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Attention, New York massive! Take up your glowsticks, brush off those UFOs and dance to the … silence?

Beginning at precisely 6:17pm this evening, b boys, pop n’ lockers and your Uncle Joe are all invited to don their iPod headphones and boogie down in Union Square during the Silent Rave. These toe-tapping public spectacles have spread across Europe and now across the pond. What’s best about the concept is that there appears to be no pedantic message other than for lots of people to get off their butts and have a good time together. So rave it up, kiddies!

Silent Rave takes place tonight, April 18th, from 6:15-11pm in Union Square. Free. Bring your own music and headphones and pack a carefree spirit.


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Where but NYC could you be invited to a “Drive In” with no expectation that you will actually drive to the event? As a part of the always much anticipated Tribeca Film Festival, moviegoers are invited to park their tuckuses at he World Financial Center for three outdoor screenings of the family-friendly variety. This year, the best of the bunch is Thriller Night, a screening of Michael Jackson’s epic video and a behind-the-scenes look into just how the musical masterpiece was made. So pull up a lawn chair and veg out under the stars.

Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In takes place Thursday, April 24th through Saturday April 26th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with programs beginning at 7:30 and screenings at 8. Free.

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Weekend plans in peril? Comic-Con to the rescue! This Friday, April 18th through Sunday 20, the Javits Center geeks out with gaggles of fanatics lustily thumbing limited edition copies of their favorite picture pages. This year, living legend Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk, to name a few, will receive a special comics legend award. But never mind the manga, Batman; the best thing about Comic-Con is the rabid fans donning their favorite hero or heroine’s capes, caps and codpieces. But sheath that sword, oh powerful one! From the Web site:

If you’re bringing, buying, or selling something that could maim, damage, or cause serious bodily harm, we’re going to take issue. Please read our Costume Weapon Policy and Weapon Sales Policy before attending or exhibiting at New York Comic Con with a weapon.

In addition to the comic book chaos, catch concerts, lectures and even play some video games. Special thanks to my pal Leks for the heads up on such a geektastic occasion!

Comic-Con runs Friday, April 18 from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM and Sunday, April 20 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Buy tickets online through Thursday to get a discount. Online tickets: weekend passes are $45, Friday passes are $30, Saturday passes are $35, and Sunday passes are $30. On site tickets: weekend passes are $65, Friday passes are $40, Saturday passes are $45, and Sunday passes are $40.

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Umami, often referred to as the fifth taste, defies description, confuddles taste buds and often casts off convention in a variety of meals. Aptly, the taste bestows its name to a new festival starting this week in New York, the Umami Festival. Starting tomorrow and lasting through April 18th, Umami: Food and Art tries to capture that hard to define space between the gastronomic and the aesthetic, where the things we consume become a feast for the imagination. Of particular note are the Orphic Memory Sausage events, where attendees are invited to bring a memento that will be ground into a sausage-filling mix of memories, stuffed into an intestine casing and sent home as a souvenir. Let’s hope there aren’t any taste testings.

Umami takes place at Roulette at 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand). Click here for a schedule of events.

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Mansion, the new megalounge (read: bottle service heaven) filling the old Crobar space, hopes to add a touch of class to clubbing with the opening of powerHouse Library, tonight at 10pm. The nightlife impresarios behind the venture teamed up with ubercoolisch publishers powerHouse books to create a literary haven from the throbbing beats below. So snag a copy of Bright Lights, Big City and try to counterbalance all those brain cells you would normally lose in a club like this.

Mansion is located at 530 W. 28th St. (10th & 11th Aves.). Doors open at 10pm. (212.629.9000)

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Just a quick heads up that The Orchid Show ends this weekend!

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Magic mushrooms, semen-spewing sculpture and Louis Vuitton bags all find a home at the Brooklyn Museum starting this weekend. © MURAKAMI delves into the career and psyche of famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, taking the viewer on a colorful journey from the artist’s beginnings to his epic collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Murakami pioneered the Superflat movement, a school of art based heavily on otaku culture, the often cult-like world of anime and manga, and the Japanese tradition of the wood block print (of which there is also an exhibit). This Saturday is also Target First Saturdays at the museum, offering free admission, programs and even a dance party that runs late into the night. I suggest you  check out the taiko drumming. Get there early for free tickets to the various programs.

I caught this exhibit at the MOCA in LA and it’s incredible. Don’t miss it!

© MURAKAMI opens Saturday, April 5th. Click here for tickets and directions.

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