around town today

thru 12/9: more than 50 vendors set up shop at the holiday handmade cavalcade pop-up at chelsea market. >>

4pm: the first 300 150 people who visit the swarovski holiday bus near rockefeller center will get a wristband for free ice skating (6-8pm) and a meet-and-greet with @weworewhat’s danielle bernstein. >>

9am-5pm (weekdays thru 12/21): take a ride on holiday vintage buses from the 1950s and 60s, which will run along the m42 route (normal fare applies). get motion sickness? a few parked buses will be available to board and explore at union square and herald square as well. >>

4pm: alan rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the guardian, discusses his new memoir breaking news: the remaking of journalism and why it matters now, with washington post media columnist margaret sullivan. newmark graduate school of journalism at cuny (midtown west), free. >>

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: the prom and dear evan hansen. the second floor mezzanine of time warner center (midtown west), free. >>

5-7pm: sip free hot chocolate while enjoying performances by belle musique choir, oneup, and dj c. devone at the seaport district’s holiday block party and christmas tree lighting. free. >>

5:30pm: gramercy park opens its gates for brotherhood synagogue’s annual menorah lighting and singing. free. >>

6pm: if you can’t vote, then you can’t be free: leah aden, deputy director of litigation at the naacp legal defense + educational fund, gives a talk on the ongoing attempts to restrict the voting rights of black, latinx, native american, and asian american communities. the new school (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

6pm: rock-and-roll woman: the 50 fiercest female rockers author meredeith ochs will be in conversation with lincoln center director of public programming jill sternheimer for a book release event at rizzoli bookstore (flatiron). a wine and cheese reception will follow. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: argus quartet performs new music by cerrone, hearne, and seo at metropolis ensemble loft (les). $15 general, $10 students. >>

7:30pm (monthly): nasa scientist harold c. connolly, jr. shares a dispatch from ongoing asteroid probe missions 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 janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer) and adira amram (hot jams for teams). ucb (east village), $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins, returns with standup by byron bowers (the eric andre show), jes tom (reductress), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), casey belsham (gotham comedy live), carmen christopher (the chris gethard show), and chike robinson. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts readings by lane moore (how to be alone), paula mejía (rolling stone), alice robb (new york), bani amor (teen vogue), and robyn kanner (the atlantic). 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 (+ 12/20): disney princesses become feminists and turn the patriarchal stories on their heads at the femme fairy tales all-female comedy sketch show. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

8pm (biweekly): joe rumrill hosts the powerhouse comedy show, featuring standup by emmy blotnick (comedy central), kenice mobley (laughs), eliza hurwitz (ifc), j. cory snearowski, bardia salimi, and tommy mcnamara. tilt (bushwick), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by katie hannigan (colbert), ben wasserman (vice), kelsey caine (the new york times), dan perlman (mtv), and pooja reddy. 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: singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist vera sola performs songs from her debut album shades at rough trade (williamsburg). a signing follows. free admission. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring jacqueline novak (fallon), calise hawkins (adult swim), karen chee (the new yorker), aaron kominos-smith (mtv), and brendan gay (trutv). hosted by jess salomon. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

12/4-2/28 (tues-fri 10am-4:30pm): free weekday admission returns to the brooklyn botanic garden for the winter season. >>

12/4 all day: enjoy a free cookie, courtesy of insomnia cookies at all locations in honor of national cookie day. >>

12/4 12pm: political scientist dr. sayu bhojwani shares stories of americans from all walks of life who are running and winning elections her new book, people like us: the need for greater diversity in government. a light lunch will be provided. nyu school of law (west village), free. >>

12/4 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (ends today): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the season concludes tonight with quartet yarn/wire. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

12/4 6pm: the bryant park tree lighting skate-tacular features fireworks and an original christmas tale read by host alan cumming and performed on ice by olympic skaters including johnny weir, kaetlyn osmond, and others. winter village at bryant park (midtown west), free admission. >>

12/4 7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and  carla katz 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). >>

12/4 7pm (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring sean donnelly (conan), rob haze (fallon), carmen lagala (colbert), jp mcdade (trutv), and sarah tollemache (colbert). coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

12/4 7pm: to laugh is human. the divine comedy show closes out the year with guests carmen lynch (colbert), leclerc andre (fallon), maria wojciechowski (the new yorker), jim tews, tyler rothrock, rohan padhye, and host dan fitzpatrick. dtut (ues), free. >>

12/4 7pm: celebrate the season a traditional airing of grievances, feats of strength, and 90s sitcom references at the bbq films festivus party. arlene’s grocery (les), $15. >>

12/4 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. >>

12/4 7:30pm (monthly): pawsy vibes only: comedian and local cat lady gemma smith hosts catbaret, a variety show with a new theme each month (but cat-related acts are always welcome). this month’s theme: ‘meowy christmas + happy hanukkats’ bonus: free cat ears! q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

12/4 7:30pm doors, 8pm 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 (holiday special edition), a comedy talk show featuring a lineup of comedians and climate climate scientists sonali mcdermid, alicia perez-porro and david kanter. knitting factory (williamsburg), $10 adv,$15 door. >>

12/4 7:30pm (bimonthly): friends of mozart continues the season with a program of works by mozart, koželuch, and haydn performed on period instruments by theresa salomon, lindy clarke, and dongsok shin. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

12/4 7pm doors: hear new swedish pop artists at the annual sweden makes music concert, featuring live performances by bella boo, cherrie, vivii, vacation forever. baby’s all right (williamsburg), free (rsvp required). >>

12/4 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents five personal stories about dreams, beliefs and other mysteries of the mind told by a lineup of interesting science-y folks and storytellers at this month’s live show. hosted by tracy rowland and paula croxson. caveat (les), $12. >>

12/4 8:30pm (monthly): joey dardano hosts a lineup of comedy all-starrs including christi chiello (comedy central), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), usama siddiquee (bet), ashley barnhill (drunk history), and more. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

12/4 8:30pm (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 jess salomon (nbc), marcia belsky (misandry), naomi ekperigin (broad city), and country music comedy duo reformed whores. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

12/4 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by erik bergstrom (comedy central), julia shiplett (hbo), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), andrew mayer, and molly ruben-long. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

12/4 9pm (monthly): let comedians school you at the woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests perform comedy about social issues they’re passionate about. tonight’s lineup features kuhoo verma (the big sick), bryan yang (buzzfeed comic to watch), aminah imani (wine before nine), ryan leach (ucbt) and cynia barnwell (ucbt), plus an interview with black lives matter activist patrick waldo. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $9. >>

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