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Amateur Astronomers Association
When compared with the vast expanse of the Milky Way, your problems seem kind of puny. Connect with fellow stargazers at the AAA's monthly Observers Group, which meets to discuss celestial happenings at the Downtown Community Center. 120 Warren St between Greenwich and West Sts (aaa.org). Tue 23 at 6:30pm, free.

Amateur Astronomers Association
When compared with the vast expanse of the Milky Way, your problems seem kind of puny. Connect with fellow stargazers at the AAA's monthly Observers Group, which meets to discuss celestial happenings at the Downtown Community Center. 120 Warren St between Greenwich and West Sts (aaa.org). Tue 23 at 6:30pm, free.

Jim Hanley's Universe
You may be Comic Book Guy to the outside world, but inside this midtown comics giant, you're just one of the guys (or girls). Authors drop in for free signings (look for the team behind Popgun on Wednesday 24 at 6pm), and you can finally get those conspiracy theories off your chest at the free, monthly Speak on It discussion group. 4 W 33rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-268-7088, jhuniverse.blogspot.com)


Thank God Kevin Maher puts his fandom—of robots, werewolves, even Don Knotts—on display so the rest of us can feel normal in comparison, all while enjoying his humorous presentations of videos, guests and objects. It's BYOB—that's bring your own banana—to the Friday 19 Monkeys! installment, including a pop quiz by TONY's own Noah Tarnow. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St between Desbrosses and Watts Sts (212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). Fri 19 at 8pm, $10.

Lunchtime bird walks
American Museum of Natural History is heaven for a knowledge junkie, but its Tuesday ornithological ramblings actually let you experience nature in nearby Central Park. Play Peeping Tom to owls, ducks and woodpeckers, exploring the quieter side of the city. Meet at the northwest corner of Central Park West and 77th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org). Tue 23, Mar 2, Mar 9 noon; $35, advance registration required.

Nerd Nite
Stop stressing about your Urkelish impulses; you can let your guard down during the mingling and learning at this monthly series. Next time you can even score a dorky hookup at speed dating, then bliss out during a pi lecture by Kate Jones. Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-222-8500, galapagosartspace.com). Mar 12 at 7pm; $10, with speed dating $15.

Secret Science Club
Some people illegally smoke greenery to chill out, but the smarty-pants among us open their minds to a discussion of the origins of the universe (or of panthers, or molecular gastronomy) while the occasional live band plays mood music. But this cabal isn't so secret anymore; the monthly events sell out quickly. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, secretscienceclub.blogspot.com). Mar 9 at 8pm, free.

Serving Science
Wind down in a salonlike setting at CUNY's monthly lecture series, where the cover charge includes a drink. All you have to do is listen, especially at next month's talk about the senses. Kouzan Restaurant, 685 Amsterdam Ave between 93rd and 94th Sts (web.cuny.edu). Mar 1 at 6pm, $10.

 

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