ongoing: free short story dispenser at the center for fiction bookstore: get lost in a new tale when you visit the center for fiction bookstore (fort greene) and check out their new free short story dispenser, a vending machine that doles out random short stories from a rotating set of categories. >>

mon thru 10/31 at 7pm + 9:15pm (7pm only on 10/13, 10/26, 10/28, + 10/30): syndicated sidewalk cinema: syndicated bar and restaurant (bushwick) celebrates the spooky season with outdoor screenings of cult classics like cabin in the woods, hocus pocus, shaun of the dead, and serious scares like get out, hereditary, and possessor. free admission (food/drink purchase required). >>

mon thru 10/24: emerging artists theatre company new work series: catch work-in-progress full-length plays, one-person shows, dance pieces, musicals, and more during emerging artist theatre’s annual program. tada! theater (midtown west), free-$20. >>

mon thru 10/10 (various times): a skate play: skateboarding and theater collide in a multidisciplinary production held at a skate park. inspired by the richard bach novella jonathan livingston seagull, about a seagull banished by his flock who must find his own way in the skies, a skate play will be presented at golconda skate park (downtown brooklyn / fort greene) thru sunday. free (rsvp required). >>

mon 6:30pm: almost therapy: performers talk it out at corinne britti and katherine freel’s mental health-themed comedy variety show, where stand-up sets are followed by an audience-driven q+a with an actual mental health professional. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), $5 suggested donation. >>

mon 7pm: colson whitehead + kevin young: two-time pulitzer prize-winning novelist colson whitehead (the nickel boys, the underground railroad) and poet and new yorker poetry editor kevin young (the grey album) present their latest books, whitehead’s novel harlem shuffle and young’s poetry collection stones, at st. ann’s church (brooklyn heights). $10+. >>

mon 7pm: chasing ghosts: writer, historian, and expert on things uncanny marc hartzman takes you on a journey through america’s haunted history during an illustrated lecture based on his new book, chasing ghosts: a tour of our fascination with spirits and the supernatural. presented by morbid anatomy. online, free. >>

mon 7pm (weekly): cherry on top comedy: dairy queens jenny gorelick (seth meyers) and savannah desormeaux (the x change rate) host this weekly comedy show featuring a female, queer, and non-binary lineup and free ice cream at ample hills creamery (gowanus). tonight’s performers: mark stoll (conversations with people who hate me), ruby karp (refinery29), billie bullock, jenson titus, nicholas scheppard, and annabel + sabina meschke. $10 admission includes a small ice cream. >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly): miss manhattan non-fiction reading series: elyssa goodman and r.c. gstaad iii’s monthly showcase for nonfiction writers returns with an evening of new york-themed readings by linda simpson (the drag explosion), erica campbell (spin), and john sherman (hyperallergic). niagara bar (east village), free. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): butterboy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill is back and in-person at littlefield (gowanus) with stand-up by rebecca o’neal (netflix), robby hoffman (comedy central), robert dean (inside jokes), and more. $12. >>


Fri. OCT 8 at 7PM

With the third installment of his bestselling collection of smart, satirical, and hilarious poetry, John Lithgow takes on political scoundrels once again! The award-winning actor, author, and illustrator is joined by Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason) for a deep dive into American history with readings, art, and conversation.


tues thru 10/10: north coast comedy festival: nyc-based improv team presents six nights of inspired comedy during its inaugural fest. asylum nyc (chelsea), $5-20. >>

tues 5:30pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): the rescue at central park (rsvp required). >>

sponsored: tues 6pm: trinity commons speaker series with urvashi vaid: attorney, strategist, and author of the stonewall book award-winning virtual equality: the mainstreaming of gay and lesbian liberation, urvashi vaid will join the rev. matt welsch to discuss grassroots and community-based organizing, how the pandemic has affected advocacy work in the lgbtq+ community, and the role of faith communities in the movement. online, free. >>

tues 7pm: between certain death and a possible future: queer writing on growing up with the aids crisis: author and editor mattilda bernstein sycamore (the end of san francisco) discusses her new anthology, between certain death and a possible future, which features 36 essays by and about the generation of queer people that came of age in the midst of the aids epidemic, in a conversation with contributors hugh ryan, sassafras lowrey, and tony correia. presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. online, free. >>

tues 7:30pm: words that move me: from beloved songs to stirring speeches to wacky jokes, merriam-webster editor ammon shea delves into the words that have moved them the most during a panel discussion with comedian josh gondelman (desus + mero) and physician, professor, and author dr. danielle ofri (when we do harm: a doctor confronts medical error). nypl rare books curator michael inman will deliver an opening talk. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

tues 7:30pm: ghost stories by the fire: storytellers spin yarns about haunting happenings at sasha graham’s spooky story slam, where you can put your name in a witch’s hat for a chance to tell your own five-minute true or imagined terrifying tale. outdoors around the fire pit at barrow’s intense tasting room (industry city), free admission. >>

tues 7:30pm: i made you a playlist: stand-up meets spotify at this weekly comedy show and dance party hosted by kelly bachman. tonight’s ‘emo nite’-themed performance features ashton womack (the daily show), carmen lagala (colbert), sheria mattis (netflix), and andrew casertano. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 8pm (monthly): punderdome: pun-masters have a war of the words at tonight’s edition of the beloved pun competition. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 day of. >>

tues 8pm (weekly): schmooze comedy show: mix and mingle with hosts lucie pohl and chase durousseau at the schmooze comedy show, where comedy sets are scored live by dylan adler on the piano. tonight: gianmarco soresi (netflix), clare o’kane (shrill), otter lee (tooning out the news), gabe pacheco (sirius xm), and norah yahya. bonus: $20 bottles of wine. the backroom of the august laura (east village), $10. >>


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