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around town today

6pm: former soul coughing leader mike doughty plays a few songs and discusses his new book the book of drugs: a memoir at b+n tribeca, free >>

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. >>

6:30pm: taste and talk about the breads of new york with the folks from zabar's, orwasher's, parisi, and hot bread kitchen. tenement museum, $10 (rsvp). >>

7pm: refine your seductive body language and suggestive conversation with a 'flirting tips from a flirt' mini-workshop at babeland park slope, free (rsvp) >>

7pm: meet stan lee fans lucky enough to be his colleagues — denny o'neil, al jaffee, peter sanderson, david bennett cohen, and possible guest stars (not lee himself) — for a launch party of danny fingeroth and roy thomas's new book the stan lee universe. mocca, $7. >>

7pm: award-winning icelandic cellist sæunn thorsteinsdóttir performs britten, bach, and a briggs premiere in honor of her debut recording of suites for cello by benjamin britten. scandinavia house, free. >>

7pm (+ 2/3, 10): the museum of art and design screens films from no wave cinema, the 80s movement that laid the groundwork for today's independent film. tonight: lizzie borden's born in flames and kembra pfahler's short cornella: the story of a burning bush. $10. >>

7, 9pm (thru 2/5): the 9th annual cool new york 2012 dance festival features 60 companies and choreographers performing in an intimate setting. white wave (dumbo), free. >>

7, 10pm: drag queen/commedian/singer hedda lettuce hosts a screening of bette davis and joan crawford classic what ever happened to baby jane? (1962) at clearview chelsea, $7.50. >>

7:30pm: larkin grimm, cuddle magic, and tall tall trees play lush indie rock at rock shop, $8 >>

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: spark of being, with music written by dave douglass. wfc, free. >>

8pm: dozens of cellists perform short works and break into improvisations at the first 'cello madness congress nyc'. the 19ths (59 jefferson st #301, brooklyn), $5-20 donation requested. >>

8pm: ben lear, field mouse, snowmine, and spanish prisoners bring dreamy sounds to pianos, $8 >>

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

8pm (thru 2/5): danceroulette: 15 choreographers perform works at the recently-renovated roulette theater. $10/night, $35/pass. >>

8pm (+ 2/3-4, 6-11): ars nova shows you how to rickmanssage a spexy milf in the urban dictionary plays, short works based on the crowd-sourced entries in, $15 >>

8:30pm: brooklyn's the big sleep play knitting factory, $10 adv, $12 door >>

9:30pm: this month's variety shac at ucb features fred armisen (snl, portlandia), aasif mandvi (the daily show), the wagstaff municipal theatra, cocoon dance team, and hosts andrea rosen + shonali bhowmik. ucb, $5. >>

thru 2/29: 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. >>

coming up

2/4-3/28: the ecstatic music festival premieres collaborations between pop and classical composers dan deacon, richard reed parry (arcade fire), nick zammuto (the books), noveller, glasser, calder quartet, ymusic ensemble, rhys chatham, oneida, more. merkin concert hall, $25. >>

sales, deals, freebies

punxsutawney phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter (what winter?). finnerty's bar celebrates by showing groundhog day on repeat all day. all neds drink free! 221 2nd ave bet 13th + 14th st. >>

thru 2/3: save up to 80% on brands like rag + bone, theory, and etro at scoop nyc's semiannual 'cleaning out our closet sale' >>

group deals

admission for two to the museum of sex fro $19 ($38 value) >>

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

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