around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
fantastic mr. fox (2009), our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg) >>
the grand budapest hotel (2014), hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop bar (soho/south village) >>

6pm (weekly thru 12/11): explore a myriad of topics on the current state of race in the u.s. at a free public course from the new school. can’t make it? sessions will also be livestreamed. university center at the new school (union square), free. >>

6pm: because it’s 2017 and we’re debating lady liberty’s emma lazarus poem, join a panel of experts for a conversation on the changing and contested meanings of the statue of liberty, its place in america’s immigration history, and its use in political discourse. johnson/kaplan hall at the new school (union square), free. >>

6pm: times square becomes the home to something other than ads! continuing a 12-year tradition, you can watch the metropolitan opera’s season opener, a new production of bellini’s tragedy norma, streamed live on multiple giant screens in times square. first come, first served seating will be available for more than 2000 audience members. times square’s military island (bet 43rd + 44th streets) and duffy square (bet 46th + 47th sts), free. >>

6:30pm (monthly): at this month’s speaking of science series lecture, psychologist dr. athena vouloumanos discusses how infants learn language. new york society for ethical culture (uws), $10 suggested donation. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: the 15th annual music mondays ensemble concert series opens the season with claremont trio performing mendelssohn (fanny and felix) and agócs. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free admission. >>

7pm: i write banned books: pen america invites authors david levithan (two boys kissing), coe booth (kinda like brothers), and ariel schrag (stuck in the middle) to discuss their experiences with having their work banned or challenged. strand books (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card required for entry. >>

7pm (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy show that features tales of walking away from something and performances of abandoned material. this month’s guests: zack bornstein (snl writer), courtney maginnis (collegehumor), and hosts sam corbin (buzzfeed, reductress) and ian goldstein (splitsider, doin’ it with mike sacks). bonus: share your own example for a chance to win a free drink. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: metropolis ensemble presents an interactive performance of nabokov’s the waltz invention (1938) set to live incidental music. caveat (les) $10 with promo code ‘waltzvip’ (reg. $20). >>

7:30pm (monthly): at ‘the two beers in’ tipsy political roundtable show, hosts cody lindquist and charlie todd welcome discussion from guests katy tur (msnbc, unbelievable: my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in american history), anthony atamanuik (the president show), and ashley nicole black (full frontal with samantha bee). ucb east village, $7. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (the daily show) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by claudia cogan (last comic standing), josh gondelman (last week tonight), shalewa sharpe (thug passion), michelle buteau (key and peele, am joe pera (adult swim). littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with guests megan downey (mcsweeney’s), kevin seccia (attack of the show), rachel wenitsky (reductress), and steve young (the simpsons). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. hifi bar (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by myq kaplan (netflix special), simon taylor (the tonight show), daniel simonsen (bbc), rohan padhye, and kristin manna. hosted by chelsea taylor. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show: (monthly): the pairs n’ pears show presents three pairs of performing artists doing different kinds of sets while pears are eaten. tonight’s one year anniversary show includes comedy by ikechukwu ufomadu + lorelei ramirez, music by erik garlington + sailor boyfriend, and burlesque by scarlett cerise + geminemesis. hosted by squidssidy (cassidy dawn graves + stephanie guedalia). pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5 suggested donation benefits texas workers relief fund + portlight inclusive disaster strategies. >>

9:30pm: improv comedians perform a ‘lost episode’ of gilmore girls. bonus: free poptarts for early birds. the pit (flatiron), $7. >>

thru 10/1: shamir, xenia rubinos, worriers, pill, and many more guests perform nightly to raise money for diy art space silent barn’s fall fundraiser week. silent barn (bushwick), $8-20 suggested donation. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/26 12:30pm: folk musician art garfunkel signs copies of his new memoir, what is it all but luminous: notes from an underground man, at  barnes + noble fifth ave (midtown). wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location starting at 9am. >>

9/26 6:30pm: global advocacy 101: learn what it means to be an advocate and the role individuals play in global issues at a workshop hosted by ny young professionals for care. wework west 57th street (midtown west), free (rsvp required). >>

9/26 7pm: international journalist and author katherine zoepf discusses her book, excellent daughters: the secret lives of young women who are transforming the arab world, with the french embassy’s cultural counselor bénédicte de montlaur at albertine (ues). free. >>

9/26 7pm: gender justice advocate kavita ramdas gives a talk on fighting for a feminist future at barnard college’s barnard hall (morningside heights). free (rsvp). >>

9/26 7pm: note to self podcast host manoush zomorodi interviews computer programmer and author ellen ullman about her new book, life in code: a personal history of technology. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

9/26 7pm: take a grand tour of the universe to learn more about our place within it at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

9/26 7pm: alt rock artist torres (mackenzie scott) hosts a listening party of her new album, three futures, with a q+a session and free homemade cookies. rough trade (williamsburg), free admission. >>

9/26 7pm doors: free outdoor movie screening:  wet hot american summer (2001) at the william vale (williamsburg). >>

9/26 7:30pm: author and studio 360 host kurt andersen explains the american instinct to believe in make-believe in a discussion on his new book, fantasyland: how america went haywire: a 500-year history. brooklyn public library dweck auditorium (prospect heights), free. >>

9/26 7:30pm: adventurous contemporary music ensemble wet ink opens their season with a celebration of founder alex mincek’s torrent and performances by guests string noise and trumpeter nate wooley. scholes street studio (williamsburg), $10 general, free for students. >>

9/26 8pm (monthly): the final fantasy science fiction/fantasy reading series kicks off the season with readings by aisha mirza (buzzfeed), muna mire (vice), kaila philo (mask magazine), ruby brunton (fanzine), chanel parks (sweet), and wren hanks (prophet fever). hosted by roshan abraham. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5 suggested donation. >>

9/26 8pm: got a gem of a story to tell? molly cameron and sharon spell co-host the gems storytelling show + mic, with robin gelfenbien (yum’s the word), jason evans, and maybe you! the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

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