FRI-SUN, 4/21-23: SKINT WEEKEND

once again we apologize for the delay with the delivery of today’s email. gremlins got the best of our computer, and throwing water at the problem only made it worse. we’re finally back up and running, and with a list of more than 60 things to do this weekend. enjoy!

friday

fri 6-7pm: have a short moderated conversation with a stranger holding opposing views (or just listen in) at van alen institute’s ‘crossroads conversations.’  in recognition of earth day, the topics will explore the environment and politics. the red steps at times square, free. >>

fri 6-9pm: tour over 100 artist work spaces and meet the creators at new york academy of art’s mfa open studios (tribeca). free. >>

fri  6-9pm (+ 4/22 1-8pm): the international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) open studios features the works of 38 artists, collectives and curators. free. iscp (bushwick), free. >>

fri 6-9pm (thru 5/21): she persisted: 12 women artists who are soho20 gallery national affiliate members will show work in all disciplines in this exhibition, with an opening reception tonight. soho20 gallery, free. >>

fri 6-9pm: at japan society’s gallery happy hour, sip on complimentary sake and join in an asian america arts alliance town hall with performances, presentations, and pitches. japan society gallery (turtle bay), free. >>

fri 6:30pm: learn the skills to literally stand up fight back at a free feminist self-defense workshop, led by young feminists + allies co-founder and tedx speaker rachel piazza. east 54th recreation center (midtown east), free-$5 donation. >>

fri 6:30pm: celebrate shakespeare’s 453rd birthday with beasts and scoundrels from iago and lady macbeth to shylock and richard iii portrayed by the drilling company’s actors, plus a new orleans-style jazz funeral for the bard performed by jambalaya brass band. bryant park fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

fri 7pm: bobby hankinson’s kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by elsa waithe (this american life), dylan marron (seriously.tv), sarah kennedy (the advocate), rachel mccartney, and jeffery marx. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and benefit fierce!). >>

fri 7-10pm: students from sva’s mfa photography, video, and related media department show off their work at the annual spring salon. bonus: open bar and snacks. sva (gramercy), free. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: sing along to songs of resistance at a live band karaoke fundraiser, with all proceeds being donated to the safe passage project, the immigrant defense project, and 350brooklyn. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

fri 7:30pm, 10pm, midnight (+ 4/22 5-11:30pm): video revival (crown heights) pays tribute to prince with screenings of purple rain, graffiti bridge and under the cherry moon (fri, $8), plus music videos and sign o’ the times (sat, free). >>

fri 7:30-10pm (fridays thru 10/13): lola star’s weekly dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s lefrak center with a roller disco tribute to prince theme. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 8pm: cobble hill haunt 61 local celebrates six years in the neighborhood with a party including a three local craft beer pints + unlimited snacks for $12 special, live music, and a dance party. free. >>

fri 8pm (quarterly): get intimate with local poets (through their work, of course) at the next installment of the cozy roots poetry series, featuring readings by rosebud ben-oni (solecism), tommy pico (irl), candace williams, and grey vild. donation-based beer and wine will be as free-flowing as the verse. roots cafe (south slope), free admission. >>

fri 8pm (bi-monthly): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a discussion about the science of determining exoplanet compositions and atmospheres by astronomy grad student emily sandford, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 8pm (+ 4/22): gibney dance’s third annual ‘work up’ series presents performances by nine emerging artists on a series of three shared programs. gibney dance (tribeca), $10. >>

fri 8pm (+ 4/22): butoh dance company vangeline theater presents ‘wake up and smell the coffee,’ a performance that raises awareness of coffee-related trash buildup in nyc and includes a set made of 1,500 used paper cups. bonus: free java (and optional bailey’s) for those who bring a reusable mug. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $16. >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount tales of their first sexual experiences at the ‘my first time’ show. hosted by angela cobb. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by jim tews (comedy central), ester steinberg (funny girls), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), kattie hannigan (elite daily) and lucas o’neil, plus music by rebecca vigil. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 9pm: the cutting room (murray hill) celebrates prince with a free purple rain screening followed by music spun by dj quincey velvet. >>

fri 9:30pm: comedians skewer a certain beloved/reviled fictional sex columnist at a roast of carrie bradshaw. hosted by liz magee and featuring christi chiello (roast battle), madonna refugia (the special without brett davis), drew anderson (devour hour), heidi haux (so you think you can drag), and more. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri 9:30pm: memes and moves collide for dancify that!, an elimination dance battle where choreographers create sequences based on viral videos and a panel of comedic judges award scores. the pit (flatiron), $15. >>

fri 9:30pm (+ 4/28): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series invited scientists to introduce films that address perception. tonight: mamoru oshii’s ghost in the shell (1995), with an introduction by neuroscientist dr. leah kelly. $10. >>

fri 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of jaws 3-d (3-d glasses provided) at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

thru 4/30: the annual tribeca film festival returns with almost two weeks of features, shorts, special screenings, panels, talks, and more. various locations and prices. >>

saturday

sat various times: score $1 men’s and women’s clothing and accessories at buffalo exchange’s annual earth day sale, with all of the proceeds benefitting the humane society. cash only. >>

sat various times: go on the record supporting local stores during the annual record store day. shop exclusive, limited and new releases (titles and quantities vary by store) and check out free performances (brooklyn vegan has a nice roundup here). >>

sat 9:30am-2pm: join 4,000 new yorkers in helping spruce up 40 parks, playgrounds, and community gardens across the five boroughs during new york cares day, the organization’s 23rd annual citywide spring volunteer event. >>

sat 10am-4pm: enjoy car-free streets in manhattan, brooklyn, the bronx, and queens this earth day, including a 30-block stretch of broadway from union square to times square which will also host pop up activities including music + dance performances, fitness classes, and more. >>

sat 10am-10pm: national geographic photographer paul nicklen opens a new gallery to showcase fine art photography for nature conservation in soho. today’s grand opening includes a book signing (3pm) and a presentation (7pm). free admission. >>

sat 10:30am: it’s earth day, so what better way to support the planet than to rally and march in support of publicly funded science and scientists? meet at 62nd street and central park west. >>

sat 11am-2:30pm: need a bike helmet? get a free one at one of many opportunities provided by the department of transportation throughout the season. today’s giveaway is at st. nicholas avenue between 183rd + 184th streets. >>

sat 11am-6pm: get some recipe inspiration at the annual kitchen arts + letters bookstore clean-out sale, where hundreds of damaged, older, and gently used food and wine books will be marked down to just $1-10. kitchen arts + letters (ues), free admission. >>

sat 11am-9pm: pokéworks opens another hawaiian-inspired poké location in union square and offers buy-one-get-one free burritos/bowls all day. >>

sat 12-3pm: your plans are about to blow up… literally. at a byos (bring your own soap) bubble party in washington square park. free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: eat or compete at the international chili society’s official annual ny state chili cook-off at staten island’s historic richmond town. $12.75 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 1-5pm: the annual sikh day parade marches from madison ave + 58th street to madison square park, culminating with a festival including free vegetarian food and non-alcoholic drinks for all. >>

sat 1-6pm: the high line kicks off its annual programming season with a day of music, comedy, storytelling, kids activities, food vendors, the unveiling of a new art mural, and more. free admission. >>

sat 1-7pm: wax poetic by the cube on its 50th anniversary at the outdoor astor place poetry jam, featuring slams and readings, writing workshops, and a pop-up gallery of poems. free. >>

sat 2:30pm: a roundtable of philosophers, paleontologists, biologists, and scholars discuss design’s presence in nature at the helix center (ues). free. >>

sat 3-6pm (thru 5/21): opening receptions for columbia university mfa visual arts and mfa sound arts thesis exhibitions. the lenfest center for the arts (harlem), free.

sat 5-8pm: savor beauty + spa, a new organic salon, opens in the upper west side with an evening of mini-facials, makeup color matching, and complimentary champagne or beer with purchase. free-$15. >>

sat 5-11pm: ridgewood market, which is turning four today, hosts a night bazaar with more than 40 independent and local vendors, plus a 50/50 raffle, food, beer, and cocktails. gottscheer hall, free admission. >>

sat 6-10pm: the afterparty benefit for rhizome’s 7 on 7 will be your own night at the museum, headlined by artist + music duo scraatch and featuring an open bar and a raffle for an ai weiwei toy panda stuffed with unreleased snowden documents. sky room @ new museum (les), $20-30. >>

sat 6pm-midnight (+ 4/29): the very popular queens international night market, featuring traditional street foods from around the world $6 and under, returns for the season with two sneak preview opening nights. $5 admission will be charged for these first two evenings in an effort to control crowd size, but will be free starting 5/6. new york hall of science (corona), free admission. >>

sat 6:30pm: socialist alternative nyc hosts a discussion on socialists and the resistance in the era of trump with seattle city councilmember kshama sawant and jacobin magazine publisher + editor bhaskar sunkara. a reception with donation-based beer and wine follows. mayday space (bushwick), free. >>

sat 7pm (+ 4/27): the visible poetry project brings together artists to create visual interpretations of poems told through the filmmaker’s lens. screenings occur throughout the month at various venues. tonight: city reliquary (williamsburg), free. >>

sat 7pm: estonian performance art collective non grata holds a release party/show for their diverse universe vol 4 book, which documentis the last five years of their tour. the last frontier (greenpoint), $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

sat 7:30pm: the peoples’ symphony concerts continue the season with violinists christian tetzlaff + pamela frank performing de beriot, bartók, leclair, and prokofiev. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $14. >>

sat 8pm: e.t.… entirely from memory: 10 performers attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

sat  8pm: the gotobeds, shop talk, and thick play sunnyvale (east williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! comedy show with host lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn) takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, and even matching. this month’s show includes guests ariel dumas (colbert writer) and sady doyle (trainwreck: the women we love to hate, mock and fear, and why author). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

sat 8pm doors, 9pm show: party people rubulad return with ‘our beautiful world,’ an earth day art party with djs and live music, installations, and more. email rsvp for north brooklyn address. $10 before 9pm or after performances end, $20 otherwise. >>

sat 9pm (biweekly): the human citizen comedy show, hosted by koshin egal and ben totushek, features stand-up sets by brandon scott wolf (snl), dina hashem (roast battle), ashley hamilton (ucb), ayanna dookie (laughs), neil constantine, and brian rabideau. art cafe and bar (prospect heights), free before 8pm, $5 after. >>

sat 10:30pm: it’s been a whole year since we lost prince, but we haven’t forgotten the funk. celebrate his musical legacy at the skint’s sometimes it’s prince in april tribute dance party, with a whole night of nothing but hits, b-sides and songs he wrote for other artists spun by dj steve reynolds of party like it’s 1999, plus video clip projections by music video time machine. paisley, purple, and funky attire will not go unnoticed. littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sunday

sun 12-2pm: who will be the cheesiest? chefs of all levels will use their noodles (and actual noodles. as in food.) to whip up the best stuff in town at the annual brooklyn mac and cheese takedown. royal palms shuffleboard club (gowanus), $20. >>

sun 12-5pm: interference archive (gowanus) hosts a sowing resistance propaganda party, where flyers, stickers, posters, buttons, and other protest materials will be distributed by various organizations for the 4/29 climate march. free. >>

sun 1pm: a week before worldwide pinhole photography day, you can learn how to make your own pinhole camera at alice austen house (staten island), $5 (registration required). >>

sun 1-5pm (+ 4/24-27): the taste of science festival kicks off with an old-school science fair, but with a twist: it’s in a brewery (free admission). next week, get drunk with knowledge from boozy talks and presentations that all take place in bars ($5). >>

sun 2-9:30pm (monthly): shonali bhowmik and christian felix’s we don’t even know podcast celebrates its fifth anniversary with an all-day variety festival featuring more than 20 comedians, musicians, storytellers, and scientists, including john roberts (bob’s burgers), jenna friedman (the daily show), elna baker (this american life), and duane harriott (wfmu), to name just a few. bonus: free beer. dctv (chinatown), free ($10 suggested donation, a portion of proceeds benefits the covenant house). >>

sun 3pm: the hills are alive with the sound… of handbells. the 39th annual english handbell festival rings in another year at the riverside church (morningside heights). $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

sun 4pm (every other week thru 6/11): take a donation-based women’s self-defense class, with funds benefiting rainn (rape, abuse + incest national network). lululemon’s hub seventeen (flatiron), rsvp required. >>

sun 4pm (monthly): see how directors in the past envisioned the future at obsolete cinema’s double feature screening of freejack (1992) and the running man (1987), both on craptastic vhs. happy hour bar prices until 7pm. freddy’s bar and backroom (south slope), free. >>

sun 6pm: babes love it, and so will you: sip from your own mini bottle of peach schnapps (included) at a screening of sofia coppola’s the virgin suicides (1999). videology (williamsburg), $16. >>

sun 6pm doors, 7pm show: t-rextasy, emily yacina, fern mayo, piper durabo (dj set) play a benefit concert for planned parenthood and the willie mae rock camp for girls. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10. >>

sun 6:30pm doors: unwed sailor and brian bonz play mercury lounge. $10. >>

sun 7pm: is perception reality? neuroscientist dr. tiago altavini discusses how we process visual information, and how our momentary goals affect how the brain recognizes objects. post office (williamsburg), free (rsvp). >>

sun 7pm (thru 4/30): nasty women unite! an aclu benefit festival brings together artists of various disciplines and background to show support for intersectional feminism, with each night focusing on a different artistic medium. opening party tonight. william hallet (astoria), $15-$20. >>

all weekend

skint psa: the main rows of cherry blossoms at the brooklyn botanic garden are in first bloom (with a few trees in peak bloom), returning just in time for next week’s sakura matsuri festival. >>

fri-sun 11am-6pm: at food52’s big spring spruce-up, a test kitchen becomes a three-day pop-up with culinary gear and decor for sale, tastings, an herbal tonic bar, an ice cream contest, workshops, and more. food52 hq (chelsea), free admission. >>

fri thru 9/17: the brooklyn museum presents ‘we wanted a revolution: black radical women, 1965-85,’ a new exhibition featuring the work of over 40 artists and said to be the first to focus  specifically on women of color’s contributions to the second-wave feminist movement. suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors, free first saturdays 5-11pm. >>

sat + sun dawn till dusk  (+ 4/29-30): tip toe walk around more than 13,000 tulips and flowers at the west side community garden’s annual tulip festival, which includes tours and live piano music. free admission. >>

sat + sun 10am-6pm: slurpfest! ramen contests hit chelsea (sat) and astoria (sun), bringing an array of noodles to try + judge, plus live music + performances, and a chance to win a trip to japan. free admission, pay as you go.

sat + sun 10am-6pm: put your tastebuds to the test at the fifth annual nyc hot sauce expo, were 45 hot sauce vendors, spicy foods, craft beers, eating challenges, and more await. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $5 here (plus ticket fees, reg. $10+) >>

sat + sun 10am-7pm: pedals + petals: williamsburg’s artists + fleas market partnered with bike new york to offer a lineup of free bike workshops including basic bike maintenance, fixing flats, an intro to citi bike, and more. check them out in between shopping for stylish apparel and accessories from the market’s 100+ vendors. rsvp recommended. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: the roving fad market brings more than 40 indie makers and artists to the great hall of the brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). free admission. >>

sat + sun 1-7pm: superfreak weekend. the annual congress of curious peoples returns to coney island usa. $10. >>

sat-mon various times: get tickets to artexpo new york at pier 94 for free-$10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

thru 5/2: the fourth edition of the art of the real film festival features notable nonfiction works by both emerging and established directors, including eight u.s. premieres, a cinematic tribute to the late brazilian filmmaker andrea tonacci, and many filmmakers in-person. film society of lincoln center, $14 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/6: get your feet tappin’ for tapioca at the boba room, a bubble tea art exhibit full of giant interactive bubbles, sculptures, balloons, and of course bubble tea to sip from local cafes. $10, $17 for two. >>

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sponsored: get tickets to an evening of bluegrass and choral music at carnegie hall 4/24 for $7 (plus ticket fees, $110 value). >>

get tickets to an evening with george takei at the brooklyn academy of music 5/1 or $26.50+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $37). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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THURS, 4/20: 420-THEMED EVENTS, ABANDONED AMERICA, + 29 FRI EVENTS

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around town today

various times: get fired up for these 420-themed events:

the big lebowski and harold + kumar go to white castle at syndicated (bushwick). $4. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: are you high?! stories and ice cream cakes at the yum’s the word storytelling show. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $15 adv with promo code ‘highlarious’ (reg. $18.92 adv, $20 dos). >>

7:30pm, 9:30pm: half baked and dazed and confused at at roxy cinema (tribeca). $10. >>

9pm: happy place comedy show at q.e.d. (astoria). $6. >>

9pm: the 420 burlesque show: a reefer revue benefit for coney island usa. $15. >>

4:20-6:25pm: spend 420 getting a different kind of lifted at artists rise up, a celebration of art and a protest of trump’s intentions to defund art funding. meet at w 65th street between amsterdam ave and broadway. >>

6pm: get a financial life with journalist beth kobliner (the president’s advisory council on financial capability for young americans under the obama administration), who’ll discuss her updated book on managing personal finances in your twenties and thirties. nyu bookstore (greenwich village). free. >>

6-8pm (thru 4/29): opening reception for the parsons mfa fine arts thesis exhibition. westbeth gallery (west village), free. >>

6-9pm (monthly): check out some art after-hours during the lic gallery nights series, where eight galleries and unconventional art spaces will keep their doors open late. free. >>

6:30pm: how do structures dotting american cities become ruins? photographer and writer matthew christopher investigates in an illustrated lecture based on his new book, abandoned america: dismantling the dream. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: dogs and cats are popular as ever today, and a peek into their dna and domesticated history could explain why at a talk on the archaeology of cats and dogs. brooklyn brainery annex (windsor terrace), $10. >>

6:30pm: climb your way into a seat for a screening and discussion of brothers of climbing, a short film about a group exposing underrepresented groups to climbing. drinks, snacks, and q+a follow. rei soho (soho), free. >>

7pm: a panel of food industry scholars and litigators discuss the future of food law at cardozo school of law (greenwich village). free (rsvp). >>

7pm: the reducetarian foundation founder brian kateman and fellow practitioners discuss what reducetarianism (deliberately reducing meat consumption) means to them at a book launch event for the reducetarian solution. strand books (union square), $16 admission includes a signed book. >>

7pm: author and translator david bellos explores the story of how victor hugo created and published les misérables in a discussion of his new book, the novel of the century: the extraordinary adventure of les misérables. albertine (ues), free. >>

7pm: kevin geeks out about wizards: comedian kevin maher presents a multimedia variety show about the depiction of wizards, from gandalf to harry potter, and everything in between. alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), $15. >>

7:30pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: sarah leonard (the future we want: radical ideas for the new century), ava kofman (the new inquiry editor), lidija haas (bookforum senior editor), kendra james (racialicious dot com), mehreen kasana, and franceska rouzard. hosted by charlotte shane (prostitute laundry). greenlight bookstore (prospect lefferts gardens), free. >>

7:30pm (every other thursday): pete’s reading series returns with readings by melissa febos (whip smart), sarah gerard (binary star), and chloe caldwell (after women). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: it’s (w)all about the young people at the ninth annual wallabout film festival, showcasing a selection of shorts made by students from around the globe. wythe hotel (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 door admission includes a drink, popcorn, and after party access. >>

7:30pm: friends of mozart wraps the season with a program of arias and vocal ensembles performed by graduates of the eastman school of music. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): 11-piece chamber ensemble ‘this, now,’ featuring saxophonist david liebman, perform two sets at this month’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: a drinking game nyc is a show that casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s/90s film and turns the whole thing into, you guessed it, a drinking game. tonight, stumble with them through indiana jones and the last crusade. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (first + third thursdays): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by rae sanni, saurin choksi, daniel simonsen, and jarret berenstein. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and emmy blotnick (@midnight). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free admission (one drink or food item minimum). >>

8pm: the instruments may be invisible, but the talent will be clearly visible at a us air guitar national qualifying round. interested competitors should arrive by 7pm for signups. singlecut beersmiths (astoria), free. >>

8pm (thru 4/22): butoh dance company vangeline theater presents ‘wake up and smell the coffee,’ a performance that raises awareness of coffee-related trash buildup in nyc and includes a set made of 1,500 used paper cups. bonus: free java (and optional bailey’s) for those who bring a reusable mug. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $16. >>

8pm: things get saxy when saxophone foursome new thread quartet presents its second annual program of new music for saxophones. the dimenna center for classical music (hell’s kitchen), $10. >>

8pm (weekly thru 5/11): greenwich house music school’s annual uncharted concert series continues the season with moroccan gnawa collective innov gnawa performing ancient jewish songs. bonus: free beer and wine. greenwich house music school (west village), $15. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: slurp up some laughs and wine at juicebox, an evening that pairs a comedy show with a wine tasting. with performances by ben kronberg (comedy central), molly ruben-long (fusetv), and ethan simmons patterson. taste wine company (east village), $5-10 adv, $10 door. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: eliot glazer’s ‘haunting renditions live’ show turns pop songs into comedy with the help of a five-piece band and guests thorgy thor (ru paul’s drag race) and michelle buteau (big morning buzz live). the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety at their up n’ coming show. tonight’s performers include will myles (comedy central), rosebud baker (elite daily), blaze mancillas, and beatboxer shockwave. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

9:30pm: the tale storytelling show returns with anecdotes of all sorts by kevin avery (john oliver), gastor almonte (this is not happening), donna bailey (nbc), and susie felber. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, vice). kgb bar (east village), $5. >>

thru 4/30: the annual tribeca film festival returns with almost two weeks of features, shorts, special screenings, panels, talks, and more. various locations and prices. >>

thru 5/2: the fourth edition of the art of the real film festival features notable nonfiction works by both emerging and established directors, including eight u.s. premieres, a cinematic tribute to the late brazilian filmmaker andrea tonacci, and many filmmakers in-person. film society of lincoln center, $14 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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4/21 10am-7pm: affordable danish design store flying tiger opens a new 2,100 square foot outpost in downtown brooklyn. today’s grand opening offers free cake and cookies, plus a chance to win round trip tickets to copenhagen. >>

4/21 11am-6pm (thru 4/23): at food52’s big spring spruce-up, a test kitchen becomes a three-day pop-up with culinary gear and decor for sale, tastings, an herbal tonic bar, an ice cream contest, workshops, and more. food52 hq (chelsea), free admission. >>

4/21 1-4pm: 154 participants of all ages read all 154 of shakespeare’s sonnets at the seventh annual shakespeare sonnet slam, kicking off with tv and broadway actor maulik pancholy (30 rock, weeds, it’s only a play). central park’s naumburg bandshell, free. >>

4/21 2-5pm, nyu hosts ‘modern meat: the science and culture of meat substitutes,’ a two-part panel discussion addressing the scientific, technological, and religious perspectives of such products. cantor film center (greenwich village), free. >>

4/21 5:30pm doors, 6pm show: the ‘mid-sentence’ writers conversation’ series at nypl mid-manhattan continues with author sarah gerard discussing her new essay collection sunshine state with writer and actror amber tamblyn. free. >>

4/21 6-7pm: have a short moderated conversation with a stranger holding opposing views (or just listen in) at van alen institute’s ‘crossroads conversations.’  in recognition of earth day, the topics will explore the environment and politics. the red steps at times square, free. >>

4/21 6-9pm: tour over 100 artist work spaces and meet the creators at new york academy of art’s mfa open studios (tribeca). free. >>

4/21 6-9pm (+ 4/22 1-8pm): the international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) open studios features the works of 38 artists, collectives and curators. free. iscp (bushwick), free. >>

4/21 6-9pm (thru 5/21): she persisted: 12 women artists who are soho20 gallery national affiliate members will show work in all disciplines in this exhibition, with an opening reception tonight. soho20 gallery, free. >>

4/21 6-9pm: at japan society’s gallery happy hour, sip on complimentary sake and join in an asian america arts alliance town hall with performances, presentations, and pitches. japan society gallery (turtle bay), free. >>

4/21 6:30pm: learn the skills to literally stand up fight back at a free feminist self-defense workshop, led by young feminists + allies co-founder and tedx speaker rachel piazza. east 54th recreation center (midtown east), free-$5 donation. >>

4/21 6:30pm: celebrate shakespeare’s 453rd birthday with beasts and scoundrels from iago and lady macbeth to shylock and richard iii portrayed by the drilling company’s actors, plus a new orleans-style jazz funeral for the bard performed by jambalaya brass band. bryant park fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

4/21 7pm: bobby hankinson’s kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by elsa waithe (this american life), dylan marron (seriously.tv), sarah kennedy (the advocate), rachel mccartney, and jeffery marx. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and benefit fierce!). >>

4/21 7-10pm: students from sva’s mfa photography, video, and related media department show off their work at the annual spring salon. bonus: open bar and snacks. sva (gramercy), free. >>

4/21 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: sing along to songs of resistance at a live band karaoke fundraiser, with all proceeds being donated to the safe passage project, the immigrant defense project, and 350brooklyn. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

4/21 7:30pm, 10pm, midnight (+ 4/22 5-11:30pm): video revival (crown heights) pays tribute to prince with screenings of purple rain, graffiti bridge and under the cherry moon (fri, $8), plus music videos and sign o’ the times (sat, free). >>

4/21 7:30-10pm (fridays thru 10/13): lola star’s weekly dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s lefrak center with a roller disco tribute to prince theme. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

4/21 8pm: cobble hill haunt 61 local celebrates six years in the neighborhood with a party including a three local craft beer pints + unlimited snacks for $12 special, live music, and a dance party. free. >>

4/21 8pm (quarterly): get intimate with local poets (through their work, of course) at the next installment of the cozy roots poetry series, featuring readings by rosebud ben-oni (solecism), tommy pico (irl), candace williams, and grey vild. donation-based beer and wine will be as free-flowing as the verse. roots cafe (south slope), free admission. >>

4/21 8pm (bi-monthly): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a discussion about the science of determining exoplanet compositions and atmospheres by astronomy grad student emily sandford, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

4/21 8pm (+ 4/22): gibney dance’s third annual ‘work up’ series presents performances by nine emerging artists on a series of three shared programs. gibney dance (tribeca), $10. >>

4/21 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount tales of their first sexual experiences at the ‘my first time’ show. hosted by angela cobb. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

4/21 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by jim tews (comedy central), ester steinberg (funny girls), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), kattie hannigan (elite daily) and lucas o’neil, plus music by rebecca vigil. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

4/21 9pm: the cutting room (murray hill) celebrates prince with a free purple rain screening followed by music spun by dj quincey velvet. >>

4/21 9:30pm: comedians skewer a certain beloved/reviled fictional sex columnist at a roast of carrie bradshaw. hosted by liz magee and featuring christi chiello (roast battle), madonna refugia (the special without brett davis), drew anderson (devour hour), heidi haux (so you think you can drag), and more. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

4/21 9:30pm: memes and moves collide for dancify that!, an elimination dance battle where choreographers create sequences based on viral videos and a panel of comedic judges award scores. the pit (flatiron), $15. >>

4/21 9:30pm (+ 4/28): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series invited scientists to introduce films that address perception. tonight: mamoru oshii’s ghost in the shell (1995), with an introduction by neuroscientist dr. leah kelly. $10. >>

4/21 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of jaws 3-d (3-d glasses provided) at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

4/21-9/17: the brooklyn museum presents ‘we wanted a revolution: black radical women, 1965-85,’ a new exhibition featuring the work of over 40 artists and said to be the first to focus  specifically on women of color’s contributions to the second-wave feminist movement. suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors, free first saturdays 5-11pm. >>

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