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movie Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words, playing Lincoln Plaza starting tomorrow, is a documentary about the Swedish actress told through letters, diaries and interviews.

music Cellist Julia Kent (born in Canada, based in NYC) has performed with Antony and the Johnsons, though her experimental solo work, which combines the cello with found sounds and electronics, is earning her an enthusiastic following. Ms. Kent will perform at the Owl Music Parlor on December 12 from her latest album Asperities.

art New paintings and drawings by NYC-born artist Steven Assael at Forum Gallery, 730 5th [56th/57th] 212.355.4545, weaving Old Masters into contemporary life.

books Two very different memoirs by women in pop music, both worthwhile: Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon and Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein.

theater A revival of The Color Purple certainly didn't happen by popular demand. The consensus on the original production was: disappointing. But John Doyle has directed this revival, now in previews at the Bernard Jacobs, with Cynthia Erivo as Celie and Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery. This could be the stealth hit of the season.

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