GONZO CELEBRATION: Symphony Space is celebrating a seminal work of Hunter S. Thompon with Selected Shorts: Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 40th Anniversary Celebration!. Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Life on Mars), Anthony Rapp (Rent, Dazed and Confused), Scott Shepherd (Elevator Repair Service's Gatz at The Public) and others will read selections from the comic gonzo classic. Other special guest speakers are Chuck Klosterman and Terry McDonnell.
Wednesday, March 16 // 7 p.m. // Symphony Space's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre [Broadway at West 95th St] // $27
TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY POP-UP EXHIBIT: A fire at a Greenwich Village factory in 1911 killed 146 garment workers, and 100 years later it remains New York City's worst industrial distaster. To commemorate the tragedy's centennial and raise awareness for the labor rights safety issues that still exist today, the Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a pop-up exhibit of the "community contributed personal stories, pictures, documents and objects" collected by the Triangle Fire Open Archive. Visitors with their own Triangle Factory memorabilia are encouraged share it at the exhibit, where it will be photographed and digitally archived. Next Wednesday, the museum will host a free multimedia presentation about the Triangle Factory Fire.
Wednesday, March 16 // 3 to 7 p.m. // Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn] // Free with museum admission
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ERIN GO BRAGH: It is St. Patrick's month and this is the big parade, the 250th St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Grand Marshal is bestselling mystery novelist Mary Higgins Clark. The parade is shorter this year, stopping at East 79th Street instead of East 86th Street.
Thursday, March 17 // 11 a.m. // Fifth Avenue [between East 44th St and 79th St] // Free
NEVER NEVERLAND: After the death of Michael Jackson, photographer Henry Luetwyler set out to photograph the objects from Jackson's estate that were to be included in an auction in April 2009. That auction never happened, and Luetwyler's photos remain as the only documentation of these collected objects, which range from the performer's sequined gloves, shoes, and sundry nick-nacks that only a lifetime of being Michael Jackson can accumulate. Luetwyler will lead a discussion of his work at Foley Gallery on Thursday, where his photos are on display until April 2nd.
Thursday, March 17 // 7 p.m. // Foley Gallery [548 W. 28th St., 2nd Fl.] // Free
UNDER THE SEA: Disney fans and booze hounds alike should flip their fins and swim over to the Bell House this Thursday for The Little Mermaid Sing-Along. Secret Formula has subtitled all the songs from the movie so fans can be a part of Ariel's world for the evening. Themed drink specials and sea snacks will accompany a screening of the movie along with a trivia game to win prizes. Arrive early for a Disney medley pre-show of clips, songs and cheesy PSAs.
Thursday, March 17 // 8:30pm // The Bell House [149 7th St, Brooklyn] // $5
BEER AND CHEESE: The increasingly complex and delicious beers now available can be wonderfully paired with cheese, and this 92nd St. Y program, Better Than Wine: Beer and Cheese Pairing aims to show you how you can do so.
Thursday, March 17 // 7 p.m. // 92nd St. Y [Lexington Ave., at 92nd St] // $40
CATHERINE DENEUVE VIA TRUFFAUT : Catherine Deneuve makes Jean-Paul Belmonodo forget his skepticism about whether she truly is the mail-order bride he's been writing to in 1969 noir, Mississippi Mermaid, by Francois Truffaut. It's part of BAM's monthlong tribute to the iconic French actress.
Friday, March 18 // 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 p.m. // BAM Rose Cinemas [30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn] // $12
JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE: Regarded as the patron saint of the East Village live-music scene in the 90s, Jeff Buckley released but one studio album before his untimely death. The Knitting Factory is bringing together a number of musicians to perform Buckley's modest but moving catalog of songs in a tribute event curated by Haydée Milanés and Gary Lucas. All proceeds of the show will go to Road Recovery, which uses concert events and music training to help youths fight substance addiction.
Friday, March 18 // 8 p.m. // Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn] // $10-12 Tickets
JUDITH LINHARES: The Edward Thorp Gallery is showing new paintings by Judith Linhares. Time Out NY describes her work as "chromatically intense compositions seem to owe equally to Matisse, German Expressionism and Red Grooms--with a bit of a faux-naive outsidery vibe."
Saturday, March 19 // Thursday, March 17 // 11 a.m.-6 p.m. // Edward Thorp Gallery [210 Eleventh Avenue, 6th Floor] // Free
LAUGHING AT ART: For anyone who has ever visited a respectable art museum and wished they could laugh out loud after seeing some of the artwork will finally get their chance. Saturday Sessions at PS1 is an experimental program based in collaboration, and this week's program is mixed comedy performance hosted by Miriam Katz and is "featuring live performances by Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, Jenny Slate, and Reggie Watts, as well as newly commissioned videos by Maeve Higgins and Rory Scovel."
Saturday, March 19 // 3 p.m. // MoMA PS1 [22-25 Jackson Ave.] // Free with Admission
MS. JACKSON: The world famous performer--and youngest member of the Jackson family--Janet Jackson will be signing copies of her new book, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, which details her lifelong struggle with self-image and self-esteem.
Saturday, March 19 // 3 p.m. // Barnes & Noble Midtown [555 Fifth Avenue] // Free, but a limited number of wristbands will be distributed
LISA LOEB: "You say, I only hear what I want to..." became stuck in everyone head in 1994, especially those who fell in love with the cute, indie girl singer with hipster (before they were even hipster!) glasses in a music video directed by her neighbor, Ethan Hawke. Since then, Lisa Loeb has been writing songs and singing them--as well as making forays into TV. She will be performing as part of City Winery's "Divinale: A Month of Women, Wine and Song." And did you know there are Lisa Loeb eyeglasses for sale?
TO THE BIRDS: Check out Inwood Hill Park's "bird alley" with the Urban Park Rangers during this early morning birding walk and look for black-capped chickadees, northern cardinals, and downy woodpeckers.
Sunday, March 20 // 9 a.m.// Inwood Hill Park Nature Center [218 Street and Indian Road] // Free
DECADENT GEMS: The Cooper-Hewitt looks at the role of jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels in style and innovation with the exhibition, "Set in Style." Over 300 works, including jewels and objets d'arts, are on display.
Sunday, March 20 // 11 a.m.-6 p.m.// Cooper-Hewitt Museum [91st St, at Fifth Ave] // $15
BEE BOOK READING: Lela Nargi's children's book, The HoneyBee Man, is about to become tale of the days of yore, considering that the world's bee population is rapidly dying off. So bring your kids to hear her read from the book this Sunday while it's still a reality! Nargi will be around to sign copies, and an apiarist (beekeeper) will be present to answer questions about beekeeping (just make sure to leave some room for your kid to ask some after you're done).
Sunday, March 20 // 4 p.m. // The Powerhouse Arena [37 Main St.] // Free with RSVP
TRUE CRIME NEW YORK: Former mayor David Dinkins will introduce this 2000 documentary by Marc Singer, Dark Days, at the Maysles Cinema. The film tackles the subject of the homeless people living in the "Freedom Tunnel." Singer and the Coalition for the Homeless's Brosnahan will also be on hand. Roger Ebert praised the film, " It is a film about people who have fallen through the cracks, but still share most of the same ambitions and hopes as the rest of us... Dark Days is the portrait of men and a few women who stubbornly try to maintain some dignity in the face of personal disaster."
Monday, March 21 // 7:30 p.m. // Maysles Cinema [110 Lenox Avenue] // $10Newsletter contributions from Nell Casey, Jen Chung, Krista Ciminera, John Del Signore, and Surekha Ratnatunga.