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around town today

5-9pm (thru 4/28): receptions for sva's mfa fine arts (5-9pm) and computer art (6-8pm) departments open studios exhibitions. 133/141 w. 21st street, 8th, 9th, 12th floors, free. >>

6:30pm: explore the influence nyc had on walt whitman's poetry with experts suzanne wasserman, david blake, karen karbiener, and greg trupiano. tenement museum, free. >>

7pm: writer, producer, and director garry marshall (happy days, the odd couple) talks about his new memoir my happy days in hollywood with author tom santopietro (the godfather effect) at b+n union sq, free >>

7pm: san francisco's cypress string quartet performs music by haydn, glazunov, and dvořák at ps 142 (100 attorney st), $15 >>

7pm: monthly 'classical at pete's' series continues with violinist, pianist, arranger/composer, and irish fiddle player dana lyn (of burt bacharach cover band dionne werewolf). pete's candy store, free. >>

7pm-midnight: young magic, warm ghost, chrome canyon, and video artists perform for dystopian multi-media project apolocalyptic shift to benefit flock house. eyebeam, $10 sugg. don. >>

doors 7:30pm: who wins the battle between free will and your unconscious? scientist -- and former star trek: tng staff writer! -- leonard mlodinow lectures on subliminal influence for the secret science club, bell house, free. >>

7:30pm: visual artist kevork mourad produces live art while the neolit ensemble performs the music of sofia gubaidulina, michael gordon, john adams, and nino rota at lpr, $15 >>

7:30pm: amelia lukas's 'ear heart music' series brings contemporary chamber music to the tank. tonight: cellist madeleine shapiro brings attention to water conversation with 'fracked,' a concert of works for cello and electronics. $10. >>

7:30pm (thru 4/29): performance lab 115 re-imagines wagner's ring cycle... in the world of professional wrestling at st. mark’s church-in-the-bowery, $18 >>

8pm: writer-comedian catie lazarus hosts 'employee of the month', a talk show featuring people who love their jobs. tonight: baratunde thurston (how to be black), kambri crews (burn down the ground), stephen j. dubner (freakonomics), jason shebiro, rob lathan, and house band the new guys. ucb, $5. >>

8pm: writers, musicians, actors and comics tell stories they associate with songs of their choosing at dana rossi's 'soundtrack series'. tonight: ted travelstead, matt archambault, april salazar, and sara benincasa. lpr, free. >>

8pm: kings county cinema society screens an extended preview of doc. medora, which follows a high school basketball team in a struggling town. followed by october county, a look at a working-class family struggling with the ghosts of war and abuse. free popcorn, byob. launchpad, free. >>

8pm: the sights, nouvellas, and the nuclears bring garage rock to union hall, $8 >>

8pm (+ 4/27): experimental music ensemble either/or presents its seventh annual spring festival of contemporary chamber music at the kitchen, $12 >>

8, 10pm (every thu-sat thru 5/5): 'blogologues' combines blogs (think overheard in new york and texts from last night) and monologues for live performance. the players loft (115 macdougal), $18 admission includes a beer. >>

8pm (every thu-sat thru 5/13): six playwrights debut plays on the theme of 'my best/worst date ever' at irt. bonus: 4/26-29 performances include a free vodka drink. $18. >>

8pm (every thu-sun thru 5/20): drama desk-nominated radiotheatre put on a ghastly good time at their third h.p. lovecraft festival, featuring six of lovecraft's stories told with an elaborate soundscape and original orchestral score. the kraine theater, $25. >>

9pm: clio award-winning variety show 'totally j/k' hosts joe mande and noah garfinkel welcome tom shilue, nick turner and eliza skinnter. ucbeast, $5 (rsvp). >>

9pm: indie synth pop bands here we go magic and glass ghost play knitting factory, $13-15 >>

9pm (thru 5/13): carrie ahern uses a solo dance performance inside a butcher shop to illuminate the farm to table process and our relationship to the animals we consume in 'borrowed prey'. dickson's farmstand meats at chelsea market, $15 with discount code 'empathy' for select shows (reg. $25). >>

10pm: late night library celebrates its first year of debuting fiction and poetry with simultaneous readings in brooklyn and portland that will be broadcast to the other coast's party via skype. south 4th bar and café (williamsburg), free. >>

11pm: 'the tarantino': improvisers perform an improvised quentin tarantino movie on the fly at the pit, $5 >>

ends today: a 35mm restoration of busby berkeley's the gang's all here (1943), starring carmen miranda, screens at film forum, $12.50 >>

thru 4/29: the tribeca film festival returns with 12 days of features, shorts, free outdoor screenings, panels, a street fair, more. free-$25. >>

thru 9/10: 'america through a chinese lens' exhibits photos of american life from the perspective of chinese and chinese-american photographers at moca. free thursdays (reg. $7). >>

coming up

4/27-28 10am-6pm: designer furniture, art, home accessories, and gifts are 50-70% off at housing works annual 'design on a dime' benefit sals. metropolitan pavilion, free admission. >>

4/27 8pm: get up and do your thing! tons of artists pay tribute to madge at the 9th annual madonnathon at brooklyn bowl, $5-7. >>

4/27 9pm-4am: music, dance, burlesque, and sideshow acts perform at the chelsea hotel extravanganza, a fundraiser to save the legendary hotel. $30 sugg. don. includes sangria. >>

4/27-28: 30 male burlesque acts from across north america perform at the first annual new york boylesque festival. tammany hall + rebel, $12-$30. >>

4/27-29: journey back to 19th-century nyc with historically-focused classes, hands-on experiences, performances, and a picnic from the new york 19th century society. free-$16. >>

sales, deals, freebies

ends today: get $2 12-size juices at jamba juice (coupon) >>

thru 4/30: save 25% off everything at the macy's friends and family sale. enter promo code 'friend' at checkout. >>

thru 4/30: $50 spa week deals extended at 50+ locations >>

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