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1. Alt-J, Emeli Sande and Mumford & Sons top this year's list of nominees for the UK Brit Awards with three nominations each. Amy Winehouse was also nominated posthumously for Best Female Singer for her Lioness: Hidden Treasures album and the Rolling Stones were nominated for Best Live Act.  The winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 20.

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2. An amazing and controversial new theory claims that the continuing drop in U.S. crime rates is due to the fact that lead has been banned from paint and gasoline. (Mother Jones; photo via WikiCommons)


3. The Belgian artist Francis Alÿs -- currently living and working in Mexico City -- opens his second solo show at David Zwirner Gallery (525 and 533 West 19th Street) tonight, January 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Look for several new paintings, as well a screening of his 20-minute film "Reel-Unreel." It's all on view until February 9.

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4. Cute baby somethings.

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5. Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears is also a photographer. Check out his "Tour Diary" from the Fall of 2012 on Life + Times. (Photo by Steven Anthony Hammock on Flickr)


6. Brilliant ad for Fiat 500L with a rapping UK housewife. Already over 2.5 million views.

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7. For their first foray into the Sundance Film Festival, Nikki Beach is hosting a 3-day pop-up on the roof of the Sky Lodge Hotel (201 Heber Avenue, Park City, Utah). It's open for three nights during the festival's opening weekend, January 18, 19 & 20. The festival itself runs through January 27.
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