around town today

6:30pm: on the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, author michael benson chronicles how stanley kubrick and arthur c. clarke’s 2001: a space odyssey came to be in a talk on his new book, space odyssey. nypl mid-manhattan library, free (rsvp). >>

7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): shotz: six groups of actors, writers, and directors create brand new 10-minute plays that must follow three rules. this month’s rules: tba. the kraine theater (east village), $13 adv (includes a beer), $15 door. >>

7pm: kids in the hall star scott thompson revives his buddy cole character for the release of his fictional autobiography. signed books will be available for purchase. the stonewall inn (west village), free admission. >>

7-11pm (weekly): hot jazz, swing and blues bands, djs, burlesque, and a free beginner’s dance lesson bring some swank to your mondays at the jazz haus soirée. tonight: music by dandy wellington + his band and dj vava voon, plus burlesque by gin minsky. bierhaus nyc (midtown east), free admission. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the new birdbrain comedy night, hosted by mark riccadonna, michael albanese, and tushar singh, returns with guests monroe martin iii (last comic standing), amy shanker (laughs), paul hooper (gotham live), jessica michelle, marc staudenmaier, and buddy harris. bonus: the first 20 folks get a free jack daniel’s cocktail. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7:30pm: quarterly art publication bomb magazine launches their spring issue with readings from contributors joseph keckler (dragon at the edge of a flat world) and stacy szymaszek (hart island). a wine reception follows. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): nat towsen’s downtown variety hour features performers, music, a downtown history segment, and trivia with prizes from two boots pizza and comic book/toy store forbidden planet. this month’s show includes andrew rose gregory (autotune the news), alise morales (difficult people), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), and more. ucb (east village), $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with guests claudia cogan (clark last comic standing), casey james salengo (comedy central), marie faustin (girl code), nate fernald (@midnight), cara weinberger (the new yorker), and clark jones. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series celebrates its fourth anniversary with readings by alanna okun (the curse of the boyfriend sweater), jordan kisner (the new york times magazine), mayukh sen (food52), and manuel betancourt (esquire). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (monthly): hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show. tonight: matt starr (above average), chris calogero (not quite midnight), lindsay bradish, albert kirchner, and matt rain. the back room at the vspot organic (east village), free. >>

8pm: the comedy at the grocery show celebrates its seventh anniversary with stand up by seaton smith, jim tews, adrienne iapalucci, brian mitchell, and guest host maria heinegg. arlene’s grocery (les), $5. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by ryan donahue (kimmel), billy prinsell (comedy central), eudora peterson (the special without brett davis), jeremy pinsly (funny or die), julia solomon (ucb), and aimee rose ranger (the ranger zone). 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 justy dodge (siriusxm), brian park (college humor), raghav mehta, kendall farrell, and erik monical. hosted by chelsea taylor. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8:30pm: comics read from their weird childhood journals at the dear diary show. hosted by maggie lalley. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

coming up

4/3-8 : save on men’s and women’s fitness apparel, shoes and accessories at an equinox sample sale. 260 fifth ave (nomad), free admission. >>

4/3 11am-3pm: cheap lunch alert: indian food spot inday opens a midtown location with $5 bowls today. 708 third ave, bet 44th + 45th sts. >>

4/3 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre kicks off the spring season with violinist lauren cauley and pianist david friend of ensemble signal performing tonia ko, christopher cerrone, and david lang. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

4/3 6:30pm (tuesdays, wednesdays, first fridays, sundays): learn to fix your fixie at time’s up’s free bike repair classes, held at la plaza cultural de armando perez community garden in alphabet city (tuesdays 6:30pm and first fridays 3-6pm) and 99 south 6th street in williamsburg (wednesdays and sundays 6:30pm). donations welcome. >>

4/3 7pm: contributions to the best american poetry 2017, presented by series editor david lehman, will read selections from the anthology. poets house (battery park), $10 general, $7 students/seniors, free for poets. >>

4/3 7pm: join christian mcbride for a live taping of his siriusxm show and podcast the lowdown: conversations with christian, featuring grammy-winning vocalist and bandleader catherine russell. the national jazz museum in harlem, $10. >>

4/3 7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and craig horsley at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

4/3 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 jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

4/3 7:30pm: hear martin luther king jr’s last speech, ‘i’ve been to the mountaintop,’ replayed on its 50th anniversary in washington square park (greenwich village). free. >>

4/3 7:30pm: meg wolitzer, new york times-bestselling author of the interestings, discusses her new novel, the female persuasion, with the new yorker columnist jia tolentino. books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

4/3 7:30pm (thru 4/8): south african choreographer dada masilo and the dance factory present a re-telling of the tragic-romantic ballet giselle incorporating african rituals and ceremonies. the joyce theater (chelsea). $10+. >>

4/3 7:30pm (ongoing): take a closer look at the stars with the help of high-powered telescopes and members of the amateur astronomers association. tonight’s location: on the high line, near 14th street. free. >>

4/3 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider magazine/podcast presents five personal stories about the struggle of getting a diagnosis, from trouble with insurance to arguing with doctors, and from self-diagnosis to diagnosing others, as told by interesting science-y folks and storytellers. hosted by neuroscientist paula croxson and writer tracy rowland. caveat (les), $12. >>

4/3 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians and native new yorkers ilana michelle rubin (reductress) and lana schwartz (the toast) invite friends and performers to talk about where they grew up at the my hometown show. featuring sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), jo firestone (fallon), josh gondelman (last week tonight), eudora peterson (splitsider), and fareeha khan (decoded). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

4/3 7:30pm doors, 8pm 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 myq kaplan (netflix), jordan temple (hidden fences), katie hartman (high maintenance), shannon matesky (queer abstract), and zach sherwin (epic rap battles of history). dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

4/3 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 brandon wardell (comedy central), nate fernald (james corden), annie donley (ifc), clare o’kane (viceland), and musician jack toft. free. >>

ticket deals

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get tickets to the nyc hot sauce expo at brooklyn expo center 4/21-22 for $5+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $10+). >>

get tickets to see uma thurman, lorna simpson, tim daly, and others celebrate national poetry month at the 16th annual poetry + the creative mind at lincoln center’s alice tully hall 4/25 for $23-38 (plus ticket fees, reg. $45-75). >>

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