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10am-6pm (thru 9/15): mcny's newest exhibit making room, showcases architectural models and drawings for proposed nyc housing. the exhibit also features a full-sized, 325 square-foot micro-studio apartment. free with $10 suggested museum admission. >>

4pm: filmmaker tom hooper discusses his oscar-nominated film, les misérables at apple soho, free >>

6-8pm: opening reception for exhibition 'dieter roth. björn roth’, featuring 100+ works of swiss artist dieter roth (1930–1998), ‘a performance artist in all the mediums he touched’. a site-specific liquor and coffee bar was created for the exhibition. hauser + wirth gallery, free. >>

6:30pm: tonight's 'tenement talk' at the tenement museum explores the history of nyc's economic and cultural fabric, with panelists annie polland, jeremy robbins and nancy foner as well as slate ceo and immigrant, miguel zabludovsky. the talk kicks off the museum's newest exhibit, shop life, which includes a recreation of an 1870s german beer saloon once located at 97 orchard street. free. >>

6:30pm (rescheduled from 12/5): pbs’s new york originals host jamie mcdonald shows clips and discusses a new book based on the show, new york originals — a guide to the city’s classic shops + mom-and-popsat the washington square institute, free (rsvp) >>

7pm: feminist authors kate zambreno (heroines) and lisa cohen (all we know) discuss writing, women and modernism at community bookstore, free >>

7pm: get motivated! clinical psychologist ben michaelis celebrates the release of his first book, your next big thing, a how-to that relates ten small steps to give you confidence and get you moving toward your goals. book court, free. >>

7pm: brooklyn-based writer john kenney discusses his charming, yet emotional, debut novel truth in advertising with novelist jami attenberg (the middlesteins) at greenlight, free >>

7pm: no flashbacks allowed at 'bad trips,' which brings together jerry stahl (bad sex on speed) and contributors to the heroin chronicles: l.z. hansen, sophia langdon and nathan larson. word, free. >>

7pm: open source: a panel discussion on the future of art and how to survive when you’re giving it away for free. with electric literature's halimah marcus and benjamin samuel, artist man bartlett, and jeff rosenstock (bomb the music industry!). housing works, free. >>

8pm: put your knowledge of josh whedon's cult sci-fi series firefly to the test at firefly trivia. professor thom's, free. >>

8pm: join bro + sis comedians john and molly knefel ('john and molly get along') for a live taping of their political podcast 'radio dispatch live!' in lpr's gallery, free >>

8pm doors: tonight at the 'hot soup' comedy show: myq kaplan, dan st germain, damien lemon, and jessi klein. bonus: rsvp with 4 or more people and y'all get a free drink each. ella lounge, free (rsvp). >>

8pm: local songwriters perform original songs inspired by kurt vonnegut's slaughterhouse-five at tonight's fifth anniversary performance of the bushwick book club. goodbye blue monday, free. >>

8pm: dozens of musicians play 64 of the hits for the 4th annual beatles complete on ukulele: featuring mike doughty, angela mccluskey, leah segal, alyson greenfield, supercute, more. bring your own uke, play the first song with the band and get in free.. brooklyn bowl, $10. >>

8pm (thru 2/16): 'the house of von macramé', a musical that promises both high fashion (150 costume changes!) and horror, is the story of a young, small-town girl who becomes the muse of an eccentric fashion designer. the bushwick starr, $15-18. >>

8:30pm: bust magazine and videology's ‘pajamarama' series presents the best of gilda radner. $8. >>

9pm: 'come expecting a parade, new songs, marching, dancing, party hats, bells and whistles' when singer/songwriter shara worden's etherial my brightest diamond plays bowery ballroom. $18 adv, $20 dos. >>

9pm-4am: copycat cover song night pays tribute to blondie with live bands (including all-zombie cover band zlombdie and the gila monsters), remixes, and $5 platinum blonde cocktails all night. otto’s, free. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

1/24 1:30pm: learn about how the civil war created the industry for dainty biscuits from author joy santlofe at nypl's stephen a. schwarzman building. free. >>

1/24 5-10pm: celebrate national beer can appreciation day at idle hands with $4 cans ($20 all-you-can-drink) >>

1/24 7pm: $20 admission to kate's paperie's bridal salon comes right back at you in the form of a $20 gift card, plus 50% off calligraphy, 10% off 'save the dates' or invitations, a raffle ticket, more. rsvp. >>

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