around town today

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 dear evan hansen, frozen, and the illusionist. the second floor of the shops at columbus circle (uws), free. >>

6pm: how did big data become such a big part of who we are, and how can we resist that? university of oregon professor colin koopman addresses these questions in a conversation about his book, how we became our data: a genealogy of the informational person, with authors and professors dan bouk (how our days became numbered), lisa gitelman (paper knowledge), dennis yi tenen (plain text), and natasha schüll (addiction by design). nyu’s institute for public knowledge (noho/east village), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: a panel of nyu faculty explores the questions of inequality, bias and education brought up in tara westover’s memoir, educated, at tonight’s installment of the skirball talks series. nyu skirball (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): learn about the history and science behind classic thanksgiving pies at a talk hosted by the masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.). a pie-eating contest will follow. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm: the saks fifth avenue holiday windows, inspired by frozen 2, will be unveiled tonight with a light show and musical performance by idina menzel accompanied by a 50-person choir. free. >>

7pm: nicole yun, colatura, desert sharks, and queue play baby’s all right. $12. >>

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 harrison greenbaum (conan), devon walker (comedy central), and aminah imani (viceland). 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 (monthly): village east cinema hosts a series of classics presented on 35mm film. tonight: splendor in the grass (1961). $15. >>

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 ayo edebiri (sunnyside), langston kerman (the new negroes), julia shiplett (comedy central), j.p. mcdade, wanjiko eke, and franqi french. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm: all the rice moves: blurring fermentation’s borders: brooklyn brewery brewmaster garrett oliver, brooklyn kura head brewer brandon doughan, and drink better beer author joshua m. bernstein have a ‘spirited’ discussion on the boundaries between some of our favorite beverages. brooklyn brewery (williamsburg), $7 admission includes a beer. >>

8pm: (weekly): the savage comedy show is back, in a cozy new home at german restaurant + bar black forest (cobble hill). tonight’s lineup includes josh gondelman (desus + mero), julia shiplett (comedy central), kenice mobley (nbc), ryan donahue (kimmel), claudia cogan (last comic standing), and napoleon emill. hosted by hoff matthews, lizzie martinez, and melissa rocha. bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. free admission. >>

9pm (monthly): at stephen ruddy’s gravid water show, actors perform scenes from classic and contemporary plays, but with a catch: their scene partners are improvisors with no prior knowledge of the scenes. tonight’s guests include michael shannon (boardwalk empire), scott adsit (30 rock), becky drysdale (key + peele), jon glaser (girls), cristin milioti (how i met your mother), and more. ucbt hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

9pm: (monthly): the queers n peers benefit variety show presents lgbtq+ and allied performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight’s show features comedy by charlie bardey + jill sermonte, burlesque by daisy desnuda + juno stardust, and music by josé rivera + gabby borges. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5-10 suggested donation benefits indgienous environmental network + missing and murdered indigenous women usa. >>

9pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (netflix) hosts myq kaplan and friends, with benefits, an evening of stand-up with a portion of proceeds going to a different charity each month. tonight’s performers include carolyn riley, carolyn castiglia, carolyn busa, and more (maybe also named carolyn?). q.e.d. (astoria), $8 admission benefits friends with four paws. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: eight comedians and an audience member compete to win the heart of a ‘celebrity single’ through rounds of q+a and with the help of a relationship expert at first impressions: a live 90s dating game show. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

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

coming up

11/26 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 12/10): experience live music up close at columbia university school of the arts’s pop-up concert series, where the audience is invited to grab a free drink and sit onstage with the performers. tonight: new-music chamber ensemble tak. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

11/26 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): funny writers share the funny things they’ve written at an evening of humorous readings, featuring delmonte bent (flexx), jen spyra (colbert), and kate villa (mcsweeney’s). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

11/26 7pm (monthly): take a tour through our solar ‘neighborhood,’ and visit local hangouts like europa and saturn, at tonight’s edition of the hayden planetarium’s ‘astronomy live.’ hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

11/26 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians carolyn castiglia and shalewa sharpe are laying it down for you at their madame x stand-up show, with performances by leclerc andre (fallon), myq kaplan (netflix>), april boddy, hannah boone, and molly ruben long. madame x (greenwich village), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

11/26 7:30pm: the carnegie hill concerts chamber players perform a program of works by composer and computer music researcher eric lyon at church of the advent hope (ues). free ($10-20 suggested donation). >>

11/26 7:30pm: afro-cuban jazz pianist and composer dayramir gonzalez performs selections from his new album, the grand concourse, at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

11/26 8pm (monthly): this month’s franklin park reading series installment, presented in collaboration with nine other reading series, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit literacy for incarcerated teens (lit). featured readers include téa obrecht (inland), bridgett davis (the world according to fannie davis), mychal denzel smith (stakes is high), leland cheuk (no good very bad asian), and more. bonus: a free-to-enter book raffle. franklin park (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation goes to lit). >>

11/26 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, brings the laughs to east williamsburg with performances by paris sashay (comedy central), jacob williams (colbert), michelle slonim (seth meyers), george civeris, chris moore, and ethan simmons-patterson. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

11/26 9pm doors, 9:15pm show: comedians dish on the ups and downs of living in nyc at the boyz in the woods stand-up comedy show, featuring doug smith (comedy central), khalid rahmaan (conan), alex english (bet), derek humphrey, and nataly aukar. hosted by tawanda gona, gabe pereira, and nick chambers. bonus: answering trivia questions correctly could score you a free drink. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

ticket deals

sponsored: christmas at lincoln center with manhattan chorale + chamber orchestra: celebrate the season on friday evening, 12/6, with a festive program including works from the 1500s to today, audience caroling, seasonal narration, and more. just $7 plus ticket fees with promo code ‘exl7’ (regularly priced at $85!). >>

get tickets to see darlene love: love for the holidays at sony hall 11/29 + 12/2 for $26.25-39 (plus ticket fees, reg. $52.50). >>

get tickets to the schlep sisters’ annual menorah horah at le poisson rouge 12/22 for $10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

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