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around town today

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. >>

5pm: director james cameron (aliens, terminator, avatar) discusses his 3-d re-imagining of titanic at apple soho >>

6pm: learn cross-stitch basics with slipcover your life designer erin stanton at the american folk art museum, $10 >>

6pm: march through the streets near union square to take back the night from sexual violence >>

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. >>

7pm: check out a free advance screening of marley, the family-supported documentary on the king of reggae, directed by oscar winner kevin macdonald (the last king of scotland). knitting factory. >>

7pm: the behind the book reading series welcomes authors tom perrotta (election, the leftovers) and mark leyner (the sugar-frosted nutsack) who share their inspiration for novels in which the supernatural and mundane collide. jürgen fauth (kino), who explores art in post-wwi germany, joins. kgb bar, free. >>

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. >>

7pm: 17-year old swede amanda mair takes the showroom stage at pianos, $8 >>

8pm: morbid anatomy presents 'anthropodermic bibliopegy: books bound in human skin and the stories behind them,' an illustrated lecture by bookbinder and owner of strike three press daniel k. smith. observatory, $8. >>

8pm: xlassical new music series features clarinet/electronics artist jeremiah cymerman and flute duo flutronix. bowery poetry club, $10. >>

8pm: keyboard conversations at scandinavia house continues its fifth season of music and discussion with pianist jeffrey siegel performing love-inspired compositions by romantic composers clara schumann, robert schumann, and brahms. scandinavia house, $15. >>

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). >>

8pm-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. >>

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). >>

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

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. >>

8:30pm: titanic tales: stories of courage and cowardice = 'part theatre, part concert, part history'. david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center, free. >>

9pm: snl writer john mulaney, this american life's vanessa bayer and anthony atamanuik stop by the 'totally j/k' variety show, hosted by joe mande and noah garfinkel. ucb, $5. >>

9pm: this month's pan hoot comedy show features jared logan, brooke van poppelen, michael che, erin judge, and josh homer. lincoln park tavern (prospect lefferts gardens), free. (no link)

9:30pm: garage rockers crocodiles and punks on mars play mercury lounge, $15. >>

10pm: macaulay culkin's ipod. 'it's exactly what it sounds like.' lpr gallery, free. >>

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


Planned Parenthood of NYC presents: the 5th Annual Roe on the Rocks Benefit Concert (in celebration of Roe v. Wade) featuring Asobi Seksu, North Highlands, Little, Big, and hosted by comedian Sara Benincasa. 100% of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood of NYC. April 16 at The Highline Ballroom, $25 general admission, $75 VIP. Information and tickets.

coming up

4/13 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. >>

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): score $60-130 items for men and women at the dolce and gabbana sample/overstock sale. 407 w. 13th st, bet. 9th ave + washington >>

see the naked truth burlesque game show 4/21 at the triad for $17.50-22.50 (reg $35-45) >>

free mp3s: amanda mair 'house' and 'doubt' >>

group deals

unlimited amusement-park rides at coney island's luna park for $22 ($44 value) >>

go on a beer-tasting harbor cruise on a topsail schooner with lite bites and a beer history lesson for $52 ($105 value) >>

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