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around town today

5pm: actor kevin kline and filmmaker lawrence kasdan discuss their new film, darling companion, at apple soho, free >>

5:30pm doors: composer jean-baptiste barrière gives a crash course in computer music at the miller theater. beer provided by harlem brewing company. free. >>

6:30pm: learn how anyone can get into the ad game at the nyit auditorium (1871 broadway, bet. 61st + 62nd st.), free (rsvp) >>

6:30pm: in honor of what would be her 150th birthday, new school professors vivian gornick, margo jefferson, and ann snitow discuss edith wharton's novels the house of mirth, the custom of the country, and the age of innocence, all of which are set in new york. tenement museum, free. >>

6:30-9:30pm (every tues): stargaze with the amateur astronomers association of new york at the high line between little west 12th and west 14th streets, free >>

7pm: iconic songwriter and performer carole king ('it's too late,' 'i feel the earth move') presents her memoir a natural woman, a chronicle of her five-decade career. b+n union sq, free. >>

7pm: artist molly crabapple (dr. sketchy's) talks about her new book my week in hell, which contains drawings created on the walls of a hotel room over a period of five days. mcnally jackson, free. >>

7pm: waris hussein – director of the very first episode of doctor who, ‘an unearthly child’ – does a q+a and provides live commentary for a screening of the episode. paley center, $20. >>

7pm: instrumentalists who've performed with bands from medeski martin + wood, arcade fire, and devandra banhart perform solo compositions at lpr, $15 >>

7:30pm: vol 1 presents writers, filmmakers, and other rebels telling 'the greatest 3-minute punk stories ever' at public assembly, free >>

7:30pm, 9:30pm: 'kraftwreck': in response to the sold-out kraftwerk shows at moma, screen slate and s.s.l. screen 70s films master of the flying guillotine and das millionenspeil which make extensive use of the music of kraftwerk, neu!, tangerine dream, and can. spectacle, $5. >>

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

8pm: ifc's 'stranger than fiction' documentary series continues with we're not broke, an exposée; of how multi-billion dollar corporations avoid paying taxes. directors karin hayes + victoria bruce in person for opening night. ifc, $16. >>

8pm: comedy duo wrestling team (mark bisi and andy beckerman) asks writers, performers and artists about their careers. tonight: kevin allison ('risk!' the state), nick vatterott, and band savoir adore. ucbeast, $5. >>

8pm: this week's 'tell your friends!' comedy show features hannibal buress (30 rock), kris tinkle, liam mceneaney, and musical guest scott gibson. lolita, $5. >>

8pm: tonight's 'cheap date' comedy show at union hall features janeane garofalo, gary gulman, jeffrey joseph, calise hawkins, rg daniels, and hosts calvin cole and sharron paul. $8. >>

8pm: the rock shop's new comedy night features chris gethard, rob cantrell, sara schaefer, max silvestri, janine brito, and host tj del reno. $8-10. >>

8:30pm: sonic youth's kim gordon and other kraftwerk fans from pussy galore/free kitten, magik markers, parts and labor, prairie empire, and more perform the best songs from the influential german computer band. littlefield, $12.50 adv, $15 dos. >>

8:30pm (thru 6/14): floating point waves = 'an environment of strings, water, solo dance, real-time video, and live electronic music'. here, $20. >>

9:30pm (+ 4/13): norwegian vixen silya continues her dance pop residency at pianos with support from library voices and yukon blonde. $8. >>

10pm: geek girl burlesque presents 'pasties and popcorn', a tribute to some of their favorite movies. bowery poetry club, $8 adv, $12 dos. >>

coming up

4/11 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. >>

4/11 8pm: local x local takes over brooklyn bowl with music from electro duo javelin, $5 (free with rsvp) >>

4/12 5pm: director james cameron (aliens, terminator, avatar) discusses his 3-d reimagining of titanic at apple soho >>

4/12 6pm: march through the streets near union square to take back the night against sexual violence >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 4/24 (tuesdays): the ice rink at rockefeller center extends its $7.50 'turn back the clock rate' (reg. $10 admission + $9 rental) >>

10 no-fuss salons for cheap manicures and pedicures >>

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