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Tonight at the Phaidon pop-up store, 100 Wooster [Prince/Spring] 212.925.1900, 6:30pm, Chocolate & Zucchini's Clotilde Dusoulier, talking about her new English translation of the classic French cookbook I Know How to Cook.

A Town Called Panic is a lo-fi movie with hi-fi charm. Opens Wednesday at Film Forum.

New glasses from wine expert Andrea Robinson promising that the white stem will work perfectly for all whites and the red stem for all reds. $49.95/4.

spirits… Here's a good one: Park Avenue Liquor Shop (recently named Retailer of the Year by Whisky Mag) just got an exclusive bottling of Tormore, a Speyside single malt. They're the only game in town (the world, actually) for this 12 Year Old Cask Strength bottling by Gordon & MacPhail, which purchased one cask in 1997. In spite of its 117 proof (!), it's a smooth, slightly sweet malt, with a whiff of smoke to its credit. MUG readers exclusively get a discount on the price, paying $60 instead of the regular $67 for one of the 208 bottles produced. In the store or on the phone, just mention 'MUG' for the discount, or put MUG in the gift card section online. Offer good through December 17th. [Photo: Rainer Facklam]

indie rock… Friday: Small Black plays pretty, lo-fi synth pop at Cake Shop. Saturday: The raucous guitar/drum duo Noxious Foxes brings math-rock magic to Spike Hill. Just Announced… 2/19: Editors. 3/5: Muse. 3/19: Air. 5/4: Yeasayer.

books… This Friday, 8pm, author Trinie Dalton reads at Brooklyn's Outpost Lounge, 1014 Fulton [Downing/Irving] 718.636.1260, celebrating Sweet Tomb, her new novella. It's from Madras Press, a fledgling publishing house that donates all proceeds to a charitable organization chosen by the author. How can you not root for that? With Ms. Dalton will be poet Dorothea Lasky and Madras Press editor Sumanth Prabhaker.

movies/food… Six documentary films about food and farming will be screened on Tuesday, December 15th, 7:30pm, at Anthology Film Archives, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Afterwards, repair to Jimmy's No. 43 (one of the sponsors), for apropos eats.

singer-songwriter… "I wrote and recorded the album over the course of about a year while I was engaged in many other projects such as photojournalism work in Iraq, working on a degree in oil painting and filming a documentary about Detroit." Yes, that's a guy we could learn to hate. As it happens, though, we're totally into the new album Humilitas Occidit Superbiam (Humility Conquers Pride, erm…) by Justin King, a superb guitarist, songwriter, and… okay that's really enough now.

heads up… Lots of evenings in the theater want to be an event; relatively few are. But a rare gathering of the clan will take place March 15th and 16th, under the auspices of the NY Philharmonic, to celebrate Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. Sondheim: The Birthday Concert will feature performers Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Donna Murphy, and Audra McDonald, among others. Tickets are $75 (only a handful left) up to $250.

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