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75 art books up to 75% off at Independent Curators International's two-day sale, tomorrow (10-6) and Saturday (10-3). 401 Bway [Lispenard/Walker] Suite 1620, 212.254.8200

Good Enough to Eat, 483 Amst [83rd] 212.496.0163, celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday with two prix-fixe menus—one at $30, the other $19.81 (the year they opened).

The Moth story slam on 8/18, 7pm, takes up the theme of betrayal. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby [Houston/Prince] 212.334.3324.

comedy The name Del Close may not be familiar to you, but it certainly is to people like Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and Mike Meyers. Close was the improv comedy guru to those comic actors, and to thousands of others. The annual Del Close Marathon celebrates improv nonstop from this Friday afternoon to Sunday at midnight at four theaters in Chelsea. $25 gets you access to all shows. If you're not sorely in need of a laugh right now, you haven't been paying attention.

movie In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, a circus clown is conscripted—mid-performance—to fight. That act has reverberations down the decades, depicted in The Last Circus, directed by Álex de la Iglesia, opening August 19th. If you're weary of the same-old, same-old, mark your calendar.

art The biennial event Float takes place on August 12-14, noon-8pm, as well as 8/21 and 8/28 (1-5pm). You'll find a series of site-specific, sometimes interactive artworks and performances in Socrates Sculpture Park. One of the pleasures of the event is its unpredictability.

out of town It's always a good time to visit the Williamstown Theatre Festival, but theater fans may want to make a special trip as director John Doyle goes off-Sondheim for the new jukebox musical Ten Cents a Dance. Within: over 35 Rodgers and Hart songs, performed by Donna McKechnie, Malcolm Gets, Lauren Molina, among others. It's on the main stage through August 28th.

fri 7:30pm: tan dun conducts metropolis ensemble and the collegiate chorale in his scores from the films crouching tiger, hidden dragon; hero; and the banquet. with projected film scenes and live martial arts demonstrations. damrosch plaza bandshell, free.

fri thru 8/28: with 194 shows over 17 days at 18 venues, the 15th annual fringe festival has something for everyone. check out free five-minute previews to get a taste of the offerings fri-sat. all shows $15 adv, $18 door.

sat 8am-1pm: wedding gowns ($99+), bridesmaids dresses ($59+) at lord + taylor's first bridal-blowout sale. rsvp req'd. 5th ave @ 39th st.

sat 10am-4pm: the volkswagen traffic jam drives into governors island w. a classic car show, spectator judging, kids' activities, a beer garden, food vendors, djs, raffles, more. free.

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