around town today

6-9pm: more than 40 japanese artists created 12″ x 12″ works ifor the ‘japanism’ exhibition. opening reception with a performance by risako ishikawa tonight. one art space (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

6-9:30pm: salsa party in a museum: balmir latin dance company hosts an evening of salsa, beginning with a class led by professional dancers and followed by live music and performances. brooklyn museum’s rubin pavilion (prospect heights), free with suggested museum admission: $16 general, $10 seniors/students. >>

6:30-8:30pm: dr. demento covered in punk, the notable radio personality’s new collection of punk + novelty songs, launches with a signing event featuring members of the misfits, the b-52’s, osaka popstar, and the dr. himself. forbidden planet (union square), purchase of the lp or cd required. >>

6:30pm: interweaving cultures: fashion journalist michelle honig and haute hijab co-founder + ceo melanie elturk discuss modesty in fashion across cultures with fit’s natalie nudell. the jewish museum (ues), free with thursday night pay-what-you-wish admission (rsvp recommended). >>

7-10pm: glitter, glam, and gold: skate night with johnny weir: two-time olympic figure skater johnny weir performs and poses for photo ops, followed by an open skate with opportunities to get all done up. the rink at bryant park (midtown west), free admission ($20 skate rental or byo). >>

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), $10. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: performers get scared out of their clothes at hotsy totsy’s burlesque tribute to stephen king. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7:30pm: author and broadcast journalist katy tur discusses her book on the trump campaign trail, unbelievable: my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in american history, with journalist and author touré. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm: a new comedy show, the new comedy project, comes to williamsburg with stand up from casey james salengo (comedy central), billy prinsell (comedy central), aminah imani (wine before nine), julia shiplett (the moth storyslam winner), karolena theresa, and host mike abrusci. presented by anya volz (the hard times). bonus: admission includes two beers. the new work project coworking space (williamsburg), $5 adv, $10 door. >>

7:30-9:30pm: feel free to color outside the lines with the cocktails and coloring club, a coloring event for adults set in a german beer hall. $5 admission includes supplies and unlimited pages of drag queens, presidents, 80s + 90s nostalgia and more to color; $17 includes a take home coloring book. the kings beer hall (park slope), $5. >>

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 complimentary homemade cavatappi and squash in a brown butter sage sauce alongside stand up by dina hashem (conan), gibran saleem (fx), yedoye travis (colbert), david drake (comedians you should know show), and alison leiby (comedy central). hosted by brian parise + courtney fearrington. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

8pm (monthly): storytellers and comedians just can’t hold it in at the awkward poop… and the city storytelling show. tonight’s ill-timed tales come from anita flores (party of two), sharon spell (the sharon spell show), katie mack, and kerry gibbons. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm: guilty feet or not, you’re gonna dance again at a george michael tribute party, featuring dj sets and tribute band. friends and lovers (crown heights), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by colin burgess (comedy central), joe rumrill (the chris gethard show), gabriel pacheco, and tim platt. hosted by matt koff (the daily show) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm: 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 (prospect heights), $10. >>

8:30pm: (monthly): liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show returns with stand up by subhah agarwal (comedy central), joe devito (comedy central), tyler fischer (america’s got talent), patrick holbert (trutv), courtney maginnis (let’s see, what else comedy), carrie gravenson (cake comedy), and dan abraham. hosted by jill weiner. beauty bar (gramercy), free. >>

8:30pm (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety at their up n’ coming show. tonight’s show includes performers jo firestone (fallon), dan wilbur (better book titles), carolyn castiglia (comedy central), and mark kendall. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

9pm: you could win a jeff goldblum shower curtain and other prizes at a jeff goldblum tribute + trivia event, celebrating all things mr. goldblum with clips, team trivia, impressions, and more. videology (williamsburg), $15. >>

thru 1/29: in honor of paul-thomas anderson’s phantom thread, alamo drafthouse cinema’s fashion in film series highlights the bitter tears of petra von kant, the devil wears prada, disco godfather, troop beverly hills, and more. >>

coming up

1/12-16: the annual association of performing arts presenters (apap) conference means tons of inexpensive theater, performance art and dance performances throughout the city. some festival picks:
american realness festival at various locations (thru 1/16). >>
coil festival at performance space new york (thru 2/4). >>
live artery at new york live arts studios (1/13-15). >>
prototype at various locations (thru 1/20). >>
the exponential festival at various locations (thru 1/31). >>
under the radar festival at the public theater (thru 1/15). >>

1/12 10am-8pm (+ 1/13 10am-7pm): the sixth annual black comic book festival shines the spotlighting on black comic artists and creators with two days of exhibitors, panels, exhibitors, a cosplay show, and a peek at black panther with florence kasumba. schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), free admission. >>

1/12 6pm doors: wax idols, bootblacks, and desert sharks play elsewhere (ridgewood). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

1/12 7pm: put on extra eyeliner for the release of tom mullen + washed up emo’s the anthology of emo: volume 1, featuring a panel discussion including norman brannon of texas is the reason, chris leo of the van pelt, and william kheun of rainer maria. powerhouse at the archway (dumbo). free admission. >>

1/12 7pm-midnight: multimedia artist julia sinelnikova’s ‘immersive cyber-punk environment,’ rootkit, takes over superchief gallery(ridgewood). opening reception tonight. free. >>

1/12 7:15pm (+ 1/13 4:55pm + 7:15pm): actor ian nelson and director trudie styler will do q+a following select screenings of freak show. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

1/12 7:30pm: wax nostalgic for those summer nights at a grease sing-along. city cinemas village east, $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

1/12 7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): the ladybugs sing folk songs in spanish + portuguese (7pm) and spirituals (9:30pm) at tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

1/12 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 shalewa sharpe, patrick j. reilly, 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). >>

1/12 8pm doors, 9pm show: five musicians come together for one night only as blue moon, a tom petty + the heartbreakers tribute band, with support from weezer cover band the undone sweaters and dj mark after dark. littlefield (gowanus), $10 admission benefits the american cancer society. >>

1/12 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the holi-brew edition of the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by kerry coddett (joking off), tommy mcnamara (the onion), jeff simmermon (the moth storyslam grandslam winner), paul julmeus, dan perlman, karolena theresa, and erica spera. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

1/12 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 kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), samantha bednarz (spike), kate wolff (trutv) christina galston (nbc), joe alfano, mike denny, and chris millhouse. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

1/12 9pm (+ 1/15 at 7pm): comedian and storyteller desiree burch’s tar baby bridges personal and cultural history to examine the story of race and capitalism in america. robert moss theater at playwrights downtown (east village), free with email rsvp. >>

1/12 9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. tonight’s guests include marc gerber, wilson mcdermut, ariel elias, and stephanie lyons. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

1/12 9:30pm: jam out at secretformula’s 90’s hip-hop and r+b video sing-along, featuring a costume contest, a dance-off, a photobooth, themed drink specials, and 90’s swag. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

1/12 10pm: twin sisters jacquelyn and kathryn smith (aka jacky sommer and datkat) spin house, techno, acid, electro and more at the analog soul night party. nowadays (ridgewood), free before midnight with rsvp, $15 otherwise. >>

1/12 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with stand-up by kat radley (the daily show) and casey balsham, storytelling by sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), and burlesque by matt knife and cubby hall. ucb (east village), $9. >>

1/12  midnight: add some spice to your night at a dune drinking game. bonus: $5 beer + shot combos. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>

1/12 midnight: shake it to three times the femme power at the semi-regular holy trinity: beyoncé, rihanna, and nicki dance party, with dj sets by dame luz and wassup gina. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10. >>

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