around town today
6:30pm: pop music breakdown: songwriter and multi-instrumentalist scott greenberg shares an analysis of radiohead’s ‘paranoid android’ in a talk at brooklyn brainery (park slope). $11. >>
6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): guests and listeners compete in puzzles, word games, and trivia at npr’s ask me another, hosted by ophira eisenberg and jonathan coulton. tonight’s live taping includes guests josh gondelman (desus and mero) and catherine cohen (club cumming). the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 door. >>
7pm: journalist samantha allen shares her findings on surprisingly vibrant lgbtq communities in red states from her new book, real queer america, with guests author garrard conley (boy erased), writer lucy diavolo (teen vogue), and comedian jay jurden (vulture). housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free. >>
7pm (monthly): the farm reading series highlights satirical and critical writing with authors scaachi koul (buzzfeed), madeleine watts (los angeles review of books), stephen thomas (the jokes), and ashley bales. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>
7pm (monthly): at this month’s edition of the no such thing as love comedy show, ‘terminally single’ hosts claire burns and jessie jolles have put together a panel of single guys to help them out and break it all down. the pit (gramercy), $8. >>
7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 6/12-13, 6/15, 6/17, 6/19): arias and duets fill the air as the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series returns with six free outdoor concerts in every borough. tonight: central park’s rumsey playfield. >>
7:30pm: sing your heart out at the new york choral consortium’s eighth annual big sing at the cathedral of st. john the divine in morningside heights (free) or the west village chorale’s weekly summer sings series at judson church in greenwich village ($15 general, $10 students).
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 todd barry (netflix), matteo lane (netflix), dulce sloane (the daily show), solomon georgio (2 dope queens), francesca fiorentini matty ryan, and alex kumin. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>
8pm (monthly): get your monthly dose of hot feminist takes at the left breast comedy hour, featuring stand-up by sydnee washington (comedy central), veronica garza (mtv), jessica kirson (fallon), alysia hush, maggie lalley, and anya volz, plus singing drag queen lauren ordair. hosted by kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall. knitting factory (williamsburg), free admission. >>
8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show brings stand-up to a cozy lounge setting, complete with leather couches and a fireplace. tonight: harrison greenbaum (conan), sameer naseem (wyatt cenac’s problem areas), ashley gavin (hulu), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy, and brandon vincent jackson. 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 admission. >>
8:30pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (comedy central) hosts myq kaplan and friends, with benefits, an evening of stand-up to support a different charity each month. tonight’s performers include jaffer khan, beth maria glick, brittany carney, lucas connolly, and danielle perez. q.e.d. (astoria), $6 admission benefits doctors without borders. >>
9pm: (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), julia whitehouse, and jeff hiller share true stories about dear old dad at this month’s father’s day edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>
9:30pm doors, 10pm show: the regular comedy show returns with a night of stand-up by rosebud baker (comedy central), ronny chieng (the daily show), dan soder (billions), jo firestone (fallon), and gary gulman (conan). baby’s all right (williamsburg), $12. >>
10:30pm: musical theater characters find themselves in the middle of sketches at the shiz comedy show, featuring an ensemble of broadway and broadway-worthy performers. ucb theater (hell’s kitchen), $9. >>
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6/11-29: pilobolus dance company returns to the joyce theater with two programs of rep favorites from 1975-2017. joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>
6/11-28: university open air: immigrant teachers and professors will give outdoor lectures on topics ranging from urban anthropology to data science to contemporary taiwanese poetry at the rose garden in prospect park. free. >>
6/11-16: the 19th annual bicycle film festival celebrates all things bike through film, art and music. kick off party with free beer and vegan bbq weds. various locations and prices. >>
6/11 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
barbershop. albee square (downtown brookyln). >>
green book. playground 89 (uws). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. bronx terminal market (bronx). >>
6/11 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (ends today): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the spring season wraps up tonight with contemporary music quintet ensemble échappé. bonus: free drink. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>
6/11 6pm: get an elevated view of the city at a book discussion and signing for author leslie adatto and photographer clay williams’s 111 rooftops in new york that you must not miss. rizzoli bookstore (flatiron). free admission. >>
6/11 6-9pm: fifth avenue will close to traffic and become a cultural block party for the 41st annual museum mile festival, where seven cultural institutions offer free admission: the metropolitan museum of art, the guggenheim, cooper hewitt, neue galerie, museum of the city of new york, the jewish museum, el museo del barrio. the africa center, which is always free, is participating for the first time this year as well. rain or shine. fifth avenue between 82–110th streets. >>
6/11 6:30-9pm (+ 6/18): dance to bollywood and bhangra music in hudson river park with nyc bhangra and dance parade new york. dance lesson starts at 6:30pm. pier 45 (west village), free. >>
6/11 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: uncover walt whitman’s queer private life as demonstrated in his previously unpublished poetry collection, live oak, with moss, presented by illustrator brian selznick, whitman scholar karen karbiener, and executive director of brooklyn poets jason koo. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10 general admission, $5 for members. >>
6/11 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring liza treyger (netflix), matty ryan (mtv), alex kumin, and a half-hour set from mcnamara. bonus: $3 beer happy hour 6:45-7:45pm. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>
6/11 7pm: author paul auster (4 3 2 1, smoke) presents his new essay collection, talking to strangers: selected essays, prefaces, and other writings, 1967-2017, at mcnally jackson (soho). free. >>
6/11 7pm: cnn white house correspondent jim acosta, in conversation with news veteran dan rather, presents his new book enemy of the people: a dangerous time to tell the truth in america at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location beginning at 9am. >>
6/11 7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and guests at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>
6/11 7pm doors (thru august): the annual rooftop films series continues with petra costa’s the edge of democracy, plus live music from regional de ny, filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the william vale (williamsburg), $16. >>
6/11 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: snapped! queer storytelling with a twist: fellows from lambda literary will write true-life tales, then trade scripts with a partner to present each other’s story at the lounge at dixon place (les). free. >>
6/11 7:30pm: linda hershman, historian of social movements, shares the sweeping story of the struggle leading up to the #metoo movement in a talk on her new book, reckoning: the epic battle against sexual abuse and harassment. in conversation with the washington post media columnist margaret sullivan. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($27) required for admission. >>
6/11 7:30pm: bojack horseman creator raphael bob-waksberg presents his collection of short stories about love, someone who will love you in all your damaged glory, with new york times tv critic margaret lyons at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>
6/11 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring robby hoffman (the chris gethard show), mindy raf (girl code), melody kamali, sabrina wu, and sami schwaeber. hosted by sophie santos. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>
6/11 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of kathleen alcott (america was hard to find), ryan chapman (riots i have known), and jordy rosenberg (confessions of the fox) at tonight’s edition of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>
6/11 8pm (+ 6/25): the 61st annual washington square music festival continues with a concert featuring music by brahms, fairouz, dukovski, and schnyder performed by the festival chamber orchestra and and guests. garibaldi plaza in washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>
6/11 8pm (thru 6/16): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 54th season with free outdoor performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. the program will include works by rossini, copland, rachmaninoff, and very young composers of new work city. tues: van cortlandt park (bronx); weds: central park (manhattan); thurs: cunningham park (fresh meadows); fri: prospect park (brooklyn); sun: staten island (indoors. no fireworks.) >>
6/11 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by dina hashem (conan), hanna dickinson (comedy central), madison shephard (comedy central), jim tews (last comic standing), david drake (siriusxm), james hamilton (funny or die), and glo butler (glo in the city). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>
6/11 10pm (monthly): shake things up at the shake-up, jenny gorelick’s stand-up comedy show at freehand hotel’s broken shaker rooftop bar (flatiron). featuring dave mizzoni, zach teague, josh sharp, aida osman, and ruby fox. free admission. >>