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“Hare Tactics: When Free Speech Goes Too Far”

“Hare Tactics: When Free Speech Goes Too Far” by Aaron Dunbar

NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Film Contest Awards screening
The country’s youth are its future, right? Well watch how they see things at the New York Film Academy’s FREE screening of short films from the winners of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s nationwide Youth Free Expression Film Contest. The above image comes from "Hare Tactics: When Free Speech Goes Too Far" by Aaron Dunbar. (Saturday, 4:30 p.m., FREE, NYFA screening room, 100 E 17th St.,, 212-807-6222 ext. 107)

Read Only: A Night of Digital Readings
Too tired to catch up on your reading during your commute? The Bell House is offering up a solution with a night of digital readings from e-journals and publications. Authors/readers include Chris Eaton, Ben Greenman, Jim Hanas, Stephen O’Connor, Kio Stark and Lynne Tillman. See if you can snag yourself a Kobo eReader in the raffle. (Monday, 8 p.m. doors, FREE, The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus,, 718-643-6510)

Bethenny Frankel
New York’s very own real housewife Bethenny Frankel will be at Barnes & Noble Tuesday signing copies of her new self-improvement book, A Place of Yes. Us New Yorkers gotta support each other — don’t we? (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E 17th St.,, 212-253-0810)

Karlheinz Weinberger: Intimate Stranger
The influence of American pop culture has reached all around the globe. And in the late 1950s and early ’60s, it found a stronghold in post-war Switzerland, where self-proclaimed “rebel” gangs of working-class boys and girls emulated the cool, hard-edged styles of Brando, Dean and Presley. Karlheinz Weinberger captured this movement in his photos, which now are on display at the Swiss Institute. (Ends Saturday, Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., FREE, Swiss Insitute, 495 Broadway, third floor,, 212-925-2035)

Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts
Turns out quilts aren’t just for keeping you warm; they also can be impressive works of art. The American Folk Art Museum will showcase 650 red and white American quilts — on loan from Joanna S. Rose, a private New York collector — suspended in the air at the Park Avenue Armory. Come in and lose yourself in the sea of red and white. (Friday-next Wednesday, Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. & Wed., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave.,, FREE cell phone audio tour at 212-514-0013)

Wonder Twins present Besties!
Remember when you and your BFF did everything together? Well grab that “bestie” and skip on down to Union Hall for a night of tunes and buy-one-get-one-free drinks from 11 p.m. to midnight for those of you sporting your matching outfits. Awww. (Saturday, 11 p.m., FREE, Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope,, 718-638-4400)

‘Catch the Beat’ The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop Photography
Gaze at the familiar faces of punk and hip-hop stars as captured through the lenses of ex-pat British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio, who now reside in NYC. (Wed.-Sat., noon-7 p.m., Sun., noon-6 p.m., through April 11, FREE, Morrison Hotel Bowery Gallery, 313 Bowery,, 212-677-2253)

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