Author Lecture Series, Featuring Benjamin Friedman. Thurs., May 18. 6pm registration, 6:30pm lecture, 7:30pm reception & book signing. NYU Stern School of Business, Schimmel Auditorium, Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th St. Call to reserve a space. 212-998-4040.
bALTIMORE pOETS, Enjoy three entertaining and diverse Baltimore poets, Chris Toll, Barbara DeCesare and Reginald Harris. Book signing to be held after the reading. Sat., May 13 from 2-4pm. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery at Bleecker St. 212-614-0505. $6.
CARTOONS: No Laughing Matter? A feature-length program of 8 new animated films that mine the darker recesses of the soul. Despite the subject matter, or maybe because of it, animators manage to tackle the issues and keep their funny bone intact. May 10-23, screenings at 1:15, 3:15, 6, 8 and 10pm. FILM FORUM, W. Houston St., west of 6th Ave. Program not appropriate for children.
Chelsea Piers Golf Fest, Spend the day hitting golf balls, taking a group class or planning a golf outing. Kids can enjoy the Kids Corner with Mini-Golf, Sticky Golf and golf instruction. Food and beverages will be served. The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, 18th St and the Hudson River. Sat., May 6 from 12-6pm and Sun., May 7 from 12-5pm. $15 adults per day; Children (ages 6-14) $10 per day, Children (ages 3-5) $5 per day.
Children's Festival of Flowers, This joyful celebration of spring, flowers, children and community kicks off the garden season. Kids will learn about composting and how to plant seeds in pots they can take home. Enjoy face painting, spring garden crafts and special giveaways. Entertainer Laine Barton will enchant with magical surprises beginning at noon. The Jefferson Market Garden, Greenwich and Sixth Aves. Sat., May 6 from 11am to 2pm. Rain date is Sun., May 7.
Chornobyl Tragedy Commemoration, View the film Chernobyl Heart, a shocking and moving film that depicts the continuing effects of radiation on the children of Belarus. Sun., May 7 at 2:30pm. Free, donations will be accepted for the reception to follow. The Ukrainian Museum, 222 E. 6th St., 212-228-0110.
Comedy Workshops for Kids, ON-CAMERA AUDITION WORKSHOPS, Increase your chances of getting work in TV or film by learning how to audition for the camera. For participants ages 10-17. 4-week workshop, 2-hour classes. Classes begin the first Saturday of each month at 2:30pm. $250. Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St., 212-877-6115, www.kidsncomedy.com.
Cornelia Street Café Events, Enjoy live entertainment nightly including musical performances and poetry readings. Check www.corneliastreetcafe.com for detailed information. 29 Cornelia St., bet W. 4th and Bleecker Sts. 212-989-9319.
Flashers, A reading of short friction by New York writers. Sat., May 6 from 7-8:30pm. KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. www.kgbbar.com. Free.
Meet the Artists Night, Franklin 54 Gallery recently relocated from Tribeca to the West Village and area residents are invited to come by the new gallery space, meet the artists and speak with them about their creations. Franklin 54 Gallery, 181 Christopher St. Thurs., May 4 from 6:30-8:30pm. 212-627-8690.
MONTHLY STANDUP WORKSHOPS, Available for children who wish to perform in the Kids 'n Comedy show. Participants must arrive with 2-3 minutes of original material. Each child will receive a taped copy of the workshop to use as a teaching tool. May 7 at 1:30pm. $50. Pre-registration and payment required.
Spring Art Auction, An opportunity to purchase original art from living artists at great savings. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and sculpture will be available. Bids begin at $200. Photography and graphics also available, bids begin at $150. Auction on Fri., May 5, 12 & 19 at 8pm. View the exhibition of works thru May 19 from 1-5pm. SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 47 5th Ave. 212-255-7740. www.salmagundi.org.
Teen Spring Photo Program, Review the basics of photography with 35 mm SLR cameras, learn new techniques of photography, challenge and stretch your creative mind and showcase your work in a public exhibition. Thru June 10, Saturdays from 10am - 1pm. Pier 40 Picnic House in Hudson River Park, W. Houston St. $50 registration fee, cameras and all other costs will be covered. Ages 13 - 19 years. Register now by calling Matthew Washington at 212-757-0981 x204.
Where Art and Life Collide, A series of premiere performances, lectures and events demonstrating how artists Ron Athey, Franko B and Vaginal Davis juxtapose life with art while using themselves as canvases. Thru May 5. For more information, visit www.artofnightlife.net.
Wearing Vintage, Confused as to whether that 80's jean jacket goes with your favorite 50's skirt? Learn all there is to know about Vintage Fashion. May 17 from 7-10pm. University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St., corner of Rivington. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 212-453-0257.