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Posted: 18 Mar 2014 09:59 AM PDT

around town today

6:30pm: ralf dose, director of the magnus hirschfeld society in berlin and author of the biography magnus hirschfeld: the origin of the gay liberation movementdiscusses the legacy of the sexual equality and women’s rights pioneer with buzzfeed’s steven thrasher. rosa luxemburg stiftung (275 madison ave., suite 2114, enter on 40th st.), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: why women aren’t welcome online: amanda hess (slate), danielle keats citron (hate crimes in cyberspace), lee rowland (aclu attorney) and maria streshinsky (pacific standard magazine editor-in-chief) talk about gendered forms of online harassment and of what can be done, from a policy standpoint, to better protect women online. new america nyc (199 lafayette st.). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: photographer john milisenda shares stories behind his images of the east village and lower east side in the 1960s. sixth street community center (638 e. 6th st., bet. ave b + c), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: candy! candy: a century of panic and pleasure author samira kawash tells the history of how candy evolved from a luxury good to a cheap, everyday snack. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30, 8, 9:30pm: 3 good comedy shows for just $5 each at ucbeast: hello giggles, comedy central corporate retreat, and big long sets. >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: attend a live taping of ‘ask me another’, npr’s monthly radio show of puzzles, games, and trivia hosted by ophira eisenberg and featuring music by jonathan coulton. tonight: comedian hannibal buress (animal furnace, broad city). the bell house, $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7pm: calliope author readings author/co-director lynne sharon schwartz presents a two volume cd collection of re-released recordings of great american authors reading their own works, including james baldwin, james jones, philip roth, john updike and others. the center for fiction, free (rsvp). >>

7pm: imagine the process and outcome while checking out photos of developer trays of renowned photographers ansel adams, bruce davidson, sylvia plachy and more at the exhibition and book launch of john cyr’s new photo book. powerhouse arena, free. >>

7pm: new york times writer shares the adventures of his solo bicycle ride across the country, made in just 100 days at age 57. book court, free. >>

7pm: author saul austerlitz (sitcom: a history in 24 episodes from i love lucy to community) gives a multimedia presentation on the evolution of the sitcom at word. free. >>

7pm: the film society of lincoln center continues the free talks series of filmmakers and actors discussing recent projects. tonight: director/co-writer azazel jacobs discusses hbo’s doll and em, starring real-life best friends emily mortimer and dolly wells, and screens three episodes. free tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to show time. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: ugly rhino’s tiny rhino = a theatrical drinking game with six new plays in sixty minutes. tonight: ‘march madness’ edition. littlefield, $10 admission includes a beer. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: tonight at the ‘hot soup’ comedy show: comedians michael che (snl writer, letterman), chris distefano (guy code) and mark normand (conan) perform sets they’ll be taping next week for their own comedy central half-hour specials. irish exit, free (optional open bar for $15). >>

8, 10pm: two solid comedy shows at the stand: ‘the business’ with janeane garofalo ($10 with promo code ‘business’, reg. $15) and $5 funnies! with judah friedlander ($5). >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: seth herzog’s ‘sweet’ comedy show at the slipper room features guests kevin meaney (uncle buck, 30 rock), john milhiser (snl, sean donnelly (letterman) nick stevens (cinema supremo, action pack). $7. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: burlesque performer darlinda just darlinda celebrates 10 years as a performer at tonight’s bushwick burlesque. bizarre, free ($7 suggested donation). >>

9pm (+ 3/25): new zealand singer-songwriter liam finn continues his march residency at union pool. $10. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (third tuesdays): from punderdome 3000’s jo firestone, the bullsh*t history game show (think historical balderdash) lets anyone tell a faux-historical story and the audience votes for the best/worst. freddy’s backroom, free. >>

thru 4/12: tickets to charlatan, professional magician/mind-reader vinny deponto’s one-man show at ars nova, are just $15 thru 3/22, $25 3/24-29, then go up to $35.>>

check our website for a list of ongoing events 

sales, deals, freebies

racked rounds up 14 sample sales to wrap up the end of march >>

take an extra 20% off a local groupon deal with promo code ‘local20’ >>

take a kombucha-brewing class (and bring home a bottle) at kombucha brooklyn in bed-stuy for $20 ($40 value) >>

$60 to spend on italian dinner and drinks at gente in midtown east for $30 >>

get tickets to the village voice’s choice eats tasting event, featuring 80+ restaurants, 3/25 for $42 ($60 value) >>

get tickets to the american friends of the israel philharmonic orchestra benefit concert at carnegie hall 3/20 for $15-60 (plus ticket fees, reg. $42-125) >>

get tickets to architectural digest‘s 13th home design show at pier 94 3/21-23 for $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30) >>

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