around town today

thru 4/21: score $50 spa treatments during the annual spring spa week. registration required. >>

5:30-7:30pm: women who whiskey mixes things up with a tequila monday happy hour at westville hell’s kitchen, offering two el jimador tequila cocktails and bar snacks for just $5 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $20, limited quantity available). guys welcome. >>

5:45pm doors, 6:30pm show: what do jazz improvisation and the neuroscience of thought have in common? find out at a discussion and demonstration at the forum at columbia university (manhattanville). free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: renowned chef and humanitarian josé andrés talks about serving your community in the current political climate at a live taping of jonathan capehart’s podcast, cape up with jonathan capehart. nyu skirball (greenwich village). free (rsvp). >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: (monthly): the music mondays ensemble concert series continues the season with the conductorless east coast chamber orchestra (ecco) performing bach, britten, purcell, and more. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): brendan gay and charles engle battle with topics chosen by the audience to see who gets to host the freestyle comedy show, featuring comics noah gardenswartz (conan), kerryn feehan (trutv), graham kay (colbert), and napoleon emil, plus beats by santiago angel. the bowery electric (east village), free with rsvp, $5 without. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): cell biologist elaine fuchs explores how stem cells can be used in regenerative medicine at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with stand-up by tone bell (showtime), ryan donahue (kimmel), ayanna dookie (trutv), manolo moreno, and andy iwancio. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by aaron weaver (comedy central), derek humphrey (mtv), calvin cato (tony‘s queer comics of color to watch out for), michael nguyen (vulture), brittany carney, and margo reiss. 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. >>

8pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: every month, theater of the apes plucks a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrects it as a low-budget variety show. tonight’s inspiration: 1919’s the studio yearbook of decorative art. the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement with max + nicky variety show features performers melissa villaseñor (snl), judah friedlander (30 rock), keith alberstadt (colbert), and emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend). under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

10:30pm: musical theater characters find themselves in the middle of sketches at the shiz comedy show. hosted by matt gehring and shaina taub and featuring an ensemble of broadway and broadway-worthy performers. ucb theater (hell’s kitchen), $9. >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events. >>


Centered around BRIC’s core values of creativity, inclusion, participation, and community, the BRIC OPEN is an arts and ideas festival that brings people together to radically imagine a more liberated future. From April 24-27, come to BRIC in Downtown Brooklyn to experience community, conversation, the world premiere of Phillip Howze’s Self Portraits, live performances from Strings N Skins and Phony Ppl, Healing Justice Workshops with Harriet’s Apothecary, neighborhood walks around Fort Greene with Kamau Ware, art-making with Colectiva Cósmica, and contemporary art exhibitions including The Portrait is Political featuring work by Jaishri Abichandani, Texas Isaiah, and Liz Collins.

BRIC OPEN: Justice takes place Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27 and all events are free! Visit for more info and to RSVP!

coming up

4/16 2pm: star taylor schilling discusses her work on the upcoming comedy family at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

4/16 6pm: fighting fakes: news literacy in the digital age: learn how to be a better news consumer by identifying fact from fiction and news from opinion at a workshop led by howard schneider and jonathan anzalone of stony brook university’s center for news literacy. the new school’s theresa lang community center (greenwich village/union square). free (rsvp). >>

4/16 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring sean patton (comedy central), ismael loutfi (kimmel), casey balsham (gotham live), kenice mobley (siriusxm), ashley brooke roberts (ucb), and aaron weaver. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

4/16 7pm: how do sight, smell, touch, taste, and movement influence romantic desire? feel sparks fly at guerilla science’s attraction lab: outer space edition, where astronomer jana grcevich and comedian chris duffy will lead blindfolded participants (i.e., you) through an exploration of the science of attraction and desire. open to couples, singles, and the curious. intrepid sea, air + space museum (pier 86), $20. >>

4/16 7pm (monthly): one comedian will be pulled from the line up to chat with host savannah desormeaux about a time they were ghosted at the ghost town show. with performers jes tom (standup nbc), kendall payne (@netflixisajoke), lizzie stewart (let’s get civical), rob michael hugel (broad city web series), and sharron paul. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

4/16 7:30pm: historian hugh ryan brings brooklyn’s lgbtq history to life in a talk about his new book when brooklyn was queer. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

4/16 7:30pm (+ 4/17 at mcnally jackson): conversations with friends author sally rooney presents her second novel, normal people, at a launch event hosted by author and books are magic owner emma straub at first unitarian church (brooklyn heights). free. >>

4/16 7:30pm: lisa bielawa, the inaugural composer-in-residence and chief curator of the philip glass institute at the new school’s college of performing arts, will conduct the mannes string orchestra in a program entitled, ‘the sonic world of the string orchestra.’ the new school’s john l. tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

4/16 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with standup by josh gondelman (conan), shalewa sharpe (fallon), rob haze (fallon), and anthony p. devito (colbert). hosted by ryan donahue, kate willett, and ismael loutfi. bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

4/16 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by aparna nancherla (colbert), myq kaplan (conan), stavros halkias (comedy central), devon walker (comedy central), amy shanker (laughs), and joel walkowski (roastmasters). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

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