around town today

thru 12/24 (closed thanksgiving): the annual grand central holiday fair returns with 40 vendors selling american-made and handmade artwork, toys, clothing, accessories, and home goods. vanderbilt hall at grand central terminal (midtown east), free admission. >>

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 program includes selections from come from away and rock of ages. the second floor of the shops at columbus circle (uws), free. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 1/1/2020): the flatiron/23rd street partnership unveils its holiday installation, ziggy by hou de sousa, with live music, hot chocolate, small bites, and a chance to win prizes from area businesses. >>

6-9pm: learn how to fix a hole in your favorite sweater, replace a lost button on your winter coat, or upcycle a worn-out pair of jeans at keeping it together: mending monday, a drop-in mending workshop at fifth hammer brewing company (lic). free admission. >>

6-10pm: new york’s top female-identifying mixologists go head to head at the annual speed rack bartending competition, a speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer education, prevention and research. melrose ballroom (astoria), $25 adv, $30 door admission includes cocktail and food samples. >>

6:30pm: novelist and cultural critic darryl pinckney discusses his new book, busted in new york, an anthology of essays chronicling the lineage of black intellectual history and offering context for the current racial divide. with pulitzer prize-winning critic margo jefferson (negroland: a memoir). wachenheim trustees room at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free admission (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: masnyc concludes its 2019 ‘closer look’ series with a panel discussion on the rights of artists who create non-commissioned works in the public and private realm (5pointz, fearless girl, etc.). municipal art society office (midtown east), $10. >>

6:30pm (reception begins at 6:15pm): in a talk based on his new book, everybody’s doin’ it: sex, music and dance in victorian new york, musicologist and author dale cockrell ventures into the basement dives, brothels, and saloons of victorian-era new york from five points to harlem. west side ymca (uws), $10 at the door. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): storytellers share anecdotes about their relationship to food at tonight’s thirst storytelling show, where the last half hour is reserved for audience members to share their own. freehand hotel (gramercy/kips bay), free admission. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: (monthly): the music mondays ensemble concert series at advent lutheran church (uws) continues its 17th season with the brass project, an all-brass sextet, performing a program of bach, english renaissance music, and more. a free wine reception follows. free admission. >>

7pm: being in your body: authors virginia sole-smith (the eating instinct: food culture, body image, and guilt in america), caroline dooner (the f*ck it diet), and fariha róisín (being in your body: a journal for self-love and body positivity) explore the rise of the anti-diet movement, and how to push back against the misogyny of ‘wellness’ culture. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm: authors and nyu creative writing faculty members jeffrey eugenides, jonathan safran foer, terrance hayes, yusef komunyakaa, nick laird, sharon olds, and zadie smith will read from their recent works of poetry and prose at tonight’s packed installment of the skirball talks series. nyu skirball (greenwich village), free.  >>

7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and guests 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). >>

7-10pm: brooklyn brewery’s tap room gets overrun by furry friends for the puppies ‘n’ pints dog adoption event. brooklyn brewery (williamsburg), $10 admission supports true north rescue, and includes a beer and raffle ticket. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: test your knowledge of the world’s most unusual places at atlas obscura trivia night, a night of trivia celebrating the release of atlas obscura, 2nd edition: an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders. hosted by authors joshua foer, dylan thuras, and ella morton, who’ll regale you with stories of their adventures to unique and bizarre locations. the bell house (gowanus), $10 admission. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): star f*ckers, a comedy show about astrology, returns with a lineup of comedians born under the current zodiac. tonight’s all-scorpio show is hosted by melissa stokoski, karolena theresa, brian bahe, and lizzie martinez. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

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 joe list (netflix), david drake (siriusxm), and mary beth barone (comedy central). 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, returns with stand-up by chris gethard (the chris gethard show), liza treyger (comedy central), christi chiello (roast battle), glenn moore (bbc), and rohan padhye (airplane mode comedy). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): cozy up for an evening of stand-up in a ‘70s-styled basement bar at the flower shop comedy show. hosted by reggie conquest, kevin ryan, and h. foley, with guests petey deabreu (comedy central), rosebud baker (comedy central), gary vider (colbert), and michael nguyen (asian, not asian). the flower shop (les), $5 adv, $10 door. >>

9pm: the lap dance saloon comedy show celebrates its 200th show with stand-up by caitlin peluffo (colbert), martin urbano (kimmel), menuhin hart (comedy central), mary cella (the new yorker), pedro salinas (laughs), andrea allan (forbes), and connor creagan (wikifreakz). hosted by jill weiner and jeffrey emerson. bonus: free pizza. upstairs at 2a (east village), free admission. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement music and comedy show features performers melissa villaseñor (snl), rachel feinstein (crashing), joe list (conan), and martin urbano (kimmel). under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

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

coming up

11/19-21: the annual bowery film festival returns with three days of programming at teatro latea and wild project. $15. >>

11/19 10am-4pm (thru 11/21): shop notebooks, travel accessories, and more at another moleskine sample sale, held at the company’s chelsea showroom. credit cards only. >>

11/19 6pm: writer, youtuber, and lgbtq+ advocate jackson bird presents his new memoir, sorted: growing up, coming out, and finding my place, which traces his journey from growing up gender confused in texas to living openly and happily as a transgender man. jefferson market library (greenwich village), free admission. >>

11/19 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): guests and listeners compete in puzzles, word games, and trivia at a live taping of npr’s ask me another, hosted by ophira eisenberg and jonathan coulton. tonight’s guest: grammy-nominated r+b artist luke james. the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

11/19 7pm: finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature, and translated literature will read from their honored titles at the 2019 national book awards reading, hosted by josh gondelman and maris kreizman. the new school’s tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), $10. >>

11/19 7pm (tuesdays thru 12/17): get in the holiday spirit with screenings of gremlins, elf, national lampoon’s christmas vacation, the polar express, and a christmas story at cinépolis chelsea. $10. >>

11/19 7:30pm: national book award winner jacqueline woodson (brown girl dreaming) will discuss and sign copies of her new novel, red at the bone, with well-read black girl founder glory edim at brooklyn public library’s central branch (prospect heights). free admission (books will be available for purchase). >>

11/19 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: think + drink different presents the dark side of love: breaking up is hard to do, a talk by relationship coach and psychology teacher dr. marisa t. cohen that will cover basic human needs, the components of love, the causes of breakups, and how to protect romantic and platonic relationships. subject cocktail bar (les). $15 adv, $18 door. >>

11/19 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the abortion access front (fka lady parts justice league) presents the feminist buzzkills of comedy, a social justice stand-up show followed by a conversation about the organization’s work and the status of reproductive rights. featuring pedro gonzalez (colbert), leah bonnema (colbert), rachel sennott (high maintenance), and casey balsham (not another true crime podcast). hosted by lizz winstead (the daily show co-creator). union hall (park slope), $10. >>

11/19 8pm (monhtly): don your best flannel and test your knowledge at young ethel’s new super phat 90s trivia night. young ethel’s (south park slope), free. >>

11/19 8pm: ben wasserman gives himself a tattoo while doing crowd work: yes, at this solo variety show, comedian ben wasserman will go through great pains while giving himself an audience-inspired stick and poke tattoo live onstage. friends and lovers (crown heights), free admission. >>

11/19 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): the wild things comedy show is back with stand-up by ricky velez (netflix), jay jurden (fallon), chloé hilliard (comedy central), andy sandford (james corden), and adam friedland. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

11/19 8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns for a special thanksgiving-themed show with guests colin quinn (red state blue state,), seaton smith (comedy central), avital ash (7p/10e), and improv songstress rebecca vigil. chelsea music hall (chelsea), $13 adv, $15 door. >>

11/19 8:30pm: shane torres (colbert), tom thakkar (conan), phoebe bottoms (adult swim), and caitlin cook host the good god comedy variety show, with guests todd barry (netflix), roy wood, jr. (the daily show), emmy blotnick (colbert), stavros halkias (comedy central), and jay + eytan. the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick), $12. >>

11/19 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, brings the laughs to east williamsburg with performances by leclerc andre (fallon), gavin matts (comedy central), charles mcbee (laughs), chloe radcliffe (tbs ‘comics to watch’), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), and david tveite (last comic standing). the graham  (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

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