around town today

all day: get a taste of summer on the first day of spring with a free small vanilla cone at participating dairy queen locations, a free italian ice at all rita’s ice locations, and a free marie callender’s ‘pi’ce cream sundae at 10below ice cream (les).

6:30pm: believe it or not, there’s a lot to learn about the john. go behind the long and fascinating history of toilets at brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $10. >>

6:30pm: journalist peter moskowitz discusses his book how to kill a city: gentrification, inequality, and the fight for the neighborhood at nypl mid-manhattan. free. >>

7pm: lit site vol. 1 brooklyn presents readings of the greatest 3-minute nyc stories from a dozen readers. housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by podcasters ophira eisenberg (ask me another), dava krause (the fantasy suite), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), and tim barnes (it’s all true!). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the picture this! show, where comedians’ jokes are drawn by cartoonists live and projected on stage, celebrates its second anniversary with performances by jon glaser (neon joe werewolf hunter), sasheer zamata (snl), jo firestone (fallon), phoebe robinson (‘2 dope queens’), seaton smith (mulaney), and more. the bell house (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), aparna nancherla (set meyers), joe zimmerman (comedy central), kara klenk (if you build it), jean grae (the show show), and more. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm-midnight: score free stuff, get rid of your old stuff, and jam to tunes at the ‘thrift on!’ clothing and stuff swap party. the keep (bushwick), free admission. >>

8:15pm: writer-director-star alice lowe will be in attendance at a sneak preview screening of her new horror comedy prevenge, in which an unborn child directs its pregnant mother on a killing spree. ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors, all pregnant women admitted 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: tootsie (1982). >>

thru 3/26: bushwick’s syndicated screens ‘fake news’ movies all week: anchorman, nightcrawler, natural born killers, and more. >>

thru 3/30: dine in brooklyn: tons of bk restaurants offer $12 brunches, $15 two-course lunches, and $28 prix fixe three course dinners. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

3/21 5:45pm doors, 6pm show: duke university evolutionary anthropologist professor dr. brian hare compares the friendly nature of animals and humans. american museum of natural history (uws), free. >>

3/21 6pm: former white house deputy chief of staff for operations under president obama administration alyssa mastromonaco and co-author lauren oyler (broadly) launch and discuss their new book who thought this was a good idea?: and other questions you should have answers to when you work in the white house. rizzoli bookstore (flatiron), free. >>

3/21 6pm: creator of the world’s first cross-dressing academy veronica vera presents her book, miss vera’s finishing school for boys who want to be girls. nyu bookstore (greenwich village). free. >>

3/21 6:30pm: journalist katie couric introduces a screening of her national geographic documentary, gender revolution: a journey. jcc manhattan (uws), $12. >>

3/21 7pm: misty copeland, the first african-american woman to be named principal dancer of the american ballet theatre, presents her new book, ballerina body: dancing and eating your way to a stronger, leaner, and more graceful you. barnes + noble (union square), wristbands for entry will be given with proof of purchase at this location starting at 9am. >>

3/21 7:30pm: the people speak celebrates the work of historian howard zinn (a people’s history of the united states) with readings and performances by maggie gyllenhaal, talib kweli, aasif mandvi, marisa tomei, peter sarsgaard, frances mcdormand, staceyann chin, and more. brooklyn academy of music (fort greene), $20. >>

3/21 7:30pm (+ 3/22): three celebrity panelists poke and prod contestants who attempt to wow them with a fascinating fact when the tell me something i don’t know game show and podcast, hosted by stephen j. dubner (freakonomics), comes to nyu skirball center for the performing arts (greenwich village). $10 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $25-100). >>

3/21 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider magazine/podcast presents five personal stories about brains as told by interesting science-y folks and storytellers. hosted by erin barker and nisse greenberg (moth storyslam champions). union hall (park slope), $10. >>

3/21 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: 50 comedians take one minute each to go off on culture at i don’t think so, honey!, a live taping of the las culturistas podcast. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

3/21 8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with writers i.s. jones (chaparral), sarah larson (the new yorker), jonathan reiss (spin magazine), and charif shanahan (new republic). sycamore (ditmas park), free. >>

3/21 8pm (monthly): real-life couples + friends do stand-up sets together at couples therapy, hosted by naomi ekperigin (broad city writer, comedy central’s ‘the half hour’) and andy beckerman (the pete holmes show, beginnings). hifi bar (alphabet city), free. >>

3/21 8pm (monthly): christina galston guest hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by langston kerman (insecure), emmy blotnick (comedy central), tyler richardson (mtv), raghav mehta (seeso), and brian park (collegehumor). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

3/21 8pm: anna meredith, dave harrington group, and sarah kinlaw play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

3/21 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 roy wood, jr. (the daily show), annie lederman (chelsea lately), matt koff (comedy central), and stavros halkias. free. >>

3/21 11pm (weekly thru 4/30): 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. >>

3/21-25: hamburg ballet makes its joyce debut (chelsea). $10+. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get tickets to schubert’s mass in a-flat performed by the masterworks festival chorus and new york city chamber orchestra at carnegie hall 3/26 for just $7 (plus ticket fees, $110 value). >>

get tickets to the ninth annual air sex championships at the hall at mp 5/12 for $7.50-$12.50 (plus ticket fees (reg. $15-25). >>

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