around town today

10am-10pm (thru 10/16): union square’s alabaster bookshop celebrates its 20th anniversary with 20% off all books, including rare ones. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): the pop-up concert series at columbia university miller theatre continues the season with the curtis 20/21 ensemble performing original chamber works. bonus: free drinks. free admission. >>

6pm: learn about the history of gin, from medicinal cure-all, to mothers’ ruin, and modern local distilleries. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $10. >>

6:30pm: forestry expert peter wohlleben discusses his book the hidden life of trees: what they feel, how they communicate – discoveries from a secret world with ecologist richard karban. deutsches haus at nyu (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: hear stories about things you’d never thought to say out loud at the taboo tales show, where audience members are also invited to submit their most taboo secrets. tonight’s storytellers include tony carnevale, kent koren, william shunn, allison guerra, bobby hankinson, and karen fratti. the pit (flatiron), $10 adv, $13 door. >>

7pm: rsvp to attend a free screening of christine, starring rebecca hall, at videology (williamsburg). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by emily galati (conan), yedoye travis (coming to the stage), perri gross (reductress), sam evans, nasser khan, and vince caldera. hosted by carolyn busa. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm: rothtoberfest: greenpoint’s the diamond celebrates van halen frontman david lee roth’s birthday with free sausage sandwiches, $4 beer, and roth-era van halen on the jukebox all night. bonus: wear a vh tee, get a free beer. free admission. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the night shift theater’s drunken shakespeare = shakespeare readings, karaoke-style, in a bar. bar nine (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (the daily show) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by hari kondabolu (conan), theo von (@midnight, inside amy schumer), joe zimmerman (ferguson), jak knight (adam devine’s house party), mike brown, julia claire, and dj donwill. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): the franklin park reading series gets spooky with tales of hauntings from fiction writers matt bell (a tree or a person or a wall), okey ndibe (never look an american in the eye), d foy (patricide), zetta elliott (the door at the crossroads), stephen o’connor ( thomas jefferson dreams of sally hemmings), and jen michalski (the summer she was under water). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by daniel simonson (bbc), marcia belsky (reductress), matt wayne (adam devine’s house party), and wanjiko eke, plus a guest lecture from mike nguyen on how to do something useless. hosted by joel walkowski. fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (weekly thru 10/24): local female musicians of differing genres collaborate for the first time for ‘the hum’ performance series at greenpoint’s manhattan inn. tonight’s show includes members of iris lune, arthur moon, space captain, gabi, yumi zouma, and more. $12. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the sh*t lit comedy show and bad writing contest celebrates the worst of the worst submitted poems, short stories, screenplays, and essays. tonight’s guests: rell battle (adam devine’s house party), charles gould (comedy central), julia johns (girl code), and meghan o’neill (animals). hosted by lizzie martinez and tim racine. optional: bring your own awful 150-word submission to read for a chance to win 10 bucks. bunga’s den (chelsea), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome, comedy central) hosts an evening of stand up with guests aparna nancherla (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), josh gondelman (last week tonight), jasmine pierce (someecards), charlie pickering (the weekly), and beatboxer shockwave. q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

9pm (mondays thru 10/31): head to williamsburg’s the gutter for monday night horror movies all month long. tonight: trick ‘r treat. free. >>

10:30pm: thank you for coming out: hear coming out stories, followed by musical or non-musical improv, in honor of national coming out today. magnet theater (chelsea/midtown west), $7 admission benefits human rights campaign. >>

10:30pm (weekly): the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up sci-fi movies with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: dr. strangelove, or: how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

10/11 12-2pm: dictate a postcard to the presidential candidates, written on a vintage typewriter by performance artist sheryl oring for her ongoing project ‘i wish to say.’ madison square park’s southern fountain, free >>

10/11 5:30pm: pop culture writer jennifer keishin armstrong presents her book, seinfeldia: how a show about nothing changed everything at nypl muhlenberg library (chelsea). free. >>

10/11 6pm: politics and prose: a panel of literary magazine editors and publishers addresses the difficulties and benefits of politically engaged writing. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building, free. >>

10/11 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event continues with jenny rubin (new york times), jennifer demeritt (bust magazine), jen glick (tell all your friends), jennifer mcclelland-smith (risk!). hosted by michele carlo. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

10/11 6-8:30pm: participating tompkins avenue businesses offer food, drink, and fashion specials for feast bed-stuy. pay-as-you-go. >>

10/11 6-9:30pm: park slope’s union hall celebrates its 10th anniversary with a week of special programming, including a bocce pitch tournament with a $300 cash prize and music by hungry march band tonight. free admission. >>

10/11 6:30pm: singers dionne warwick and melba moore discuss their careers at the apollo theater (harlem). free (rsvp). >>

10/11 7pm: absinthe: divine spirit or sinful fiend? author kellfire bray illuminates us with an illustrated lecture. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $8. >>

10/11 7pm: author and university of east london cultural studies professor tim lawrence discusses his book on nyc’s party scene in the early 80s, life and death on the new york dance floor, 1980-83. rough trade (williamsburg), free. >>

10/11 7pm: sexology on tap brings stories of sex and death from journalist christine colby and anthropologist jacklyn lacey. the way station (prospect heights), $5 suggested donation. >>

10/11 7pm (monthly): watch symphony of the soil, a documentary exploring the complexity and mystery of soil. part of the good food documentaries series at the park slope food coop. free. >>

10/11 7pm (thru 10/15): the second installment of the bric jazzfest showcases 50+ musicians, from new artists to masters. bric house (fort greene), free-$30. >>

10/11 7pm (thru 10/15): the 10th annual honk nyc! festival brings 21 brass bands to a dozen venues, parks, gardens, and schools. free-$20. >>

10/11 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the society for the advancement of social studies (s.a.s.s.) gets ready for halloween with spooky lectures on superstitions, human fear, and evil art lover herman göring. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

10/11 7:30pm (monthly): hosts evan forde barden and patrick cartelli interview a guest about an important song from their life at repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: matt rogers (comedians in cars getting coffee) and singer/songwriter katie buchanan. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

10/11 8pm (monthly): hear pieces from writers annie dewitt (white nights in split town city), tobias carroll (reel), and belinda mckeon (tender) at the lic reading series. lic bar, free. >>

10/11 8pm (weekly): there’ll be free pizza at the amazingtown comedy show. tonight’s guests: alignon mitra (the daily show), melissa rocha, jp mcdade, goran vucinic, and more. hosted by tim duffy (comedy central), lukas kaiser (chappelle’s show), sue smith (best week ever) and john szeluga (impractical jokers). bunga’s den (chelsea), free. >>

10/11 9pm (monthly): whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

10/11 9:30pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. this month’s guests: victor varnado (conan), brendan eyre (the rad dudecast), clark jones (comedy at the knitting factory), matt wayne (adam devine’s house party), and julia johns (girl code). hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $5. >>

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