fri (ongoing): free admission to the rubin museum’s mandala lab opening weekend: located on the museum’s remodeled third floor, a new ‘interactive space for social, emotional, and ethical learning’ opens to the public. inspired by buddhist principles, the lab features interactive experiences and artist contributions from laurie anderson, tenzin tsetan choklay, sheila e., peter gabriel, huang ruo, bora yoon, and others. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), free admission during opening weekend 10/1-3 (reg. $19 general, $14 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm). >>

fri (ongoing): the metrograph reopens: the metrograph cinema (les) reopens for in-person screenings starting today. tickets to regular screenings are $17, or just $10 with a $5 monthly membership. >>

fri thru 1/23/2020: notorious rbg: the life and times of ruth bader ginsburg: the new-york historical society honors the late supreme court justice and icon with a special exhibition based on the popular tumblr and bestselling book of the same name. the traveling exhibition, organized by the skirball cultural center in los angeles, features archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, and more spanning rbg’s life. highlights include a robe and jabot from rbg’s supreme court wardrobe, the official portraits of rbg and sandra day o’connor, and listening stations where visitors can hear rbg’s delivery of oral arguments, majority opinions, and dissents. new-york historical society museum + library (uws), $22 general, $17 seniors, $13 students, pay-as-you-wish fridays 6-8pm. >>

fri thru 11/30 (7am-10pm): extended hours + reservation free weekends at the high line: starting friday, you can visit the high line from 7am to 10pm daily, with reservations no longer required on weekends. >>

fri thru 10/31: archtober festival: the monthlong festival celebrating nyc’s architecture and design returns with hundreds of events, tours, and exhibitions. in-person and online, various prices. >>

fri thru 10/11: open arts les: explore what lower east side arts and culture organizations have to offer with 11 days of free in-person and online workshops and short performances from theaters, museums, dance companies, and galleries. >>

fri (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
avengers: infinity war at henry m. jackson playground (les) >>
blacanieves at maria hernandez park (bushwick) >>
halloweentown at francis lewis park (whitestone) >>
hocus pocus at lemon creek park (staten island) >>
selena at highbridge park (washington heights) >>
wonder woman 1984 at macombs dam park (bronx) >>

fri 10am-8pm (monthly): free first fridays at poster house: poster house museum (flatiron) begins offering free admission with extended hours on the first friday of every month starting today (reg. $12 general, $8 students/seniors). in addition to current exhibitions, a rotating series of activities, workshops, and performances will be scheduled throughout the day. >>

rescheduled from 9/1: fri 5pm doors, 7pm show: city parks summerstage: yo la tengo / mountain movers / dj amanda nazario: indie rock band yo la tengo headlines a night of live music at rumsey playfield in central park. a pre-show rooftop films presentation kicks things off. free. >>

fri 6:30pm (monthly): bare book club: a live nude literary show: a lineup of leafless ladies, led by burlesque performer and producer anja keister, read selections that celebrate the beauty of nyc at the return of this naked reading series. city reliquary (williamsburg), $18+. >>

fri 7-10pm (fridays thru 10/22): dreamland roller disco: let the good times roll at lola star’s weekly outdoor skate party. tonight’s theme: prince purple rain. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24 admission includes skate rental (lockers available for $3-8). >>

fri 7:30pm: the lesbian agenda’s sophie santos: the one you want to marry (and other identities i’ve had) launch event: join the lesbian agenda comedy show host sophie santos in celebrating the publication of her memoir, the one you want to marry (and other identities i’ve had), at a launch event featuring santos in conversation with writer and comedian aaron jackson, followed by a book signing (books will be available for purchase) and afterparty with an open bar and food. union hall (park slope), free admission. >>

fri 7:30pm (weekly): transplants comedy show: funny folks from all over tell jokes about where they’re from and how they got to nyc at the transplants comedy show, featuring standup by jaron young, matt stores, lauren hope krass, and more. hosted by lindsay theisen and katie boyle. q.e.d. (astoria), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

fri 7:30pm-4am: secretformula’s halloween lock-in: revel in a curated selection of halloween-themed movies, cartoons, and tv shows during secretformula’s all-night streaming party. online, $15. >>

fri 8pm tinder live! with lane moore: comedian and writer lane moore (how to be alone: if you want to and even if you don’t) takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. tonight’s show at littlefield (gowanus) features guests david cross (arrested development) and negin farsad (fake the nation). $18. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): aunt sassy: laugh your tracksuit off at aunt sassy, a monthly comedy show featuring a lineup of women and lgbtq performers. tonight: alise morales (betches), walter kelly (netflix), marcela onyango (feel the news), dylan adler (hulu), and bailey swilley. hosted by schuyler robinson and marissa solomon. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): bitches brew comedy show: see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at this women-produced and hosted comedy show, returning to halyards (gowanus) with stand-up by marcia belsky (100 tampons), jaffer khan (redacted tonight), ismael loutfi (kimmel), molly brenner (edinburgh fringe), desormeaux (cherry on top comedy), shafi hossain (penthouse comedy), and hannah boone (sirius xm). free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>


Attorney, strategist, and author of the Stonewall Book Award-winning Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation, Urvashi Vaid will join the Rev. Matt Welsch to discuss grassroots and community-based organizing, how the pandemic has affected advocacy work in the LGBTQ+ community, and the role of faith communities in the movement.

Trinity Commons Speaker Series with Urvashi Vaid
Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm EDT
Free on Zoom
Register now


our roundup of 100+ ongoing events: outdoor fitness classes, public art, flea markets, and more. >>


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