around town today

various times: free outdoor movies:
blindspot and timeless tv shows sneak previews, de witt clinton park (hell’s kitchen/midtown west) >>
hawaiian: the legend of eddie aikau, nowadays (ridgewood) >>

various times (thru 9/18): the 11th annual brooklyn book festival returns sunday, bringing a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events to bookstores, theaters, libraries, and open spaces to whet your literary appetite. tonight’s events include a free kick-off party with free drinks at the bell house (gowanus). >>

2pm, 7pm (+ 9/14): catch 30th anniversary screenings of labyrinth with exclusive, never-before-seen content at select movie theaters. $12.50. >>

5-7pm: 95-year-old fashion icon and interior designer iris apfel hosts a trunk show with one-of-a-kind items from her personal jewelry collection. story (chelsea), free. >>

6-9pm: crown heights cocktail + dessert bar butter + scotch throws a cookbook launch party with complimentary desserts, jell-o shots, and cocktail specials. new york distilling co. (williamsburg), free. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: foodstand and slowmoney nyc present good food spotlight, an evening where four food entrepreneurs get the chance to showcase their products for a panel of experts and audience members. foodstand hq/purpose (flatiron), $15. >>

6:30-7:30pm (mondays thru 11/21): take a free ten-week course on the constitution today taught by yale professor akhil reed amar, who literally wrote the book on the subject, the constitution today: timeless lessons for the issues of our era. the cooper union’s great hall, free (rsvp list is full, but spots may become available at the door). >>

7pm: hold (and maybe learn to appreciate) creepy crawlies at an informal insect, arachnid, and reptile petting zoo and q+a session at the morbid anatomy museum (gowanus). $12. >>

7pm: join the jewish food revolution! authors jeffrey yoskowitz and liz alpern discuss their cookbook the gefilte manifesto: new recipes for old world jewish foods with modern jewish cooking author leah koenig, and provide appetizers from the book. jcc manhattan, $15. >>

7pm (weekly): learn about nasa’s mission to retrieve a sample of asteroid bennu at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7pm: watch 2014 documentary about sexual assault on campus it happened here, followed by a discussion with survivor-turned-activist kylie angell. bluestockings (les), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by carolyn castiglia (right now!), tito garza (funny or die), jake head, frank nelson, winslow dumaine, and stinx. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm: musicians perform an unplugged 25th anniversary tribute to r.e.m.’s out of time at c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $12. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): seth herzog guest hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by annie lederman (@midnight, girl code), yamaneika saunders (last comic standing), sammy obeid (conan, america’s got talent), gary anderson (gotham comedy live), kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), ashley gavin, and dj donwill. littlefield (gowanus), $$5 adv, $8 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): the franklin park reading series continues with fiction writers manuel gonzales (the regional office is under attack!), helen phillips (some possible solutions), tobias carroll (transitory), gina frangello (every kind of wanting), irina reyn (the imperial wife). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by sal vulcano (impractical jokers), clark jones (comedy at the knit), morgan miller (comedy central), and tim platt, plus a guest lecture on how to do something useless. hosted by ann victoria clark. fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

8pm: ocdpp, willy muse, and shaasta play alphaville (bushwick). $10. >>

8pm-midnight: score free stuff, get rid of your old stuff, and jam to tunes at the ‘thrift on!’ clothing and stuff swap party. the keep (bushwick), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the sh*t lit comedy show and bad writing contest celebrates the worst of the worst submitted poems, short stories, screenplays, and essays. tonight’s guests: matt koff (the daily show), aalap patel (mtv), megan doherty, and daniel simonson. hosted by lizzie martinez and tim racine. optional: bring your own awful 150-word submission to read for a chance to win 10 bucks. bunga’s den (chelsea), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome, comedy central) hosts an evening of stand up with guests phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), camille harris (silly jazz), rob cantrell (totally biased), and chris duffy (you’re the expert). q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

9pm: the free mac + cheesy movie night series at williamsburg’s huckleberry bar serves up sci-fi movies with a side of free mac + cheese. tonight: close encounters of the third kind. >>

9:30pm: fall in love with young claire danes and leo dicaprio at a screening of baz luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation of william shakespeare’s romeo + juliet. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

9:45pm doors, 10pm show: la’s what’s up tiger lily? comedy show celebrates its 10th anniversary with a brooklyn show including standup from brooks wheelan (snl), aparna nancherla (seth meyers), mark normand (conan), phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), myq kaplan (comedy central), jena friedman (the daily show), sean patton (comedy central), neel nanda (adam devine’s house party), greg harris (heart of darkness), and more. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

10:30pm: the ‘thank you for coming out’ show returns with an evening of coming out stories and improv comedy and music. hosted by laura ‘dubbs’ weinblatt. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

thru 9/18: hiya honey! the annual nyc honey week celebrates the honeybee’s sweet contribution to our food production system with samples, workshops, lectures and cocktail events (mostly non-skint priced), and the sixth annual honey fest (9/17, free). various locations. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/13 2-5pm: make your afternoon a little sweeter with a free mini chocolate croissant from participating au bon pain locations. one per customer, while supplies last. >>

9/13 4pm-1am (tuesdays): tipple for two! more than 10 beers are just $2 on tuesdays during the well’s happy hour (east williamsburg). >>

9/13 5:30-8pm: taste wine + cheese, watch a french film, buy french books + cds for less than a dollar, and more at the french institute alliance française (fiaf) fall open house, free. >>

9/13 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event continues with michael lydon (rolling stone founding editor), ellen mandel (drama desk award-winning composer), maggie nuttall (the moth), and ‘soul’ poet janet restino. hosted by barbara aliprantis. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

9/13 6:30pm: marine conservationist and macarthur fellow carl safina looks into surprising animal personalities in his book, beyond words: what animals think and feel. the cooper union, free (rsvp). >>

9/13 7pm: why so serious? explore the radical nihilism of the joker, hamlet, and george r.r. martin with bmcc-cuny professor geoff klock. the pennsy (midtown west), $9.60 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $12). >>

9/13 7pm: journalist jessica bennett (new york times) blends personal stories with research, statistics and expert advice in her new book, feminist fight club: an office survival manual for a sexist workplace. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, free. >>

9/13 7pm (monthly): join cast members and the creative team of broadway’s fun home for a post-show recap and discussion of the groundbreaking production at this month’s edition of the lgbt center’s second tuesday series. $10. >>

9/13 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the society for the advancement of social studies (s.a.s.s.) celebrates its fifth anniversary with some of its favorite lectures, including lsd and the cia, the history of the nyc grid system, and prohibition: a drinking game. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

9/13 7pm doors, 8pm show: paris meets brooklyn at the brooklyn loft party variety show, featuring three stages of up-close performances from a classical violinist, a boylesque performer, a magician, and more. hosted by amanda duarte (dead darlings). littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

9/13 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: haley bonar, frances cone, and violet sands play knitting factory (williamsburg), $12. >>

9/13 7:30pm (thru 9/16): the eighth annual kicking + screening soccer film festival features four feature films about the world’s most popular sport. scandinavia house (midtown east), $15 >>

9/13 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which actually get forwarded at the pulitzer surprises show, hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). tonight’s guests include roy wood jr. (the daily show), catherine cohen (funny or die), carmen christopher (ifc), and dan fagin (an actual pulitzer prize-winning journalist). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

9/13 8pm (monthly): hear straight dude jokes from ladies and gay men in straight dude drag at the dudes being dudes being dudes comedy show, hosted by scott talentt (aka lauren maul), calvin cato, and katie compa. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

9/13 8pm: free outdoor movies: anchorman and step brothers, our wicked lady (east williamsburg). >>

9/13 8pm doors, 9pm show: nyc’s longest running weekly comedy show ‘sweet’ with seth herzog celebrates its 12th anniversary with guests vanessa bayer (snl) and michelle wolf (the daily show), plus dj/co-hosts tarik ‘black thought’ trotter and mark kelly of the roots. the studio at webster hall, $15. >>

9/13 9pm: whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

9/13 9:30pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $5. >>

ticket deals

2-for-1 off-broadway week tickets are now on sale for more than 30 shows scheduled 9/26-10/9. >>

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