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around town today

6-8pm (thru 7/6): opening reception for 'field recordings' a multimedia exhibition of sound and visuals collected in nature and reassembled into altered landscapes. the horticultural society of new york, free. >>

7pm: 80's comedy staple steve guttenberg (police academy) talks about his new memoir the guttenberg bible at b+n 82nd + b'way, free >>

7pm: mcnally jackson's monthly storytelling and performance show 'real characters' gives the mic to snl's rachel dratch, paul simms (the new yorker), eliot glazer ('sh*t new yorkers say'), margot leitman ('stripped stories'), and carlos kotkin (please god let it be herpes). mcnally jackson, free. >>

7pm: beth hoyt and trish nelson's 'a big effing deal' comedy/variety show features will hines, roger hailes, mike lawrence, and music from adira amram + the experience. bonus: 2-4-1 happy hour drinks. 2a, free. >>

7pm: sneak preview of biopic cloclo, which chronicles the successful career (he wrote the original 'my way') and tragic end of french singer claude fran├žois. fiaf, $10. >>

7:30pm (thru 5/13): san francisco's alonzo king lines ballet comes to the joyce, $10+ >>

7:30pm (+ 5/11-17): sneak preview of doc. under african skies, in which paul simon returns to south africa to explore the musical and political roots of his classic album graceland. bonus: free posters for the first 50 folks tonight. ifc, $13. >>

7:30pm (thru 5/20): 50+ emerging and seasoned choreographers present work at the la mama moves! dance festival, free-$15 >>

9pm: bear in heaven and blouse bring dreamy pop to mhow, $15 >>

9:30pm: indie bands hundred waters and races play mercury lounge, $10 >>

10:30pm: bastard keith hosts the 'here kitty kitty t*tty show,' an evening of burlesque kitty tales. the kraine, $15 adv, $18 door >>

ends today: the 23rd annual dusty film + animation festival presents the works of emerging filmmakers from the bfa film, video + animation department at the school of visual arts. sva theatre (333 w. 23rd st.), free. >>

thru 5/10: doc. first position explores the journey of aspiring young dancers as they compete in ballet’s largest international student competition. ifc + fslc, $13. >>

thru 5/22: fit's art + design graduating student exhibition presents the work of 800+ students receiving associate's and bachelor's degrees in everything from accessories design to computer animation. fit, free. >>


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5/10 9am-9pm: sprinkles cupcakes shops celebrates one year by giving you a free cupcake.  780 lexington ave (bet. 60th + 61st st). >>

5/10 6pm: daily show co-creator, comedian, and social critic lizz winstead discusses her new book of autobiographical essays, lizz free or die at b+n tribeca, free >>

5/10 6pm: learn how to make container gardens from found objects and what vegetables to grow in them with diy gardener fern richardson. horticultural society, free (rsvp). >>

5/10 8pm: learn about blaschka 19th century glass models of ocean creatures in an illustrated lecture presented by the london natural history museum's marine invertebrates collection manager, miranda lowe. observatory, $8. >>

5/10 8pm: in honor of mca, brooklyn bowl screens adam yauch-directed awesome: i f*ckin' shot that! followed by a beastie boys tribute av performance by eclectic method. free. >>

5/10 8pm: violin/cello duo zentripetal and pianist dimitri dover perform modern works by john cage, morton subotnick, gloria coates, and more. greenwich house, $15. >>

5/10 9pm: live wrestling burlesque. that's all we need to know. sideshows by the seashore, $12. >>

5/10-8/19: the met's new costume institute exhibition, schiaparelli and prada: impossible conversations, showcases italian designers elsa schiaparelli and miuccia prada. free with $25 'recommended' museum admission. >>

sales, deals, freebies

10am-8pm: get a free hand massage thanks to cosmetics company shiseido at their open house gallery pop up, 201 mulberry >>

3-5pm (thru 5/13): score half-price frappuccinos during starbucks' frappy hour >>

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

thru 5/11: free treats from fat witch bakery, grandaisy bakery, sugar cake flower shop, and mille-feuille all week, courtesy of citibank. various locations. >>

thru 5/11: what you'll find at the toca semi-annual sale. 542 w. 22nd st (bet. 10th + 11th aves), 3rd floor >>

thru 5/11: 60%+ off and $50 samples at the thakoon sale, 270 lafayette >>

thru 5/13: save $50 off orders of $150 or more at anne kliein >>

thru 5/14: take 20% off your entire order at the nine west friends and family sale >>

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