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THE MORNING LINE As we send this, there are 68 hours left to participate in our project Shop Talk: New York's 100 Most Interesting Stores. Even though we've passed our goal (thanks to our wonderful supporters!), you can still contribute (great perks!) and/or suggest a store for inclusion.

movies A documentary by Dylan Mohan Gray, narrated by William Hurt, Fire in the Blood tells the appalling story of how pharmaceutical companies and governments, because of patents and the profits from those patents, made sure low-cost AIDS drugs did not reach millions of people in Africa and elsewhere. It also tells of the fortitude of those who fought back. Opens tomorrow at IFC.

You'll need to muster plenty of fortitude for Out of the Clear Blue Sky, by Danielle Gardner, opening tomorrow, about Cantor Fitzgerald, which was, in a sense, ground zero of Ground Zero. The film covers the day but also the unpredictable aftermath.

art At LIC's Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Ave. [Jackson], Interference:Coexistence, an installation of
holograms from the late '70s to today assembled by Holocenter, the Center for Holograohic Arts. It's free, and open Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2-6pm, throughout September.

books All too often, when talking about indie bookstores, it's to mourn another loss. But some happy news: the recent opening of Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St. [Bway/31st Ave.] 718.278.2665. No cafe, no seating—just books—and that makes us very happy, as it has the neighborhood. (Those neighbors even came out before the store opened to help alphabetize books from box to shelf.) There will be a book club and author readings.

music It wouldn't seem possible that Alexandra Kalinowski, former opera singer, now singer-songwriter and front person of the chamber-folk, five-piece band AK, could do anything that wasn't euphonic and we've only found one example: the url to her website, which is Possibly the only time an url has made us laugh. Anyway, AK is performing tonight and the following three Thursdays, 9pm, in the Upstairs Lounge at Pianos, 158 Ludlow [Stanton/Riv] along with other NYC musicians. Free.

event As you may know, the New York Aquarium sustained a lot of damage from Hurricane Sandy. Sip for the Sea is a fundraiser taking place Thursday, September 12, 7-9pm, at the Central Park Zoo, with tastings from 20 restaurants and food shops, wines from a number of excellent wineries, including Hess, and music by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn. Tickets are $200.

Times Square (from 2011)

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