arts 05.3.12

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Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See is a new book by Françoise Mouly as well as a panel talk on Tuesday, May 22, 8:15, at 92Y with Art Spiegelman, Barry Blitt, Roz Chast, moderated by Mouly.

Starting May 9 at Film Forum, Patience (After Sebald), a meditation on the great writer W. G. Sebald and themes in his work.

At Klein Reid, the porcelain princes have an open studios night on May 9, 5:30-8pm. Details and RSVP here.

The great pianist (and art collector) Van Cliburn talks, a conversation that's part of LIVE from the NYPL on May 15, 7pm, $25.

Meet the artists and writers in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Studios, 125 Maiden Lane, 14th Floor during the Workspace: Open Studio Weekend, 5/4-5/6. Free, but RSVP.

music Buzzed-about Kat Edmonson, who's carving out a heavily-hyphenated niche (jazz-American songbook-indie singer-songwriter-ish) and who's pretty darn irresistible, has a new album, Way Down Low. She's settling in for some dates around town: May 6 at Public Assembly, Monday nights at Zirzamin this month, and at Joe's Pub on June 26.

books The unforgettable book Memoirs of an Anti-Semite (part of the Bukovina Trilogy), by Gregor von Rezzori, is discussed at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, focusing in on Bukovina, an area that was once a vital corner of the Austro-Hungarian empire. May 6, 1pm, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. A tony group of authors to do the discussing: Michael Cunningham, Deborah Eisenberg, Daniel Kehlman, and Edmund White, moderated by NY Review of Books editor Edwin Frank. $15

art One of the many unexpected works of art you'll find at the Frieze Art Fair, tomorrow through May 7 at Randall's Island Park: Rachel Harrison's limited edition where's my f***ing peanut, a reflection on a peanut stolen from the artist's installation in a Williamsburg bar in 1993. As with most art, more questions than answers, but more laughs than usual.

indie rock Friday: Spectrals leads an excellent haze-pop line-up at Glasslands. Saturday: Crystal Stilts gets poppy and swirl-y and gaze-y and haze-y at 285 Kent. Just Announced… 5/15: Beach House. 8/11: Real Estate. 8/19: My Morning Jacket. Plus Free Summer Shows!

dance Opening tomorrow at IFC, the documentary First Position follows six young ballet dancers (ages 9-19) as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix competition.

A new Kickstarter project by dancer Pascale Seigneurie, This is Ballet Class will be "a short humorous music video about what goes on in a dancer's head when they take class." We'd love to see this one get made, and we bet every dancer out there would, too.

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