10am-6pm (+ 1/14 10am-7pm): the fifth annual black comic book festival returns with two days of exhibitors, panels, demos, screenings, a cosplay show, and more, all spotlighting black comic artists and creators. schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), free. >>

11am-9pm: free food alert: get a free full-size entrée (pita, salad, or bowl) with protein and toppings at the flatiron opening of austin-based verts mediterranean grill. proceeds from the purchase of additional items will benefit a local non-profit. >>

4pm: cast members of natasha, pierre and the great comet of 1812, including josh groban, denée benton, and creator dave malloy perform selections from the hit musical and sign copies of the new book/cd bundle. barnes + noble 86th + lexington, wristbands for entry will be given with proof of purchase at this location starting at 9am. >>

6pm: three rooms press presents the 10th annual charles bukowski memorial reading, featuring poetry, rare videos and oral history. cornelia street café (west village), $15 admission includes a drink. >>

6-8pm (thru 2/12): ‘rejoice! our times are intolerable,’ an exhibition including more than 100 of artist jenny holzer‘s typographic street posters from 1977-1982, has its opening reception tonight. alden projects (les), free. >>

6-9pm (ends today): check out japan society’s gallery happy hour while enjoying free sake, live music, and a discussion on artworks featured in the fall exhibition. free admission. >>

7-11pm: shop a selection of silkscreen prints, original art, pins, patches, and more at the joy sneaks in affordable charity art fair, where 100% of all proceeds will be donated to to lambda legal. bonus: donation-based beer. bat haus coworking space (bushwick), free admission. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which actually get forwarded at the pulitzer surprises show, hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). tonight’s guests include hasan minhaj (the daily show), matt koff (the daily show), matt barats (holy f*ck comedy hour), patti harrison (it’s a guy thing), and amy harmon (an actual pulitzer prize-winning journalist). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos >>

7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): nerd nite returns with an evening of informative and entertaining presentations on a variety of topics. tonight, hear talks on the science of hangovers, the autonomic nervous system, and the history of music videos thru 1993. hosted by matt wasowski. littlefield (gowanus), $14 admission includes trivia (7pm), $10 for presentations only (8:30pm). >>

7:30pm: actor j.k. simmons and director/writer christopher papakaliatis will do q+a following a screening of their new film, worlds apart. city cinemas village east cinema, $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

7:30pm (+1/14): five emerging choreographers present new work at the ‘fresh tracks’ series at new york live arts (chelsea). $10 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): jazz vocalist and curator at dizzy’s club coca-cola michael mwenso and friends perform two sets at this month’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

8pm: opera america presents a performance of excerpts from five new operas with live orchestra, chorus and featured vocalists at the town hall (midtown west). $25. >>

8pm-2am (thru 1/15): in response to current threats to roll back women’s right, the nasty women art show and fundraiser showcases music, performances, panels, and workshops by self-identified ‘nasty women,’ with proceeds being donated to women’s reproductive health and community health initiatives. free-$20 admission. knockdown center (maspeth). >>

8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by andy sandford (conan), eric neumann (mtv), merrill davis (another period), carolyn castiglia (comedy central), and jason burke. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at the secret loft show’s comedy show + dance party. tonight: adam lowitt (the daily show), damien lemon (comedy knock out), andy sandford (conan), liza treyger (horace and pete), marisa douenias (louie), and lukas connolly (sirius xm). bushwick location will be sent to ticket holders, free-$10 (advance purchase required). >>

9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. this month’s guests include kaytlin bailey, jenn welch, mark pagan, marc gerber, and wilson mcdermut. hosted by morgan pielli and lynn bixenspan. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

9:30pm (weekly thru 4/28): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series invited scientists to introduce films that address perception. tonight: lost highway, with an introduction by elissa aminoff, assistant professor of psychology at fordham university.$10. >>

9:30pm: jam out at secretformula’s 90’s hip-hop and r+b video sing-along, featuring a costume contest, a dance-off, a photobooth, themed drink specials, and 90’s swag. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

10pm: 3 djs spin the music of ‘the godfather of soul’ all night in the form of originals, remixes, covers, and hip-hop records that sampled him at the mr. dynanite: james brown dance party. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

11pm doors, 11:30pm show: get in formation for bey nite, a dance party tribute dedicated to beyoncé. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $15 door. >>

midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, moth grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with stand-up by doogie horner (america’s got talent), yamaneika saunders (funny girls), and eman el-husseini, storytelling by simmermon, and burlesque by matt knife and petite renard. ucb (east village), $7. >>

midnight-ish movies (+ 1/14):
alien @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
altered states (friday only) @ videology (williamsburg), $8. >>
el topo @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
fangs (friday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
kiki’s delivery service @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
mulholland dr. @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
only lovers left alive @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
pink floyd: the wall (saturday only) @ videology (williamsburg), $8. >>
the fantasy of deer warrior (saturday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
the holy mountain @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
the keep @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
the thing @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>

thru 1/15: crafty folks can spin some yarns at the annual vogue knitting live! convention. new york marriott marquis hotel (theater district), $20-25 admission, classes + lectures extra. >>

thru 4/2: as the political climate shifts, one constant is satire. ifc center’s 12-film autocratic to the people screening series showcases new and classic political satire films, beginning with charlie chaplin’s the great dictator (1940). ifc center (west village), $15. >>



If history teaches us anything, it’s that robots and people do not get along.

In this knock-down, drag-out comedic debate, two teams of New York’s best comics, including Dave Hill (Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Carolyn Castiglia (Right Now!), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show) and Jordan Carlos (Guy Code) will decide which is superior: Humans or Machines?
Tuesday, Jan 17 at Symphony Space MORE INFO


sat 10am-5pm: take a chance on new (to you) musicians and bands when coffee/record shop black gold once again breaks out thousands of lps and 45s for just $1 each at minibar (carroll gardens). >>

sat 11am-5pm: get to know more than 10 local social, economic and environmental activist organizations, and learn about actionable steps for change at the day-long action item fair. refreshments, lunch, and a happy hour are included. thoughtworks (midtown east), free (rsvp). >>

sat 3pm: mothers and pregnant women can hear from natal care experts and mindfulness practitioners about taking care of your baby by taking care of yourself. 419 broome street (nolita), $15 admission includes snacks and beverages. >>

sat 3pm: drop those banana peels and step on the gas at a mario kart tournament, where it’s cheap to play and the winner takes all. the diamond (greenpoint), $3. >>

sat 6pm: happy hour gets happier at the bowery comedy show at the bowery electric, an earlier comedy show to start your night off with smiles. tonight’s one-year anniversary lineup includes stand up by ayanna dookie (laughs), noah gardenswartz (comedy central), rob haze (comedy central), julia shiplett (devour hour), and mike brown (vice). hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. free. >>

sat 6pm, 8pm, 10pm: the diverse as f*ck comedy festival brings inclusivity to comedy, with more than 25 comedians and comedy teams of various races, sexual orientations, religions and ages. nuyorican poets cafe (alphabet city), $10-25. >>

sat 7pm: sad13, patio, painted zeros, and jackal onasis play c’mon everybody (bedford-stuyvesant). $8 adv, $10 dos admission benefits the southern poverty law center. >>

sat 9pm (biweekly): the human citizen comedy show, hosted by koshin egal and ben totushek, features stand-up sets by emma willmann (colbert), sarah tollemache (comedy central), matt koff (the daily show), jess salomon, frank zemel, justin williams, and more. art cafe and bar (prospect heights), free before 8pm, $5 after. >>

sat 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: animators, cartoonists and other artists project their on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines at the picture this! show. guest hosted by michelle buteau. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sat 9:30pm: leave your pride and prejudice behind at an improvised comedic play of a jane austen novel. the pit loft (chelsea), $10. >>

sat 10pm: djs shred and rob krush spinning depeche mode, 80’s new wave, synthpop, and britpop all night at the music for the masses dance party. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): at the gas station horror show, improvisers create scenes based on 30-second clips from b-horror films purchased from gas stations and bodegas. plus giveaways, raffles, and trivia. hosted by j. w. crump. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>


sun 12-3pm: more than 10 professional and amateur chefs compete at the ninth annual cassoulet cookoff, including at least one vegetarian entry of the meat and bean french casserole. jimmy’s no. 43 (east village), $20 adv, $25 door, with a portion benefiting brooklyn rescue mission. >>

sun 1pm: as part of the martin scorsese exhibition at the museum of the moving image (astoria), visual effects supervisor rob legato gives a master class on his career that includes work done on titanic, the jungle book, the aviator, the wolf of wall street, and more. $15 admission includes same-day admission to the museum. >>

sun 2pm, 7pm (+ 1/18): catch a limited 65th anniversary screening of singin’ in the rain, starring gene kelly, debbie reynolds and donald o’connor at their finest, at select movie theaters. $12.50. >>

sun 2-4pm: writers resist: louder together for free expression: pen america hosts a literary protest and rally on the steps of nypl’s schwarzman building (midtown west) to defend free expression, reject hate crimes, and condemn misinformation. more than 50 writers and artists are scheduled, including laurie anderson, michael cunningham, eve ensler, jeffrey eugenides, colum mccann, maria popova, two poet laureates, and dozens more. afterwards, a group will deliver a free speech pledge signed by over 110,000 individuals to trump tower. >>

sun 3pm: ‘where do we go from here?,’ a forum discussing mlk and the future of inclusion, features shaun king, nisha agarwal, talib kweli, and many other activists, artists, and scholars. hosted by wnyc’s brian lehrer. apollo theater (harlem), free (rsvp). >>

sun 3pm: hear new commissioned pieces from etienne charles project, turtle island quartet, and helen sung group, created as part of chamber music america’s 39th annual conference. dimenna center for classical music (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

sun 3-6pm: pop in to a self-guided nail art workshop with some help from the folks at nyc resistor (boerum hill). polish, stamps, and templates will be provided, plus bring bottles you don’t like anymore for the polish exchange. $12. >>

sun 4pm: bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn offers a free trans/queer/women’s self-defense class, with refreshments to follow. other free classes are offered to all genders on different dates. rsvp required. >>

sun 5pm (+ 1/16): the annual zlatne uste golden festival of balkan music isn’t priced for the skint (1/13-14, $30-55), but the after parties at drom tonight and barbes on monday are. $10. >>

all weekend

sat 10-6pm, sun 12-4pm: more than 1500 anonymously artist-designed postcards are for sale for $85 each at the 19th annual ‘postcards from the edge’ group art show to benefit visual aids. on sunday’s closing day, purchase 2 and get one free. free admission ($5 suggested donation). metro pictures gallery (chelsea). >>

sat + sun 12-5pm: interference archive (gowanus) hosts a weekend long inaugurating resistance propaganda party, where flyers, stickers, posters, and other presidential protest materials will be distributed by various organizations. screen printing and button making will also be available. free. >>

thru 1/19: more than 100 of the world’s best squash players compete in a glass-enclosed court during the 20th annual j.p. morgan tournament of champions. grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall (midtown east). free standing room, $10+ for seated. >>

thru 3/5: the ’whose streets? our streets!: new york city, 1980-2000’ photo exhibition at bronx documentary center depicts 20 years of new york rallies, riots, marches, and demonstrations captured by 40 photojournalists. free. >>

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