around town today

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (quarterly): the soul sister revue reading series asks ‘what does soul mean to you?,’ with poets including patricia smith, peggy robles-alvarado, marwa helal, kwame opoku-duku, and itiola jones. hosted by ed toney. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free admission (one-drink minimum). >>

6:30pm (monthly): how can working out improve learning and memory? at this month’s speaking of science series lecture at the new york society for ethical culture, neurologist dr. wendy a. suzuki gives a talk on exercise and the brain. new york society for ethical culture (uws), free. >>

6:30pm: from the microbiome to the world’s oldest poop to the history of toilets, the masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.) explore the secret life of the gastrointestinal tract at a fun and informative talk at caveat (les). $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm: those loving the alien can get a deep dive into each and every one of his songs with ashes to ashes: the songs of david bowie 1976-2016, chris o’leary’s new book launching tonight with a discussion between the author and rob sheffield (love is a mix tape, talking to girls about duran duran). rough trade (williamsburg), free admission. >>

7:30pm: hear new graduates of moth storyslam grandslam winner jeff simmermon’s storytelling as standup class perform joke-filled narratives they’ve honed over six weeks at bluebird (prospect-lefferts gardens). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): microbiologist and ebola researcher kartik chandran gives a talk on experimental ebola therapies, how viruses take over healthy cells, and more at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with stand-up by chris redd (snl), alice wetterlund (silicon valley), noah gardenswartz (comedy central), alzo slade (vice news), and liz magee. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by joe pera (adult swim), sammy obeid (conan), courtney maginnis (comedy central), raghav mehta (pod damn america), and george civeris (living for it). 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. >>

9pm: (monthly): the queers n peers benefit variety show presents lgbtq and allied performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight: comedy by nadia pinder + michelle davis, drag by c’était bontemps + shanita bump, and comedy music by dekunle. hosted by cassidy graves + comrade barbie. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5-10 suggested donation benefits fierce! + i support the girls. >>

11pm: comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show. tonight’s final show features roy wood jr. (the daily show), ziwe fumudoh (desus + mero), rebecca vigil (your love, our musical), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), carly ann filbin (let me break you up), luke mones (funny or die), and brett davis (the special without brett davis). hosted by jess salomon. ucb hell’s kitchen, free. >>

coming up

2/26 2pm: comedian/actor/writer patton oswalt discusses his work on a.p. bio at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

2/26 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 3/12): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the winter season continues tonight with chamber ensemble third sound performing pieces by schoenberg, arauco, and their own director patrick castillo. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

2/26 6:15pm: get a behind-the-scenes introduction to how biology research works at late night science, a seminar series with lab tours by graduate students of columbia university. tonight’s topic: what makes the human brain special? jerome l. greene science center (morningside heights), free. photo id required. >>

2/26 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): go on a journey in search of water in our solar system and beyond at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

2/26 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: three rooms press presents its 12th annual charles bukowski memorial reading at the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village). $10. >>

2/26 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring katie hannigan (colbert), dina hashem (conan), devon walker (comedy central), jake head (siriusxm), and brendan sagalow (mtv). coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

sponsored: 2/26 7pm: fashion icon isaac mizrahi offers a poignant and candid look back on his life with at a release event for his touching memoir, i.m., featuring a conversation with debra messing (will + grace). symphony space (uws), $10 plus ticket fees with promo code ‘isaac’ (please note: special ticket price does not include a copy of the book). >>

2/26 7pm (+ mcnally jackson williamsburg 2/27): author irvine welsh discusses his trainspotting finale dead men’s trousers with #amtodm host isaac fitzgerald at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location beginning at 9am tuesday. >>

2/26 7pm: author nick estes (our history is the future, standing with standing rock) gives a talk on indigenous resistance in the era of climate change at the cooper union’s frederick p. rose auditorium (east village). free. >>

2/26 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with chandler dean (mcsweeney’s), jiji lee (the new yorker), and lizzie logan (reductress). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

2/26 7:30pm: drink wine with agent cooper: kyle macLachlan will be hosting an in-store tasting of wines from his pursued by bear winery at verve wine (tribeca). free. >>

2/26 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by liza treyger (netflix), andy haynes (conan), selena coppock (the new rules for blondes), dida ritz (rupaul’s drag race), j.p. mcdade, and raghav mehta. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

2/26 9pm: seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns to chelsea music hall with its annual valentine’s day show, where each performer will do a short set and then go on a date on stage with an audience member. tonight’s performers include nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), john hodgman (vacationland), dave hill (the tick), and alice wetterlund (silicon valley). chelsea music hall (chelsea), $15. >>

2/26 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): comics of color share the humor in their experiences of prejudice at the profiled comedy show, featuring kenice mobley, sharon paul, ariel evans, and khalid rahmaan. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

2/26 9:30pm doors: bueno, bethlehem steel, and lost boy play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: manhattan concert productions presents their 20th anniversary season opener at carnegie hall on march 18, featuring robert ray’s stirring gospel mass performed by the masterwork festival chorus and professional soloists, led by maestro anton armstong. just $7 with promo code ‘tsk30663’ (up to a $110 value)! >>

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