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Get Out and Do This: K.D. Lang, Westminster and Graffiti Memories

By Daniel Jumpertz | February 10, 2014 8:58am
 The week's most exciting events are here for you in one handy guide.
Get Out and Do This: Feb. 10 to Feb. 16
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Monday, Feb. 10
Maybe you're looking to buy a puppy and need to do some research. Maybe you want to start a social media meme with your cute pooch pics? Whatever your reason, join fellow dog lovers at Piers 92 and 94 today and tomorrow. First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event (the Kentucky Derby is the first). Today's 138th Annual All Breed Dog Show judging includes hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups. Tomorrow, see sporting, working and terrier groups. Tickets are available here. The show will be held at 711 12th Ave. at 55th Street, Hell's Kitchen. 

Jazz fans including educators, musicians, record label founders and writers are coming together this evening to ponder the question, "Can jazz continue to thrive with its small yet passionate following?" The discussion, titled "Jazz and New York: A Fragile Economy," is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Proshansky Auditorium, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Midtown.  

Tuesday, Feb. 11
A free three-day design workshop for teenagers begins Tuesday at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center. Students will meet acclaimed designer Rich Tu and discover some tricks of the trade to use when developing a successful poster. The workshop runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11 to 13, at Cooper-Hewitt Design Center, 111 Central Park North, Harlem. Register here

With President's Day looming (next Monday, Feb. 17), consider these questions: Who were the greatest presidents? Who were the worst? Bring your opinions to Asphalt Green Battery Park City’s Tuesday Talks. The discussion costs $22 and runs from noon to 1 p.m. at 212 North End Ave., Battery Park City.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Bookforum presents its annual Valentine's Day reading, "The Night We Called It a Day," featuring appearances by David Byrne, Zadie Smith, Colm Toibin and many more. The event is free but space is limited and RSVP is required. Email thenightwecalleditaday@bookforum.com or call 212-475-4000. The reading will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Museum, Lower East Side.

Join veteran graffiti artist and author Chris Pape (aka Freedom) for an insider’s account of the New York City subway graffiti movement between 1969 and 1989 in "Graffiti 101: New York Subway Art of the 1970s and 80s." The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side. It's free for members, $12 for students and seniors and $16 for the general public.

Thursday, Feb. 13
Freemasonry is a secretive fraternal organization that traces its origins to the 14th-century stonemasons craft guilds. Join the Obscura Society NYC for an evening exploring the historic collections of the Livingstone Masonic Library at The Grand Masonic Lodge Of New York. With more than 60,000 volumes on Masonic history, rituals and philosophy, the Livingston Library is one of the largest known collections of Freemason resources, artifacts and memorabilia. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 71 W. 23rd St., 14th Floor, Midtown. Buy $20 tickets online here.

Join photographer Seth Olenick and comedians Janeane Garofalo and Dave Hill for a special comedy night at The Word Bookshop in Greenpoint, in honor of Olenick's newly published photographic collection, Funny Business. The event will be held at 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn. Facebook RSVPs are encouraged.

Friday, Feb. 14
The inspired party design crew Gemini & Scorpio have done it again — prepare yourself for the return of their legendary Russian Baths party. As they say on their website, "This is the kind of party you always imagine, but can never quite find in real life...and may be the only one you'll come out of cleaner than when you came in." Tipsy Oxcart will be providing bumpin' Balkan music with DJ Joro Boro spinning grooves until 2 a.m. There are three ticket levels: $85 (early entry, open vodka bar and multi-course Russian banquet), $45 (9 p.m. entry  and open vodka bar) and $35 (11 p.m. entry). More details are available here. The party will be held at the recently remodeled Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave, between Beverley Road and Avenue C, Kensington, Brooklyn.

What could be more romantic than a stroll through a winter garden? Explore The New York Botanical Garden on a self-guided walk. Snow-laden pines, firs and spruces interspersed with red winterberries and other colorful fruiting shrubs are on view in the beautiful Thain Family Forest. Admission to the garden's grounds costs $13. There's also a Valentine's Day Tea Talk ($40) titled "Cupid's Journey: A Historical Look at Valentine's Day" in the Garden Terrace Room if you want to dig into the day's historical roots. The garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx.

"After Midnight" at Brooks Atkinson Theatre takes the inspired music of Duke Ellington and Harlem’s Golden Age into the 21st century with a 17-piece band hand-selected by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Recreating Harlem’s famous Cotton Club nightclub of 1920s and 30s, "After Midnight" now features Canadian k.d. lang as the lead performer. The theater is located at 256 W. 47th St., Midtown. Tickets cost $68 and up.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Visit the library at The Paley Center for Media to experience the first public archive of Olympic television coverage, created from the recordings of the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and the Paley Center. Also view live action from Sochi, Russia in the Paley Center's theaters, with Saturday's highlights including the Women's Short Track 1500m gold medal final, Women's Cross-Country 4x5km relay gold medal final and the Men's Skeleton old medal final runs. These screenings are free and open to the public. The Paley Center is at 25 W. 52nd St., Midtown.

Sunday, Feb. 16
The Studio Museum in Harlem is offering free admission Sunday, (thanks to Target Free Sundays) and has on offer a guided gallery tour at 1 p.m. and a hands-on scrapbooking workshop at 2 p.m. The museum is located at 144 W. 125th St., Harlem.