scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including a $1 book sale, five film fests, a david bowie photo exhibition, the annual johnny cash birthday bash, a ‘digital arts playground’ at bam, and more.


fri 6pm-10pm: the rubin museum of art celebrates its new exhibitions with an evening of free admission, tours, and a happy hour. rubin museum of art (chelsea), free. >>

fri 7pm: investigative journalist yasha levine uncovers the secret military history of the internet at a launch event for his new book, surveillance valley. powerhouse at the archway (dumbo). free. >>

fri 7pm (biweekly thru 5/4): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by astrophysicist federica bianco on the large synoptic survey telescope, set to conduct the largest ground-based survey of the southern hemisphere sky starting in 2022. followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): em’s damn good rogering is a show with stand-up, characters, and music aplenty, with demonstrations of said things by wanjiko eke, alyssa stonoha, rome davis, marisa brau, ian lockwood, jesse roth, and more. hosted by emma rogers. petes candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

fri 7pm: rsvp for a free house of vans party featuring an immersive experience by artist abby portner and music by zola jesus and yves tumor. >>

fri 7pm: beverly, wildhoney, fits, and blush play saint vitus (greenpoint). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

fri 7-9pm (monthly): there’ll be no shushing at the library after hours party. tonight’s ‘young at heart’ theme includes displays of rare children’s literature, 16mm classic kids’ cartoons, storytime, things to keep the actual kids busy, music + dancing, and more. food + beverages will be available for purchase. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown west), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7-10pm (thru 3/11): 150 artists created original works on red envelopes containing a mystery gift inside for the third annual chinese new year ‘red envelope show’ at grumpy bert (boerum hill). opening reception tonight. free admission. >>

fri 7-10pm, sat 2-10pm: greenpoint’s booklyn is moving to brooklyn army terminal in sunset park, but before they do they’re having a moving sale and two more days of exhibitions and performances. free admission. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: so you want to go to mars? nasa astronaut peggy whitson and orion spacecraft engineers will discuss where we are in our efforts to send humans to the red planet and return them safely. allison + howard lutnick theater at the intrepid sea, air + space museum, free (rsvp required). >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, tonight featuring episodes of kevin can wait and taxi. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show. tonight: nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), joyelle johnson (lady parts justice), samantha ruddy (reductress), glennis laroe, bridget randolph, and more. the pit (flatiron), $11 ($1 from every ticket sold will go to everytown). >>

fri 8pm: monogold, new myths, patio, and painted zeros play alphaville (bushwick), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by matthew broussard (conan), aparna nancherla (comedy central), casey james salengo (comedy central), emily winter (tv land), stavros halkias, and shelby taylor. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): keep an eye out for the camouflage comedy show, returning tonight with jokes from nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), louis katz (comedy central), carolyn castiglia (comedy central), and seth herzog (jimmy fallon). hosted by lucas connolly. bonus: free pizza from two boots and donation-based beer. big irv’s (williamsburg), $5-10. >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features tom thakkar (conan), julie kottakis (laughs on fox), selena coppock (red oaks), courtney maginnis (collegehumor), jake flores, adam strauss, and norlex belma. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9pm: after working 9-5, see who’s the most dolled-up at a dolly parton look-alike contest. mable’s smokehouse (williamsburg), $10. >>

fri 9:30pm (weekly thru 4/27): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series features films that play with the concept of time. tonight: robert zemeckis’s back to the future (1985), introduced by neuroscience researcher chris rose. $10. >>

fri 10pm: (monthly): the character assassination series returns with the roast of mario, where comedians will dress up as their favorite pixelated characters and lampoon the 8-bit plummer senseless. hosted by raanan hershberg as roastmaster george lucas. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

fri 10:30pm (+ sat 10pm): jordan temple, creator of hidden figures and fences mashup hidden fences, presents his latest absurdist comedy play, the color urkel. the tank (garment district), $7. >>

fri 11pm: dance yourself clean at the dance party named after an lcd soundsystem song and dedicated to indie pop and the likes of chvrches, charli xcx, purity ring, french horn rebellion, cut copy and more. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10. >>

fri midnight (monthly): comedians recreate britney spears’ music videos however they envision at tonight’s edition of the ‘cool sh*t / weird sh*t’ show. ucb east village, $9. >>


The author of All the Dirty Parts and The Series of Unfortunate Events joins forces with the trailblazing poet and author of Chelsea Girls, I Must Be Living Twice, and Afterglow to present an evening of their work, alongside favorite poetry and short stories. With performances by Becca Blackwell (They, Themself and Schmerm), Sharon Washington (Feeding the Dragon), Kristine Nielsen (Present Laughter), and Kevin Allison (Risk).

We’re giving away tickets! To enter to win, just drop us a line via this form by Sunday at 11:59pm. The winners will picked at random and notified Monday. Good luck!

Daniel Handler & Eileen Myles
Symphony Space
Wednesday, Feb 28 at 7:30PM
Tickets and more info HERE


sat 10am-4pm: see what’s bubbling at the second annual nyc fermentation festival, a gathering of 40+ exhibitors offering samples and sales, plus demos, a kimchi and sauerkraut making station, activities for kids, and adult beverages for sale. part of new york city beer week. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $20 admission. >>

sat 11am-2pm: stop ’n’ swap: bring your clean, reusable, portable items, and leave with something new (to you) at grownyc’s community reuse event. st. peter’s church (midtown east), free admission. >>

sat 11am-5pm: the met marks the year of the dog with music + dance performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops. the met fifth avenue (ues), free with regular museum admission (suggested: $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students). >>

sat 12-7pm: save 30-70% on bags and accessories at san francisco-based timbuk2’s warehouse sale (williamsburg location). bonus: gift with purchase for the first 25 customers. >>

sat 5pm (monthly): the enclave reading series moves on over to club cumming (east village) with readings by performance artist penny arcade, multimedia artist m. lamar, and poet jameson fitzpatrick. free. >>

sat 7pm: pre-mosh at a punk island benefit show, raising funds for the free summer punk fest with performances by five bands. the cobra club (bushwick), $10. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): funny folks from all over share stories about where they’re from and the journeys that led them to nyc at the transplants comedy show. hosted by katie boyle q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

sat 7:30pm (thru 5/12): cellist narek hakhnazaryan performs schumann, brahms, tsintsadze, and more at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium, $14. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedians give lectures on guy stuff at the it’s a guy thing comedy show. performers include kelsey caine (the new york times), drew anderson (npr), fareeha khan (decoded), and more. hosted by catherine cohen (difficult people), patti harrison (fallon), and mitra jouhari (full frontal with samantha bee). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): the side ponytail comedy show‘s saturday edition features stand up by aparna nancherla (comedy central), dave hill (the goddamn dave hill show), ayanna dookie (50 central, and sam evans. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

sat 8pm: indie pop trio strange names plays an album release show with support from solo electronic act noia (gisela fulla-silvestre). baby’s all right, $10 adv, $13 dos. >>

sat 11pm: djs andi synthicide and alex english spin depeche mode, joy division, the cure, nitzer ebb, and more at the music for the masses darkwave party. saint vitus (greenpoint), free before midnight with rsvp. >>

sat 11pm (monthly): cleanliness isn’t a virtue at the messy show, a comedy/variety show where every act has to make a mess. and they will. the pit underground (flatiron), $10. >>

sat midnight: get all sparkly for a mariah carey’s glitter drinking game. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>

sat midnight: get a sugar rush at candi pop, a bubblegum pop dance party whose main ingredient is pop music guilty pleasures. tonight: girl pop edition. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 >>


sun 10am-5:30pm: more than 50 vendors will sell jewelry, textiles, art, furniture, comics, cameras, and more at the antiques + collectibles bazaar, setting up shop at today’s grand bazaar nyc (uws). free admission. >>

sun 10am-9pm: taiwan’s bake culture bakery, founded by performers chun wu, vanness wu, and calvin chen, opens its first manhattan shop today with free pastries for the first 100 customers, bogo and $10 off coupons (limited availability), and some of the founders in person. >>

sun 1pm: ring in the year of the dog at the 19th annual new york city lunar new year parade + festival in chinatown. free. >>

sun 2pm, 7pm (+ 2/28, 3/3, 3/6): the dark crystal (1982) comes back to select movie theaters with a new introduction by lisa henson, ceo and president of the jim henson company. various locations, $12.50. >>

sun 2-4pm: see who is the grate-est at the annual mac and cheese takedown, where you get to taste all of the samples and decide who the big cheese is. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $25. >>

sun 2-6pm: moma ps1’s latest vw sunday sessions installment presents a humorous investigation into social media influencer culture by comedy duo talk hole, with guest performers ana fabrega, julio torres, catherine cohen, ruby mccollister, alex tatarsky, lil marotta, alexander schmidt, mitra jouhari, and dj physical therapy. moma ps1 (astoria), $15. >>

sun 4pm (monthly): classic album sunday: learn the history behind alice coltrane’s journey in satchidananda (1992), and listen to the album from start to finish on vinyl + super-hi-fi equipment. magick city (greenpoint), $10. >>

sun 4:30pm (weekly): the moving pictures screening series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with a tribute to star trek: the next generation‘s word including three episodes showcasing the starfleet klingon. popcorn will be free, and the best cosplay gets a free drink. free admission. >>

sun 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): it’s just a show (a comedic variety show, that is), celebrating its two-year anniversary with sets by dan chamberlain, lucy cottrell, those weird guys (jay weingarten + matthew goldin), and sandy honig + peter smith. hosted by harris mayersohn and jessy morner-ritt. sunnyvale (east williamsburg), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

sun 7pm (monthly): forget fancy stuff like the horizon: zero dawn. at the retro bits video game show, comedians brian mcguinness and tj del reno and their funny friends give commentary while you play (mostly) terrible video games. q.e.d (astoria), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: move over, webmd. at the i’m a doctor now! show, storytellers and comedians who can’t stop self-diagnosing describe their ‘ailments’ to a panel of actual doctors. hosted by sarah burton + allie kokesh. caveat (les), $10. >>

sun 8pm: get your acceptance speech ready for a night of oscars trivia, where your knowledge of past academy awards ceremonies will be put to the test. videology (williamsburg), free. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: refill your bookshelf with some help from park slope united methodist church’s 25th annual book sale, where you’ll find new and gently used books, cds, dvds, and records for just $1-$2 each. $5 admission fri, free admission sat + sun. >>

fri thru 3/4: film fans can get their fill at these five film fests:
• fri thru sun: the eighth annual athena film festival. barnard college (morningside heights), free-$20. >>
• fri thru sun: litfilm. brooklyn public library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>
• fri thru sun: the annual philip k. dick science fiction film festival. village east cinema and museum of the moving image, $15-20. >>
• fri thru 2/27: the 18th film comment selects. walter reade theater at lincoln center, $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>
• fri thru 3/3: the seventh annual winter film awards international film festival. cinema village and anthology film archives, free-$15. >>
• fri thru 3/3: the 2018 best picture film festival. regal cinemas and amc theatres, various prices.

fri thru 3/23: morrison hotel gallery presents career-spanning exhibition of iconic david bowie photographs. signed, limited edition prints will be available for sale as well. morrison hotel gallery (soho), free admission. >>

sat + sun 10am-5pm: 15 vinyl dealers set up shop to help in your quest to expand your music collection at the annual brooklyn flea mini record fair. industry city, free admission. >>

sat + sun 8pm doors, 9pm show: fall into a burning ring of fire at the annual johnny cash birthday bash, celebrating the 50th anniversary of at folsom prison with live music by alex battles + the whisky rebellion with miss linda hill and dj general buell. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

sat + sun various times: a dozen shows from the edinburgh fringe festival return to manhattan for the second annual unofficial upper east side edfest. ryan’s daughter (ues), $10 each/$35 pass. >>

sat thru 3/11: teknopolis, an interactive ‘digital arts playground,’ returns to bam fisher with four floors of responsive art, 360° films, music-making apps, and virtual reality. bam fisher (fort greene), $25. >>

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