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around town today

10am-6pm (thru 2/1): preview the vintage posters up for auction (winter sports, art nouveau, more) at swann auction galleries, free >>

7pm: authors open up and tell the story behind the story at 'the next chapter' reading series. tonight: 'corset busters,' featuring ny school of burlesque headmistress jo 'boobs' wheldon, charles sanchez, jack silbert, jennifer ostrega, and host lisa kirchner. lpr, free. >>

7pm: indie pop bands harper blynn and johanna + the dusty floor play the living room, $5. >>

7:30pm: masters of social gastronomy = new food lecture series from sarah lohman (four pounds flour) and jonathan soma (brooklyn brainery). tonight: 'strange meat,' a recounting of adventures eating wild game and strange food preparations complete with samples. public assembly, free. >>

7:30pm (thru 2/3): wnyc's john schaefer curates a selection of bill morrison's films made from silent vintage decaying footage and new music. tonight: the miners' hymns, with music by iceland's jóhann jóhannsson performed by the worless music orchestra.  wfc, free. >>

8pm: ifc's 'stranger than fiction' documentary series continues with girl with black balloons, about a reclusive eccentric living in the chelsea hotel. followed by a q+a with director corinne van der borch and film subject bettina. ifc, $16. >>

8pm: check out a live test performance of kurt braunohler's 'anti-game show' bunk before it airs on ifc. littlefield, free (rsvp). >>

9pm: jame's dean's a rebel without a cause at cine meccanica. free popcorn, $2 vehicular bingo for prizes. otto's, free admission. >>

ends today: the films in the 16th annual dance on camera festival cover everything from prima ballerinas to house dance culture to dance film narratives. fslc, $13. >>

coming up

2/1 7pm: the ecstatic music festival (2/4-3/28), which fosters unlikely collaborations between pop and classical composers, kicks off with a preview featuring music and conversation with composer-performers jason treuting, angélica négron, jherek bischoff, and festival founder judd greenstein. the greene space, $15.  >>

2/1-29: the 20th annual city bakery hot chocolate festival features a different flavor every day this month. this week: sunken treasure, espresso, ginger, banana peel, super bowl. >>

2/2 6-8pm: opening reception for bruno hadjadj's bye bye cbgb, a series of back-lit silver prints paying tribute to the lost punk rock landmark. clic gallery, free. >>

2/2 8pm (+ 2/3): buried alive! = deborah kaufman's intimate performance staged on a tabletop with sets constructed entirely of matchboxes. observatory, $12. >>

2/4 8:30pm: get ready for an evening of drinks, dumplings, and kung fu at the 'dumpling kung fu speakeasy'. watch one of the best martial arts films ever, enter the dragon starring bruce lee while noshing on all-you-can consume dumplings, ginger ale, and heineken. old st. patrick's youth center (268 mulberry bet. houston + prince), $25 (limited # of $20 tickets for skint readers with discount code 'shaolinskint'). >>

2/8 7-10pm: network with independent creatives of all stripes - graphic designers, dancers, musicians, tech gurus, painters, writers, etc. - at work it brooklyn's next mix + mingle. bonus; free wine + pbr. 3rd ward, free (rsvp). >>

sales, deals, freebies

keep the boards in the coney island boardwalk - no concrete. read/sign/share the petition. >>

6:30-8:30pm: 150 folks will score free frito pie courtesy of google places at mable's smokehouse in williamsburg >>

every tues thru 2/7: the ice rink at rockefeller center celebrates 75 years with $7.50 skating, including skate rental (reg $12 admission + $9 rental) >>

every tues-fri (closed mon): the brooklyn botanic garden and queens botanical garden continue free weekday admission all winter long

sharon van etten new album tramp is streaming on npr >>

ends today: last chance for january's 1,000 mp3 albums for $5 each on amazon >>

free mp3: larua gibson 'la grande' >>

group deals

two movie tickets, two small popcorns, and two small drinks at cobble hill cinemas (includes 3d films!) for $17 ($37 value) >>

$12 or $24 to spend at lily o'brien's chocolate cafe in bryant park >>

one-year individual or dual membership at the new museum for $30 or $50 ($60 or $100 value) >>

$100 or $200 to spend on jewelry at blue nile for $50 or $100 (includes shipping) >>

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