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can you feel the phil collins day parade coming in the air tonight? it's a thing. greenpoint, free. >>

7pm: photographer and author frank jump presents his new book the fading ads of nyc, a documentation of brooklyn's vintage mural ads. brooklyn historical society, $10. >>

7pm: revel in '90s internet nostalgia with an interactive (dial-up modem screech-alongs!) screening of the tom hanks + meg ryan rom com/aol ad you've got mail. $5 suggested donation includes raffle tickets and a copy of hanxzine, the tom hanks 'zine.  >>

7:30pm: the story collider presents six personal stories of the incredible power of our brains as told by dawn fraser, alex gallafent, amy harmon, heather swain, lucianne walkowicz, and steve zimmer with hosts erin barker + ben lillie. union hall, $10. >>

8pm: dreamy indie pop bands field mouse, ski lodge, high highs, and phonetag take the showroom stage at pianos, $5 >>

8pm (+ 2/15-18): 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 (+ 2/17-18): 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: enjoy the songs of the quiet beatle as performed by alan merril, velta, fish doctor, and ichicuts at george harrison's birthday celebration. glasslands, $10. >>

9pm: you ain't done with this love business yet- the 13th annual love hangover features musicians performing duets at this post-valentine's showcase. sasha dobson + teddy thompson, jolie holland + rick moody, more. bell house, $15. >>

10pm: four comedians talk over bad movies set in new york at monthly series 'hey we live there'. with christian finnegan, sabrina jalees, mark normand, more. the creek and the cave (l.i.c.), free. >>

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. >>

coming up

2/17 7:30pm: bob happy cruelty day powers's 'steamboat' literary humor series hosts baratunde thurston (the onion, how to be black), miles kahn (the daily show producer), negin farsad, mike lacher, leila sales, more. greenlight, free. >>

2/17 7:30pm: keyboards + drums duo mates of state and pop reggae artist sean bones perform at lpr, $15 >>

2/17-24: attend a live taping of kurt braunohler's ifc 'anti-game show' bunk at manhattan center studios, free (rsvp) >>

2/19: online bridesmaid dress rental boutique little borrowed dress opens in soho with $75 eight-day rentals that include dry cleaning and return shipping >>

sales, deals, freebies

sixpoint brewery celebrates its 7th anniversary with free cupcakes and mac + cheese plus six $5 beers at kettle of fish (59 christopher st.) >>

stream  the new sleigh bells new album reign of terror free >>

group deals

four japanese vegetarian tapas and sake pairings at family recipe in the l.e.s. for $27 ($45 value) >>

$50 to spend on american-inspired mediterranean tapas at beast in prospect heights for $25 >>

thai meal for two with appetizers, entrees, and drinks at lantern thai in the east village for $25 ($62 value) >>

come to our hot winter romp in gowanus dance party with dj rekha and the raya brass band this friday at littlefield!

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