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around town today

7:30pm: experience jj abrams' new show alcatraz as an interactive bank heist investigation event where you help solve the mystery while exploring three levels of the historic williamsburg savings bank. 1 hanson place, free. >>

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

8pm: 3-d specialist gerald marks presents a slideshow with photos of the moon and panoramic images of nyc taken from atop the world trade center during a lunar eclipse. observatory, $5. >>

8pm: the talea ensemble and french soprano donatienne michel-dansac perform works by clemens gadenst├Ątter, bernhard gander, and bernhard lang at bohemian national hall. free (reservation req'd). >>

8pm: otis day + the knights (animal house) turn brooklyn bowl into a frat house. free entry with a toga before 8pm, $15. >>

8pm (+ 2/18): 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 (+ 2/18): 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. >>

8pm (thru 2/19): americana pie = 4 nights of americana, roots, alt country and bluegrass at southpaw, $10 ($10 adv, $15 dos 2/17-18, $20 2/19) >>

9pm doors: $3 brooklyn beer will flow at overflow magazine + the skint’s hot winter romp in gowanus: warm up your february with bhangra courtesy of international performer dj rekha, balkan brass via the raya brass band, and soul sounds from djs treetop + shinobi. littlefield, $7. >>

10:30pm (+ 2/18): david lawson talks everything porn - from pay-per-view to chatroulette – at vcr love. the brick, $10. >>

11pm: before the band performed behind the wall, pink floyd jammed psychedelic tunes in archaeological ruins for the 1971 documentary live in pompeii, which also features previews of their ground-breaking album the dark side of the moon. $13, fslc. >>

11:30pm (+ 2/24): the bee gees’ music is stayin’ alive with all-metal tribute band tragedy's february residency at brooklyn bowl, $7 >>

midnight (thru 2/19): you’re gonna need a bigger boat: jaws screens at ifc, $13 >>

midnight (thru 2/19): 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 (thru 2/19): david lynch’s debut feature film eraserhead (1977) screens at ifc, $13 >>

thru 2/18: 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. >>

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

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

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. >>

sales, deals, freebies

2/16-26: 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. >>

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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