around town today

various times (thru 9/18): the 11th annual brooklyn book festival returns sunday, bringing a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events to bookstores, theaters, libraries, and open spaces to whet your literary appetite. tonight’s events include the seventh annual indie party (7:30pm, free), gossip girl author cecily von ziegesar (7pm, free), political writers (7pm, free), and more. >>

11am-7pm (thru 9/18): the inaugural independent art book fair brings work by artists, galleries, and independent publishers to greenpoint terminal warehouse. free admission. >>

12-10pm: get buy-one-get-one-free ice cream at the grand opening of taiyaki nyc, a japanese ice cream shop offering soft serve ice cream served in adorable fish-shaped waffle cones. 119 baxter st (chinatown). >>

5-9pm (10/21, 11/11 ,12/9): get educated after class hours at brooklyn historical society’s free friday, where there’ll be school-inspired talks and activities from the folks from astronomy on tap, mortified, the society for the advancement of social studies, and more. on the schedule: a double-dutch lesson, hands-on art, science and landmark lessons, diary readings, and more. bonus 1: free brooklyn brewery beer; bonus 2: the first 150 folks to arrive will get a free ‘grown-up pop-tart’ from megpies. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), free. >>

6-8pm (thru 10/9): archives from former monthly mag the east village eye, which doled out alt-culture news from 1979-87 and featured artists like patti smith, richard hell, and robert mapplethorpe, will be on display at the it’s all true: the east village eye show exhibition, opening tonight with an after party at the delancey. howl happening (east village), free exhibition, after party $12 adv, $15 door. >>

6:30-8:30pm (weds-sun, thru 9/25): beam aboard a 50 years of star trek celebration at the paley center for media (midtown west) with an art exhibition, screenings, klingon lessons, a captain kirk impersonation contest, and more. tonight kicks off with an opening party including trivia, musical improv by redshirts, a screening of ‘spock’s brain’ with bingo, and themed cocktails (2 included with admission). $15 for the party, $10 general, $8 students/seniors otherwise. >>

7pm: performance artist karen finley performs a partially-improvised solo spoken word piece about hiv/aids, drawing from her large (and previously censored) body of work. bronx museum, free. >>

7pm (+ 9/17): director robert kenner and author/producer eric schlosser (fast food nation) will be at screenings of their new documentary, command and control, that examines the flaws in the human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe. film forum (west village), $14. >>

7-10pm (thru 10/16): japanese artist konatsu, known for her cat character ‘negora,’ will be exhibiting paintings, handpainted figures, and accessories at her new show at myplasticheart (les). for tonight’s opening receiption, the artist will also conduct a live painting session 8-9pm. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the cave readings series presents salon-style readings in the cave at st. george’s church (gramercy). tonight, digital culture writer virginia heffernan discusses her new book, magic and loss: the internet as art, an analysis of the internet as creative expression. free. >>

7:30pm (+ 9/17 at ucb chelsea, monthly): romance-hater carly ann filbin hosts a comical dating show that’s fit for the cynical singleton or questioning couple, let me break you up: an anti-dating game show, where a series of games tests the strength of real couples’ partnerships. the losing couple ‘has’ to break up! pete’s candy store (williamsburg), $5. >>

7:30pm (fridays thru 10/14): lola star’s dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s le frak center at lakeside. tonight’s theme: pretty in pink prom: 80s prom party. $18 admission includes skate rental. bag check and locker rental extra. >>

8pm (monthly): get intimate with local poets (through their work, of course) at the next installment of the cozy roots poetry series, featuring readings by monica wendel (no apocalypse), kate angus (so late to the party), jay deshpande (love the stranger), and tracy may fuad. donation-based beer and wine will be as free-flowing as the verse. roots cafe (south slope), free admission. >>

8pm (thru 9/18): the school of visual arts’s after school special 2016 alumni film and animation festival features a wide range of works, from beauty and the beast and deadpool to documentaries and shorts, ending with a screening of the 68th annual emmy awards. tonight: a program of short films. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

8pm (thru 9/18): the jalopy theatre + school of music celebrates 10 years with an extended weekend of roots, folk, and blues music. $5-15. >>

8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy/variety show, featuring performances by sean patton (comedy central), ashley bez (younger), joe pera (seth meyers), reggie conquest (impractical jokers), julian g, and george gordon. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a donation jar will be passed around). >>

9:30pm: go back to college, community college that is, with tv hangover’s community party, where you’ll watch episodes of the show while playing drinking games and trivia. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

10pm (monthly): comedians tell stories while a guest visual artist sketches them at grant lindahl’s art school acid dropout show. bonus: 10 beers will be randomly given out at the start of the show. the creek and the cave (lic), $5 admission includes a signed limited-edition poster. >>

10pm: listen to your body and dance it out at the lgbtq-friendly body language dance party, featuring beats spun by jd samson (men, le tigre) and whitney day. house of yes (bushwick), $10-15 adv, $15 at the door before 11pm, $20 after. >>

11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of m. night shyamalan’s the happening at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

midnight-ish movies:
aliens @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
beyond the doors (friday) and vintage erotica: anno 20 (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
princess mononoke @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
species @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
super fly @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
the fifth element @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
the holy mountain @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
the thing (1982) @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
twin peaks: fire walk with me (friday) and the happening (saturday) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

thru 9/18 (1-7pm fri, 11am-9pm sat, 11am-7pm sun): the 11th annual ny art book fair, featuring over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries, returns to moma ps1 (lic). free. >>

thru 9/18: catch indie and experimental shorts, docs, horror films, comedies, and more at the 16th annual coney island film festival, including the traditional screening of 1979 cult classic the warriors. $8-10/screening, $12-15/day pass. >>

thru 9/18: the cinder block comedy festival aims to present a more diverse set of performers than normally found in fests. everything from sketch to stand-up to improv to musical comedy takes place across several williamsburg venues. $15/show, $30 day pass. >>

thru 9/23: the fifth annual brooklyn beat (brooklyn emerging artists in theater) festival showcases diverse performing artists throughout the borough in ‘majestic and unusual spaces,’ like dance in a lobby and theater in a distillery. free-$20. >>

thru 9/25 (11:30am-11pm sun-thurs, 11:30am-midnight fri-sat): get ready for cannolis, the annual italian feast of san gennaro returns to little italy with over a week of carnival games, rides, festivities, and of course food. and yes, that involves a cannoli-eating contest (fri afternoon). >>

thru 10/2: the life and work of actor philip seymour hoffman will be honored through a 16-film retrospective, beginning with jack goes boating, the master, the savages, boogie nights, owning mahowny and almost famous, and including special guests at select screenings. museum of the moving image (astoria), $12 admission may be applied towards same-day admission. >>

thru 10/29 (tues-sat): from black panthers to black lives matter: chelsea’s steven kasher gallery presents two exhibitions: ‘power to the people: the black panthers in photographs’ by stephen shames and graphics by emory douglas, plus ‘when living is a protest’ by rudd roye. free. >>

thru 11/20: the annual united solo theatre festival, the ‘world’s largest,’ returns to manhattan’s theatre row for its seventh year with more than 100 one-person shows. $20.25. >>

thru 2/5: normally touching the art is strictly off-limits, but at the ‘take me (i’m yours)’ exhibition, work from 42 international and intergenerational artists will be on display to touch, participate in, and even take home for yourself. the jewish museum (ues), $15 general, $12 seniors, $7.50 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 5-8pm, free saturdays. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: 60 bands bring folk, roots, blues and more to the 2nd annual brooklyn americana music festival 9/23-25. free! >>

get tickets to the new york coffee festival at the 69th regiment armory 9/17-18 for $15+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $25+) >>

get tickets to chris gethard: career suicide at culture project’s lynn redgrave theater 10/9-23 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $38+). >>

get admission to the museum of sex thru 12/31 for $12.95 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20.14). >>

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