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around town today

6:30pm (+ 2/7 @ glasslands): on an on and field mouse play mercury lounge, $10 >>

7pm: learn how to make jewelry at a workshop/launch party with the founders of british jewelry company tatty devine. powerhouse arena, supplies provided with $16 book purchase. >>

7pm: model tyrese gibson and run dmc's reverend run read and discuss their new book, manology: secrets of your man's mind revealed. apple soho, free. >>

7pm: cuny political science professor jeanne theoharis reads from the rebellious life of mrs. rosa parks, her new biography of 'the first lady of civil rights'. b+n 82nd + broadway, free. >>

7pm: celebrate james joyce's 131st birthday (a few days late) with robert seidman, co-author of ulysses annotated. bonus: whiskey will be served. mcnally jackson, free. >>

7pm: the atlas review, a new independent literary magazine, launches its first issue with an evening of fiction, poetry and music. housing works, free. >>

7pm: will oldham, a.k.a. bonnie "prince" billy, discusses his new book about his music career with critic/musician sasha frere-jones and oldham's editor alan licht. includes a reading, q+a and book signing. book court, free. >>

7pm: columbia university astrophysicist mordecai-mark mac low will use models and supercomputer visualizations to lead a discussion on the origins of planets, stars and galaxies during this evening's 'scicafé' after hours program at amnh, free >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: beth hoyt and trish nelson's 'big effing deal' comedy/variety show features brooke van poppelen, matt koff, carolyn castiglia, and marcus monroe. bonus: 2-4-1 happy hour drinks until 8pm. 2a, free >>

7:30pm: clowns, magic, music, art, stupid humor and comedy make up 'the village idiot's circus', a new monthly experimental variety show at muchmore's, free >>

8pm (+ 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 at park slope watering hole, south. free. >>

8pm doors: tonight at the 'hot soup' comedy show: mst3k's frank connigg, nick vatterorr, emily heller, joe list, more. bonus: rsvp with 4 or more people and y'all get a free drink each. ella lounge, free (rsvp). >>

8pm (ends today): with 2 drummers, guitar, violin, and a breath-controlled synth, friend roulette wraps up a month-long residency at pianos. tonight's supporting bands include frances, racket club, and brian betancourt and dav sheinkoph. $8. >>

8:30pm: memory tapes, teen, and denitia + sene play glasslands, $10-12 >>

8:30pm: gold fields, a silent film, and american authors play bowery ballroom, $15 >>

9pm: blog and i am not lying hosts a monthly variety show of storytelling, comedy, burlesque, and sideshow acts. under st. marks, $10. >>

9:30: belt out your favorite songs by neko case, yeah, yeah, yeahs, arcade fire, pavement, and more while backed by real musicians at live band indie rock karaoke. spike hill, free. >>

thru 2/19: caesar must die, an italian film shot entirely in the high-security wings of rebibbia prison in rome, captures long-sentence convicts rehearsing for an upcoming performance of julius caesar. film forum, $12.50. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

coming up

2/7 12:30pm: musician josh groban signs his new cd at b+n fifth ave >>

2/7 7pm: celeb chef vincent tropepe launches his latest book, from behind the kitchen doors, at powerhouse arena with a tasting of his new biscotti line, a signing and q+a. free. >>

2/7 8pm: ava luna, shark?, butter the children, and baked, and clapperclaw play a silent barn studio benefit at shea stadium, $7 >>

2/7 9pm: bust magazine releases its annual love and sex issue with a night of music, cocktail specials, snacks from pretzel crisps and a brooch-making workshop with british jewelry company tatty devine. matchless, free >>

2/7 9pm: bam + ifc's 'get it out there' comedy show salutes richard pryor with comedians hari kondabolu, jeff simmermon, jermaine fowler, and jeffrey joseph. bamcafé, free. >>

2/7 9:30pm: vensaire and american royalty play mercury lounge, $10 >>

2/7-2/10: the athena film festival celebrates women and women's leadership, featuring a number documentaries, short films, feature films, conversations and workshops throughout the weekend. barnard college, $5-12. >>

2/13, 21, 28: the modern school of film series invites special guests to present and discuss a favorite movie after screening it. february's lineup includes guests alan cumming, andrew w.k., and mark ruffalo discussing waiting for guffman, faces, and the elephant man. ifc, $17. >>

sales, deals, freebies

grab a free small cup of soft serve fruit at chloe's soft serve fruit co in the flatiron >>

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