MON, 2/27: 2-FOR-1 OFF-BROADWAY TICKETS, TASTE OF THE DINING CONCOURSE, MSG: FRIEND OR FOE? + 18 TUES EVENTS

around town today

11am-12pm, 4-5pm (thru 3/3): sample the offerings of grand central’s restaurants during the inaugural taste of the dining concourse, including free samples from prova pizzabar, shake shack, jacques torres ice cream, and more. grand central lower level dining concourse, free. >>

6:30pm: msg: friend or foe? historic gastronomist sarah lohman explores the history of and facts about monosodium glutamate in a talk at the institute of culinary education (battery park), $15. >>

7pm: author guillaume serina discusses his new book reagan/gorbatchev: reykjavik 1986, and the summit that almost ended nuclear competition between east and west. world policy journal editor + publisher david a. andelman joins. albertine (ues), free. >>

7pm: what is time, and why do we perceive it the way we do? the new yorker’s alan burdick explores this question in his new book, why time flies: a mostly scientific investigation. the half king (chelsea). free. >>

7pm: hidden fences, a comedic mashup play, combines the films hidden figures and fences, inspired by the recent golden globe flubs. the pit (flatiron), $7. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by amy shanker (laughs), casey james salengo (uproarious), steve desiena (cartoon monsoon), and petey deabreu (petey’s world). hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7pm doors: active bird community, mannequin p*ssy, qty, and in india play a school night music series concert at baby’s all right (williamsburg). bonus: free brooklyn brewery beer until 8pm. free admission with rsvp. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the 14th annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues with calefax reed quintet, paul jacobs, claire chase, orion weiss, and grand electric performing bach. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by mark normand (conan), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), kyle ayers (first comes love), eman el-husseini (ctv), khalid rahmaan (it’s sooo up + coming), and sydnee washington (the warm up). littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): at ’the two beers in’ tipsy political roundtable show, hosts cody lindquist and charlie todd welcome discussion from guests hallie haglund (the daily show writer), rachel zarrell (mtv news), and eric cunningham (más mejor). ucb east village, $7. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by carmen christopher (comedy central), rob cantrell (last comic standing), sam zee, tj, and more, plus a guest lecture about boats from lynn bixenspan (mtv). guest hosted by otto fernandez, fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

9pm (monthly): at the new release day comedy show, host christian finnegan (are we there yet?, chappelle’s show) invites pros to try out new material. this month’s show features moody mccarthy (conan), greg stone (america’s got talent), greg barris (heart of darkness), james mattern (fox sports one), michael harrison (sirius xm), and lance weiss (the today show). q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

9pm (weekly): the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up rom coms with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: roxanne (1987). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

2/28 various times: recommendations on where to celebrate mardi gras from bedford + bowery and dna info.

2/28 12-8pm (+ 3/1 8am-8pm): a two-day installation inspired by the music of strangers features a virtual symphony that allows visitors to ‘perform’ compositions, interactive instrument displays, and live performances by the silk road ensemble. grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall. free. >>

2/28 6pm: japan, north korea, and abduction: robert boynton discusses his book on north korea’s secret abductions of japanese citizens, the invitation-only zone. nyu center for the humanities (east village), free (rsvp). >>

2/28 6:30pm: the 1st black history month in the era of trump and the future of higher and urban education event features a panel discussion, speakers, spoken word, and more. a reception follows. liu brooklyn’s kumble theater (downtown brooklyn), free (email rsvp). >>

2/28 7pm: food design: exploring the future of food author katja gruijters deconstructs the myths surrounding food health and sustainability in a book release talk at genspace (fort greene). free (rsvp). >>

2/28 7pm: powerhouse archway (dumbo) hosts the book launch event for why i march: images from the women’s march around the world, the first photographic tribute to january’s demonstrations. bonus: cookies + treats provided by butter + scotch. free. >>

2/28 7pm: a panel of sva alumni discusses visual art and activism at sva theatre (chelsea). free (rsvp required). >>

2/28 7pm: taste of science, a mini-med school series for non scientists, presents a boozy talk on the heart with cardiac surgeon sloane guy and patient summer ash. ryan’s daughter (ues/yorkville), free (rsvp). >>

2/28 7pm (tuesdays thru 3/28): the stranger than fiction documentary series with filmmaker q+a continues with joe berlinger’s brother’s keeper and a discussion moderated by supersize me‘s morgan spurlock. ifc, $17. >>

2/28 7pm doors, 8pm show: the brooklyn loft party variety show returns with a ‘getaway’ edition, featuring up-close performances by didgeridoo performer street mule, character comedian becky yamamoto, percussion-based street performers mediocre flow, close-up magician the great dubini, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

2/28 7:30pm: drink complimentary tap beer while you ponder a false autonomy: how freelance and the gig-economy is eating the american dream. bond collective (gowanus), $9 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $14). >>

2/28 7:30pm (thru 3/5): former new york city ballet principal dancer wendy whelan and choreographer and dancer brian brooks team up for some of a thousand words, with live music by brooklyn rider string quartet. the joyce (chelsea), $10+. >>

2/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): brave comedians share embarrassing footage of their earliest material and then perform current material at the ’first set’ comedy show, hosted by giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). tonight’s guests: phoebe robinson (‘2 dope queens’), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), jena friedman (the daily show), and matt wayne (adam devine’s house party). union hall (park slope), $7. >>

2/28 8pm (monthly): the snap impression game show podcast pits comedians against each other to see who can do the best off-the-cuff impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personages. tonight: josh gondelman (john oliver), blair socci (ladylike), connor ratliff (search party), mike kelton (difficult people), and chrissy shackelford (college humor). hosted by andy beckerman and ramsey ess. ucb (east village), $7. >>

2/28 8pm (monthly): this month’s backfat comedy/variety show features rob haze (comedy central), langston kerman (insecure), chris calogero (fusion tv), jenn welch, and alex fleming. hosted by emily winter, john payne and larry mancini. 61 local (cobble hill), free. >>

2/28 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which this week includes performances by adam lowitt (the daily show), jo firestone (the tonight show), ahri findling, and sagar bhatt. free. >>

2/28 9pm (monthly): shonali bhowmik and christian felix host a night of talk, music and comedy during a live taping of the 50th episode of their we don’t even know podcast. with comedians mike recine and negin farsad, plus musician beth wawerna. hifi bar (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

2/28 10pm: kaleidoscopic chamber-pop/soul band gadadu celebrates the release of their newest single and music video with a performance at rockwood music hall’s stage 2 (les). one-drink minimum. free admission ($10 suggested admission benefits launchprogress). >>

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FRI-SUN, 2/24-26: SKINT WEEKEND

scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur sat-sun (some start fri), including a digital arts playground at bam, a $1-2 book sale, and more.

friday

fri 6pm (+ 3/3, 3/31, 4/7): the trump agenda vs pluralism: analysis + resistance: pratt institute’s manhattan campus hosts a four-part series analyzing the trump administration’s first 100 days. part of the blacklivesmatter teach-in. free (rsvp). >>

fri 6pm: fall in whimsical love at a screening of wes anderson’s moonrise kingdom, plus save $2 on a drink at the bar after. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

fri 6:30-9pm (monthly): you don’t have to be quiet during the library after hours, a new monthly event at nypl that’s more about celebrating than reading. tonight’s kick-off is all about the library’s ‘love in venice’ exhibition, featuring cocktails + snacks, music + dance lessons, guided tours, and more. costumes encouraged. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building, free (rsvp). >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (+ 3/24): the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with a ‘ghosts of gotham past’ theme. tonight: neil simon’s the odd couple (1968), starring jack lemmon and walter matthau. free admission. >>

fri 7-11pm: new york hardcore tattoo (les) hosts a group art show celebrating nyc’s musical legacy and iconic and influential bands from the 60’s-90’s. free. >>

fri 7:30pm: show + tell or look + listen to personal stories at the intimate show + tale event. tonight’s theme is activists, artivists, and archives. dixon place lounge (les). free. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): the cave readings series presents salon-style readings in the cave at st. george’s church (gramercy). tonight, former new york times jazz critic ben ratliff (every song ever: twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty). free. >>

fri 7:30pm: orion string quartet performs puccini, wolf, haydn, and verdi at the new school’s auditorium (union square). free. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at natalie wall’s awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. this month’s edition features katie haller (barkpost), lucas connolly (the dirty show), and mallory schlossberg (redbook). bonus: admission includes beer + wine, plus attendees save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’, or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). a portion of tonight’s proceeds will be donated to southern poverty law center. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): improvisers live dub over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, this month featuring episodes of saved by the bell and california dreams. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 8pm doors, 9:30pm show (+ sat): fall into a burning ring of fire at the johnny cash birthday bash, an annual celebration of the music of johnny cash with live music by alex battles and his band the whisky rebellion. littlefield (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by leah bonnema (huffington post’s ‘funniest females’), langston kerman (insecure), greg johnson (ifc), shane torres (conan), melissa stokoski (sirius xm), gilbert lawand, and country music comedy duo reformed whores. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show: sunset park’s industry city distillery is the boozy setting for the captains of industry comedy show, hosted by lukas kaiser (chappelle’s show) and rojo perez (csl). this month’s show includes stand up by dan licata (adult swim), shalewa sharpe (keith and the girl), and gina ginsberg (ifc). free admission (email rsvp to guarantee a spot. the first 50 to rsvp get a half-price drink ticket). >>

fri midnight: adult amateur (or worse) dance teams perform choreographed dances in front of a live audience and comedian judges at nationals: an amateur comedy dance tournament. hosted by dara katz and betsy kenney. ucb (chelsea), $7. >>

fri-sat midnight-ish movies:
fargo @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
final destination @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
hausu @ videology (williamsburg), $8. >>
mad max 2: the road warrior @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
mad max: beyond thunderdome @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
midnight cowboy @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
pet sematary @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
riot hour (saturday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
self defense (friday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
trainspotting @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
2001: a space odyssey @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>

saturday

sat various times: get you all caught up on this year’s best picture nominees, just in time for the oscars. various amc theaters, various prices. >>

sat 11am-3:30pm: check out what’s hoppening at the first annual nyc fermentation festival, a gathering of 30+ vendors offering samples and sales, along with demos, activities for kids, and adult beverages. part of new york city beer week. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $20 admission. >>

sat 12-5pm: contribute online content related to black history a the black power! wikipedia edit-a-thon. schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), free. >>

sat 12-6pm: ridgewood market’s food festival offers grub from a dozen local vendors, plus a cookie contest, a 50/50 raffle, and a food drive. the footlight, free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sat 1:30pm: sword swallowers do their thing outside of the times square ripley’s believe it or not! odditorium for the 10th annual world sword swallower’s day demonstration. free. >>

sat 2:30pm: a roundtable of psychologists, human rights activists and historians discuss how we respond to the displaced and the other at the helix center (ues). free. >>

sat 7pm: hidden fences, a comedic mashup play, combines the films hidden figures and fences, inspired by the recent golden globe flubs. the creek and the cave (lic), $5 . >>

sat 7pm: support summer moshing at a benefit show for the summer punk island festival, which will include bands snatch attack, sister munch, salty, necrotic society, and awful din. the cobra club (bushwick), $10 donation. >>

sat 8pm: don your senior prom attire for the fifth annual indie pop prom, featuring bands the pains of being pure at heart, sad 13, sports, half waif, and t-rextasy. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint),  $12 with prom attire, $15 without. >>

sat 9pm (biweekly): the human citizen comedy show, hosted by koshin egal and ben totushek, features stand-up sets by annie lederman (@midnight), greg stone (america’s got talent), will miles (comedy central’s ‘comics to watch’), sydnee washington (the warm up), kevin froleiks (mtv), and tito garza (funny or die). art cafe and bar (prospect heights), free before 8pm, $5 after. >>

sat 10pm: laugh and wince knowingly at someone else’s dating experiences at the party of two storytelling and comedy show. tonight: lauren maul (bust magazine), calvin cato (dudes being dudes being dudes), jocelyn chia (two-time moth storyslam winner), tarik daniels, and hosts anita flores and vanessa valerio reassure you that there’s hope for us all… or not. threes brewing (gowanus), free. >>

sat 11pm: the jesus may be personal but the music is for the masses at a depeche mode dance party, where djs andi synthicide and alex english will be spinning the hits, deep cuts, and other synth pop and new wave all night. saint vitus (greenpoint), free before midnight with rsvp, $7 otherwise. >>

sunday

sun various times: nine places to watch the 89th annual academy awards:

brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint): open oskars brewery beer bar 7-8pm, food and drinks available for purchase. free admission. >>

brooklyn winery (williamsburg): wine, craft beer, and small plates available for purchase. two-drink minimum. free admission. >>

le poisson rouge (greenwich village): the big quiz thing’s fifth annual pre-oscars trivia game show, followed by the ceremony. two food or drink item minimum at tables. $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

littlefield (gowanus): the skint’s third annual screening party includes a red carpet, photo booth, voting ballots, free fresh popcorn, a free glass of champagne with rsvp, and  themed drink specials. free admission. >>

northern territory (greenpoint): taste of streep giveaways. free admission. >>

playwright irish pub (midtown west): pre-ceremony trivia, voting ballots, a red carpet, photo booth, food and drink available for purchase, so many teevees. >>

q.e.d. (astoria): trivia (during commercial breaks), popcorn, catered snacks, and voting ballots. $12. >>

samsung 837 (meatpacking): three-story screen. free admission. >>

videology (williamsburg): screening in the main space (11′ screen) and bar (6′ screen plus a wide-screen tv). drink and food menu available. free admission. >>

sun 5:30pm doors, 6pm show: the just a show comedy show celebrates its first anniversary with performances by joe pera (adult swim), mike recine (conan), jacqueline novak (comedy central), mo fry pasic (reductress), and brett davis (the special without brett davis). hosted by harris mayersohn. sunnyvale (east williamsburg), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

sun 6-10pm: queer and trans dance party/protest outside trump tower. >>

all weekend

fri + sat various times: contribute your voice to the largest collective chant of ‘om’ ever generated, to be featured in a forthcoming exhibition ‘the world is sound’ at the rubin museum of art. $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm. >>

fri thru 3/5: while there aren’t many skint-priced events during the annual new york city beer week, there are lots of opportunities to buy your fill of new and rare brews. various locations. >>

thru sat various times: pratt institute (fort greene) hosts a blacklivesmatter teach-in, featuring three days of talks and workshops. free (rsvp). >>

thru sun: a treasure trove of new and gently used books, cds, dvds, and records will be sold for just $1-$2 each at park slope united methodist church’s 24th annual book sale. $5 admission 2/24, free admission 2/25-26. >>

thru 3/4: with almost half of the selected films created by women or people of color, the winter film awards 6th annual 48-hour film challenge indie film festival strives to tell everyone’s story. cinema village (east village), $5-10. >>

thru 3/6: tokyo-based gallery and art project pepper project presents the 11th annual young japanese artist book fair, featuring works from dozens of japanese book artists. printed matter (chelsea) and kinokuniya books (bryant park), free. >>

sat thru 3/12: adults and kids can get inspired at teknopolis, a three-floor interactive ‘digital arts playground’ at bam fisher (fort greene). $15-25. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get $20 tickets to the u.s. premiere of guillermo calderón’s villa at wild project thru 3/15 ($35 value). >>

get tickets to the game of thrones live concert experience at madison square garden 3/7 for $39 (plus ticket fees, reg. $76). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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THURS, 2/23: NEW YORK ROCK, BLACKLIVESMATTER TEACH-IN, LARRY KRAMER, + 15 FRI EVENTS

around town today

6-11pm: show you’re indie, a group art show of nyc music photographers, opens with proceeds of prints benefitting charities like the aclu, planned parenthood, and vh1’s save the music foundation. ken allen studios (williamsburg), free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm event: pulling you towards deliciousness, nyu professor and museum of food and drink lab co-founder jack tchen and jason wang of xi’an famous foods dig into the origins of the hand pulled noodles of xi’an and the significance of the desert landscape to local cuisine. museum of food and drink lab (williamsburg), $10 general, $5 students. >>

6:30pm: playwright, author and lgbtq rights advocate larry kramer speaks with new york times op-ed columnist and fire shut up in my bones author charles blow about what today’s activists can learn from their precursors. cuny graduate center (midtown east), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: hidden bernstein: two leonard bernstein scholars present their research on the composer’s personal life, and lea delaria (orange is the new black) performs some of his songs. part of the ‘gay gotham: art and underground culture’ series. the museum of the city of new york (east harlem). $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm: music writer steven blush gives an illustrated lecture on his newest book, new york rock: from the rise of the velvet underground to the fall of cbgb. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm doors: stolen jars and humeysha play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

7pm: the feminist city: urban salon, a forum for topics in urbanism, returns with a panel discussion on what it means to be a woman in the city. bonus: free beer from braven and sixpoint breweries. bearcat cafe (east williamsburg), free (donations will benefit naral pro-choice america). >>

7pm: catch a preview of the making gay history podcast’s second season with creator and host eric marcus along with producers at the new school (union square). free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): philosophers based in and around brooklyn discuss their work at the brooklyn public philosophers speaker series. at tonight’s talk, dr. ben abelson explores what science fiction can teach us about what it means to be a person. brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

7pm: wnyc’s naked american songbook series does a live taping with magnetic fields’s stephin merritt. nypl for the performing arts (uws), free. >>

7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at leslie goshko’s ‘sideshow goshko.’ tonight’s guests include andy christie (moth radio hour), cyndi freeman (colbert), and brad lawrence (moth grandslam champion). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm: bobby hankinson’s kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out with performances by jamie brickhouse (the moth), mindy raf (girl code), and tarik daniels. the lounge at dixon place (les), free (donations welcome to benefit the audre lorde project). >>

7-10pm: greenpoint’s dusty rose hosts we are the resistance, a pop-up of one-of-a-kind work from 20+ local artists, with a portion of proceeds going to a charity of the artists’ choice. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: it’s no mystery that the clothes will be coming off at metropolis burlesque’s tribute to mystery science theater 3000. the slipper room (les), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

7:30pm: color your face red (with booze) and pages any color (with markers, crayons and pencils) at this month’s coloring club drink and draw meet up, a coloring club for adults featuring drawings of drag queens, celebrities, 90’s nostalgia and more. the kbh beer hall (park slope/gowanus), $5 admission includes supplies and unlimited pages to color, $17 includes a downloadable coloring book. skint offer: a limited number of free regular admission tickets are available with promo code ‘skintfree’ until they run out. >>

7:30pm: chamber music ensemble catalyst quartet performs works by bach at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm door, 8pm show: a drinking game nyc presents a live staged reading of 10 things i hate about you with cues for audience booze-sipping. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm: prove you’re too cool for the oscars before they even happen at an alt-oscars comedy awards show, where alternative facts reign supreme. hosted by kellyanne conway (tessa skara). video revival (crown heights), $5 adv, $6 door. >>

8pm (monthly): challenge your attention span at the ’like me!’ smartphone interactive comedy show, where comedians vie for your attention using tweets, games, polls and more. hosted by shelby taylor and melissa stokoski. the creek + the cave (long island city), free. >>

8pm (monthly): find out what embarrassing stuff makes comedians the way they are at the what’s your damage? show, with growing up tales from bowen yang (broad city), brett davis (the special without brett davis), sonia denis (comedy central’s ‘comics to watch’), and anthony p. devito (adam devine’s house party). hosted by sachi ezura and halle kiefer. the grand bar and grill (williamsburg), free. >>

8pm doors: g herbo, donmonique, and kemba play a red bull sound select show at brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). $3 with rsvp, $10 without. >>

thru 2/25: pratt institute (fort greene) hosts a blacklivesmatter teach-in, featuring three days of talks and workshops. free (rsvp). >>

thru 2/26: a treasure trove of new and gently used books, cds, dvds, and records will be sold for just $1-$2 each at park slope united methodist church’s 24th annual book sale. $25 admission preview sale 2/23, $5 admission 2/24, free admission 2/25-26. >>

thru 3/4: with almost half of the selected films created by women or people of color, the winter film awards 6th annual 48-hour film challenge indie film festival strives to tell everyone’s story. cinema village (east village), $5-10. >>

thru 3/6: tokyo-based gallery and art project pepper project presents the 11th annual young japanese artist book fair, featuring works from dozens of japanese book artists. printed matter (chelsea) and kinokuniya books (bryant park), free. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

our next event!

the skint presents:
 FREE ACADEMY AWARDS SCREENING PARTY
Sunday, February 26
7pm Red Carpet Pre-Show, 8:30pm Awards Show
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues), Brooklyn (directions)
2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, or Q to Atlantic Ave – Barclays Center
R to Union Street
F or G train to Carroll Street

FREE admission: RSVP here to get a free glass of champagne!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1858953207714867/
RSVP does not guarantee entry. This event is mixed seated/standing. Arrive early to secure a spot. Doors open at 6:45pm.

coming up

2/24 6pm: fall in whimsical love at a screening of wes anderson’s moonrise kingdom, plus save $2 on a drink at the bar after. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

2/24 6:30-9pm (monthly): you don’t have to be quiet during the library after hours, a new monthly event at nypl that’s more about celebrating than reading. tonight’s kick-off is all about the library’s ‘love in venice’ exhibition, featuring cocktails + snacks, music + dance lessons, guided tours, and more. costumes encouraged. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building, free (rsvp). >>

2/24 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (+ 3/24): the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with a ‘ghosts of gotham past’ theme. tonight: neil simon’s the odd couple (1968), starring jack lemmon and walter matthau. free admission. >>

2/24 7-11pm: new york hardcore tattoo (les) hosts a group art show celebrating nyc’s musical legacy and iconic and influential bands from the 60’s-90’s. free. >>

2/24 7:30pm: show + tell or look + listen to personal stories at the intimate show + tale event. tonight’s theme is activists, artivists, and archives. dixon place lounge (les). free. >>

2/24 7:30pm (monthly): the cave readings series presents salon-style readings in the cave at st. george’s church (gramercy). tonight, former new york times jazz critic ben ratliff (every song ever: twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty). free. >>

2/24 7:30pm: orion string quartet performs puccini, wolf, haydn, and verdi at the new school’s auditorium (union square). free. >>

2/24 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at natalie wall’s awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. this month’s edition features katie haller (barkpost), lucas connolly (the dirty show), and mallory schlossberg (redbook). bonus: admission includes beer + wine, plus attendees save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’, or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). a portion of tonight’s proceeds will be donated to southern poverty law center. >>

2/24 8pm (monthly): improvisers live dub over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, this month featuring episodes of saved by the bell and california dreams. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

2/24 8pm doors, 9:30pm show (+ 2/25): fall into a burning ring of fire at the johnny cash birthday bash, an annual celebration of the music of johnny cash with live music by alex battles and his band the whisky rebellion. littlefield (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

2/24 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by leah bonnema (huffington post’s ‘funniest females’), langston kerman (insecure), greg johnson (ifc), shane torres (conan), melissa stokoski (sirius xm), gilbert lawand, and country music comedy duo reformed whores. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

2/24 8:30pm doors, 9pm show: sunset park’s industry city distillery is the boozy setting for the captains of industry comedy show, hosted by lukas kaiser (chappelle’s show) and rojo perez (csl). this month’s show includes stand up by dan licata (adult swim), shalewa sharpe (keith and the girl), and gina ginsberg (ifc). free admission (email rsvp to guarantee a spot. the first 50 to rsvp get a half-price drink ticket). >>

2/24 midnight: adult amateur (or worse) dance teams perform choreographed dances in front of a live audience and comedian judges at nationals: an amateur comedy dance tournament. hosted by dara katz and betsy kenney. ucb (chelsea), $7. >>

2/24-25 midnight-ish movies:
fargo @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
final destination @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
hausu @ videology (williamsburg), $8. >>
mad max 2: the road warrior @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
mad max: beyond thunderdome @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
midnight cowboy @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
pet sematary @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
riot hour (saturday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
self defense (friday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
trainspotting @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
2001: a space odyssey @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>

2/24-25: contribute your voice to the largest collective chant of ‘om’ ever generated, to be featured in a forthcoming exhibition ‘the world is sound’ at the rubin museum of art. $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm. >>

2/24-3/5: while there aren’t many skint-priced events during the annual new york city beer week, there are lots of opportunities to buy your fill of new and rare brews. various locations. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get $20 tickets to the u.s. premiere of guillermo calderón’s villa at wild project thru 3/15 ($35 value). >>

get tickets to the joffrey ballet’s modern take on romeo + juliet at lincoln center 3/29-4/2 for $25+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $50+). >>

get free tickets to artexpo new york at pier 94 4/22-24 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

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