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by nycgo.com staff, 02/22/2012
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Wednesday, February 22
National Girls and Women in Sports Days
Bring your daughter to two days of instruction and inspiration—on February 22 from 11am to 3pm at IS 49 in Staten Island and on February 25 from 10:30am to 3:30pm at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Activities include tutorials in softball, floor hockey, tennis, soccer, volleyball, track and field, golf and lacrosse, as well as fitness classes—and at Chelsea Piers there will be healthy snacks and a free shirt and bag for each participant.
Thursday, February 23
Target Free Thursdays: Ruth Moody
Every Thursday evening, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center hosts free musical performances (courtesy of Target). This week, catch Canadian folkie Ruth Moody, known for her work with The Wailin' Jennys and for her taste in county and bluegrass. The show starts at 8:30pm.
Friday, February 24
Desperately Seeking Susan
No, not that Desperately Seeking Susan (although we wholeheartedly approve of watching the bangles-and-lace-gloves fest any chance you get). This group show at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts takes its name from the Susan Seidelman flick and features a variety of works by '80s art stars—Jeff Koons, Ross Bleckner and George Condo among them—addressing everything from the AIDS crisis to nuclear proliferation. Note: the show closes on February 28, so this is almost your last chance to see the collection.
Saturday, February 25
Black History Month Family Program: Swing Dancing at MJM
From the Lindy Hop to the Jitterbug, swing dancing became synonymous with the 1920s and '30s jazz era. At this event, from 1 to 2pm, learn about the history of the form, get a tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion museum and receive a swing-dancing lesson—all for free. Registration is required to secure a spot.
Sunday, February 26
White Out Record Release Show
Local experimental twosome White Out (composed of Tom Surgal and Lin Culbertson) offer this free evening of musicality at Zebulon in support of their latest album, Asphalt and Delay. The duo have an off-kilter sound that speaks to their anti-establishment roots—exactly the sort of thing you'd expect from the kinds of folks who've previously collaborated with the likes of Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke.
Monday, February 27
André Saraiva: Love Letters
Artist, filmmaker, creative director and club owner (of Le Baron, which recently opened a location in New York), André Saraiva presents his first solo exhibition in the City at Half Gallery. A nod to a romantic but fading form of communication, Love Letters includes paintings on French letter boxes and love letters on paper. The show is up through March 1.
Tuesday, February 28
Sara Benincasa: Agorafabulous!
Sara Benincasa is a comedian with the courage to tell it like it is—or how it was, rather, when it comes to her new memoir. Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom details the funny lady's struggles with agoraphobia and depression, and, despite how that sounds, it's hilarious. Benincasa will read from the book at Word on February 28 starting at 7pm. Glennis McCarthy of the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy and Rachel Fershleiser of Six Word Memoirs will also be on hand for the event.