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Pre-Oscar Film Critics Roundtable
92nd Street Y; 1/24 at 8 p.m.; 1395 Lexington Ave., nr. 92nd St.; 212-415-5500
New York’s David Edelstein moderates a talk between fellow critics Annette Insdorf and A. O. Scott about the 2013 Oscars and the current state of motion pictures.

Employee of the Month
UCB East; 1/28 at 8 p.m.; 153 E. 3rd St., nr. Ave. A.; 212-366-9231
The always adorable Catie Lazarus interrogates folks with jobs much cooler than your own, taped live for a podcast. On the lineup, New York Times reporter David Carr, playwright Adam Rapp, and comedian W. Kamau Bell.

John Irving
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; 1/29 at 7 p.m.; Fifth Ave., at 42nd St.; 212-930-0855
The acclaimed American writer reads from his latest novel, In One Person, celebrating its release in paperback. It's his only New York appearance, kicking off the venue's "LIVE from the NYPL" spring season.

Rosie Schaap
Word; 1/29 at 7 p.m.; 126 Franklin St., at Milton St., Greenpoint; 718-383-009
After being introduced by Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins, the drinks columnist of the New York Times reads from and discusses her new memoir, Drinking With Men.

Running Late With Scott Rogowsky
Galapagos; 1/31 at 8 p.m.; 16 Main St., nr. Water St., Dumbo; 718-222-8500
The season-three premiere of the comedy talk show for the Internet age, with Rogowsky and his sidekick Marty (also known as his dad). Guests include Reggie Watts, Rachel Dratch, and actor Alex Karpovsky.


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