MON, 8/7: BRYAN CRANSTON, ROBERT PATTINSON, DOWNTOWN VARIETY HOUR, + 9 TUES EVENTS

around town today

12-7pm (+ 8/8): join in ‘laser guided painting,’ a participatory performance art installation where anyone can ‘paint’ on one of seven large canvases using a laser pointer. anita’s way (midtown west), free. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show (+ 8/14, 8/21, 8/22): brooklyn honors music by gospel, hip-hop, r+b, and afro-caribbean artists during the annual wingate concert series, featuring performances by erica campbell (8/7), big daddy kane (8/14), will downing (8/21), and morgan heritage (8/22). wingate field (prospect-lefferts gardens), free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: newsday‘s rafer guzman and slate’s kristen meinzer introduce a screening of disney’s pocahontas (1995), part of the hollywood does history… poorly film series at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). free. >>

7pm (+ 8/8 5pm at the drama book shop): actor and director bryan cranston (breaking bad) discusses his memoir, a life in parts, with author tom santopietro (the sound of music story, the godfather effect) at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book. >>

7pm (ends today): h.i.p. lit brings writers hala alyan (salt houses), tara isabella burton (social creature), jessie chaffee (florence in ecstasy), victor p. corona (night class: a downtown memoir), melissa febos (abandon me), and courtney maum (touch) to the final night of its outdoor reading series at nowadays (ridgewood). free. >>

7pm (mondays thru 8/14): six local indie bookstores curate outdoor readings with a view of the manhattan skyline for the fifth annual books beneath the bridge literary series, continuing tonight with community bookstore and author jill eisenstadt reading and discussing her book swell. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect steps, free. >>

7pm: good time director jon alpert and star robert pattinson do q+a with documentary director josh safdie following a screening of safdie’s one year in a life of crime (1989), as part of the ‘now: films that inspired the safdie brothers’ good time series at the metrograph (les). $15. >>

7:15pm (mondays thru 8/21): want an excuse to sing your heart out? anyone can join the west village chorale’s weekly summer sings series, tonight featuring bach’s magnificat and mozart’s requiem. judson church (greenwich village), $15 general, $10 students. >>

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 sana amanat (co-creator of ms. marvel, marvel comics editor), gabrielle bell (best american comics), judy stephens (women of marvel), and michael hartney (comedy central ‘comics to watch’). ucb (east village), $7. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by adam newman (#midnight), maria heinegg (xojane), phil hanley (comedy central), ian harvie (larry wilmore), loyiso madinga, and nonye brown-west. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series includes readings by alison kinney (hood), sarah perry (after the eclipse), miz cracker (vice), kit zauhar (mr. beller’s neighborhood). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by joel kim booster (conan), jono zalay (comedy central), meaghan strickland, thiago macklin lima, keremy pinsly and gary levitt, plus a guest lecture about how to do something useless. bonus: rsvp by email for a chance to win drinks. fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

8pm: hear titillating first-person sex stories at the smut slam, with real-life tales from experienced storytellers and 8-10 open slots. tonight’s theme: ‘lines.’ hosted by trish parry. under st marks (east village), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by josh gondelman (conan), langston kerman (insecure), dash kwiatkowski, and shanna christmas. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

thru 8/13: the fifth annual chain nyc film festival screens over 100 indie films from around the world, including a special screening and discussion of the fisher king with screenwriter richard lagravenese (8/13), plus a staged reading/parody/drinking game of the matrix (8/12). the wythe hotel (williamsburg), $10-15. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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Tuesday, August 8th 6:00-9:00PM
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coming up

8/8 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
back to the future (1985), flight deck of the intrepid (hell’s kitchen) >>
creed (2015), sara d. roosevelt park (les) >>
ghost dog: the way of the samurai (1999), valentino pier (red hook) >>

8/8 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with comedian vanessa valerio (the moth storyslam winner), mike cho, ilsa jule, and jimmy wohl, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

8/8 7pm: cereal killer misterkrisp (jessica siskin) launches her cookbook of visually stunning crispy rice treats, treat yourself! how to make 93 ridiculously fun no-bake crispy rice treats, with spoon university’s lauren magenta and youtuber lucie fink at strand books (union square). purchase of the signed book ($14.95) or a $15 gift card required for entry. >>

8/8 7pm: flatiron apparel store lou + grey and amy woodside of okreal team up for the creative women: real stories speaker series, this month hosting the founders of mimi cheng’s dumplings, hannah + marian cheng. lou + grey (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

8/8 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 for your favorites from the sidelines. hosted by jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/8 7:30pm: i am having so much fun here without you author courtney maum launches her new novel touch with tastings of an exclusive blue marble ice cream flavor and discussion. blue marble ice cream (prospect heights), free. >>

8/8 7:30pm: how many hot dogs do they sell at citi field? and just what is astroturf? author rafi kohan discusses what goes on behind the scenes at american sports stadiums in his book, the arena: inside the tailgating, ticket-scalping, mascot-racing, dubiously funded, and possibly haunted monuments of american sport, with volume 1 brooklyn founder jason diamond. books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

8/8 7:30pm: apparently we’re all covered in space dust. in search of stardust author and photographer jon larsen and nasa’s dr. michael zolensky discuss the most recent discoveries of extraterrestrial materials here on earth and the implications of these findings at an event including a photo showcase, hors d’oeuvres, and tastings of elysian brewing’s space dust ipa. white space at agora gallery (chelsea), $10 admission benefits new york cares. >>

8/8 9pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. tonight’s topics: sex with robots: our future, canada: more than maple syrup, and more. hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $7. >>

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