around town today

thru 10/21: score $50 spa treatments during the annual fall spa week. registration required. >>

10/15 2-3pm (+ 10/17): enjoy free tastings, demos, and deals from grand central market merchants at the seasonal taste of grand central market. grand central terminal (midtown east). >>

6:30pm: blue wave or red wedding? michael g. miller, assistant professor of political science, and jessica huseman, investigative reporter at propublica and adjunct professor at columbia journalism school, discuss possible outcomes of the upcoming midterm elections. diana center at barnard college (morningside heights), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm (weekly): what will it take to have gender parity in politics? a panel, kicked off with q+a by house democratic leader nancy pelosi, will explore what’s held women back from the highest levels of leadership and what can be done to propel more women into politics and public office. part of the weekly nyu skirball talks series. nyu skirball center (greenwich village), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: journalists and activists come together to discuss reporting on immigration, the impact this coverage has had on immigrant communities, and ways they can amplify the stories more safely, ethically and effectively. the new school’s theresa lang community center (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: downtown community television center hosts a screening of stephen maing’s crime + punishment, followed by q+a with maing. dctv (chinatown), $12. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (+ 11/25): light, a new concert series featuring new female composers and musicians curated by molly joyce, begins with kinds of strings, a collaboration between young composers collective kinds of kings and ensemble desdemona. metropolis ensemble loft at 1 rivington street (les), $15 general, $10 students. >>

7pm: the momenta quartet presents its annual music festival with four distinct programs curated by each member. americas society and the tenri cultural institute, free (rsvp recommended). >>

7:30pm: hear from composer john corigliano, violinist joshua bell, and producer niv fichman on mastering the sound and story of the red violin (1998). moderated by deborah borda, new york philharmonic president and ceo. lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): pulp fiction. our wicked lady (bushwick). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): laugh for a cause at the living for it! comedy benefit show. this month’s show supports the ali forney center, and features stand up by sean donnelly (colbert), martin urbano (kimmel), ziwe fumudoh (crooked media), elizabeth teets (the hard times), jack comstock, and karolena theresa. hosted by george civeris, kendall farrell, and anya volz. the living gallery (bushwick), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedian and only child addie weyrich hosts only child syndrome, a comedy show about family, with guests monroe martin (last comic standing), liza treyger (seth meyers), andrew coalson, adrina smith, and frog boyz. proceeds from tonight’s show will benefit raices. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by guest hosts the kondabolu brothers, returns with guests blair socci (carson daly), brendan eyre (seth meyers), petey deabreu (keith and the girl), carolyn busa (side ponytail), larry owens, and chelsea hood. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by brian parise (john oliver), robert dean (comedy central), jess salomon (ifc), jay jurden (mcsweeney’s), xasmin garza (siriusxm), and courtney reynolds. 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 natasha vaynblat (comedy central), monica nevi (80 for 80), tyler richardson (mtv), dan sheehan (@sickofwolves), jaffer khan, and nicole calasich. hosted by ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: every month, theater of the apes plucks a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrects it as a low-budget variety show. tonight: 1920’s what makes the house beautiful: a collection of building details with measured drawings, by henrietta c. peabody. the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

8pm: brass nirvana cover band the nevermind orchestra and ‘gyp hop’ band speakeasy streets play brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $8. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement variety show features performers jamie lee (crashing), judah friedlander (30 rock), brett davis (the special without brett davis), nimesh patel (seth meyers), clark jones (comedy central), and more. under st. marks theater (east village), new price: $9 adv, $12 door. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring rebecca vigil (risk! podcast), tyler fischer (younger), marcus monroe (mtv), blair socci (carson daly), and adam hamway (siriusxm). guest-hosted by jess saomon. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>


The only thing worse than being called aloof underachievers is being replaced by coddled crybabies. Two maligned generations face off to prove which one is superior: the slackers of Generation X or the digital natives of the Millennial crowd. This installment of the popular comedy debate series features Rosebud Baker (Two Less Lonely Girls), Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show, Crazy Rich Asians), Jessica Delfino (Funny Songs Festival), Christian Finnegan (The Fun Part), Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me), and Yedoye Travis (Dark Tank).

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10/28-11/1: ilana glazer hosts the generator series, a four-part interview series with progressive candidates running in the midterms and activists working towards social justice. murmrr theatre (prospect heights), $15. >>

10/16-21: the annual architecture and design film festival, the largest of its kind in the country, returns for its 10th iteration at cinépolis chelsea. $16.50 general, $14 students. >>

10/16 11am: ippudo ny celebrates 10 years in new york with free ramen for 1,000 folks at its east village location. >>

sponsored: 10/16 6pm: keeping the american dream alive: former secretary of housing and urban development under president obama, julián castro, will discuss his new book, an unlikely journey, and how to make the economy more fair, help future generations of americans escape poverty, and keep the american dream alive. moderated by maria hinojosa, npr latino usa anchor and executive producer. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

10/16 6:30pm: beyond the kremlin: new yorker editor david remnick and pro-democracy campaigner vladimir kara-murza will discuss the pro-democracy movement and what the russian people are really thinking in a talk at  the new school. 12th street auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

10/16 7pm: founders of march for our lives, emma gonzález, jaclyn corin, david hogg, and others discuss glimmer of hope: how tragedy sparked a movement, their new book chronicling how a group of teenagers channeled their rage and sorrow into action. gramercy theatre (gramercy/flatiron), free for students, $20 includes a copy of the book and a meet + greet. >>

10/16 7pm (monthly): video sketch and improv group physically bold brings you a dose of comedy at their variety show, tonight featuring guests josh gondelman (last week tonight), mary beth barone (the exhibition), dylan adler, and bailey swilley. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

10/16 7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), michael kosta (the daily show), melanie maras (brash girls club), and greg barris (heart of darkness). the slipper room (les), $10. >>

10/16 7:30pm (monthly): this month’s ‘spooky ‘scopes’ installment of the astronomy on tap discussion series explores all things telescope-related. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

10/16 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): puzzle master, game theorist, and fivethirtyeight columnist oliver roeder shares the tricks to statistical thinking, every-day math, and puzzles from his new book the riddler at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

10/16 8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by seaton smith (conan), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), daniel simonsen (bbc), mamoudou n’diaye (mtv), and sachi ezura (the new yorker). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

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scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including open house new york weekend, five film fests, the new york international fringe festival, the new york queer zine fair, a current affair pop-up vintage marketplace, the she makes me laugh festival, classy music, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
get out. fort greene park (fort greene). >>
black panther. conference house park (staten island). >>

fri + sat various times: the 12th annual honk nyc! festival brings a dozen brass-tastic street bands to manhattan, brooklyn, and jersey city. free-$15. >>

fri 6-9pm (+ sat 12-6pm): new york art residency and studios (nars) foundation and j+m studios host open studios for more than 60 residency and studio artists. nars foundation (sunset park), free. >>

7pm (+ 10/17-27): czechoslovak american marionette theatre performs duke oldrich + washerwoman bozena, the true story, a non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based on a story of love at first sight. jan hus church (ues), $10-19 general, $10-14 students/seniors. >>

fri 7pm: contemporary ensemble hotel elefant launches its season with a program including music by chaya czernowin, philip glass, and artistic director leaha maria villarreal. shapeshifter lab (gowanus), pay-what-you-want. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm: zombies! on skates! lola star wraps the dreamland roller disco season with a michael jackson’s thriller-themed party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 8pm: jiminy cricket! the new crickets! comedy show promises to feed you roasted crickets (optional) while you laugh at standup by josh gondelman (last week tonight), katie hannigan (colbert), samantha ruddy (comedy central), geoffrey asmus, nick chambers, and xazmin garza. hosted by carmen lagala, lillian devane, and raghav mehta. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5. >>

fri 8pm-midnight: greenpoint gallery hosts a people’s choice salon show, with $200 and a solo show going to the winner. free admission. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by judah friedlander (30 rock), martin urbano (fallon), chanel ali (girl code), and teresa lee. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 10pm doors, 10:30pm show (monthly): comics reveal their most devilish deeds after their sets at the see you in hell comedy show, hosted by ‘hell’s senior operations managers’ doug smith and matt wayne. tonight: alingon mitra (conan), jo firestone (fallon), ashley brooke roberts (ucb), and david drake (comedians you should know). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by robby slowik (comedy central), khalid rahmaan (conan) and monica nevy (siriusxm), storytelling by gastor almonte (this is not happening), and burlesque by fem appeal + logan laveau. ucb (east village), $9. >>

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On Frightday, October 26 at 10:30pm, Brooklyn’s littlefield exorcises the demons of proms past at the skint’s Prom From Hell Halloween Party, featuring music of the 1980s-2000s spun by DJs Brendan & Bianca, horror movie projections by Music Video Time Machine, a strange and unusual photo booth by Nikki, and spiked drink specials. You want candy? Of corpse you do. We’ll have 100 pounds of the stuff.

What to wear? Dress as Dragula, a Black Magic Woman, Laurie Strode, dead ringers, a broken subway tile. It’s Halloween, so anything goes. Those who conjure the best looks can enter the costume contest and be rewarded with prizes.

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Friday, October 26 at 10:30pm
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sat: dust off your walkman or boombox for cassette store day, and shop 140 exclusive, limited edition titles at three participating nyc stores. >>

sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
hotel transylvania 3. robert moses playground (murray hill). >>
into the woods. st. mary’s park (bronx). >>
the rocky horror picture show. lyons pool (staten island). >>
vampire cleanup department. sunset park (sunset park). >>

sat 10am-9pm: cooper hewitt kicks off national design week with a full day of free museum admission (10am–9pm) and hands-on activities (11am–4pm) led by national design award winners and guest designers. cooper hewitt (ues), free. >>

sat 12am-7pm: add to your indie flair collection at the patches and pins expo, the largest event of its kind in the nation. bonus: the first 400 attendees will receive a free commemorative pin. metropolitan west (hell’s kitchen), $20 admission ($12 on groupon here). >>

sat 4:30-9pm (+ 10/20): navigate your way through the amazing maize maze by starry night or flashlight. queens county farm museum (little neck, queens), $12. >>

sat 6pm-midnight (saturdays thru 10/27): eat traditional street foods from around the world for $6 and under at the queens international night market. new york hall of science (corona), free admission. >>

sat 6:30-10:30pm (monthly): bushwick community darkroom has made their bring your own photo event a regular thing, so now anyone can bring and display their work at a monthly exhibition. $5. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): laugh and wince knowingly at someone else’s dating experiences at the party of two storytelling and comedy show. tonight’s show features carmen lagala (colbert), chelsea white (bravo), nicole calasich (abc), and joanna solotaroff (wnyc). hosted by anita flores and vanessa valerio. the pleasure chest (ues), $8 adv, $10 door admission includes wine. >>

sat 8pm: bad pitches: comics compete to come up with the worst new tv show ideas to a panel of ‘network execs. tonight’s theme: ‘horror.’ crystal lake brooklyn (east williamsburg), free. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring tom thakkar (conan), david tveite (last comic standing), xazmin garza (sirius xm), and more. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, gets in the spirit of the season with a ‘psycho celebrity halloween’ themed show at under st. marks theater (east village). hosted by jillian thomas. $10. >>

sat midnight: ideology becomes the winchester tavern for a shaun of the dead drinking game. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>


sun 11am-3pm: virtuous vehicles abound at the cars against cancer car show, an exhibition of classic, exotic, and muscle cars with proceeds benefiting the maimonides breast center. mcu park (coney island), free admission. >>

sun 12pm: the cutest costumed canines will compete in coney at luna park’s annual dog parade + costume contest. pet registration has ended, but free to watch. >>

rescheduled from 9/16: sun 12pm: joseph alexiou, historian and author of gowanus: brooklyn’s curious canal, leads a walking tour on the toxicity of the gowanus canal, with a stop at the gowanus souvenir shop. parklife (gowanus), free admission (optional $10 and $20 tickets include food and drink). >>

sun 12pm (monthly): classic album sunday: learn the history behind daydream nation by sonic youth (1988), and listen to the album from start to finish on vinyl + super-hi-fi equipment. nowadays (ridgewood), $10. >>

sun 12-5pm: get out of that pickle you’re in and get thee to this year’s lower east side pickle day, a three block fest filled with 50+ vendors serving up all things pickled. orchard street between east houston + delancey streets (les), free admission. >>

sun 3pm: learn about nyc’s only witch trial, the witches who inhabited broome street (get it?), and more at a talk on the witches of old new york by writer and tour guide marie carter. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

sun 4pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm: shuffle your undead self to the 12th annual nyc zombie crawl, with makeovers available for $10+, a zombie beauty pageant + costume contest, a burlesque show, and more. meets at the continental (east village), crawls through manhattan, afterparty at beauty bar. free admission for the meetup and crawl, $12 for the afterparty. >>

sun 4-10pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, dj sets, led card-building, mollusk and plankton observation, solar and stargazing, and more. free with rsvp ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 6-11pm: experience vr that doesn’t suck, a gathering of technology that promises none of the corny or branded content so commonly found in vr today. organized by former curator of digital media at the museum of moving image jason eppink. babycastles (chelsea), free. >>

sun 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the jokes will be anything but by the book at the symposium, an academic stand-up show featuring material inspired by research and teaching. tonight’s show spotlights performers with disabilities, with asl interpretation, audio description, and closed captioning. hosted by kyle marian and alex andia. caveat (les), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): big irv’s storytelling roadshow returns with short stories told by jeff simmermon (the moth storyslam grandslam winner), robin bady (the moth champ), jamie brickhouse (risk!), bobby hankinson (kweendom), trish parry (smut slam), drew prochaska (story collider), and maybe you (there will be two open mic slots). hosted by adam selbst. byob. big irv’s (williamsburg), free. >>

sun 8pm: how much do you really know about willow, angel, spike, and the others? test your brain’s slaying potential at a night of buffy trivia. videology (williamsburg), free. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: more than 250 architecturally significant historic and contemporary buildings and public spaces will offer tours and talks for the 16th annual open house new york weekend. 140 sites can be visited free-of-charge without reservations, while the remaining venues required $5 reservations and are sold out. >>

fri thru sun: this year’s art in odd places festival will present projects by women, female identifying, and non-binary artists all along 14th street in manhattan thru 10/14, accompanied by a group exhibition at westbeth gallery in the west village thru 10/27. free. >>

fri thru sun: more than 50 queer zine-makers, artists, collectives, and publishers will present and sell their work at the fourth annual new york queer zine fair. opening reception friday 6-9pm, fair sat + sun 12-7pm. nyc lgbt center (west village), free admission. >>

fri thru sun: 70 contemporary dance companies from new york and around the world will perform at the 18th annual dumbo dance festival. gelsey kirkland artscenter (dumbo), $15. >>

fri thru 10/14: the annual clio art fair, ‘the anti-fair for independent artists,’ returns to the midtown thru the weekend. 335 w 35th street, free admission. >>

fri thru 10/19: get your fill of film with these film fests:
• thru 10/14: the 11th annual bushwick film festival. various locations, $13-20. >>
• thru 10/14: yamamoto’s bloodthirsty trilogy. the metrograph (les), $15. >>
• thru 10/18: hammer horror: a frankenstein septet (presented in conjunction with it’s alive! frankenstein at 200 at the morgan library + museum. the museum of modern art (midtown west), $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students. >>
• thru 10/18: the brooklyn horror film festival. various brooklyn venues, $16-18. >>
• thru 10/19: the 11th imagine science film festival. various venues, $5-$22 (save 25% on eventbrite events with promo code ‘isff11skint’). >>

fri thru 10/28: the annual new york international fringe festival, now broken into fringenyc (in manhattan, thru 10/28) fringejr (for families, thru 10/28) and fringebyov (in the outer boroughs, thru 10/31), brings theatrical productions of all types to venues across the city. $22 general, $16 seniors. >>

fri thru 1/27: it’s alive! frankenstein at 200: as mary shelley’s creation turns the big 2-0-0, a new exhibition celebrates frankenstein’s legacy with excerpts of the original manuscript, historic scientific tools, film posters and memorabilia, comic books, art, and a companion screening series at moma. the morgan library + museum (midtown east), $20 general, $13 students/seniors, free fridays 7-9pm. >>

sat + sun various times: volunteer in your community for it’s my park day parks and public spaces service projects. >>

sat 11am-6pm, sun 11am-6pm: shop local and chill out this weekend with a made in nyc pop-up marketplace (sat) and the first-ever hester street fair cbd festival. seward park (les). free admission. >>

sat 12-4:45pm, sun 10am-4:45pm: the instagrammable dessert goals dessert fest returns to lic’s sound river studios. admission includes my/mo mochi ice cream, sugarfina candy, salty snacks, coffee, coconut water, and more. additional exclusive desserts are available for purchase from 22 top nyc dessert vendors. $12-17 (skint readers can save 50% on admission to the sunday 10am time slot with promo code ‘theskint’). >>

sponsored sat + sun 12-5:30pm: enjoy unlimited beer tastings from 25 of the best breweries in queens, brooklyn, the bronx, staten island, long island, and update ny at the queens beer festival. lic flea, $39 (save 20% with promo code ‘theskint’). >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: shop more than 70 vintage apparel and accessories retailers and private dealers at the a current affair pop-up vintage marketplace. industry city (sunset park), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: take a self-guided tour of 30 chelsea artists’ work spaces in 9 buildings during the annual high line open studios. free. >>

sat + sun 12-10:30pm: the she makes me laugh festival turns the stage into a woman’s world, with two full days days showcasing 60+ women in comedy across stand-up, improv, sketch, storytelling, characters, and podcasting. the fest will also host three industry panels about writing, business, and content creation. the pit (flatiron), $11+/show, $36/pass. >>

sat + sun: hear all the music at these season openings and fests:
• sat 7:30pm (weekly thru 12/15): the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $16. >>
• sat thru 10/20: the bric jazzfest music marathon. bric house + the plaza at 300 ashland (fort greene), free-$30. >>
• sun 2pm (monthly thru 4/28): the schneider concerts season at the new school (union square). $18 general, $16 seniors, $5 student standby tickets. >>
• sun 3pm (various dates thru 5/19): greenwich village orchestra. all saints church (ues), suggested donation: $20 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

ticket deals

save 50% on tickets to pop punk high, a musical comedy that includes live band karaoke and a costume contest, at le poisson rouge 10/13 with promo code ‘pphagain’ >>

reservations are open to book discounted $50 spa treatments during the annual fall spa week, running 10/15-21. registration required. >>

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