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friday, april 2

screening-the rubin museum of art, which houses a collection of himalayan paintings, textiles and sculptures, screens federico fellini's academy award-winning drama la strada, presented with an introduction by artist henry chalfant. the film series at the museum is inspired by the exhibition visions of the cosmos, which juxtaposes eastern and western conceptions of how the universe is represented through art. 150 w. 17th st., 212-620-5000; 9:30 p.m., free with $7 drink minimum.

saturday, april 3

music collectors-browse more than 10,000 music items for sale, including records and music recordings from the 1800s through the 1980s. collectors can find posters of jazz greats, rare rock 'n' roll albums and eclectic sheet music selections. tip top shoe building, 155 w. 72nd st., 212-579-0689; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free.

stroll through flowers-the president of the roosevelt island historical society leads a magnolia blossom walk through the island's flowering trees. on the 90-minute tour, judith berdy offers historical and botanical observations for various sites. roosevelt island, 888 main st., 212-688-4836; 11 a.m., free.

good friday concert-dr. stephen hamilton directs the 30 members of the holy trinity choir in a performance of faure's requiem during the liturgy of holy friday. the church of the holy trinity, 316 e. 88th st., 212-289-4100; noon, donation suggested.

sunday, april 4

easter dinner-bistro ten 18 celebrates easter sunday with a four-course menu available for brunch or dinner, served family style. each course includes seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and the entrée is a rosemary-crusted rack of lamb with creative vegetable pairings. bistro ten 18, 1018 amsterdam ave., 212-662-7600; $20 children, $45 adults.

art world documentary-symphony space screens the critically-acclaimed independent film the art of the steal: the

untold story of the barnes foundation. directed by don argott, the documentary chronicles the long struggle for control of the barnes foundation, a private collection of post-impressionist and modern art valued at more than $25 billion.

also playing april 11 and 18. symphony space, 2537 broadway, 212-864-5400; 4 p.m., $7 to $11.

monday, april 5

body tuning-physical therapist shmuel tatz, ph.d., and vladimir mayoroff, m.d., cap off a week of free lectures and treatments in their "hands on" series, which emphasizes the health of the hands, especially for musicians and professionals who work on keyboards all day. today's concert at steinway hall launches tatz's book and the newly created healthy hands foundation. tatz is known for his body tuning technique, applied to help dancers and performers as well as ordinary new yorkers, for the relief of everything from common aches to parkinson's disease. steinway hall, 109 w. 57th st., 212-246-7308; 6:30 p.m., free.

tuesday, april 6

comedic legend-comedian joan rivers presents an evening of her rants on hollywood, pop culture, celebrities and award show fashion. a portion of the proceeds from the night of laughs goes to rivers' favorite charities, god's love we deliver and guide dogs for the blind. west bank café, 407 w. 42nd st., 212-352-3101; 8 p.m., $30 plus $15 food/drink minimum.

wednesday, april 7

floral-the ikenobo school demonstrates the japanese art of floral arrangement called ikebana. the event showcases the many different styles of the delicate art and explores its evolution from simple buddhist priest flower bunches of the 8th century to today's wide variety of materials and techniques. explore a mini-ginza sale and an obento lunch prior to the show. horticulture society, 148 w. 37th st., 212-217-0220; 11 a.m. doors, noon lunch, 1 p.m. program, $20 program only, $35 program and lunch.

street talk-the municipal art society of new york hosts "are new york's streets out of (design) control?" a discussion about the aesthetics of city streets. architect michael sorkin moderates the panel, which includes professionals in urban design, development and from the department of transportation. participants consider the best and worst elements of new york streets, from sleek bus shelters to hodgepodge outdoor furniture and graffiti, comparing the big apple to other cities and brainstorming future plans to keep design in check. reservations required. scandinavia house, 58 park ave., 212-935-2075; 6:30 p.m., $15.

cocktails and science-the scicafe series continues with "the future of stem cells," with dr. kristin baldwin from the scripps research department of cell biology. baldwin, who cloned a mouse from a single neuron from its nose, discusses the latest stem cell technology in relation to the often-misunderstood science of cloning. the museum remains open after hours, and the café offers music and drinks. the american museum of natural history, gottesman hall of planet earth, west 81st street/rose center entrance between central park west and columbus avenue, 212-769-5200; 7 p.m., free with cash bar (21 and older).

latin cinema-the havana film festival new york runs april 16 to 23, with special free short film screenings at el museo del barrio today. the museum's "nuevo cine" screens the columbian documentary desterrados, about a group of violently displaced afro-columbians, and el play, about a small city in the dominican republic famous for its world-class baseball players. the festival celebrates 15 of the best latin american films in the industry, all competing for the havana star prize, and convenes screenings, panels and programs to promote latin american film throughout the city. el museo del barrio, 1230 fifth ave., 212-831-7272; 6:30 p.m., free (other films at various locations).

thursday, april 8

classic revival-new york city center encores! program, which celebrates rarely heard works of america's most important composers and lyricists, presents a four-night run of stephen sondheim and arthur laurents' anyone can whistle. raúl esparza, edward hibbert, jeff blumenkrantz and john ellison conlee join broadway stars sutton foster and donna murphy in the cast of this 1964 musical, directed and choreographed by casey nicholaw, with musical direction by rob berman. through april 11. new york city center, 131 w. 55th st., 212-581-1212; 8 p.m., $25 to $95.

story behind the book-as a complement to its exhibition curious george saves the day: the art of margret and h.a. rey, the jewish museum hosts a lecture by louise borden, who wrote a book about the true wartime escape of the reys from nazi germany to the united states. the talk explores the reys' journey and how their treasured manuscripts became the children's books we know today. during the day, children's book historian, author and critic leonard marcus presents "picture book bohemia: the reys of greenwich village," an illustrated talk about the reys' creative home. the jewish museum, 1109 fifth ave., 212-423-3337; 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., $15 to $20.

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