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around town today

a special exhibit at the intrepid museum, space shuttle enterprise: a pioneer, opens to the public today. it examines enterprise's important role in the development of the u.s. space shuttle program. note: due to damage to the pavillion by hurricane sandy, the shuttle itself is not currently open to the public. $24-30 admission includes access to the museum and exhibit. >>

some interesting free opening receptions tonight:
andrea mary marshall's 'gia condo' at allegra la viola gallery >>
david s. allee's 'frame of view' at morgan lehman gallery >>
david mcdermott + peter mcgough's 'suspicious of rooms without music or atmosphere' at cheim + read >>
ev┼żen sobek's 'life in blue' at clampart >>
eyebeam's annual showcase >>
'make your mark' at the impossible project space >>

5pm: manhattan theatre club's the other place cast members laurie metcalf (roseanne, the big bang theory), daniel stern (the wonder years, home alone) and playwright sharr white sit down with wqxr's elliott forrest for the greene space's ongoing 'inside look' series. $10 admission includes a glass of wine or beer. >>

7pm: heather o'donnell of honey + wax booksellers leads a conversation about contemporary book collecting. bring in your antique book or favorite household heirloom for a complimentary appraisal. community bookstore, free. >>

7pm: trivia masters stuart post and chris kelley host the first-ever 'underground' trivia battle at the new york transit museum: form your own two to six person team (or join a group of other players) to test your knowledge of history, music, movies, pop culture and of course, transit. bonus: brooklyn brewery will provide refreshments. $15. >>

7:30pm: comedian bob happy cruelty day powers's 'steamboat' literary humor series hosts writer/performer mike albo (the underminer: the best friend who casually destroys your life) and storytellers hillary rea and tom shillue ('funny story'). greenlight, free. >>

7:30pm (every 3rd thurs): brave adults share their diaries, poems, letters and more from their humiliating teenage years at the 'cringe' monthly reading series. freddy's, free >>

7:30: pyschedelic folk country rock duo hawk and dove headlines at the rock shop. queens indie rock band the gantry opens with acoustic indie folk artist kendy gable. $8-10. >>

8pm: comedian john flynn shares stories of his experience as a seven-year old munchkin in a community college production of the wizard of oz in his 'faggot munchkin' album recording at ucb, $5 >>

8pm: attend a live taping of dale seever's monthly podcast, dale radio at film biz recycling with comedian/writer emmy blotnick ('nikki and sara live'), storyteller seth lind (thank you, robot, and this american life), and music by steve o’reilly. bonus: free brooklyn brew. free admission. >>

8pm (thru 1/19): fierce bessie award-winning tap dancer/choreographer michelle dorrance presents her company's new soundspace at dancepace project, in which the dancer's soles will be covered with various materials to explore different sounds. $18. >>

8pm (+1/24, 31): part one of the three part series 'hairy secrets: human relic as memory object in victorian mourning jewelry' focuses on 'speaking reliquaries' (containers which store the preserved body parts or relics of martyrs and saints) and christian death rituals. presented by art historian and master jeweler, karen bachmann. observatory, $10. >>

8pm: desert sharks play cake shop, $8 >>

8:30pm: five live brass and traditional bands perform stomping balkan music during the the night before the golden festival at littlefield, $10 >>

8:30pm: beast patrol, clementine + the galaxy, dynasty electric, and teletextile play glasslands, $10 >>

9pm: take a ride with chris gethard's 'the weirdest bands we know' comedy/music show at death by audio. crowd participation, stunts, and prize giveaways. $7. >>

9pm: comedian kerryn feehan ('stand up and take your clothes off') hosts a fundraiser for her upcoming film, crushed with guests fraincoise gordon, katie compa, craig hilleson, ashley brooke roberts, sean donnelly, and the lucas brothers. greenpoint heights, $10. >>

9pm: puss n' boots, the 'sex, love and country music' trio that includes norah jones, sasha dobson and catherine popper, plays with the parkington sisters and burlesque performer minnie tonka at the bell house, $15 >>

9pm: indie bands here we go magic and love as laughter play lpr, $17 >>

9pm: expect an evening of live music, body + face painting, burlesque, and djs spinning new wave + electro at the olivia: noche de los muertos party at r bar, $10 >>

9:30pm: '60s lezploitation films chained girls and witches screen at videiology, free >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

1/18 7pm thru 1/20 11pm: new york-based scholars, authors and artists take part in triple canopy's second annual two-day (52 hours!) marathon reading of gertrude stein’s 'enormously long and allegedly unreadable' novel the making of americans: being a history of a family’s progress. 155 freeman (greenpoint), free. >>

1/18 8pm: fleetwood mac tribute band, rumours live play littlefield. .357 lover (they've backed john cameron mitchell and andrew wk) and balthrop, alabama open. $10. >>

1/18 9pm: boston post punkers mission of burma play bowery ballroom, $20-22 >>

1/18 11pm: be a performer or voyeur at the air sex east coast world championships at b.b. king blues. $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

1/18-20: the 10th annual new york times travel show features travel experts, discounts, international food tastings, top vacation destinations, more. jacob k. javits center, $17 ($12 before 1/18, $6 here). >>

1/18-24: top men's + women's squash players compete at the 16th annual j.p. morgan squash tournament of champions. grand central terminal's vanderbilt hall, $5+. >>

1/18-24: documentary greenwich village: music that defined a generation explores the political, social, and cultural effects of the neighborhood's music scene during 1961-1973. happy traum, oscar brand, dough yeager, and david amram in person @ 1/18 7:25pm. ifc, $13.50. >>

1/18-2/3: save up to 75% during scoop's bi-annual ultimate closet warehouse sale >>

1/19 7:30pm: 'the first novelization' reading series kicks off with 'dramatic' readings of books based on movies, including pretty in pink, grease 2, rambo iv, and others read by frank conniff (mst3k, joe garden (the onion) liam mceneaney ('tell your friends'), marlow riley (new york magazine), more. union hall, $5. >>

1/20 1-3pm: no tag backs! re-live grade school recess and play freeze tag, blob tag, red rover, and more at levys' unique new york's 8th annual freeze tag on wall street. meet at the corner of wall st + broad st, free. >>

1/20 10pm: celebrate the king and the starman at the oh! you pretty things 2nd annual david bowie + elvis presley birthday bash with music from screaming rebel angels, michael t and the vanities, and benjamin ickies + this ambitious orchestra, plus burlesque from the love show, bettina may, and brewster. lpr, $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 2/21 2:45pm: score free tickets to a live taping of fx series 'totally biased with w. kamau bell' at manhattan center studios >>

thru 1/19 take 25% off your order at with promo code 'january25' >>

take an additional 50% off all marked down men's and women's underthings at freshpair >>

free mp3s: four tracks from free country >>

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