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Tips for Today: Sharon Van Etten + Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman + Spanky & Nina

sharon-070311-01-581x387.jpgSharon Van Etten at Mercury Lounge 

In anticipation of the Brooklyn-based folk songstress's highly-anticipated forthcoming third album, Tramp (out Feb. 7 and produced by The National's Aaron Dessner), Sharon Van Etten is playing an intimate gig tonight at Mercury Lounge. 

Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. 7 p.m. $18.

Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman at Barnes & Noble

Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)'s latest, illustrated by the wonderful Maira Kalman, takes on junior high romance/sadness. Why We Broke Up takes the form of a letter, written by a young girl named Min Green as a way to explain to her ex-boyfriend Ed Slaterton why things had to end, and the specific items (a movie ticket stub, a protractor, a box of matches) that led to their break-up.

Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. 7 p.m. Free.

Spanky and Nina "Drawings and Sculpture" Opens at Fuse Gallery

Friends and collaborators Kevin "Spanky" Lang and Nina Milner have come together on a joint show to examine "their diverse creative origins through a practice of visual dialogue." Lang, known primarily as a professional skateboarder, paints fantastical critters. South African-born Milner is an abstract sculptor, constructing pieces out of resin and cotton.

Fuse Gallery, 93 Second Ave. Opening 7-10 p.m. Through Feb. 15.

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