around town today

thru 5/13: the ninth annual nyc independent film festival screens more than 200 films, music videos, short sketch comedy videos, web series, and more from 30 countries , in addition to hosting parties, live performances, and industry panels. producers club (hell’s kitchen), $15. >>

thru 5/21: the sixth annual in scena! italian festival ny brings a dozen plays from italy to venues across the boroughs, plus workshops, lectures, and exchanges. free (rsvp, donations accepted). >>

6pm: sarah sobieraj, director of tufts university's digital sexism project, which investigates the impact of gender-based attacks against women online on political discourse, gives a lecture entitled stupid bitch: identity-based attacks online at the new school (greenwich village/ union square). free. >>

6pm: two time tony award-winning broadway icon chita rivera talks about her life and career with broadway world’s richard ridge. the bruno walter auditorium at the new york public library for the performing arts at lincoln center (uws), free. >>

6:45pm: attend an advance screening of sara driver’s boom for real: the late teenage years of jean-michel basquiat at videology (williamsburg). >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (ends today): the 15th annual music mondays ensemble concert series closes the season with composer and clarinetist derek bermel and jack quartet teaming up for his clarinet quintet a short history of the universe and other works. a free wine reception follows. advent lutheran church (uws), free admission. >>

7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): shotz: six groups of actors, writers, and directors present new 10-minute plays that each had to follow three specific rules. the kraine theater (east village), $13 adv (includes a beer), $15 door. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): human bird comedy night returns with guests sean patton (comedy central), nathan macintosh (conan), kase raso (mtv), tom van horn (red eye), carole montgomery (own), and kunal c. arora (the unmovers). bonus: the first 20 folks get a free jack daniel's cocktail. drexler's (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): queer writers and performers 'out' the films that influenced their identiry at the queer film theory 101 show. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): nat towsen’s downtown variety hour features performers, music, a downtown history segment, and trivia with prizes from two boots pizza and comic book/toy store forbidden planet. tonight's fifth anniversary show includes janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), sasheer zamata (snl), downtown history with jimmy webb of east village store trash and vaudeville, nyc trivia with jamela zarha williams, and more. ucb (east village), $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians with kids commiserate at the standup comedy from parents who want to lie down show. featuring eugene mirman (bob's burgers), roy wood jr. (the daily show), iris bahr (curb your enthusiasm), janelle james (@midnight), caroline rhea (sabrina the teenage witch), and host ophira eisenberg (ask me another). the bell house (gowanus), $10 adv with promo code 'skintparents' (reg. $15). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with stand up by solomon georgio (drunk history), ashley brooke roberts (fresh out!), kyle ayers (roast battle), lorelei ramirez (the creators project), robert dean (comedy central), and ashley gavin (live at gotham). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman's miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts non-fiction readings by marie myung-ok lee (the new york times), joseph osmundson (the village voice), amy rose spiegel (the guardian), and michael arcenaux (essence). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (monthly): hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show. the back room at the vspot organic (east village), free. >>

8pm: the comedy at the grocery show celebrates its seventh anniversary with stand up by josh gondelman, liza treyger, adrienne iapalluchi, and dulce sloan. arlene's grocery (les), $5. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by tim platt (comedy central), justin herman (comedy central), ayo edebiri (the rundown), and ian fidance (seth meyers). 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 by robby hoffman (the chris gethard show), geoffrey asmus, ahri findling, sherm jacobs, and frank nelson. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly thru 10/29): the rooftop space at east williamsburg's our wicked lady opens up for a season of movie screenings. tonight: bill and ted's excellent adventure. free. >>

9:30pm: bunt cake a new monthly comedy zine by female-identifying, trans and nonbinary contributors, puts on a comedy showcase to launch their first issue. the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

9:30pm doors: varsity, haybaby, and hypoluxo play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

coming up

5/8 4-8pm: it’s free cone day at häagen-dazs! enjoy some free ice cream at participating shops today. >>

5/8 6pm: united states ambassador to russia 2012-2014 michael mcfaul discusses his new book, from cold war to hot peace: an american ambassador in putin’s russia. roosevelt house public policy institute at hunter college (ues), free (rsvp). >>

5/8 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with tales from april armstrong, robin bady, arif choudhury, and mary hamilton, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by barbara aliprantis. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

5/8 6-9pm (weekly): get footloose and fancy-free at prohibition productions' rooftop jazz series, continuing tonight at a 19th floor open-air lounge with live music by stéphane séva. cambria hotel + suites rooftop (chelsea), free admission. >>

5/8 6:30pm: the masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.) host a talk on strange meat at the institute of culinary education, including odd edibles like beef jerky cotton candy, mouse 'mouffle,' and more. institute of culinary education (battery park), $15 admission includes a drink and a snack. >>

5/8 7pm: bauhaus and love and rockets bassist david j does q+a and signs copies of his memoir, who killed mister moonlight: bauhaus, black magick and benediction, at rough trade (williamsburg). free admission. >>

5/8 7:30pm: the 'scenes through the cinema lens' retrospective series at bmcc tribeca pac examines the best jazz in the movies. bmcc tribeca performing arts center (tribeca), free. >>

5/8 7:30pm doors: we b-e-e spelling: comedians attempt to drunkenly out-spell each other at this fundraiser/game show/concert benefiting headcount. leftover salmon performs an opening set. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $10. >>

5/8 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the backfat variety show is back with guests janelle james (the rundown with robin thede), brett davis (the special without brett davis), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show, and dan perlman (vidiots). hosted by chris calogero and emily winter. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

5/8 7:30pm doors, 8pm (monthly): double down on the hand of comedy, a stand-up and sketch comedy show hosted by claudia cogan (last comic standing). tonight’s performers include jo firestone (fallon), josh sharp (the opposition), calvin s. cato (time out’s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), mike drucker (samantha bee writer), eman el husseini (siriusxm), and lizzie martinez (funny or die). cobra club (bushwick), $5 >> 

5/8 7:30pm doors, 8:15pm show: white elephant burlesque presents it's inaugural weboylesque show at bizarre bushwick. $10 suggested donation >>

5/8 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of chaya babu (go home!), yz chin (though i get home), and bridgett m. davis (go-slow) at tonight's feminist press edition of the lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

5/8 9pm (monthly): whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

5/8 9pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $9. >>

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