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The Civilians bring their premier of "Pretty Filthy" to Abrons, a new musical about the porn industry.
The Civilians bring their premier of “Pretty Filthy” to Abrons, a new musical about the porn industry.

Here are the highlighted events from our February events calendar, coming out in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine next week:

Sun. 1 (opens Jan. 31 and runs through March 1, 2015) — The Civilians – Pretty Filthy at Abrons Arts Center: Investigative theater company The Civilians kick off the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic playhouse at Abrons Arts Center with a musical about the porn industry. Inspired by the tradition of classic musicals about show business, Pretty Filthy is the untold showbiz musical, based on interviews with adult entertainers. The Civilians’ crew listened and learned, conducting interviews and visiting sets to get an insider’s glimpse into a world that is far more than the sum of its (very) visible parts.

Featured in “Goings On,” The New Yorker writes, “The Civilians’ not-so-secret weapon is the composer Michael Friedman, whose melodic, emotive pop songs winningly walk the line between earnestness and irony.”

Through March 1, 466 Grand St., 8:00 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 2:00 p.m. matinee and 7:00 p.m. on Sundays, $50.

Sun. 1 – Black Footnotes at the Nuyorican: Rebel Theater Company presents its world- premiere documentary play with music that chronicles the lives and achievements of African-American scientists. The production features 34 actors, most of them women of color. Through Feb. 14, 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinees, 236 East 3rd St., $20 online; $25 door.

Sat. 7 – Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown at Museum of Chinese in America: MOCA’s walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households. Witness how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation for the New Year and discover the characteristics that make this holiday unique. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays in February through Sunday, Feb. 22, 215 Centre St., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $8 to $15.

Sat. 7 – “Surroundings” at the New Museum’s First Saturdays for Families: Join in a family workshop offered in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition 2015 Triennial: “Surround Audience,” on view from February 25 through May 24. Investigate your urban surroundings and how you see yourself within it. 235 Bowery, 10 a.m., free.

Weds. 11 – Danspace Project and The Poetry Project present: A Reading for Edwin Denby: The Poetry Project hosts an evening of readings dedicated to the American dance critic, essayist and poet. A screening of Rudy Burckhardt’s film Remembering Edwin Denby will follow the readings. Inside the Parish Hall at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th St., 8 p.m., $8.

Fri. 13 – Horseplay: or, The Fickle Mistress at La MaMa: Theatre Askew continues its celebration of the history of queer culture in New York City with a biographical reconstruction/ridiculous reimagining of the life of the 19th-century international superstar Adah Isaacs Menken. Through March 1, Wed.–Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 4 p.m., $18.

Sat. 21 – International Women Artists Salon at Dixon Place: Curator and photographer Heidi Russell’s cross-disciplinary salon offers a showcase of performance, literature and video celebrating global artists in a casual setting. 161A Chrystie St., 7:30 p.m., free.

Sun. 22 – Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival: Don’t miss the chance to ring in the Year of the Goat. Catch the confettied display of dancing dragons, mythical Chinese royalty and floats parading their way through the streets of Chinatown and landing in Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal & Forsyth streets), 1 p.m., free.

Tues. 24 – Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra at Joe’s Pub: The Obie Award winner and self-described “old-timey songwriter and playwright” returns to Joe’s Pub with his band for a yearlong residency. The witty and talented quartet will present new material from their upcoming fourth studio album as well as revisit fan favorites and collaborate with special guests. 425 Lafayette St., 9:30 p.m., $25.

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