around town today

various times (thru 3/19): during the brain awareness week, get brainy with events like protecting your brain from dementia (3/13, free), the nyu community brain fair (3/14, free), neuroyoga (3/19, $9), taste of science (3/19, free), and more. various locations. >>

various times (thru 3/19): the annual socially relevant film festival focuses on human interest stories that raise awareness about social problems with positive solutions. cinépolis chelsea, $12-15. >>

various times (thru 3/19): bushwick’s syndicated screens david fincher movies all week: se7en, fight club, gone girl, the social network, and more. >>

4pm, 6:30pm: how did clinton lose? how do women win? a panel of commentators including feminist icon gloria steinem, ny lieutenant governor kathy hochul, levo’s tiffany dufu, now’s sonia ossorio, and women in need’s christine quinn discuss the role sexism played in the 2016 presidential election results. two sessions. hunter college (ues), free (rsvp). >>

6pm: david schoenbrod discusses his new book dc confidential: inside the five tricks of washington and the schemes politicians of both parties use to benefit themselves at the expense of their constituents. new york law school auditorium (tribeca), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: sen so’oku, heir to the mushakouji senke tea school, discusses the art of the japanese tea ceremony and how his style has changed to reflect modern times. a reception follows. japan society (midtown east), $13 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

7pm: nyc immigration advocates discuss defending our sanctuary city. urban justice center (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (+3/14 at sva theater + powerhouse archway): actor/producer gillian anderson and journalist jennifer nadel present their empowering new book, we: a manifesto for women. new york society for ethical culture (uws), $28 admission includes a signed copy. >>

7pm: authors legs mcneil (punk magazine founder) and gillian mccain revisit their punk oral history please kill me for its 20th anniversary. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: bring your best zingers to jewcy’s purim pun-a-palooza. pun-based costumes encouraged. halyards (gowanus), free (2-drink minimum). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show celebrates its third anniversary with stand up by adam lowitt (the daily show), ian fidance (gotham comedy live), charles mcbee (gotham comedy live), and julia claire. guest hosted by ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), chris lamberth (the mundane festival), molly ruben-long, alzo slade, and jourdain fisher. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): the franklin park reading series celebrates eight years of readings with mary gaitskill (bad behavior), joshua mohr (sirens), clare beams (we show what we have learned), hannah lillith assadi (sonora), deepak unnikrishnan (temporary people), musician peg simone, a raffle, sweet treats, and $5 drafts. franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by billy prinsell (comedy central), jeff simmermon (this american life), bill stiteler, jenn welch, and more, plus a guest lecture about how to do something useless. guest hosted by gabe pacheco. fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

9pm (weekly): the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up nyc comedies with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: my cousin vinny (1992). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

as of press time, all events listed below are still on, but with the upcoming snow storm we expect many could be canceled or rescheduled.

3/14 4-11pm: the well (bushwick) hosts an ides of trump postcard writing party with $2 beers. >>

3/14 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event continues with lindsey steinert (upstream swimming), richard cardillo (4-time moth storyslam winner), charlie bruce, and ilsa jule, followed by up to five audience members. hosted by nicole ferraro (the new york times). cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

3/14 6:30pm (various dates thru 4/18): how did the hiv/aids crisis change gay subculture? a five-week seminar revisits the age of promiscuity: gay male sex before aids. the center for lgbtq studies at the graduate center of cuny (midtown east), free (rsvp) >>

3/14 7pm: learn how to build flavor in your home cooking with a demo and tastings by chef steven rosa. 61 local (cobble hill), $5 suggested donation. >>

3/14 7pm: cyber insecurity: everything you ever wanted to know about encryption but were afraid to ask. the new school (union square), free. >>

3/13 7pm: comedian todd barry (louie) recounts his travels touring small cities in his new book, thank you for coming to hattiesburg, with musician jon wurster (superchunk, the mountain goats). mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

3/14 7pm: artists frank miller (the dark knight returns, sin city) and klaus janson (the dark knight) discuss the legacy of pioneering cartoonist will eisner. sva amphitheater (kips bay), free. >>

3/14 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the society for the advancement of social studies (s.a.s.s.) explores gross history with informal lectures on ambergris, the grossly incompetent response to the aids crisis, and hazardous waste. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

3/14 7:30pm (monthly): hosts evan forde barden and patrick cartelli interview guests about important songs from their lives at repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: annalise domenighini (noisey) and musical guest project diem. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

3/14 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of jonathan mohr (sirens), darcey steinke (sister golden hair), and volpert megan (1976) at the lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

3/14 8pm: hear straight dude jokes from ladies and gay men in straight dude drag at the dudes being dudes being dudes comedy show, hosted by america’s scott talent (aka lauren maul), calvin cato, and katie compa. new location: the footlight (ridgewood), free. >>

3/14 9pm (monthly): whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

3/14 9:30pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. ucb (east village), $7. >>

3/14 11pm (weekly thru 3/28): what does your instagram feed say about you? improv team higgins will make up their own stories about audience member photos at the instagram show. ucb east village, $5. >>

3/14-19: more than 80 short and feature-length indie films will be screened at the seventh annual queens world film festival. museum of the moving image and kaufman astoria studios, $15. >>

3/14-19: cinekink nyc, ‘the kinky film festival’ returns for its 14th year at anthology film archives (les). $11 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

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