The eleven best things to do this week

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  • Wednesday 24

  • Thursday 25

  • Thursday 25

  • Thursday 25

  • Thursday 25

  • Thursday 25

  • Friday 26

  • Friday 26

  • Saturday 27

  • Saturday 27

Tuesday 23

TUESDAY 23
Sax star Joe Lovano sets up shop at Village Vanguard through February 28, firing up his latest working band in honor of the iconic jazz club's 75th anniversary.

WEDNESDAY 24
Paul Taylor celebrates his 80th birthday with a City Center season featuring the New York premieres of Also Playing and Brief Encounters.

THURSDAY 25
The survey of contemporary American art at the 75th Whitney Biennial is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, art events of the year.

Potty-mouthed playboy John Mayer brings his sultry blues-pop to Madison Square Garden Thursday 25 and Friday 26.

Since the late '80s, the cheerfully colored Marmalade Vintage boutique has been supplying thrifty New Yorkers with chic secondhand wares. This week, score duds for as low as $25 and deals of up to 70 percent off.

Though best known as a whip-smart critic, Wayne Koestenbaum is also a talented poet and fiction writer, and his novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes has long been considered a cult classic full of linguistic sparks and perverse humor. Tonight the author gives an ambitious talk on creative writing, titled "Bulge, Glaze, Pause, Shock," which promises to provoke as much as it enlightens.

NOW Ensemble is premiering a stellar seven new works by composers like Judd Greenstein and Stephen Gorbos. See them now before the ticket prices jump ten times as high when their works are played at the NY Phil and other big houses. And the group has a mass appeal thanks to the way it combines pop and classical idioms.

FRIDAY 26
Cologne, Germany's Cio D'Or plays her deep, haunting techno for the free Oktave party at Love.

A private art collection valued in the billions becomes contested property in The Art of the Steal, a rich, wrinkly documentary.

SATURDAY 27
Beat the winter chill at the annual "Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower" at the New York Botanical Garden, which features exotic blooms and palm trees (palm trees!) from Cuba.

Celebrate the most raucous holiday of the Jewish calendar at the Purim Party, hosted by JDub Records with performances by acts like Gangsta Rabbi and the Shondes.

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