around town today

reservations are now open for the annual winter restaurant week (1/23-2/10), with almost 400 restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe dinners ($42) and lunches ($29). >>

sponsored 6:30-9:30pm: take a $20 art class for beginners at 92y art center’s intro to the arts night. >>

7pm (thru 1/12): wnyc’s jami floyd and social entrepreneurs from echoing green host four evenings of storytelling, conversations, and hands-on solutions building regarding change, justice, and equity. tonight: race and changing the culture of tech. the greene space (south village). $10. >>

7-9pm (thru 4/1): inventing downtown: artist-run galleries in new york city, 1952-1965), a new exhibition at nyu’s grey art gallery, explores works from 14 galleries that shaped the nyc art scene. opening reception tonight, and several film screenings, lectures, and discussions are scheduled throughout the run. free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by anthony devito (comedy central), kerry coddett (mtv2), joel kim booster (conan), and saurin choksi (fuse tv). hosted by carolyn busa. new location: friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the 14th annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues with performers from the metropolitan opera orchestra performing schubert’s octet. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm (+ 1/25-5/13): kaufman music center’s seventh annual ecstatic music festival showcases composers and performers from different musical genres for nine one-night-only performances and discussions. tonight: bang on a can all-stars perform the music of philip glass, nico muhly, anna thorvaldsdottir, michael gordon, and juan felipe waller. merkin concert hall, $20-$25. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by dean edwards (snl), alingon mitra (colbert), tiff stevenson (drunk history), morgan miller (comedy central), clark jones (two black dudes), and geoffrey asmus. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): the franklin park reading series continues with an evening with short fiction writers adam haslett (imagine me gone), mary miller (always happy hour), rion amilcar scott (insurrections), uzodinma okehi (over for rockwell), and rebecca keith (joyland). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm: see two comedy shows for $7 at ucb chelsea: self help your self, help! and nipsey presents science!. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by erik bergstrom (comedy central), tim duffy (comedy central), jim tews (louie), maria wojciechowski, and more, plus a guest lecture on how to do something useless. hosted by hannah boone. fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (monthly thru 4/10): ifc’s queer/art/film series returns for the winter season with a screening of stage door (1937), starring ginger rogers and katharine hepburn and presented by writer/performer cole escola (difficult people). ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

8pm: boytoy, roya, gods, and winstons play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome, comedy central) hosts an evening of stand up with guests rebecca vigil, clark jones, sonia denis, and beatboxer shockwave. q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

9pm (weekly): the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up christmas movies with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: empire records. >>

thru 1/15: bushwick’s syndicated screens a series of martin scorsese films all week: the last waltz, raging bull, the departed, taxi driver, goodfellas, and more. $3. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

1/10 11:30am-10pm: pay-what-you-wish for your meal at the opening of glaze teriyaki’s new williamsburg location. proceeds support the brooklyn animal resource coalition. >>

1/10 1-2pm (thru 1/13): shiro of japan in grand central celebrates its 44th anniversary with 44₵ poké bowls with the purchase of a beverage. >>

1/10 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event continues with judith heineman (grimm’s grimmest: the darker side of fairy tales), thomas pryor (i hate the dallas cowboys), jim hawkins, and elizabeth rowe, followed by up to five audience members. hosted by barbara aliprantis. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

1/10 7pm (+ 1/17): mind, body + spirits yoga: take a free one-hour vinyasa flow yoga class, and rehydrate with complimentary kombucha cocktails afterwards. bring your own mat. space ninety 8 (williamsburg), rsvp required. >>

1/10 7pm (monthly): blanche wiesen cook, distinguished professor of history at john jay college in the city university of new york, presents volume three of her biography of eleanor roosevelt at this month’s edition of the lgbt center’s second tuesday series. $10. >>

1/10 7pm: the seventh annual pen parentis winter poetry night features readings from cristina cook, stella padnos-shea, and matthew thorburn, plus q+a moderated by founder m. m. de voe and salons curator christina chiu. andaz wall street hotel (fidi), free. >>

1/10 7pm: filmmaker rob epstein and how to survive a plague director/author david france will be in conversation following a screening of epstein’s academy award-winning documentary the times of harvey milk (1984). museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 admission includes same-day admission to the museum. >>

1/10 7pm: more than 20 musicians play the leave a lasting mark concert series’s tribute to david bowie. the bitter end (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation. >>

1/10 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the legacy show, hosted by michael ian cedar, aims to inspire with first-hand stories from people who made change using their positive attitude. this month’s show features actor chad l. coleman (the walking dead, the wire), author dorie clark (reinventing you), tony nominee mary bridget davies (a night with janis joplin), photographer jordan matter (dancers among us), and writer/performer faye lane. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $5 admission benefits she’s the first. >>

1/10 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the society for the advancement of social studies (s.a.s.s.) explores unsung heroines of history with informal lectures on wives and mistresses, female renaissance artists, and virginia woolf. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

1/10 7:30pm: editors from the crunk feminist collective discuss their new book, the project, and the increasing relevancy of their work. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

1/10 7:30pm (monthly): hosts evan forde barden and patrick cartelli interview a guest about an important song from their life at repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: comedian chris duffy (you’re the expert) and musical guest dear georgiana. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

1/10 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): explore the minds of dogs with canine cognition researcher and author alexandra horowitz (being a dog: following the dog into the world of smell) at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

1/10 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: emanuel and the fear, frances cone, and adam melchor play knitting factory (williamsburg). $10. >>

1/10 8pm (monthly): hear pieces from scott cheshire (high as the horses’ bridles), matt gallagher (youngblood), and helen phillips (some possible solutions: stories) at the lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

1/10 8pm (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which this week includes performances by wyatt cenac (people of earth), matt barats (ifc), patti harrison (it’s a guy thing), and cocoon central dance team (broad city). free. >>

1/10 8pm: hideout, wilsen, and surf rock is dead play berlin (alphabet city/east village). $7-8. >>

1/10 9pm (monthly): whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

1/10 9:30pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. ucb (east village), $7. >>

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