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art… Sometimes you want to mainline the city's energy; other times, you seek out its more peaceful vibes. The work by artist Lisa Breslow is definitely of the latter disposition, particularly in her new exhibition Urban Silences opening today at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, 529 W. 20th [10th/11th] 212.366.5368. You'll find exquisitely quiet impressions of the West Village, Central Park (today's main image above is her work Central Park, Before Dawn), and the artist's windowsill.

indie rock… Friday: Big Troubles rock some '90s inspired fuzzy shoegaze jams at Mercury Lounge (with Magic Kids). Saturday: Obits rocks famously tight punk anthems of rhythm at Knitting Factory. Just Announced… 1/29: Iron and Wine. 2/8: Gang of Four. 2/24: Girl Talk.

moviesStella Schnabel (daughter of Julian) turns in a memorable performance in You Won't Miss Me as a young woman trying to make her way in the city after psych ward stay. The film is very much of NY and the director, Ry Russo-Young, is one to watch.

out of townDubai may already be over, but if you want to satisfy your curiosity, $1699 will get you round-trip airfare on Emirates and four nights at a five-star hotel.

event… On Sunday, November 21st, 2pm, City Winery hosts It Takes A Village - Greenwich Village Revisited, honoring Harry Chapin, among others, with performances by Jen Chapin, Ben Taylor, Jenni Muldaur, The Chapin Sisters, Julie Simon, Bethany Yarrow, Owen Elliot-Kugell, and John Doherty. The event is a benefit for the Why Hunger, an excellent organization devoted to the fight against hunger. Tickets are $25. [Ben Taylor photo: David Montgomery]

Stanley Greenberg, author of several books on the city including Invisible New York, talks to Urban Omnibus about exploring and photographing New York's secluded side.

The curtain is drawn back, a little, on the world of magic in a discussion and demonstration of magic by two scientists and one magician at the New York Academy of Sciences on Thursday, November 18th, 6:30pm. $25.

Meet the great Elliott Erwitt at a signing of his book Paris, along with fellow photographer Craig Semetko. At ICP, tomorrow, 6-7:30pm.

Two screenings of Escaping Robert Parker, a movie about a winemaker and the influential wine critic.

You could do a lot worse than to spend an afternoon with Daniel Patterson, chef/owner of San Fran's superb Coi and Jean Georges pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, talking Flavor vs. Aroma at the Astor Center on Saturday, 2:30-3:30pm, $55.

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