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around town today

11am-7pm (thru 4/23): jesse frohman’s kurt kobain photographic collection is exhibited at the morrison hotel gallery (313 bowery), free >>

12-8pm (thru 4/15): browse rare first editions from every genre under the sun at the park avenue armory's 52nd annual antiquarian book fair. $20 admission includes a catalog. >>

6-9pm: opening reception for collaborative group show essential hues, featuring 'artists who identify as queers, feminists, people of color, spell-casters and radicals'. wayfarer’s studio (bushwick), free. >>

7pm: the ubiquitous james franco talks and signs his book the dangerous book four boys, based on his mixed media exhibit last june. rick moody (garden state, the ice storm) joins. strand books, purchase of the book req'd for admission. >>

7-10pm: book release party for tiny world terrariums, twig terrariums' michelle inciarrano and katy maslow's book of instructions on building your own whimsical plant container. bonus: food and booze from the good batch and brooklyn brewery, a raffle, and a palm reader. 274 3rd ave @ president (gowanus). >>

7-11pm: opening reception for contemporary collage exhibit the mirage show, featuring music from modern witch, mario zoots, and comadrome. brooklyn fireproof, free. >>

7pm (ends today): norwegian vixen silya concludes her dance pop residency at pianos, $10 >>

7pm (+ 4/14 @ cameo): dawn landes, cheyenne marie mize, and donora play mercury lounge, $12 >>

7pm (runs thru 4/19): doc. hit so hardprofiles hole drummer patty schemel during the band's peak years. followed by q+a with schemel, the filmmakers, and a live concert with schemel and eric erlandson (hole), sia, james mcnew (yo la tengo) and miss guy (toilet boys). cinema village, $11. >>

7:30pm: celebrate all things puppet – from shadow to hand – at the punch: puppet slam of short films at 92ytribeca. $13 admission includes a beer. >>

8pm: tonight's kings county comedy hour at bushwick's vaudeville park features leo allen ('whiplash'), scott moran, lang fisher (the onion), yamaneika saunders, annie lederman, dan mccoy (the daily show), and hosts matt koff and meghan o’neill. free. >>

8pm: the secret history and summer fiction play rock shop, $8 >>

8pm: laura stevenson + the cans, lady lamb the beekeeper and dangerous ponies play knitting factory, $12 >>

8pm: lecture and stargazing: 'where the ocean meets the sky' at columbia university’s pupin hall, free >>

8pm (ends today): 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). >>

8pm (thru 4/14): 28 choreographers and clowns highlight the lighter side of dance at the 3rd annual comedy in dance festival. triskelion arts, $15. >>

8pm (thru 4/15): filmmaker jonas mekas tribute to the east village's departed mars bar, my mars bar movie, screens at anthology film archives, $9 >>

8pm (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-midnight (thru 4/15): 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. >>

8pm (thru 4/22): the 6th annual congress of curious peoples = 10 days of performances, exhibitions and films by sideshow artists. opening night features the lizardman and gets started with the induction of new members of the sideshow hall of fame. sideshows by the seashore and the coney island museum, $7-15. >>

8:30pm: musicians play tribute to late 60’s female trio the shaggs. with gary lucas (captain beefheart), elliott sharp, chris butler (the waitresses), mike fornatale (moby grape), ira elliot (nada surf), more. followed by q+a with the shaggs themselves. bell house, $15 dos. >>

8:30pm: dom, zambri, and night manager play glasslands, $12 >>

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: 'the it girl of burlesque' honi harlow presents 'harlow’s hide-a-way' at ella lounge, $10 >>

9pm: don your best critter get up to board the 'arkk' at kostume kult's burning man fundraiser, the horned ball. warsaw (261 driggs ave), $25 adv, $30 at the door. >>

9pm: jonquil, xylos, and darlings play union pool. free w. rsvp, $5 w. out. >>

10:30pm: savoir adore and field mouse play mercury lounge, $12 >>

midnight: fleshpot presents an evening of experimental erotic shorts by nyc filmmakers at spectacle, $5 >>

12:35am (+ 4/14): 1983 horror camp classic sleepaway camp screens at nitehawk, $11 >>

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

thru 4/22 (closed mon-tue): visit the noguchi museum in queens for free and see new exhibit 'civic action: a vision for long island city' (reg $10) >>

thru 5/1: hanami, a month-long celebration of the japanese tradition of enjoying the cherry blossom season, begins at the brooklyn botanic garden. $10 (free saturdays 10am–12pm). >>

coming up

4/14 6pm: the bed-stuy bar crawl includes exclusive bar deals plus chances to win goodies from lonestar taco, sweet tooth labs, with love from brooklyn, and tasty morsels. $15 (must purchase tickets by midnight fri). >>

4/14 8:30pm: see the new york city chamber orchestra and masterworks festival chorus perform the duruflé requiem, followed by works by handel, gjeilo, walker and more at carnegie hall for just $5 (reg $50-110). enter promotional code 'APR13596' for discount. >>

sales, deals, freebies

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

11am-7pm (thru 4/15): snag $60-130 items for men and women at the dolce and gabbana sample/overstock sale. 407 w. 13th st, bet. 9th ave + washington >>

2-4pm: grab yourself a free ice cream'wich or scoop at 'wichcraft in bryant park (40th st @ 6th ave) >>

see topher grace and olivia thirlby in lonely i'm not 4/14-22 at second stage for $37.50 ($reg $75) >>

save 50% on skullcandy headphones and earbuds >>

group deals

one-year membership at the hudson union society for $19 ($159 value) >>

$20 to spend on miir water bottles for $10 >>

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