around town today

11am-12pm, 4-5pm (thru 3/3): sample the offerings of grand central’s restaurants during the inaugural taste of the dining concourse, including free samples from prova pizzabar, shake shack, jacques torres ice cream, and more. grand central lower level dining concourse, free. >>

6:30pm: msg: friend or foe? historic gastronomist sarah lohman explores the history of and facts about monosodium glutamate in a talk at the institute of culinary education (battery park), $15. >>

7pm: author guillaume serina discusses his new book reagan/gorbatchev: reykjavik 1986, and the summit that almost ended nuclear competition between east and west. world policy journal editor + publisher david a. andelman joins. albertine (ues), free. >>

7pm: what is time, and why do we perceive it the way we do? the new yorker’s alan burdick explores this question in his new book, why time flies: a mostly scientific investigation. the half king (chelsea). free. >>

7pm: hidden fences, a comedic mashup play, combines the films hidden figures and fences, inspired by the recent golden globe flubs. the pit (flatiron), $7. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by amy shanker (laughs), casey james salengo (uproarious), steve desiena (cartoon monsoon), and petey deabreu (petey’s world). hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7pm doors: active bird community, mannequin p*ssy, qty, and in india play a school night music series concert at baby’s all right (williamsburg). bonus: free brooklyn brewery beer until 8pm. free admission with rsvp. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the 14th annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues with calefax reed quintet, paul jacobs, claire chase, orion weiss, and grand electric performing bach. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by mark normand (conan), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), kyle ayers (first comes love), eman el-husseini (ctv), khalid rahmaan (it’s sooo up + coming), and sydnee washington (the warm up). littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): at ’the two beers in’ tipsy political roundtable show, hosts cody lindquist and charlie todd welcome discussion from guests hallie haglund (the daily show writer), rachel zarrell (mtv news), and eric cunningham (más mejor). ucb east village, $7. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by carmen christopher (comedy central), rob cantrell (last comic standing), sam zee, tj, and more, plus a guest lecture about boats from lynn bixenspan (mtv). guest hosted by otto fernandez, fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

9pm (monthly): at the new release day comedy show, host christian finnegan (are we there yet?, chappelle’s show) invites pros to try out new material. this month’s show features moody mccarthy (conan), greg stone (america’s got talent), greg barris (heart of darkness), james mattern (fox sports one), michael harrison (sirius xm), and lance weiss (the today show). q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

9pm (weekly): the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up rom coms with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: roxanne (1987). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

2/28 various times: recommendations on where to celebrate mardi gras from bedford + bowery and dna info.

2/28 12-8pm (+ 3/1 8am-8pm): a two-day installation inspired by the music of strangers features a virtual symphony that allows visitors to ‘perform’ compositions, interactive instrument displays, and live performances by the silk road ensemble. grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall. free. >>

2/28 6pm: japan, north korea, and abduction: robert boynton discusses his book on north korea’s secret abductions of japanese citizens, the invitation-only zone. nyu center for the humanities (east village), free (rsvp). >>

2/28 6:30pm: the 1st black history month in the era of trump and the future of higher and urban education event features a panel discussion, speakers, spoken word, and more. a reception follows. liu brooklyn’s kumble theater (downtown brooklyn), free (email rsvp). >>

2/28 7pm: food design: exploring the future of food author katja gruijters deconstructs the myths surrounding food health and sustainability in a book release talk at genspace (fort greene). free (rsvp). >>

2/28 7pm: powerhouse archway (dumbo) hosts the book launch event for why i march: images from the women’s march around the world, the first photographic tribute to january’s demonstrations. bonus: cookies + treats provided by butter + scotch. free. >>

2/28 7pm: a panel of sva alumni discusses visual art and activism at sva theatre (chelsea). free (rsvp required). >>

2/28 7pm: taste of science, a mini-med school series for non scientists, presents a boozy talk on the heart with cardiac surgeon sloane guy and patient summer ash. ryan’s daughter (ues/yorkville), free (rsvp). >>

2/28 7pm (tuesdays thru 3/28): the stranger than fiction documentary series with filmmaker q+a continues with joe berlinger’s brother’s keeper and a discussion moderated by supersize me‘s morgan spurlock. ifc, $17. >>

2/28 7pm doors, 8pm show: the brooklyn loft party variety show returns with a ‘getaway’ edition, featuring up-close performances by didgeridoo performer street mule, character comedian becky yamamoto, percussion-based street performers mediocre flow, close-up magician the great dubini, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

2/28 7:30pm: drink complimentary tap beer while you ponder a false autonomy: how freelance and the gig-economy is eating the american dream. bond collective (gowanus), $9 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $14). >>

2/28 7:30pm (thru 3/5): former new york city ballet principal dancer wendy whelan and choreographer and dancer brian brooks team up for some of a thousand words, with live music by brooklyn rider string quartet. the joyce (chelsea), $10+. >>

2/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): brave comedians share embarrassing footage of their earliest material and then perform current material at the ’first set’ comedy show, hosted by giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). tonight’s guests: phoebe robinson (‘2 dope queens’), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), jena friedman (the daily show), and matt wayne (adam devine’s house party). union hall (park slope), $7. >>

2/28 8pm (monthly): the snap impression game show podcast pits comedians against each other to see who can do the best off-the-cuff impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personages. tonight: josh gondelman (john oliver), blair socci (ladylike), connor ratliff (search party), mike kelton (difficult people), and chrissy shackelford (college humor). hosted by andy beckerman and ramsey ess. ucb (east village), $7. >>

2/28 8pm (monthly): this month’s backfat comedy/variety show features rob haze (comedy central), langston kerman (insecure), chris calogero (fusion tv), jenn welch, and alex fleming. hosted by emily winter, john payne and larry mancini. 61 local (cobble hill), free. >>

2/28 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (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 adam lowitt (the daily show), jo firestone (the tonight show), ahri findling, and sagar bhatt. free. >>

2/28 9pm (monthly): shonali bhowmik and christian felix host a night of talk, music and comedy during a live taping of the 50th episode of their we don’t even know podcast. with comedians mike recine and negin farsad, plus musician beth wawerna. hifi bar (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

2/28 10pm: kaleidoscopic chamber-pop/soul band gadadu celebrates the release of their newest single and music video with a performance at rockwood music hall’s stage 2 (les). one-drink minimum. free admission ($10 suggested admission benefits launchprogress). >>

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