scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including pumpkin smashes, the performa biennial, the brooklyn flea and smorgasubrg move indoors, and more.


fri + sat various times: city lyric opera presents a production of gian carlo menotti’s the medium at teatro circulo (east village). $15 adv, $20 door. >>

fri 12-6pm, sat 10am-5pm: travel the world without leaving midtown at metropolitan postcard club of new york city’s bi-annual international postcard show. the watson hotel (midtown west), $7 general, free for students. >>

fri 2pm: free reservations open today for an immersive schitt’s creek pop-up, open 12/13-15 at metropolitan pavilion (chelsea). >>

fri 4-8pm: ben + jerry’s celebrates world vegan day with free scoops of non-dairy ice cream at participating shops. >>

fri 4pm doors, 4:45pm pre-show: the annual new york city marathon opening ceremony celebrates the diversity of sunday’s race with a show, a parade of nations, and a fireworks display. enter at w 63rd st + central park west. free. >>

fri 6-9pm: asia society celebrates diwali with first friday free admission, exhibition tours, music, and more. asia society (ues), free. >>

fri 6-10pm (monthly): celebrate afro-beat music at this month’s first friday at the schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem). tonight’s edition features live music, dj sets, drinks, and extended exhibition hours. $5-10. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the new york society for ethical culture (uws) hosts a screening and discussion of the ethical issues explored in the film rebel without a cause (1955), directed by nicholas ray. $5 includes snacks and refreshments. >>

fri 7:30pm: twitter’s astro poets alex dimitrov and dorothea lasky present their new book at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

fri 7:30pm: comedian and emmy-winning daily show writer matt koff celebrates the release of his debut stand-up album with a live show featuring ronny chieng (the daily show), jo firestone (the tonight show), brendan mclaughlin (best week ever), and neuroscientist heather berlin, who’ll offer her own psychoanalysis of matt based on his material. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri 7:30pm: engage politically and comedically with david cross, josh gondelman, myka fox, kerry coddett, and alex english at standup 2020: a comedy show and voter registration drive. hosted by jarret berenstein, alison klemp, selena coppock, and matt nedostup. already-registered voters are also welcome. the pit underground (gramercy), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

fri 7:30pm: noree chamber soloists present ‘death + wonder,’ an immersive interpretation of two masterworks by shostakovich and beethoven with ambient sound and neon lights. drinks will be available for purchase. opera america (midtown west), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight’s show features matthew broussard (conan), noam shuster-eliassi, napoleon emill, and melody kamali. hosted by noa osheroff and chris calogero. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm (biweekly thru 12/20): columbia astronomy outreach’s stargazing + lecture series returns with a talk by mark popinchalk on how we determine the age of stars, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). columbia university’s pupin hall (morningside heights), free. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex toy shop. tonight’s edition features kevin allison (risk!), hope morawa (keanu rosé), host natalie wall, and more. bonus: free beer + wine, plus 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). >>

fri 8pm: keep the season alive at freak party halloween, a night of live music by loop troupe family band and funkrust brass band, plus guest performers and free candy. littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

fri 8pm-midnight (+ 11/2): cover bands! david bowie, nirvana, the muffs, the ramones, the spice girls, queen, and many more. gutter bar (williamsburg), free. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by fumi abe (comedy central), geoff whiting (bbc), nicole conlan (colbert), jordan doll, ethan simmons patterson, and meghan hanley. hosted by alison leiby. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): secret loft’s comedy show features myq kaplan (netflix), paris sashay (bet), andy sandford (conan), rojo perez (conan), christina galston (comedy central), and lizzie martinez (funny or die). hosted by gabriel pacheco. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

fri 10pm: at random access theatre’s the drunk texts, thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games, improvisation and audience participation. tonight: thou wilt scream at the players theatre (west village). $10 with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg. $14) includes a drink. >>

fri 11pm doors, 11:30pm show (ends today): freedia fest: big freedia and mykki blanco play brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $20. >>

fri 11:59pm: a lineup of chicanx and latinx comedians present a día de los muertos benefit for immigrants, featuring storytelling, stand-up, and musical comedy, with all proceeds and donations benefiting raices. ucbt (hell’s kitchen), $9. >>


Symphony Space / Literature
PEN Out Loud: Lindy West and Hari Kondabolu

Lindy West, the groundbreaking author of Shrill, is joined by comedian Hari Kondabolu (Netflix’s Warn Your Relatives) to discuss her highly anticipated new essay collection, The Witches Are Coming, an investigation of what it means to be a woman in the #MeToo era and how we arrived at this moment of cultural reckoning.

Produced in Cooperation with PEN America and Strand Bookstore.

Part of the PEN Out Loud series. There will be a book signing at this event.

Tickets start at $10 with promotion code “West”

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sat 10am: women who win: on the eve of the marathon, new york times journalist and marathon runner lindsay crouse talks with athletes and women’s rights advocates lauren fleshman and alysia montaño on their motivation and transforming the sports industry for women. the new school’s tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), $10 with promo code ‘run’ (reg. $15). >>

sat 11am-7pm: over 300 artists and publishers assemble for this year’s comic arts brooklyn, an all-day festival spotlighting cartoon and comics creators. pratt activities resource center (clinton hill), free admission. >>

sat 2-5pm: walt whitman way day: celebrate whitman, his writing, and his connection to brooklyn with an afternoon of speakers, readings, activities, and a clinton hill street co-naming ceremony. free. >>

sat 4-7pm: a panel discussion and artist reception for no exit, a maze-like installation that seeks to raise awareness regarding the difficulties that emerge in the aftermath of trauma, addresses ptsd and women with speakers sonja dawn of the national alliance on mental illness, wendy d’andrea, professor of psychiatry at the new school, natalie gutierrez, a therapist specializing in ptsd, and sara lewkowicz, a photojournalist who has documented domestic violence. the factory (lic), free. >>

sat 5-10pm (monthly): this month’s free first saturday at the brooklyn museum celebrates asian-american culture with an evening of live music, art-making, and performances. highlights include music by reonda, bubble_t, new optimism, the brooklyn symphony orchestra, and the metropolitan opera, plus comedy, poetry, and a screening of mountains that take wing. food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: opening reception and performances for the passion + the power: the music photography of mark doyle. littlefield (gowanus), free. >>

sat 7pm: foxes in fiction plays a record release show at public records (gowanus), with opener benoît pioulard. $15. >>

sat 7pm until late: the spooky vibes continue into november with hartstop’s goth prom, a night including live six bands, tarot readings, ‘emergency eyeliner,’ and more. bushwick address provided with rsvp, $8-10. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): animators, cartoonists and other artists project their on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines at the picture this! show. hosted by clare o’kane. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 7:30pm (quarterly): the bitchcraft variety show returns with a sequin-filled, glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and costume changes. hosted by selena coppock (the new rules for blondes) and lauren maul (brooklyn magazine‘s ’50 funniest people in brooklyn’). sid gold’s request room (chelsea), $5. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): laugh your tracksuit off at aunt sassy, a monthly comedy show featuring a lineup of women and lgbtq performers. tonight: nadia pinder, kendall farrell, fareeha khan, wendy steiner, and hallie haas. hosted by schuyler robinson and marissa solomon. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

sat 8pm: asian-american sketch comedy team model majority celebrates their first birthday with a night of new sketches at the pit striker stage (gramercy). $12 adv with promo code ‘model’ (reg. $15). >>

sat 8pm: pinc louds and los cumpleaños play market hotel (bushwick). $15. >>

sat 9pm: folk collective m shanghai and neo folk duo damsel play jalopy (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront). $10. >>

sat 9:30pm: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. this time, the group takes on harry potter and the deathly hallows – part 2. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10:30pm: what i did for love: ucb improvisers interview an audience member about their love life, then spin their stories. ucb at subculture (noho), $14. >>

sat 11pm: get a sugar rush at candi pop, a bubblegum pop dance party whose main ingredient is pop music guilty pleasures. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>


sun: watch for road closures and cheer on more than 50,000 runners making their way through the boroughs during the annual tcs new york city marathon. >>

sun various times: celebrate our furry friends at the annual dog and cat film festivals. sva theatre (chelsea), $12.50 plus ticket fees for cats here, dogs here (reg. $25). >>

sun 12-6pm: moma ps1’s annual fall open house celebrates the start of a new season of exhibitions with free admission all day and an afternoon of programming related to the exhibition, theater of operations: the gulf wars 1991-2011. moma ps1 (lic), free admission. >>

sun 1pm doors: be heard on the third, an afternoon of women’s storytelling to raise awareness of the be heard act, a bill to address harassment and violence in the workplace. featuring state senator alessandra biaggi, orange is the new black actor alysia reiner, and more. caveat (les), free. >>

sun 3:30pm doors, 4pm show (monthly): the jokes will be anything but by the book at the symposium, an academic stand-up show featuring material inspired by research and teaching. today’s theme: ‘science and race.’ hosted by kyle marian. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): big irv’s storytelling roadshow returns with short stories told by stacey curry (moth grandslam champ), david lawson, eric vetter, frankie clinton, andrew mcgill, shelby thompson, and maybe you (there’ll 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 returns with sets by sarah tollemache (james corden), cody wilkins (the rundown with robin thede), lawrence deloach (caroline’s march madness winner), michelle slonim, and albert kirchner. hosted by alex ptak, brittany carney, sam evans, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: laugh for a good cause at the annual jokes for haiti benefit show, featuring janeane garofalo, daniel simonsen, jonas jeannot, and host tanael joachim. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8pm: comedians share dating horror stories at the rude comedy show, hosted by jade marcotte and kendall farrell, and featuring matthew broussard (fallon), xazmin garza (sirius xm), chanel ali (mtv), kate willett (comedy central), tina friml, and brian parise. mood ring (bushwick), free. >>

sun 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (weekly): the if you build it stand-up comedy show includes performances by andy haynes (fallon), emmy blotnick (colbert), kevin mccaffrey (comedy knockout), dina hashem (conan), sammy obeid (last comic standing), sam evans (sirius xm), and melanie maras. hosted by alison leiby. ucb at subculture (noho), $9. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: irish arts center’s 11th annual poetryfest showcases poets from ireland and north america, including a tribute to seamus heaney. irish arts center (midtown west), $50 opening night, free for the rest of the fest. >>

fri thru 11/7: watch indie films by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world at the annual new york short film festival. cinema village (greenwich village), $12. >>

fri thru 11/8 various times: spooky movies:
• fri + sat: poltergeist, the evil dead. roxy cinema (tribeca). $12. >>
• fri thru 11/5: nyc horror series: nadja, sisters, american psycho, q, wolfen, the seventh victim, and more. bam rose cinemas (fort greene), $16. >>
• fri thru 11/8: the devil probably: a century of satanic panic series. anthology film archives (east village), $12 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 11/24: performa 19, the eighth edition of the performa biennial, returns with three weeks of live performances throughout the city. various prices. >>

fri thru 11/24: part installation, part performance, here’s entire building turns into a theatrical museum for the black history museum…according to the united states of america. here arts center (south village), $15 previews thru 11/3, $35 after. >>

fri thru 11/30: bring a flashlight and prepared to be spooked while you explore green-wood cemetery at night. $25. >>

sat + sun 10am-6pm (weekends thru march): the brooklyn flea and smorgasubrg move indoors for the winter with 75 local food and goods vendors. 25 kent ave (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: take a free, self-guided walking tour of galleries and artists’ studios during the annual hoboken artists studio tour. >>

sat + sun: hulk pumpkin smash! turn your halloween pumpkin into compost at these family- friendly events: sat 11am at chelsea waterside park (chelsea), sat 2pm at bartow-pell mansion museum (bronx), sun 10am at corlears hook park (les). free.

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

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