4/17: CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE, ANTI-SCIENCE, BOOK TALKS, + 20 THURS EVENTS

around town today

skint psa: brooklyn botanic garden cherry blossom update: the main rows have yet to start blooming, but the area surrounding the japanese hill-and-pond garden is now in peak bloom. >>

thru 4/28: the film society of lincoln center hosts the sixth annual art of the real festival, a survey of nonfiction and hybrid films by internationally acclaimed filmmakers, plus a retrospective of experimental filmmaker toshio matsumoto’s nonfiction work and a tribute to the late filmmaker jocelyne saab. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: editors michael j. thompson (william paterson university), dr. diana m. judd (ramapo college of new jersey), and gregory smulewicz-zucker (rutgers university) discuss anti-science and the assault on democracy, a new collection of essays that make a case that respect for science is essential for a healthy democracy. new york society for ethical culture (uws). $5 suggested donation. >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: fashion pu-leeze self-proclaimed sartorialists (on a budget) and comedians anna roisman (hq words) and maya deshmukh (azn pop!) invite their comedian friends and fashion experts to discuss everyday lewks, seasonal trends, and award show styles viewed very far away from the red carpet. the slipper room (les), $12 adv, $15 door >>

7pm: conversations with friends author sally rooney presents her second novel, normal people, at a launch event hosted by journalist and author cheryl pearl sucher at mcnally jackson (soho). free. >>

7pm (+ 4/19-21): heeere’s kubrick! village east cinema’s annual tribute to stanley kubrick continues with lolita tonight, followed by 2001: a space odyssey in 70mm 4/19-21. $15. >>

sponsored: 7:30pm: levar burton at selected shorts: the groundbreaking actor, author, director, and host of the hit podcast levar burton reads takes the stage as host and reader for a memorable night of fiction from vibrant and diverse voices performed by extraordinary actresses, including lydia gaston (the path), laura gómez (orange is the new black), and sharon washington (feeding the dragon). skint readers can get $10 tickets (plus service fees) with promo code ‘levar’ >>

7:30pm: pulitzer prize finalist susan choi presents her new novel, trust exercise, in conversation with pulitzer prize-winning author jennifer egan (manhattan beach) at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the astronomy on tap discussion series celebrates its sixth ‘orbit’versary with a night themed on the sixth element, carbon. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with readings by vanessa jimenez gabb (images for radical politics), devin kelly (in this quiet church at night), larissa pham (fantasian), and co-founder rachel lyon (self-portrait with boy). hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features heidi gardner (snl), kate willett (netflix), matt wayne (comedy central), nick callas (mtv), and ashton womack. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show celebrates its five-year anniversary with a blowout featuring stand-up from hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), ryan schutt (2 dope queens), meaghan strickland (a late night show that is also live), and dwayne paul cullen. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm: arc iris and mmeadows play c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $10. >>

8pm: gesserit, bleary, cindy cane, and s.c.a.b. play alphaville (bushwick). $9. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer, $15 buckets and free drink giveaways are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight’s show features chanel ali (night train with wyatt cenac), jo firestone (comedy central), nathan mcintosh (colbert), aparna nancherla (corporate), noah savage (espn), aaron weaver, steve o’brien, and stavros halkias. hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: rob cantrell (comedy central), ricky velez (comedy central), aaron weaver (comedy central), liza treyger (netflix),, kate willett (netflix), and saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy). hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: embrace your grossness at gross girls, an ‘unladylike’ variety show featuring guests jo firestone (comedy central), sandi marx (moth storyslam champion), and sharron paul (cheap date comedy). hosted by natalie hall (awkward sex…and the city) and anita flores (party of two). caveat (les), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg $15 adv, $18 door). >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events. >>

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4/18 6pm: find out how one year produced countless notable films when author and former wired senior writer brian raftery presents his new book, best. movie. year. ever.: how 1999 blew up the big screen. nyu bookstore (greenwich village), free admission. >>

4/18 6-9pm: tour over 100 student artist’s work spaces at the new york academy of art’s mfa open studios (tribeca). free. >>

4/18 6-9:30pm (on view thru 5/2): 212 arts gallery presents a solo exhibition featuring luis zimad lamboy’s series of painted street signs. opening reception tonight. 212 arts (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

4/18 6:30pm (on view thru 6/29): three spring exhibitions open at the center for book arts tonight: rising together, deposits, and new book art: workspace residents of 2018. the center for book arts (flatiron), free admission. >>

4/18 7pm: is perception really reality? find out at an interactive talk on the science of vision given by neuroscientist tiago altavini. education laboratory at columbia university’s jerome l. green center, (manhattanville). free admission. >>

4/18 7pm (quarterly): hear six local writers read their poetry and prose about rebirth and renewal at tonight’s ‘awakening’ edition of the eclipsed reading series. hosted by chelsea fonden and jenelle greco. st. mazie bar + supper club (williamsburg), free. >>

4/18 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): your wallet doesn’t need to be full for the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, which features a mix of pros and up-and-comers. performers at tonight’s show include ana fabrega (the chris gethard show), daniel simonsen (seth meyers), zach raffio (the hard times), chanel ali, solange azor, abby roberts, and hannah watzke. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

4/18 7pm doors, 8pm show: odonis odonis, public memory, and a place both wonderful and strange play knitting factory (williamsburg). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

4/18 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy and storytelling show that features tales of walking away from something and performances of abandoned material. tonight’s guests: milly tamarez (vice), david bluvband (the marvelous mrs. maisel), angel yau (azn pop!), and carly ann filbin (let me break you up). bonus: you could be chosen to share your own story and get a free drink. hosted by self-proclaimed quitters ian goldstein (splitsider) and sam corbin (the new yorker). c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $8 adv, $10 door (10% of the proceeds will be donated to the center for reproductive rights). >>

4/18 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): small talk comedy show: comedian jo firestone (comedy central) hosts this comedy talk show where guest comedians, musicians, children, and friends discuss how they make their everyday decisions. tonight’s guests: chris gethard (the chris gethard show), gary richardson (snl), clare o’kane (comedy central), and manolo moreno (dr. gameshow). union hall (park slope), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/18 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly thru 5/6): greenwich house music school’s annual uncharted concert series, co-curated with joe’s pub and the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center, continues a season of eclectic programing with a concert by the founder of the latin grammy-winning, all-female mariachi band flor de toloache, mireya ramos. bonus: free beer and wine. greenwich house music school (west village), $15. >>

4/18 8pm: the stacy comedy show, hosted by charlie bardey, caroline doyle, and marissa goldman, returns  with stand-up by shalewa sharpe (hbo), sam taggart (comedy central), maya sharma, eytan boclin and angelo balassone, plus magic by brian flaherty. rebecca’s bar (bushwick), free. >>

4/18 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by ian fidance (comedy central), fareeha khan (kimmel), kate willett (netflix), kc arora (gotham comedy live), and laura merli. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

4/18 8pm (+ 4/19): rule of 7×7: seven playwrights present new 10-minute plays that had to follow seven rules. the tank (garment district), $14 adv, $15 door (admission includes a beer). >>

4/18 8pm doors, 9pm show: bayonne and palm daze play rough trade (williamsburg). $13 adv, $15 door. >>

4/18 8pm doors, 9pm show: the coathangers, big bite, and high waisted play music hall of williamsburg. $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

4/18 8:30pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by paris sashay (epix), tim barnes (comedy central), dave lester (sirius xm), raanan hershberg (nbc), and karmen naidoo. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

4/18 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): it’s all things html-arious at the internet explorers comedy show, where comedians and actual experts step into the world of the world wide web. tonight’s ‘memes’ theme features comic artist branson reese and internet journalists amanda hess (the new york times), taylor lorenz (the atlantic) and katie notopoulos (buzzfeed). hosted by mark vigeant. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

4/18 9:15pm: the 26th annual reading of the inferno section of dante’s the divine comedy coincides with the evening of the maundy thursday vigil, the same day that dante’s journey begins. the cathedral of st. john the divine (morningside heights), free. >>

4/18 10pm: come together for an explosion of purple and pop at a prince tribute edition of the dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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get tickets to see ellen burstyn, stephin merritt, josh charles, ann curry, savion glover, and others celebrate national poetry month at the annual poetry + the creative mind at lincoln center’s alice tully hall 4/24 for free-$36 (plus ticket fees, reg. $45-75). >>

get tickets to the other art fair at brooklyn expo center 5/3-5 for free-$10.50 (plus ticket fees (reg. $15). >>

get tickets to the nyc vegetarian food festival at metropolitan pavilion 5/18-19 for $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

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