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friday, february 26

artists in training-the new exhibition "becoming an artist: the academy in 19th-century france" explores the technical and intellectual training offered by famous art school École des beaux-arts. the exhibit highlights the rigorous curriculum that attracted students to the academy from all over the world, the competitions, the hierarchy of subject matter and the variety of artistic expression generated by this system. the exhibit is sponsored by a partnership between syracuse university and the dahesh museum of art. the palitz gallery in lubin house, 11 e. 61st st., 212-826-0320; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free.

teen fiction-the group girls write now sponsors "chapters," a series of readings with up-and-coming teen writers from new york city and the professional writers who mentor them. tonight's program, curated by maud newton, features dolen perins-valdez, the author of wench. center for fiction, 17 e. 47th st., 212-755-6710; 6 p.m., free.

saturday, february 27

true love-red bull theater presents a revival of john webster's the duchess of malfi, whose title character seeks true love in a world of forbidden passions. the play explores sexual repression, honor, class and the value of human spirit. this is the first new york performance of the play in 50 years. theater at st. clement's, 423 w. 46th st., 212-352-3101; 8 p.m., $20 to $80.

ladies night-the queen's company, an all-female classical theater company, presents a revival of susanna centlivre's comedy, the wonder. directed by rebecca patterson, the play's main character, isabella, is on the run from an arranged marriage, putting her life and happiness into the hands of her friend violante. the kirk theater, 410 w. 42nd st., 212-279-4200; 7:30 p.m., $18.

sunday, february 28

sock songs-take in a performance by the dirty sock funtime band, a musical group created by teachers, actors and musicians who came together to write songs for the nonprofit kids creative. the group fuses rock with funk, ska, r and b, hip hop, country and klezmer. their concerts are filled with sing-a-longs, call backs and audience participation. jewish museum, 1109 fifth ave., 212-423-3200; 2 p.m., $9 to $16.

purim feast-chabad of the upper east side hosts "the big event," featuring a fire juggling show, purim feast, masquerade, live music, megillah reading and more. p.s. 158, 1458 york ave., 212-717-4613; 4:30 p.m., $18 to $36.

en français-the new york choral society presents "viva la france!," a celebration of french music with works by poulenc and durufle. john daly goodwin conducts the program of choral music, which also features mezzo soprano julia spanja hoffert and organist renee anne louprette. st. bartholomew's church, 325 park ave., 212-378-0248; 2 p.m., $30 to $40.

monday, march 1

haydn and schiff-the 92nd street y presents "words and music," with peter esterhazy reading from his novel, celestial harmonies, interspersed with music by pianist andras schiff. the performance, part of a three-part series focused on the music of haydn, is followed by a conversation with the artists. the concert is a collaboration with the 92nd street y's unterberg poetry center. 92nd street y, 1395 lexington ave., 212-415-5500; 8 p.m., $10 to $27.

tuesday, march 2

health seminar-lenox hill hospital hosts a community health seminar, "freedom from fibroids." ask expert dr. mark westcott, a board certified interventional radiologist, everything you need to know about uterine fibroids and how to treat them. fibroid tumors occur in 30 percent of pre-menopausal women. weisner conference center, 100 e. 77th st., 866-202-0731; 5 p.m., free.

singing sensation-"in love again" features the debut of grammy-nominated singer marilyn maye, dubbed "super singer" by the late johnny carson. she has appeared on the tonight show 76 times since she began performing, more than 60 years ago. feinstein's at loews regency, 540 park ave., 212-339-4095; 8:30 p.m., $60 to $75 plus $40 cover.

wednesday, march 3

art in the park-the arsenal gallery hosts a reception for a new installation by melanie fischer, outside in. fischer's work focuses on bringing the outside world inside and creating natural retreats. she describes her work as "contemporary edens, where we can experience anew." the arsenal in central park, enter at east 64th street and fifth avenue, 212-360-8163; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free.

lens work-the group professional women photographers brings in jill enfield for a lecture and discussion. enfield wrote photo imaging: a complete guide to alternative processes, and won the golden light award in 2002 for "best technical book." her work has appeared in publications like national geographic, life, camera arts and fortune. church of st. paul the apostle, 405 w. 59th st., 917-304-4354; 6:30 p.m., $10.

thursday, march 4

spooky classic-"charles addams's new york" features more than 80 drawings, cartoons, sketches, watercolors and pencil sketches by the well-known artist who created the addams family. a leading humorist of the 20th century, addams portrayed new york as a comic underworld filled with monsters, creepy creatures and offbeat people. museum of the city of new york, 1220 fifth ave., 212-534-1672; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6 to $10 suggested donation.

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