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Fri Mar 5
All set? Did you fill out your poll ballot yet? Of course you haven't. Allow us to be of some assistance. First, our crix give their predictions for the big races. Second, they spur you into an Oscars-obsessed tizzy with their provocative top 50 most-deserving Oscar winners of all time list. Third, we've devoted a whole page to this weekend's fun: where to watch Sunday's 8pm broadcast for the maximum impact; clips of the best and worst podium speeches. Finally, set your eyeballs right here to the Own This City blog for some dazzlingly witty live-blogging of the whole shindig, courtesy of Team Film. Yes, we have lots of people to thank: our agents, our lawyers, God.
Your perfect Friday: Nerdy nudes, booty-rap comedy and a Tim Burton joint
Fri Mar 5
Photograph: Beau Allulli Your perfect Friday is feeling a wee bit pervy this week, and for good reason: Naked Girls Reading Science Fiction is going down at Madame X, and let's just say it will not be accused of false advertising. Meanwhile, Ethics in Film: The Matrix offers sci-fi without the rude bits, and comedy troupe the Story Vikings interprets make-believe booty-rap anthems in Found Play. Also, a little movie called Alice in Wonderland hits theaters, should you want to fight for a seat on opening night. Whichever route you choose, you'll find plenty of action (and maybe a boob or two) down the rabbit hole that is your perfect Friday.
Free things to do today
Fri Mar 5
Drink upAlice in Wonderland party Send your taste buds into fantasyland with the help of gratis "miracle fruit" tablets. Your mind will surely follow after two-for-one White Rabbits, made with absinthe and champagne. SportsCentral Park Moonlight Ride Pedal lightly on this low-impact ride through Central Park, which is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and ages. ComedySplurge! Carolyn Castiglia hosts stand-up and musical comedy before closing the show with a freestyle rhyme of her own. See all free things today. See more than 125 free things to do in NYC.
Amanda Lepore hits Sydney's Mardi Gras
Thu Mar 4
It turns out the transtastic nightlife diva is even more ubiquitous than you thought! See images of her—and endless other queer partyers—in this fab slide show of the annual Mardi Gras celebration in Sydney, courtesy of Time Out Sydney: http://www.timeoutsydney.com.au/gaylesbian/mardi-gras-goes-off-with-a-bang.aspx
Relax here: Free yoga, fancy condos
Thu Mar 4
Real-estate hunting can be stressful, but it's a little more relaxing when free yoga is involved. Enjoy this well-balanced combo tonight at Toren, a 38-story Myrtle Avenue condo tower that's been generating serious buzz since initial renderings hit the blogs in 2008. In addition to the funky black-and-white mottled exterior, palatial swimming pool and pending gold certification by LEED, there is a schmancy new yoga studio that is celebrating its grand opening this week. Yoga Local (150 Myrtle Ave at Flatbush Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; yogalocal.com) hosts several different kinds of classes (Forrest, kundalini, vinyasa and a weekly meditation session), and first-timers to the studio are being offered one free class anytime during the week. Today, check out vinyasa (7:45--9:15pm), or stop in tomorrow evening for Living Meditation (8--9pm). You might also take a gander at the newly released Yoga Local iPhone app, which gives detailed info on yoga schedules at studios all over the...