DAVID BYRNE, PETER SOKOLOSKI, JULIANNA BARWICK, ANE BRUN, SECRET SCIENCE CLUB (FOR REALZ!)

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TODAY: DAVID BYRNE, PETER SOKOLOSKI, JULIANNA BARWICK, ANE BRUN, SECRET SCIENCE CLUB (FOR REALZ!)

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 09:59 AM PST

around town today

free opening receptions
charles harlan: ‘ishtar’ @ census over manhattan >>
grisha bruskin: ‘h-hour’ @ marlborough gallery >>

6pm: babeland shopping soirée: free strawberries + champagne for all, and the first 10 customers get a free gift bag. soho location. >>

6:30pm: merriam-webster editor at large and voice of the ‘word of the day’ podcast peter a. sokolowski talks about what makes us look up words in the dictionary, and what online trends are telling us. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: graffiti artist and author chris pape (aka freedom) gives an insider’s account of the nyc subway graffiti movement between 1969 and 1989. mcny, $16. >>

6:30pm: david byrne, ed park, rivka galchen, zadie smith, lynne tillman, and colm tóibín read at the new museum. free (rsvp) >>

6:30pm (monthly): the new school’s music college presents the mannes sounds festival, featuring performances by students, faculty, and guests. tonight: allbright, barber, bernstein, ives and copland. free (rsvp) >>

6:30-9pm: rock out at live band karaoke with bunnie england + the new originals at the south street seaport’s front/row heated ‘cube’ pop-up. booze and grub will be available for purchase. fulton st. bet. water + south st., free (rsvp). >>

7pm: the silver linings playbook novelist matthew quick reads from his new book, the good luck of right now. b+n 82nd +broadway, free. >>

7pm: white house correspondents jonathan allen (bloomberg news) and amie parnes (the hill) trace hillary clinton’s political comeback at the launch of their new book,hrc. powerhouse arena, free. >>

7pm: musician julianna barwick creates her ethereal, loop-based soundscapes in a fitting setting, our lady of lebanon cathedral (brooklyn heights). $15 adv, $20 door.>>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: primatologist/conservation biologist mary blair learns us at this month’s secret science club. the bell house, free >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: at the friends of single people dating game show, your friends answer questions about you, for you, so choose your friends wisely! littlefield, $5. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the muppet vault series presents classic, rare and unreleased muppet, sesame street + jim henson works centered on the theme of love and valentines. plus, trivia and prizes. union hall, $8. >>

7:30pm (thru 2/16): the royal new zealand ballet comes to the joyce, $10 >>

8pm: twee meets comedy at wes anderson’s overly whimsical valentine’s day show. ucb, $5. >>

8pm: max silvestri’s ‘big terrific’ comedy show at cameo features guests tba. free. >>

8pm: the sonnambula viol consort presents ‘le jardin des délices: courtly song in the time of josquin’ at st. paul’s chapel at columbia university, free >>

8pm: eleanor friedberger (the fiery furnaces),  brent arnold + baby copperhead, christy + emily, and tom brosseau play paper box, $10 >>

8pm: norwegian singer ane brun plays a solo acoustic set at highline ballroom. swedish singer/cellist linnea olsson opens. $20. >>

8pm: total slacker plays an album release show with perfect p*ssy, life size maps and honduras. baby’s all right, $10. >>

8:30pm: kid sister, nadus and boy/friend play glasslands, $12 >>

9pm: young unknowns play rockwood music hall’s stage 1, free (a tip jar will be passed around) >>

9pm: copycat cover song night pays tribute to roxy music with live bands, remixes, and $5 you go to my head cocktails all night. otto’s, free. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events 

coming up

check out our list of 35 fun + fancy wallet-friendly things to do with your beloved or bestie(s) this valentines’ day >>

2/13 free opening receptions: 
dove bradshaw: ‘timepiece’ @ danese/corey gallery >>
group show: ‘love/it!’: a valentine’s pop-up exhibition @ atlantic gallery >>
group show + performance: ‘still acts’ @ la mama >>
roz leibowitz: ‘doll portraits’ @ sears peyton gallery >>

2/13 6:30pm: in his book scarcity: why having too little means so much, princeton professor of psychology and public affairs eldar shafir talks about the psychology of scarcity and how it shapes our lives and society. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

2/13 6:30-9:30pm: the braking aids ride launch party answers your questions regarding the upcoming three-day bike ride and charity event. brooklyn brewery beer will be served. ripley grier studios (520 8th ave, bet. 36th + 37th sts), free (rsvp). >>

2/13 6:30pm: leslie goshko hosts the ‘it’s complicated: true tales of love, loss, and everything in between storytelling evening at 199 lafayette. guests include steve burns (former blues clues host), dave hill (tasteful nudes, wfmu, npr) and andy christie (‘the liar show’ host). free (rsvp). >>

2/13 7pm: dessert chef pichet ong (spice market, jean georges) talks with food writer charlotte druckman (skirt steak: women chefs on standing the heat and staying in the kitchen) about his new book, the sweet spot: asian-inspired desserts) at the museum of chinese in america’s ‘mocaeats’ series. a tasting and signing will follow. $15 (rsvp recommended). >>

2/13 7pm: photographer seth olenick celebrates the launch of his kickstarter-funded coffee table book, funny business, with guests janeane garofalo and dave hill at word. free. >>

2/13 7pm: vhs presents: comedians and storytellers show the video-recorded attempts they made at being performers during their adolescence. the tank, $10 admission includes a drink. >>

2/13 7:30pm: author bob powers (happy cruelty day, you are a miserable excuse for a hero) hosts the ‘steamboat’ literary humor series with guests mike albo (the underminer, hornito), emily flake (new yorker cartoonist, these things ain’t gonna smoke themselves), andy ross (‘real characters’ host) and jeff simmerom (‘and i am not lying’ host). bonus: free wine and/or beer. greenlight, free. >>

2/13 7:30pm: brave adults share their diaries, poems, letters and more from their humiliating teenage years at the ‘cringe’ monthly reading series. freddy’s back room, free. >>

2/13 8pm: snl‘s brooks wheelan stops by angela spera and laura lane’s ‘this is why you’re single valentine’s day edition sketch comedy show. the pit, $10. >>

2/13 8pm-1am: the lady warriors of g.l.o.b. (gorgeous ladies of bloodwrestling) pre-game for v-day with wrestling matches in fake blood set to punk rock tunes. hank’s saloon, free admission (donations will be collected). >>

sales, deals, freebies

10am-5pm (thru 2/16): strand books warehouse sale. 248 flushing ave, 2nd floor/ >>

get tickets to see the the new york city ballet at lincoln center 2/18-22 for $47 (plus ticket fees, reg. $92) >>

get tickets to the 9th annual nyc coffee and tea festival at the 69th regiment armory 3/22-23 for $10 (plus ticket fees, reg $20) >>

get $80 or $120 in-store credit at babeland for $40 or $60 >>

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