11am-5pm: investigate the great detective’s tales further at mysterious book shop’s sherlock holmes open house, and peruse one of the largest collections of holmesian items in the world and save 20-50% off titles. >>

7pm (monthly): the new york society for ethical culture (uws) hosts a screening and discussion of the ethical issues presented in the film alien (1979), directed by ridley scott. $5 suggested donation includes snacks and beverages. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: at the 11th annual 50 first jokes, a wide variety of nyc comedians (50, to be exact) present the first jokes they’ve written in 2017. featuring anna drezen, jo firestone, joe pera, julio torres, joel kim booster, matt koff, seaton smith, and many others. hosted by john f. connell. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

8pm: who’s bad: ‘the ultimate michael jackson tribute band‘ performs at brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $15. >>

8pm: support summer moshing at a benefit show for the summer punk island festival, which will include nyc and philly bands deadname, mallrat, trashy, ex. by v., and there are four lights. hank’s saloon (boerum hill), $10. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: drizzy or yeezy? you can have both at the drake vs kanye tribute party at music hall of williamsburg. $15. >>

8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by frank conniff (mst3k), myka fox (shame on), harrison greenbaum (last comic standing), marcia belsky (free the mind), and brantley brice. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

9pm: pick up some new paper skills at an origami class. q.e.d. (astoria), free (donations accepted). >>

10pm: house of yes celebrates one year in their shiny new space by throwing a free party filled with aerialists, djs, cake, and more. the house of yes (bushwick), free with rsvp. >>

midnight-ish movies (+ 1/7):
cyberpunk (friday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
el topo @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
fangs (saturday only) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
female prisoner scorpion: jailhouse 41 (saturday only) @ videology (williamsburg), $8. >>
ghost dog @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
jurassic park @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
mulholland dr. @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
mystery train @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
the entity @ nitehawk cinema (williamsburg). $12. >>
the holy mountain @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
the room @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>


1pm: siren baroque, nyc’s only all-female early music ensemble, presents a program of rarely heard 17th-century music composed by european nuns. the firehouse space (east williamsburg), $15. >>

5-11pm (monthly): this month’s free target first saturday at the brooklyn museum presents an evening of programming honoring female and gender non-conforming artists and the series ‘a year of yes: reimagining feminism,’ including music by tank and the bangas, discwoman djs, and cakes da killa, plus film screenings, panel discussions, a pop-up publishing station, children’s activities and more. food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: galactic empire, a heavy metal band that plays music from the star wars films, plays webster hall (east village) with openers metalfier and winter nights. $13. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: future generations, corbu, and the undercover dream lovers play rough trade (williamsburg). $12. >>

7:30pm: greenlight bookstore opens a new location in prospect lefferts gardens with a grand opening party featuring cocktails, music, and special guests, plus a kid’s party in the early afternoon. >>

7:30pm: you won’t just be a passive observer at estonian musical group ensemble u’s audience orchestra, a unique musical event where the audience democratically decides what music is played, and sometimes joins in. scandinavia house (midtown east), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the tinder live! comedy show with host lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn) takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, and even matching. this month’s show includes guests dave hill (wfmu), jena friedman (the daily show), michael arceneaux (the new york times), and anna drezen (snl). the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): confused by men? comedians give lectures on guy stuff at the it’s a guy thing comedy show, hosted by mitra jouhari, patti harrison, and catherine cohen. performers this month include liza treyger (comedy central), josh gondelman (last week tonight), conner o’malley (seth meyers), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show), and rae sanni (buzzfeed). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

8pm: writers and friends of comedic punk news site the hard times present a standup comedy showcase with free raffles. tender trap (greenpoint), $5. >>

8pm: the mystery lights, the nude party, and breanna barbara play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

9pm: the soul night! party at friends and lovers in (crown heights) celebrates it’s third anniversary with northern soul, 60’s girl group, and motown deep cut 45s spun all night. $5. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): hear ‘the dirtiest, most-unsafe-for-prime-time jokes, bits, and riffs’ at the dirty show. tonight’s performers include samantha ruddy (collegehumor), liza treyger (comedy central), erik bergstrom (the new yorker), and elsa waithe (affirmative laughter). hosted by ben conrad and lucas connolly. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

10pm (monthly): at tonight’s party like it’s 1999 dance party: 20 years of wannabe edition, dj steve reynolds plays 90’s rock, pop, dance, r+b, hip-hop, and an extra dose of the spice girls in honor of the 20th anniversary of their first hit single. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

10pm: pregame for tomorrow’s no pants subway ride at the bottomless! pants off dance off party, featuring butt-jazzling, an underwear boutique, a spank station, and a free pants check. the house of yes (bushwick), free before 11pm with rsvp, $15+ otherwise. >>

10pm: dance to house music spun by chicago’s dj heather and nyc’s rissa garcia, along with nancy whang (lcd soundsystem) and jayson green. good room (greenpoint), $10-15 adv, $20 door. >>

10pm: techno party and label the bunker celebrates its 14th anniversary at williamsburg’s new club schimanski, with two rooms of djs spinning all night. $10-15 adv, more at the door. >>


various times: nine boozy places to watch the 74th annual golden globes in nyc. >>

3pm: the north/south chamber orchestra continues its 37th season with a program of new music premieres by american composers. christ and st. stephen’s church (uws), free. >>

3pm: no pants? no problem! improv everywhere’s 16th annual no pants subway ride brings a lot of bare leg to today’s cheeky commute, with various meeting spots in manhattan, brooklyn, and queens. bring your metrocard to participate , $15 for the optional afterparty at bar 13 (union square). >>

4pm (weekly): the sunday moving pictures series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with screenings of the bbc’s sherlock from the current season. free. >>

4-6pm (thru 2/5): a.i.r. gallery’s 12th biennial exhibition, ‘sinister feminism’, features work from 15 artists and two related events. opening reception today. a.i.r. gallery (dumbo), free. >>

6pm (monthly): the sundays at erv’s reading series features both established and emerging writers at erv’s on beekman (prospect-lefferts gardens). this month’s gathering includes sarah perry (after the eclipse), nancy hightower (elementarí rising, hip lit), jeremy freedman (pioneertown), and linda harris dolan (the grief diaries). hosted by madeline stevens. free. >>

6pm doors: golden years: bowie tribute, an evening of live performance, music, and video in tribute to david bowie includes michael t and the vanities performing three live sets that cover bowie’s glam, berlin, and eighties eras. the delancey (les), $10 adv, $12 dos. (can’t get enough bowie or can’t make it to this one? the feeling gloomy folks also have a tribute party scheduled for 1/20.) >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: multi-instrumentalist + choreographer eartheater (alexandra drewchin), vocalist and composer gabi (gabrielle herbst), and experimental quartet lykos perform at the park church + co-op (greenpoint). $10 suggested donation. >>

8pm: get ready to shake those hips like the king at an elvis’s 82nd birthday dance party, with rock ‘n’ roll all night and graceland prizes awarded during the costume contest. baby’s all right (williamsburg), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: sasheer zamata’s party time! variety show, hosted by snl cast member sasheer zamata, features sets by josh sharp (comedy central ‘comic to watch’), giulia rozzi (chelsea lately), and comedy-beatbox-rap duo brain space. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8:30pm: guests reveal journal entries, poetry, original songs and art from their adolescence at lyssa mandel’s the bitch seat comedy talk show-and-tell. tonight’s sharing comes from christian finnegan (black and white), marie faustin (the warm up), subhah agarwal (comedy central), and improvised music by rebecca vigil (your love, our musical) + ethan exacto. plus, live body painting by lenore koppelman q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

all weekend

ends sun: bushwick’s syndicated screens a series of a.i. films all week: wall-e, her, the terminator, tron, and 2001: a space odyssey. $3 >>

thru 1/10: the annual association of performing arts presenters (apap) conference means lots of inexpensive theater, performance art and dance performances throughout the city. some festival picks:
american realness festival at abrons arts center (1/5-12) >>
live artery at new york live arts studios (1/6-9) >>
new ear festival at fridman gallery (1/8-16) >>
prototype: opera/theatre/now at various venues (1/5-15) >>
ps 122’s coil festival at various locations (1/3-22) >>
stem fest at under st. marks (1/4-21) >>
the exponential festival at at various locations (1/4-31) >>
under the radar festival @ the public theater (1/4-15) >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

ticket deals

get more out of nyc for less as 2-for-1 tickets go on sale today for broadway week performances (natasha, pierre and the great comet of 1812, oh, hello on broadway, wicked, and more), as well as the inaugural nyc attractions week (bus tours, sightseeing cruises, museums, and more), both occurring 1/17-2/5.

get tickets to the new york times travel show at the javits center 1/28-29 for $8-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

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