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

12-9pm (+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. >>

6-8pm (thru 6/2): opening reception for 'photographs as witness,' a collection of photos by legendary 100-year-old photojournalist ruth gruber between 1944-1947. soho photo, free. >>

6-8pm (thru 6/3): book launch and opening reception for first u.s. retrospective of works by english photographer brian duffy. clic gallery, free. >>

6-8pm (thru 6/15): opening reception for 'and she's not even pretty', 45 works on paper by courtney love. fred torres collaborations (527 w. 29th st., bet. 10th + 11th aves.), free. >>

6-9pm (thru 8/12): an international group of artists whose major materials are dust, ashes, dirt, and sand is exhibited in swept away at the museum of arts and design. pay-what-you-wish thursdays 6-9pm (reg $15). >>

6:30pm: child of weather underground activists thai jones discusses activists, radicals, plutocrats, and new york's year of anarchy in 1914 with activist and professor bill ayers. tenement museum, free. >>

7pm: oscar-winning actress sissy spacek talks about her new memoir my extraordinary ordinary life with the help author kathryn stockett. b+n union sq, free. >>

7pm: scandinavia house's morphosesinsights series kicks off with swedish choreographer/filmmaker pontus lidberg and collaborators discussing the process of creating a new piece and a viewing labyrinth within, lidberg's film featuring nycb's wendy whelan and music by david lang. $15. >>

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

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). >>

7pm-midnight (thru 5/6): park slope performance space barbès 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: photographer and author stanley greenberg discusses time machines, his new photo book about 'large-scale physics projects, featuring the telescopes, particle accelerators, spectrometers, ion traps, and lidar installations the make up the physical structures of big science.' observatory, $5. >>

7:30pm: doc. lost bohemia, about 160 live-work artist apartments that existed above carnegie hall for over 100 years before they were torn down. followed by q+a with director josef astor. brooklyn fireproof, $8 + 1 drink min. >>

7:30pm: acclaimed swiss actress irène jacob (the double life of véronique) performs playful jazzy songs with her brother francis at her cd release show. joe's pub, $20. >>

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

8pm: syndicated columnist mark bazer hosts the brooklyn version of chicago's 'the interview show,' a talk show featuring jon glaser ('delocated!'), chuck klosterman (the visible man), em + lo (sex: how to do everything), plus music from indie band nova social. union hall, $8. >>

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. >>

8pm (+ 5/4): musical mad men parody the mad world of miss hathaway presents how to succeed in advertising: the wasp way. the wild priject, $20. >>

8pm (thru 5/5): 'blogologues' combines blogs (think overheard in new york and texts from last night) and monologues for live performance. the players loft (115 macdougal), $18 admission includes a beer. >>

8pm (thru 5/6): dutch modern ballet company' introdans comes to the joyce, $10+ >>

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. >>

8pm (every thu-sun thru 5/13): six playwrights debut plays on the theme of 'my best/worst date ever' at irt. bonus: 4/26-29 performances include a free vodka drink. $18. >>

8pm (every thu-sun thru 5/20): drama desk-nominated radiotheatre put on a ghastly good time at their third h.p. lovecraft festival, featuring six of lovecraft's stories told with an elaborate soundscape and original orchestral score. the kraine theater, $25. >>

9pm: clio award-winning variety show 'totally j/k' hosts joe mande and noah garfinkel welcome parks and recreation's retta and dan martin. ucbeast, $5 (rsvp). >>

9pm (every thu-sat thru 5/13): carrie ahern uses a solo dance performance inside a butcher shop to illuminate the farm to table process and our relationship to the animals we consume in 'borrowed prey'. dickson's farmstand meats at chelsea market, $15 with discount code 'empathy' for select shows (reg. $25). >>

10:30pm: spooky guitar rockers night manager play mercury lounge, $7 >>

11:30pm: 'may the 4th be with you': comics from the pit tell stories about the bar patrons in the star wars cantina. the pit, $5. >>

11:30pm: light asylum releases their debut album of aggressive electronic music with support from ooooo and black marble. lpr, $15. >>

ends today: the ziegfeld hosts rockfest 2012, a week of the best rock operas and concerts put to film, including tommy, the song remains the same, the last waltz (r.i.p. levon helm), stop making sense, more. $10. >>

thru 5/6: the pulse contemporary art fair returns to new york for the second year after its december show in miami. metropolitan pavilion, $20. >>

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. >>

thru 5/10 (held over): otto preminger's bonjour tristesse (1958), starring jean seberg, david niven, and deborah kerr, screens at film forum, $12.50. >>


How do you get to Carnegie Hall? With $5 tickets! On May 5, you have two chances to see performances at the famed New York institution at an incredible price. At 2pm, 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; At 8:30pm, The New York City Chamber Orchestra accompanying The Masterworks Festival Chorus perform Brahms, Mozart, more. Enter code 'may13645' for discount (reg $50-110).

coming up

5/4 8:45am-7pm (thru 5/6): bring your passion for food and books to the first nyc food book fair in the newly opened wythe hotel. panel topics include food + health, art, tech culture, cities, science, porn, more. $15/panel. >>

5/4 10am-8pm (thru 5/6): save up to 75% at french label a.p.c.'s overstock sample sale. the invisible dog gallery (51 bergen st, brooklyn). >>

5/4 11am-9pm (thru 6/1): the return of madison square eats brings yummy goodness from 25+ vendors including asiadog, calexico, eataly, macaron parlour, momofuku, roberta's pizza, more. worth square (24th st @ 5th ave). >>

5/4 6:30pm: as part of the unami food + art festival, student teams at the cooking-art challenge show off hybrid culinary + art creations using a variety of mediums including film, sculpture, performance, more. snacks/drinks provided. brooklyn kitchen, $15. >>

5/4 7pm: comedian demetri martin (daily show correspondent, important things with demetri martin) discusses his new book, this is a book, at the strand. $10 gift card or purchase of book req'd for admission. >>

5/4 7pm (thru 5/13): the museum of the moving images 'fashion in film festival: if looks could kill', presents crime in style with a line-up that includes casino, desire, american gigolo, mildred pierce, more. $12 admission includes access to the museum's galleries. >>

5/4 8pm: shamelessly cry in public at the untamed heart cry-along (tissues provided!) and drink your woes away with a beer included with admission. 92ytribeca, $13. >>

5/4 10pm (+ 5/5): there’s something for everyone at the twin peaks tv party costume contests, live performances, the pink room burlesque, rare footage and outtakes, a scavenger hunt, more. nitehawk, $15. >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 5/10: enjoy free events and discounts while supporting local businesses that are ethical and sustainable during shop your values week >>

33 sales happening between now and 5/15 >>

save up to 80% on bcbgmaxazria clothing and bags at >>

group deals

$14 to spend at häagen-dazs on mott street for $7 >>

middle-eastern dinner for two, including two sandwiches or entrees, two side dishes, and two drinks at tahini in the east village for $16 ($35 value) >>

small-plates brunch and mimosas for two at therapy wine bar in bed-stuy for $19 ($139 value) >>

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

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