around town today

thru 9/23: the sixth annual brooklyn comedy festival features nearly 40 comedy shows across nine venues, including special editions of existing local staples, plus panels and films. tonight: butterboy and the ballots + bingo emmy party; tomorrow: backfat and the dan + joe + charles show. various locations and prices. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
big night. hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop (soho/south village). >>
ifp filmmaker labs showcase. the william vale (williamsburg). >>
romeo + juliet. our wicked lady (bushwick). >>

various times: 70th annual primetime emmy awards screening parties: arlene’s grocery (les), parklife (gowanus), syndicated (bushwick), and videology (williamsburg). free.

various times (ends today): the brooklyn book festival ends this year’s bookend event series with jennifer egan at brooklyn central library (free), leadership in turbulent times at barnes + noble union square (free), ‘should i stay or should i go? new york stories’ at housing works bookstore cafe (free), and more. >>

11am-8pm (thru 10/26, closed sundays): the seasonal urbanspace garment district pop-up outdoor food market returns with 14 specialty vendors to broadway between 40th + 41st streets. >>

5:30-9:30pm: walk down the aisles to check out the vendor offerings at the annual touring great bridal expo. new york marriott marquis (midtown west), $10. >>

6pm (ends today): new york city opera visits bryant park to perform hour-long previews of its upcoming productions. tonight: rossini’s the barber of seville. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

sponsored 6-9pm: 92y’s intro to the arts night: channel your inner artist at our free open house and enjoy an evening filled with dance performances, food and wine tastings, private music lessons, art, jewelry, and ceramics demonstrations and much more. meet our staff, tour our new music facilities and art studios, and get help selecting the perfect class. >>

6:30pm: the subway… ugh: a panel of activists and experts discuss how the nyc subway got so bad and how it can get better. the cuny graduate center (midtown east), free. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: (monthly): the annual music mondays ensemble concert series opens the season with jasper quartet performing beethoven, shaw, mazzoli, and mendelssohn. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm: in honor of constitution day, the cooper union presents voices of a people’s history of the united states, featuring live readings and music in a celebration of resistance and radical struggle. scheduled: viggo mortensen, allison moorer, brian jones, and others. the great hall at cooper union (east village), free (rsvp required). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): laugh for a cause at the living for it! comedy benefit show. this month’s show supports the audre lorde project, and features stand up by kate willett (netflix), andy erikson (scream queens), david tveite (last comic standing), ayo edebiri (the new yorker), sagar bhatt (collegehumor), and alex english (bet). hosted by george civeris, kendall farrell, and anya volz. brooklyn brewery (williamsburg), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

8pm (monthly): the fall season kickoff of the franklin park reading series features fiction writers lynne tillman (men and apparitions), laura van den berg (the third hotel), ling ma (severance), lydia kiesling (the golden state), tara isabella burton (social creature), and michael seidlinger (my pet serial killer). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by myq kaplan (conan), chanel ali (girl code), hayden kristal (tedx), evan morrison (nerdist), and rohan padhye (airplane mode comedy). 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 patrick schroeder (the good, the dad, and the ugly), danielle perez (buzzfeed), ben katzner, caroline doyle, and sarah lazarus. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement variety show celebrates its one-year anniversary with performers ari shaffir (this is not happening), mark normand (conan), and surprise guests. under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

coming up

9/18 7pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): back to the future. vincent f. albano, jr. playground (kips bay). >>

postponed until 10/23 9/18 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: $6 + a secret gets you access to the dirty little secrets improv show‘s third anniversary show, where improvisers will play with your anonymously-submitted truths in an intimate space. niagara (east village/alphabet city), $6 adv, $10 door. >>

9/18 7:30pm: author, illustrator, and shopsin’s cook tamara shopsin presents her 1970s greenwich village childhood through her illustrated book, arbitrary stupid goal, in conversation with john hodgman (vacationland). books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>

9/18 7:30pm (monthly): video sketch and improv group physically bold brings you a dose of comedy at their variety show, tonight featuring guests pat regan (last comic standing), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), david perez, and eitan levine. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

9/18 8pm (monthly): things are mighty fine at the terrific pacific comedy show, with performances by sean donnelly (colbert), katie hannigan (colbert), lorelei ramirez (comedy central), joon chung (broad city), steve waltien (hbo), and comedy folk duo friends who folk. hosted by chelsea davison (fallon) and asher perlman (the opposition with jordan klepper). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9/18 8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by nimesh patel (snl), gary richardson (snl), ziwe fumudoh (crooked media), fumi abe (mtv), liza treyger (netflix). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

9/18 9pm: nyc’s longest running weekly comedy show ‘sweet’ with seth herzog celebrates its 14th anniversary with guests michael ian black (wet hot american summer), david cross (arrested development), phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), and more. chelsea music hall (chelsea), $15 adv with promo code ‘sweet14’ (reg. $20). >>

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