DICTIONARIES: DRAMA, DEFINITION & DEMOCRACY
Conversation between John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary & Simon Winchester, author of The Professor & the Madman; Celeste Bartos Forum, NY Public Library, 5th Ave. (42nd St.), 930-0855; 6, $10.
FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS
Free seminar on buying your first home, EAB sponsors; 1107 B'way (24th St.), 800-322-6527; 6:30-9, free.
HEALTH ISSUES ANONYMOUS
Twelve-step group for those living with a health concern; St Luke's Roosevelt Center, 324 W. 108th St. (betw. B'way & Riverside Dr.), rm. 205, 874-7372; 5:30-7.
PRESS FREEDOM CONFERENCE
Discuss journalism, democracy & media activism during workshops at Fordham Univ., 140 W. 62nd St. (betw. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves.), 718-817-4998 or www.sevenstories.com; 9-5, $15.
PROSPECT PARK: NEW YORK'S OTHER PARK
Designer of Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted gives illustrated lecture at the NY Horticultural Society, 128 W. 58th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 757-0915 ext.209; 6-8, $75-$125.
Phil Tietz instructs workshop on turning your terrace or roof into a green oasis; Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. (Eastern Pkwy.), 718-622-4433 or www.bbg.org; 6-8, $19.
SELF DEFENSE FOR SENIORS
Martial arts master & author Hanshi S. Kaufman leads course at Carter Burden Center for the Aging, 351 E. 74th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 288-3990; 2.
ADULT OPENING climbing
Climb new indoor climbing wall at North Meadow Recreation Center, 97th St. (midpark), 348-4867, res. req.; 6-9, $200 [repeats Sat. at 10 a.m.].
MoMA curator of painting & sculpture, Robert Storr talks with Sue Coe about her artistic vision & politically slanted works; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 8, $20.
MUTUAL FUNDS, ANNUITIES & LIFE INSURANCE
Presentation by investment advisor Gregg Himfar at the Science, Industry & Business Library of the New York Public Library, 188 Madison Ave. (betw. 34th & 35th Sts.), 592-7000; 5:30, free.
ON THE ROAD WITH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Seminar with the producers & directors of popular PBS series, audience members encouraged to bring items for appraisal; Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600; 6, $10.
Good Co. sponsors discussion series feat. New York Mets legend, Keith Hernandez, sports writer Dan Shaughnessy & author David Halberstam; Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), rsvp 703-1959; 5, $20.
CONVERSATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
In conjunction with Making Choices exhibit, selected artists discuss their work. This week the series feat. Shimon Attie; Noble Ed. Center at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9781; 6:30, $5, students free[through 5/19].
FACE TO FACE WITH THE PAST
Lecture on "Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt" in collaboration with Mummy Portraits From Roman Egypt exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art's Uris Center, 5th Ave. (82nd St.), 535-7710; 4, free w/mus. adm.
NATURAL PARENTING IN the 21ST-CENTURY
Childbirth educator Peeka Trenkle discusses seven characteristics pertaining to a child's development incl. nutrition, education & spirituality; NY Open Center, 83 Spring St. (betw. B'way & Lafayette St.), 219-2527; 7-10, $15.
Senior citizens & students share insights & concerns regarding Nov. elections; Hunter College, 68th St. (betw. Park & Lexington Aves.), 650-3368; 10 a.m.-12, free.
REMEMBERING ROLAND BARTHES...20 YEARS LATER
Two-day conference on French theorist & author of several books incl. Writing Degree Zero; NYU's Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Sq. E. (Waverly Pl.), 998-8750; 2:30, call for schedule [continues Sat. at 2].
THE SCANDAL OF ART
"The Scandal of the Body on Display" program looks at art & how it's linked to scandal through exhibition on the body, canvas & in the theater; CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave. (34th St.), 817-8215; 5:30-8:30, free.
STOOP POETRY WORKSHOP
Serious scribers bring 10 copies of your work to Tribes Gallery, 285 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. C & D), 674-3778; 7:30-9:30, $3 contrib.
GARDEN TO TABLE 'ROUND THE WORLD
Spring Treats workshop on caramelized fresh strawberries & clementines; Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd St. (Indep. Ave.), Bronx, 718-549-3200; 2, free w/mus. adm.
NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE
Speakers, real estate developers & government officials gather for 5-day conference on zoning reform, environmental planning & minority population in NYC; NY Hilton Hotel, 1335 6th Ave. (54th St.), 312-786-6701 or www.planning.org; call for schedule & times, $140-$645.
Central Park hosts monthly workshop for adults; learn how to stretch, increase flexibility & reduce stress; North Meadow Recreation Center, Central Park (midpark at 97th St.), rsvp 348-4867; 10-11:30, free.
WORLD WIDE WEB
New York Public Library hosts "Introduction to the World Wide Web" workshop, limited to 8 participants; Donnell Library Center, 20 W. 53rd St. (5th Ave.), 621-0618; 10:30, free [through 4/29].
CELEBRATE ANAL APRIL
LES sex shop devotes entire month to learning about anal sex. Tristan Taormino, author & anal advice-giver to Howard Stern, Loveline's Dr. Drew & the Playboy Advisor, hosts workshop on how to give & receive anal pleasure, anal health, basic anatomy & various myths surrounding anal sex during "Introduction to Anal Sex" workshop at Toys in Babeland, 94 Rivington St. (betw. Ludlow & Orchard Sts.), 375-1701; 8, $20.
See Sunday's listing. Today, Tristan Taormino hosts "Anal Sex" workshop?all genders welcome; Toys in Babeland, 94 Rivington St. (betw. Ludlow & Orchard Sts.), 375-1701; 8, $20.
"Prominent Women in Business, Politics & Culture" lecture series starts today with inaugural remarks by Wall Street analyst, Abby J. Cohen; Barnard Hall, James Room, 117th St., 4th Fl. (B'way), 854-2037; 6, free.
BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURES
Informal lectures on modern art?this week, Patterson Sims on "The Enduring Figurative Tradition: American Painting, 1920-1945;" Museum of Modern Art's Edward John Noble Ed. Center, 18 W. 54th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9781; 12:30, $5.
See Sunday's listing. Today, Tristan Taormino hosts "Introduction to Anal Sex" workshop for women only; Toys in Babeland, 94 Rivington St. (betw. Ludlow & Orchard Sts.), 375-1701; 8, $20.
CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS ELLIOTT
Funny-man Elliott examines his work from Late Night with David Letterman & Get a Life; Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600; 6, $10.
Arnold J. Smith hosts lecture with vocalist, Frank Owens & guest at the New School, 66 W. 12th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 229-5690; 7:45, $25.
Workshop explores alternative publishing options & their impact on independent publishers; Small Press Center, 20 W. 44th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 764-7021; 5:30, $25.