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ROOFTOP FILMS
The Rooftop Films series continues on Friday night, 9pm, on Pier 26 [West Street/N. Moore]. "Undocumented" is a series of short films of "people around the world undocumented by governments, societies, and media." These films become their documents. $7.

THE BLACKOUT REDUX
Palmiras, 41 Clark [Hicks] Bklyn Heights 718.237.4100, is holding a First Annual Blackout Party on Saturday night. The Italian restaurant in the back of the Hotel St. George will be lit only by candles in honor of last year's power grid collapse. You're welcome to bring a flashlight to read the menu. Presumably, this time, the AC will be on.

THE FIGGS
Billboard called the group "one of America's best kept rock and roll secrets." The three guys who make up The Figgs, pictured, are in their early 30s, but they've been playing together for 17 years. You can hear their rapport and some rock-solid rock music on Saturday night, 12:30am, at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard [Church/Bway] 212.219.3132. $12.

ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPOKE
There aren't many books that virtually guarantee laughs; English As She Is Spoke is one of them. In 1855, Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino, bless their hearts, wanted to create an English phrasebook for Portuguese students. They did not, however, speak a word of English. The resulting book contains gems such as: "Here is a horse who have bad looks. Give me another. I will not that. He not sall know to march, he is pursy, he is foundered. Don't you are ashamed to give me a jade as like? He is unshoed, he is with nails up." Mark Twain wrote of the book: "Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect." (McSweeney's, $9).

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