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The Fisher Landau reopens on Sunday.

The Pier Show is this weekend – in addition to the usual enticing antiques and collectibles, a special Steampunk exhibit.

Ingrid Abramovitch, author of the new book Restoring a House in the City, will be at the 92Y Tribeca on Wednesday, November 18th, noon, for a slideshow presentation of images in the book.

indie rock… Friday: Buzzy new band Surfer Blood channels Weezer. See them at the beautiful Brooklyn Bowl. Saturday: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart headline Slumberland Record's 20th anniversary at The Bell House. Just Announced… 11/17: The Dead Weather. 2/11: We Were Promised Jetpacks.

moviesThe End of Poverty? is a documentary opening tomorrow at the Village East by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, narrated by Martin Sheen, that makes the case that colonization is the proximate cause of poverty.

food… From the folks at Manhattan Fruitier, a new line called Fetch Chocolates, made by the superb chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. The first batch is shaped like French bulldogs, with other breeds on the way. $28 for a litter of six, $1 of which gets donated to the Best Friends Animal Society. (And remember, it's meant for humans – chocolate can be fatal for dogs.)

art… At the Christopher Henry Gallery, 127 Eliz [Broome/Grand] 212.244.6004, a show called The Map as Art, supporting the release of the book by the same name by Katharine Harmon, featuring 160 unusual maps from Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, Florent Morellet, and many others.

out of town… The retreat center/vacation center Good Commons, located in Plymouth, Vermont, is having a cocktail party this November 16th, 6pm, at Dusk Lounge, 147 W. 24th [6th/7th]. They'll announce next year's retreat season and raffle a free slot to their Winter Food and Wine Expedition (which costs $450). RSVP.

theater… The idea of an all-waltz Broadway musical sounds more like Gitmo abuse than a swell evening in the theater. But when those waltzes (and their ingenious variations) are by Sondheim, it's a different matter. In fact, A Little Night Music is one of our all-time favorite musicals, a perfect concoction of exquisite melodies, clever and affecting lyrics (has any other Broadway composer ever written anything remotely like Every Day a Little Death?), and an elegant book (by Hugh Wheeler). We're a bit concerned about the casting of the new production, which begins performances November 24th: Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt makes sense if it's an all-star cast, but the role is a smaller one, and Lansbury's star power could throw things out of balance. As for Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desiree, well, she wouldn't have been our first choice (Zeta-Jones as a touring actress who's worldly, a bit weary, unrequited?); then again, no one asked us. And she's surprised us before – she may again in her Broadway debut.

From our August Donors Choose challenge, a followup letter from the teacher, Mrs. V.:

Dear morty, Colbert Fan from Nantucket, Susan, Stacey, douglas, Caroline, Mary and Anonymous Donors,

Wow! Thank you! Your donations are making a huge impact in our students. They love reading the books that you have donated. Their self esteem has been improving because of these books. Since the books are different levels the children are feeling more comfortable reading. Also having a cart to hold these books is very helpful. The students are able to help themselves to their favorite books.

I truly appreciate all that you have done for our students.

Once again thank you! You have made a difference in our students!

With gratitude,
Mrs. V.

williamsburg (from 2007)

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