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Art fairs, preservation talks at the New York Transit Museum and MoMA PS1, the Havana Film Festival, and a cash-mob event at Penn Books round out the Untapped events picks for the upcoming week:

Monday, March 23rd: The music of The Talking Heads, David Byrne at Carnegie Hall performed by artists like Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Bebel Gilberto, O.A.R., Rufus Wainwright, and house band the Roots in this all-star event. At 8pm.

Tuesday, March 24th: AfterHours at the New York Transit Museum in A Lasting Legacy: Historic Preservation and the MTA, a discussion of the large-scale preservation efforts and unanticipated discoveries in maintaining the host of structures, stations, bridges, and tunnels protected under the City’s landmarks law. Following the discussion, Museum Educators will lead a behind-the-scenes look at the preserved 1936 IND Court Street Station which houses the Museum, and explore the station’s significance and historic features.

Wednesday, March 25th: An event at MoMA PS1, Cocktails at the Post Office: Adaptive Reuse of Public Institutions will look at the repurposing of public buildings, their preservation, and how to encourage their continued role as neighborhood placemakers.

Thursday, March 26th: Museum of the City of NY hosts photographer Christopher Payne, author of North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York who will share about the discoveries made while making the book.

The Affordable Art Fair returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion and runs through Sunday, where you can pick up pieces of art starting at $100 (goes up to $10,000 though).

Atlas Obscura is going after hours into the Rare Book Collection of the New York Academy of Medicine in a 5-part series in the rare book room.

Friday, March 27th:

16th Annual Havana Film Festival kicks off at the Bronx Museum with a screening of Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen, tracing the history of Rumba in New York, followed by a special performance by Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTrance. Music by DJ ASHO. Free admission.

Step inside the historic Salmagundi Arts Club with the last date of their Spring Art Auction, an event art collectors have attended since the early 1900s.

Saturday, March 28th: Small business/preservation campaign #‎SaveNYC‬ spearheaded by Jeremiah Moss of Vanishing NY is cash-mobbing at Penn Books in Penn Station at 3pm. Buy a book, wave a sign, join the fight. [Update: Penn Books received a concession on their rent, but people are still gathering to support the store].

Sunday March 29th: Head out onto the NYC piers and check out the Pier Antique Show, which includes vintage furniture, kitchen and home décor, paintings, antique jewelry, clothing, handbags, art glass, ceramics and more. At Pier 94.

Check out upcoming Untapped Cities tours including a tour of the raw spaces of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a tour of an authentic Prohibition speakeasy and many more.

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