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Posted: 14 Mar 2014 05:20 PM PDT


free opening receptions: 
afruz amighi ‘far from god’ @ nicelle beauchene (thru 4/13) >>
group show: ‘piece art show’ @ shny (thru 3/31) >>
group show: ‘in plain sight’ @ smack mellon (thru 4/20) >>
group show: ‘the elusive key’: @ gristle tattoo (thru 4/11) >>

10am-2pm: shop from over a thousand new + used cookbooks at ‘bargain prices’ at the james beard foundation’s bi-annual cookbook sale. 167 w. 12th st. (bet. 6th + 7th aves), free admission. >>

11am: it’s a nice day for a white wedding at the brides of march interactive crawl where everyone gets to be a beautiful bride. free >>

12-4pm: nypl’s st. agnes branch hosts a book sale of thousands of gently used community donations, mostly $2 each. 444 amsterdam ave., bet 81st + 82nd sts. >>

12-6pm: 25 cruelty-free vendors sell sweets, irish soda muffins, nut cheese, mock meats, skin care products, and more at the monthly vegan shop-up pop-up marketat bushwick’s pine box rock shop bar. bonus: cinnamon snail and yeah dawg will be there as well. free admission. >>

1-3pm: folks from the brooklyn brew shop show you how to brew your own beer at home at whisk in williamsburg. free. >>

2-6pm (ends today): 140 artists open their studios at the hunter mfa spring open studios at their three-floor tribeca location. 205 hudson st. (enter on canal), free.>>

3:30pm: piper kerman (orange is the new black) leads a conversation with formerly incarcerated women who have initiated criminal justice reform. this is part of the series, ‘states of denial: the illegal incarceration of women, children, and people of color.’ brooklyn museum, free with recommended $12 museum admission (free first saturdays 5-11pm). >>

4pm: hear stories of children who have reported memories of previous lives from dr. jim b. tucker (return to life: children’s memories of past lives and the survival of consciousness), followed by a reading of fictional stories based on life before life from sharon guskin. powerhouse arena, free >>

5-9pm: ‘salon à l’empire’, the new free monthly vintage-themed party at the empire hotel rooftop, returns with music by svetlana and the delancey five and dj vavavoon, burlesque by tansy, gogo dancing by sydney sunrise, plus sexy trivia. >>

6pm: award-winning storyteller leslie goshko (‘sideshow goshko’) throws an old-fashioned piano party with songs from elton john to george gershwin. cornelia street cafe, $15 admission includes a drink. >>

6pm: mamie minch plays a solo show at barbes. $10 suggested donation (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

6pm-midnight (fri-sat, ongoing): the weekly brooklyn night bazaar night market brings bands, food, breweries + wineries, vendors, light installations, and mini golf, ping pong + skeeball to a 24,000 sq ft warehouse. this week’s music comes from guards, the dig, modern rivals, grassfight young galaxy, american royalty and last guest at the party. 165 banker st @ norman ave (greenpoint), free admission. >>

7pm: tba brooklyn celebrates its first anniversary with djs, dancing, free food, and an open bar 7-9pm. free admission (donations welcome). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: cello rock band break of reality play subculture. $17 adv, $20 door. >>

7pm reception, 8pm show (ends today): instrument designers/musicians ken butler and ed potokar present ‘furnished sound’, an exhibit and performance at the firehouse space. $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the cheap date comedy show at union hall features matteo lane, eliot glazer, the cowmen, summer and eve, and hosts sharon paul and calvin cole. plus, free snacks and prizes. $5. >>

7:30-10:45pm: country dance new york’s winter meltdown contra dance features caller bev bernbaum and live music from coracree. coordination and partner not necessary, beginner’s lesson @ 7:30pm. church of the village (201 w. 13th st), $16. >>

8pm: anne clark and lizzie martinez host the showcasey jones show + tell and comedy show with guests bill stiteler, ben kissel, lukas kaiser, ashley brooke roberts and boris khaykin. optional: bring something to show + talk about for a chance to win $25. over the eight, free. >>

8pm: ‘comedyology’ a videology = a mix of ny film shorts and stand-up comedy with hosts ross parsons and daralyn kelleker, and guests nick turner, nick vatterott, michelle wolf and john f. o’donnell. free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: the sway machinery throws its annual purim carnivale with mitra sumara and dj joro boro at littlefield. $10 adv, $15 door. >>

8pm: get orchestra tickets to the new york philharmonic performing carl nielsen at lincoln center’s avery fisher for $17.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $41.50) >>

8pm doors: ohnomoonfor every story untold and winkie play glasslands, $10 >>

8:30pm: two tribute bands rolled into one: u2 + oasis = uasis! b.b. king blues, $6 plus ticket fees here (reg. $12 adv/$15 dos). >>

11pm-4am: the monthly feeling gloomy dance party (‘the world’s only dance party devoted to sad music’) throws a morrissey st. patrick’s day party with moz-centric and irish band songs, free baked goods, and morrissey masks for the first 20 folks. the grand victory, $4 adv, $6 door (gingers get in for half off!). >>

midnight movies: 
mad max with a live score by morricone youth @ nitehawk, $16 >>
reservoir dogs @ ifc, $14 >>


12-5pm: videology’s weekly star trek sunday series screens episodes of ds9, tng and the origina l series where the captain says ‘to hell with the prime directive!’. free. >>

12:30, 2, 3:30pm: visit the irish servants’ quarters at the merchants house museum. free with $10 museum admission. >>

1pm: brooklyn’s 39th annual st. patrick’s day parade loops from prospect park west + 15th street to 7th avenue + garfield place >>

1-3pm: allison kave celebrates the release of her first cookbook, first prize pies: shoo-fly, candy apple, and other deliciously inventive pies for every week of the year (and more), with a book signing and a free slice with purchase. brooklyn flea + smorgasburg. >>

2pm: bamkids sunday movie matinees continue with james and the giant peach (1996). $10. >>

3pm: the east coast chamber orchestra (ecco) performs mozart, ravel, satie, more at the new school. $17.50. >>

4, 7, 9pm: spend the day at the way station: leprechaun 4: in space, i got a bad feeling about this comedy show, and nerd karaoke. >>

4-11pm: new york new music ensembles perform and sell sweets and cds at the fifth annual new music bake sale. participants include ensemble, et al., hotel elefant, talea ensemble, contemporaneous ensemble, more. roulette, $10. >>

4pm: contemporary composer/performer collective counter)induction performs at greenwich house, free (suggested donation $15) >>

6:30pm: toys and tiny instruments and sky-pony play mercury lounge. $10. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: my gay banjo plays a record release show with karen + the sorrows, pocatello and small talk. littlefield, $8. >>

7pm: drink with others, but read to yourself at the new monthly silent reading party. a live harpist helps to make it not-quite-so-silent. muchmore’s, free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the monthly presentation party night features short presentations followed by q+a and free brooklyn brewery beer (while it lasts) and snacks (plus byob + potluck). tonight’s topics: bicycle generators, crossword puzzles, food insecurity, this is your death, and race. bat haus (279 starr st, bushwick), free. >>

7pm: cabaret showdown! ‘the funky ’70s’ edition. under st. marks theatre, $12 admission includes a drink. >>

7pm: the macaulay culkin comedy and variety show — which mr. culkin has nothing to do with —  features hari kondabolu, jordan carlos, dan st. germain, john milhiser, good cop/great cop and hosts sally burtnick, brett davis and brian mcelroy. shea stadium, $5. >>

7pm: iliana inocencio and nicole pasquale premiere episodes of their chaplin-inspired web series, ‘pair of pears’ at videology. joe firestone (punderdome 3000, tiny comedy club) does hosting duties with games and prizes. free. >>

7pm: the string noise violin duo and guest musicians perform a concert of contemporary works scored for strings, piano, cardboard, and electronics at the firehouse space. $10. >>

7:30pm: young musicians from carnegie hall’s weill music institute perform latin jazz works at the ‘now arriving’ concert series. carnegie hall’s weill recital hall, $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: what are you afraid of? host mara wilson (matilda, mrs. doubtfire) and comedians + performers talk about their anxieties at union hall. $7 adv, $10  dos. >>

8pm: drunken shakespeare = shakespeare, karaoke-style, in a bar. bar 9, free ($10 donation gets you a drink and 6 raffle tickets). >>

8pm: the weekly sunday night stand-up show with host rg daniels at three of cups lounge features adam newman, kevin barnett, miguel dalmau, gabe pacheco and drew michael. free. >>

8pm: this week’s ‘if you build it’ comedy show with host kara klenk features streeter seidell, leah bonnema, david smithyman, robert dean, chris lamberth and julio torres. ucbeast, $5. >>

10:30pm: the hollows play the manderley bar at the mckittrick hotel. free. >>

all weekend

12pm: jim henson + frank oz’s the dark crystal was the first live-action feature without a human actor in view. nitehawk, $10. >>

3-6pm (thru 3/17): get yer nails done up st. patrick’s day-style (for free!) by the folks from vanity projects at the hyatt union square (134 fourth ave. @ 13th st.) >>

thru 3/16: sketchbooks from artists from around the world are displayed and available for check out at the sketchbook project‘s stop at the brooklyn art library. free.>>

thru 3/16: the 4th annual american human beatbox festival brings beat-rhyme battles, vocal wars and open mics to la mama. $15/2 for $20 adv, $20 door. >>

thru 3/20: everybody street, photographer/filmmaker cheryl dunn’s documentary about nyc street photographers, includes photos, stories and interviews with mary ellen mark, joel meyerowitz, bruce gilden, boogie and more. nitehawk, $11. >>

thru 3/20: our brand is crisis director rachel boynton’s brad pitt-produced doc., big men explores the involvement of american oil corporations in africa. boynton will do q+a sat @ 5 + 7:15pm, and mon @ 7:15pm. ifc, $14. >>

thru 3/20: learn the stories behind some of nyc’s best shakers during burly-q doc., exposed. bonus: each evening will have live performances as well. ifc, $14. >>

thu 3/22: asia week: 60+ museums, galleries, and cultural institutions collaborate to celebrate asian art with open houses, special events, exhibits, talks, more >>

thru 3/22: brooklyn bowl’s fifth annual bowlive presents eight nights of funk-infused jams with soul/groove trio soulive and special guests nigel hall, dj logic, george porter jr., john scofield, dmc (of run dmc), talib kweli, marco benevento, more. $15-20. >>

thru 3/26: bam cinématek pairs six classic martin scorsese films with their raoul walsh inspirations: mean streets, raging bull, the bowery, white heat, more. $13. >>

thru 3/27: film forum’s complete hitchcock retrospective continues with psycho, vertigo, the 39 steps, lifeboat, and mary. $13. >>

thru 3/29 (tue-sun 10am–6pm): filmmaker darren aronofsky presents ‘fountains of the deep: visions of noah and the flood’, an exhibit comprised of the work of 50+ artists inspired by the biblical story of noah. 462 w. broadway (bet. w. houston + prince), free. >>

thru 3/30: the museum of the moving image’s ‘see it big!’ comedies screening series kicks off seven chances, trouble in paradise, modern times, will success spoil rock hunter and 1941. free with $12 museum admission. >>

thru 3/30: save 50-80% on sexy lingerie, sleepwear and clothing at the only hearts annual sale. 230 mott st. >>

thru 3/31: the french institute alliance francaise’s annual fashion at fiaf series celebrates fashion wih films (mike figgis, jerry schatzberg), talks (thom browne, joseph altuzarra), installations, more. free-$25. >>

thru 5/15: the museum of the moving image took to reddit to crowdsource the installation, ‘the reaction gif: moving image as gesture’. included with $12 museum admission (free 4-8pm fridays). >>

thru 6/15: 88 silver gelatin prints from fashion photographer bill cunningham‘s ‘façades’, an eight-year project for which he photographed models dressed in vintage outfits with historical backdrops throughout nyc, are being displayed almost four decades later at the new-york historical society. $18 (pay-what-you-wish fridays 6-8pm). >>

thru 6/30: the neue galerie’s ‘degenerate art: the attack on modern art in nazi germany, 1937’ exbition is the first major u.s. exhibition of such works since 1991. $20 (free first fridays 6-8pm). >>

thru 7/20: ‘park avenue paper chase’: seven aluminum + fiberglass sculptures by artist alice aycock take over the park avenue median from 52nd to 66th street >>

what cronut? dominique ansel cookie shots go on sale starting today. >>

$1 fish tacos + $1 beer: greenpointers rounds up a monster list of happy hour specials in greenpoint >>

get tickets to orchard evenings at the new york botanical garden (includes a specialty cocktail) 4/12-4/19 for $18 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30) >>

take a walking tour of greenwich village from washington square park to edgar allen poe’s home 3/15-5/31 for free-$17.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35) >>

get free tickets to extraordinary extremities at soho playhouse 4/4-7 (plus ticket fees, reg. $45) >>

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