4 Things to Do This Week

By Daniel Jumpertz on May 12, 2014 7:16am 

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 Films featuring Punk Rock Girls and a celebration of Motown's awesome legacy are on offer this week.
Get Out And Do This - Events Monday, May 12
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Monday, May 12
The Bike To Work Challenge, beginning today, is a weeklong competition to find New York City’s happiest workplace. According to competition organizers Transportation Alternatives, the happiest workplace is the office with the highest percentage of people who get to work by bike. Register your workplace online and with fellow workmates log as many bike commutes to and from work during the competition, which concludes on May 16. Earn water cooler bragging rights and kick start your spring fitness campaign.

Tuesday, May 13
Detroit’s Motown Museum and New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have joined forces to present the special exhibition “Motown: The Truth Is A Hit,” which traces Motown’s incredible impact on America. From 1961 to 1971, Motown enjoyed 110 top 10 hits, including classics from Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Jackson 5. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday, closed Sunday. 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem. Free.

Wednesday, May 14
Co-authors of the bestselling book Freakonomics and co-hosts of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt will hit the couch at the Thalia Book Club to talk about their latest tome “Think Like A Freak.” What’s it all about? Dubner and Levitt say, “In 'Think Like a Freak' we lay out a blueprint for a new way to solve problems. Often, this means retraining your brain a bit, learning to put aside the biases and preconceptions that all of us carry around. Even when it comes to something as basic as making a decision, it’s worth rethinking how you think.” The pair developed the book after receiving thousands of readers' and listeners' questions. 7:30 p.m., Thalia Book Club, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Upper West Side. $25.

Thursday, May 15
This month BAMcinématek is paying homage to feisty, Mohawk-sporting, guitar-wielding heroines with Punk Rock Girls. Tonight’s film is the rarely seen Aussie new-wave musical Starstruck. Directed by Gillian Armstrong ("Oscar and Lucinda," "Charlotte Gray") in 1982, Starstruck was shot on location in Sydney and follows Jackie (Jo Kennedy), an eager punk rocker with dreams of hitting it big. Other films being featured in Punk Rock Girls include 1982’s “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains” and Madonna’s 1985 hit “Desperately Seeking Susan.” 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. $13.

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