scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including 25 holiday markets and shopping events.


fri 6-8pm (on view thru 1/12): have a page-turning time at the book show, an annual exhibition of books and art created by sva mfa illustration as visual essay students. opening reception tonight. sva gramercy gallery, free admission. >>

fri 6-9pm (runs thru 12/21): the third edition of the endless editions biennial features books, multiples, films, and other visual artworks on the theme ‘optimism’ by over 100 artists. opening reception tonight. the elizabeth foundation for the arts (midtown west), free. >>

fri 6-9pm: asia society’s first friday leo bar happy hour offers free admission, exhibition tours, live music, tea tastings, indian street food available for purchase, and more. asia society (ues), free. >>

fri 6-10pm: socks for suds: singlecut tap room’s solstice sock drive grants a free beer to those who bring a new pair of socks to be donated to the coalition for the homeless. singlecut tap room (astoria). >>

fri 7pm: bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn (east williamsburg) offers a free women’s and trans self-defense class, with community building and refreshments to follow. registration required. >>

fri 7pm: brandstand: techlash: are we customers, products, or pawns to tech companies today? a panel of speakers from diverse backgrounds convenes to discuss and examine the pervasive nature of technology and its implication for our society. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

fri 7pm (season ends today): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by moiya mctier on the world’s large telescope facilities, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 7pm + sun 8pm: celebrate 20 years of the big lebowski at the annual lebowski fest, a two-day party including a screening and burlesque show (fri, gramercy theatre) and a bowling party featuring an art show by storyboard artist j. todd anderson (sun, lucky strike lanes). $25-35. >>

just added: fri 7:30pm: stranger things’s david harbour, fashion designer rachel antonoff, spin doctor chris barron, and producer john levenstein are the guests at tonight’s installment of the george lucas talk show, a comedic talk show hosted by connor ratliff as lucas. ucb theater (hell’s kitchen), $12. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians perform original pop songs and make pop presentations at ziwe fumudoh’s pop show. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

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 is different, featuring born-and-raised new yorkers khalid rahmaan (conan), nore davis (comedy central), ginny hogan (the new yorker), maddy smith, and dan perlman. hosted by noa osheroff and nataly aukar. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 7:45pm doors, 8:15pm show: wbar barnard college radio’s annual winter formal concert features live music by junglepussy, dorian electra, easy socks, and renata zeiguer. all ages. free. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): a christmas carol… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. tada! theater (flatiron), $10. >>

fri 8pm: the flushing remonstrance (duo catherine cramer + robert kennedy) will perform their original live accompaniment to robert wiene’s 1920 silent horror classic the cabinet of dr. caligari at bizarre bushwick. $7 suggested donation. >>

fri 8pm: the chelsea symphony continues its season with a holiday concert featuring seasonally-inspired pieces including an orchestral rendering of the night before christmas with guest narrator annie golden (orange is the new black, hair). a wine reception and silent auction follows. st. paul’s church (chelsea), $20 suggested donation. >>

fri 8pm-midnight (+ sat 7pm-midnight): 40+ bands performing roots music of all styles take over two stages during the fourth annual roots ‘n’ ruckus music fest. jalopy theater and jalopy tavern (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), free (tips encouraged). >>

fri 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by khalid rahmaan (conan), greg stone (america’s got talent), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), jordan jensen, and maddy smith. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by will miles (comedy central), giulia rozzi (comedy central), pedro gonzalez, and michael summers. 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. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick features stand-up by matt koff (the daily show), kat radley (the daily show), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), andy sandford (conan), jeff scheen laughs), and sam kissajukian. hosted by erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno. karaoke follows. free admission. >>

fri 9pm (+ 12/14, 12/21): the jingleboobs + chestnuts christmas vaudeville show will cement your place on the naughty list with a night of burlesque and magic acts. sideshow by the seashore (coney island), $15. >>

fri 10pm (+ 12/16 at littlefield, 12/29 at q.e.d.): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence will perform a reading of charles dickens’ holiday classic a christmas carol while the audience plays drinking games. the players theatre (west village), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg $12) admission includes a drink. >>

fri 11pm (thursdays-saturdays thru 12/15): serials @ the flea: watch five ten-minute episodic plays and vote for your favorites to return next week with a new installment. the flea theater (tribeca), $15 admission includes a beer. >>

fri 11:30pm: comedians riff over a cheesy softcore adult movie, mst3k-style, at the soft core show. hosted by jenn wehrung and chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>


In the next installment of the comedy debate series, voted “Best Comedy Show” by New York Magazine, two teams of funny folks from the worlds of stand-up and late-night television including Myq Kaplan (Small, Dork, and Handsome), Sarah Nowak (Pit House improv team The Baldwins), Eric Slovin (Broad City), Jes Tom (Reductress), Kevin Townley (The Talent Show Brand Variety Show), and Kate Willett (The Comedy Lineup) make their choice – whether to indulge in crunchy, salty, crackling snacks or moist, chewy, sugary treats. The verbal sparring and all-around absurdity only stops when the audience chooses the winner. Hosted by Matthew Love. Tickets are only $16 with no drink minimum. BUY TICKETS

We’re giving away a pair of tickets! To enter to win, just drop us a line via this form by Sunday at 5pm. The winner will picked at random and notified Monday. Good luck!


sat 10am-8pm: love it or hate it, brace yourself for the thousands of boozy red-suited santacon revelers who’ll be taking over east village and midtown bars and streets (10am-8pm). prefer something more low key? six bars and restaurants participating in the second annual gowanus anti-santacon pub crawl will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the international rescue committee and everytown for gun safety (3:30-9:30pm).

sat 11am-9pm: pokéworks celebrates the opening of its park slope location with buy-one-get-one free poké bowls all day. >>

sat 12pm (saturdays thru 12/22): get in the spirit of the season with holiday movies for just $5, screening weekly at select regal cinemas. today: a christmas story. >>

sat 12-8pm: there’ll be ups and downs at the new york state yo-yo contest. coney island usa, $25 to compete, $10 to watch. >>

sat 3:15pm: the annual holiday celebration at danny farrell riverbank state park brings hot chocolate, santa, an ice show, and a tree lighting to hamilton heights. free. >>

sat 7pm, 8:15pm (monthly): be there and be square. nerd nite returns with entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on destroying asteroids before they destroy us, experiments in utopian societies, and how the king tut craze helped create modern-day celebrity culture. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for the presentations at 8:15pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

sat 7-10pm: art toy makers working in a variety of mediums and genres present their creations at mf gallery’s 16th annual toy show. opening party tonight. mf gallery (gowanus), free admission. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): laugh and wince knowingly at someone else’s dating experiences at the party of two storytelling and comedy show. tonight’s show features eudora peterson (handmaid’s tale: the musical), lorena russi (colbert), and adrien behn (strangers abroad). hosted by anita flores and vanessa valerio. the pleasure chest (ues), $9 adv, $10 door admission includes wine. >>

sat 7:30pm (+ 12/15): pianist jonathan biss performs haydn, beethoven, mozart, and schumann at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $16. >>

sat 8pm (various dates thru 5/18): the all-volunteer, community-based new york repertory orchestra‘s 2018-19 concert season continues with a performance of samuel barber’s adagio for strings and george bruckner’s symphony no. 8 in c minor. the church of st. mary the virgin (times square), free ($15 suggested donation). >>

sat 8pm: power-punk band thick plays a video release show with support from whiner, fat haven, and glass slipper. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $8. >>

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 a muppet christmas carol. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 9:30pm doors, 10pm show: the ever-changing backfat comedic variety show celebrates its sixth anniversary with a lineup of burlesque, standup, songs, and drinking games. hosted by emily winter and larry mancini. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 door. >>

sat 10pm: don we now our garish apparel at ugly sweater parties held at secret loft in greenwich village ($5-10) and katch in astoria ($10-15).

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, returns to under st. marks theater with live music by sistermonk, sketch comedy by thank you for your cervix, dance by guilty pleasures cabaret, and much more. hosted by jillian thomas. st. marks theater (east village), $10. >>

sat 11pm: flash back to the days of 90’s industrial and dark techno at the minimal industrial noise dance party. saint vitus (greenpoint), free before midnight with rsvp. >>


sun 10am-5pm (sundays thru 12/30): take a ride back in time on vintage 1930’s-era subway cars, running along the f and a/c/d lines in manhattan every sunday thru the end of the year. free with your metrocard swipe. >>

sun 11am-7pm: swing dancers, vintage clothing enthusiasts, and 10 women-fronted bands will take advantage of the nostalgia trains running today at the annual grassroots nyc vintage train underground swing + jazz festival. free admission with a regular metrocard swipe. >>

sun 1pm: composer and frequent jim henson collaborator paul williams joins jim henson legacy president craig shemin for a clip-filled discussion of his his muppet-related collaborations and signs copies of his newly-released original soundtrack for emmet otter’s jug-band christmas. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

sun 2pm: all things feathery, furry, and scaly will gather for the annual blessing of the animals at christ church (midtown east). free. >>

sun 3-7pm (sundays thru 12/23): traditional german and american christmas carols will be sung at zum schneider bavarian bierhaus’s annual sunday celebrations of the season. zum schneider bavarian bierhaus (alphabet city), free admission. >>

sun 3:30pm: things get mighty brassy at the merry tuba christmas concert. the 45th annual event features hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players gathering for a holiday sing around the rockefeller plaza ice rink (midtown west) with the famous tree in the background. free. >>

sun 4-9pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, dj sets, zine-making, a high-tech fashion show, and more. free with rsvp (donations welcome). >>

sun 4:30pm doors, 5pm show: light, a new concert series featuring new female composers and musicians curated by molly joyce, continues with a program of music for saxophone, cello, guitar, and electronics. metropolis ensemble loft (les), $15 general, $10 students. >>

sun 7pm (monthly): big irv’s storytelling roadshow returns with short stories told by adam linn (the new york times), jake flores (chapo trap house), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), lucas connolly (camouflage comedy), and maybe you (there will 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 leclerc andre (fallon), chloe radcliffe (comics to watch), max fine, and brittany carney. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show: eliot glazer’s haunting renditions live show turns pop songs into sweeping ballads with the help of a band and guests chris redd (snl) and larry owens (trutv). littlefield (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: so many holiday markets and shopping events! admission is free unless specified.

• fri thru sun: the smorgasburg x vice night market at villain in williamsburg (fridays 6pm-midnight thru 12/21) and the winter smorgasburg + brooklyn flea at atlantic center in fort greene (saturdays 11am-8pm + sundays 11am-5pm thru 3/31). >>

• sat 11am-4pm, sun 12-3pm: 10th annual cookie walk. st. nicholas of myra orthodox church (east village). $10-35. >>

• sat + sun 11am-5pm: fit vintage pop-up at brooklyn army terminal. >>

• sat thru 12/23 11am-6pm: the archive of contemporary music holiday record + cd sale. arc (tribeca). >>

• sat 11am-6pm: hester street fair at the standard hotel (high line). >>

• sat + sun 11am-6pm: phoenicia flea at the williamsburg hotel (williamsburg). >>

• sat + sun 11am-6pm: fad market holiday makers market at city point and holiday artisanal food market at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). >>

• sat + sun 11am-7pm: bust craftactular at brooklyn expo center. free admission for the fair, $15  for classes and talks. >>

• sat + sun 12-5pm: parklife holdiay market at parklife (gowanus). >>

• sat 12-6pm: colored girls hustle holiday market at new women space (williamsburg). >>

• sat 12-6pm: sass + zines pop-up zine fest at booklyn (brooklyn army terminal). >>

• sat + sun 12-6pm (+ 12/15-16): bliss plaza pop-up holiday market at bliss plaza (sunnyside). >>

• sat + sun 12-8pm: remezcla winter market – latino holiday pop-op at remezcla hq (bushwick). >>

• sat 1-5pm: sip + shop under the stars at the shops at columbus circle (midtown west). >>

• sat 1-6pm: made by hand market at old first reformed church (park slope). >>

• sat 1-9pm: fascination street holiday market at diviera drive (williamsburg). >>

• sat 2-7pm: holiday market 4 reproductive justice at nydof warehouse (prospect heights), free admission. >>

• sat 2-8pm (saturdays thru 12/22): ridgewood market’s nowadays outdoor holiday market at nowadays (ridgewood). >>

• sun 10am-5:30pm (sundays thru 12/30): grand holiday bazaar at grand bazaar nyc (uws). >>

• sun 11am-5pm (sundays thru 12/23): deck the stalls outdoor holiday market at fulton stall market. >>

• sun 11am-6pm: clay space holiday show + sale at magick city (greenpoint). >>

• sun 12-5pm: lesbian herstory archives holiday book sale (south slope). >>

• sun 12-6pm (+ 12/16): astoria holiday market at bohemian hall (astoria). >>

• sun 12-7pm: shamanic and indigenous arts holiday market at sacred arts research foundation (greenpoint). >>

• sun 12-8pm: le souk market at extra fancy (williamsburg). >>

• sun 1-7pm: gowanus swim society holiday art market at dirty precious (gowanus) >>

fri thru sun: 50 international artists present projected performances across four venues for the annual mono cinema arts festival. free. >>

fri thru 12/24: ifc center screens frank capra’s 1946 christmas classic it’s a wonderful life, with an in-person introduction by mary owen, star donna reed’s daughter at select screenings. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

sat thru 1/6 (closed mondays + tuesdays): watch the grinch, rudolph, frosty, and other holiday tv classics at the paley center for media’s annual holiday time in paleyland, which also includes family-friendly activities and hot cocoa. the paley center for media (midtown west). free admission. >>

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