CMJ, HBO’s Schmatta, and Rock Trivia at Piano’s

Arts watch

Today is your last chance to pre-register for CMJ ‘09. The College Music Jounal's annual music marathon and film festival starts tomorrow and runs (almost non-stop) through the weekend.  Venues all throughout the city, including local Lower East Side favorites like Arlene's Grocery, Cakeshop, Pianos, Delancey and Bowery Ballroom, will be jam-packed with up-and-coming bands and music insiders.  For those of you who consider yourselves "just an average show-goer", TimeOut offers a great CMJ For Dummies interview with founder Bobby Haber.

As a warmup for CMJ, you can be your own star and head to Pianos (158 Ludlow) tonight, for their weekly Feed Your Head (Rock Trivia!) at 8pm and My Sweet Karaoke at 10pm.

If you're staying in tonight (and don't happen to care for Monday Night Football), tune in for the premier of HBO's new documentary, Schmatta:Rags To Riches To Rags, at 9pm. The film focuses on New York's Garment District and follows the
decline of the once-robust apparel manufacturing industry in the U.S., while
chronicling the industry's relationship with unions and government.