around town today

🎃 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
hocus pocus with halloween trivia. parklife (gowanus). >>
zombieland. our wicked lady (bushwick). >>

7pm: conservative washington post columnist and outspoken trump critic max boot discusses separating from the gop and his new book, the corrosion of conservatism: why i left the right, at the half king (chelsea). free. >>

7pm: comedians share what scares the sh*t out of them at my nightmare, hosted by tracy soren. q.e.d (astoria), $6. >>

7pm: rock out to guitar heroes fighting to the death at the shred for your life guitar battle, backed by a rhythm section including john stanier (battles, helmet) and brad truax (interpol), and judged by matt sweeney (guitar moves), dave hill (wfmu), and jessica pimentel (orange is the new black). brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $12.   >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (thru 11/1): ilana glazer hosts the generator series, a four-part interview series with progressive candidates running in the midterms and activists working towards social justice. murmrr theatre (prospect heights), $15. >>

sponsored: 7:30pm: $26 to words on the street, a hybrid music-theatre performance at baruch performing arts center. the performance features a diverse ensemble of seven performers including acclaimed soprano lauren flanigan (new york city opera) and john kelly (james joyce’s the dead), wielding original music, text, and video. use promo code ‘skint’ >>

🎃 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: 50 comedians perform in the style of their favorite comedy idols at the 11th annual schtick or treat show. hosted by mark normand (conan) and matt ruby (girl code). knitting factory (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins, returns with guests dan st. germain (comedy central), sonia dennis (high maintenance), atheer yacoub (gotham comedy live), nicole calasich, zach sherwin, and devon walker. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by ahamed weinberg (seth meyers), sammy obeid (conan), irene fagan merrow (reductress), george civeris, and jonathan van halem. hosted by lizzie martinez (funny or die) and hoff matthews (comedy central). bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from daniel simonsen (bbc), calvin cato (oxygen), ahamed weinberg (seth meyers), sammy obeid (conan), and kristin manna. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm: (monthly): the queers n peers benefit variety show (fka pairs n chairs) presents three pairs of lgbtq and allied performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight: drag by junio mint + vena cava, burlesque by sex wolf + regal mortis, and sideshow by jack sullivan + alizee ferguson. hosted by cassidy graves + barrett law. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5-10 suggested donation benefits black and pink + sage. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring alyssa limperis (last week tonight), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), tim platt (sesame street), ali levin (funnyordie), andrew casertano (the special without brett davis), and nicholas mestad (nowstalgia). hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

10/30-11/3: the fifth annual festival albertine, ‘reimagining democracy,  curated by russian-american journalist and author masha gessen, gathers thinkers, authors, and artists to ask what democracy could be. albertine books (ues), free (rsvp). >>

🎃 10/30 various times: spooky movies!
goodnight mommy at syndicated (bushwick). $7. >>
7:30pm: little shop of horrors directors cut with post-screening q+a with director frank oz. schimmel center at pace university (civic center/fidi), $10 plus ticket fees here (reg. $20). >>
8pm: john carpenter’s the thing with an improvised score by dave harrington group. san damiano mission (greenpoint), $20. >>
8:30pm: night of the living dead with a live score by morricone youth. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $10. >>
9pm: it’s the great pumpkin, charlie brown. parklife (gowanus), free. >>

10/30 12pm: washington post opinion writer greg sargent, along with pulitzer prize and tony award winning writer robert schenkkan, will discuss his new book, an uncivil war: taking back our democracy in an age of trumpian disinformation and thunderdome politics, followed by a signing. light lunch will be served. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free admission. >>

10/30 6pm: author emily spivack presents worn in new york, a contemporary cultural history of well-loved clothes and the people who wore them, including contributions from adam horovitz, amy heckerling, jd samson, fab 5 freddy, and others. a book signing will follow. the museum at fit (chelsea), free admission. >>

10/30 6:30-10:30pm: creative folks redefine what it means to be an activist at citizen impact, an immersive art and performance experience focused on activism and engagement. the evening will include poetry jams, comedy, interactive photo + video experiences, text-banking boot camps, bites from the little beet, and more. electropositive (crown heights), $15 suggested donation. >>

10/30 6:30pm doors: public memory and tiers play mercury lounge. $12. >>

🎃 10/30 7pm: astoria bookshop hosts a spooky storytime + open mic by candlelight. astoria bookshop (astoria), free. >>

🎃 10/30 7pm: women that rock, a platform dedicated to supporting up-and-coming women in music, hosts a halloween concert with performances by female-fronted bands mrs. smith, ruby the hatchet, monte, fern mayo, clever girls, and the values. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

10/30 7pm: ice balloons, shana falana, and feral scouts play trans-pecos (ridgewood). $10. >>

10/30 7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by justin long (dodgeball), the gregory brothers (songify the news), murray hill (mr. showbiz), amir gollan (last comic standing), and victor varnado (comedy central). the slipper room (les), $10. >>

10/30 7:30pm: lgbtq comedians talk about queer sex at the queerotica comedy show, featuring rick crom (difficult people), alison grillo (last comic standing), jay jurden (the new yorker), bobby hankinson (kweendom), david goldberg (time out new york editor), and wanjiko eke. hosted by sam morrison. bonus: free chocolate tasting from haute chocolate. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $10 gift card required for admission. >>

🎃 10/30 7:30-10:30pm: spend the evening immersed in magic at the harry potter: a history of magic exhibition. drinks will be available for purchase. new-york historical society museum + library (uws), $35 general, $25 students. >>

10/30 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): jenny’s birthday variety show: comedian jenny gorelick (improv everywhere’s subway sweet sixteen video) throws herself a birthday party and variety show with best friend addie weyrich (adult swim) every month, and tonight’s ‘murder mystery’-themed shindig of a show includes john trowbridge (ifc), eudora peterson (splitsider), eric feurer (collegehumor), larry owens (trutv), and many more. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

🎃 10/30 8pm: put your horror movie trivia to the test at syndicated (bushwick). free. >>

🎃 10/30 8pm: go cover band crazy with bands performing the catalogues of gary numan, x, the go-go’s, razorhead, and mazzy star. alphaville (bushwick), free. >>

🎃 10/30 8pm doors, 8pm show: the annual sally can’t dance halloween party and tribute to the cramps features more than 15 musicians, djs jonathan toubin + howie pyro, and host michael t. the bowery electric (east village), $20. >>

10/30 8:30pm: just come!, a new comedy show from pamela ross and kendall farrell, makes its debut with performances by liza treyger (comedy central), shane torres (conan), carmen lagala (colbert), casey james salengo (kimmel), marie faustin (mtv), and kevin yee (2 dope queens), plus musical accompaniment by sami schwaeber. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

10/30 8:30pm (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + hot toddy show, this week including performances by hari kondabolu (conan), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), caitlin peluffo (colbert), eric dittelman (nbc), and tony zaret (the meme team). hosted by dan licata (adult swim) and joe pera (seth meyers). free. >>

10/30 9pm: femme and non-binary-focused literary magazine hysterical launches its first issue with a literary zombie (un)death match, where a computer will create short works in the style of literary greats that will then pitted against each other. the footlight (ridgewood), free admission. >>

🎃 10/30 9:30pm: improv team straight to video will create a cliché-ridden, improvised horror movie based on audience suggestions at the tank (midtown west). $7. >>

🎃 10/30 9pm: women-run collective xoxa hosts house of senses: resurrection, a multi-sensory dance party with an interactive senses garden installation. house of yes (bushwick), $25. >>

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