Weekend in New York
CASTING YOUR FATE TO FILM
“The Squid and the Whale” Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach is casting for a talented girl (age 10 to 12) and a boy (age 11 to 14) to be in his next film alongside stars Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Applicants should be “smart,” and, most importantly, real. Make sure to bring a snapshot. Today, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; free. Hilton Theater Rehearsal Studio, 214 W. 43rd St., third floor. (212) 353-3874.
TICKLING DEM FUNNY BONES
Laughing Liberally may be one of the more ambitious comedy troupes around. Their self-proclaimed goal is “to save democracy – one laugh at a time.” Due to their politically themed humor, they’ve been described as a “live version of ‘The Daily Show.’” Tonight, 8:30 p.m.; $15-$50. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (212) 730-2423.
OFF THE RACK & BACK!
What’s old is new again – and fashionable. The latest Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion is focusing on clothing from the 1960s and 1970s, particularly styles by late designer Ossie Clark. Today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $20 admission. 125 W. 18th St. (212) 691-7297.
Y TELLS HOW TO LIVE BETTER
Find yourself glued to the tube during makeover shows? Get off the couch and join in the fun during the 92nd Street Y’s Real Age Makeover Lecture/Brunch with Dr. Michael F. Roizen. The seminar promises to teach you how to “be biologically younger and live a happier and healthier life.” Tomorrow, noon-4 p.m.; $25. 1395 Lexington Ave. (212) 415-5500.
COMBINING GOOD TALK & ART
Artist Robert Rauschenberg sits down at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow afternoon at 2 with New Yorker magazine art critic Calvin Tomkins to discuss his life and work, including “Combines,” a mixed-media exhibit of 67 works by Rauschenberg. It’s on display at the Met through April 2. Today, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; tomorrow, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $15 museum admission (which includes the Rauschenberg talk). 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St. (212) 879-5500.
DOGGONE LUNAR CELEBRATION
The Pearl River Market marks the Lunar New Year (and the Year of the Dog) with dance and music. Tomorrow, 2 p.m.; free admission. 477 Broadway, between Broome and Grand Sts. (212) 431-4770.
RECOGNIZING A GOOD DEED
The Empire State Building gives the USO a red-white-and-blue salute for the organization’s 65th anniversary. Dusk to midnight, 34th St. and Fifth Ave.
Originally published on February 4, 2006