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around town today

6pm (runs mon-fri thru 4/27): the new york school of interior design presents an exhibition of the luscious interiors of the shubert organization's historic broadway theaters. tonight: a lecture from theatre planner and restoration designer francesca russo, followed by a book launch for the late gerald schoenfeld's memoir mr. broadway: the inside story of the shuberts, the shows, and the stars. nysid gallery, free. >>

6:30pm: author and neuroscientist michael gazzaniga gives a counterargument to the idea that our actions are predetermined with his new book who's in charge?: free will and the science of the brain. cooper union's great hall, free. >>

6:30pm: award-winning photographer melanie dunea shows what 50 great chefs would have for their final meals in an illustrated lecture about her photo/recipe book my last supper: the next course. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

7pm: senior esquire editor a.j. jacobs (the year of living biblically) details his latest experimental year in his new book drop dead healthy. b+n 82+b'way, free. >>

7pm: absurdist cartoonist david rees (get your war on) presents his new book how to sharpen pencils: a practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening for writers, artists, contractors, flange turners, anglesmiths and civil servants. b+n union sq, free. >>

7pm: mcnally jackson's monthly storytelling and performance show 'real characters' gives the mic to kambri crews (burn down the ground), blaise allysen kearsley ('how i learned'), david javerbaum (the daily show, the last testament), and shelly gossman (snl). mcnally jackson, free. >>

7pm: writers, comedians, and songwriters celebrate the life and work of kurt vonnegut at housing works. with the onion's joe garden, dave hill, more. free. >>

7pm: beth hoyt and trish nelson's 'a big effing deal' comedy/variety show features chelsea white, sara schaefer, matt graham, selena coppock, and kurt metzger. bonus: 2-4-1 happy hour drinks! 2a, free. >>

7pm: 'queen of punk rock porn' joanna angel screens her new film f*ckenstein and dishes on the adult film industry. bonus: free pbr and uberlube. shag, free. >>

7:30pm (thru 4/15): last touch first = dutch choreographer jiří kylián and dancer michael schumacher's production performed in super-slow motion. the joyce, $10. >>

8pm: two shows for just $5 at ucb: death wears stilettos: a noir comedy and dog fleet >>

8pm (various dates thru 6/4): the tribeca new music festival features six concerts at three venues in manhattan and brooklyn. tonight: contemporaneous and symphony z perform the music of the tribeca new music young composer cometition, dylan mattingly and william zuckerman. merkin concert hall, $15-20 >>

8pm: local x local takes over brooklyn bowl with music from electro duo javelin, $5 (free with rsvp) >>

8pm (thru 4/13): who loves you baby? tom dimenna brings 70s icon telly savalas (kojak!) back from the grave 'to give the cynical hipsters of today a good kick in the pants'. the huron club at the soho playhouse, $15 with promo code 'comedy' (reg $25). >>

8:30pm: crocodiles, eternal summers, and young boys play glasslands, $15 >>

8:30pm (thru 4/14): floating point waves = 'an environment of strings, water, solo dance, real-time video, and live electronic music'. here, $20. >>

9pm: sharon spell hosts the 'shrink' stand-up comedy variety show with guests leslie goshko (sideshow goshko), naomi ekperigin, garry hannon, and colin dempsy. luca lounge, free. >>

10pm (+4/18, 25): eery blues folk artist the bones of j.r. jones continues his residency at pete's candy store, free >>

thru 4/19: here's to you, mrs. robinson: film forum screens a new 45th anniversary 35mm print of the graduate. $12.50. >>

coming up

4/12 12-2pm: donate a gently- or never-used bra at university place's le petite coquette and help create 'the longest bra chain ever' at the feel your boobies foundation's flash mob for breast cancer awareness at union square >>

4/12 7pm: brooklyn bodega kicks off their 'told it first hand' series with conversations about influential rapper heavy d aka 'the overweight lover,' who passed away last fall. with hip hop producer marley marl, wes jackson, and surprise guests. brooklyn historical society, $10. >>

4/12 8pm: it's a brooklyn brass clash with pitchblack brass band and underground horns playing hip hop and afro funk banghra at brooklyn bowl. $5 (free with rsvp). >>

4/12 6:30pm: preview the premiere episode of new nyc character-driven police drama nyc 22, created by richard price (the wire, the wanderers, the color of money). followed by a discussion with the cast (terry kinney, adam goldberg, leelee sobieski, stark sands, more) and creative team (richard price, jane rosenthal, and ken sanzel). paley center, $20. >>

4/128pm-midnight: marry yourself! opening reception for 'to death do you part,' an experiential art installation where you can express your undying self-love at a one-on-one ceremony complete with a personal wedding cake. chashama (266 w 37th st), free. >>

sales, deals, freebies

9am-6:30pm (thru 4/15): save up to 70% on zwilling j.a. henkels cutlery and cookware at chelsea market >>

new spring flavors at the west village's popbar: peanut butter gelato and kiwi sorbet ($3.99-4.99). 5 carmine street. >>

save up to 60% on marni sunglasses, bed stu women's shoes, more at myhabit >>

group deals

fellas: get a haircut, shave, and two drinks at the blind barber in the east village for $50 ($96 value) >>

take a wine class at new york vintners in tribeca for $25 ($50 value) >>

cheesesteaks and fries for two at carl's steaks downtown or uptown for $10 ($21 value) >>

four cups of ice cream or yogurt with one topping each at pagoto ice cream in williamsburg for $10 ($25 value) >>

total access to saunas, and aromatherapy room, cold plunge pool, more at russian + turkish baths in the east village for $15 ($35 value). add 30-minute massage or salt scrub for $45 ($90 value). >>

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