scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including kookerville, the senses: design beyond vision at the cooper hewitt, radical women: latin american art 1960-1985, and more.


fri 11am-10pm (+ sat 11am-8pm): the black web fest celebrates black media makers and digital content with two days of screenings, educational panel discussions, and more. kinfolk 94 (williamsburg) and the national black theatre (harlem), free-$25. >>

fri 1:30-2:30pm (fridays thru 6/15): point yourself in the direction of bryant park for free group beginner fencing lessons, returning for the spring season today. equipment provided, pre-registration required. >>

fri 3:30-6pm: roll into springtime as the brooklyn bridge park’s outdoor roller rink opens for the season with a day of free admission. weather permitting. $6 skate rental or byo. rescheduled from 4/6 >>

fri 5-9pm (monthly): brooklyn historical society’s free friday ‘poetic brooklyn’ edition includes talks on classic local protest poets and nyc as poetic inspiration, a found poetry workshop, readings, and more. bonus: free beer by brooklyn brewery. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), free admission. >>

fri 6pm (weekly): members of community biology lab genspace set up stations at a genomics and microcosmos-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 (on view thru 5/27): sculpture 56: eleven participating galleries at 56 bogart street in bushwick present an array of contemporary sculptures. opening reception tonight. free. >>

fri 6-10pm (+ 4/14 12-6pm): 25 student artists open their work spaces for visiting during the brooklyn college mfa open studios. brooklyn college (flatbush), 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 good and bad design, a little-known historical tale of diversity, and 20 stories of unexpected geniuses in 20 minutes. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

fri 7pm, 9:30pm: touch the fear at screenings of friday the 13th part 3: 3d (1981), complete with old school red-blue 3d glasses. videology (williamsburg), $14. >>

fri 7-10pm: sva mfa photography, video and related media students display artworks at the program’s annual spring salon. sva (gramercy), free. >>

fri 7-10pm: six artists explore the grotesque and carnivalesque body at the ‘dimensions of alterity‘ group exhibition. tonight’s opening party will also feature a costume contest, temporary tattoos, and more. paradice palase (bushwick), free. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. tonight’s topic is genetic engineering with nobel laureate  david baltimore and geneticist feng zhang. stargazing in the garden will follow. free (rsvp). >>

fri 7:30pm: the new york times comedy critic jason zinoman discusses his new book, letterman: the last giant of late night with late night with david letterman co-creator merrill markoe. books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

fri 7:30pm (+ sat): the center for performance research’s annual spring movement festival features works-in-progress, finished pieces, and premieres of dance, theater, and performance from a dozen emerging and established choreographers. center for performance research (williamsburg), $10 reg, $8.50 with idnyc. >>

fri 7:30pm: funk-folk musician martha redbone, ensemble, and members of brooklyn raga massive perform at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center (uws). free. >>

fri 7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): vocalist xiomara laugart, backed by a string orchestra, performs the music of composer/arranger jonathan ragonese at tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

fri 8pm (bimonthly): ___ is our god, a worship service-themed comedy/variety show, offers up absurd songs, prayers, testimonials, and more to a different pop culture figure each show. tonight’s deity: kevin bacon. featuring jon bander (search party), rebecca vigil (your love our musical), angel yau (azn pop), rachel pegram, brittanie sheree, and sketch duo girls with brown hair (comedy central). hosted by jessie jolles and katie hartman. cloud city (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. tonight’s ’good f*ck charm’ edition features jo firestone (fallon), marcia belsky (the handmaid’s tale: the musical), and host natalie wall. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’, or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

fri 8pm (+ 4/19, 4/21): the annual look + listen festival returns with live contemporary music performances staged in contemporary art spaces. tonight: susie ibarra, claire chase, kaoru watanabe, and more at bric house (fort greene). free. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), claudia cogan (last comic standing), sam evans, tyler rothrock, brittany carney, and peter revello. hosted by erica spera. 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 marie faustin (the unofficial expert), teddy smith (gotham comedy live), michelle de swarte (bbc), adam mamawala (mtv), ophira eisenberg (ask me anotinside amy schumer), and nick mullen. 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 julie mitchell, raghav mehta, erin chan, and more. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 9:30pm (weekly thru 4/27): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series features films that play with the concept of time. tonight: stephen herek’s bill and ted’s excellent adventure (1989). the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

fri 9:30pm: u got the look, now bring the voice to a prince sing-along, secretformula’s night of group karaoke, dance and costume contests, themed drinks, and more celebrating the music video legacy of prince. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

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 andy haynes (conan) and wanjiko eke, storytelling by craig mangum, and burlesque by petite renard and lilin lace. ucb (east village), $9. >>

our next event!

Sign ‘O’ The Times, indeed. It’s been two years since his majesty peaced out, and it feels like we need his music more than ever. Let’s get through this thing called life and dance it out on April 21, when DJ Steve Reynolds (of Party Like It’s 1999 and Housequake) will take us Around The World In A Day with a blend of All Things Prince: the hits, deep cuts, remixes, rarities, songs written for other artists, and more. And because the very thought of Prince conjures his image, we’ll have Music Video Time Machine projecting clips from his music videos, live performances, and films.

the skint presents:
Sometimes It’s Prince in April: A Celebration of Prince
Saturday, April 21 at 10:30pm
635 Sackett Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues), Brooklyn
$7 adv, $10 door
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sat 9am-1pm: scientists and friends will rally for evidence-based policies at the second march for science. the morning kicks off with teach-ins, information sessions and speeches in washington square park from 9am-12pm before heading downtown to zuccotti park at 12pm. >>

sat 10am: celebrate holi, the festival of colors, at the 30th annual phagwah parade in richmond hill, queens. future festivals will occur 4/28 in bushwick and 5/12 on governors island. >>

sat 10am-10pm: byoc(ontroller) to nyu game center’s spring fighter tournament, a day of street fighter v, dragon ball fighter z, and tekken 7, plus a conversation between pro gamer justin wong and seth killian. nyu game center (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

sat 11am-3pm: baseball great jackie robinson will be honored today with a historic street co-naming ceremony on the bed-stuy street he lived on. the jackie robinson way celebration will include a sign unveiling, parade, and festival featuring a batting cage, baseball-themed food, and mlb giveaways. macdonough street between ralph and patchen avenues (bed-stuy), free. >>

sat 11am-6pm (saturdays thru 10/27): just in time for the warm weather, the outdoor hester street fair opens for the season with food, art, craft, and vintage vendors. bonus: $4 brews. seward park (les), free admission. >>

sat 12-5pm (monthly): shop more than 20 local, cruelty-free food + goods vendors at the vegan shop-up pop-up market. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>

sat 12-4pm: wbar barnard college radio celebrates its 25th anniversary with its annual wbar-b-q, and outdoor festival featuring live music by palehound, weaves, pinkcaravan!, and crosslegged. barnard quad (morningside heights), free. >>

sat 1pm, 3pm: spend some quality time with a painting or sculpture that strikes your fancy during the annual slow art day, which encourages lingering with a piece of art longer. the rubin museum of art (chelsea) is offering tours today, included with regular admission ($15 general, $10 students/seniors). >>

sat 3:30pm: bibliobattle! book fans have five minutes to present why a favorite book is worth the read, then take questions from the audience. today’s category: cookbooks. kinokuniya bookstore (bryant park), free. >>

sat 4-8pm: give new life to old or unwanted clothing at nonprofit esa’s spring cleaning do + brew, an event combining a clothing swap and workshops on upcycling with an open bar of locally-brewed beer. camp david (industry city), $10. >>

sat 6pm (monthly): happy hour gets happier at the bowery comedy show, an earlier comedy show to start your night off with a few laughs. tonight’s lineup includes stand up by dan sheehan (james corden), marcia belsky (the handmaid’s tale: the musical), emily winter (tv land), alyssa limperis, and tim barnes. hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the bowery electric (east village), free. >>

sat 6-8pm: squished pennies, antique owls, and chicago gang business cards are just a sampling of what awaits at city reliquary’s 13th annual collectors’ night, where strange and specific assemblages of all sorts will be on display. the nyc curious can stick around for lectures about local municipal collections. new york city fire museum (soho), $10 adv, $13 door. >>

sat 7pm: actor, writer, and director john cameron mitchell (hedwig and the angry inch) has never seen 1977 disco classic saturday night fever, but you can watch it with him on the evening of quad cinema’s first anniversary during tonight’s edition of the ‘first encounters’ series. quad cinema (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

sat 8pm (+ 5/19): 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 (flatiron), $10. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring mike recine (comedy central), dina hashem (conan), fareeha khan (mtv), nasser khan, and sam evans. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8-11pm (on view thru 5/10): house of words, a new ‘text-art’ building in bushwick, opens with a text-art exhibition by 24 writers, painters, sculptors, and installation artists. free. >>

sat 8:30pm: experience the power of puppets at ‘into glow, out of gloom,’ a performance of folktales, ballads, and original songs by handsome devils puppets. gristle tattoo + art gallery (east williamsburg), $10-15 suggested donation. >>

sat 9:30pm: drunk jedi: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on return of the jedi. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): at this month’s party like it’s 1999 dance party: backstreet’s back edition, dj steve reynolds plays 90’s rock, pop, dance, r+b and hip-hop, plus an extra dose of a certain boy band in honor of the 20th anniversary of ‘backstreet’s back.’ the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

sat 11pm: the monthly be cute queer dance party celebrates its fifth anniversary with a night filled with drag performances, djs, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 11:30pm: dance to justice, mstrkrft, chromeo, and more electronic music from 2007-2009 spun by rough justice, lefti, and alex english at d.a.n.c.e. blog haus night. knitting factory (williamsburg), free before midnight with rsvp, $10 otherwise. >>


sun 11am-4pm: the 15th annual persian parade makes its way down madison avenue from 38th street to madison square park. >>

sun 12-6pm: moma ps1’s annual spring open house kicks off the season with several exhibition openings, plus a free performance festival in collaboration with brooklyn-based artist-run venue secret project robot featuring more than 35 artists. moma ps1 (lic), free admission. >>

sun 12-7pm: union square’s early earth day event features dozens of exhibitors, kids’ activities, and live performances. union square west, free admission. >>

sun 3pm (+ 5/14, 5/20): film + theatre lovers unite for a screening series highlighting the original film versions of four current broadway musicals, followed by q+a with special guests from the shows. today: my fair lady (1964). sva theatre (chelsea), $7.50 with ticket fees here (reg. $15). >>

sun 4pm: be there with bells on. bell choirs from throughout the region will perform at the 40th annual english handbell festival. riverside church (morningside heights), $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

sun 4:45pm (weekly): in honor of sakura matsuri, the way station bar screens anime and anime-inspired movies all month. today: evangelion and pacific rim. bonus: free popcorn and $4 well wine and draft beer. the way station (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sun 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: three comedians try to guess what a distinguished scientist studies at chris duffy’s you’re the expert show and podcast recording. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘yteskint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with shalewa sharpe (fallon), rob ryan (laughs on fox), patrick hastie, and calvin cato. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 4/23): poetry in motion: the visible poetry project connects 30 poets with 30 filmmakers to create visual interpretations of poems. tonight’s screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the filmmakers and poets. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), free. >>

sun 7:30 pm (monthly): hosts evan forde barden and patrick cartelli interview guests about important songs from their lives for repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: comedian mona chalabi (bbc) and jazz-punk band cyberattack. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

sun 8:30pm: survival sunday! see the walking dead season finale and the fear the walking dead season premiere on the big screen, sans commercials. various locations, $10. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: playing thru the weekend at the roxy cinema (tribeca): call me by your name, flower, labyrinth, and north by northwest. $12. >>

fri thru 4/21: save up to 70% on footwear, clothing, and accessories at the kenneth cole warehouse sale. the garage 611 (hell’s kitchen/midtown west), free admission. >>

fri thru 6/10: step inside visionaire’s instagram-worthy amaze, an immersive multisensory installation in the gallery at cadillac house (hudson square). free. >>

fri thru 7/22: the brooklyn museum presents ‘radical women: latin american art, 1960–1985’, the first exhibition to explore the contemporary art contributions of women in latin america and of latina and chicana women in the united states during the period, featuring more than 260 works by 120 artists from 15 countries. the brooklyn museum (prospect heights/prospect park), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 10/28: wander through a scented snowstorm, play a furry instrument in a tactile orchestra, investigate the sonic properties of glass, and experience many more multisensory experiences at the senses: design beyond vision, a new exhibition at the cooper hewitt, smithsonian design museum (ues). $16-18 general, $10-12 seniors, $7-9 students, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 6-9pm. >>

sat 1-10pm, sun 1-6pm: welcome to kookerville, lexy ho-tai’s installation of colorful creatures made from recycled materials, opens to be explored, experienced, and even modified. flux factory (lic), free. >>

sat + sun: superfreak weekends the annual congress of curious peoples returns to coney island usa. $10-13. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to artexpo new york at pier 94 4/20-22 for free-$20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15-40). >>

go on a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 8/30 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $58+). >>

get tickets to madame morbid’s trolley tour of brooklyn thru 4/29 for $29-34 (plus ticket fees, reg. $49). >>

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