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Fashion fanboys and girls should check out Refinery29's list of 11 Fashion's Night Out Parties.

David Hyde Pierce and Brian Hargrove have pledged to match donations, up to $50,000, in support of the Toby Project, which provides free and low-cost spay/neuter services throughout the five boroughs. It's the project of Andrew J. Kaplan, who many call the city's best vet.

The éminence-grise of éminence grise(s?), drama critic Eric Bentley, celebrates the fourth edition of his The Playwright As Thinker, as well as his 94th birthday on Tuesday, September 14th, 5pm, at the Drama Bookshop.

indie rock… Saturday: Animal Collective's Panda Bear plays Governors Island. Saturday: Dirty Projectors and Owen Pallett play Terminal 5. Just Announced… 9/27 M.I.A. 10/5: Built To Spill. 10/30: Antony & The Johnsons.

photography… Yul Brynner, for the youngsters reading this, was the bald dude in The King and I. Among other things. One of those other things, not well known, was his passion for photography. His daughter, Victoria, has edited the forthcoming four-volume collection of his works YUL Brynner: A Photographic Journey. Some of those images will be in an exhibit of the same name at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie [Stanton] 212.254.0054, opening Sunday, 3pm. Among Brynner's subjects: Joan Collins, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlton Heston, Grace Kelly, and Sinatra.

foodThe Brooklyn Roots Experiment is a cookoff of home chefs using locally sourced ingredients, presented by Theo Peck and Nick Suarez this Sunday, noon-3pm, at Invisible Dog Gallery, 51 Bergen [Smith/Boerum Pl]. Tickets are $25.

movies… Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go was one of his best books, and that's saying a lot. It's been turned into a movie starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, opening September 15th. If you haven't read the book, now's the time.

architecture… This year's Beaux Arts Ball, sponsored by the Architectural League of NY, takes place Saturday, September 25th, 9-midnight, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Bway between 155th/156th. Tickets are $75. This year's theme: Unseen Worlds.

books… Housing Works' bookstore has an interesting panel coming up on Sunday, 10am, part of this weekend's Brooklyn Book Festival. The theme is Exposing a Difficult Past, discussed by authors who know something about the subject: Kathryn Harrison (The Kiss), Piper Kerman (Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison), Darin Strauss (Half a Life), and Nelson George (City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success). The moderator is Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation). It takes place at St. Francis College's McArdle Hall, 180 Remsen [Court/Clinton].

art… The works of Spanish artist Paco Pomet almost invariably come with a sucker punch. Look at that bucolic scene or familiar tableau and whoops, that sweet-looking young girl has a Pinocchio nose or the trees are running down the block. His new exhibition, Montaigne's Nightmare, opens tomorrow at Monya Rowe Gallery, 504 W. 22nd [10th/11th] 212.255.5065.

Chrystie Street (from 2008)

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