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around town today

free art openings:
brooklyn college mfa open studios (thru 3/27) >>
justin hagar: ‘gangstas paradise’ @ kinfolk 90 project room >>
nina leen: ‘lenslady’ @ daniel cooney fine art (thru 5/16) >>

8am-10pm (thru 4/24): six 22 to 28 feet-long swirling, fabric forms reminiscent of skirts will be suspended from the top of the ten-story winter garden at brookfield place as part of the u.s. premiere of ‘soft spin’, a sculptural and sound installation by artist heather nicol. free. >>

12-5pm (daily): a sign of spring: prospect park’s 1912 carousel opens for the seasontoday. $2/ride, $9/book of five. >>

5:30pm: dorothy parker complete broadway author and president of the dorothy parker society, kevin c. fitzpatrick, hosts a dorothy parker talk, reading, and speakeasy-style toast at the drama book shop. bonus: complimentary cocktail provided by the new york distilling company. free admission. >>

6pm: le tigre’s johanna fateman and artists dread scott and carlos motta discuss the question, ‘what could a revolutionary art be today?’ as part of nyu’s the left front: radical art in the ‘red decade’ 1929-1940 exhibition. city college of new york, compton goethals hall, room 249 (w. 140th st @ amsterdam ave.), free. >>

6-9:30pm: the ‘art off the wall’ series of site-specific performances inspired by exhibitions at the brooklyn museum explores themes in chitra ganesh: eyes of time. activities include an exclusive screening of ganesh’s video work, a talk with the artist, a zine installation, a bhangra dance workshop, and a dance party hosted by dj rekha (basement bhangra). suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students seniors. >>

6pm: co-authors brent schlender and rick tetzeli talk about their new biography,becoming steve jobs, at apple soho. free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: food writer, cookbook author and cooking teacher rinku bhattacharya (spices and seasons: simple, sustainable indian flavors) gives an illustrated lecture on essential indian spices and their health benefits. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: photographer christopher payne gives an illustrated talk on his book, north brother island: the last unknown place in new york city. mcny, $16 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm: bold soul sisters: a revolution of sound + style: music journalist christian john wikane interviews four women who helped power music groups of the 1970s: rochelle fleming (first choice), nona hendryx (labelle), ruth pointer (the pointer sisters), and kathy sledge (sisters sledge). the apollo theater, free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at leslie goshko’s ‘sideshow goshko’. tonight’s guests: caitlin brodnick (glamour, ‘shut up’ storytelling show co-host), calvin cato (my crazy love) and natalie wall (‘awkward sex… and the city’ host). kgb, free. >>

7pm: journalist-turned-carpenter nina maclaughlin profiles her vocational and personal transformation with hammer head: the making of a carpenter. she’ll be in conversation with rosie schaap (drinking with men), cara nicoletti (the meat hook,voracious), and kate bolick (spinster), and drinks and snacks will be provided. housingworks, free. >>

7pm (ends today): the architectural league’s annual ‘emerging voices’ lecture seriesspotlights individuals and firms. $10. >>

7pm (weekly): jiji lee hosts the split personality storytelling and character open mic show at williamsburg’s  the eight. tonight’s guests: jia jung and brad howe. free. >>

7pm (thru 3/28): we love tv takes on parks and recreation with an original live staged episode at the pit. $10 general, $1 students. >>

7pm (weekly): bow tie cinemas screens robert aldrich’s noir classic kiss me deadly(1955), starring ralph meeker, as part of its ‘chelsea classics’ series. new price: $10 (was $8… grrr…). >>

7pm (ends today): see the spell tutornight of the living relativestom’s restaurant), films from all over the world at the 1st annual multiverse film festival. black door (127 w. 26th st.), free (rsvp). >>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with like-minded veggie lovers at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by jay astafa will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit positive tails. fontana’s, free admission. >>

7, 7:30pm (+ 3/31): a 30th (!) anniversary screening of the breakfast club comes to select movie theatres. various prices. >>

7:30pm (bi-monthly): the pete’s reading series returns with readings by veterans of the iraq and afghanistan wars: teresa fazio, brandon willitts, pete molin, and chris wolfe. pete’s candy store, free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): the ‘lasers in the jungle’ comedy show features stand-up by john fugelsang (tell me everything), frank conniff (mst3k), kyle ayers (comedy central), alison leiby (someecards), tim dillon, and hosts sean crespo, katina corrao and dan wilbur. ucbeast, $5. >>

7:30pm: ukulele cabaret brings a cabaret art show to williamsburg’s lp ‘n harmony bar, including 11 acts with punny names such as uke skywalker and jon bong jovi. free. >>

7:30pm: performance artist joseph keckler presents music, mischief and mind-bending stories at spectrumnyc. $18 adv ($20 dos) admission includes free wine, cheese and cookies. >>

7:30pm: the heath quartet performs beethoven and janáček at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center. free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: field trip, rivergazer, the teen age, dinowalrus and caverns play knitting factory. $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: play hooky at a drinking game/live staged reading of ferris bueller’s day off at union hall. $15. >>

8pm: eric bleich gives an illustrated lecture on saws, specula and surgical instruments: the absurd and disturbing world of biomedical patents. morbid anatomy museum, $8. >>

8pm: for the xyz nyc dance series, dancers and choreographers were randomly grouped together, and given a week to create new dances. see the results and vote for your favorite tonight at the tank. $10. >>

8pm: the film society of lincoln center’s sound + vision series presents music and visuals from ben seretan, middle grey and ginny benson. $10. >>

8pm (thru 3/29): the string orchestra of brooklyn’s inaugural string theories festivalfeatures four days of 21st-century music for strings by 40 performers and composers. south oxford space and roulette, $15-20 general, $10-15 students/seniors. >>

8pm doors: tod slant, free cake for every creature, florist, and trace mountains play shea stadium. $8. >>

9pm-2am: dance to the alt hits of the late 80s and early 90s at the pre-93 alternative dance party at cameo gallery. free. >>

9:30pm: r.l. stine (goosebumps), arthur meyer (fuds, fallon), jo firestone (‘punderdome 3000′ co-host, wfmu), and scott’s french teacher are tonight’s special guests at therunning late with scott rogowsky show at carloline’s. free admission with promo code ‘theskint’ here (note: a 2-drink minimum applies, reg. admission $16.50). >>

9:30pm: astronomy on tap = galactic lectures + chats in a bar. tonight, the cluster moves to videology for a screening of neil degrasse tyson’s cosmos: a spacetime odyssey, with discussion, games and prizes. free (rsvp). >>

10pm: drop the weight of something you’ve never told anyone and tell your secrets to a dark room. treehouse theater, $5 >>

10pm (thru 3/28) the jon spencer blues explosion celebrates the release of their new album with free/cheap intimate shows across the boroughs and jersey city. >>

10:30pm (thursdays thru 4/30): art battles! lpr, $10. >>

thru 3/28: the fourth annual brooklyn girl film festival screens the work of women filmmakers from across the globe. brooklyn fireproof temporary storage galleries, $10-15. >>

thru 3/29: the fifth new voices in black cinema series showcases narratives, documentaries, and shorts that cultivate dialogue on the black experience in america and around the world. bamcinématek, $14 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

3/27 9am-12pm (+ 3/28): volunteer to help spruce up and cut back brooklyn bridge park in preparation for spring plant growth. tools and gloves provided. >>

3/27 11am-5pm (thru 3/29): get to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion for $5 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>

3/27 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly thru 6/24): st. paul’s chapel’s neighborhood movie nights series screens the goonies (1985). bonus: free popcorn and soft drinks. free admission. >>

3/27 7pm: comedians put the films annie and sophie’s choice to the bechdel test at videology. free. >>

3/27 7pm (thru 3/29): get tickets to the tempest songbook, a premiere from gotham chamber opera + martha graham dance co. at the metropolitan museum of art 3for $18-40 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30-125). >>

3/27 7pm-1am (fri-sat, weekly): the weekly brooklyn night bazaar night market brings bands, food, drinks, vendors, light installations, mini golf, ping pong and skee-ball to a 24,000 sq ft warehouse. this week’s live music comes from teen suicide, amanda x, lvl up, crying, flagland, washer, honeyblood, cassie ramone, mannequin p*ssy, bong wish, and aye nako. free admission. >>

3/27 8pm: the puppets and pasties burlesque variety show returns to standard toykraft. $12. >>

3/27 8pm: the found sound nation concert series at pioneer works features people’s champs, florent ghys, glockabelle, and sandunes. $10 suggested donation. >>

3/27 8pm: brass/queer/feminist dance party: five bands, ranging in size from a duo to a 12 piece, take over cake shop. $8. >>

3/27 8:30pm doors, 9pm show: free pizza, free comedy, free music and cheap drinks await at the secret loft show’s comedy show + dance party. free admission. >>

3/27 9pm doors, 9:15pm show: the late night basement with chris rose comedy/talk show returns to bushwick’s pine box rock shop with guests amber tamblyn (two and a half men), chris distefano (guy code), aparna nancherla (conan). bonus: 2-4-1 heavy seas beer. free admission. >>

3/27 9:30pm (monthly): hoff’s horrorfest: comedians hoff matthews (‘hp5000′ co-host) and myka fox (someecards, snl‘s ‘weekend update’ contributor) perform stand-up, followed by a screening of poltergeist (1982). byob. brit pack, free. >>

3/27 9:30pm: improvisers live-dub over episodes of tv comedies will + grace and the cosby show during the ‘live dubbed sitcoms’ show. hosted by jo firestone (punderdome 3000 co-host, wfmu). videology, $5. >>

3/27 9:30pm: the rubin museum of art’s weekly ‘cabaret cinema’ series screens albert lewin’s the picture of dorian gray (1945). neuroscientist dr. susana martinez-conde introduces. $10. >>

3/27 10pm-late: the ‘oscillate wildly’ – smiths/morrissey tribute dance party moves to the bell house. $7, free with smiths/morrissey attire or tattoo. >>

3/27 10pm-late: 12 djs are scheduled to take over 2 floors of a tba bushwick location at the chromed dance party. bonus: open bar 10-11pm. $15. >>

3/27 11pm (monthly): adult amateur (or worse) dance teams perform choreographed dances in front of a live audience and comedian judges at the new nationals: an amateur adult dance competition comedy show. we’re told that this month’s show may or may not be a tribute to dirty dancing. hosted by dara katz and betsy kenney. treehouse theater, $5. >>

3/27 11pm doors, 11:30pm show: har mar superstar, kahli abu and vhs safari play the knitting factory. $8. >>

3/27 11:30pm: comedians make fun of terrible 80s rock music videos for the ‘comedy killed the video star’ show. tonight: frank conniff (msk3), amber nelson (comedy central, time out’s ‘comics to watch’), reid faylor, and hosts amanda baramki and robbie collier. bonus: free pizza! videology, free admission (rsvp requested for pizza count). >>

sponsored 3/27-29: fans of funny women unite! for bad assery: the women and comedy conference at the bell house, littlefield and ?what if! innovation. $40/day pass, $15-20/panels and shows (cash only). >>

sales, deals, freebies

sponsored: enter to win free subway rides for a year, courtesy of the skint, wakefield’s uncubed, gothamist, donyc and brooklyn based! >>

stream new albums from sufjan stevens, death cab for cutie, missy mazzoli, and more on npr. >>

ticket deals

get free tickets to see the national festival chorus + manhattan chorale performing handel, elder and pwell at lincoln center’s alice tully hall 4/6 (plus ticket fees, reg. $55-85). >>

get tickets to behind the fig leaf, a lecture on art history and hidden meaning at the metropolitan museum of art on 4/8 for $20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $40). >>

get tickets to drunk shakespeare at the lounge at roy arias studios thru 4/11 for $29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50). >>

get free tickets to artexpo new york at pier 94 4/24-26 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>


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