around town today

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
best in show. parklife (gowanus). >>
casablanca. astoria park (astoria). >>
coco. cunningham park (fresh meadows). >>
coco. highland park (cypress hills). >>
diary of a wimpy kid. thomas greene playground (gowanus). >>
from up on poppy hill. waterside plaza (kips bay). >>
superbad. hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop (soho/south village). >>
the avengers: infinity war. melrose playground (bronx). >>
true romance. our wicked lady (bushwick). >>

6pm: learn about the history of scotch whisky, from its humble origins to the world of mad men, with tasting samples included. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $15. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the masters of social gastronomy (msg) take on the secret history of sushi in the united states and the science behind eating raw sushi. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy and storytelling show that features tales of walking away from something and performances of abandoned material. tonight’s guests: mary houlihan (above average), mike kelton (mtv), and morgan miller (dirty laundry comedy). bonus: share your own story for a chance to win a free drink. hosted by ian goldstein (splitsider) and sam corbin (the new yorker). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): at ‘the two beers in’ tipsy political roundtable show, hosts cody lindquist and charlie todd welcome discussion from guests michael torpey (paid off, orange is the new black), jess mcintosh (share blue executive editor), and matt rogers (las culturistas). ucb east village, $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians share what it feels like to be on the outside at outcasts: a comedy show about outcasts. hosted by fareeha khan. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with guests janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), jordan carlos (colbert), kara klenk (comedy central), jared logan (comedy central), and george civeris. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by carolyn busa (side ponytail), randall otis (vice), caitlin peluffo (seeso), jeff scheen (laughs), sarah cooper (100 tricks to appear smart in meetings), and erik monical. hosted by lizzie martinez (funny or die) and hoff matthews (comedy central). 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 rob cantrell (comedy central), dan wilbur (siriusxm), chloe radcliffe (tbs comic to watch), fumi abe (mtv), david sitrick, and lillian devane. hosted by ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (thru 9/3): see larger than life performances during metropolitan opera’s 10th annual summer hd festival, an outdoor screening series held in lincoln center plaza with the opera house in the background. this year’s fest highlights 10 filmed operas from the last seven years, and kicks off with a pre-fest showing of the marx brother’s a night at the opera on friday. lincoln center plaza (midtown west), free. >>

9:30pm (monthly): hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show. the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring marcus monroe (mtv), subhah agarwal (gotham comedy live), sam weiner (buzzfeed), ruby mccollister (the special without brett davis), and cocoon central dance team. hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

8/28 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
dr. strangelove or: how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. valentino pier (red hook). >>
fame. the plaza at 300 ashland (fort greene). >>
isle of dogs. sol lain playground (les). >>
the lego ninjago movie. paerdegat park (east flatbush). >>
toy story. waterside plaza (kips bay). >>
x-men. essex street community garden (cypress hills). >>

8/28 6pm (+ 9/17): new york city opera visits bryant park to perform hour-long previews of its upcoming productions. tonight: verdi’s la traviata. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

8/28 6pm doors, 7pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: voices of a people’s history. central park, free. >>

8/28 7pm (+ 8/30): kupferberg center for the arts at queens college presents the annual live at the gantries summer performance series, held at gantry plaza state park (lic). tonight: supermambo presents a vibes tribute to tito puente. free. >>

8/28 7:30pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), mike kelton (vh1), halle kiefer (vulture), and ashley brooke roberts (fresh out!) share stories about going back to school at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. new venue: ucb east village, $9. >>

8/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): paleontologist phillip barden discusses amber fossils, prehistoric ‘vampire ants from hell,’ and the evolution of social insects at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

8/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: laugh cry about our flaws, fears, and issues at the so many problems comedy show. hosted by becca beberaggi and including sets by sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), bobby hankinson (kweendom), molly austin (trutv), doug smith (conan), usama siddiquee, and melissa rocha. union hall (park slope), $5 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/28 8pm (quarterly): the am i write, ladies? variety show celebrates its fourth birthday of showcasing new prose, storytelling, comedy, burlesque, theater, and more by women and gender non-conforming artists. tonight’s theme: birthdays, parties, growing older, changes, and discoveries. hosted by cassidy graves. the footlight (ridgewood), $10. >>

8/28 8:30pm (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + hotdog show, this week including performances by melissa villaseñor (snl), julio torres (snl), jared logan (comedy central), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), alexis guerreros (sirius xm), and sallie smith-fitch. hosted by dan licata (adult swim) and joe pera (seth meyers). free. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: $20 tickets to tfana’s ★★★★ the emperor 9/9-30 for ages 30 and under or full-time students of any age (up to a $100 value), or use code ‘skint69’ for $69 tickets. discount offer expires 9/18. >>

get tickets to the brooklyn botanic garden’s 26th annual chile pepper festival 9/29 for $18 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

get tickets to the world maker faire at the new york hall of science 9/22-23 for $20-50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50-80). >>

get tickets to the photoplus international conference + expo at the javits center 10/25-27 for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

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