around town today

thru 5/5: moleskine, s’well, and nest sample sale: save on notebooks, planners, water bottles, fragrances, candles, and more. 260 fifth ave (nomad), free admission. >>

6:30pm: learn about the history of gin, from medicinal cure-all, to mothers’ ruin, and modern local distilleries. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $10. >>

6:30pm: center for communication presents: spotlight on broadway: producer/director/actor tom hulce (spring awakening, american idiot), publicist rick miramontez, and executive producer susan vargo (spongebob squarepants) talk what it takes to launch a show, get it noticed and reviewed, and have a successful run with moderator malcolm bird. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: singer and songwriter maggie rogers talks about her recent experiences as a successful recording and performing artist at tonight’s installment of the nyu skirball talks series. nyu skirball (greenwich village), free (rsvp required). >>

7pm (thru 5/4): comedian george gordon performs a week-long residency at the creek + the cave as he prepares to record his debut album next month. the creek + the cave (lic), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: explore the history of bodegas, from their immigrant roots to the stories behind some of their most popular items and bodega cats at a talk by ‘historic gastronomist’ sarah lohman. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): human bird comedy night (fka birdbrain comedy night) returns with guests joyelle nicole (seth meyers), robby slowik (siriusxm), steph tolev (mtv), vinnie nardiello (the radio gods), abby feldman (redacted tonight), and bill boronkay (espn). bonus: the first 20 folks get a free jack daniel’s cocktail. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7:30pm: actors and singers kevin kline and melissa errico and lincoln center artistic director andré bishop discuss the history of my fair lady on broadway with the new yorker’s adam gopnik at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center (uws). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with stand up by matteo lane (colbert), calise hawkins (fallon), drennon davis (adam devine’s house party), evan williams (roast battle), loyiso madinga, and maggie crane. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by katie hannigan (collegehumor), calvin cato (time out‘s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), matt stoddsky (mcsweeney’s), ronnie fleming, and dario joseph. 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 sasheer zamata (snl), joel walkowski (the new york times), mike abrusci (ifc), liz barrett (laughs), and brandon jackson. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: red pill? blue pill? comedians talk about their relationships with pills — whether it’s about addiction or health reasons — through stand-up, storytelling, poetry, or whatever feels right at pills pills pills: a show about pills. tonight: josh gondelman (last week tonight), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), calvin cato (time out‘s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), and more. hosted by anita flores and natalie wall. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm: actors and improvisors do their thing at stephen ruddy’s gravid water show. tonight’s guests include scott adsit (30 rock) and david cross (mr. show). ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

8:30pm: guests reveal journal entries, poetry, original songs and art from their adolescence at lyssa mandel’s the bitch seat comedy talk show-and-tell q.e.d. (astoria), free. >>

9pm: (monthly): the pairs n chairs benefit variety show presents three pairs of performing artists doing a range of sets. tonight: comedy by becca o’neal + marie faustin, music by dandy lonely + mercury 94, and drag by theydy bedbug + jonbenét ramme. hosted by cassidy graves + jessy yates. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5-10 suggested donation benefits national adapt + transwomen of color collective. >>

9:30pm (+ 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. >>

11pm (weekly): alt comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring roy wood, jr. (the daily show), julio torres (snl), tyler fischer (younger), tim dillon (comedy central), emmy blotnick (the president show), eric dittelman (america’s got talent), and host morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>



Robert Sean Leonard (House), Blythe Danner (Patrick Melrose), Colby Minifie (Jessica Jones) and Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) present an evening of classic and contemporary fiction from the archives of America’s most popular and influential literary magazine, famous for discovering new writers such as Philip Roth, Angela Flournoy, and Edward P. Jones. Hosted by author Nell Freudenberger, with appearances by celebrated writer Ottessa MoshfeghBUY TICKETS

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5/1-6: see new 10-minute plays and vote for your favorite at the new short play festival. the american theatre of actors: john cullum theatre (hell’s kitchen), $20. >>

5/1-13: all free performances to the shed’s pre-opening programming, which include abra, arca, azealia banks, the d.r.e.a.m. ring dancers, and more, sold out shortly after we posted about them a few weeks ago, but we’ll be on the lookout for any openings. >>

5/1-10/31: just in time for the warm weather this week, governors island opens for the season. plan your getaway from the city with free ferry rides thru 5/6, and just $3 round trip after (free weekends before 11:30am). >>

5/1 7:30am (tuesdays + thursdays thru 8/30): start your morning with free tai chi classes offered at bryant park (midtown west). >>

5/1 6-9pm (weekly): get footloose and fancy-free at prohibition productions’ rooftop jazz series, kicking off tonight at a 19th floor open-air lounge with live music by the blue vipers of brooklyn. cambria hotel + suites rooftop (chelsea), free admission. >>

5/1 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: inside the male brain: toxic masculinity and #metoo: take a deeper look into the cultural, psychological, and sociological forces driving harmful male behavior at a talk with michael kimmel (suny stony brook center for the study of men and masculinities), geraldine downey (columbia psychology professor), and journalist alexis grenell. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

5/1 6:30pm (tuesdays thru 7/3): take deep breaths while taking in the view at weekly free yoga classes at randall’s island park. bring your own mat. >>

5/1 6:30pm: philip ashforth coppola celebrates the release of one track mind: drawing the new york subway, his book of nyc subway drawings that was four decades in the making, with a signing, conversation, and a documentary screening held appropriately at the new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn). $10. >>

5/1 7pm: the truth is out there! david duchovny releases his new novel, miss subways at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location starting at 9am. >>

5/1 7pm (+ 5/5 6pm): 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade celebrates the release of his second comedy storytelling album, adam wade live at the magnet theater, with launch shows at the kraine theatre (tues, $10) and the magnet theater (sat, $7). >>

5/1 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. >>

5/1 7pm (+ 5/2 5:30pm): get a double dose of batman ninja with the filmmakers and voice actors in person at the nyc premiere at the directors guild of america (tuesday, free with rsvp) and a q+a and signing at kinokuniya bookstore (wednesday, free). >>

5/1 7-10pm (+ 5/2): graduating students give short talks and show videos of their work at the annual sva mfa computer art thesis presentations. tuesday: fine art and motion graphics; wednesday: 3d animation. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

5/1 7:30pm: cobble hill’s books are magic celebrates its one-year anniversary with the paperback release of pulitzer prize and national book award winner the underground railroad and author colson whitehead and the new yorker staff writer vinson cunningham in conversation. books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>

5/1 7:30pm: producer, musician, designer, and author questlove and conceptual artist hank willis thomas discuss creativity and identity at pratt’s conversations on creativity series. memorial hall auditorium at pratt institute (clinton hill), free (rsvp). >>

5/1 7:30pm (tuesdays thru 6/5): the stranger than fiction documentary film and director q+a series continues the spring season with sacha jenkins’ rapture: nas + dave east (2018). ifc center (greenwich village), $17. >>

5/1 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 justy dodge (gotham live), sharron paul (neurotica), maria heinegg (the worst thing), rob cantrell (comedy central), and george gordon. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

5/1 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 jo firestone (fallon), mike o’brien (snl), solomon georgio (comedy central), rebecca v. o’neal (vice), and yedoye travis. hosted by dan licata (adult swim), joe pera (seth meyers) and charles gould (kimmel). free. >>

5/1 8:30pm (monthly): comedian christian finnegan (chappelle’s show) hosts a live taping of the audio spackle podcast with guest craig wedren (shudder to think, wet american summer soundtrack) and some help from mark douglas (the key of awesome) and brandon etheridge (musical director for the school of rock on broadway). q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

5/1 7pm (+ 5/5 6pm): 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade celebrates the release of his second comedy storytelling album, adam wade live at the magnet theater, with launch shows at the kraine theatre (tues, $10) and the magnet theater (sat, $7). >>

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