around town today

thru 2/24: score 2-for-1 tickets to more than 30 shows during the annual winter off-broadway week. >>

thru 2/17: go for a couple’s skate or skate away your heartbreak at rinkworm, a pop-up skating rink from springboard collective with live performances and music, karaoke, arcade games, and more. flux factory (lic), free (plus optional skate rental). >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: hear about the rise of romantic fiction featuring poc and lgbtq protaganists from authors alysia constantine (sweet), adriana herrera (american dreamer), nisha sharma (my so-called bollywood life), and damon suede (lickety split). nypl mid-manhattan library, free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: learn about the history and social impact of black-owned businesses in brooklyn at a talk with historian jason bartlett, black-owned brooklyn editor-in-chief cynthia gordy giwa, urban asanas owner jyll hubbard-salk, and what’s eating harlem? host selena hill. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

6:30pm: beyond stonewall: vital voices in american playwriting: award-winning playwrights larry kramer (the normal heart), matthew lopez (the inheritance), terrence mcnally (love! valour! compassion!), and lucy thurber (the hill town plays) discuss illuminating lgbtq+ lives through theatre at tonight’s skirball talks installment at nyu skirball (greenwich village). free. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: (monthly): the annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues the season with horszowski trio and violist masumi per performing schuman and brahms. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm: food writer diane kuan shares the art of cooking with homemade asian chili sauces at a launch event for her new cookbook, red hot kitchen, with taste editor-in-chief matt rodbard. books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by aparna nancherla, jo firestone and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with standup by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), jena friedman (conan), django gold (colbert), eliza hurwitz (the special without brett davis), carolyn riley, and brandon jackson. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the night shift theater company’s drunken shakespeare = shakespeare readings, karaoke-style, in a bar. tonight’s love, lust, and lagers edition edition includes raffles to benefit the company. bar nine (hell’s kitchen), free to watch and to participate. >>

8pm (monthly): this month’s installment of the franklin park reading series features poet tommy pico (junk), fiction writers lauren wilkinson (american spy), maryse meijer (rag), and eric sasson (admissions), and memoirist t kira madden (long live the tribe of fatherless girls). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), claudia cogan (last comic standing), dwayne kennedy (conan), peter revello (comedy central), rachel kaly (ladies who ranch), and jonathan van halem (ucb). hosted by hoff matthews, lizzie martinez, aimee rose ranger, and melissa rocha. bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: every month, theater of the apes plucks a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrects it as a low-budget variety show. tonight’s inspriation: 1919’s the grizzly, our greatest wild animal by enos a. mills. the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

8:15pm: fireworks! keep your eyes on the skies over the hudson river at west 44th street. in honor of lunar new year. >>

8:30pm: join comedian jennie sutton as she hosts diy d+d, live podcast taping of an improvised game of dungeons and dragons with made up rules. bowery poetry club (noho), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

8:30pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (comedy central presents) hosts an evening of stand up by joyelle nicole johnson, shane mauss, alex english, and emily winter. q.e.d. (astoria), $6 admission benefits the caribbean equality project. >>

9pm: asking for it: host alison klemp presents some of her favorite comedians to perform sets informed by sexual assault and rape culture, followed by a short interview to expand on their material. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free (donations will be accepted to support sexual assault survivors). >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring anna roisman (funny or die), eudora peterson (the special without brett davis), michael cruz kayne (the chris gethard show), and dan lamorte (gotham live). hosted by jess salomon. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

2/12 1pm: how to get away with murder‘s matt mcgorry discusses his work at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

2/12 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 2/26, 3/12): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the winter season continues tonight with mivos quartet and nadav lev performing a program of contemporary music. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

2/12 6:30pm: aroma space designer megumi fukatsu gives a tour through the world of japanese scents, how aromatherapy and interior design can work together, and how to select the right scent for you. japan society (midtown east). $15. >>

2/12 6:30pm: steve coll, dean of journalism at columbia university and bruno patino, phd, dean of the sciences po school of journalism, will explore the topic of freedom of press in a ‘post-truth’ era. dr. courtney radsch, advocacy director at the committee to protect journalists, moderates. albertine books (ues), free (rsvp). >>

2/12 7pm: columbine author dave cullen launches his new account of parkland: birth of a movement at barnes + noble 86th + lexington. free admission. >>

2/12 7pm: hear from lgbtq writers and artists on their creative and personal approaches to mental health and wellness. the lgbt community center (west village), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

2/12 7pm (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring monroe martin (fallon), nathan macintosh (fallon), aparna nancherla (comedy central), xazmin garza (siriusxm), kate willett (netflix), and kevin o’brien. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

2/12 7pm doors, 8pm show: get it girl, and all-women comedy show with proceeds benefiting rainn, features performances from jo firestone (fallon), christi chiello (comedy central), aparna nancherla (comedy central), sonia denis (high maintenance), and eman el-husseini, plus raffles. hosted by kelsey caine. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $13 dos. >>

2/12 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring performers elsa waithe, samantha ruddy, and nicole boyce. hosted by sophie santos and jess salomon. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

2/12 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of dana czapnik (the falconer), maria dahvana headley (the mere wife), and carley moore (16 pills) at tonight’s edition of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

2/12 8pm: pc worship and deradoorian play union pool (williamsburg). free. >>

2/12 8:30pm: in anticipation of singles awareness day, express yourself with a poetry for singles workshop that includes wine and chocolates to fuel the fires. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $15. >>

2/12 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by anthony devito (comedy central), julia johns (girl code), erica spera (tbs comics to watch), saurin choksi (fuse), aminah imani (comedy at the knitting factory), and ethan sp. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

2/12 9:30pm doors: bueno, thick, and drug bug play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

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