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around town today

6:30pm: a panel discussion explores how architects and preservationists can work to protect landmarked buildings from storms like sandy while still maintiaining the spirit of the original structure. salmagundi club (47 5th ave), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: d.c. musician/author ian svenonius (nation of ulysses, the make-up, chain + the gang, weird war) channels the ghosts of rock stars past when he reads from his humorous new book, supernatural strategies for making a rock ‘n’ roll group at word, free >>

7pm (+ 1/29 @ strand books): joy division/new order bassist peter hook launches his new book, unknown pleasures: inside joy division at powerhouse arena with pitchfork editor brandon stosuy. drinks will be served. free. >>

7:30pm doors: dead stars, fan-tan, and okekre and the lucky bastards play mercury lounge, $10 >>

7:30pm (+ 1/29): 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: hear stories about escape, hiding, and winter traditions at the ‘hibernation’ edition of andrew linderman’s ‘local stories’ speaker series. tonight: michele carlo (fish out of agua), jen sanders, maggie nuttall, and jenice matias (pussinomics: a comedy). three of cups, free. >>

8pm: writer-comedian catie lazarus hosts 'employee of the month', a talk show featuring people who love their jobs. tonight: nyt media + culture reporter david carr, pulitzer prize nominee adam rapp, w. kamau bell (totally biased), rob lathan, plus house band the new guys. ucbeast, $5. >>

8pm: wyatt cenac (the daily show) hosts the weekly ‘night train’ comedy show with guests neal brennan (chappelle’s show), damien lemon, dave hill (tasteful nudes, npr), jamie lee (last comic standing), and joyelle johnson. littlefield, $8. >>

8pm: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off against each other about the past vs. the future at the 'uptown showdown', and the audience picks the winner. tonight: chris gethard, opus moreschi (the colbert report's new head writer), comedic musician jessica delfino, kurt metzger (ugly americans), liam mceneaney ('tell your friends'), baratunde thurston (how to be black), and host matthew love (time out new york). symphony space, $15. >>

8pm: prairie empire, youth companion and thick wild play cake shop, $8 >>

8:30pm: palma violets, devin and mainland play glasslands, $10 >>

9pm: tonight's 'dive comedy' with brooke van poppelen and giulia rozzi features calise hawkins, chesley calloway, aparana nancharla, adam lowitt, and musical guest grace love. freddy's, free. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

1/29 4-6pm: west village italian restaurant centro vinoteca celebrates five years by giving out free tasting samples of zucchini parmesan fritters, meatballs, bacon-wrapped dates, more. 74 7th ave s. at barrow. >>

1/29 6:30pm: journalist robin shulman presents her new book, eat the city: a tale of the fishers, foragers, butchers, farmers, poultry minders, sugar refiners, cane cutters, beekeepers, winemakers, and brewers who built new york at nypl mid-manhattan, free >>

1/29 7pm (+ 2/6 @ community bookstore, 2/7 @ pete's candy store, 2/12 @ 2a): new york times 'drink' columnist rosie schaap celebrates the launch of her memoir, drinking with men. it's safe to assume drinks will be available. word, free. >>

1/29 7pm (+ 1/30 @ mcnally jackson,  1/31 @ greenlight): east village tawainese street food eatery baohaus' chef and vice contributor eddie huang presents his new memoir, fresh off the boat at b+n union square with top chef's tom colicchio. free. >>

1/29 7pm doors: the masters of social gastronomy (msg) celebrate one year of off-beat food discussions by taking on their namesake, monosodium glutamate. public assembly, free. >>

1/29 8pm (every last tues of the month): cornhole tournament! $200 cash first prize. brooklyn brewery, $15 to cornhole (blind double team, includes a beer), $5 to watch. >>

1/29 8pm (tuesdays thru 2/26): ifc's 'stranger than fiction' documentary series and filmmaker q+a continues with first-time filmmaker (and former wsj reporter) neil barsky's profile of former three-term nyc mayor ed koch. $16. >>

sales, deals, freebies

get tickets to the 8th annual nyc coffee and tea festival at the 69th refiment armory 3/23 or 24 for $10 (reg $20) >>

free mp3: guns n' roses 'sweet child o' mine' >>

group deals

$15  to spend on cupcakes at cupcakeland in williamsburg for $7 >>

two movie tickets at the jcc for $10 ($22 value) >>

get a blowout alibi nyc salon in soho for $25 ($65 value) >>

get a large pizza with to beers or sodays at artichoke basille's pizza in chelsea for $23 ($46 value) >>

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