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interesting free opening receptions tonight:
aya rodriguez-izumi and davina hsu's 'c.u.nexttuesday' at michael mut gallery >>
deborah kass's 'my elvis' at paul kasmin gallery >>
james drosnes's 'icongraffiti' at krause gallery >>
kosyo minchev's 'lambs and landscapes' at stux gallery >>
'mapmakers ii: the evolution of contemporary indian art' at aicon gallery >>
nether's 'crumbling cities' at weldon arts >>
sezra stoller's 'beyond architecture' at yossi milo gallery >>

5-10pm: celebrate national beer can appreciation day at idle hands with a wide selection of $4 cans ($20 all-you-can-drink). a free surf and turf buffet starts at 9pm, and those wearing a hawaiian shirt get a free can at that time as well. >>

6:30pm: science and technology writer fred guterl leads a visual talk exploring the global trends threatening humanity in his book, the fate of the species: why the human race may cause its own extinction and how we can stop it. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: looking for freedom? get hooked on a feeling with the hasseltones, 'the world's only a cappella group that performs exclusively david hasselhoff songs'. ucb, $5. >>

6:30pm: ski lodge and urban cone play mercury lounge, $12 >>

7pm: stationery boutique kate's paperie hosts a bridal salon event including a raffle, discounts on calligraphy and 'save the dates' and invitations, plus guests including a photographer, florist and make-up artist. $20 admission includes a $20 gift card (rsvp). >>

7pm: st. claire and tom odell play pianos, $8 adv, $10 door >>

7:30: the attacca quartet performs the music of adams and haydn at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center, free >>

8pm (+1/31): part two of the three part series 'hairy secrets: human relic as memory object in victorian mourning jewelry' focuses on memento mori (objects meant to remind the owner of their mortality). presented by art historian and master jeweler, karen bachmann. observatory, $10. >>

8pm: five writers, musicians, actors and comics tell stories they associate with songs of their choosing at dana rossi's soundtrack series. lpr's gallery, $5. >>

8pm: brooklyn-based singer/songwriter eddi front debuts her first album at the slipper room with openers gambles. $12. >>

8pm: the smiths tribute band the smites perform at highline ballroom, $12 >>

8pm: boston circus band cirkestra performs with ukulele-playing chanteuse ellia bisker + sweet soubrette and ragtime-punk sextet apocalypse five and dime at jalopy, $10 >>

8pm doors: mr. dream, yvette, bueno, and adveata play shea stadium, $8 >>

8pm (+ 1/25-26, 31, 2/1-2): the fourth annual 'the fire this time' festival features seven 10 minute plays from early-career playwrights of african and african american descent. the kraine theater, $15. >>

9pm: burlesque for everybody celebrates all body types at its first show of the year at don pedro's, followed by a dance party. $10. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

1/25 10am: tickets go on sale this morning to see comedian demetri martin's sure-to-sell out 3/19 show at the bell house >>

1/25 8:30pm: boys' night: an all-male cirquelesque revue combines aerial acrobatics + burlesque into one stimulating performance. galapagos, $20. >>

1/25 10pm doors: the 'one more time: a daft punk tribute and tron theme party' features tribute duo daft punk'd, djs alex english, rekles, more. webster hall, $15. >>

1/25 11:59pm: booties will shake when new orleans ‘queen diva’ of bounce music big freedia plays brooklyn bow, $15 >>

1/25-26: get nude get drawn: a weekend marathon drawing session including 8 artists, 36 models, and 16 hours culminating into a one-night exhibition on saturday at 8pm. kinfolk (94 wythe ave, brooklyn), free. >>

1/25-3/21: the annual ecstatic music festival premieres collaborations between pop and classical composers for 11 unique performances. highlights include shara worden + the brooklyn youth chorus, clogs, sarah kirkland snider + orchestra for the new century, deerhoof + dal niente with marcos balter, laurel halo, julia holter + daniel wohl with transit, more. prices vary. >>

1/26 11am-3pm: the winter jam fetival brings fresh-blown snow to central park for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding lessons, and other winter festivities. central park's band shell, free (includes free equipment rental). >>

1/26 12, 6pm: race or party as the idiotarod, the urban version of alaska's iditarod, celebrates its 10th annual display of wackiness. free to race, $10 before 8pm, $20 after to party.

1/26 10pm-5am: burning man fundraiser 'digital love' features djs pony, alex funk, b3ar, others and encourages costumes of illuminated expression through the use of black lights, led's, and neon. 234 starr st, $15+. >>

1/26 11pm: the pink room burlesque presents the 2nd annual miss twin peaks pageant, with twin peaks screenings, cocktail specials, and donuts. parkside lounge, $15 adv $20 door. >>

1/27 2pm: big + juicy or small + firm, taste for yourself and declare a winner at the annual meatball takedown. the bellhouse, $15. >>

1/27 2-4pm: oshogatsu, japan's new year, is celebrated with lion dancing, a taiko drumming performance + workshop, plus other traditional activities. japan society, $15. >>

1/27 6pm: taste chili from 10 contestants and enter raffles at the habitat's (greenpoint) fifth annual chili cook-off, $10 >>

sales, deals, freebies

6:30-9pm: grab free drinks and snacks at the brooklyn industries ditmas park opening >>

group deals

three-course french dinner for two with wine at chez jacqueline in the village for $69 ($163 value) >>

get a zip car membership and $30 driving credit for $30 ($115 value) >>

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