around town today

11am-7pm (thru 9/15, closed tuesdays): go for a spin on historic jane’s carousel, which starts summer hours today. brooklyn bridge park (dumbo), $2/ride, $20/12. >>

9am-7pm (thru 5/18): shop over 100 brands of women’s footwear at the annual shoe-inn warehouse sale, with shoes starting at $15 and boots at $29. 260 madison ave (@ e 39th street), free admission. >>

5pm: hear about the five deeps expedition and see a preview of the discovery channel’s deep planet, which chronicles record-breaking submarine dives to the deepest parts of the ocean, at the explorers club (ues). free. >>

6pm: in anticipation of the theatrical release of dark phoenix, forbidden planet hosts an x-men day celebration with giveaways for the first 100 attendees and those dressed in costume, plus an autograph session with famed x-men comics writer chris claremont. forbidden planet (union square), free admission. >>

6:30pm (+ 5/14 at greenlight bookstore): author karen russell will discuss her new collection orange world and other stories with the tiger’s wife author téa obreht at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: former presidential speechwriters and comedians who like speeches break down their favorite speeches, give behind-the-scenes looks at the drafting process, and lead the audience in crafting their own keynote at west wing writers presents: speakeasy. hosted by brian agler (the new yorker). caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm (monthly): at this month’s edition of the no such thing as love comedy show, ‘terminally single’ hosts claire burns and jessie jolles get tips on online dating from coach lily womble, founder of date brazen. the pit (gramercy), $8. >>

7pm: catch an advance screening of swedish sci-fi thriller aniara at scandinavia house (murray hill). free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): learn what cassini’s findings have taught us about saturn’s rings, colorful atmosphere, and moons with planetary scientist jani radebaugh at tonight’s frontiers lecture at the american museum of natural history’s hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 students, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

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 casey james salengo (comedy central), carmen lagala (colbert), joel boyd (carson daly), and sam evans, plus beats by santiago angel. the bowery electric (east village), free with rsvp, $5 without. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: at tonight’s edition of the hell yeah comedy show, ‘former comedian’ james cross presents an evening of jokes from guests akilah hughes (pod save america, akilah obviously), shannon odell (drunk science), milly tea (bet), jesse roth (‘sup comedy), colby smith (mtv), and brooke eliot. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

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 danny jolles (crazy ex-girlfriend), kyle ayers (roast battle), kenny deforest (seth meyers), katie compa (golden spiral comedy), nonye brown-west, and donnie sengstack. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly thru october): the rooftop movie monday screening series at east williamsburg’s our wicked lady continues with footloose. free admission. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show brings stand-up to a cozy lounge setting, complete with leather couches and a fireplace. tonight: natasha vaynblat (comedy central), sagar bhatt (last comic standing), veronica garza (mtv), patrick schroeder (comedy central), amamah sardar (siriusxm), and jane harrison. 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): this month’s installment of the franklin park reading series features authors juliet escoria (juliet the maniac), michele filgate (what my mother and i don’t talk about), evan james (cheer up, mr. widdicombe), dennis norris ii (awst collection – dennis norris ii), and kim coleman foote (black renaissance noire). franklin park (crown heights), 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: 1913’s childhood by alice meynell. the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

8:30pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (comedy central) hosts myq kaplan and friends, with benefits, an evening of stand-up to support charity. tonight’s performers include molly devane, lindsay lucido, ashley gavin, and joel boyd. q.e.d. (astoria), $6 admission benefits chicktech. >>

9pm: (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), maggie maxwell (kids these days), and chris duffy (problem areas with wyatt cenac) share true stories about mothers at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

9pm: the lap dance saloon comedy show returns with laughs from kimberly dinaro (reductress), grant lyon (comedy central), joel boyd (tbs), mary cella (the new york times), and brian bahe. hosted by jeffrey emerson and jill weiner. bonus: free pizza. upstairs at 2a (east village), free admission. >>

check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>


coming up

5/14-19: parsons dance returns to the joyce theater (chelsea) with trey mcintyre’s eight women set to music by aretha franklin, a tribute to paul taylor, and more. $10+. >>

5/14-19: random access music’s eighth annual queens new music festival presents a dozen contemporary, experimental, and world concerts performed by kathleen supové, aeon ensemble, ram players, and more. the secret theatre (lic), free-$20. >>

5/14 4-8pm: the weather might be crummy, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying free cone day at häagen-dazs (at participating shops). >>

5/14 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 6/4, 6/11): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the spring season continues tonight with sō percussion founding member jason treuting. bonus: free drink. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

5/14 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring ryan beck (comedy central), mike recine (conan), anna fabrega (hbo), matt bachus (ucb), and amy shanker. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

5/14 7pm (+ 6/11, 7/16, 8/13): food tank presents the conversations about food speaker series, followed by a catered networking reception. tonight’s theme: ‘equity in the food system’. nyu pless hall (greenwich village), free (rsvp).   >>

5/14 7pm: cnn’s chief national security correspondent jim sciutto discusses his new book, the shadow war: inside russia’s and china’s secret operations to defeat america, with cnn’s chief political correspondent dana bush. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway (uws), priority seating with purchase of the book. >>

5/14 7pm: from hoarders to antique hunters to space debris, journalist and author alison stewart examines america’s love affair with stuff at a talk on her new book, junk. strand bookstore (union square). $15 admission includes a gift card, $16.99 includes a signed copy of the book. >>

5/14 7pm, 8:30pm: be there and be square. nerd nite returns for its final nite of the season with entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on fatbergs, start-up scammers, and gizmodo. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for presentations at 8:30pm, or add $10 for hetero speed dating at 7pm. >>

sponsored 5/14 7:30pm: at the next installment of the litprov literature and comedy mashup, ted chiang and nathan englander will read from their new books, followed by hilarious plot interpretations from comedians michelle buteau and rosebud baker. the evening includes a conversation with the authors, q+a, and a book signing. plus, the audience receives 20% off all drinks at bar thalia. symphony space (uws), $10 with promo code ‘may’ (plus ticket fees, reg. $16). >>

5/14 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring ali kolbert (fallon), carolyn bergier (funny or die), rachel joravsky, and feminist musical comedy duo free the mind. hosted by sophie santos. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

5/14 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: a late night variety show and a spelling bee collide for we b-e-e spelling fundraiser/game show/concert, with proceeds benefiting voting rights organization head count. hosted by alex greer. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

5/14 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of idra novey (those who knew), john wray (godsend), and essayist garnette cadogan at tonight’s four-year anniversary of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

5/14 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by adam conover (adam ruins everyhing), rachel feinstein (netflix), dina hashem (conan), jay jurden (time out ‘comedian to watch’), irene bremis (siriusxm), maddy smith (mcsweeney’s), sarah hennessy, and jill weiner. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

ticket deals

rsvp for free tickets to an advance screening of booksmart at amc empire 25 on wednesday, 5/15 at 7pm. limited number available. >>

get tickets to the nyc vegetarian food festival at metropolitan pavilion 5/18-19 for $5-15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

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