around town today

🎃 thru 10/31: bushwick’s syndicated gets in the holiday spirit with a month of spooky movies. this week: a nightmare on elm street, carrie, the texas chainsaw massacre, and halloween. $7. >>

🎃 thru 10/30: halloween week. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

6pm: did the mayan empire relocate to america? how did meriwether lewis really die? international explorers justin fornal and emiliano ruprah investigate these and other mysteries at the premiere of their science channel show, unexplained and unexplored. the explorers club (ues), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: call me by your name author andré aciman presents the sequel find me at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), in conversation with novelist nicole krauss. free admission (rsvps are currently full, but a standby line will form at 5:30pm). >>

🎃 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): learn about the world’s most terrifying food stories at a talk hosted by the masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.). caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

🎃 7pm, 10pm: a lineup of broadway performers brings salem to the city for the annual cabaret, i put a spell on you: the return of the sanderson sisters. le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $20+. >>

7:30pm (monthly): actors and improvisors do their thing and perform scenes at stephen ruddy’s gravid water show. tonight’s guests include scott adsit (30 rock), cara buono (stranger things), adam pally (happy endings), tami sagher (orange is the new black), and more. ucbt hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

7:30pm (monthly thru 12/9): village east cinema hosts a series of classics presented on 35mm film. tonight: creature from the black lagoon in 3d (1954). $15. >>

🎃 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: a lineup of 40 comedians perform in the style of their favorite comedy idols at the 12th annual schtick or treat show. hosted by matt ruby and mark normand. knitting factory (williamsburg), $12. >>

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 larry owens (trutv), irene tu (comedy central), ella gale (reductress), graham kay (colbert), and brittany carney. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: eight comedians and an audience member compete to win the heart of a ‘celebrity single’ through rounds of q+a and with the help of a relationship expert at first impressions: a live 90s dating game show. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

9pm: (monthly): the queers n peers benefit variety show presents lgbtq and allied performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight’s show features comedy by wille zabar + darian lusk, drag by muscles monty + chelsea gaze, and music by babay jicks and the ghoul fiends + graham kg garlington. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5-10 suggested donation benefits no new jails nyc + fronterizx fianza fund. >>

9pm: the lap dance saloon comedy show returns with laughs from myq kaplan (comedy central), liz barrett (laughs), robby slowik (conan), april boddy (iheart radio), lindsay glazer, and justin auslaender. hosted by jill weiner and jeffrey emerson. bonus: free pizza. upstairs at 2a (east village), free admission. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: life is a vocabaret at the punch-up: a variety show for word lovers, where a lineup of nyc punderdome champs will fill your night with puns, word games, and other language-based silliness. hosted by sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (hq trivia), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanya. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

🎃 9pm doors: cover bands! rush, superchunk, and the pixies. mercury lounge (les), $10. >>

🎃 9:30pm: monday night tv horror. nitehawk cinema (prospect park), $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

coming up

🎃🎃🎃 looking to make halloween plans? check out our roundup of halloween events in nyc for $35 and under here. >>

🎃 10/29-31: ‘the most scared i’ve ever been’ series: the evil dead, eve’s bayou, and under the shadow. brooklyn museum, $16 includes museum admission. >>

10/29 2-3pm (ends today): enjoy full-size items from grand central market merchants for $2 at the seasonal taste of grand central market. grand central terminal market (midtown east). >>

10/29 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 11/26, 12/10): sit onstage and enjoy a free drink at the columbia university school of the arts’s pop-up concert series. tonight: composer/performer collective counter)induction performs music by ensemble member jessica meyer. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

10/29 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: learn how artists use street art to build community and retain a sense of place amid gentrification at a panel discussion on brooklyn’s mural movement, with muralist and author janet braun-reinitz, crown heights youth collective director richard green, las muralistas founder joe matunis, and moderator robyne walker murphy. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

10/29 6:15pm: get a behind-the-scenes introduction to how neuroscience research works at late night science, a seminar series with lab tours by graduate students of columbia university. tonight’s topic: what mice can teach us about human vision. william black medical research building (washington heights), free (rsvp). >>

🎃 10/29 6:30pm: satisfy your sweet tooth with a sugar-filled lesson about candy: from early history to halloween. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $15. >>

🎃 10/29 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: explore the science of iconic monsters and villains like freddy kruger and norman bates with authors and horror rewind podcast hosts kelly florence and meg hafdahl. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

🎃 10/29 7pm: bryan thao worra, lao minnesotan poet laureate and president of the science fiction + fantasy poetry association, joins linda addison, the first black woman to win the writers association’s bram stoker award, to explore supernatural poetics from h.p. lovecraft to edgar allan poe at poets house (battery park). $10 general, $7 students/seniors. >>

10/29 7pm (monthly): take a tour of the universe’s scariest phenomena at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

🎃 10/29 7pm: the exorcist: extended director’s cut. cinépolis chelsea, $10 >>

🎃 10/29 7pm: cover bands! bikini kill, hole, the sex pistols, and more. trans-pecos (ridgewood), $10. >>

10/29 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians carolyn castiglia and shalewa sharpe are laying it down for you at their madame x stand-up show, with performances by sam evans, dina hashem, gabe pacheco, dan perlman, and jess wood. madame x (greenwich village), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

10/29 7pm doors, 8pm show: taxidermists showcase their most beautiful and bizarre creations at the wunderkammer taxidermy showcase and competition. the bell house (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

🎃 10/29 7:30pm: cover bands! the doors, ramones, radiohead, and tom petty. our wicked lady rooftop (bushwick), $10. >>

10/29 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: see crystal visions at stevie, the comedy show with a name inspired by stevie nicks. tonight’s ‘sam’s revenge’ show features jo firestone, rachel pegram, clare o’kane, larry owens, and karen chee. hosted by drew anderson, marcia belsky and sam taggart. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

10/29 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: come laugh in the face of your mortality the we’re all gonna die comedy show, hosted by will tilghman and irene fagan merrow with guests aparna nancherla (netflix), sydnee washington (comedy central), mary beth barone (comedy central), david tveite (last comic standing), and ashley hamilton (we’re in a fight). c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

🎃 10/29 8:30pm: from beer in midas’s tomb to mormon funeral potatoes, learn about the culinary history of funeral food at a talk by historic gastronomist sarah lohman. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $17. >>

10/29 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by joe zimmerman (conan), steven castillo (snl), maria wojciechowski (the new yorker), david sitrick (siriusxm), saurin choksi (comedians you should know), and nina tarr. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

🎃 10/29 9pm: it’s the great pumpkin, charlie brown. parklife (gowanus), free. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to radiotheatre’s 16th annual halloween festival: children of the night thru 11/9 for $12 (plus ticket fees, reg. $24). >>

get tickets to the other art fair at brooklyn expo center 11/7-10 for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15). >>

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