around town today

thru 11/14: the nyc basque film festival features four nightly screenings of contemporary basque-language films, including two documentaries, a drama, and a comedy. village east cinema, free (rsvp). >>

5pm (weekly thru 12/9): stars shine bright at the shops at columbus circle this holiday season with the return of the annual broadway under the stars, an event series featuring live performances from broadway shows. tonight’s opening includes selections from waitress, chicago, oklahoma!, and the lightning thief. the second floor of the shops at columbus circle (uws), free. >>

6pm: nyu’s institute for public knowledge hosts a conversation about student debt, meritocracy, and inequality among young americans with authors and professors daniel markovits (the meritocracy trap) and caitlin zaloom (indebted). nyu institute for public knowledge (noho/east village), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: filmmaker john sayles (matewan, the brother from another planet) will discuss the complexities of portraying class and work in movies at a film comment free talk held at the amphitheater at lincoln center’s elinor bunin munroe film center (uws). >>

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 matt koff (the daily show), matt richards (hq trivia), and alex dragicevich (easy). 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, celebrates its two-year anniversary with stand-up by todd barry (netflix), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), rob haze (fallon), jes tom (standup nbc), and james fritz. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm: have all your sportsball questions answered with flair at the sports for gays (and curious straights) show. tonight’s theme: soccer. hosted by cole steffensen. the pit striker stage (gramercy), $10. >>

8pm: hosts mike lasher and caitlin reese put a spin on stand-up at the new kismet comedy show of chances, where comedians must turn the ‘wheel of fate’ to find out what wacky modification—from changing their voices to competing in a dance off—they must add to their performances. chris gethard (the chris gethard show), emmy blotnick (colbert), jay jurden (fallon), and chloe hilliard (comedy central), will try their luck at tonight’s show. bonus: the first 60 rsvps get a free beer. knitting factory (williamsburg), free (rsvp). >>

sponsored: 8pm: manhattan concert productions opens its 2019-2020 season at carnegie hall with america the beautiful: a veterans day celebration, featuring the national festival chorus led by grammy-award winning guest conductor jerry blackstone. all seats are just $7 with promo code ‘tsk32189’ (up to a $110 value). >>

9pm: the lap dance saloon comedy show returns with laughs from jared goldstein (comedy central), khalid rahmaan (conan), paul elia (conan), liz miele (npr), pedro gonzalez (stand up nbc finalist), jessica saul, and kelly bachman. hosted by jill weiner and jeffrey emerson. bonus: free pizza. upstairs at 2a (east village), free admission. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>


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11/12-17: get your fill of film at these film fests and series:
• 11/12-17: nitehawk shorts festival. nitehawk cinemas (williamsburg), $18. >>
• 11/12-14: french cinema week. various locations and prices. >>
• 11/12-13: trans and non-binary film series. macaulay honors college (uws), free. >>

11/12 5pm: blind spots: confront our hidden biases at a screening, audience test, and panel discussion on robin hauser’s film, bias, with wsj science writer robert lee holtz , harvard psychology professor mahzarin banaji, and hauser. the nyu journalism institute (east village). free (rsvp). >>

11/12 6pm: this is what girlhood looks like: photo exhibition + book launch party: celebrate the release of this is 18, a new photography book from jessica bennett and the new york times that offers an inside look at the lives of two dozen young women around the world. starr foundation hall at the new school (greenwich village / union square), free. >>

11/12 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: the nyu school of law hosts a screening of making a killing: guns, greed, + the nra filmmaker robert greenwald’s new documentary, suppressed: the fight to vote, which explores voter suppression in the 2018 georgia midterm elections. a panel discussion with maya contreras (brewed in new york), perry grossman (nyclu), and margi trapani (cidny) follows. furman hall at nyu school of law (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

11/12 6:30pm: past earthquakes, present hazards: geophysicist susan hough describes the science around understanding past tremors and what they can teach us about present-day earthquake hazards. american museum of natural history (new york), $15 general public, ($13.50 students/seniors. >>

11/12 6:30-9pm: prospective students can explore the offerings of 150 schools at the annual nacac performing and visual arts college fair. jacob k. javits convention center (midtown west), free admission. >>

11/12 7pm: from singin’ in the rain to la la land, film historian jeanine basinger gives an in-depth look at hollywood musicals in a talk on her new illustrated book, the movie musical!, with author tom santopietro (the sound of music story). barnes + noble 86th + lexington (ues), free. >>

11/12 7pm (monthly thru 12/10): writers who are parents present their work at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s gathering explores ‘small towns usa’ with authors marie lee, jimin han, and keetje kuipers, followed by a moderated roundtable and audience discussion. bonus: free refreshments. lmhq (fidi), free. >>

11/12 7pm (+ 11/13): tcm big screen classics presents 45th anniversary screenings of francis ford coppola’s the godfather part two in select theaters. various prices. >>

11/12 7:30pm: on the fate of the earth: author and activist arundhati roy (the god of small things) joins journalist and activist naomi klein (this changes everything) for a discussion on life on earth on the brink of environmental crisis. the great hall at the cooper union (east village), free (rsvp required). >>

11/12 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): learn about brain development and its relationship to emotional behavior, stress, and well-being at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series, presented by neuroscientist nim tottenham. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

11/12 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: see comedian david cross (mr. show, arrested development) workshop new(ish) material for his next special. littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

sponsored: 11/12 8pm (+ 11/15-16): a pair of physically disabled artists who’ve found shared motivation present breaking + entering, an inclusive, collaborative new work by dancer/choreographer jerron herman and composer/musician molly joyce. a dance party follows each performance. danspace project (east village), $22. >>

11/12 8pm: maneka, lost boy?, sonny falls, and groupie play alphaville (bushwick). $8. >>

11/12 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, celebrates their first anniversary with performances by rachel feinstein (netflix), sam morril (comedy central), carmen lagala (conan), mia jackson  (last comic standing), alex english (bet), and feminist musical comedy duo free the mind (marcia belsky + isabel martin). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

11/12 8pm: sing responsibly at beer choir, a social singing event held in a bar. dive 106 (manhattan valley), free admission. >>

11/12 9pm (monthly): allison o’conor invites her comedy friends to perform at the we go way back stand-up show. tonight’s bffs include the lucas brothers (netflix), rachel pergram (national lampoon radio hour), courtney o’donnell, and dylan adler. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $7. >>

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