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music Diane Birch's voice is a gift. It's not as immediately recognizable as, say, Adele's, but it's arguably more versatile. She's a gifted writer, too, in part because she understands the music that came before her. Nothing But a Miracle from her debut album is an ode to Laura Nyro, one worthy of the late, great singer-songwriter. Birch is no tribute act, though. Hear for yourself on October 19 at City Winery and on her new album Speak a Little Louder.

movie A jaw-dropping feat and a mesmerizing 90 minutes: Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark, an evocation of that country's history, swoops through the Hermitage Museum with over 1000 actors and extras, 33 sets built within the museum and three live orchestras… all in one take. It's back at Film Forum through October 15.

art Edmund De Waal. Name ring a bell? It will if you were one of the many fans of the book The Hare with Amber Eyes. Mr. De Waal's day job is fine artist and
Gagosian has a show of his work called Atemwende, striking arrangements of porcelain, that runs until October 19.

event This makes our 18th mention of Open House New York since it launched in New York a decade ago. How could we not love an event that opens doors to homes, businesses, landmarks and all kinds of fascinating places you ordinarily would not get a chance to see? Their big weekend is this Saturday and Sunday.

new year's eve Chita Rivera just turned 80 and celebrated in style. The legendary performer has clearly found the secret to eternal youth and still performs at the top of her game. Welcome in the New Year with her at 54 Below (tickets are a small fortune, though, at $300-$400).

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