around town today

thru 4/2: buy-one-get-one free easter bunny cones at taiyaki nyc (chinatown), the ice cream shop with soft serve ice cream served in adorable fish-shaped waffle cones. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: is political violence ever justified? mark bray, author of antifa: the anti-fascist handbook discusses the rise of antifa with new republic’s alex shephard. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: mivos quartet performs jon yu’s o reche modo, winner of the seventh annual mivos/kanter string quartet composition prize. 1 rivington street (les), $15 general, $10 students. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly thru may): the 15th annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues the season with the brentano quartet performing haydn, brahms, and the new york premiere of stephen hartke’s the fifth book. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free admission. >>

7pm: wu-tang clan founding member lamont ‘u-god’ hawkins discusses his memoir, raw: my journey into the wu-tang, with mass appeal creative director sacha jenkins at housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free. >>

7pm: tony and grammy award-winner leslie odom, jr. (hamilton) discusses and signs copies of his new book, failing up: how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning, at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book. >>

7pm (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy and storytelling show that features tales of walking away from something and performances of abandoned material. this month’s guests: lulu krause (the blue off the shoulder dress from zara) and karl jones (karl marks children’s hour). bonus: share your own story for a chance to win a free drink. hosted by ian goldstein (splitsider) and sam corbin (the new yorker). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7-9pm: death by pizza trivia meltdown: enjoy free pizza and beer while playing spooky brooklyn history and pizza trivia at the launch of a new madame morbid tours pizza at two boots williamsburg. free admission. >>

7:30pm (monthly): at ‘the two beers in’ tipsy political roundtable show, hosts cody lindquist and charlie todd welcome discussion from guests kristen bartlett (snl writer), sarah pappalardo (reductress), and more. ucb east village, $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the new birdbrain comedy night, hosted by mark riccadonna, michael albanese, and tushar singh, makes its debut with guests mark normand (conan), kevin downey jr. (america’s got talent), marie faustin (guy code vs girl code), dustin chafin (hbo), and mike fox. bonus: get a free jack daniel’s cocktail before 8pm. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with guests james adomian (@midnight), mehran khaghani (last comic standing), giulia rozzi (chelsea lately), tyler fischer (america’s got talent), lawrence deloach, and musical comedy group adira amram + the experience. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: fruit + flowers, desert sharks, winstons, and particle devotion play sunnyvale (east williamsburg), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by kenny deforest (seth meyers), claure austen-smith (bustle), reena calm, will abeles, and allison o’conor. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

9pm: (monthly): the pairs n chairs benefit variety show presents three pairs of performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight: comedy by ayo edebiri + nore davis, music by pam reyes + denby and the alcotts, and burlesque by rara darling + vic sin. hosted by cassidy graves + jessy yates. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5 suggested donation benefits national adapt + safe horizon. >>

coming up

3/27-31: the 20th annual african american women in cinema film festival highlights work by filmmakers from across the u.s. and beyond with five days of screenings, panels, q+a, and more. various locations, free-$25 (red carpet opening night is more). >>

3/27 6-9pm: drag performers, comedians, and musicians pay homage to carrie fisher with the night of 1,000 carries show. therapy (midtown west), $5 suggested donation benefits the international bipolar foundation. >>

3/27 7pm: vocal group en vogue preview and discuss electric café, their first studio album in 14 years, at apple soho. free (rsvp required). >>

3/27 7pm: former white house director of communications and director of communications for the hillary clinton 2016 presidential campaign jennifer palmieri discusses her book dear madam president: an open letter to the women who will run the world with journalist, news anchor, and political analyst nicolle wallace. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway (uws), priority seating with purchase of the book. >>

3/27 7pm (monthly): get a high-resolution tour of mars without leaving earth at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

3/27 7pm: writers will read a piece about a song and then perform it as karaoke at every now and then i fall apart: a karaoke reading series, featuring rob sheffield, grace spelman, jeremy larson, and emily hughes. hosted by brad nelson. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

3/27 8pm (monthly): the final fantasy science fiction/fantasy reading series hosts readings and talks by morehshin allahyari, ser serpas, candace williams, kenning jp garcía, karisma price, and simon defeo. hosted by roshan abraham. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5-7 suggested donation. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get tickets to the new york city jazz festival featuring the real group and john fedchock new york big band at the apollo theater 4/8 for just $10 (plus ticket fees, $100 value). >>

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