the story of the hugely successful songwriting brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and many others) whose ongoing estrangement throws their output of cheery tunes into poignant relief: It's a Small World begins to sound less optimistic and more claustrophobic.

talk… Tonight, 7:30pm, at JLA Studios, 63 Pearl [Water/Front] in DUMBO, Gelf's monthly series Geeking Out has its next installment on the science of sex and attraction. Experts include Anne Machalinkski and Christie Nicholson of the Science of Sex website and Thomas Maier, Masters and Johnson biographer. Free.

shopping… The folks from the terrific ceramics design company Perch! share space on Pier 41 in Red Hook with Steve's Key Lime Pies. They'll have their full line of ceramics plus samples from 11-6 on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, weather permitting. They're right across from Fairway and Liberty Sunset Garden Center. Map

heads up… Returning June 29th-July 11th, antics verbal and physical from the Umbilical Brothers at the Joyce in a show called Speed Mouse. These two Aussies are invariably tons o' fun. Tickets are $19-$49.

We're off for a little Memorial Day R & R. Have a great weekend and see you Tuesday.

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