OTHER EVENTS Wednesday 11/17 CANSTRUCTION COMPETITION Architectural & engineering firms compete to design …

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CANSTRUCTION COMPETITION Architectural & engineering firms compete to design & build enormous objects made from canned foods. The result, "Canned Art" exhibit which opens today. Teams are judged on "best use of labels," "best meal," "structural ingenuity" & "jurors’ favorite," cans will be donated to NYC Food Bank; NY Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave. (betw. [&hellip
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CABARET ARCI’S PLACE 450 Park Ave. S. (betw. 30th & 31st Sts.), …

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450 Park Ave. S. (betw. 30th & 31st Sts.), 532-4370. WEDS & THURS: Karen Mason, 9, $25 & $15 min. FRI & SAT: Karen Mason, 8:30 & 11:30, $25 & $15 min. [through 11/27].   DANNY’S SKYLIGHT ROOM 346 W. 46th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 265-8130. WEDS: Martin Tishman, 9:15, $12. THURS: Jean [&hellip
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OUTDOORS Tours & Hikes ADVENTURE ON A SHOESTRING "Trendy No Mad Land," Sat. …

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ADVENTURE ON A SHOESTRING "Trendy No Mad Land," Sat. at 12; "Far West 14th St. Area," Sat. at 2; "Haunted Greenwich Village," Sat. at 3:45; "Marvelous Murray Hill," Sun. at 9:30; "Splendid Grand Central Terminal," Sun. at 11; "Terrific Turtle Bay," Sun. at 12:30; "Elegant Enclaves," Sun. at 3; 265-2663 for res. & meeting place; [&hellip
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CLUBS & LOUNGES ALPHABET LOUNGE 104 Ave. C (7th St.), 780-0202. WEDS: …

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104 Ave. C (7th St.), 780-0202. WEDS: DRAG NITE: MC Gadget hosts new night feat. Kurfew DJs Pussy-Lee, Peter Pan & Evan Image; 10, $5.   AUBETTE 119 E. 27th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 686-5500. SUN: SUR-BETTE: The restaurant crowd is loyal to itself–all the bartenders, waiters & maitre d’s know each other [&hellip
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PERFORMANCE ART GOD? Kenneth Blake Golding’s comical multimedia look at "What is …

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Kenneth Blake Golding’s comical multimedia look at "What is God?" incorporates song, dance & interviews; Snapper-Bear Studios’ Main Stage, 8 Bond St. (betw. B’way & Lafayette Sts.), 533-0558; Thurs.-Sat. at 8, $30 [through 12/18].   OPEN MIKE SURGERY Last chance to catch Orion & OMS at Lalita Java, 210 E. 3rd St. (betw Aves. B [&hellip
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CONCERTS Wednesday 11/17 ANDREW BOLOTOWSKY Baroque flute music; 58th St. Library, 127 E. …

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ANDREW BOLOTOWSKY Baroque flute music; 58th St. Library, 127 E. 58th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 759-7358; 6, free.   COMPOSERS CHAMBER THEATER Concert of chamber music & American vocal at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. (7th Ave.), 691-6105; 8, $15, $12 st./s.c.   GREAT PERFORMERS Joel Cohen directs night of Shaker [&hellip
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READINGS Wednesday 11/17 GALWAY KINNELL Pulitzer-Prize winning poet reads from The Essential Rilke, …

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GALWAY KINNELL Pulitzer-Prize winning poet reads from The Essential Rilke, also reading is poet Silvia Beier; Posman Books, 1 University Pl. (Waverly Pl.), 533-BOOK; 6:30, free.   DON KNOTTS Mr. Knotts joins Border’s to discuss Barney Fife & Other Characters I Have Known; 461 Park Ave. (57th St.), 980-6785; 6, free.   ANDY ROONEY 60 [&hellip
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DANCE DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP Robbie McCauley in "Love & Race in the …

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Robbie McCauley in "Love & Race in the U.S. Revisited" & Dawn Akemi Saito’s humor & horror piece "Ha" (Weds. & Thurs. at 8); Josefina Baez performs "Dominicanish" & Jenny Bass’ performance interprets interviews from Balanchine’s Ballerinas in "My Affair with the Teacher" (Fri. & Sat. at 8, mat. Sun at 3); Dance Theater Workshop, [&hellip
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STAND-UP COMEDY BLUESTOCKING 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 330-8611. …

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172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 330-8611. SAT: TV Head, 12 a.m., $5 [through 11/20].   CAROLINE’S COMEDY CLUB 1626 B’way (49th St.), 757-4100. Also see "Family." WEDS: Jimmy Walker. THURS: Mike Robles. FRI-SUN: Jimmy Walker, Rober Wuhl. MON & TUES: New talent night hosted by Eddie Brill.   CIRCA TABAC 32 Watts [&hellip
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Lite As Air

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Lite As Air Few spectacles are closer to the American heart than that of the professional famous person. Celebrity-worship is our culture’s vernacular faith, and (as the sociologist C. Wright Mills once said) our star system is the inevitable result of making a fetish out of competition. We venerate people who have done remarkable things, [&hellip
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