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Marc Spitz

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Marc Spitz in conversation with Chuck Klosterman
Music journalist Marc Spitz details his rise to fame through the debauchery of New York in the 1990s in his tell-all memoir, "Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the '90s." Monday night he discusses the book with novelist, essayist and critic Chuck Klosterman, bestselling author of "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto." Stop by the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe to hear them in conversation. (Monday night at 7, FREE, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., housingworks.org)

Art

Sabachthani (Why Have You Forsaken Me?)
Artist Margaret Evangeline, poet and art writer Jonathan Goodman, art critic Dominique Nahas and curator Lilly Wei discuss Evangeline's new monograph, "Sabachthani" this Wednesday at the New York Public Library. The work is a reflection of the New York-based, Louisiana-born artist's grief while sitting vigil for her son on his third tour in Iraq. The panel will also talk about the ways art acts as a reflection of social issues. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., FREE, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., Rm. 227, 917-275-6975, nypl.org)

March Madness

Fast Break: College Hoops at the Winter Garden
For all you college basketball fans out there, the end of March can mean only one thing: March Madness! Stop by Brookfield Place Winter Garden this week to catch the games, aired on the big TV at noon every day starting Wednesday, and show off your own skills in pick-up games, shooting challenges, obstacle courses, knockout tournaments and skills clinics run by Asphalt Green at the specially built court on the outdoor plaza. (Wednesday-Sunday, noon daily, full schedule online, Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., brookfieldplaceny.com/fastbreak)

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