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around town today

6:30pm: new york neon author thomas rinaldi presents a history of the illuminated signs that adorn our local shops. washingon square institute, free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: professors from nyu learn us on the discovery of and the significance of the higgs boson particle. cuny's grad center, free (rsvp). >>

7pm: legendary singer tony bennett talks about and signs his new memoir, life is a gift: the zen of bennett at b+n union square, free >>

7pm: mcnally jackson's free monthly storytelling and performance show 'real characters' gives the mic to a.j. jacobs (drop dead healthy), david rees (how to sharpen pencils), anna goldfarb (clearly i didn't think this through), and courney maum (slate) >>

7:30pm: guess who did it at theatre/film collective f*it club's murder! murder mystery at the réunion surf-themed bar, with a prize. $15 admission includes a specialty rum cocktail and snacks. >>

7:30pm (mondays thru 12/17): attend a live taping of ask me another, npr's radio show of puzzles, games, and trivia hosted by ophira eisenberg and featuring music by jonathan coulton. the bell house, $10. >>

8pm: where are my dragons?! put your game of thrones trivia to the test at off the rails nyc. free. >>

8pm: storytellers, comedians, and sex educators tell true stories of sex, desire + romance at 'bare'. tonight:michele carlo, david crabb, kelli dunham, wuliam mullin, graham eason nolan, and musical guest rob paravonian.,the pit, $10. >>

8pm: erin lennox's 'dtf’ comedy show at williamsburg's grand vicotry bar features jermaine fowler, chris distefano, anthony devito, amber nelson, brent sullivan, and peggy o'leary. free. >>

8pm: wyatt cenac (the daily show) hosts the weekly ‘night train’ comedy show with guests hannibal buress, al jackson, calise hawkins, jim tews, and julie klausner. littlefield, $5-8. >>

8pm: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off against each other about hanukkah vs. christmas at the onion av club's 'uptown showdown', and the audience picks the winner. tonight: michael showalter, craig baldo, albertina rizzo, jackie hoffman, kevin townley, seth herzog, and host jared logan. symphony space, $15. >>

8pm: crowd-funded web series the outs premiers its sixth episode/finale with cast and creators and a performance by wet at public assembly, free >>

8:30pm: nag brooklyn hosts the makers of the domino effect, a doc. that explores how real estate really works in nyc. screening followed by q+a regarding the williamsburg waterfront's industrial past. free (rsvp). >>

9pm: huckleberry bar's free monday night movie screenings highlight woody allen films this month. tonight: manhattan (1979). >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

11/20 7:30pm doors: columbia university atmospheric scientist adam sobel discusses the science of hurricane sandy and extreme weather at this month’s secret science club. the bell house, free. >>

11/20 7:30pm: though it won't be simulcast on comedy central, the unbound literary series's gary shteyngart roast will leave plenty in stitches. john wesley harding hosts roasters include kurt andersen (true believers), jay mcinerney (bright lights big city) + sloane crosley (how did you get this number). $20, bam harvey. >>

11/20 8pm: cornballing cornholing partners compete to win $100 cash at brooklyn brewery. $10 admission includes a beer. >>

11/20 8pm: hotsy totsy burlesque takes on a charlie brown thanksgiving at r bar, $12 >>

sales, deals, freebies

get two movie tickets at indiescreen in williamsburg for $12 ($24 value) >>

thru 11/27: all graphic novels, books, apparel, toys, etc. are 30% off at jim hanley's universe balck friday sale >>

group deals

$100 merchandise credit at etiqueta negra in soho or online for $45 >>

50% off mini cupcakes at tonnie's minis in the u.w.s. >>

tapas and sangria for lunch or brunch for two at tía pol in chelse for $29 ($82 value) >>

prix fixe sushi and asian-fusion meal with drinks for two at hachi restaurant + lounge in the l.e.s. for $34 ($78 value) >>

dentail exam, teeth cleaning, x-rays, and optional take home teeth-whitening kit at park slope dentistry for $49 ($450 value) >>

get 10 day passes and indoor rock-climbing shoes rental, harness, and chalk bag at brooklyn boulders for $149 ($299 value) >>

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