around town today

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: (monthly): the annual music mondays ensemble concert series continues the season with leipzig-based vocal ensemble calmus and nyc ensemble the sebastians performing bach, handel, and more. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7pm (monthly): the enclave reading series returns to club cumming with pulitzer prize-winning author michael cunningham (the hours), essayist dorri olds (the new york times), novelist brian alessandro (the unmentionable mann), and comedian/writer eddie sarfaty (mental: funny in the head). club cumming (east village), free. >>

7pm: cocktails + conspiracy: the unpresidented party: author-activists l.a. kauffman (how to read a protest) and onnesha roychoudhuri (the marginalized majority) celebrate the release of a ‘future’ washington post paper which tells the story of how a women-led movement forced trump from office. produced in collaboration with the yes men, the paper includes an action guide to making it happen. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

7pm (monthly): have a musical monday at village east cinema’s series of musical screenings. tonight: hedwig and the angry inch (2001). city cinemas village east cinema (east village), $15. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: watch a selection of films featured in the no man’s land film festival preceded by a discussion with athletes from the group young women who crush moderated by ywwc co-founder and sleigh bells frontwoman alexis krauss. bonus: free drinks. patagonia (meatpacking district), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents five personal stories about 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. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by aparna nancherla and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with stand-up by phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), carmen lynch (conan), doogie horner (america’s got talent), jay mcbride, tawanda gona, and mandal. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts readings by karen abbott (sin in the second city), jasmine sanders (the new york times), laura esther wolfson (for single mothers working as train conductors), and veronica lopez (cosmopolitan). 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, featuring liz glazer and sean parsons and hosted by veronica garza and sarah kennedy. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

8pm (monthly): get your monthly dose of hot feminist takes at the left breast comedy hour, featuring marcia belsky (the new york times), rebecca o’neal (netflix), rachel mccartney, lily icangelo, and kathryn henson. hosted by kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall. knitting factory (williamsburg), free admission. >>

8pm: brendan gay and charles engle battle with topics chosen by the audience to see who gets to host the new freestyle comedy show, featuring comics liz miele (comedy central), emmy blotnick (colbert), tim dillon (netflix), and mark normand (conan). the bowery electric (east village), free-$5. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by liz miele (comedy central), andy ostroff (kimmel), phil rizdon (mtv2), and justy dodge (red eye). 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. >>

coming up

3/5-10: see films from women, trans, and gender non-conforming filmmakers during the third annual nyc feminist film week at anthology film archives (east village). $12 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

3/5 6pm: actor, filmmaker, and author thomas lennon (reno 911, the state) discusses his new middle-grade book ronan boyle and the bridge of riddles with michael ian black (wet hot american summer, the state) at nyu bookstore (greenwich village). free admission. (note: lennon will also be at a taping of the build series at 3pm.) >>

3/5 6-8pm (on view thru 3/30): free art opening reception: the 21st annual international krappy kamera competition winners at soho photo gallery. >>

3/5 6-8pm (on view thru 5/11): opening of the inaugural ford foundation gallery exhibition, perilous bodies, with a performance by vanessa german. ford foundation gallery at the ford foundation center for social justice (midtown east). free. >>

3/5 6-9pm: visual artist keti kartveli and composer brian chase (yeah yeah yeahs / drums and drones) present their collaboration, ‘correlations’ at elsewhere (east williamsburg/bushwick). free. >>

3/5 6:30pm: photographer and author barbara g. mensch shares her insight into the three roebling family members behind the creation of the brooklyn bridge at a book talk for in the shadow of genius. new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $10. >>

3/5 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring mark normand (comedy central), ester steinberg (comedy central), joe zimmerman (fallon), fumi abe (mtv), david feldman (the david feldman show), and brittany carney. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

3/5 7pm (+ 3/6 6pm at nyu bookstore): molly dillon and contributors to yes she can: 10 stories of hope + change from young female staffers of the obama white house share their experiences working at the white house while in their 20s. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway. free admission. >>

3/5 7pm: speak the speech: the great persuaders: new york shakespeare exchange compares the bard’s persuasive speeches with those of black activists and politicians at a performance and town hall at the theater at the 53rd street library (midtown). free. >>

3/5 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. >>

3/5 7:30pm: amber tamblyn shares era of ignition, her new memoir of her transformation from child actor to writer/director/advocate, with former planned parenthood president cecile richards at strand bookstore (union square). purchase of the book or a $15 gift card required for admission. >>

3/5 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: ‘meowdi gras’ bonus: free cat ears! q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

3/5 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): stand up set lengths follow the fibonacci sequence (5, 8, 13, and 21 minutes) at the golden spiral comedy show, hosted by katie compa and mindy raf and including guests mike drucker (full frontal), rachna hukmani (whiskey stories), carolyn bergier (dyking out), and more. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free (rsvp to enter a raffle for a free drink). >>

3/5 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with standup by joe list (comedy central), samantha ruddy (colbert), shane torres (conan), and seaton smith (conan). hosted by ryan donahue, kate willett, and ismael loutfi. bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

3/5 8:30pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and npr’s ophira eisenberg at the adam wade from new hampshire show. new venue: iati theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

3/5 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by jacob williams (colbert), brendan eyre (seth meyers), natasha vaynblat (comedy central), adam mamawala (mtv), sharron paul (nowthis), and wanjiko eke. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

3/5 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: former presidential speechwriters and comedians who like speeches break down their favorite speeches, give behind-the-scenes looks at the drafting process, and lead the audience in crafting their own keynote at west wing writers presents: speakeasy. hosted by brian agler. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

3/5 10pm: mardi gras: brass + sass: celebrate fat tuesday with a new orleans-style brass band, circus performances, and more at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

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