around town today

various times: free outdoor movies:
beetlejuice, mccarren park (williamsburg/grenpoint) >>
monster house, owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>

5-11pm: the i imagine film festival, occurring just after the un general assembly, curates global stories about a range of social, environmental, and political issues that make a positive impact on the world. sva theater (chelsea), $10/screening, $20/pass. >>

7pm: lit site vol. 1 brooklyn presents a release event for d. foy’s patricide, featuring readings from foy, mira jacob, will chancellor, and elizabeth crane, followed by a discussion on the subject of parents and children in fiction. bookcourt (cobble hill), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by mary houlihan (difficult people), aparna nancherla (conan), richie tolway, patrick hastie, and tyler richardson. hosted by carolyn busa. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): astrophysicist priyamvada natarajan discusses mapping the universe using theories on dark matter and dark energy during tonight’s frontiers lecture at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 students, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (the daily show) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by emily heller (conan, seth meyers), seaton smith (seth meyers, inside amy schumer), marina franklin (last comic standing), joel kim booster (conan, billy on the street), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), rell battle (key and peele), and dj donwill. littlefield (gowanus), $$5 adv, $8 dos. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series includes readings by porochista khakpour (elle, harper’s), alex mar (witches of america), autumn whitefield-madrano (face value), and esther wang (buzzfeed). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (monthly): nat towsen’s downtown variety hour features performers, music, a downtown history segment, and trivia with prizes from two boots pizza and forbidden planet. this month’s show pairs up with new york comic con and includes fred van lente (the comic book history of comics), crystal skillman (king kirby), pete lepage (comic book club), and greg young (the bowery boys). bonus: free beer after the show. ucb (east village), $5. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (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 teen, ava luna, body language, frances rose, and more. $12. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: the ambient church concert series of exploratory music features pioneering space rock guitarist richard pinhas of heldon and experimental sound artist byron westbrook along with live video by victoria keddie. park church + co-op (greenpoint), $15. >>

8:30pm (monthly): at frank conniff’s cartoon dump, mst3k’s conniff hosts a fake kid’s variety/stand-up show as ‘moodsy,’ a clinically depressed owl. tonight’s guests: aparna nancherla, betsy carrol, sharon houston, and jeff kreisler. 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: the descent. free. >>

thru 10/9: nycc presents a week of events leading up to new york comic con, including live podcasts, gaming challenges, screenings, concerts, dance parties and more. tonight: we the heroes ball at rockbar ($7); tomorrow: fan feud at rockbar ($5). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

10/4 6pm: interdisciplinary artist dread scott discusses his work at the scool of visual arts (flatiron). free. >>

10/4 6:30pm: photographers discuss coney island’s transformation as seen through their cameras’ lenses in conjunction with the exhibit five cents to dreamland: a trip to coney island. new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $5 with promo code ‘skint5’ (reg. $10). >>

10/4 6:30pm: a panel of photojournalists discuss photographing politics: campaigns, protests, and demonstrations. international center of photography (nolita), free. >>

10/4 7pm: the chocolate room café founders naomi josepher and jon payson launch their new recipe book at bookcourt (cobble hill). fingers crossed for free tastings! free admission. >>

10/4 7pm: it’s brewing in brooklyn, and you can drink it at this panel discussion with local beer makers. beer tasting + food pairing to follow. bric (fort greene), free (rsvp). >>

10/4 7pm: nyt-bestselling writer caroline leavitt discusses her new novel cruel beautiful world with author rick moody (the ice storm, hotels of north america). the center for fiction (midtown east), free (rsvp). >>

10/4 7pm: are trump, sanders, and brexit all signs of ideological crises to come? talking points memo editor-at-large john b. judis discusses how the great recession transformed american and european politics with his new book, the populist explosion. mcnally jackson (nolita), free (rsvp). >>

10/4 7pm: comedian phoebe robinson (blaria, ‘2 dope queens’) launches her book you can’t touch my hair: and other things i still have to explain with the daily show’s hasan minhaj. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

10/4 7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and guest michaela murphy (the moth, the liar show) at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

10/4 7pm (weekly thru 11/1): the stranger than fiction documentary series puts the spotlight on jonathan demme this season, continuing tonight with swimming to cambodia and demme q+a to follow. ifc center (west village), $17. >>

10/4 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): at the take two storytelling show, guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things turn out differently. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed stuy), $5 suggested admission. >>

10/4 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): show off your cleverness or cheer/cringe at your favorite plays on words at the punderdome 3000 pun competition. hosted by jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

10/4 7:30pm: the poetry society of america presents readings from the collected poems of marie ponsot, including rosemary deen, edward hirsch, sapphire, jackson taylor, lb thompson, and cynthia zarin. st. joseph’s college (clinton hill), free (rsvp required). >>

10/4 7:30pm: the legacy show, hosted by michael ian cedar, aims to inspire with first-hand stories from people who made change using their positive attitude. this month’s show features jordan matter (dancers among us), tammy tibbetts (founder/ceo of ‘she’s the first’), and sandi marx (seven-time moth storytelling champion). the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $5 admission benefits she’s the first. >>

10/4 7:30pm: friends of mozart opens the season with an all-mozart program of sonatas for piano and violin performed on period instruments. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

10/4 8pm doors, 9pm show: belle mare, wilsen, and keenan o’meara play rough trade (williamsburg). $12. >>

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