[TEST] WEDS, 4/17: RETTA, ANDREW BIRD, TERRY GILLIAM, + 17 THURS EVENTS

around town today

3pm, 5:30pm: filmmaker terry gilliam (3pm), and musician andrew bird (5:30pm) are guests at today’s tapings of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedian and actor retta (good girls, parks and recreation) guest-stars at tonight’s taping of npr’s ask me another, hosted by ophira eisenberg. the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7pm: author miriam toews (all my puny sorrows) will discuss her new optioned novel, women talking, with oscar winner frances mcdormand and film producer dede gardner (moonlight). strand bookstore (union square). $15 admission includes a gift card, $24 includes a signed copy of the book. >>

7pm (+ 4/17): heeere’s kubrick! village east cinema’s annual tribute to stanley kubrick continues with barry lyndon (tonight), and lolita (4/17). $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the biology on tap series brings short science talks and trivia to a bar each month. tonight’s theme: the world inside your brain. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: miranda and the beat, veronica bianqui, and fruit + flowers play our wicked lady (bushwick). $5. >>

8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features neko white (trutv), hannah dickinson (comedy central), kendall farrell (ucb), jf harris (impractical jokers), and jeff cerulli (mtv). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), greta titelman (bravo), sean mallory, jonathan van halem, and nataly aukar. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: josh gondelman (this week tonight), kat radley (the daily show), gordon baker bone (gotham comedy live), gabe pacheco (siriusxm), and david drake (siriusxm). hosted by saurin choksi. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

9:30pm doors: colleen green and degreaser play mercury lounge (les). $12. >>

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

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coming up

4/11-13: explore a wide variety of published works on display and for sale, and attend related panel discussions at sva’s 30th anniversary mfa photography, video and related media book fair and scheimpflug lecture series. sva photography building (gramercy), free admission. >>

4/11-13: her smell director alex ross perry and stars elisabeth moss, eric stoltz, agyness deyn, gayle rankin, ashley benson, and dylan gelula will do q+a following various screenings at ifc center (greenwich village) and nitehawk cinema (prospect park). $13-16 general, $10-13 seniors. >>

4/11 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: heating up history: an exploration of spice, hot sauce, and immigrant foods: a gastronomist, a hot sauce creator, and a pepper cultivator tackle some burning questions about spicy food at a discussion hosted by historic gastronomist sarah lohman at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). $10. >>

4/11 7pm: for the launch of anna merlan’s new book republic of lies: american conspiracy theorists and their surprising rise to power, the drunk education folks host a night of presentations on wild ideas throughout history, followed by q+a with merlan and a screening of clips from an alex jones’s film dark secrets: inside bohemian grove. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

4/11 7pm: get tickets to mother jones panel discussion when we lead: women’s voices reshaping our media, featuring samhita mukhopadhyay (executive editor, teen vogue), antonia hylton (correspondent and producer, vice news tonight), and others. hosted by mother jones‘ jamilah king. the new school (union square), $12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

4/11 7pm-2am: the semi-annual pancakes + booze art show returns with works by more than 100 artists, live body painting, music, and a free pancake bar. m1-5 lounge (tribeca), $10 at the door, $15 line jumper. >>

4/11 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get your dose of schadenfreude at mortified, a tribute to teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) shared by their original authors. littlefield (gowanus), $12. >>

4/11 7pm doors, 8pm show: portland-based indie-folk band y la bamba plays bric house (fort greene) with support from habibi and dj bembona. $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

4/11 7:15pm 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 collaboration between drummer scott kettner and brass band nation beat. bonus: free beer and wine. greenwich house music school (west village), $15. >>

4/11 7:30pm: acclaimed chef kwame onwuachi shares the story of his culinary coming-of-age in a talk on his memoir, notes from a young black chef, with writers joshua david stein (food + wine, where chefs eat) and christina chaey (bon appétit) at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

4/11 7:30pm: swedish woodwind quintet arctic 5 perform a concert of pieces by scandinavian composers at scandinavia house (murray hill). $15. >>

4/11 7:30pm + 10pm: comedian chris gethard (the chris gethard show, girls) and a guest will perform 60-90 minutes of comedy at union hall (park slope). $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/11 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up homemade orzo-stuffed bell peppers (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) and stand-up by stavros halkias (comedy central), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), khalid rahmaan (conan), jake head, and brittany carney. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $10. >>

4/11 8pm: ben wasserman: live for mom: ‘aspiring good son’ ben wasserman (mtv, vice) performs a brand-new hour of comedy specifically designed to make his mom (who’ll be in attendance) proud. bonus: bring your mom for a chance to win free drinks. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

4/11 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by alex pavone (sirius xm), stavros halkias (comedy central), sarah tollemache (colbert), zach russell, and mia jackson. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

4/11 8pm: birch, rodes rollins, and gold child play union pool (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

4/11 10pm: work up a sweat to the sounds of the late 1990s and early 2000’s at the dirty thursday ‘dirty pop’ dance party. house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

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