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Tonight, 7pm, at McNally-Jackson, 52 Prince [Laf/Mulberry], a reading by Tom McCarthy, author of one of the fall's major books: C.

60 From the 60s: Selections from George Eastman House—60 prints, 10 major photographers of the decade. At 1285 Ave of the Americas Art Gallery [51st/52nd].

Tony Kushner's masterwork Angels in America gets its first NY revival, presented by the Signature Theatre Company, directed by Michael Greif, with a cast that includes Zachary Quinto and Zoe Kazan.

indie rock… Saturday: Electro wizards Javelin play for free at Brooklyn Bowl. Saturday: No Age and Small Black pack a one-two poppy punk punch at MHOW. Just Announced… 12/1 - 12/8 Yo La Tengo. 12/2: The Walkmen. 12/6: The New Pornographers. 1/29: The Dismemberment Plan (reunion).

movies… You never know what D. A. Pennebaker, director of films ranging from the Dylan documentary Don't Look Back to The War Room, is going to do next. So, it's predictably surprising that his new movie, co-directed with partner/wife Chris Hegedus, is Kings of Pastry. In it, 16 French chefs over three days engage in competition so fierce and funny and French, you may never go back to Top Chef.

photography… From Timothy Bartling: "I have been friends with an elderly woman named Gita Lenz for 16 years now. Gita, who is turning 100 in October, used to live in my building in the West Village, and now resides in a nursing home in Washington Heights. In coming to know Gita years ago, I discovered not only a photographer, poet, and artist, but also a remarkable woman with an incredible history of a life spent in NYC in and around other artists and political thinkers. She was good friends with, amongst others, Julian Beck and Judith Malina of the Living Theatre, with the abstract photographer Aaron Siskind, with Bayard Rustin, the late civil rights organizer and top lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with William Packard, the American poet and founder of the New York Quarterly. In short, I discovered in a tiny Jewish woman born in 1910, a large and rich life of stories and experiences that spanned most of the 20th century during a time of immense artistic happenings in downtown Manhattan. It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Gitterman Gallery, 170 E. 75th [Lex/3rd] 212.734.0868, will be showing, for the first time since the mid-1950's, an exhibition of Gita's photography work." Opens Wednesday, September 22nd, 6pm.

tech… The DOT wants you to get home safely after you've had one too many. So they've created You the Man, a free iPhone app to help you do that. (Before you cry sexism, most drunk drivers are men). Assuming you can focus enough to remember the app, You the Man uses the phone's GPS to find the nearest TLC-approved car service near you and lets you click to call. It also locates the closest subway stops.

out of town… Five nights in Kuala Lumpur at the Istana Hotel and roundtrip airfare on Singapore Airlines is $1299 (plus departure taxes of $130). Details.

food… Two noteworthy food events. Tonight, Let Us Eat Local at the South Street Seaport Water Taxi Beach, reminds us that, among other things, eating local can be expensive. Tickets start at $175. Much more earthbound is the Cuisine of Queens and Beyond. It takes place Tuesday, September 21st, 6-9pm, at the Astoria World Manor. Here tickets are $55 and the annual event, sponsored by Dish du Jour magazine, is always a sprawling, delightful, melting-pot-on-a-plate.

Coney Island (from 2008)

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