around town today

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6pm doors, 6:30pm show: 25 speculative fiction writers challenge old narratives of oppression by envisioning new futures for america in a people’s future of the united states. tonight, editor victor lavalle and contributors maria dahvana headley, n.k. jemisin, alice sola kim, and sam j. miller come together for a discussion on the book at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown west). free. >>

6:30pm show: former new york times journalist claudia deutsch shares ethical dilemmas in journalism she’s faced in her career, and those that journalists face today in a discussion at the new york society for ethical culture (uws). $5. >>

7pm: writer and comedy aficionado paul myers (brother of mike) shares behind-the-scenes stories about sketch comedy troupe the kids in the hall, from their early club shows in toronto to their recent live reunion tours, in a discussion on their new biography, the kids in the hall: one dumb guy. mcnally jackson (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm (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 myq kaplan (netflix), reverend jen (troll museum), rejected new yorker cartoons with hillary campbell + jerry nguyen, and more. ucb (east village), $9. >>

7pm (monthly): queer- and female-identifying comedians and one token man perform standup at the rif comedy show, hosted by stef dag and wanjiko eke. tonight’s lineup includes kareen chee, gabe gonzalez, pallavi gunalan, blair dawson, and claudia cogan. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free.   >>

7pm (monthly): have a musical monday at village east cinema’s series of musical screenings. tonight: the king and i (1956). city cinemas village east cinema (east village), $15. >>

7pm: bam presents a double feature of new documentary horror noire: a history of black horror and 1995’s tales from the hood, followed by a panel discussion with author, educator, and producer tananarive due, writer/producer ashlee blackwell, filmmaker r. shanea williams, and comics author greg anderson elysee. bam rose cinemas (fort greene), $15. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: harmon leon (this american life) hosts the new venuse variety show with storytelling from michele carlo (fish out of agua), standup from boris khaykin (ucb) and bobby hankinson (kweendom), and spoken word from joseph d. robbins (omg poetry). club cumming (east village), $5. >>

7:30pm: journalist shomari wills presents the untold stories of america’s first black millionaires in a discussion on his new book, black fortunes: the story of the first six african americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires, with journalist and author samuel freedman at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): explore the terrain of venus with planetary geologist martha gilmore 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 doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by aparna nancherla, jo firestone and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with standup by judah friedlander (30 rock), matt braunger (conan), michelle biloon (chelsea lately), robert dean (inside jokes), kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), brittany carney, and petey deabreu. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: at tonight’s edition of the hell yeah comedy show, ‘former comedian’ james cross presents an evening of jokes from guests janeane garofalo, rachel sennott, ryan creamer, arti gollapudi, brooke eliot, and tony zaret. union hall (park slope), $5 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series gets fresh with readings on sex and dating by greg mania (vanity fair), emily smith (bust), imani hariri-kia (teen vogue), and naomi extra (broadly). 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: the open flame comedy show puts the spotlight on qpoc comedians sam jay, alex english, larry owens, ariel leaty, glo shantae, and more. hosted by alysia brown and jessica henderson. mood ring (bushwick), free. >>

8pm (monthly): get your monthly dose of hot feminist takes at the left breast comedy hour, featuring jocelyn chia (comedy central), corinne fisher (guys we f*cked), ginny hogan (the new york times), bronwyn ariel (someecards), courtney bledsoe, candyce musinski, and meagan walsh. hosted by kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall. new venue: knitting factory (williamsburg), free admission. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by brendan eyre (seth meyers), rebecca o’neal (2 dope queens), tim barnes (comedy central), david drake (siriusxm), meaghan strickland (keith and the girl), nick chambers, and andrew durso. 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. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring brett davis (the special without brett davis), django gold (colbert), rob cantrell (adult swim), abby feldman (netflix), and alyssa stonoha (three busy debras). hosted by jess salomon. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

2/5 11am-3:30pm: celebrate the year of the pig at the annual chinatown firecracker ceremony + cultural festival. sara d. roosevelt park at grand street, free. >>

sponsored 2/5 5-10pm: free fitness open house at 92y: head over to 92y’s upper east side party they call fit-fest! act like the ninja warrior you’ve always dreamed of in our penthouse parkour studio, swim laps in the pool, work out with cutting-edge fitness equipment, or hit over a dozen classes and activities. you’ll meet other fitness-minded people, plus score some snacks and giveaways. rsvp today! >>

2/5 5:30pm: the italian academy at columbia university marks holocaust remembrance day with symposium antisemitism, hate speech, and social media. italian academy at columbia university (morningside heights), free (rsvp). >>

2/5 6:30pm: follow your nose to a sensual scents and aromas workshop, where you’ll explore the history and sensory profile of six fragrance notes that have been historically associated with love and sensuality. non-alcoholic beverage pairings and q+a follow. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $11. >>

2/5 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the newfest lgbt film festival presents a screening of the gospel of eureka, a documentary about eureka springs, arkansas, an oasis for the queer community, followed by a talkback with co-directors michael palmieri and donal mosher. the lesbian, gay, bisexual + transgender community center (greenwich village), free. >>

2/5 7pm: professor of american history at yale university david w. blight discusses his latest book, frederick douglass: prophet of freedom, at st. paul’s chapel (fidi). free. >>

2/5 7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and guests 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). >>

2/5 7pm: comedians, writers, and performers nominate their favorite queer icons for sainthood at hail mary: our queer saints. hosted by tim kov and david perez. the footlight (ridgewood), $5 >>

2/5 7pm (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring nore davis (conan), doug smith (comedy central), mia jackson (last comic standing), matt fulchiron (comedy central), mike abrusci (the chris gethard show), and amy shanker. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

2/5 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 adv, $12 dos. >>

sponsored: 2/5 7:30pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is superior, being single or committed. tonight’s guests: blythe roberson (how to date men when you hate men), janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), kerry coddett (wyatt cenac’s problem areas), bob powers (our cartoon president), mehran khaghani (last comic standing), and jena friedman (soft focus). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $16. >>

2/5 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: ‘happy galentine’s!’ bonus: free cat ears! q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

2/5 7:30pm (weekly thru 3/26): the pure nonfiction documentary and filmmaker q+a series (fka ‘stranger than fiction’) kicks off its winter series with united skates (2018). ifc center (greenwich village), $17. >>

2/5 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents five personal stories about love (of science) 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. >>

2/5 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: wild things comedy show returns with standup by liza treyger (comedy central), jo firestone (fallon), ramy youssef (colbert), and aparna nancherla (netflix). hosted by emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend), ryan donahue (kimmel), kate willett (netflix), ismael loutfi (patriot act). bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

2/5 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by sean donnelly (comedy central), rebecca vigil (netflix), pedro gonzalez (standup nbc), mary cella (the new york times), emily winter (npr), and jordan temple (conan). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

2/5 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 fumi abe + michael nguyen (asian, not asian), chris daniels (book of ye), sarah dooley (cbs), monique moses (comedy central), and guest interviewees maria luisa acabado + xochitl mayo. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $9. >>

2/5 9:30pm doors: bueno, gobbinjr and baked play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the annual art on paper art fair at pier 36 3/8-10 for free-$12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

get tickets to artexpo new york at pier 92 4/5-7 for free-$20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15-40). >>

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