Saturday, January 24

Klonopin-addled Brooklynites battling seasonally affective bitchiness (oops, we may be talking about us here!) seek refuge from bleak urban tundra

Klonopin-addled Brooklynites battling seasonally affective bitchiness (oops, we may be talking about us here!) seek refuge from bleak urban tundra via marijuana-like powers of Art as Chelsea’s Blue Mountain Gallery closes artist Julie Metz’s exhibition of abstract paintings today. Later, if January’s hifalutin’ intellectualism is exhausting you, how bout a new puppy? “We take in 40,000 pets every year and about 15 to 20 percent of them have been neglected or abused,” said Richard Gentles of harshly named shelter Animal Care & Control of New York City, which is offering free adoptions as part of “Change a Pet’s Life Day,” a national adoption drive. Woof! We say bring on the tail-wagging, unconditional love! “It’s a national problem, finding homes for these pets,” Mr. Gentles continued. “Unfortunately, we see too many pets that have been abused either intentionally or simply because owners don’t know how to take care of their pets properly.” (Ya idiots!) We’re thinking an allergen-free maltipoo would look just great with our couch pillows!

[Julie Metz at Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 646-486-4730; Free cat and dog adoptions at the AC & C, sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet, 11 Park Place, Suite 805, www.feedingisbelieving.com]

mbryan@observer.com Saturday, January 24