around town today

thru 2/16: buy-one-get-one free soft rose-shaped ice cream or soft-serve cone at eggloo waffle cone shop in chinatown. >>

thru 2/25: score 2-for-1 tickets to almost 40 shows during the annual winter off-broadway week. >>

thru 2/28: city bakery (flatiron) once again sweetens up february with their 26th annual hot chocolate festival, which features a fanciful flavor each day this month. this week: fresh ginger, banana peel, ‘love potion,’ ‘french follies,’ coconut-rum, ‘happy,’ and ‘sunken treasure.’ >>

6:30pm: put your palate to work at essex street market’s formaggio essex, who’ll be hosting a tasting of five chocolate + cheese pairings. essex street market (les), $12. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly thru may): the 15th annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues the season with the conductorless east coast chamber orchestra (ecco) performing dvořák, shostakovich, bartók, and bermel. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free admission (rsvps are full, but walkup spaces are available). >>

7pm: katharine gates, writer and curator of the ‘kink’ exhibition at the museum of sex, presents an updated version of her book, deviant desires: a tour of the erotic edge, with slutever contributor lizzi sandell at powerhouse at the archway (dumbo). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with guests rob cantrell (colbert), emily flake (the new yorker cartoonist), chris garcia (comedy central), alzo slade, and chloe radcliffe. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): the franklin park reading series returns with an evening of readings by small press authors scott mcclanahan (the sarah book), hermione hoby (neon in daylight), colin winnette (the job of the wasp), juliet escoria (witch hunt), tatiana ryckman (i don’t think of you (until i do)), and kyle lucia wu (joyland). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by kerry coddett (joking off), michael foulk, lauren hope krass, paige bowman, and zach swan. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by corinne fisher (guys we f*cked), mara wiles (hidden america), will abeles, luke mones, amy buchwalkd, and alex ptak. bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm: bard and brews: seven stages shakespeare company presents a reading of romeo + juliet at the way station (prospect heights). free. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement variety show features stand-up comedy and music from performers mark normand (inside amy schumer), anna drezen (snl), harris mayersohn (colbert), and duo those weird guys. under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

coming up

2/13-25: bessie award-winning dancer soledad barrio and noche flamenca perform at the joyce theater (chelsea). $10+. >>

2/13-5/27: the new museum’s triennial, ‘songs for sabotage,’ features works by 30 artists from 19 countries. the new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

2/13 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre continues the winter season with mivos quartet performing pieces written by its members. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

2/13 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with jennifer glick, anoush froundjian, justin mcelwee, and dawn fraser, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by michele carlo. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

2/13 6:30pm: historic gastronomist sarah lohman spices up your night with a talk on the history of sriracha and its production process, followed by a demo on how to make a thai omelet. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $12 >>

2/13 6:30pm: graphic designer bonnie siegler, who has lent her skills to the campaigns of barack obama and hillary clinton, presents her book, signs of resistance: a visual history of protest in america. park slope library, free. >>

2/13 7pm (+ 2/20): wnyc and echoing green present citizenship now, a series of storytelling, conversations, and problem-solving with experts in the fields of immigration, climate change, education, and civic engagement. tonight: climate change with steph speirs (solstice founder and ceo), bren smith (greenwave co-founder), and jack amend (web natural project founder and ceo). the greene space at wnyc (south village), $10.   >>

2/13 7pm: get in the mood with an x-rated storytime for adults, where you can also volunteer to read your own steamy work. astoria bookstop, free. >>

2/13 7pm (monthly): our relationship with tech is absurd… so let’s laugh about it. a tech ethicist (david ryan polgar) and a comedian (joe leonardo) examine our strange present and uncertain future at the funny as tech podcast show, taping a new episode tonight about the future of work with guests including charlie oliver (tech 2025 ceo and founder), galina ozgur (grand central tech) and lisa cervenka (the muse). the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

2/13 7pm (weekly thru 2/27): get the experience of an outdoor movie indoors (where it’s warm!) at the annual pictures under the palms series, set under the palm trees of brookfield place’s winter garden atrium (fidi). tonight: space jam (1996). free. >>

2/13 7-8pm: make art while drinking wine and eating cookies at drink + draw like a lady’s galentine’s day party at strand bookstore’s rare book room (union square). $10 admission includes a $5 gift card. >>

2/13 7pm doors, 8pm show 
(+ 2/21): comedian chris gethard (broad city, the chris gethard show) hosts a live recording of his phone-call based podcast, beautiful/anonymous to the bell house (gowanus). $15. >>

2/13 8pm: all players of the new who wants to win a bar tab? trivia show will get a free bud light, but only the winner will receive the prize. hosted by tyler richardson. kilo bravo (williamsburg), free admission. >>

2/13 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan+joe+charles show, this week including performances by mike recine (conan), sarah tollemache (colbert), nathan min (fallon), and courtney maginnis (mtv). free. >>

2/13 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. >>

2/13 9pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. ucb (east village), $9. >>

2/13 9pm: get your fill of brass and sass at a mardi gras party that includes a new orleans-style brass band, sexy circus performances, and more. costumes encouraged. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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