A special day to visit your lonely record-store pals

Too busy downloading free music to make it to a real record shop lately? Yeah, ditto. But not today! Because it’s officially Record Store Day, the time to go out and visit your lonely record-store dudes and maybe, actually—gasp!—buy a CD. The place to be is Other Music, where there will be DJ sets by Tapes ‘n Tapes (12:30 to 2 p.m.), the Black Keys (2 to 3 p.m.), Dead Meadow (3 to 4 p.m.), Grizzly Bear vs. Deerhunter (4 to 5 p.m.), and Interpol (starting at 5 p.m.). Everything in the store will be 10 percent off, and on sale will be limited-edition vinyls released just for Record Store Day by Vampire Weekend, Stephen Malkmus, and Built to Spill, among others. Or head over to Sound Fix in Brooklyn (110 Bedford Avenue), where Regina Spektor will be performing at 1 p.m. Other participating stores include Halcyon, Downtown Music Gallery, and Basement Mix Records. At 12:30, Other Music, 15 East 4th Street, 212-477-8150, ANGELA ASHMAN



. . . Mama Earth, that is

It’s getting easier to be green, with pop culture finally catching on to the idea that the planet could use a little saving. Sure, Earth Day’s been around since 1970, but if you thought it was just a day for schoolkids to learn about recycling, it’s time for you to show a little love to the Mother. Today, paint one of the thousand six-inch blank canvases at the Central Park Bandshell, which will be added to a 500-foot Green Mural, assembled by artist Paul Kostabi over the course of two days. The result will be displayed at Rumsey Playfield tomorrow, to coincide with the Green Apple Festival, where you can learn how to mulch and make recycled crafts and also catch performances by Vienna Teng, Jordin Sparks, and the Bacon Brothers. There’s also free valet bike parking—helpful for those who ride up with Time’s Up’s annual Earth Day Bike/Skate. On Monday, NYU kicks off the 2008 Humanities Festival, featuring nine plays over three days on the topic of global warming. Tonight’s program includes new works by Sarah Ruhl, Jon Robin Baitz, and Lisa Kron. Green Mural: Saturday at 12, Central Park Bandshell,; Green Apple Festival: Sunday at 12, Central Park Rumsey Playfield, 212-310-6600,; Bike/Skate: Sunday at 1:45, Union Square Park South, 212-802-8222,; Humanities Festival: Monday at 6:30, Atlas Room Theater, 111 Second Avenue, third floor, 212-998-2100; all events are free SHARYN JACKSON



Female choreographers send out sparks

Even in the world of modern dance, where women have made substantial contributions (Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, etc.), male choreographers—now more than ever, it seems—are the ones who hit the international big time. But the OB.ject.ob.JECT series wants to change all that, offering female choreographers greater opportunities to show what they’ve got. Tonight, catch Vanessa Justice Dance’s latest work, Noise’sNoise, which brings in a sound installation to accentuate movement designed to express the process of self-examination; Shannon Gillen and Elisabeth Motley’s Doorknob Company dreams of going domestic in Julia Julia Julia Child; and the expressive dances of Nicole Wolcott in Dramarama! explore American mass media. At 8, Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, second floor, 212-625-8369, $15–$20 KEISHA FRANKLIN