around town today

thru 9/17: the 13th annual brooklyn book festival, the largest free literary event in nyc, returns with a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events, a children’s day saturday, and a festival day and marketplace featuring more than 300 authors and 250 booksellers sunday. tonight’s events include a kick-off party ($10 suggested donation), darnell l. moore + charlene a. carruthers at the schomburg center for research in black culture (free), memoir monday at powerhouse arena (free), the miss manhattan non-fiction reading series at niagara (free), and more. >>

thru 9/16: the school of visual arts’s annual after school special film + animation fest puts the spotlight on recent work of alumni with a week of free screenings and q+as. highlights include the great showman, the spongebob squarepants movie, black panther, a shorts program, and more. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

thru 9/13: ronnie james dio fans can check out a selection of the 666 items from the metal icon’s estate before they’re sold at auction fri + sat. the public exhibition includes album art, guitars, stage props, outfits, and more. hard rock cafe (times square), free admission. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show: rough trade hosts a q+a for author and former berlin club dj tim mohr’s burning down the haus: punk rock, revolution, and fall of the berlin wall, with mohr and punk magazine co-founder legs mcneill. an exhibition of rare images from the the period will also open tonight. rough trade (williamsburg), 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), $14. >>

7pm (monthly): at this month’s edition of the no such thing as love comedy show, ‘terminally single’ hosts claire burns and jessie jolles celebrate jessie’s 30th birthday with tales of dating woes, a dating game, and more. the pit (gramercy), $8. >>

7:30pm (monthly thru 12/10): have a musical monday at village east cinema’s series of musical screenings. tonight: oklahoma (1955). city cinemas village east cinema (east village), $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with guests will miles (the chris gethard show), andy erikson (last comic standing), doogie horner (america’s got talent), and more. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by django gold (colbert), tim duffy (comedy central), hannah boone (adult swim), sagar bhatt (last comic standing), geoffrey thomas asmus (laughs), tawanda gona, and sarah cooper. 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 randall otis (vice), bryan yang (gotham live), gena gephart (reductress), erin dohony, gaby hornig, and matt kelly. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome) hosts an evening of stand up by abbi krutchfield, eudora peterson, sam morrison, liz glazer, and matty litwack. q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring ryan beck (comedy central every damn day), liz miele (gotham live), max + nicky weinbach (vintage basement), and more. hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

9/11: september 11 memorials and ceremonies across new york city from am new york. additional events include the 9/11 table of silence project performance, bargemusic concerts, and the annual circle wind concert (weds). >>

9/11-16: save up to 90% off retail prices at the rent the runway sample sale. 260 fifth ave (nomad), free admission. >>

9/11 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with tales from scott gawlicki, leslie goshko, jean le bec, and adam wade, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by barbara aliprantis. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

9/11 6-8pm: taste french wine + cheese, watch a french film (with english subtitles), and more at the french institute alliance française (fiaf) fall open house. free admission. >>

9/11 7pm: professor and author susan shapiro and several of her students share their getting short pieces and books published success stories at a launch event for the byline bible: get published in five weeks. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($19.99) required for admission. >>

9/11 7pm (monthly): writers who are parents convene at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s theme: graphic novels with writers victor lavalle, mira jacob, josh neufeld, and darin strauss. moderated by christina chiu and m. m. de voe. andaz wall street hotel (fidi), free (rsvp). >>

9/11 8pm + 10pm: attend a live taping of comedy central’s new digital series highlighting nyc stand-up comedians, comedy central stand-up featuring…. littlefield (gowanus), free (rsvps are full, but walk-up spots will be available based on capacity and include a free drink). >>

9/11 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 emmy blotnick (colbert), carmen christopher (trutv), daniel webb (comedy central), ian fidance (siriusxm), and sallie smith-fitch (ifc). hosted by dan licata (adult swim) and joe pera (seth meyers). free. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: just $15 for lesser america’s agnes at 59e59 theaters thru 9/14 (reg. $25). >>

score 2-for-1 tickets to almost 40 shows during the annual fall off-broadway week. tickets to performances scheduled 9/24-10/7 are on sale starting today. >>

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 new york coffee expo at metropolitan pavilion 10/13-14 for $19+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $29+). >>

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