around town today

6:30pm: the mathematics of simple things: discover the surprising mathematical fun you can have with items as simple as toothpicks, business cards, and paper strips in a presentation delivered by university of san francisco mathematics professor paul zeitz (author of the art and craft of problem solving). the national museum of mathematics (flatiron), $15. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: have all your sportsball questions answered with flair at the sports for gays (and curious straights) show. tonight’s theme: football. hosted by cole steffensen. new location: caveat (les), $10 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $12 adv, $15 door). >>

7pm (monthly): the farm reading series showcases satirical and critical writing with readings from authors hannah gold (new york magazine), nate jones (vulture), and justin kuritzkes (famous people). starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

7pm: fiasco theater company presents a staged reading of anna k., a new play inspired by anna karenina, at nyu’s jerry h. labowitz theatre for the performing arts (greenwich village). free (rsvp). >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the string orchestra of brooklyn celebrates the release of their first studio album, afterimage, with a performance of chris cerrone’s high windows and jacob cooper’s stabat mater dolorosa. the orchestra will be joined by the argus quartet and guest vocalists. $10 with promo code ‘sob20’ (reg. $18 adv, $25 door) >>

7:30pm (+ 1/14 7pm @ strand books): cartoonist roz chast and writer patricia marx of the new yorker discuss their new book of satirical love and relationship advice, you can only yell at me for one thing at a time: rules for couples. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): satisfy your rap-etite at the freestyle comedy show, where the hosts kick things off with a battle on topics chosen by the audience. this week’s lineup includes jamar neighbors (hbo), krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), and kevin iso (comedy central). hosted by brendan gay, charles engle, and santiago angel. bonus: free pizza. the map room at the bowery electric (east village), $5. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with stand-up by steven castillo (snl), charla lauriston (the meltdown with jonah and kumail), sean donnelly (comedy central), ariel elias, and opey olagbaju. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): the 2020 season of the franklin park reading series begins tonight with readings from carmen maria machado (in the dream house), andre perry (some of us are very hungry now), donika kelly (bestiary), hal y. zhang (hard mother, spider mother, soft mother), and stacie evans (the rumpus). bonus: a free-to-enter book raffle. franklin park (crown heights), free admission. >>

8pm: hosts mike lasher and caitlin reese put a spin on stand-up at the kismet comedy show of chances, where comedians must turn the ‘wheel of fate’ to find out what wacky modification–from phoning a friend to doing their set blindfolded–they must add to their performances. anna drezen (snl), sean donnelly (conan), carmen lynch (colbert), and petey deabreu (comedy central) will try their luck at tonight’s show. bonus: the first 60 rsvps get a free beer. knitting factory (williamsburg), free (rsvp). >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show returns to german restaurant + bar black forest (cobble hill) with performances by myka fox (comedy central), cara weinberg (reductress), andrew tavin (collegehumor), pranav behari, and liz hall. hosted by hoff matthews, lizzie martinez, and melissa rocha. bonus: chances to win free drinks with email rsvp. free admission. >>

9pm: the ed sullivan on acid comedy show returns with stand-up by leighann lord (tough crowd with colin quinn), michele carlo (fish out of agua), david piccolomini (npr), non kuramoto, peter murray, and otto fernandez. hosted by calvin cato (tony‘s ‘queer comics of color to watch’). freddy’s bar + backroom (south slope), free. >>

9pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (netflix) hosts myq kaplan and friends, with benefits, an evening of stand-up with a portion of proceeds going to a different charity each month. tonight’s performers include gavin matts (comedy central), jaye mcbride (comedy central), nadia pinder (riot),  jordan jensen (sirius xm), and max + nicky weinbach (vintage basement comedy). q.e.d. (astoria), $8 admission benefits the against malaria foundation. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>

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Generous Laughs 2020: A RAICES Benefit Show

Join your hosts Marybess Pritchett and Ian Lockwood as we dive into the new year celebrating an incredible organization and the power of giving back. Two years after its first iteration benefitting the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, this year’s event will benefit RAICES, a non-profit defending the rights of immigrants and refugees while empowering individuals, families, and communities through advocacy, education, and legal services.

A sparkling lineup of comedians and musical performers will come together for a good cause, including Jennifer Vanilla (MOMA PS1), Jes Tom (Soojung Dreams of Fiji), Sam Taggart (Comedy Central’s Clusterfest), Karolena Theresa (Handmaid’s Tale: the Musical), Tommy McNamara (Caroline’s on Broadway), Ladies Who Ranch (Brooklyn Comedy Collective), Mamoudou N’Diaye (Comedy Central), Jay Malsky (NY Fringe Festival), Guitler Raphael (The Alley) and more!

Generous Laughs 2020 : A RAICES Benefit Show
Wednesday, January 15 at 8pm
635 Sackett St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
$10 adv, $12 door

coming up

1/14-18: grammy-winning soprano renée fleming presents songstudio, a series of master classes, talks, and recitals with emerging vocalists, performers, and composers. resnick education wing at carnegie hall (midtown west), $20. >>

1/14-18: the annual zlatne uste golden festival showcases more than 60 balkan bands and acts at the grand prospect hall over two nights (1/17-18). while tickets to the fest ($35-55) are a bit out of the skint’s regular price range, there are several related events 1/14-25 that are free-$10. >>

1/14 various times: eventbrite shares a roundup of democratic presidential primary debate watch parties. >>

1/14 7pm: gibby haynes, lead singer of butthole surfers, presents his first ya novel, me and mr. cigar, in a conversation with filmmaker jim jarmusch at barnes + noble tribeca. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location today. >>

1/14 7pm (monthly): writers who are parents present their work at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s annual winter poetry gathering features sarah kain gutowski, tim donnelly, diane mehta, and len lawson, followed by a reception. lmhq (fidi), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

1/14 7pm: film comment talk: the 2010s, or, what just happened?: film comment editor-in-chief nicolas rapold leads a discussion on the decade’s most important movies, and the big issues in the art form and the industry. the amphitheater at lincoln center’s elinor bunin munroe film center (uws), free (note: rsvps are full, but walkups will be accepted as space allows). >>

1/14 7:30pm: author, actor, director, and founding member of time’s up amber tamblyn is joined by reporter and author jodi kantor (she said) in a conversation about tamblyn’s book, era of ignition: coming of age in a time of rage and revolution. a reception follows. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

1/14 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring sami schwaeber (siriusxm), ashley gavin (hulu), and alysia brown (vulture. hosted by sophie santos. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

1/14 8pm (weekly): hit up the saloon next to new york distilling company for a spirit-ed night of standup at the bright horizons comedy show. tonight’s lineup includes josh sharp (the opposition with jordan klepper), christian finnegan (comedy central), kady ruth ashcraft (comedy central), the lucas bros (netflix), and james moran. hosted by mary houlihan, joe rumrill, sam taggart, and eliza hurwitz. the shanty (williamsburg), free. >>

1/14 8pm: the u.s. americans, funkrust brass band, and teen girl scientist monthly play brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $8. >>

1/14 8:30pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over screenings of the worst movies of all time at chris gersbeck’s movies r dumb show. tonight, they ‘riff’ apart 1989 made-for-tv superhero film the trial of the incredible hulk. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

1/14 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, brings the laughs to east williamsburg with performances by samantha ruddy (colbert), ryan beck (comedy central), chanel ali (mtv), robby slowik (conan), and ismael loutfi (kimmel). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

1/14 9pm (monthly): allison o’conor invites her comedy friends to perform at the we go way back stand-up show. tonight’s bffs include fareeha khan (mtv), nadia pinder (vulture), marcia belsky (the new york times), and joey dardano (netflix). c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $8. >>

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