arts 10.1.09

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All month, works of all kinds by NYC architects on display at the W. 4th subway station.

Puro Chile opens with food and wines exclusively from that country.

Tomorrow thru Sunday, noon-6pm, up to 70% off menswear from Patrik Ervell, 35 Howard [Bway/Crosby] Ste. 4B, 646.912.9083.

Gaz Regan has a terrific new book on all things gin: The Bartender's Gin Companion.

NYC traffic and transit Twitter updates.

indie rock… Friday: Scottish pop rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks' melodies will soar at Southpaw. Saturday: Indie pop darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play Webster Hall. [Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas] Just Announced… 10/17: Echo & The Bunnymen. 11/26: Pixies [4th Show Added]

designCut&Paste is a global, digital design tournament, the championship of which takes place on 10/16 at the Hammerstein. Watch designers cross swords in 2D, 3D, and motion, projected in real time onto screens, in front of a live audience.

art… It may not be your conventional exhibition space, but the work by talented artist Yumiko Matsui, on display at Royale Cafe, 461 6th [11th] 212.255.5236, isn't especially conventional. Instead, Ms. Matsui, who has also shown at Mixed Greens, creates intricately detailed paper dioramas of city scenes – from Osaka to Coney Island. Pretty incredible stuff. [Photo: Gustavo Rocha]

photography… Opening tomorrow at ICP, Dress Codes, the third global survey of exciting work in photography and video.

movie… Abel Ferrara's docu Chelsea on the Rocks looks at the history of the Chelsea Hotel and the recent management troubles. Opens tomorrow. By the way, the website is a lot of fun to explore.

out of town… Get a breath of Westchester's fresh air, stroll the beautiful gardens, and listen to the NY Philharmonic performing two Beethoven works tomorrow at Caramoor. If you don't go for the Phil's performance, there are plenty of other compelling reasons to head up to Katonah's schmancy estate.

cabaret… One place in NY the recession hasn't hit: Feinstein's, where tickets are $60 ($75 for 'premium' seats), plus a $40 minimum, and where a glass of Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc goes for $17. A bottle of same in your local wine store goes for about $15. MUG takes a very dim view of that sort of thing and would as a matter of course keep many a hectare between such an establishment and ourselves. However, if we were to make an exception, it would be for the glorious singer/actress Victoria Clark and her longtime friend Ted Sperling, the ne plus ultra of music directors and orchestrators. Their show at the club runs from October 20th-24th.

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