MON, 9/24: MET OPERA IN TIMES SQUARE, 2-FOR-1 OFF-BROADWAY TICKETS, GLORIA STEINEM + BARBARA NESSIM, + 11 TUES EVENTS

around town today

thru 9/30: the annual climate week nyc includes more than 200 talks, exhibitions, and screenings on climate policy and action. various locations and prices. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
clueless. our wicked lady (bushwick). >>
coco. hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop (soho/south village). >>

11am-9pm (thru 11/2): the seasonal urbanspace broadway bites pop-up outdoor food market returns to midtown’s greeley square square with 27 specialty vendors. >>

5-10: nyc techno and houses pioneer frankie bones and friends spin the tunes at ‘let the music play ii: let’s dance freestyle.’ the roof at output (williamsburg), free. >>

5pm doors, 5:30pm pre-show, 6pm show: watch the metropolitan opera’s 134th season opener at a live transmission of saint-saëns’s biblical epic samson et dalila on multiple screens in times square. first come, first served seating will be available for more than 2000 audience members. times square’s military island (bet 43rd + 44th streets) and duffy square (bet 46th + 47th sts), free. >>

sponsored: 6pm doors, 7pm show: hq trivia’s scott rogowsky and vulture’s neil janowitz dust off their uniforms for a special 10th anniversary edition of their sports-comedy talk show, 12 angry mascots, featuring guests jerry blevins (new york mets), eric byrnes (former mlb, mlb network), and sam morril (comedy central). le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $15-25. >>

6:30pm: writer thomas page mcbee discusses the gender stereotypes and violence experienced building up to being the first trans man to ever box at madison square garden in his new book, amateur: a true story about what makes a man. the new york times critic amanda hess joins. nypl mid-manhattan (midtown), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm (monthly): at this month’s speaking of science series lecture at the new york society for ethical culture, dr. joshua plotnik discusses his research on the psychology of elephants and why it matters for their conservation. new york society for ethical culture (uws), $10 suggested donation. >>

6:30pm: trailblazing women gloria steinem and barbara nessim revisit their lives as young women starting professional careers in nyc and how the city and their friendship shaped them. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6:45pm: vimeo staff picks curator meghan oretsky shares her favorite short films by women from her ‘ladies with lenses’ channel, followed by filmmaker q+a. bonus: after the show, redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

7pm: beer: a lecture: the masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.) hosts a talk on select foamy topics, including what beer has given humanity, how ipa is the perfect encapsulation of manifest destiny, and the history of malt liquor in the us. kings county distillery (brooklyn navy yard), $12. >>

7pm: apollo software engineer don eyles tells the story of the space program from the inside in a discussion on his book, sunburst and luminary: an apollo memoir. the half king (chelsea). free. >>

7pm: pen america and catapult celebrate the publication of pen america best debut short stories 2018, an anthology of fiction by a dozen recipients of the 2018 pen/robert j. dau short story prize for emerging writers, at housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free admission. >>

7pm (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy and storytelling show that features tales of walking away from something and performances of abandoned material. tonight’s guests: shannon odell (drunk science) and rebecca shortall (drunk degrassi). bonus: share your own story for a chance to win a free drink. hosted by ian goldstein (splitsider) and sam corbin (the new yorker). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: brooklyn poetry slam: brooklyn slam poets gather for a night of words and wisdom, followed by an open mic. hosted by mahogany l. browne. brick house ballroom (fort greene), free. >>

7pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: every month, theater of the apes plucks a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrects it as a low-budget variety show. tonight: 1918’s how to sing a song: the art of lyric and dramatic interpretation, by yvette guilbert. the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

7pm: mountain man, a folk trio featuring sylvan esso’s amelia meath, celebrates the release of their new album with a live performance and signing at rough trade (williamsburg). free admission. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians share photos, diary entries, and the occasional angst-filled musical number to take jabs at their younger selves at the roast of your 15-year-old self show. hosted by alise morales. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins, returns with guests myq kaplan (@midnight), shane torres (conan), melissa stokoski (handmaid’s tale: the musical), eman el-husseini (sirius xm), jourdain fisher, and deanna ortiz. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly thru 12/22): tonight’s full moon means it’s time for gathering the coven, lauren maul’s comedic talk show that features magical comedians, practicing witches, and musicians. tonight’s ‘self care’-themed show features comedian anita flores (i’m listening), designer erica bradbury, tattoo artist karen glass, composer michael harren, and music by dj energy, jen kwok, and alyson greenfield. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by andy ostroff (kimmel), milly tamarez (comedy central), matt nedostup (snl weekend update), julia johns (girl code), nina tarr (viceland), and margaret dodge (vortex of shame). hosted by lizzie martinez (funny or die) and hoff matthews (comedy central). bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by alingon mitra (colbert), doogie horner (america’s got talent), shane torres (conan), jill weiner, and blair dawson. hosted by ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

9pm: (monthly): the queers n peers benefit variety show (fka pairs n chairs) presents three pairs of lgbtq and allied performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight: comedy by arti gollapudi + gabe gonzalez, comedy music by tessa skara + sam taggart, and music by devon mcfadden + jim kivlen. hosted by cassidy graves + barrett lawl. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5-10 suggested donation benefits gays against guns and brooklyn community bail fund. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring mo fry pasic (funny or die), greta titelman (the special without brett davis), ayo edebiri (the new yorker), and joe castle baker (thank goddess). hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

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Question: Where in this city can you get 25+ plates of anything for 60 bucks (less than $3 a plate) with a tax deductible ticket?

Answer: Taste of Gramercy! This Gramercy Neighborhood Associates event – now in its 6th successful year – boasts over 50 top restaurants, sponsors, raffle items, libations and treats. And it all takes place on bucolic Irving Place in Gramercy Park from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, September 29. Savor delicacies from Michelin-starred chefs and the most revered restaurants in New York City like Danny Meyer’s Maialino (2 New York Times stars), Bouley at Home by Michelin-starred chef David Bouley, and Junoon (1 Michelin star). And nibbles from Matcha Bar, Irving Farm, City Bakery and Insomnia Cookies will please your palate! Stroll around Irving Place and discover the best of the city’s food scene. There’s no better way to spend a fall weekend!

Special offer for skint readers: Get a $30 six-tasting ticket ($10 off the regular ticket price of $40), and a $60 full-tasting ticket ($10 off the regular ticket price of $70).
Click HERE for tickets and use code SKINT-GNA2018.

coming up

9/25 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
ferris bueller’s day off. the william vale (williamsburg). >>
spider-man: homecoming. sol lain playground (les). >>
the tango lesson, with a pre-screening tango lesson. washington square park. >>

9/25 11am: more than 250 architecturally significant historic and contemporary buildings and public spaces will offer tours and talks for the 16th annual open house new york weekend on 10/12-14. while many of the sites can be visited free-of-charge without reservations, 120 require reservations ($5 fee), which goes live at 11am today. note: demand is always high for these, so we recommend checking ohny’s tips here. >>

9/25 2-3pm (+ 9/27): sample the offerings of grand central’s restaurants during the second annual taste of the dining concourse, including free samples, menu specials, and deals from doughnut plant, shake shack, shiro of japan, joe coffee, and more. grand central lower level dining concourse (midtown east), free. >>

9/25 5pm: ¡viva broadway! the broadway league celebrates hispanic heritage month with an outdoor concert by current and recent broadway stars from hamilton, mean girls, aladdin, the lion king, wicked, and on your feet! the musical – the story of emilio + gloria estefan. duffy square (times square), free. >>

9/25 7pm doors (monthly): the poc-centered final fantasy reading series, hosted by joselia hughes + roshan abraham, has one last adventure at friends and lovers (crown heights). $5-7 suggested donation. >>

9/25 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the other men need help podcast launches season two with sam dingman (family ghosts), jiji lee (the new york times), alison leiby (the president show), fran tirado (food 4 thot), and  host by mark pagán. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $10. >>

9/25 7:30pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), ashley brooke roberts, josh sharp, and kevin doyle share their most adventurous stories at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. ucb east village, $9. >>

9/25 7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: a late night variety show and a spelling bee collide for we b-e-e spelling. comedians compete against each other and the crowd at this fundraiser/game show/concert, with proceeds benefiting youth education in nyc. hosted by alex greer and ahri findling. special offer for skint readers: free with promo code ‘webeeskint’ (reg. $7 adv, $10 dos). >>

9/25 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians mix comedy and heart at the sparkle hour! variety show, hosted by philip ‘sparkle’ markle and featuring jo firestone (fallon), christi chiello (comedy central), sophie zucker (ladies who ranch), carly ciarrocchi (npr), and more. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

9/25 8pm: got a gem of a story to tell? molly cameron and sharon spell co-host the gems storytelling show + mic, with danny artese, tracie sparkles, and maybe you! the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

9/25 8:30pm (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + popcorn show, this week including performances by janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), john early (search party), greta titelman (bravo), harris mayersohn (colbert), and joel walkowski (seeso). hosted by dan licata (adult swim) and joe pera (seth meyers). free. >>

ticket deals

score 2-for-1 tickets to almost 40 shows during the annual fall off-broadway week. tickets to performances scheduled 9/24-10/7 are on sale starting today. >>

get tickets to the brooklyn botanic garden’s 26th annual chile pepper festival 9/29 for $18 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

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TASTE OF GRAMERCY – TICKETS ON SALE NOW – AT 2013 PRICES! (SPONSORED)

Question: Where in this city can you get 25+ plates of anything for 60 bucks (less than $3 a plate) with a tax deductible ticket?

Answer: Taste of Gramercy! This Gramercy Neighborhood Associates event – now in its 6th successful year – boasts over 50 top restaurants, sponsors, raffle items, libations and treats. And it all takes place on bucolic Irving Place in Gramercy Park from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, September 29. Savor delicacies from Michelin-starred chefs and the most revered restaurants in New York City like Danny Meyer’s Maialino (2 New York Times stars), Bouley at Home by Michelin-starred chef David Bouley, and Junoon (1 Michelin star). And nibbles from Matcha Bar, Irving Farm, City Bakery and Insomnia Cookies will please your palate! Stroll around Irving Place and discover the best of the city’s food scene. There’s no better way to spend a fall weekend!

Special offer for skint readers: Get a $30 six-tasting ticket ($10 off the regular ticket price of $40), and a $60 full-tasting ticket ($10 off the regular ticket price of $70).  
Click HERE for tickets and use code SKINT-GNA2018.

Here’s the full line-up:

RESTAURANTS
Maialino, Wagamama, Caffe Marchio’s, Javalina, Kyma, Chawlas 2, Taco Electrico, Paul & Jimmy’s, The Clock Tower, Ainsworth East Village, City Bakery, Blackbarn, Bouley at Home, Lady Mendl’s, The Little Beet Table, Patrizia’s, Junoon, Beecher’s Cheese, Taralucci e Vino, Follia, Harding’s, Feast, Casa Neta, Kelloggs’s NYC, Irvington Bar & Restaurant

SPONSORS
conEdison, Red Door, Royal Orthodontics, Mount Sinai Medical, Halstead, Breads Bakery, Tickle Water, Verday, Irving Farm, Insomnia Cookies, Macha Bar, FOCO, Aloha, KIND, Inn At Irving Place, Cibar, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates

RAFFLES
Baked by Melissa, Barry’s Bootcamp, Pete’s Tavern, Ronnie Hair, Swerve Fitness, Phitting Room, Rumble Fitness, Tosler Davis, Kiehl’s, Sal Anthony’s, Molly’s Shebeen, The Bluebell Cafe, Soul Cycle, Chipoltle, AMC Theaters, Le Coq Rico, The Player’s Club-Gramercy Park

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood is hosted by Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, one of the oldest community organizations in NYC (since 1912). TOGN proceeds benefit local schools, and all food not consumed is donated to The Bowery Mission to support NYC’s homeless population. GNA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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FRI-SUN, 9/21-23: SKINT WEEKEND

scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including the brooklyn americana music festival, art book fairs, the queens county fair, places to celebrate oktoberfest, and more.

friday

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
coco. seaside wildlife nature park (staten island). >>
padre nuestro. maria hernandez park (sunset park). >>
sherlock gnomes. naples playground (staten island). >>
the greatest showman. ferry point park (bronx). >>
the last dragon. governors island parade ground (governors island). >>
toy story. courtney callender playground (harlem). >>
wonder. bayside fields (queens). >>

fri 6-8pm: score a free slice at sauce pizzeria in the east village. >>

fri 5-10pm: do-si-do and promenade at the annual bryant park square dance. free. >>

fri 5:30pm: commemorating the united nations’ international day of peace, the sound of 500 harmonicas performing david schroeder’s climate change-inspired ‘the oceans’ will flood washington square park tonight. garibaldi stage at washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

fri 6pm: professor and author susan shapiro, author and activist renée watson, and contributors share their success stories about getting short pieces and books published at a launch event for the byline bible: get published in five weeks. barnes + noble union square, free. >>

fri 6pm (weekly): members of the greater new york city chapter of the society for neuroscience set up stations at a ‘your ever changing brain’-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

fri 6pm + 7:30pm (+ sat 12-5pm, 6pm, 7:30pm): the ninth annual making moves dance festival presents a variety of emerging and established choreographers and dance companies  performing original works and offering master workshops, showcases, and discussion sessions. jamaica center for arts and learning, free-$10. >>

just added: fri 6-9pm: during the frick collection’s college night, the museum opens its doors to undergrad and grad students for free after-hours viewing, live music, gallery talks, and sketching. valid school id required. (reg. $22 general, $17 seniors, $12 students, free first fridays 6-9pm) >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly thru november): the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with an ‘underdogs’ theme. tonight: the karate kid (1984). bonus: free snacks! free admission. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by addie weyrich (adult swim), gabe morales (netflix), eman el-husseini (sirius xm), jess salomon (ifc), and drew lausch. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

just added: fri 7:30pm + 10pm (+ sat): cozy up to ‘rsvp,’ and intimate variety show held at the arlo hotel in nomad. tonight, host dale sever leads you through a 90-minute showcase featuring jazz band irini res + the jazz mix, burlesque performer mandarine moon-fly, dancer kellz zada, comedian shalewa sharpe, and improvised 40s sci-fi radio show x plus one. the arlo hotel (nomad), $5-35 admission includes a drink. >>

fri 7:30pm: bojack horseman producer/production designer and award-winning cartoonist, lisa hanawalt, launches coyote doggirl at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): you’ll be skatin’ alive at lola star’s saturday night fever-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30-11pm (+ sat 2-11pm): country dance new york and brooklyn contra team up for contrashock, an annual two-day contra dance festival with live music and dance lessons to get you started. brooklyn waldorf school (clinton hill/bed-stuy), $20. >>

fri 7:45pm doors, 8pm show: get your kix at the cereal milk comedy show, featuring sam taggart (comedy central), carmen lagala (colbert), adam wade (20-time moth storyslam champion), maria wojciechowski (the new yorker), jes tom (reductress), and eudora peterson (the special without brett davis). hosted by brantley brice and ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm (biweekly thru 12/14): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by mihir kulkarni on clocks of the universe, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 8pm, 9:45pm, midnight: celebrate bill murray’s birthday with a tribute + trivia show (8pm, $15), followed by boozy screenings of rushmore (9:45pm, $22) and caddyshack (midnight, $12). videology (williamsburg). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by dan st. germain (conan), doug smith (conan), devon walker (comedy central), paris sashay, and kelsey caine. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: get saved from sadness at church night, a religious parody show ‘reminiscent of a prairie home companion on acid’ and including guest stand-up comedians, burlesque + drag performers, and musicians. gutter bar (williamsburg), $10 suggested admission. >>

fri 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of cool as ice, the 1991 film starring vanilla ice with an 8% rotten tomatoes rating, at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck and featuring frank conniff (mst3k). q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

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ERIC IDLE ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

Wed, Oct 3 at Symphony Space

A founding member of Monty Python and creator of Spamalot discusses his absurdly funny memoir of his remarkable journey from childhood in an austere boarding school, coming of age as a writer and comedian during the sixties and seventies, and his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. In conversation with David Hyde Pierce.
(Added bonus: Eric is bringing his guitar, and there just might be a sing-along….)
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saturday

sat smithsonian magazine‘s museum day returns. the 14th annual event offers free admission to more than 20 nyc-area museums, including asia society and museum, museum of arts and design, the intrepid sea, air + space museum, the jewish museum, the national lighthouse museum, and more. note: most of the participating institutions already offer suggested or free/reduced admission hours on select days. >>

sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. crotona park (bronx). >>
black panther. baruch playground (les). >>
captain underpants. msgr. mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>
moana. astoria heights playground (astoria). >>
rampage. willowbrook park (staten island). >>
star wars: the last jedi. the intrepid sea, air + space museum (midtown west). >>
the greatest showman. westerleigh park (staten island). >>

sat 11am-4pm: fly fill the air at the annual kite flight for peace, held in honor of the united nations general assembly and international peace day. free kite-making workshops and kites will be given out while supplies last. franklin d. roosevelt four freedoms park (roosevelt island), free. >>

sat 11am-6pm: add to your vinyl collection and shop from 60 record labels and stores at the annual brooklyn flea record fair. next to smorgasburg in east river state park (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: take in 360º panoramic views and learn about local conservation initiatives while you tour a half-acre green roof habitat and native plant garden at the third annual kingsland wildflowers festival. food and beer will be available for purchase. 520 kingsland ave (greenpoint), free admission. >>

sat 12-5pm: summer sets sail at the fourth annual poseidon’s parade, a family-friendly take on the mermaid parade. rockaway beach boardwalk from 106th street to 95th street, $5 for marchers, free for spectators. >>

sat 5pm: nine traditional and cultural dance ensembles perform in the drained swimming pool at highbridge park for the annual danza highbridge festival. highbridge park (washington heights), free. >>

sat 7pm: bronx documentary center hosts a screening of stephen maing’s crime + punishment, followed by a discussion with maing, two of the film’s subjects, members of the nypd, and the new york times metro reporter ashley southall. bronx documentary center, suggested donation: $10 general, $5 for bronx residents. >>

sat 7-10pm: get a better look at planets, the moon, stars, and other objects in the night sky at the amateur astronomers association’s autumn urban starfest. the annual all-ages event includes guest speakers plus free raffles and gift bags + glow sticks for the first 250 folks. central park’s sheep meadow (enter at w. 67th st. + cpw), free admission. >>

sat 7pm doors, 8pm show: metropolis burlesque gives their take on archie and the gang at riverdale’s vixens. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): funny folks from all over share stories about where they’re from and the journeys that led them to nyc at the transplants comedy show. tonight: courtney maginnis (comedy central), atheer yacoub (gotham comedy live), darius davies (bbc), brendan eyre (kimmel), and more. hosted by christiana jackson. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: the clash tribute band straight to hell’s annual joe strummer birthday bash celebrates the legacy of the punk band’s co-founder. knitting factory (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

sat 9:30pm: instead of making your own way awkwardly through a blind date, watch and laugh as someone else does it. on stage. at in a world: the dating show, host emma vernon sets two pairs of single folks up on blind dates in an environment created by a group of improvisors. the pit (flatiron), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sunday

sun thru 9/30: the harlem comedy festival celebrates people of color in comedy with a week-long series of standup showcases and competitions across eight harlem venues, including a barbershop and a sneaker store. $10-15. >>

sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
hanging with the homeboys. habana outpost (fort greene). >>
neruda. cooper park (east williamsburg). >>

sun 12pm: journalist sarah smarsh discusses her new book, heartland: a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on earth, with chelsea clinton, followed by a signing. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $10 admission (book extra). >>

sun 12-6pm: nyc’s largest street festival, the atlantic antic, returns for a 45th year with 500 food and merch vendors, live music, and chef one’s annual dumpling eating contest. brooklyn’s atlantic avenue between 4th avenue + hicks street, free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sun 1-3pm: go corgi crazy at a corgi meet up at the riverside + w 72nd street dog run. >>

sun 4pm doors (monthly): in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the beatles’ white album, the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) screens richard lester’s a hard day’s night (1964), preceded by a concert by tribute band strawberry fields. $10+ ticket fees here (reg. $20 general, $15 students/seniors). >>

sun 6pm: authors legs mcneil (punk magazine founder) and gillian mccain revisit please kill me: the uncensored oral history of punk with readings and discussion at the cooper union’s frederick p. rose auditorium (east village). free (rsvp). >>

sun 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: move over, webmd. at the i’m a doctor now! show, storytellers and comedians who can’t stop self-diagnosing describe their ailments to an actual doctor. hosted by sarah burton and allie kokesh. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): big irv’s storytelling roadshow returns with short stories told by harmon leon (this american life), david drake (risk!), tiana miller (funny or die), will watkins, jennifer glick, sammie james, nick padilla, and maybe you (there will be two open mic slots). hosted by adam selbst. byob. big irv’s (williamsburg), free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with alingon mitra (last comic standing), emily panic (the break with michelle wolf), j.p. mcdade (comedy central), david spector, and raghav mehta. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): jenny’s birthday variety show: comedian jenny gorelick (improv everywhere’s subway sweet sixteen video) throws herself a birthday party and variety show with best friend addie weyrich (adult swim) every month, and tonight’s ‘game night’-themed shindig of a show includes mary beth barone (viceland), milly tamarez (bet), duo britanick (snl), x mayo (ucb), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), and ms. golden delicious. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8pm: slankets and night cheese at the ready: a group of comedians portraying liz lemon and co will make their way through an improvised episode of 30 rock based on an audience suggestion and with live musical accompaniment and special guest todd buonopane (aka jeffrey weinerslav). the pit (flatiron), $9. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: 50 world touring bands bring folk, bluegrass, jazz and more to two outdoor and seven artist owned and operated indoor establishments in dumbo and red hook for the fourth annual brooklyn americana music festival. new this year: the women’s stage in the archway under the manhattan bridge. free admission. the skint is proud to be a media sponsor for this festival. >>

fri thru sun: meet astronauts, explore exhibits by nasa, stargaze, and more during the annual space + science festival at the intrepid sea, air + space museum (midtown west). $24-33, $19 for nyc residents with valid id. >>

fri thru sun: the third annual independent art book fair brings more than 80 publishers, bookmakers, and artists to williamsburg’s villain. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: printed matter’s 13th annual ny art book fair at moma ps1 (lic) will host over 360 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: the annual photoville pop-up photography ‘village’ takes over brooklyn bridge plaza with 85 exhibitions in and around 60 repurposed shipping containers. the indoor/outdoor event also includes talks, demos, workshops, tours, and a food + beer garden. brooklyn bridge plaza (dumbo), free admission. >>

fri thru october: murphguide rounds up the best places to celebrate oktoberfest in nyc. >>

ongoing: looks can be deceiving at the museum of illusions. the traveling exhibit brings an assortment of visual tricks to nyc. 77 eighth ave (west village), $19 general, $17 students/seniors. >>

sat + sun: the fifth annual lungs (loisaida united neighborhood gardens) harvest arts festival brings a weekend of music, dance, performance, films, workshops, and more to 50 east village and alphabet city community gardens. free. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: the 36th annual queens county fair returns with traditional fair fare like hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, blue ribbon competitions, and performances, plus the opening weekend of the amazing maize maze (weekends 11am-4:30pm thru 10/27, $10 separate admission). queens county farm museum (little neck, queens), $10 admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm (+ 9/29-30): 80 artists each took over a room across eight former military homes for the 11th annual 4heads governors island art fair. free admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: it’s ok to get the blues at the new york denim days festival. the second annual weekend shopping event includes new and established denim designers, workshops, demos and speakers, plus a street bazaar on sunday. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $10 adv, $15 door ($5 students). >>

sat thru 9/30: museum of broken windows: artists take a look at the ineffectiveness of broken-windows policing at a pop-up presented by the new york civil liberties union, which will also include a series of discussions throughout the week. 9 w eighth street (greenwich village), free. >>

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