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9am-8pm (+ 5/3 9am-12pm): the brooklyn botanic garden's 59th annual plant sale features 20,000 indoor and outdoor plants for the urban gardner. free with $10 admission and includes a coupon for a return visit to the garden. >>

11am-2pm: sample $1-5 lunch plates of macaroni, dumplings, kugel, and homemade pasta for $5 or less at wfc's noodlepalooza >>

6pm: wfmu's ken and andy host tv host a bingo night with comic todd barry, poet/performer/musician todd colby, and indie rock band dinosaur feathers at their 'seven second delay' comedy variety show. ucb, $5. >>

7pm: legendary newsman dan rather presents his memoir rather outspoken: my life in the news, which covers his rise at cbs covering the jfk assassination to his dismissal for a controversial broadcast on dubya's national guard service. b+n 82nd + b'way, free. >>

7pm: studio 360 host kurt anderson discusses the preservation of historic architecture and how we decide which landmarks are worth saving with architecture experts bonnie burnham and paul goldberger. part of the partners in preservation program to award grants to historic places. the green space, $10. >>

7pm: penn state professor of biological anthropology nina jablonski (skin: a natural history) explores the evolution of skin in our cultural history and as an adaptation to uv radiation. amnh, free. >>

7pm: 'ventriloqua' = a musical duet between a theremin and the electromagnetic waves of a pregnant body. bonus: free brooklyn brew. cabinet, free. >>

7pm: beth hoyt and trish nelson's 'a big effing deal' comedy/variety show features phoebe robinson, carla rhodes, brendan fitzgibbons, sarah tollemache, and laura saunders. bonus: 2-4-1 happy hour drinks. 2a, free. >>

7pm-midnight (thru 5/6): park slope performance space barb├Ęs celebrates 10 years with six days of some of their favorites: slavic soul party, raya brass band, catherine russel, mamie minch, las rubias del norte, stephane wrembel, more. $10 sugg. don. >>

7:30pm: the new york no limits film series screens six short independent films ranging from documentary to musical comedy at the wild project, $5 adv, $10 door >>

7:30pm (thru 5/6): dutch modern ballet company' introdans comes to the joyce, $10+ >>

8pm: women in comedy website gorgeous ladies of comedy (g.l.o.c.) relaunches with a party at littlefield with host glennis mccarthy and stand-up from 3rd rock from the sun's kristen johnston, julie klausner (how was your week), and kambri crews (burn down the ground). plus networking, a dj, and a raffle. bonus: the first 100 guests receive a t-shirt and a goodie bag. littlefield, $8-10. >>

8pm: annual concert for the brooklyn philharmonic's outside-in fellowship, which pairs hip hop, electronica, world music, jazz, and indie rock composers with classical mentors to write original works for string quartet and chamber orchestra. galapagos, $15 adv, $20 door. >>

8pm: the international contemporary ensemble performs an all-acoustic concert of chamber works by finnish composer kaija saariaho at roulette, $20 >>

8pm (+ 5/4): comedian jesse pop live taping for comedy central records at union hall, $2 with discount code 'popp' (reg $5) >>

8pm (thru 5/6): each night of the 8th annual downtown short film festival features 4-5 films and a complimentary cocktail reception with the filmmakers. duo multicultural arts center, $10. >>

9:30pm (+ 5/16, 31): not to be confused with newsies, newsadoozies: a man-eating musical is a 'musical chronicling the news boys of new york city in their adventures of selling newspapers, finding love, and getting eaten by the members of an ancient evil cannibalistic sex cult.' ucb, $5. >>

thru 5/3: otto preminger's bonjour tristesse (1958), starring jean seberg, david niven, and deborah kerr, screens at film forum, $12.50. >>

thru 5/6: 100+ writers from 25 countries descend upon the city for the seventh annual pen world voices festival of international literature. performances, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and readings. various locations + prices. >>


At Symphony Space's Thalia Book Club, readers and writers meet for intimate conversations about compelling new books and favorite classics in fiction, essay, biography and more. Evenings include an actor performing an excerpt, an interview and conversation with the audience, followed by a book signing. Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30pm, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on America's history in her new novel Home, a twentieth-century tale of redemption, a story about one man's desperate search for himself in a world troubled by war, an apparently defeated man finding his manhood-and his home. In conversation with Russell Banks (The Sweet Hereafter, Affliction). Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, $25; Members $21; 30 & Under $15. Tickets and Info.

coming up

5/3 7:30am, 6pm (every tues + thurs): free tai chi (7:30am) and yoga (6pm) class season kicks off at bryant park >>

5/3 9:45am (ongoing): enjoy the new york philharmonic for a fraction of the price of regular performances during their open rehearsals at avery fisher hall, $18 >>

5/3 7pm: sweden's little dragon play soulful electro pop for an encore! live session at le baron chinatown, free (rsvp) >>

5/3 7-9pm: brooklyn industries launches their new jungle fever collection with goodies from wrapp, brooklyn taco, bootlegger 21, runa tea, sixpoint, and whimsical confections. brooklyn industries smith street, free (rsvp). >>

5/3 8pm: multimedia artist peter burr creates 'green | red' an immersive audio-visual computer wilderness in the archway under the manhattan bridge. free. >>

5/3 8pm: electronic music pioneer morton subotnick (silver apples of the moon) discusses how he uses old + new technology together in his music with the buchla synthesizer - his choice of synth for 40 years - and ableton live software. greenwich house, $15. >>

5/3-5: bike expo new york features free cycling classes, live performances, hands-on events, and bike gear giveaways in the days leading up to the five boro bike tour. pier 36 (the east river @ south street + montgomery), free. >>

5/4 12:30pm: nyu's 27th annual strawberry festival features nyc's longest strawberry shortcake and music from bomb the music industry!, laura stevenson and the cans, kite party, and big ups. laguardia place bet. washington square south + w 3rd st, free. >>

5/5 2pm, 8:30pm: two carnegie hall performances for just $5 each: the national festival chorus presents works by brahms, haydn, more and the college festival chorus accompanied by the new york city chamber orchestra perform vivaldi (2pm); the new york city chamber orchestra accompanying the masterworks festival chorus perform brahms, mozart, more (8:30pm). enter code 'may13645' for discount (reg $50-110). >>

sales, deals, freebies

the sweetery truck is giving out 1,000 free cupcakes at four manhattan locations in manhattan today >>

save up to 25% of mother's day flowers, plants, and gifts at ftd >>

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