arts 10.8.09

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Open House NY, this weekend.

Tonight, 7pm, Michael Chabon is at the Brooklyn Public Library to read from his new, nonfiction book Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son.

Joe Holmes fans (Joe's NYC), today's your chance to own a Joe: Jen Bekman's 20x200 series continues with a new print from him, and other terrific artists/photographers.

indie rock… Saturday: Drummer features five ex-drummers, one of them is in The Black Keys. See them at Southpaw. Saturday: Owen plays hushed and pleasant indie pop at Union Hall. Shhhh. Just Announced… 11/22: Devendra Banhart. 11/24 & 11/25: Sonic Youth. 1/8: Passion Pit.

sports/arts… Both The Damned United and Born to Run by Christopher McDougall are sports-themed, the former a new movie opening tomorrow, the latter a recent work of non-fiction. You don't need to be a British soccer fan or an ultrarunner to enjoy either one. Michael Sheen (and other fine British actors) make The Damned United worth your time and the fascinating Tarahumara super-runners, along with a wonderfully wacky cast of characters, make Born to Run a total joy to read.

sale… Men's and women's clothing from Hugo Boss is up to 75% off at a sample sale continuing today (until 5pm) and tomorrow from 10-3. 601 W. 26th [11th/12th], Suite 845.

cabaret… Tonight is the last show for Gay Marshall's gig at the Metropolitan Room, Piaf: Queen of Heart ($25, 2 drink minimum). Often overlooked, but richly and authentically mined by Marshall, is the joy that was also part of Piaf's life. If you can't get to the show, be sure to check out her CD of Piaf songs.

out of town… OK, it might be a wee bit nippy now in Maine. But here's a good deal for the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, where the beauty of a Down East fall should be in evidence and, with luck, Barbara Bush won't.

poetry… Tomorrow night, a celebration of ISSUE Project Room, 232 3rd St [3rd Ave.] Bklyn 718.330.0313, with an impressive lineup of poets on hand. $12, 7pm. No doubt everyone's thoughts and prayers will be with the friends and family of the organization's founder, Suzanne Fiol, who died of cancer on Monday.

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