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Russian Baths, The Future of Love and Isaac Mizrahi Sings


Thursday, February 14

MUSIC: Big Ups/Flagland

Celebrate the new pink vinyl 7" split from these angsty local punks. With instrumental electrorockers Infinity Shred and heavy, bluesy power trio Low Fat Getting High.

Shea Stadium, 20 Meadow Street, Brooklyn. 9 p.m. $10.

PARTY: Steamy Valentine's Night

Gemini & Scorpio's long-running annual party offers "Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; hookah lounge and chillout rooms." Plus live music by the Hungry March Band. Capacity is limited.

Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Avenue. $85 tickets get admission at 7 p.m., multi-course Russian dinner and open vodka bar 9-10 p.m.; $45 gets admission at 9 p.m. and open vodka bar. $35 gets admission at 11 p.m. Event ends at 2 a.m. Tickets here.

Friday, February 15

FILM: Baby Face

This notoriously risqué 1933 drama is often credited with ushering in the Hays Code of film censorship. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lily, transplanted from Erie, PA to New York City, where, inspired by a Nietzschean cobbler, she sleeps her way to the top of the Gotham Trust. Film Forum screens the uncensored pre-release cut of the film that was unearthed in 2004.

Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, (212) 727-8110. 2:50, 6:00, and 9:15 p.m. 71 min., 35 mm. $12.50. Tickets here.

ART: Yevgeniy Fiks: Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America

As the title might suggest, Fiks's new solo show takes as its subject two horrors of 1950s America: homosexuality and communism. Tonight's opening doubles as a book release for Moscow, which collects Fiks's photographs of former gay cruising sites in the Soviet capital.

Winkleman Gallery, 621 West 27th Street, (212) 643-3152. Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 p.m. Through March 16. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m.

PARTY: A Russian Party, Part III

Bust out your boyar hat and kaftan. Tsoi Sauce and Dasha Suralmasha DJ.

The Loft, 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. 11 p.m. Free admission until 11:30; $5 afterward. 21+


Saturday, February 16

ADVICE: Ask Isaac

This might be one of those cases where the invitation says it all: "Isaac Mizrahi answers all your questions and murders some tunes with the Ben Walzer Quintet."

The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street. 8 p.m. $30 (plus two-drink minimum)

SYMPOSIUM: The Future of Love

This nine-and-a-half hour event commences with a meditation. It continues with informational panels, performances and discussions, including a "dommenstration" by Karley "Slutever" Sciortino and a presentation on polyamory by psychedelic esoteric Daniel Pinchbeck. It concludes with an after-party deejayed by Neon Indian.

Body Actualized Center, 143 Troutman Street, Brooklyn. 6:30 p.m. $20. Tickets here.

MUSIC: Alex Waterman

An NYU grad student in musicology, Alex Waterman spent the past two years directing Robert Ashley's avant-opera Vidas Perfectas. Waterman's new solo works combine amplified cello and other string instruments with radios and found sounds. The evening begins with a screening of Cameron Keith Gainer's short film "Luna del Mar," "a filmic representation of deep space created by choreographing millions of single-cell organisms through the movement of an Olympic synchronized swimmer named Luna del Mar," scored by Waterman.

155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. Free.

Sunday, February 17

FILM: Modern Romance

Albert Brooks directs himself in this 1981 comedy as a neurotic film editor struggling to define his relationship to his banker ex-girlfriend Mary (Kathryn Harrold).

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, (212) 505-5181. 7 p.m. 93 minutes, 35 mm. $10

ART: Dave Miko and Tom Thayer: Baseless Legion of Architects Rent Asunder

Painter Miko and animator Thayer pooled their talents for this series, in which videos are projected onto mixed-media paintings on aluminum.

Eleven Rivington Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street. Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Through March 16. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m.

ART: Eli Lehrhoff + Ginny Benson

The inaugural show at the Silent Barn's new gallery space pairs Lehrhoff's drawings and sculpture with Benson's video projections. Alaskas, Eartheater, Mochs and Smhoak Mosheein perform at tonight's opening reception.

Big Law Country Club Gallery (Silent Barn), 603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn. Through March 1. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m., followed by a party with $5 admission.

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