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around town today

12, 6pm (thru 1/26): the j.p. morgan tournament of champions brings the world’s best squash players to compete in grand central's vanderbilt hall, $5+ >>

6pm: english actor/author/comedian stephen fry discusses his new book the fry chronicles at b+n tribeca, free >>

7pm: cartoonists michael kupperman (mark twain's autobiography 1910-2010) and kate beaton (hark! a vagrant) bring you the crimestopper's club comedy + comics show featuring matt koff, sam henderson, lisa hanawalt, dyna moe, geoff lapid and anthony wilson. luca lounge, free. >>

7pm: learn about the entrepeneurial skills needed to be a profitable artist with folks from the new york foundation of the arts at b+n 86th + lex, free >>

7pm: fornication under consent of king? eff that! oxford english dictionary editor-at-large and the f-word author jesse sheidlower tells us how dirty words get added to the dictionary. word, free. >>

7pm: novelist and screenwriter elmore leonard (get shorty, rum punch) discusses his writing and his new book raylan at the center for fiction's new 'master class' series, $12 >>

7:30pm: the story collider presents six tales about close encounters with nature in this wilderness-themed show hosted by erin barker + ben lillie. union hall, $10. >>

7:30, 9:30pm: puppets act out works inspired by the music of the beach boys at tonight's puppet playlist. the kraine theater, $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7:30pm (thru 1/29): david dorfman dance brings prophets of funk to the joyce to get the audience dancing on stage with the performers or in their seats, $10+ >>

8pm: scott moran and sara schaefer host the 'hot dang!' variety show featuring jon friedman ('the rejection show'), roger hailes, front page films, and music by matthew hemerlein. ucbeast, $5. >>

8pm: this week's 'tell your friends' comedy show features host liam mcneaney with kurt braunohler ('hot tub'), kara klenk ('if you build it'), and the onion editors joe garden, todd hanson, and baratunde thurston. lolita, $5. >>

8:30pm: seth herzog's 'sweet' comedy night showcases the talents of snl's vanessa bayer, anthony atamanuik (30 rock), and eric ledgin. ella lounge, $5. >>

8:30pm: confessional post-punk band the echo friendly fill glasslands with reverberating textures, $10 >>

8:30pm: friends, phonetag, and spanish prisoners play cameo, $10 >>

thru 1/26: experience a diverse range features, documentaries, and shorts at the 21st annual new york jewish film festival. flsc, $13. >>

coming up

1/25 7-10pm: play to win prizes and help raise funds for the badass brooklyn foster dog rescue group at williamsburg's full circle bar: proceeds from $1 skeeball, $5 bingo, and $5 drink specials all go towards the cause. free admission. >>

1/29 2pm: sooooo much better than kraft: sample 25 varieties of mac and cheese and vote for your favorite at the brooklyn mac and cheeze takedown. bell house, $15. >>

sales, deals, freebies

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) >>

save up to 70% on winter footwear (columbia, keen, patagonia, and salomon) at >>

stream indie-pop band palomar's new album sense + antisense free here >>

group deals

$14 to spend on soups, bisques, and lobster rolls at the original soup man for $7 >>

three-course thai and malaysian tasting menu for two at laut in union square for $44 ($92 value) >>

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