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around town today

6pm: 'green up your city': the american institute of architects hosts five panelists -- including frank jensen, lord mayor of copenhagen -- to discuss sustainable solutions for cities, urban areas and their residents. the event will also be livestreamed. center for architecture, $10. >>

6:30pm: release party for dark horse comics' new star wars #1: signings, trivia, and 25% off all star wars items for those in costume (15% off for everyone else). midtown comics, free. >>

6:30pm: author kathleen collins examines the world of cooking shows and their hosts dating back to the 1940s in her book, watching what we eat: the evolution of television cooking shows. mid-manhattan library, free. >>

7pm: five emerging writers, harold bauld, lexa hillyer, victoria mccoy, daniel meltz and martin rock, share their work during the seventh annual best new poets celebration. a q+a and signing follows. book court, free. >>

7pm: humanities professor/author sarah schulman discusses her l.e.s. aids-era (1981-1996) memoir, the gentrification of the mind: witness to a lost imagination. 287 spring, free. >>

7pm: novelist ron currie jr. (god is dead, everything matters) talks with ben gibbard (death cab for cutie, the postal service) about writing, making music, and more at strand books. gibbard will also perform acoustic songs. $15 gift card purchase required for admission. >>

7pm: ask a stranger anything you want — but only if you answer first... in front of a live audience — at 'ask roulette'. with host jody avirgan (wnyc), aj jacobs (esquire), baratunde thurston (how to be black), and julieanne smolinksi (@boobsradley). housing works, free. >>

7pm: mcnally jackson's free monthly storytelling and performance show 'real characters' gives the mic to dan nester (how to be inappropriate), ophira eisenberg (npr's 'ask me another'), jeff simmermon ('and i am not lying'), and writer/comedian abbi crutchfeld >>

7:30pm (wed-sun thru 1/20): the american globe theater puts a twist of one of shakespeare's most famous plays: romeo + juliet. their version includes kazoos, kung fu and is acted out by puppets. $18. >>

7:30pm: silent drape runners, field mouse, wojcik, mindtroll, and stern play the bowery electric, $8 >>

8pm: anyone can bring an object to talk about at paul lukas's 'show-and-tell' sharing event at freddy's, free >>

8pm: see 2 shows for $5 at ucb: performers spoof the tony awards in ‘the 2017 tony awardz: a parody of musical proportions’ and ‘former business partners: everything must go!’ >>

8:30pm: celebrate the new year in prizes! january's movie trivia night at nighthawk cafe includes an abundance of prizes as well as a movie trivia theme that includes new beginnings, reboots, rebirths, remakes, more. free >>

9pm-3:10am: copycat cover song night pays tribute to elvis with live bands, remixes, and $5 blue hawaii cocktails all night. otto’s, free. >>

thru 1/20: the annual under the radar festival returns with 12 experimental theater productions from around the world. the public, $20. >>

thru 1/18: the prototype opera/theatre/now festival kicks off with work from new young composers. here, $20+. >>

thru 1/24: experience a diverse range features, documentaries, and shorts at the 22nd annual new york jewish film festival. fslc, $13. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

1/10 9am-3pm: high-paying job-search website the ladders sponsors a free job fair at grand central's vanderbilt hall >>

1/10 7pm: 'how to feed a growing planet': nbc news chief science and health correspondent robert bazell leads a panel discussion with geneticist molly jahn, activist raj patel (stuffed and starved, food rebellions, and the value of nothing), and marcus samuelsson (chef and owner of harlem's red rooster restaurant) to address how the food system of the world's growing population will be impacted by technology, the climate, the economy and politics. amnh, $15. >>

1/10 7pm: writer/director/producer leslie harris presents a 20th anniversary screening of her 1992 sundance special jury prize winning film, just another girl on the i.r.t.. a post-film discussion with harris, actress ariyan johnson, and writer nelson george follows. 92ytribeca, $12. >>

1/10 7pm: the modern school of film’s ‘film:funny’ series presents a screening and discussion of martin scorsese's 1983 comedy/drama, the king of comedy starring robert de niro and jerry lewis. fred armisen (snl, portlandia) joins in a post-film talk. $17. >>

1/10 7:30pm: comedian livia scott and tanya o'debra host (as katharine hepburn and barbra stanwyk) the 'livia's castle of enchantment' variety show, with guests jermaine fowler, avery monsen, and musical guest shockwave. ucbeast, $5. >>

1/10 7:30pm doors: free screening of the season 2 premiere of showtime's house of lies, starring don cheadle and kristen bell. bonus: after party with drinks from ciroc and heineken. amc empire 25, facebook rsvp req'd. >>

1/10 8pm: class actress and erika spring play a free show at 285 kent with dj sets from lemonade, mess kid, chairlift and neon indian. rsvp req'd. >>

1/10 8:30pm: ghost beach, k. flay, haerts and blondfire play a free popshop show at santos party house. bonus:  free cutty sark whiskey for the first hour. rsvp req'd. >>

1/10 9pm (rescheduled from 11/2): indie pop bands hospitality, teen and household play bowery ballroom, $15 >>

1/10-26: tony award-winning urinetown, the satirical musical comedy about corruption, greed, love and revolution, plays for a two-week run secret theatre production. $18. >>

sales, deals, freebies

ends today: take a free writing class (memoir, articles, humor, screenwriting, more) or two at the gotham writer's workshop open house >>

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