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What is it like to be a control freak?

Michael Gentile
Psychology • February 11, 2016

What is it like to be a control freak?

Who's pulling my strings now?

Features






Big Promises

Big Promises

What It Would Take for Bernie to Deliver






The United States vs. Shawna Cox

The United States vs. Shawna Cox

A Footnote to the Oregon Militia Case






Art Bombs

Art Bombs

When Modern Art Blew Up Big in America






Two Words<br />(or More Than Two)

Two Words
(or More Than Two)






Wallace In '16

Wallace In '16

Whether You Like It or Not






Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

"Overcome," a Startling New Single






How Not to Date

How Not to Date

Completely Stupid Dealbreakers






Free Will Astrology
Free Will Astrology

Week of February 18

Astrology • February 10, 2016





Witch Hunter
Witch Hunter

Witch Hunts Aren't About Hunting Witches. They never were.

Comics • February 10, 2016

The Pipeline

Fashion Week, Valentines Day, and the Westminster Dog Show

From models, to lovers, to perfect perky pets, no matter where you go or what you do this week, the common theme is all about putting bitches up on a pedestal! Try to remember that it’s not all about the Benjamins! And her love shouldn’t cost a thing, or so the song goes! There are lots of free things to do with your ladylove, and some that won’t put you in the red. The temperature is set to hit the single digits on Saturday, so take a cue from Cupid and couple up with someone, combating the cold, anyway you can!
Thursday, February 11

New York City Fashion Week

Designers drop into our fair city with their fall/winter collections, so consider yourself officially warned! The whirlwind that is this bi-annual—seemingly constant!—display of designs to desire has become less about the fashions on the runway, and more about the fleeting fame of the people in the front row. But for those who desperately wish to attend, and can’t; tried to squeeze into the tents, and failed; or wanna see what this nonsense is all about, you can stream the whole circus online from the comfort of your couch, at newyorkfashionweeklive.com! Expect the chaos to continue through February 18th.

Thursday, February 11

The Art of Kadir Nelson

Award-winning artist and illustrator Kadir Nelson puts artwork from his various collaborations focusing on African-American culture and history, including booksNelson Mandela, Ellington Was Not a Street, We Are the Ship, I Have a Dream, and original new artwork created for the 40th anniversary edition cover of Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, on display. Nelson’s art conveys messages of strength, pride and perseverance, and you may recognize his work from Drake's Nothing Was the Same album cover; FREE; Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Grand Lobby, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, bklynlibrary.org [continues through April 24].

Thursday, February 11

“A Night Like This”

DJ Ceremony presents the eighth installment of this popular dance party paying tribute to the new wave awesomeness that is The Cure!; 10 p.m.- 3 a.m., $7, FREE before 11 p.m.; (le) poisson rouge, the gallery, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson & Sullivan Streets), Manhattan; 212-505-3474, lprnyc.com.

Thursday, February 11

Amtrac, Hotel Garuda, Eno

The Kentucky native born Caleb Cornett brings his electronic sounds to the boro—headlining for a change!—in his Lost In Motion tour, with special guests duo Hotel Garuda and house DJ Eno; 10 p.m., $10-$20, 21+; Good Room, 98 Meserole Avenue (between Manhattan Avenue & Lorimer Street), Brooklyn; 718-349-2373, mean.red/amtrac-hotel-garuda-good-room. 

Thursday, February 11

An Evening with Michael Mann

As part of BAMcinématek series, “Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann,” the acclaimed filmmaker discusses his 35-year career in Hollywood—from his start in TV, as writer and director on The Jericho Mile, and executive producer for trendsettingMiami Vice, to his first film, 1981 thriller Thief, through The Last of the MohicansManhunter and Heat, to Oscar-nominated dramas The Insider and Ali—with New York magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri; 7:30 p.m., $30; BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street (between St. Felix Street & Ashland Place), Brooklyn; 718-636-4100, bam.org.
Thursday, February 11

Mahler Symphony No. 6

In what we’ll always fondly call Avery Fisher Hall—in protest of Geffen’s $100 million winning bid to naming rights!—conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the New York Philharmonic through Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a musical tragedy in four movements, including the beautiful melody “Alma theme”—inspired by the newly married composer’s wife; 7:30 p.m., $29-$99; David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; 212-875-5656, nyphil.org [continues through Tuesday, February 16].
Thursday, February 12

Dance on Camera

The 44th edition of the film festival screens docs, features, shorts, experimental works and music videos selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center that innovatively combine dance and cinematography; beginning today with NY premieres of director T.M. Rives’s documentary Rare Bird, about Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s new Swan Lake production, screening with Dunja Jocic and Marinus Groothof’s short Birds; 1:30 p.m., $14, $11 students/seniors; Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th Street (Amsterdam Avenue), Manhattan; filmlinc.org [continues through Tuesday, February 16].
Thursday, February 12

Ladies Night R&B Super Jam Concert

It’s like the 1990s all over again with this concert line-up! Expect a lot of Freek’n coming at you from the stage, care of sexy R&B quartet Jodeci, and other blasts from the past, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, SWV, Blackstreet, The Lox, Carl Thomas, Total, and one of our favorite named rappers, Black Rob; $66, 8 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue (Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn; 800-745-3000, barclayscenter.com.
Saturday, February 13

Meet & Compete

The Westminster Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club invite you to Meet the Breeds, with live doggie dioramas demonstrating classic breeds and their original purpose—costumed owners included! Plus, the third annual Masters Agility Championship; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $32, $10 children; Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue (55th Street), Manhattan; westminsterkennelclub.org; akc.org/meet-the-breeds.
Saturday, February 13

Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival

Fifth annual fete features live ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio carving a cool replica of one of the Park’s famous sculptures with chainsaws, chisels and picks from over 6,000 pounds of ice. Plus, a silent disco—because they’re everywhere nowadays!—a sculpting station to make and take home your very own sculpture, a statue and monument restoration exhibit, CPC trivia and Dub Pies, Domo Taco, Wafels and Dinges, and Don Café food trucks. Let’s hope the ice fest isn’t cancelled by cold, like the Winter Jam event was called-off for…snow!; 3 p.m.-7 p.m., FREE; Central Park, Naumberg Bandshell, 5th Avenue (between 66th & 72nd Streets), Manhattan,centralparknyc.org.
Saturday, February 13

Maxximize

Dutch electronic duo Blasterjaxx bring a posse of their rowdiest friends, including Firebeatz, Jewelz & Sparks, Lestat, MOTi, and ZAXX to the Ballroom for this EDM party; 10 p.m., $38-$58; Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34 Street(between 8th & 9th Avenues), Manhattan; 212-279-7740, ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, February 14

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Fest

Celebrate the seventeenth annual Chinatown street party with vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Monkey. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street; 1 p.m., FREE; begins Mott Street (Canal Street), ends Sara D. Roosevelt Park, East Houston Street to Canal Street (between Forsyth & Chrystie Streets), Manhattan, betterchinatown.com.

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