scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend, including eight valentine’s day-themed gift markets and sales.


fri various times: boozy places to watch the winter olympics in nyc. >>

fri 12-7pm (+ sat): bet social awards presents museum of meme, an immersive gallery of memes and social media viewed through the lens of black culture. 446 broadway (soho). >>

fri 6-10pm: do some shopping and philanthrop-ing at dusty rose vintage’s our own damn selves pop-up market, featuring 20+ independent vendors, tarot readings, and live music. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $3 admission includes a raffle ticket and benefits housing works and other lgbtq organizations. >>

fri 6:30pm: spanish explorer manuel josé carpintero manzanares tells the tale of his crew’s expedition to the arctic circle in a 14-meter sailboat. the explorers club (ues), $15. >>

fri 7pm: celebrate alligators in the sewer day with a recounting of the origins of the urban legend as told by manhattan borough historian michael miscione, plus a trivia quiz about queens. greater astoria historical society (lic), $5. >>

fri 7pm (+ 3/30): instead of making your own way awkwardly through a blind date, watch and laugh as someone else does it. on stage. at in a world: the dating show, host emma vernon sets two pairs of single folks up on blind dates in an environment created by a group of improvisors. the pit loft (chelsea), $10. >>

fri 7pm: the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall for the first event of the season with a talk by astrobiologist and author caleb scharf on the zoomable universe, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 7pm, 8:20pm (monthly): be there and be square. nerd nite returns with an evening of entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on what politicians could learn from the wu tang clan, how super chickens can teach us how to collaborate, and how we can survive when machines can learn faster than we can. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: sound of ceres, hnry flwr, and stranger cat play a concert at park church co-op (greenpoint). $10 adv, $13 dos. >>

fri 7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): the rodney green quartet performs at tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

fri 8pm-midnight: night at the museum: moma ps1 (lic) opens its doors for after-hours viewing of its exhibitions and a dance party hosted by bubble_t. with djs, live performances, site-specific installations, and food and drinks available for purchase. $15. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by billy prinsell (comedy central), katie hannigan (elite daily), brian park (collegehumor), leclerc andre, nate fridson, chloe radcliffe, and shelby taylor. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

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 kerry coddett (joking off), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), khalid rahmaan (conan), sarah tollemache (colbert), seaton smith (seth meyers), alzo slade, and musical comedy duo pretty sad white girls. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9:30pm show: the funk hunters and defunk play rough trade (williamsburg). $15 adv, $17 dos >>

fri 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. tonight’s guests include hattie hayes, matt storrs, and marc gerber. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 9:30pm: celebrate or curse love with your fist in the air at secretformula’s annual power ballads sing-along, a music video party filled with power ballads from the 80’s and 90’s, an air guitar competition, a costume contest, themed drinks, and more. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10:30pm: flip cupid the bird at the skint’s third annual ‘it’s friday, i’m (not) in love’ anti-valentine’s dance party, dedicated to the single, the wronged, and those who just think valentine’s day is dumb, with songs of heartache and desire spun by dj gordon gloom (feeling gloomy, ydh2s), a cleansing anti-love ritual, a photo booth, $6-9 themed-drink specials, and more. dress code: all black. littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

fri midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with stand-up by khalid rahmaan (conan) and adam mamawala, storytelling by selena coppock (red oaks), and burlesque by pearls daily and luna lee. ucb (east village), $9. >>


Author George Saunders is joined by Vanity Fair‘s editor-in-chief, Radhika Jones, for the paperback release of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, with readings by Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Russell G. Jones (Sea Oak), and Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story). At Symphony Space. All tickets include a copy of Lincoln in the BardoBUY TICKETS


sat 1-5pm: see glassblowing demos, talk to artists and tour 17,000 sq. ft. of studio space at the seasonal urbanglass open house. optional 30-minute hands-on lessons are also available for free-$25. urbanglass (fort greene), free admission. >>

sat 2pm: scantily-clad do-gooders take part in the annual cupid’s undie run, a one-mile ‘brief’ charity fun run with proceeds benefiting neurofibromatosis research. pre-party at 12pm (participants only, registration fee $40), run starts at 2pm (free for spectators). starts at stage 48 (hell’s kitchen). >>

sat 3:30pm doors, 4pm show: comedian chris duffy hosts the you get a spoon variety show, where performers endorse and give away their favorite objects, oprah-style. this month: improvised songs from rebecca vigil (netflix), a reading by actor/comedian obehi janice (ted), and more. caveat (les), $10. >>

sat 5pm (monthly): bamcinématek’s new beyond the cannon screening series pairs a well-known, highly regarded ‘canonized’ film with a thematically or stylistically-related lesser-known work. tonight: singin’ in the rain (1952) and golden eighties (1986). bam (fort greene), $15. >>

sat 6pm (monthly): happy hour gets happier at the bowery comedy show, an earlier comedy show to start your night off with smiles. tonight’s lineup includes stand up by dave hill (dave hill doesn’t live here anymore), josh gondelman (seth meyers), fumi abe (decoded), and greg barris (heart of darkness). hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the bowery electric (east village), free. >>

sat 7pm-3:30am: party people rubulad kick off v-day early with love potion no. 389, a ‘feastly fiesta’ filled with live music, rock n’ roll burlesque, vintage valentine cartoons, tarot, food, and more. email rsvp for bushwick address, $10 in advance or before 10pm, $15 otherwise. >>

sat 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): smart people discuss things they’re passionate about while wasted at the drunk education show. tonight’s theme: ‘conscious coupling.’ littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

sat 8pm (monthy): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring aparna nancherla (comedy central), julia johns (someecards), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), derek humphrey (derek explains it all), and eman el-husseini. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8pm-midnight: mine your own cryptocurrency in vr and check out 360 video exhibitions at experimental internet art collective felt’s ‘super hd’ party. superchief gallery (ridgewood), free. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: her-icane relief, an all female standup benefit show benefiting hurricane relief for puerto rico, features stand up by marie faustin (the unofficial expert), fareeha khan (decoded), lillian devane (nerdist), liz magee (all-female reboot), and andrea coleman. hosted by kate villa (the president show). threes brewing outpost (greenpoint), $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 9pm: gemini + scorpio’s annual pre-valentine’s day soirée, meet me in paris: a clandestine cabaret, brings live music by myriam phiro + the cavaliers of swing, burlesque, magic, tarot, and all-night dancing to gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus). themed dress required. $20 until 1am, $10 after. >>


sun 11am-5pm: bam and the black comics collective present the black comix expo, celebrating comics of color with exhibitors, a panel discussion, a children’s art workshop, and a superhero cosplay showcase. part of the bam screening series, ‘fight the power: black superheroes on film.’ bam (fort greene), free. >>

sun 1-6pm: moma ps1’s latest vw sunday sessions installment presents an afternoon celebrating the legacy of musician alice coltrane with performances, presentations, and rare audio and video recordings. moma ps1 (astoria), $15. >>

sun 4pm doors (monthly): the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) screens my fair lady (1964) in anticipation of the soon-to-open broadway revival, preceded by an introduction by broadwayworld’s richard ridge and musical selections from the score performed by mark william. $10 adv/$15 door general, $5 adv/$10 door seniors. >>

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, music by superhuman happiness and arian shafiee, postcard + love letter writing using found text, and exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology, and education. free admission ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: deidre + the dark, blush, and little anchory play elsewhere (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos >>

sun 8pm: slankets and night cheese at the ready: a group of comedians portraying liz lemon and co will ‘yes and’ their way through an improvised episode of 30 rock based on an audience suggestion. the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

sun 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: sasheer zamata’s party time! variety show, hosted by former snl cast member sasheer zamata, features stand-up sets by michelle buteau (key + peele), baratunde thurston (how to be black) and marie faustin (the unofficial expert), plus music by tv on the radio’s kyp malone. the bell house (gowanus), $10. >>

sun 9pm: djs sammy jo and jd samson get things moving at bad behavior’s queer valentines party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

all weekend

sat + sun: get something for your honey or yourself at these valentine’s day-themed gift markets and sales:
• sat 12-4pm: valentine’s day lingerie sample + toy sale at unbound (chinatown/les) >>
• sat 12-5pm: vegan shop-up at pine box rock shop (bushwick) >>
• sat 4-10pm: betty valentine art + craft market at secret project robot (bushwick/bed-stuy) >>
• sat-sun (various times): various elizabeth street shops (nolita) >>
• sun 10am-5:30pm: sweethearts bazaar at grand bazaar nyc (uws) >>
• sun 12-6pm: pre-valentine’s day market at bohemian hall (astoria) >>
• sun 1-7pm: greenpointers winter of love valentine’s market at greenpoint loft >>
• sun 1-7pm: house of boutique valentine’s market at house of yes (bushwick) >>

sat 7:30pm, sun 2pm (thru 5/12): pianists marc-andré hamelin and kirill gerstein perform liszt, debussy, chopin, and more at this weekend’s installments of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (sat, $14) and the town hall (sun, $15-19). >>

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