arts 10.16.08

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Online, courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image, The Living Room Candidate, over 300 commercials from presidential campaigns going back to 1952… Last chance to see Joshua Lutz's superb Meadowlands photographs at Clamp Art. Closes 10/18… Black Watch back at St. Ann's Warehouse for a limited engagement (through November 30th).

indie rock… Friday: Explosive instrumentalists From Monument to Masses rock out the Knitting Factory Tap Bar. Friday: Beach House and a whole bunch of other good Baltimore bands play (le) poisson rouge. Next week: CMJ Music Marathon. Just Announced… 12/26: Kimya Dawson. 12/31: Yo La Tengo. 1/29: Kings of Leon. 2/28: Final Fantasy/Grizzly Bear.

salon… Smoking jackets meet mixed media… The salon remixed. That's the pitch for The Salon series, which has its next incarnation at Brooklyn's Galapagos on October 30th. The JC Hopkins Biggish Band swings out with various vocalists, there will be burlesque performances, and a group show of emerging artists. Serious cocktails are the leitmotif. Tickets are $12 in advance.

architecture… We're interested in anything architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien create, so it follows we're interested in anything they have to say. Hear them on October 22nd, 6-8pm, when they discuss Thinking about Looking, the title of the 2nd Annual Arthur Rosenblatt memorial lecture. It takes place at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia [Bleecker/W. 3rd]. RSVP.

cabaret… Honestly, this make us a little bit uncomfortable, but your tolerance for watching William Hung-type phenomena may be greater than ours. The latest such example is Wing Han Tsang, known to her fans as Wing. The singer tackles everyone from Abba to The Beatles to Andrew Lloyd Webber. None is left standing. She'll perform at Birdland this coming Monday, 9:30pm, $25-$40.

book… We never lose our fascination with all things Titanic, so we're looking forward to hearing Brad Matsen talk about his new book, Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, when he appears at B & N Union Square, October 20th, 7pm.

art… Susan Dory's new paintings are being shown in an exhibition at Winston Wachter, 530 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.255.2718. Ms. Dory's abstract forms are animated through the use of translucent colors.

heads up… Rufus Wainwright had the nerve to recreate an iconic Judy Garland concert, so why shouldn't Michael Arden take on Joni Mitchell's album Blue? We're not with those who say leave the classics alone. We think it's healthy for the young 'uns to remember the context from which they descend; let 'em reinterpret and reimagine to their heart's content. If it was good enough for Shakespeare… Anyhow, hear Mr. Arden's gorgeous voice at Joe's Pub, October 28-30, 11:30pm, $20, when he sings Blue.

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