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Spiny Bubbles
Food • February 12, 2016

Spiny Bubbles

Prosecco, Cava, or Champagne?

Features






What is it like to be a control freak?

What is it like to be a control freak?

Who's pulling my strings now?






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






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

Two Words
(or More Than Two)






Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

"Overcome," a Startling New Single






Art Bombs

Art Bombs

When Modern Art Blew Up Big in America






Wallace In '16

Wallace In '16

Whether You Like It or Not






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





How Not to Date
How Not to Date

Completely Stupid Dealbreakers

Dating • February 9, 2016





The Theology of The Unconscious
The Theology of The Unconscious

Would you put your hand in the haunted box?

Psychology • February 4, 2016





Next Level Interactive
Next Level Interactive

Making Interactive Acceptable

Games • February 4, 2016
The Rise and Fall of The Masses
The Rise and Fall of The Masses

Criticism Was a Crime in the Not-So-Great War

News • January 28, 2016
The Best Men
The Best Men

Finally, the New Hampshire primary

Politics • January 28, 2016
Is The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?
Is The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?

Mind against heart

Psychology • January 28, 2016





Eat This, Snowzilla
Eat This, Snowzilla

Hot Food for Cold Days

Food • January 28, 2016
A Royal Paine
A Royal Paine

240 Years of Free Thought and Common Sense

Politics • January 21, 2016
The Architects of Fear

It’s extremely important to Homeland Security Advisor Michael McCaul that the terrorists win.

Politics • January 21, 2016
Food Bitch
Food Bitch

How to Eat Outside of New York City (and Fail)

Food • January 21, 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 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.
Sunday, February 14

Maxwell & Nas

Wanna ensure you please your lady on Valentine’s Day? Score a couple of tickets to this romantic rendezvous and let the dynamic duo take care of the foreplay for you! And just in case the two sexy male rappers aren’t enough, Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé is on hand to woo her too!; 8 p.m., $45; Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue (Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn; 917-618-6700, barclayscenter.com [repeats Monday, February 15 at the Prudential Center, NJ].

Sunday, February 14

Romance Under the Stars

Date night at the museum featuring cocktail hour in the Cullman Hall of the Universe, with open bar, champagne, chocolates and hors d’oeuvres, accompanied by jazz music from the Josh Rutner Quartet. Then join Lydia Maria Petrosino andastronomer Ted Williams in the Hayden Planetarium for a Valentine’s view of the night sky and some stellar romance stories from the ancient past; 6 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.,SOLD OUT; American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth and Space, 81st Street (Central Park West), Manhattan; 212-769-5100, amnh.org
Sunday, February 14

Dance on Camera

The 44th edition of the festival screens documentaries, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center that combine dance with cinematography in innovative ways, continuing today with Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright’s documentary, Enter The Faun, following the collaboration of a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy, featuring a q&a with Rogoff and dancer Gregg Mozgala; screens with 2012 short, Martiality, Not Fighting3:15 p.m., $14, $11 students/seniors; Walter Reade Theater; 165 W. 65th Street (Amsterdam Avenue), Manhattan; filmlinc.org [continues through Tuesday, February 16].
Monday, February 15

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Head to the piers for the Daytime Sessions of the dog show featuring breed judging, Junior Showmanship preliminaries, benching and the first ever Masters Obedience Championship; also where you can get up close and personal with many of the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding pups competing. On Tuesday, the sporting, working and terrier groups take their laps in the ring. Daytime events conclude with finals and best-in-show evenings at Madison Square Garden; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $35, $10 children;Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue (55th Street), Manhattan; westminsterkennelclub.org
[repeats Tuesday, February 16].

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