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Some of our all-time classic movie faves – My Man Godfrey, Balls of Fire, It Should Happen to You – are being screened as part of Film Forum's Madcap Manhattan series.

Broadway singer/actress Donna Lynne Champlin has a compelling solo album just out.

At Long's Wines in Brooklyn, a mead (!) tasting on Saturday, 4-7pm. Free.

New from incomparable sculptor Tom Otterness, T-shirts that come in alligator or rat, both delightful, $20.

indie rock… Thursday: Small Black plays a special DJ set at The Insound Design Store in Williamsburg. Saturday: Class Actress plays pretty perfect electro-pop at Brooklyn Bowl. [Photo: Sarah Forbes Keough] Just Announced… 1/14 & 1/15: Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes). 2/3 & 2/4: Atlas Sound. 4/9: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.

shopping… Sixteen award-winning jewelry designers gather in SoHo, December 18 & 19, to support Gems for Sight. Susan Michel, a NYC jewelry designer, is a legally blind artist who began losing her vision five years ago. She continues to produce gorgeous designs, thanks to a dedicated staff that sketches her ideas and projects them onto a large screen where Susan, who retains less than 10% of vision, can view them. The sale is at Divine Studio, 21 E. 4th [Laf] 888.738.3400, 12/18 and 19, 11-7. You'll find works by Ms. Michel, Robert Lee Morris, Jessica Fields, Amáli, Tarra Rosenbaum, and many others.

event… It's the 30th anniversary of Paul Winter's celebration of the winter solstice, with performances tonight through Saturday, at St. John the Divine.

photography… At the Leica Gallery, 670 Bway [Great Jones/Bond] 212.777.3051, two exhibitions that reflect on each other in interesting ways. Renato D'Agostin's Tokyo Untitled explores the relationship of architecture to that city's citizens; Alessandro Zuek Simonetti's The Last Neighborhood Standing looks at cultural identity in our own Chinatown.

out of town… Take a quick spin to San Fran, with a fare of $206 roundtrip including fees and taxes! That'll leave you with money left over for dinner at Delfina.

web… This cracks us up. Michael Cyril Creighton's Jack in a Box, created with Marcie Hume, is a web series that follows the ups and downs (mostly the latter) of Jack, a New York type – in this case, a box office worker – who has to deal with the public, a job for which he is manifestly not suited (in the words of the series, he's not 'window ready.') Shot in the popular mockumentary style, these short videos are a funny (affecting, too) look at someone who feels karmically put upon by life and lashes out by putting people on hold while he eats a sandwich. Great guest appearances, too.

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