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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott book signing
Be ready to laugh this Wednesday. Join comedian, actor and writer Chris Elliott at Barnes & Noble Tribeca. The former "SNL" actor will be in conversation with Dave Hill to discuss his new book, "The Guy Under the Sheets: An Unauthorized Autobiography." (Wednesday, 6 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St., 212-587-5389, bn.com)

'The Best American Comics 2012' book signing
Stop by McNally Jackson Tuesday for a panel discussion celebrating the release of "The Best American Comics 2012." The New Yorker's longtime art editor Françoise Mouly will moderate a discussion between contributors Nora Krug and Gary Panter, who will delve into the year in comics. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., mcnallyjackson.com)

'Life Is Never Still' at The Cell
Premiere arts salon the Cell will present an evening of pop-up performance this Wednesday, for one night only. It'll be a night that brings together painting, theater, music, poetry, fire breathing, belly dancing and more, featuring paintings by John Wellington, piano and words by Murakami Music, and fire and belly dance performances by Momojiri Girls. (Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., FREE, The Cell, 338 W. 23rd Street, thecelltheatre.org)

'Art of Basketball'
Leading graffiti and street artists worked to turn the most iconic symbols in basketball into works of backboard and floorboard art made from the 2011 NBA All Star Game. Take in that artwork in the "Art of Basketball" exhibit at POP International Galleries this Thursday. The works include images of such basketball superstars as Kobe Bryant, as well as sculptural floorboard cutouts, under license from the NBA. RSVP is required. (Thursday, 7-9 p.m., FREE, POP International Galleries, 473 W. Broadway, RSVP to 212-533-4262 or popart@popinternational.com, popinternational.com)

'Public Works'
Cycle on down to SoHo and check out how renowned graphic designers interpret the word "public" in a number of posters on display at the FLOS showroom. The group of 27 international designers on display include graphic designers, illustrators and cartoonists. The posters range from images of public transport to parks, cycling and more. The exhibit was created by PUBLIC, a design-based bicycle company. (Friday through Oct. 25, FLOS SoHo store, 152 Greene St., flosusa.com, publicbikes.com)

Martyn Thompson: The New Romantic
New York-based photographer Martyn Thompson's photographic career began about 25 years ago. This week, he'll showcase a new exhibit, "The New Romantic," at Strange Loop Gallery in the city. The tactile and emotional works of Thompson and several like-minded artists will be on display in this exhibit curated by Thompson himself. The exhibit runs through Nov. 3. (Opening reception Saturday, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., strangeloopgallery.com/upcoming.html)

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