around town today

5pm (mondays thru 12/10): cast members from 15 broadway musicals will give free performances at the shops at columbus circle’s annual broadway under the stars series. tonight: beautiful, head over heels, the band visit, ruben and clay christmas show. the second floor mezzanine of time warner center (midtown west), free. >>

6:30pm: pop music breakdown: songwriter and multi-instrumentalist scott greenberg shares an analysis of queen’s ‘bohemian rhapsody’ in a talk at brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $10. >>

6:30pm (weekly): arts professor at nyu’s tisch school of the arts and author laurence maslon hosts a talk on his new book, broadway to main street: how show tunes enchanted america, with panelists ted chapin (rodgers + hammerstein organization) and record producers kurt deutsch (the book of mormon) and kurt deutsch (the book of mormon) at tonight’s installment of the weekly skirball talks series at nyu skirball center (greenwich village). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: tea: what is it? coffee: will it kill you? explore the secret lives of coffee and tea through some anecdotes on the history of two of our favorite beverages presented by masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.). caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm: transplaining advice columnist serena daniari presents a live edition of her series, where she’ll dive into trans issues and present trans stories with a panel of guests at housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free (rsvp). >>

7pm: brooklyn poetry slam: brooklyn slam poets gather for a night of words and wisdom, followed by an open mic. hosted by mahogany l. browne. brick house ballroom (fort greene), free. >>

7pm: the saks fifth avenue holiday windows and light show, created with broadway cares/equity fights aids, will be unveiled tonight with a performance by 100+ broadway dancers. can’t make it? the event will be live-streamed here. free. >>

7pm (+ 11/20): the paf festival brings two evenings of new audiovisual performances to pioneer works (red hook). free-$20. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): developmental biologist ruth lehmann explores the lives of cells and their role in reproduction at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins, returns with standup by beth stelling (netflix), ophira eisenberg (ask me another), mamoudou n’diaye (decoded), dan wilbur (mcsweeney’s), and malic white (bitchmedia). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm: the punderdome pun competition returns to the highline ballroom with its first-ever college and corporate challenge, featuring competitors from columbia, fordham, nyu, google, okcupid, and writers from the west wing. highline ballroom (chelsea), $15-20. >>

8pm (bi weekly): joe rumrill hosts a ‘macy’s thanksgiving parade auditions’ edition of the powerhouse comedy show, featuring clare o’kane, sarah hennessey, carmen christopher, maggie crane, nathan min, and fareeha khan. tilt (bushwick), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by samantha ruddy (colbert), mike drucker (the president show), boris khaykin (the opposition), katie boyle (transplants), justin herman (comedy central), and wendy steiner (refinery29). 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, moving to wednesdays starting 11/28): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from judah friedlander (30 rock), charlie vergos (the onion), jenn wehrung (bbc), tobin miller (baby shower comedy), and rebecca v. o’neal (easy). friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm: a lineup of musicians perform a tribute to joni mitchell at c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $10 adv, $13 door. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement variety show features performers emmy blotnick (conan), sam jay (snl), jacqueline novak (fallon), caitlin peluffo (colbert), and molly ruben-long (viceland). under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring janelle james (hbo), catherine cohen (difficult people), sharron paul (cheap date comedy), jen spyra (colbert), ben warheit (seth meyers), and marcus monroe (mtv). hosted by jess salomon. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

11/20 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 12/4): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the season continues tonight with flutist isabel lepanto gleicher. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

11/20 6:30-9pm: honor the lives of trans and gender nonconforming community members lost to oppression, stigma and violence at the annual transgender day of remembrance at the lgbt center (west village). free. >>

11/20 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring performers lauren ashley smith, eman el-husseini, katie hartman, and jordan kleine. hosted by sophie santos and jess salomon. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos >>

11/20 8pm (monthly): video sketch and improv group physically bold brings you a dose of comedy at their variety show, tonight featuring guests ayanna dookie, matt decaro, and josh nasser. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

11/20 8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by ramy youssef (colbert), gastor almonte (this is not happening), pranav behari (mad magazine), christiana jackson, and jaye mcbride. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

11/20 8:30pm (weekly): just come!, a new comedy show from pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by doug smith (conan), dina hashem (comedy central), samantha ruddy (colbert), tommy mcnamara (the onion), kenice mobley (laughs), and nick chambers (2 dope queens). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

ticket deals

get tickets to moscow ballet’s great russian nutcracker at kings theatre 12/8 for $30+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $61+). >>

get tickets to the brooklyn nutcracker at kings theatre 12/14 for $30+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $60+). >>

get tickets to paul winter’s 39th annual winter solstice celebration at the cathedral church of st. john the divine 12/20-22 for $19+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $38+). >>

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