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11am: the black stallion (1979) screens in 35mm as part of series '50 years of the new york film festival'. flsc, $13.  >>

3, 6pm (+ 2/25): a selection of surrealist czech animator jan svankmajer’s subversive shorts and features screen at momi, $12 (includes museum admission) >>

5:30pm: tappy hour = tap dance class in a bar! jimmy's no. 43. $10-15 admission ($3 off if you mention the skint) >>

5:30pm (+ 2/20-21, 23-24): attend a live taping of kurt braunohler's ifc 'anti-game show' bunk at manhattan center studios, free (rsvp) >>

6pm: experimental electro performer zola jesus plays webster hall, $15 >>

8pm: cozy gowanus bar halyards celebrates its one-year anniversary with a party full of games (pool, jenga!), snacks, and a free keg of brooklyn radius >>

8pm: observatory celebrates its third anniversary with a fundraiser party that includes art, a ‘moon phantasmagoria’ show, screenings from the midnight archive, raffles, giveaways, free absinthe, more. $20. >>

8pm: the lindsey buckingham appreciation society performs fleetwood mac’s 1982 album mirage in its entirety at littlefield, $12 >>

8pm: jamaican reggae/ska band skatalites stop by brooklyn bowl on their 48th anniversary tour, $8-10 >>

8pm: you won’t, lady lamb the beekeeper, lucius and julia read play union hall, $8 adv, $10 door >>

8pm (ends today): extended for several more performances, award winning play samuel + alasdair: a personal history of the robot war presents an alternate reality in which the cold war was decided by a massive robot invasion. new ohio theatre, $18-25. >>

8pm (ends today): the third annual avant music festival celebrates the 100th birthday of john cage and arnold schoenburg's pierrot lunaire and features works by randy gibson, eve beglarian, and jenny olivia johnson. wild project, $12 adv, $15 door. >>

8:30pm: aussie producer young magic celebrates the release of his album melt at mercury lounge, $10 >>

9pm:  it's dre day (and everybody's celebratin'): the 5th annual party of all things dr. dre gets under way @ tammany hall with an open gin + juice bar 9-10pm. $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

10pm: live taping of comedian lee camp's new album and book release for moment of clarity with guests katie goodman and rain pryor. bonus: free homemade chocolate brownies. bowery poetry club, $8. >>

10:30pm (ends today): david lawson talks everything porn - from pay-per-view to chatroulette – at vcr love. the brick, $10. >>

midnight: john carpenter’s cult hit big trouble in little china (1986) screens at indiescreen, $10 >>

ends sat: eco-friendly fashion, live tunes, theatre and dance are combined for the tenth annual williamsburg fashion weekend. free gift bag for the first 100 attendees each night. glasslands, $10. >>


online bridesmaid dress rental boutique little borrowed dress opens in soho with $75 eight-day rentals that include dry cleaning and return shipping >>

1-3pm: n'orleans-style gumbo cook-off: $20 gets you unlimited tastings of the stuff from professional and amateur competitors. proceeds go towards ches for the marcellus, which aims to protect farms from dangers of fracking. jimmy's no. 43. >>

3, 6pm: barbara stanwyck (*rowr*) double feature at the museum of the moving image with author dan callahan (barbara stanwyck: the miracle woman) introducing the lady eve (1941) and forty guns (1957). free with $12 museum admission. >>

7:30pm (+2/20-21, 24-26): brooklyn’s truffle theatre company performs shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream in the mezzanine of 61 local (cobble hill), $15 >>

8pm: wasabassco burlesque celebrates president’s day with plenty of shakin', a ‘babe-raham’ lincoln costume contest, a mount rushmore photo booth, and an inaugural undress. bell house, $10. >>

9pm: james franco presents his new film my own private river, which was created using outtakes of river phoenix from gus van sant's influential my own private idaho. pre-reception 8-9pm. fslc, $13. >>

9:30pm: several artists including dj spooky, dj rekha, john hollenbeck + theo blackman, and pamela z perform music they contributed to monk mix: remixes + interpretations of music by meredith monk at joe's pub. $15 admission includes a copy of the cd. >>

+ all weekend

7pm (+ 2/25-26): 'oddball' characters try to find love in comedic vignettes at wendy herlich's an evening of awkward romance. the tank, $15. >>

midnight: you’re gonna need a bigger boat: jaws screens at ifc, $13 >>

midnight: jim henson + frank oz's the dark crystal was the first live-action feature without a human actor in view. landmark sunshine, $10. >>

12:25am: david lynch’s debut feature film eraserhead (1977) screens at ifc, $13 >>

ends sun: women's sword dance team half moon sword presents the 27th annual new york sword dance festival: 12 teams from across the country and canada give free performances in public spaces around the city (except museums, where normal admission is charged). >>

ends sun: americana pie = 4 nights of americana, roots, alt country and bluegrass at southpaw. $10 adv/$15 dos sat, $20 sun >>

thru 2/26: barneys warehouse sale: save up to 75% off clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children as well as gifts for the home. 255 w. 17th st, bet. 7th + 8th aves. >>

thru 2/29: the 20th annual city bakery hot chocolate festival features a different flavor every day this month. this week: darkest dark, love potion, moulin rouge, honduran, beer, on a peanut butter barge, sunken treasure. >>

all tickets for rufus wainwright's prima donna and verdi's la traviata (including orchestra) presented by the new york city opera at bam 2/19-25 are now just $25

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