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free opening receptions:
'cut/paste/grow' group show @ observatory >>
vaudeville park art studios >>

10:30am: it’s a nice day for a white wedding at the brides of march interactive event + bar crawl where everyone gets to be a beautiful bride. free. >>

3pm: see 'breaking surface', an 'acrobatic aerial dance theater work staged in and over a thirty-by-twenty five foot shallow pool' at the theater for the new city for free-$12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg $25-40) >>

4pm (thru 4/27): rhapsodic city: music of new york, a new series from the library for the performing arts, examines the relationship between nyc and music and how the two have influenced each other. today: the contributions and achievements of women in hip-hop are highlighted with a panel discussion, screenings, and performances. schomburg center for research in black culture, free (rsvp). >>

7pm: see dj spooky's of water and ice, a live piece for string quartet with video at the metropolitan museum of art on 3/23 for free-$15 (+ ticket fees, reg $30) >>

7, 10pm (ends today): new aerial comedy 'genesis' is an irreverent re-telling of the creation story incorporating dance and aerial arts. circus warehouse (l.i.c.), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7:30pm: dutch baroque pop artist jacco gardner and mmoss play mercury lounge, $10 >>

8pm: the story pirates normally perform family-friendly musical versions of stories written by kids. tonight they do an adults-only show at the drama book shop, $15 >>

8pm: kevin maher hosts comedy-variety show 'kevin geeks out about…wrestling!’, complete with film clips, dramatic poetry readings, special guests, trivia, more. 92ytribeca, $10. >>

8pm (ends today): 'the cleverbot plays' = 10-minute plays written from conversations between playwrights + artificial intelligence website cleverbot. the brick, $15. >>

8pm: folk + blues singer/songwriter/violist/guitarist (and frequent member of the hot sardines) pete lanctot plays national underground, free >>

8pm: something in spanish, tippy toes, and robert bop play cameo, $8-10 >>

8pm: esben + the witch and heliotropes play knitting factory, $12 >>

8pm: eula, squarehead, krill, shark?, and butter the children play the silent barn. $7. >>

8pm doors: black marble, weeknight, lodro, and night visions play shea stadium, $8 >>

8:30pm: turn off all non-essential lighting for just an hour during earth hour: the world wildlife fund's worldwide call for action on climate change. >>

8:30pm: tonight's 'if you build it' comedy show with guest host sean donnelly features nikki glaser, mike recine, scott moran, hadiyah robinson, doug smith, and stuckey and murray. ucbeast, $5. >>

8:30pm: hundred waters and salt cathedral play glasslands, $10-12 >>

9pm doors, 10pm event: brakes are overrated at the red bull mini drome race where 100 fixie competitors will reach speeds of 30+mph on the challenging velodrome track. bushwick church, free (rsvp). >>

9pm-late: dance to 6-piece hot jazz ensemble svetlana + the delancey five and electro-swing djs at gemini + scorpio's swing house 5th anniversary party. dance class 9:30pm. gowanus loft, $20 before midnight, $10 after. >>

midnight: dance the night away to funky 45's at new york night train's 6th anniversary soul clap and dance off. brooklyn bowl, $7. >>

midnight (ends today): orson welles’s classic citizen kane (1941) screens at landmark sunshine, $10 >>


10am-9pm (thru 4/7): macy's annual flower show: themed gardens, demonstrations, more. free. >>

11am: coney island opening day: luna park, wonder wheel park, and the cyclone open for the season with the annual blessing of the rides and cyclone egg cream christening. bonus: the first 100 people ride the cyclone free and the wonder wheel is free all day to all. >>

11am-4pm: veggies get their green on at the fifth annual veggie pride parade. starts in meat packing district (ha!), ends in union square. free. >>

1-6pm: 2,000+ lps, eps, cds, 45s, and 12" + 7" records in a variety of musical styles are up for sale at huckleberry bar's record sale >>

2-11pm: popular sxsw showcase the aussie bbq comes to sons of essex with aussie bands, drinks and bbq. $10 admission. >>

2:30-6:30pm: shatshow!: obsolete cinema celebrates william shatner's 81st birthday with screenings, singing, trivia, happy hour prices, more. freddy's, free. >>

3pm: no feelin’ under pressure: get on your bike and glam it up at the time's up queen ride. free. >>

4, 5, 9pm: doctor who new york and who york present who-filled night with authors of recent doctor who related books, a literary event with classic who, and nerd karaoke. the way station, free. >>

4:20, 6:20, 8:25pm: ifc screens bronx-set graffiti-tagging film gimme the loot, with in-person appearances from director adam leon + cast at select screenings. ifc, $13.50. >>

6-9pm: 20 artists compete for cash and glory at matt timms' painting takedown. all proceeds from an auction of the results go to citymeals-on-wheels. the active space (566 johnson ave, brooklyn), free admission. >>

7pm: where are my dragons?! geek night at freddy's celebrates the release of the new game of thrones beer with a g.o.t. costume contest, trivia, and prizes. free admission. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show flambeaux fire and lady circus present an encore performance of 'shamans + showgirls', a pyro-acrobatic performance at the house of yes, $15 >>

9pm: tonight at hannibal buress’s free 'comedy at the knitting factory’ show: clark jones, mike denny, will miles, more >>

9pm: electro-pop duo genghis hans continues their residency at the ace hotel lobby with kid in the attic, free >>

all weekend

sat 10am-7pm, sun 10am-6pm (ends sun): the 35th annual international art expo trade show features 100+ fine art exhibitors, free seminars, and after-dark events. pier 92, $20. >>

11am-5pm: get your java fix from 60 exhibitors and free samples at the eighth annual coffee and tea festival. bonus: the first 1,500 each day get a free gift bag filled with samples.  69th regiment armory, $20 admission. >>

11am-5pm: bring your dullest blades to broadway panhandler to be sharpened + help support city harvest. $12/3 knives sharpened. >>

8pm (ends sun): roulette's 'composer/choreographer' series features three new collaborations between... wait for it... composers and choreographers. $15. >>

sat 8pm, sun 3pm (thurs-sun thru 4/7): czechoslovak-american marionette theatre performs 'king executioner' with seven actor/puppeteers, 20 puppets ranging from eight inches to twelve feet, and a live score. theater for the new city, $10. >>

who says pure breeds are best? the 4th annual brooklyn mutt show returns. moved to 5/18-19. >>

thru 3/24: all jeans are just $39 at urban outfitters in-store and online >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events, including the second annual nyc improv festival, clown bar, bears, much ado about nothing, $2 jamba juice, headscapes art show, more >>

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