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TODAY: FREE ITALIAN ICES, FREE MACARONS, FREE VEGAN PIZZA

around town today

6pm: golden globe-winning actor clive owen and director juan carlos fresnadillo (28 weeks later) discuss their new thriller about children haunted by a faceless being, intruders. apple soho, free. >>

6:30pm: pulitzer-prize winning new york times reporter linda greenhouse gives a very short introduction to the inner workings of the u.s. supreme court. the cooper union's great hall (the foundation building, 7 e. 7th st), free. >>

6:30pm: historian and author richard zacks talks about his book island of vice: teddy roosevelt's doomed quest to clean up sin-loving new york city, with an introduction by author/journalist kevin baker. tenement museum, free (rsvp). >>

7pm: attend a free taping of bbc panel show 'the news quiz usa' with lewis black at the geene space (rsvp to apply for tickets) >>

7:30pm (+ 3/24, 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. >>

8pm (wristbands distributed starting @ 10am): cast members of the hunger games will be on hand for a signing of kate egan's hunger games: the official illustrated movie companion at b+n union square, free >>

8pm: tonight at 'the moon' variety show: authors michael kupperman (mark twain's biography 1910-2010) and ted travelstead (sex: our bodies, our junk), comedian bobby tisdale, and animations from paganomation and tim + lamont. public assembly, $5. >>

8pm: tonight at the 'tell your friends!' comedy show: snl writer colin jost, uke man ben lerman, victor varnado, and liam mceneaney. lolita, $5. >>

8pm: videogum senior editor gabe delahaye (videogum) hosts the 'mr. coconuts' comedy show at union hall with sean patton, patrick borelli, and gabe liedman. union hall, $5. >>

8pm: indie/alternative acts warm ghost, ana lola roman, and the black soft play cameo, $10 >>

8pm: the ifc 'stranger than fiction' documentary series winter season wraps up with girl model, an inside look at the fashion industry that follows a former model scouting for teenage models in siberia. directors ashley sabin and david redmon in person. ifc, $16. >>

8:30pm: woof! the everything is terrible! crew present doggiewoggiez! poochiewoochiez!, their remake of alejandro jodorowsky's the holy mountain made entirely from dog-related found footage. bell house, $15. >>

9pm: lee renaldo (sonic youth) throws a special record release party/in-store performance at other music, free >>


coming up

enter to win free tickets to the final dress rehearsal of willy decker’s production of la traviata at the metropolitan opera 4/3 @ 10:30am >>

3/21 6:30pm: learn the history and seasonal variations of wagashi, traditional japanese confections made from bean paste, sugar, and rice, followed by a chefs' demo and tasting reception. moderated by new york times dining reporter julia moskin. japan society, $14. >>

3/21-24: 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). >>

3/21-4/1: 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. >>

3/23-24 midnight: join the minions of gozer for a live shadowcast during screenings of ghostbusters. ifc, $13. >>


sales, deals, freebies

happy macaron day! 16 participating bakeries in manhattan, brooklyn and queens give out free macarons while supplies last. >>

spring! rita's marks the first day of spring by giving out free italian ices all day. all locations, but just one in the city (2486 broadway, bet. 92nd + 93 sts). >>

11am-7pm (thru 3/22): score $1-35 clothing at the club monaco sample sale. clothingline (261 w. 36th st bet. 7th + 8th aves). racked shares what they found. >>

4-6pm: grab a free slice of two boots' vegan earth mother pizza (all locations) >>

thru 3/25: fitness centers + spas offer half price or $50 flat-rate deals during wellness week >>

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 >>


group deals

day pass (access to spa facilities including three saunas, a steam room, a pool, and jacuzzis) at brooklyn banya for $15 ($30 value) >>


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