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8:30am-4:15pm: witness a thinking games competition for mental athletes at the 15th annual usa memory championship. con edison (4 irving place), free. >>

11am-5:30pm: the annual rainbow book fair at the lesbian, gay, bisexual + transgender community center features readers, panel discussions, signings and literature for sale. 208 w. 13th st (bet. 7th + 8th aves), free admission. >>

12-5pm: local eats, sweets, goods and wares – all of them vegan – are on sale at the vegan soho shop-up. the back room of in pursuit of tea (33 crosby st., bet. broome + grand), free. >>

2pm: gene kelley is an american in paris in vincente minnelli's 1951 classic. fslc, $6. >>

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

7pm: dave zirin reads from his book the john carlos story, the story of one of activists who gave a black-gloved salute on the podium at the 1968 olympics. bluestockings, free. >>

7pm: naomi shelton + the gospel queens play drom, $10 >>

7:30pm: don't be a cowardly lion, embrace your inner dorothy at the wizard of oz sing-along! costume and trivia contests, a wicked witch piñata, themed drinks, more. emerald city the bell house, $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

7:30pm: wrestler mick foley (aka 'mankind') does q+a following a screening of of doc. beyond the mat at 92ytribeca, $12 >>

7:30pm: 1963 czech sci-fi film ikarie xb-1 (voyage to the end of the universe), (based on stanislaw lem's magellan cloud), was an influence on 2001: a space odyssey and star trek. spectacle, $5. >>

7:30pm (+ 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. >>

7:30pm (+ 3/29, 3/31): cat people. this one, not this one. anthology, $9. >>

8pm doors: it's a brooklyn old-time bluegrass extravaganza at union hall with the whistling wolves, the union street preservation society, and the third wheel band, $8 >>

8pm: carnegie hall and the san francisco symphony highlight american 20th century music for the american mavericks series. today: the kitchen presents william basinski, tristan perich, arthur russell and mary halvorson ($15) >>

arrive 8-8:30pm (ends today): centralia: six stories + six cocktails: encounter the characters who refuse to leave centralia, pa, while exploring the brooklyn lyceum in ugly rhino's interactive theatrical experience. $25 ticket includes six cocktail creations. >>

8:30pm: tonight's 'if you build it' comedy show with hosts kara klenk and nick turner features sheng wang, greg johnson, harrison greenbaum, alice wetterlund and team submarine. ucbeast, $10. >>

9pm: the filmshop collective presents wanderlust a night of 2-minute films, including performances by firehorse, conveyor, alyson greenfield, more. mhow, $10. >>

9pm: indie electric violin player bitch slaps you around at the bam cafe, free >>

9:30pm: the mivos quartet and sasha siem perform original works at contemporary chamber music series 'ear heart music'. the tank, $10. >>

9:30, 11:30pm: d20 burlesque pays tribute to horror gaming at parkside lounge, $10-15 >>

10pm: the crystal castles duo dj with alex english and guests at yotel. plus, $3 vodka drinks 10-11pm. $10 with rsvp. >>

midnight: upright citizen's brigade comedy wrestling league presents the seventh annual 'wrestleslammania', with characters wrestling in actual matches (though most of the moves involve strange props and weiner jokes). ucb, $5. >>

midnight: nine-person dance band midnight magic hit the stage at brooklyn bowl. $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

midnight: join the minions of gozer for a live shadowcast during screenings of ghostbusters. ifc, $13. >>

ends today: improv troupes from across the country take over the people's improv theater for the first annual nyc improv festival. the pit, free-$15 ($45 festival pass). >>

ends today: get up to 75% off betsey johnson dresses, shoes, and accessories at the millenium broadway hotel. 145 w. 44th st bet. b'way + sixth ave. >>

thru 4/5 (tue-sat): new exhibit 'ice age' to the digital age: the 3d animation art of blue sky studios opens at the society of illustrators, free >>


Carnegie Hall tickets for just $5 (valued $50-$110) this Sunday March 25th @ 8:30pm: The National Festival Chorus, lead by renowned conductor Dr. Bradley Holmes, will perform works by Handel, Stroope, Brunner and a lovely setting by the conductor himself. To reserve your tickets at this price, enter promotional code MAR13501 here.


12pm: the raspberry brothers provide live comedic commentary to a screening of road house (1989) at nitehawk, $11 >>

12-6pm: this week’s sunday session at moma ps1 features justin cabaret star vivian bond and caden manson’s video installation ‘bond on blonde’, columbia professor elizabeth povinelli talking political anthropology, and the launch of new publishers peradam. moma ps1, $10 sugg. don. >>

1pm: popular sxsw showcase 'the aussie bbq' comes to the bell house with 15 australian bands and free bbq (veggie options available). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

1, 3pm (ends today): the school of american ballet presents a lecture/demonstration at the queens theatre in flushing meadows corona park, free (rsvp) >>

1:30pm: a moma lecturer talks about influential contemporary artist cindy sherman at bpl, free >>

2-4pm: it's international waffle day! get a free waffle from the wafels and dinges truck by making a unique 'wafel pledge' while holding up an antique wafel fork. 31st st + ditmars blvd, astoria. >>

3pm: the greenwich village orchestra plays selections by khachaturian and brahms at washington irving auditorium, $15 sugg. don. >>

3pm (+ 3/26-30): carnegie hall and the san francisco symphony highlight american 20th century music for the american mavericks series. today: the jack quartet performs music by ives, seeger, and mackey. abrons art center, free. >>

4-8pm: there'll be music, libations and a winter sale rack at the grand opening of new east williamsburg vintage store/yoga studio/film screening locale olly oxen free. 137 montrose ave. >>

5pm: get a firefly primer with three choice episodes at the way station, free >>

7pm: attend a free screening of doc. the island president at the knitting factory (first come, first serv? >>

8/9pm: there's no telling what internet meme this season of mad men will inspire. (remember sad don draper?) don your finest '60s vintage to these premiere parties:
clover club (cobble hill, free)
the counting room (williamsburg, free)
paley center (midtown, $15)
tribeca grand (tribeca, $35)

8pm: comic scott rogowsky and his sidekick/dad marty host 'running late,' a live talk show featuring dave hill, mike lacher (creator of muppets with people eyes), and adam newman. the pit, $5 adv, $8 door. >>

8pm: showcase your cleverness or contribute to the applause-o-meter at 'punderdome 3000', a round-robin pun competition hosted by a self-proclaimed rodney dangerfield impersonator and his daughter. littlefield, $6-7. >>

9pm: seven piece colombian jazz manouche ensemble monsieur periné plays sob's with il abanico, $5 adv, $10 dos >>

thru 4/7: macy's annual flower show: themed gardens, guided tours, more. herald square, free. >>

+ all weekend

11am-7pm: who says pure breeds are best? the 3rd annual brooklyn mutt show returns to the brooklyn lyceum. prizes for 'curliest tail', 'looks most like owner', more. $5 sugg. don. to watch, $25/30 for your canine to compete. >>

sat 7pm , sun 3pm: the flea theater wraps up this season's 'dance conversations' series of works-in-progress and fully developed film and dance pieces. free. >>

7:30pm: the brooklyn philharmonic and the brooklyn youth chorus team up for a musical and multimedia performance featuring the work of sufjan stevens, sarah kirkland snider, beethoven, copland, more. $20 with discount code 'bkville' (reg. $25) >>

ends sun: the aputumpu music festival showcases emerging brooklyn bands including japanther, violens, the suzan, u say usa, radical dads, and many others at venues in manhattan, brooklyn, and queens. $7-$10. >>

ends sun: get $2 16-size fruit and veggie smoothies at jamba juice (coupon) >>

ends sun: fitness centers + spas offer half price or $50 flat-rate deals during wellness week >>

ends sun: creatures of comfort's end of season sale offers up to 95% off a.p.c., surface to air, vpl, isabel marant, more. 376 broome st, bet. mott + mulberry. >>

thru 3/26: take 30% off everything at the anne klein friends + family sale >>

thru 3/27: doc. gerhard richter painting takes us inside the creative process of one of the world's greatest living painters. film forum, $12.50. >>

thru 3/27: doc. jiro dreams of sushi is the story of 85 year-old jiro ono, regarded as the greatest sushi chef in the world and whose 10-seat restaurant in a tokyo subway station received a 3-star michelin review. ifc, $13. >>

thru 3/29: the film society of lincoln center marks the 15th anniversary of rialto pictures with 15 weekday matinee screenings: breathless, nights of cabiria, the producers, the third man, more. $10/ticket, $15/three. >>

thru 3/29: 195+ brooklyn restaurants offer $20.12 brunch (for two!), $20.12 lunch, and $25 dinner during dine in brooklyn, the cheaper version of restaurant week >>

thru 3/31: buy one cone, get another for 99 cents at baskin robbins (coupon) >>

thru 3/31: get two for one admission to the new york botanical garden >>

thu 4/1: new directors/new films -- an annual film festival that helped launch the careers of almodóvar, aronofsky, spielberg and others -- promises a program of the industry's best emerging talent. flsc and moma, $14-$20. >>

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