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a selective listing of recommended cultural and community events

compiled by hannah o'grady and shilpa agrawal

friday, august 20

senior citizen jin shin jyutsu-open to senior citizens, this is a peaceful way to start your afternoon. join judith janus, practitioner of jin shin jyutsu, to harmonize your mind, body and spirit with various exercises. dorot, 171 w. 85th st., 212-769-2850; 10:30 a.m., $5 (suggested donation).

summer salsa-dance manhattan hosts this month's salsa social, part of an eight-year-old program open to new and experienced dancers alike. 39 w. 19th st., 5th fl., 212-807-0802; 9:30 p.m., $5-$10.

saturday, august 21

striped sensation-new york international fringe festival presents sarah hayward's one-woman show, stripes: the mystery circus, which follows the story of pollyhymnia, a girl who dreams of being in the circus. the semi-autobiographical musical reflects hayward's own rise from library worker in vancouver to writer of and actress in her own show in new york. studio at cherry lane theatre, 38 commerce st., 604-689-0017; 2 p.m., $15 (with advanced purchase).

mostly mozart-lincoln center is closing its annual celebration of wolfgang amadeus mozart with a final performance featuring mozart's rarely performed davidde penitente. this performance will be conducted by louis langrée and feature pianist stephen hough. avery fisher hall, 20 w. 63rd st., 917-441-6109; 8 p.m, $35-85.

goodbar by bambï and waterwell-nyc rock band bambï is teaming up with theater company waterwell to put on an adaptation of the '70s novel and movie, looking for mr. goodbar. the production explores the themes of sexuality, independence and persona. city parks foundation, east river park, 212-360-2777; 8 p.m., free.

sunday, august 22

check mate-marshall chess club hosts a chess tournament for kids ages 6-12. trophies will be awarded to the top three competitors, and all participants will receive medals. bryant park chess area, 212-365-4745; 11 a.m. (10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. advanced registration), $25.

argentine mass-the summer festival of sacred music at st. bartholomew's continues its festivities with an argentine mass, misa criolla by ariel ramírez. st. bartholomew's church, east 51st street and park avenue, 212-378-0222; 11 a.m., free.

broadway blast from the past-lost and found, a production by sunday series at abingdon with actors underground, is a compilation of songs from post-1970 broadway musicals. proceeds will support the non-profit abingdon theatre. 312 w. 36th st., 1st fl., 212-868-4444; 7 p.m., $15.

monday, august 23

starving for scripts-the castillo theatre performs judith marie wallace's another kind of hunger-directed by eric vitale-one of four winning scripts from the 2010 mario fratti-fred newman political playwriting contest. this play follows the protagonist in his attempts to build a high-class resort in his southwestern reservation and his efforts to better his impoverished friends as others grow involved. castillo theatre, 543 w. 42nd st., 212-941-1234; 7:30 p.m., $5-$10.

five days in march-city parks foundation continues its summer stage with the play five days in march by toshiki okada. set in 2003 as the u.s. is about to wage war on iraq, this comedic and devastating show about relationships captures the irony and essence of the generation y in japan. city parks foundation, east river park, 212-360-2777; 8 p.m., free.

tuesday, august 24

oliver lake organ quartet-the jazz standard hosts a quartet led by saxophonist oliver lake, alongside jared gold on organ, freddie hendrix on trumpet and chris beck on drums. food from blue smoke, along with wine, beer and cocktails, will be provided at additional cost. 116 e. 27th st., 212-576-2232; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $20.

my night at maud's-the film society of lincoln center continues paying tribute to director eric rohmer by screening my night at maud's along with many of his other films. this oscar-nominated piece brings philosophy and existential talk to the story about a young catholic engineer (jean-louis trintignant) who is forced to spend the night with a seductive divorcee (françoise fabian) because of a snowstorm. to see film timings for other rohmer films, visit walter reade theater, 165 w. 65th st., 212-875-5600; 4 p.m., $5-$9.

wednesday, august 25

tales of terror-the "word for word author" outdoor reading series presents author and musician rick moody, who discusses and answers questions regarding his novel, the four fingers of death. the event is hosted by wesley stace, author of charles jessold, considered as a murderer, followed by a musical performance by the authors. bryant park reading room, e. 42nd st., 212-768-4242; 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m., free.

summer sings-conductor patrick gardner will lead audience members to sing through orff's carmina burana and brahms' nänie as part of the new york choral society's 50th annual summer sings program. scores are provided by the new york choral society. peter norton symphony space, 2537 broadway (at 95th st.), 212-864-5400; 7:30 p.m., $15.

enduring the hurricane-meet six katrina survivors in the play 23 feet in 12 minutes: the death and rebirth of new orleans as part of the fringenyc arts festival, and see how one of the largest storms to hit america changed these peoples' lives. players loft, 115 macdougal st. (w. 3rd and bleecker sts.), 212-475-1449; 5:15 p.m., $15.

thursday, august 26

star-struck-the hayden planetarium space show, journey to the stars, lets visitors experience the life of our solar system. the show documents the milky way's birth 13 billion years ago and hypothesizes about the destruction of our sun five billion years from now. american museum of natural history, w. 79th st. and central park west, 212-769-5200; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (every 30 minutes), $18-$28.

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