around town today

thru 11/11: the annual new york comedy festival celebrates 15 years of laughs with more than 100 shows across the city. some skint-priced picks for today include all female reboot at the pit, osfug at knitting factory, the color urkel at the pit, and white chocolate at union hall; tomorrow: in a world: the dating show at the pit, regular comedy at murmrr ballroom, and stand by your band at union hall. >>

thru 11/12: nitehawk cinema’s annual shorts festival, this year featuring 50% of the 60 films created by women-identifying directors, brings six days of screenings, classes, special events and parties to brooklyn. nitehawk cinemas (williamsburg), free-$16. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: on the eve of the midterm elections, fivethirtyeight senior political writer clare malone and author john sides (identity crisis: the 2016 presidential election and the battle for the meaning of america) will discuss elections in the age of trump. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

6:30pm (weekly): activist and writer angela davis discusses politics and aesthetics in the era of black lives matter at tonight’s installment of the weekly skirball talks series at nyu skirball center (greenwich village). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: pop music breakdown: songwriter and multi-instrumentalist scott greenberg shares an analysis of radiohead’s ‘paranoid android’ in a talk at brooklyn brainery (park slope). $12. >>

6:30pm: bloomingdale’s unveils their holiday windows with performances by dr. seuss’ the grinch co-stars kenan thompson and cameron seely, electronic violinist lindsey stirling, and carolers. >>

6:30-9pm: prospective students can explore the offerings of nearly 200 schools at the annual nacac performing and visual arts college fair. jacob k. javits convention center (midtown west), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: al gore (played by comedian and biochemist rollie williams) takes on the policy, science, and issues behind climate change at an inconvenient talk show, a comedy talk show featuring climate journalist arielle duhaime-ross and a lineup of comedians. caveat (les), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $10 adv, $12 door). >>

7pm: comedians will reminisce on some of their most cringeworthy moments using powerpoints, photos, and old facebook statuses at the nostalgia! comedy storytelling show. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: a star is born: live: singers, dancers, comedians, and queens pay tribute to the movie that’s driving them gaga at  club cumming (east village). free. >>

7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): shotz: six groups of actors, writers, and directors present new 10-minute plays that must incorporate three conditions related to a theme. the gray mare (7pm) and the kraine theater (8:30pm), $13-15 admission includes a beer. >>

7:30pm: what really motivates voters: award-winning journalist and writer farai chideya gives an explainer before the 2018 midterms. brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights). free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm (monthly): astronaut scott kelly shares photographs from his book infinite wonder, which include images of earth taken from 250 miles above, at tonight’s frontiers lecture at the american museum of natural history’s hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 students, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm (monthly): nat towsen’s downtown variety hour features performers, music, a downtown history segment, and trivia with prizes from two boots pizza and comic book/toy store forbidden planet. tonight’s show includes jess salomon (ifc), fred van lente (marvel comics), manolo moreno (dr. gameshow), country music comedy duo reformed whores, and nyc trivia with jamela zarha williams (nowthis). ucb (east village), $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins, returns with guests laurie kilmartin (conan), patti harrison (fallon), kyle ayers (roast battle), martha kelly(@midnight), anthony devito (comedy central), and kenice mobley (siriusxm). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts readings by jeanne mcculloch (the paris review), henry alford (the new yorker), danielle sepulveres (the washington post), wendy lu (the new york times), and dante fuoco (transplant). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (monthly): queer writers and performers ‘out’ the films that helped them define themselves at the queer film theory 101 show. hosted by veronica garza and sarah kennedy. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

8pm (bi weekly): joe rumrill hosts the powerhouse comedy show, a new stand-uppish evening featuring janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), brad howe (adult swim), and more. tilt (bushwick), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by doug smith (conan), julia shiplett (crashing), ryan donahue (kimmel), andrew coalson (ucb), clark jones (comedy at the knit), and janet hyde. 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): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from jess salomon, raghav mehta, quan wiggins, heather marulli, and conor delehanty. hosted by ben wassermanr. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring scott rogowsky (hq trivia), clare o’kane (spongebob squarepants), matt koff (the daily show), matthew strickland (mtv), and nellie mckay. hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

our next event!

We’re here to save you from Another Lonely Princemas.

An all-Prince party. All Prince. All night.

DJ Steve Reynolds (Party Like It’s 1999) will spin all of the hits, deep cuts, remixes, rarities, songs written for other artists, and more from Prince’s 35+ year career.

We gotta rock this mother.
Shock-a-lock-a boom.

the skint presents:
Housequake: Prince Party

Saturday, December 15 at 10pm
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Facebook event page:

coming up

sponsored: the puntastically named grin and barrett comedy, a free monthly comedy show with liz barrett, is celebrating its 60th show this thursday, 11/8. the line up is full of powerhouse women including carmen lynch (colbert), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), emmy blotnick (comedy central), and krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked). the vibe is fun, and there are raffles. reserve your seat today! >>

11/6 vote! then watch the returns at viewing events held at:
housing works >>
brooklyn bazaar >>
nowadays >>
parklife >>
pete’s candy store >>
the bell house >>
q.e.d. >>

11/6: junior’s celebrates 68 years with 68¢ cheesecake slices with purchase of lunch or a dinner entrée, $9.50-19.50 whole cheesecakes at the bakery, and $9.50 off online. >>

11/6-10: youngblood playwrights collective presents ’asking for trouble’, a 10-minute play festival showcasing 24 new plays over four nights. ensemble studio theatre (midtown west), $12. >>

10/6 10am-8pm (+ 10/10-12, 10/17): shop bargains on original art, clothing, books, electronics, housewares, and collectibles at the westbeth artists housing and center for the arts flea market (west village). >>

11/6 6pm: eight restaurants bring out their best balls for the third annual movember ball meatball competition. refinery rooftop (midtown west), $25 admission benefits the movember foundation >>

11/6 6:30pm: women’s studies quarterly celebrates the launch of its protest issue with readings by editors and contributors, followed by a zine-making party. interference archive (park slope), free admission. >>

11/6 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents five personal stories about the ocean and our coastal waters as told by a lineup of interesting science-y folks and storytellers at this month’s live show. hosted by tracy rowland and nisse greenberg. caveat (les), $12. >>

11/6 7pm (+ 11/7): tinder live host and former sex + relationships editor for cosmopolitan lane moore launches her new book, how to be alone: if you want to, and even if you don’t, with release events at q.e.d. in astoria (tues, with selena coppock and katie compa, free) and strand books in greenwich village (weds, with hq’s scott rogowsky, $15-16).

11/6 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): let your word nerd flag fly at the raucous punderdome 3000 pun competition, where you can compete or just cheer on your favorites. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

11/6 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): stand up set lengths follow the fibonacci sequence (5, 8, 13, and 21 minutes) at the golden spiral comedy show, hosted by katie compa and mindy raf and including guests shane torres (conan), lakendra tookes (snl), liz miele (gotham live), and drae campbell (tell). dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

11/6 8pm: fishbone and living color play a concert at brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), with free admission for the first 200 attendees to show social media proof of voting (see listing for specifics). reg $25. >>

11/6 8:30pm: just come!, a new comedy show from pamela ross and kendall farrell, continues with performances by kate willett (comedy central), andy sandford (conan), khalid rahmaan (conan), chanel ali (mtv) and sam evans, plus musical accompaniment by sami schwaeber. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

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