Above is a video of Mr. Merritt performing at the Big Gay Ice Cream one-year anniversary. He plays a couple songs that you might not be accustomed to hearing him play solo (including my favorite Future Bible Heroes song), and appears to be in quite a chipper mood in general. The video comes highly recommended!
The film for the City Winery screening at which Mr. Merritt will be making an appearance has been announced as Kinji Fukasaku's absolutely wonderful Black Lizard. If you've never seen the film, it's a campy, detective-y thrill ride with a cameo from Yukio Mishima. In other words, the perfect film. I'm really, really excited that Mr. Merritt chose it, and all the more jealous I won't be attending the screening.
Claudia Gonson pontificates on the many things that make her kitchen great for Saveur here.
Finally, the solo Stephin Merritt events promised when the Fall Magnetic Fields tour was initially announced have been confirmed here. Unfortunately, they are all in New York City and one of them is the Black Lizard screening, but they sound promising nonetheless.