around town today

thru 2/16: david zwirner gallery (chelsea) presents god made my face: a collective portrait of james baldwin, a group exhibition featuring works by njideka akunyili crosby, richard avedon, karl bissinger, beauford delaney, marlene dumas, glenn ligon, cameron rowland, kara walker, james welling, and other artists. free. >>

just added: thru 1/27 (thurs thru sun): 11 new plays by new and established playwrights will premiere over the course of three weeks during the gallery players’ 22nd annual black box new play festival. the gallery players (south slope), $20 general, $15 seniors. >>

thru 1/22: the 28th annual new york jewish film festival presents more than 30 films from around the world, including documentary, narrative, and short films, as well as restored classics. the film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors ($20-25 for opening/closing nights). >>

thru 1/14: the sopranos film festival, a weeklong tribute to david chase’s hbo series curated and hosted by matt zoller seitz (the sopranos sessions, opens with a celebration at sva theatre followed by five days of live events at ifc center. the tribute features screenings of classic films and landmark sopranos episodes, plus special guests including chase discussing the series’ influences and legacy. $16-20 general, $13 seniors. >>

thru 1/13: the second annual brooklyn podcast festival highlights 16 comedy, politics, and pop culture podcasts, including dr. gameshow, majority report, pop culture happy hour, the bowery boys, the touré show, and more. the bell house (gowanus), union hall (park slope), and bric house (fort greene). various prices. >>

thru 1/13: live sound art, experimental music performances, and a video installation take over fridman gallery (les) for the fourth annual new ear festival. $20 general, $15 students (free friday and tuesday). >>

just added: 6-9:30pm (on view thru 1/29): 212 arts gallery presents ‘wall to wall,’ a solo show from collage and street artist libby schoettle, featuring her alter ego, phoebenewyork. opening reception tonight. 212 arts gallery (east village), free. >>

7pm: celeb chef jamie oliver presents his latest cookbook, 5 ingredients: quick + easy food, at barnes + noble (union square). wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book starting at 9am. >>

7pm (+ 2/1, 3/1): even less scripted than reality tv, six comedians manufacture drama on the spot at the improvised real housewives episode. the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

7pm: (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: casey james salengo (comedy central), dina hashem (conan), daniel simonsen (seth meyers), pedro salinas (laughs), ashley hamilton, and rachel mccartney. hosted by stu melton and charlie dektar. new venue: dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7pm: the death by audio arcade moves their diy arcade cabinet game collection to bushwick’s secret project robot, celebrating with the launch of kung fu kickball and performances by three chiptune performers. $10. >>

just added: 7-9pm (on view thru 3/9): aca galleries presents salvador dalí, a solo exhibition featuring selected etchings, tapestries and drawings from the argillet collection. opening reception and gallery talk tonight. aca galleries (chelsea), free. >>

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. >>

7:30pm: how to date men when you hate men: writer and comedian blythe roberson discusses her new humorous guide to romance with comedian phoebe robinson (2 dope queens). a wine reception follows. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free admission. >>

7:30pm: ‘multiracial jam army’ burnt sugar arkestra kicks off its 20th anniversary with a mixtape-inspired performance at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

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 pasta and stand up by leclerc andre (fallon), kerry coddett (hbo), emily winter (the new york times), jp mcdade (comedy central) and steve rogers. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by steve rodgers (colbert), calise hawkins (adult swim), anders lee (pod damn america), and david drake (comedians you should know). hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), $5. >>

8pm: queen of swords, nighttime, and verdigrls play alphaville (bushwick). $10. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by jason burke, adam sokol, cathy humes, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm doors (thursdays thru 1/31): juan maclean (dfa records) kicks off a dj residency at elsewhere loft with a six-hour disco, house, and techno set. elsewhere (bushwick), free (rsvp). >>

coming up

1/11-21: first look, the museum of the moving image’s annual festival of inventive new cinema from around the world, includes more than two dozen programs featuring films from 15 countries. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 tickets include same-day admission to the museum ($20 for opening night). >>

1/11 6-8pm: representatives from eight women-centric stem organizations will set up information stations at a ‘badass women of stem’-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

1/11 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the regular comedy show returns with a night of stand up by rosebud baker (elite daily), julio torres (snl), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), and martin urbano (kimmel). baby’s all right (williamsburg), $12. >>

1/11 7:30pm: in anticipation of his upcoming retrospective (2/1-5), filmmaker yorgos lanthimos will discuss his influences and the favourite, followed by a screening of the film. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

1/11 7:30pm: the melody and company chamber series presents an all-brahms evening with pianist melody fader, mezzo-soprano re’ut ben-ze’ev, and the momenta quartet, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception. greenwich house music school concert hall (west village), $15 general, $10 students/seniors (save $5 at the door if you mention the skint). >>

1/11 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. tonight’s edition features perri gross, calvin cato, gastor almonte, and host natalie wall. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’, or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

1/11 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. this month’s show features guests chase mitchell (fallon), samhita mukhopadhyay (teen vogue), and abbi crutchfield (trutv). hosted by lane moore (brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

1/11 8:30pm: zoom in on laughs at get reel, a comedy show where movie clips get appropriated into routines. hosted by joe castle baker and max wittert. byob. mirror room at the big apple circus at lincoln center (uws), $10. >>

1/11 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by dj demers (conan), kenny deforest (seth meyers), and bryan yang (buzzfeed comic to watch), plus music by caitlin cook. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

1/11 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features nore davis (conan), jeff simmermon (this american life), ophira eisenberg (ask me another), myq kaplan (netflix), amy shanker (laughs), and kase raso. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

1/11 10:30pm: celebrate the musical legacy of david bowie at the skint’s loving the alien: a david bowie tribute dance party, with dj steve reynolds (party like it’s 1999) spinning the hits and deep cuts from the thin white duke’s 50-year career, plus video clip projections by music video time machine. littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

1/11 11pm: things go bump in the night at the monthly young adult friction indie/alt dance party, tonight including a dose of hits by david bowie and musicians he influenced. saint vitus (greenpoint), free. >>

1/11 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by caitlin peluffo (colbert) and courtney fearrington (siriusxm), storytelling by david drake (siriusxm), and burlesque by dottie dynamo + luna lee. ucb (east village), $9. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: $35 single tickets are on sale now for two-time pulitzer prize-winner lynn nottage’s by the way, meet vera stark, playing 1/29-3/3 at signature theatre. >>

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