around town today

thru 1/31: experience ups and downs at impulse, an outdoor public art installation made up of 12 illuminated, sound-generating seesaws (that you can ride!) in the garment district. the fun starts at 5pm today. broadway bet 37th + 38th streets, free. >>

thru 1/17: more than 40 restaurants offer prix fixe lunches, dinners, and other discounts during the annual savor the bronx restaurant week. >>

thru 1/15: get a free beer at brooklyn brewery’s tasting room (williamsburg) when you donate non-perishable canned and boxed food for ahrc nyc’s annual martin luther king jr. day food drive. donations of cold-weather accessories and hygiene products are also welcome. >>

thru 1/12: the fifth annual new ear festival showcases live, experimental sound, video, and spoken word performances and installations at fridman gallery (les). $10+ general, $5+ students. >>

thru 1/10: jodie whittaker, josh segarra, marsai martin, jennifer coolidge, and others are among this week’s guests at tapings of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

today: a new trader joe’s opened on east 14th street today, just a few blocks down from the union square location. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: (monthly): the music mondays ensemble concert series at advent lutheran church (uws) continues its 17th season with the grammy-winning parker quartet, performing mozart’s clarinet quintet with new york philharmonic principal clarinetist anthony mcgill. a free wine reception follows. free admission. >>

7pm: pynkie, snakeskin, and anna altman play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10-12. >>

7:30pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts readings by alix strauss (the new york times), jane bernstein (the face tells the secret), bridgett m. davis (the world according to fannie davis), and stacy parker lemelle  (government girl). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara bar (east village), free admission. >>

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 dan perlman (netflix), rob christensen (comedy central), and opeyemi olagbaju (comedy central). hosted by brendan gay, charles engle, and santiago angel. bonus: free pizza. the map room at the bowery electric (east village), free with rsvp, $5 without. >>

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 dave merheje (ramy), max wittert (the new yorker), kevin iso (gotham comedy live), and lauren hope krass (risk!). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): the left breast comedy hour celebrates four years of hot feminist takes with stand-up by abbi crutchfield (college humor), nicole conlan (colbert), wendy steiner (vulture), elsa waithe (this american life), and gara lonning (chris gethard presents), plus music by girls with brown hair and drag by kiko soiree. hosted by kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall. the front room at knitting factory (williamsburg), free admission. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show returns to german restaurant + bar black forest (cobble hill) with performances by tim platt (comedy central), jordan jensen, and more. hosted by hoff matthews, lizzie martinez, and melissa rocha. bonus: chances to win free drinks with email rsvp. free admission. >>

8:30pm: storytellers spin 2-minute yarns about the service industry at the 2 short 2 suck storytelling and comedy show. hosted by alissa may atkinson and chloe sehr. audience members will have a chance to share their own tiny tales as well. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 30 ongoing events. >>

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Generous Laughs 2020: 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

1/7-14: film at lincoln center presents the bong show, a retrospective of south korean filmmaker bong joon ho that includes barking dogs never bite, okja, parasite, snowpiercer, early shorts, and a selection of favorites handpicked by the director himself. film at lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

1/7 4pm + 7pm (monthly): primes and zeros: a million-dollar math mystery: mathematician brian conrey shares the history behind one of the world’s greatest math challenges–the riemann hypothesis–at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free. >>

1/7 6:30pm: playwright, novelist, and lgbtq activist larry kramer, author of the american people, volume 1: search for my heart, presents the second installment of his satirical reimagining of american history, the american people, volume 2: the brutality of fact, in a conversation with author bill goldstein (the world broke in two). nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (bryant park). free (rsvp). >>

1/7 7pm: ya author melissa albert shares the night country, the sequel to her debut the hazel wood, in a conversation with fellow ya novelist kim liggett (the grace year). barnes + noble tribeca, free admission. >>

1/7 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents ‘future tense,’ with true, personal stories about new beginnings from moth host peter aguero, lawyer and teacher vicki eastus, and cuny mathematics and computer science professor dr. maria mercedes franco. hosted by tracy rowland and paula croxson. new location: qed (astoria), $10-12. >>

1/7 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): let your word nerd flag fly at the raucous punderdome 3000 pun competition, where you can compete or just cheer for your favorites. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

1/7 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): the wild things comedy show is back with stand-up by sean donnelly (colbert), brittany carney (comedy central), rell battle (comedy central), matty litwack, and tim mclaughlin. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

1/7 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, brings the laughs to east williamsburg with performances by tom thakkar (conan), myka fox (comedy central), david drake (comedians you should know show), caitlin cook (good god comedy variety), and gianmarco soresi (netflix). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

1/7 9:30pm: gustaf, sugarlife orchestra, and sylvea suydam play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10-12. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: enter to win an eight-week package of booze music lessons with bantam studios! choose from banjo, cello, electric bass, upright bass, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, violin, viola, and voice. free wine + beer served at every class! >>

sponsored: olivier award-winning fishamble: the new play company, as part of origin’s 1st irish festival, presents maz and bricks at 59e59 theaters. use code ‘skint’ to snag $15 tickets (plus service fees, reg. $35). >>

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