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movie… Whether or not you've ever read any of Harlan Ellison's prodigious sci-fi output, you're almost certain to enjoy Dreams With Sharp Teeth, playing for a week starting June 4th at Film Forum. It's a documentary about the legendarily and hilariously opinionated, curse-spewing, incorrigible life force, not to mention author of innumerable short stories, novellas, and episodes of Star Trek and The Outer Limits. Watch the trailer here, but be warned: it's definitely not G-rated.

indie rock… Friday: Apes and Androids make glam-rock good again. See them at Bowery Ballroom. Saturday: Obits audio-assault Union Pool with their ex-Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu garage-punk. Just Announced…7/13: The Breeders. 7/26: She & Him. 7/31: Apples In Stereo.

music… Perennial Norwegian wunderkind/singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche returns to town for two shows at Joe's Pub, this Sunday night, 7:30 and 9:30pm.

shopping… We're fans of the affordable contemporary furniture designs of Blu Dot, in particular, their Chicago Side table ($169). You can order online, but also find their stuff at ABC, 4th floor.

cabaret… Rising Broadway talent Kate Shindle, currently starring in Legally Blonde, will perform at Birdland on Monday, June 2nd, 7pm, $25. She'll sing songs by composers including Bill Withers, John Mayer, Ray Charles, and Michael John LaChiusa.

science… Conservationist Richard Leakey will talk about the world's most endangered animals and plants in a program called The Sixth Extinction. It takes place tomorrow night, 8pm, at Columbia's Miller Theatre. $30.

bookDreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East by journalist Robin Wright is a fascinating, country-by-country look at the nations in the Middle East that are struggling mightily with the "dynamic tension of change." Ms. Wright not only provides historical context, she introduces you to key people—the 'dreamers' and the reactionaries—who provide a human face to the roiling currents of the region. A great read.

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