scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including a 10 big art shows, high line open studios, film fests, brain awareness week, itzhak perlman in person, and more.


fri: amny shares where to score national meatball day deals and specials in nyc. >>

fri + sat various times: at culturehub’s refest 2.0 festival, artists, technologists, and activists will explore technology’s role in shaping our future over three nights of exhibitions, performances, and open dialogue sessions. la mama galleria (noho/east village), free (rsvp). >>

fri + sat various times: the annual craic festival of new irish film returns to cinépolis chelsea. $10-20. >>

fri 4pm, 7pm (rescheduled from 3/7): computer scientist and award-winning math communicator roger antonsen explores how simple assumptions can lead to complicated consequences at this month’s math encounters lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free (rsvp recommended). >>

fri 5-9pm (monthly): brooklyn historical society’s free friday ‘artisanal retentive’ edition includes a talk on immigrant food entrepreneurs, games of artisanal buzzword bingo, and more. bonus: free beer by brooklyn brewery. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), free admission. >>

fri 6pm (weekly): a museum curator, an editor, and an ebook researcher set up stations at a science of books-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

fri 6-9pm: one art space hosts its second annual international women’s day art fair, featuring a diverse collection of female-identifying artists of varying ages. opening reception tonight. one art space (tribeca), free. >>

fri 6-10pm: art students open their work spaces for the annual hunter mfa open studios and silent auction, taking place across three floors of 205 hudson street (tribeca). free admission. >>

fri 6pm doors, 6:30 show: go magazine executive editor zara barrie hosts a screening of wonder woman (2017). popcorn and beverages will be served. samsung 837 (meatpacking), free (rsvp). >>

fri 6:30pm: andré aciman, lambda award-winning author of call me by your name, reads from his book and does q+a at the tony dapolito recreation center (west village). free. >>

fri 7pm (biweekly thru 5/4): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by observational astrophysicist statia cook on the weather conditions on neptune and similar planets. followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 7-10pm: imperatrix, a new zine profiling up-and-coming women and non-binary creatives, launches their first issue with a party to benefit the planned parenthood action fund of nyc. new women space (east williamsburg), free (donation encouraged). >>

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 e.t.’s widespread popularity, how to be creative, and animal depravity. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

fri 7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): the jo lawry quartet, helmed by vocalist and sting collaborator jo lawry, headlines tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

fri 8pm-midnight: juxtapoz magazine’s spring quarterly issue release party features music spub by four djs and doubles as an opening for group exhibition ‘there will never be a gallery big enough.’ superchief gallery (ridgewood), free. >>

fri 8pm-midnight: night at the museum: moma ps1 hosts an after-hours closing party for its winter exhibitions with dj sets and food and drinks available for purchase. moma ps1 (lic), $15. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by rob haze (fallon), julie kottakis (madge the vag), katie hannigan (collegehumor), maddy smith (roastmasters), charlie kasov (trutv), and rob cantrell (comedy central). hosted by shelby taylor. 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 gary vider (colbert), pat brown (colbert), leah bonnema (gotham comedy live), sam morril (conan), andy sandford (conan), rob haze (tfallon), and samantha ruddy (reductress). hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

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 jessica michelle singleton, wade bowen, and remy kassimir. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 9:30pm: #metoo music: comedian, composer and filmmaker lauren maul set recent, infamous apologies from men to music and performs them at a one-night concert with some help from female guests. 100% of sales from the album will benefit rainn. the pit (flatiron), $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: tom tykwer’s run lola run (1998), introduced by neuroscience researcher rikki rabinovich. $10. >>

fri 10pm (monthly): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence perform a reading of the mock-tempest, or the enchanted castle, thomas duffet’s parody of shakespere’s the tempest, while the audience plays drinking games. the players theatre (west village), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg $12) admission includes a drink. >>

fri 10pm: the we’ll always love big poppa party celebrates the life and music of notorious b.i.g. with dj sets from easy mo bee and mister cee, who worked on biggie’s ready to die, and many others. friends and lovers (crown heights), free (rsvp). >>

fri 11pm: it’s aretha franklin vs chaka khan at a dance party where everyone’s a funky winner. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $8. >>

fri 11:30pm doors: shout your favorite angsty anthems at live band emo + pop punk karaoke. knitting factory (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

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 chris laker (kimmel), katie boyle, and amber rollo, storytelling by leah bonnema (gotham comedy live), and burlesque by tiny d and gemini blitz. ucb (east village), $9. >>

fri midnight ( + sat): get tipsy with vampires and leeloo at drinking game screenings of what we do in the shadows (friday) and the fifth element (saturday). videology (williamsburg), $12-15. >>


sat 10am-4pm: get cultivated at making brooklyn bloom, the 37th annual brooklyn botanic gardens conference on urban gardening and related topics. brooklyn botanic gardens (prospect heights/crown heights), free with regular gardens admission ($15 general, $8 students/seniors). >>

sat 11am: architectural historian matt postal leads a two-hour walking tour of manhattan’s hudson yards area, with an emphasis on the development of residential, corporate, retail, and arts properties, as well as the mta’s 7 train extension. $10 (meeting point given with rsvp). >>

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 casey james salengo (comedy central), carolyn castiglia (right now! with carolyn castiglia), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), and sarah kennedy. hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the bowery electric (east village), free. >>

sat 6-9pm (runs thru 4/22): emma sulkowicz, known for their 2014 ‘mattress performance’ at columbia university, presents the floating world, a new installation of large suspended glass orbs, at the invisible dog (cobble hill). opening reception tonight. free. >>

sat 7pm (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: a clockwork orange (1971) and les saignantes (2009). bam (fort greene), $15. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring mike lebovitz (last comic standing), katie hannigan (collegehumor), kerry coddett (mtv), micheal foulk (greetings, from queer mountain), and dan perlman. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8pm: experimental performance series queer trash hosts a trio of avant-garde artists working primarily in sound: straight panic, keijuan thomas, and lydia lunch + weasel walter duo brutal measures. issue project room (downtown brooklyn), $15. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, and even matching. tonight’s fourth anniversary show features guests eliot glazer (broad city), jd samson (le tigre), and mychal denzel smith (invisible man, got the whole world watching). hosted by lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

sat 9pm-1am: it’ll definitely get weird when estonian performance art collective non grata and their international cohorts bring their unique stylings to the last frontier (greenpoint). $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 9pm-late: gemini + scorpio’s 1920’s-styled swing house party celebrates its 10th anniversary with live music from queen esther and the hot five, electro-swing dj sets, a free introductory dance class, a free champagne toast, and more. g+s loft (gowanus), $20 until 12:30am, $10 after. >>

sat 11:30pm doors, midnight show: denver’s mile high soul club party brings a night of classic soul, funk, northern soul, r+b, and funk spun on vinyl 45s to bk with guest dj fred schneider of the b-52’s. knitting factory (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>


sun 2am: spring forward! set your clocks forward an hour for the start of daylight savings time.

sun 12-4pm: at the irish arts center’s annual st. patrick’s open day, engage in a free day of irish arts and culture including music and dance performances, sample classes for adults and children, and more. irish arts center (midtown west), free admission. >>

sun 12:30-4pm: nail your nuptials with the help of brooklyn based’s ninth annual wedding crashers wedding fair, which will feature more that 80 curated local wedding vendors including food + dessert caterers, bridal wear + accessories boutiques, planners, photographers, and more. 501 union and the green building (gowanus), $15 with promo code ‘ido’ (reg $25). >>

sun 2-6pm: set the record straight by helping to update wikipedia entries on subjects related to women and the arts at an art + feminism wikipedia edit-a-thon. bring a laptop and power cord. the jewish museum (ues), free (rsvp). >>

sun 2-6pm: moma ps1’s latest vw sunday sessions installment presents ‘siblings (elation vi),’ the final part of performance artist colin self’s sci-fi opera where audience members are assigned roles in the show. moma ps1 (astoria), $15. >>

sun 4-10pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, music by maría grand and satya celeste, kaleidoscope and sundial-making workshops, a virtual reality demo, stargazing with the amateur astronomers association, and more. free with rsvp ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 5pm: two books exploring america’s criminal justice system, a colony in a nation by msnbc’s chris hayes and misdemeanorland by associate professor of law at yale law school issa kohler-hausmann, launch at powerhouse at the archway (dumbo) with the authors doing q+a and signings. $10 admission may be applied to purchase of either of the books. >>

sun 6pm doors, 7pm show: shamrocks + shockwaves: the drama, the housewives, and the comedians will all be present at here for drama’s live reading/drinking game of the ireland trip episode of real housewives of orange county. plus: raffles, drinking games, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $15 adv, $18 door (proceeds benefit the time’s up legal defense fund). >>

sun 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: for the 13th anniversary of the keith and the girl comedy podcast, hosts keith malley and chemda are holding a stand-up competition with 30+ comedians performing material related to the show. tender trap (greenpoint), $6. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with emmy blotnick (the president show), yedoye travis (comedy central), jeremy hammond (the hard times), and eudora peterson (jezebel). hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: a trio of costumed cover bands, macdonald’s-themed black sabbath tribute band mac sabbath, metal star wars cover band galactic empire, and disney cover band the little mermen, join forces to wreak havoc at brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). $22 adv, $25 doors. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: thug passion presents celebrates and skewers classic black films through commentary, movie clips, music, and live table reads by comedians. tonight’s show takes on poetic justice (1993), starring janet jackson and tupac shakur. hosted by shalewa sharpe and courtney fearrington. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): sasheer zamata’s party time! variety show, hosted by former snl cast member sasheer zamata, features stand-up sets by jacqueline novak (james corden), marina franklin (@midnight), emma willmann (colbert) and dance troupe the painted ladies, plus music by dj zephyr ann. bonus: free vegan snacks from vspot. the bell house (gowanus), $10. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: the annual armory arts week brings 10 big art shows with hundreds of galleries to manhattan, including spring/break, independent new york, nada, art on paper (discount tickets available here), and more. various locations and prices. >>

fri thru sun: book on over to the 58th annual new york international antiquarian book fair (fri thru sun, park avenue armory, $25 general, $10 students) and/or the 4th annual new york city book and ephemera fair (sat, sheraton times square hotel, $5-15 general, free for students).

fri thru sun: the annual shakescon new york shakespeare convention returns with performances by artists and companies that use shakespeare as a source of creativity, plus auditions, workshops, trivia and more. the center at west park (uws), $20 general, $10 students. >>

sponsored fri thru 3/14: get tickets to ‘free speech firestorm’ education at 59e59 theaters for $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $35). >>

fri thru 3/14: the 10th annual reelabilities film festival promotes awareness of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. various locations and prices (several events are free). >>

fri thru 3/18: voilà! the 23rd annual rendez-vous with french cinema festival returns with two dozen new works and filmmakers in person at select screenings, plus two free talks, and more. film society of lincoln center (uws), $17 general, $12 students/seniors (opening night $20-25). >>

fri thru 3/18: learn about the brain, interact with neuroscientists, and more at lectures, workshops, and fairs both serious and fun during the annual brain awareness week. various locations. >>

fri thru 3/26: manhattan theatre source’s 18th annual estrogenius festival features 10-minute plays, music, solo shows, teen performances, visual art, and dances created by women and gender non-conforming artists. the kraine theater (east village), $15 general, $10 students. >>

sat + sun various times: violin virtuoso and conductor itzhak perlman and filmmaker alison chernick will do q+a following select screenings of their new documentary about the lauded musician. quad cinema (greenwich village) and landmark at 57 west (midtown west), $13-18.50. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: visit more than 40 artist’s studios across 13 building during the annual self-guided high line open studios. free. >>

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