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Best of New York 2012 • Fun

Best Highbrow Night Out

  • Safe Space

    Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St., nr. Houston St.; 212-334-3324

    Classical-music concerts and literary readings can feel as though they come with “experts only” warnings. But Housing Works’ new mash-up series has found a way to demystify both worlds: make them talk to each other. Each installment begins with an urbane artistic juxtaposition—a recital by a classical musician and a reading by an author—and then segues into a casual conversation about methods and inspirations. The exchange of performance and ideas relaxes the atmosphere, enlivens the crowd, and knocks both art forms off their pedestals—in a good way.

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