around town today

thru 4/22 score $50 spa treatments during the annual spring spa week. registration required. >>

thru 4/22: more than 165 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities gather for the annual pen america’s ‘world voices’ festival. this year’s theme, ‘resist and reimagine,’ includes conversations, debates, readings, and workshops with hillary rodham clinton + chimamanda ngozi adichie, chris hayes + ron chernow, laurie anderson + chelsea manning, roxane gay, eileen myles, salman rushdie, colson whitehead, and many more. various locations + prices (many are free). >>

thru 4/30: a section of an original 1984 keith haring mural that ran along the fdr drive is currently on display in the windows of 99 cents fine art (chinatown). >>

7pm: salon senior political reporter amanda marcotte does q+a on her upcoming book, troll nation: how the american right devolved into a clubhouse of haters, at a taping for c-span’s book tv at the half king (chelsea). free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the empiricist league‘s latest science-themed talks in a bar takes a look at mind hacking, with presentations by social neuroscientist jay van bavel (neuroscience and the dangers of the partisan brain), psychological scientist david desteno (hacking human virtue), and psychologist paul bloom (against empathy). union hall (park slope), $12. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the birdbrain comedy night returns with guests alingon mitra (last comic standing), rosebud baker (elite daily), akaash singh (netflix), kc arora (gotham live), stan stankos (snl ‘weekend update’ contributor), and mike keegan. hsoted by mark riccadonna, michael albanese, and tushar singh. bonus: the first 20 folks get a free jack daniel’s cocktail. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7:30pm: the night shift theater’s drunken shakespeare = shakespeare readings, karaoke-style, in a bar. bar nine (hell’s kitchen), free to watch and to participate. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): laugh while giving to a cause at the living for it comedy benefit show. this month’s show supports gays against guns and features stand up by joe zimmerman (comedy central), jessica michelle singleton (siriusxm), andy sandford (conan), julia shiplett (crashing), drew anderson (npr), and brian bahe. hosted by george civeris, kendall farrell, and anya volz. the living gallery (bushwick), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with guests dave ross (drunk history), kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), chris charpentier (kimmel), katie compa (someecards), nonye brown-west, and ashley hamilton. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (+ 4/30, 5/9, 5/30): disney princesses become feminists and turn the patriarchal stories on their heads at the femme fairy tales all-female comedy sketch show. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by andy ostroff (kimmel), robby hoffman (ifc), geoffrey thomas asmus, jane harrison, and pedro salinas. bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by sean donnelly (conan), daniel perafan (seeso), carrie gravenson (cake comedy), samantha ruddy, and holly lynnea. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

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. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome) hosts an evening of stand up by sam corbin (buzzfeed), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), eman el-husseini (unveiled) and  zahid dewji, plus beatboxing by shockwave. q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement variety show features stand-up comedy and music from performers michelle buteau (key and peele), mark normand (inside amy schumer), kate willett (this is not happening), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), and more. under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

11pm (weekly): alt comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring chris redd (snl), anna drezen (snl), kate willett (this is not happening), jake head (laughs), eudora peterson (the special without brett davis), fumi abe (decoded), and host morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

4/17-22 12-6pm: there’ll be a vulva selfie booth and a bathtub full of tampons at the get on top pop-up shop, set up to celebrate topics covered in sustain natural founder meika hollender’s sex- and pleasure-positive new book. 208 bowery (les), free admission. >>

4/17-22: lar lubovitch dance company celebrates its 50th anniversary with two programs including a world premiere set to seldom-heard choral music by schubert. the joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

4/17 6pm (+ 4/18-19): new york cares celebrates national volunteer week by hosting a series of orientation sessions on how how you can make an impact through volunteering in nyc. new york cares headquarters (fidi), free admission. >>

4/17 6pm: poets ask ‘what does soul mean to you?’ at the soul sister revue’s fifth anniversary reading, featuring rachel eliza griffiths, rosebud ben-oni, mariahadessa ekere tallie, leila ortiz, tala abu rahmeh, and host ed toney. cornelia street cafe (greenwich village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

4/17 6:30pm: the poetry society of america and mta arts + design celebrate release of the best of poetry in motion anthology with a night of readings by featured poets marilyn nelson and nathalie handal, live music, conversation, and more. new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $10 admission includes a metrocard with a poetry in motion poem printed on the back. >>

4/17 7pm: join christian mcbride for a live taping of his siriusxm show and podcast the lowdown: conversations with christian, featuring saxophonist, composer, painter and poet oliver lake. the national jazz museum in harlem, $10. >>

4/17 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): $6 + a secret gets you access to the dirty little secrets improv show, where improvisers play with your anonymously-submitted truths in an intimate space. niagara (east village/alphabet city), $6. >>

4/17 7pm doors, 8pm show: laugh your ass off and support gun safety at a comedy show to benefit everytown for gun safety and the brady center, featuring performances by david cross (mr. show), jon glaser (parks and recreation), selena coppock (the new rules for blondes), greg johnson (siriusxm), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), john roberts (bob’s burgers), katina corrao (comedy central), and george gordon (comedy central). littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/17 7:30pm (tuesdays thru 6/5): the stranger than fiction documentary film and director q+a series kicks off the spring season with sara driver’s boom for real: the late teenage years of jean-michel basquiat (2017). ifc center (greenwich village), $17. >>

4/17 7:30pm: norwegian string quartet quartetto testosterone performs two string quartets by edvard grieg. scandinavia house (midtown east), free (rsvp). >>

4/17 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: mary beth barone: america’s stepdaughter: comedian mary beth barone records a half-hour set at union hall, with some help from gary richardson (snl, pat regan (ucb), and host jo firestone (fallon). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/17 8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by dulcé sloan (the daily show), rob haze (fallon), dewayne perkins (netflix), hannah boone (adult swim), and bassam shawl (mashable). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

4/17 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, this week including performances by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), dulce sloan (the daily show), tom thakkar (conan), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show), and nick mullen. hosted by dan licata (adult swim), joe pera (seth meyers) and charles gould (kimmel). free. >>

4/17 8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), aasif mandvi (the daily show), myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome), and more. the slipper room (les), $10. >>

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