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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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Cloudy morning got you feeling bloody glum? Not to worry, chap! Cheer up with a hearty dose of … um, heart. Tartan Week, Scotland’s tourism promotion, arrives to bag-piping fanfare, bringing with it a street cart dishing out free haggis to daring diners. What’s haggis, you ask? A sausage-like dish not for the faint of “heart”:

There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.

Sounds pretty offal.

The “Eat Like a Scot” free haggis cart is operating Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th, 11am-5pm at the corner of 52nd Street & Broadway.

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So much art, so little time! Eight international art fairs — including the world famous Armory Art Show — and countless other small shows, auctions and gallery exhibits explode onto the scene with the latest and greatest from the art world.

The plethora of parties and paintings could just make you want to scream. Fear not, patrons! Our friends at Artlog put together this handy-dandy guide that will have your friends thinking you’ve got an MFA hidden up your sleeve. Check out the happenings section for super discounts and in-the-know offers for VIP sneak previews and afterparties. The Bridge Art Fair Opening Party and the Diva Block Party (both tomorrow night) sound especially tantalizing.

Just a reminder: Some of the greatest (and most affordable) art you’ll find this weekend will be in the smaller galleries speckled throughout the city. One such show is “Body Shop” put on by Mezze. The show features figurative works by Kiran Chandra, Debasish Manna, Grace Yung Ting Teng and Baseem Rayyes, and the price range prove quite comfortable for the first time investor. Check out “Body Shop” at Karin Kohlberg Studio (3 West 30th St., Suite 4) on Saturday and Sunday from 12-6pm.

See you there, daaaaaahlings.

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The wacky world of NYC continues to amazing with the most quirky expeditions I’ve ever encountered. Take, for example, this Thursday’s free Chinatown Garbage Tour (note: the image in the link is a bit foul, but if you are even clicking through, you should know what to expect). Taxidermy artist Nate Hill sifts through half-eaten lo mein and discarded General Tso’s for animal parts, which he then fashions into new creatures as “art.” In the 45-minute tour, garbage tourists will sift through bins and barrels for unique finds such as frog heads, fish bellies and chicken claws, which Hill will show you how to sew together into your new best friend. Gross? Certainly. An adventure you’ll never forget? Definitely. For better or worse.

One man’s garbage is another man’s weird polymorphic animal art.

Chinatown Garbage Tour meets Thursday, March 27th at 9pm on the SE corner of Canal and Lafayette. Latex gloves, first aid kit, wet wipes, and antibacterial gel will be provided. Bring your own plastic “goodie” bag to bring home your finds. Post-hunt drinks a taxidermy hot-spot Home Sweet Home.

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Free is the operative word at Chelsea Market this Monday, March 24th. Rooftop Films, the organizers of movie screenings in the sky, takes over the market for an evening of NYC-inspired non-fiction short documentaries. While watching, sample eats from the upscale shops and taste local wines for free. the last evening of NYC docs featured some innovative and creative looks at this often magical city, and this night will undoubtedly be the same.

Show begins at 7pm with a live music performance. Films start at 7:30.

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The green fairy flitters into the LES tomorrow at a free absinthe tasting at East Wine & Village Liquors. From 5-8pm, the feel-good vendors will be pouring samples of the dangerous elixir. Watch out, because I know from personal experience that absinthe is not a force to be reckoned with. While the US-approved version of the highly potent liquor lacks the hallucinogenic properties that supposedly provoked Van Gogh’s battle with his ear, a steep alcohol content can still leave you seeing double. But isn’t the world a nicer place through green colored glasses?

The tasting will feature French brand Le Tourment Vert, which actually includes the infamous ingredient wormwood. Reviews have noted minty overtones to the usually anise-flavored beverage.

East Village Wine & Liquors is located at 183 Stanton St.

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