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Is It OK To Be Fat?, a Nightline debate moderated by Cynthia McFadden, Friday, 4pm, Cooper Union.

Swing Out Sister has been around forever and they still manage to make pop cool. April 18th at Highline Ballroom, 8pm, $26.50.

Chris Bohjalian (Midwives) has a new book out – Secrets of Eden – a thriller set in a small Vermont town. He'll be at B&N Lex/86th tonight, 7pm.

indie rock… Saturday: Screaming Females and JEFF The Brotherhood garage-punk up Bowery Ballroom. Monday: Perfectly poppy Diehard and Golden City play a free show at The Studio at Webster Hall. Just Announced… 5/7: Broken Social Scene. 7/27: The Black Keys.

book… Never, and we mean never, did we think it would be possible to understand, much less enjoy hearing about, credit default swaps, derivatives, and the rest of the shenanigans (a technical term) that Wall Street and the City cooked up to no good end. Somehow, though, author John Lanchester (author of the arch, wonderfully creepy The Debt to Pleasure) manages to make the whole money crisis fascinating, understandable, and at times even funny, though the humor is necessarily of the gallows variety. The book is IOU, Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay, and we recommend it highly.

art… Sylvan landscapes your thing? You won't care much for Brooklyn artist Lizbeth Mitty or her current show at A. M. Richard Fine Art, 328 Berry [S. 4th/S. 5th] Bklyn 917.570.1476. But we find her work depicting various forms of urban decay – sometimes just a city scene that's not comfortable in its skin – both compelling and affecting. Her work frequently depicts New York locales; currently, Red Hook is in her sights. The gallery is open Fri-Sun, 1-6, or by appointment.

movie… Safe bet: You won't love Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (nominated for a best foreign film Oscar), playing at Film Forum, though you may admire it a lot and it is likely to stay with you. The movie is set just prior to WWI in a small, northern German village where strange events imbue the atmosphere with terrible tension. Human beings don't come off so well.

food… "Date night" pig butchering demo (not hands-on) takes place at The Brooklyn Kitchen on Saturday, February 6th, 6pm. It's $80, though that comes with a $20 credit to their butcher shop.

talk… In conjunction with Cynthia MacAdams' show Feminist Portraits, 1974-1977 at the Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd [10th/11th] 212.966.3978, 'The Third Wave of Feminism and Beyond,' a panel discussion moderated by Liz Abzug that will include poetry reading by Anne Waldman. RSVP.


At Greenway, the South Devon house where Agatha Christie spent summers from 1938 until her death in 1976, it's hard not to let your imagination run wild: That paperweight? Total murder weapon. Gardening tools? The shovel could come in handy if you needed to, you know, bury something.

Everything—from the way the 18th-century Georgian structure is shrouded by trees and perched on a promontory over the River Dart, to shelf after shelf of curios and objets prized by Christie and her archeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan—feels imbued with sinister potential. That was Christie's stock in trade, after all: Stories in which the tea-and-cakes trappings of English civility could mask the deadliest of deeds and motives. CONTINUED

chrystie street (from 2008)

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