scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including cider week, the smorgasburg food market, the gotham storytelling festival, and more.


fri 12-7pm (+ sat 10am-5pm): 35-40 us and international postcard dealers gather for the bi-annual international postcard show. the watson hotel (midtown west), $7 general, free for students. >>

fri 4pm doors, 4:45pm 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. >>

sponsored: fri 6pm: the brennan center presents the new york premiere of rigged: the voter suppression playbook. narrated by jeffrey wright (hbo’s westworld), the documentary exposes how our most important right, the right to vote, is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks and political shenanigans. the screening will be followed by a q+a with wright, director tim smith, and brennan center voting experts. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

fri 6-8pm (on view thru 12/5): david zwirner gallery (chelsea) presents diane arbus untitled, an exhibition of 66 images made by the influential photographer at residences for people with developmental disabilities between 1969 and 1971. opening reception tonight. free. >>

fri 6-9pm: asia society celebrates diwali with a first friday evening of free admission, exhibition tours, music, beer tastings, indian street food available for purchase, and more. asia society (ues), free. >>

fri 7pm (biweekly thru 12/14): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by steven mohammed on ultraviolet light in the universe, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 7-10pm: sva mfa photography, video and related media students display artworks at the program’s annual salon and open studio event. sva (gramercy), free. >>

just added: fri 7:30pm (+ sat 2:30pm, 7:30pm): enjoy unlimited wine tastings at the wine riot, coming to brooklyn expo center (greenpoint) for $39 (plus ticket fees, reg. $39). >>

fri 7:30pm: asbury shorts usa, nyc’s longest running, non-competitive short film exhibition, presents their flagship manhattan show at nyit auditorium on broadway (uws). $15. >>

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: rojo perez (conan), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), sameer naseem (wyatt cenac’s problem areas), paris sashay, and everett mcmahan. hosted by noa osheroff and kyle turner. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm doors, 9pm show: smiths/morrissey and depeche mode tribute bands the sons + heirs and masters + servants present their annual cemetry gates halloween concert. the bell house (gowanus), $20 adv, $25 dos. >>

fri 8:30pm: the mid riff comedy show features belly buttons and laughs from rebecca o’neal (2 dope queens), ian fidance (seth meyers), tom delgado (comedy central), justy dodge (gotham comedy live), and rojo perez (conan). hosted by alissa may atkinson and lauren vino. bonus: free drink for crop top wearers. precious metal (bushwick), 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 mike lebovitz (hbo), gabe pacheco (sirius xm), neko white, cara weinberger and ross benoit, with music by caitlin cook. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians become authors real and imaginary and read selections from made up books at literati: a comedy show about books and the idiots who write them. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring dan chamberlain (fallon), moujan zolfaghari (last week tonight), karen chee (the new yorker), and x mayo and shenovia large (ucb). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features nimesh patel taping an hourlong set, plus paris sashay (bet), dina hashem (conan), and ken boyd (showtime at the apollo). hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 11pm: london-based party r + she: the queens of hip hop and r+b returns to brooklyn for a night of dancing to fierce jams. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>


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sat 11am-2pm (+ 11/11 10am at corlears hook park): don’t trash it, smash it! pulverize your pumpkin at the family friendly pumpkin smash event. byop. chelsea waterside park, free. >>

sat 3:30pm doors, 4pm show: the happier hour: philosophy to make your life suck less, a monthly discussion series combining the perks of a bar happy hour with practical philosophy, takes on the topic of ‘revelry’ with guests that include: a philosophy professor with a penchant for dance, music, and sport; a data scientist who is reinventing cotton candy and also writes children’s books; a burlesque teacher and performer who believes glamour should be for everyone. hosted by monica mccarthy. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘happierfriends’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

sat 5-10pm (monthly): this month’s free target first saturday at the brooklyn museum celebrates the exhibit soul of a nation: art in the age of black power with music by antoine drye, jaime lee lewis and shelley nicole’s blakbüshe, performances by the brooklyn dance festival, poetry, talks, hands-on art, and more. food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

sat 7pm: hot glass, cold beer: glass artists show off their neon bending, glass blowing, and flameworking skills while you enjoy unlimited drinks from a unique handmade glass. brooklyn glass studio (gowanus), $25. >>

sat 7pm (monthly): things get poppins at the magical world of musical improv show, where clips from classic children’s films are played and performers improvise new songs to go with them. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

sat 7pm: when the real lyrics just don’t cut it, there’s parody karaoke, a musical comedy concert where performers sing parody songs live with the lyrics projected so the audience can sing along. tonight’s jokester vocalists include tim platt (colbert), mary houlihan (difficult people), matthew albani, and more. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 7-11pm: artists put their own spin on record cover designs at the vinyl vandals art exhibition, opening at c’mon everybody (crown heights) tonight with music from dj pablo77. free. >>

sat 7:30pm (weekly thru 12/15): pianist paul lewis performs brahms, haydn, and beethoven at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $16. >>

sat 7:30pm: you don’t need a partner, or any dance skills, to have a ball at country dance new york’s fall fling, featuring live music by the gaslight tinkers with caller alex deis-lauby. dance lesson at 7:30pm. ps3 charrette school (west village), $10 if you mention the skint at the door (reg, $18 general, $15 students). >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): ride into the ranger zone, a comedy + poetry variety show hosted by twin sisters aimee rose and april ranger. tonight: comics jay jurden and lizzie martinez, poet jayson smith, and more. branded saloon (prospect heights), free admission (drink or food purchase suggested). >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. this month’s show features guests connor ratliff (ucb), michelle collins (siriusxm), and kyle ayers (comedy central). hosted by lane moore (brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

sat 9:30pm: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on the big lebowski. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): at this month’s party like it’s 1999 dance party: let’s fall back, doggystyle edition, dj steve reynolds plays 90’s rock, pop, dance, r+b and hip-hop all night, plus an extra dose of snoop dogg in honor of doggystyle‘s 25th anniversary. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>


sun: cheer on more than 50,000 runners winding their way through all five boroughs during the annual tcs new york city marathon. >>

sun 2pm: all gender, body positive dance/cheer crew the gotham girls roller derby jeerleaders are holding tryouts for new members today. you could be one of them. ripley-grier studios (garment district), $10. >>

sun 7pm: six dance companies perform at the seventh annual pentacle gallery fall further dance series. dixon place (les), $15-18 general, $12 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with jo firestone (fallon), courtney fearrington (siriusxm), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), nate fridson, and will carey. von bar (noho), $5. >>

sun 8:30pm (1st + 3rd sundays): the show’s name might be cold pizza, but at least the slices (and admission) are free. hosts aimee rose ranger and micah walsh get things started in featherweight’s attic with sets by guitler raphael, lillian devane, david spector, usama siddiquee, mike lebovitz, maddie smith, and katie hannigan. featherweight (east williamsburg), free. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun (ongoing): the smorgasburg food market moves indoors for the season, with a new night market fridays 6pm-late at villain in williamsburg (thru 12/21) and weekends at atlantic center in fort greene (sat 11am-8pm, sun 11am-5pm thru 3/31). free admission. >>

fri thru sun: irish arts center’s 10th annual poetryfest showcases poets from both sides of the atlantic over three days. friday’s opening night includes readings by padma lakshmi, zadie smith, belinda mckeon, timothy donnelly, and dan halpern ($15-40); weekend readings are free (rsvp). >>

fri thru 11/5: hear stories told by some of the best in the biz at the annual gotham storytelling festival. kraine theater (east village), $20 (skint offers: $5 off friday’s ‘the adam wade show’ with promo code ‘theskint’ and $10 off saturday’s ‘waffle house daze’ with promo code ‘skint’). >>

fri thru 11/11: get your buzz on at cider week events across the city. several are free-$10. >>

fri thru 11/15: large-scale sculptures made entirely out of thousands of unopened cans of food will be on display for canstruction, the 26th annual design competition and city harvest food drive. brookfield place (wtc), free admission (donations of non-perishable food items welcome). >>

sat + sun: add to your library at used book sales occurring at the carroll gardens library (sat 10am-3pm) and revolution books in harlem (sat + sun 12-9pm).

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

sponsored: sat thru 11/25: from the tony winning writer of dear evan hansen and the tony nominated director of lobby hero, comes days of rage. second stage theatre is celebrating their 40th anniversary season with $19.79 tickets on select performances thru 11/25. >>

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