[TEST] MON, 4/15: INSTRUMENTS OF ROCK + ROLL, ASK A SPACEMAN, LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT, + 14 TUES EVENTS

around town today

thru 4/14: syndicated dedicates a week to alfred hitchcock with screenings of rear window, north by northwest, rope, dial m for murder, psycho, vertigo, the birds, rebecca, and spellbound. syndicated (bushwick), $7. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: former presidential speechwriters and comedians who like speeches break down their favorite speeches, give behind-the-scenes looks at the drafting process, and lead the audience in crafting their own keynote at west wing writers presents: speakeasy. hosted by brian agler. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm (monthly): get sarcastic with satirical and critical writing at the farm reading series with authors talia lavin (the new yorker), ashley lopez (pigeon pages literary journal), joni murphy (double teenage), lena solow (teen vogue’s ‘ask a sex educator’), and frederica bepler (mcsweeney’s). starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

7pm: astrophysicist paul m. sutter hosts a live version of his podcast and youtube series ask a spaceman, with some help from guest experts science communicator rose ferreira, nyu professor shara bailey, and historian alex wellerstein at housing works bookstore cafe (soho). $6 admission includes a drink. >>

7pm: musical theatre composers created new songs inspired by actual letters to commanders-in-chief throughout history for letters to the president, a concert including readings by msnbc’s lawrence o’donnell, aclu president susan herman, actor piper perabo, investigative journalist suki kim, and others. the great hall at cooper union (east village), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm (monthly): go back to a time when stars were forming at 10 times the rate of today, and learn where to look for newly-forming stars in the night sky, with dr. mordecai-mark mac low at tonight’s frontiers lecture at the american museum of natural history’s hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 students, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with stand-up by sasheer zamata (snl), karen chee (seth meyers), claudia cogan (last comic standing), nato green (totally biased with w. kamau bell), pat brown (2 dope queens), and kareem green (showtime at the apollo). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

sponsored: 8pm: bask in a breathtaking new masterwork from beloved american composer, z. randall stroope’s carmina pax at carnegie hall, for just $7 with promo code ‘tsk30805’ (value $110). >>

8:30pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (comedy central) hosts myq kaplan and friends, with benefits, an evening of stand-up to support charity. tonight’s performers include seaton smith, brendan fitzgibbons, wendi starling, and mary beth barone. q.e.d. (astoria), $6 admission benefits the center on addiction. >>

9pm: (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), ophira eisenberg (ask me another), and jim o’grady (wnyc) share true stories about anger at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

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

sponsored

Centered around BRIC’s core values of creativity, inclusion, participation, and community, the BRIC OPEN is an arts and ideas festival that brings people together to radically imagine a more liberated future. From April 24-27, come to BRIC in Downtown Brooklyn to experience community, conversation, the world premiere of Phillip Howze’s Self Portraits, live performances from Strings N Skins and Phony Ppl, Healing Justice Workshops with Harriet’s Apothecary, neighborhood walks around Fort Greene with Kamau Ware, art-making with Colectiva Cósmica, and contemporary art exhibitions including The Portrait is Political featuring work by Jaishri Abichandani, Texas Isaiah, and Liz Collins. 

BRIC OPEN: Justice takes place Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27 and all events are free! Visit BRICartsmedia.org/open for more info and to RSVP!

coming up

4/9-8/18: the museum of arts and design presents too fast to live, too young to die: punk graphics, 1976–1986, an exhibition that explores the punk and post-punk movements through the lens of graphic design with more than 400 of punk’s most memorable graphics, including flyers, posters, album covers, promotions, zines, and other ephemera. museum of arts and design (columbus circle), $16 general, $14 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 6-9pm. >>

4/9-14: save up to 90% off retail prices at the rent the runway sample sale. 260 fifth ave (nomad), free admission. >>

4/9 12-8pm: ben + jerry’s free cone day! scoop up some free ice cream at participating locations all day today. >>

4/9 6:30pm: author hod lipson (fabricated: the new world of 3d printing and driverless: intelligent cars and the road ahead) and école polytechnique professor michalis vazirgiannis get into freedom in the era of artificial intelligence at a talk hosted by albertine reading room and bookshop (ues). free (rsvp required). >>

4/9 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring petey deabreu (comedy central), andy sandford (conan), mary houlihan (adult swim), sonia denis (hbo), dan perlman (mtv), and allison o’connor. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

4/9 7pm: author carol lahines discusses her new book someday everything will make sense with fellow author rick moody (the ice storm) at astoria bookshop. free admission. >>

4/9 7pm: historian hugh ryan brings brooklyn’s lgbtq history to life in a talk about his new book when brooklyn was queer. the lgbt community center (west village), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

4/9 7:30pm: author nathaniel rich (losing earth: a recent history in the new york times magazine) breaks down the ways political leaders have failed to act on climate change in a talk on his new book, losing earth, with writer david leonhardt (the new york times). brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>

4/9 7:30pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is superior, the beatles or the rolling stones. tonight’s guests: Cx caolyn castiglia (right now! with carolyn castiglia), karen chee (seth meyers), john fugelsang (tell me everything), peter grosz (the president show), dave hill (the goddamn dave hill show), and carmen lynch (inside amy schumer). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $16. >>

4/9 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring jamie babbit (but i’m a cheerleader, russian doll), kendall payne, sabrina wu, and arti gollapudi. hosted by sophie santos and guest host jessica henderson. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

4/9 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: roast battle meets debate club for cardi b vs. nicki minaj: a battle of the divas, where comedians and pop culture experts square off via debates, screaming matches, and drag performances. hosted by christi chiello and matteo lane. new venue: littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/9 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: the hosts of wild things comedy present a comedy tribute to raghav mehta, who passed away last month, featuring some of raghav’s favorite comedians and friends. secret loft greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 admission will benefit al otro lado (advance purchase required). >>

4/9 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by doogie horner (america’s got talent), paris sashay (bet), lorelei ramirez (comedy central), laura merli (reductress), robert dean, and bryan yang. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

4/9 9pm: some of the month’s juiciest pop culture moments will be performed live by comedians, musicians, and even magicians at popop! a pop culture cabaret. hosted by jenny gorelick. club cumming (east village), free admission. >>

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