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EATS

Hipp Cafe, compared to the Hippodrome, which it's attached to, is modest, but its food, service and decor are well thought-out. Page 14

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ARTS

As the Columbia Festival of the Arts comes to a close, check out concerts, dance performances and comedy. Page 13

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STAGE

Director and writer Tad Janes explains how a B-52's song inspired him to write a musical revolving around the group's music, including "Love Shack," "Rock Lobster" and the titular track, "Planet Claire." Page 12

CD

The Beastie Boys return to a Paul's Boutique-era sound on To The Five Boroughs, the group's first album in six years. Page 22.

TRIPS

Hoboken, N.J., offers more than just Sinatra-stalgia (although that's definitely on the menu): cultural events, arts festivals, good eats and great views of New York City are all available there. Page 24.

Pick of the week:

What: The 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Ukulele Invitational

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When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.

Why: Because you'll see (and hear) this tiny instrument in all its plucky glory - from dance-accompanied sets laid down by traditional Polynesian bands to jazzy, swing-influenced and even poppy numbers provided by local acts such as the Flea Stompers and the Awkward Sounds of Scott and Skizz.

Admission: $8 for members and students, $12 for non-member adults and $5 for kids.

Information: Call 410-276-1651 or visit www.creativealliance.org.


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