around town today

just added: thru 2/17: bring it on meets dreamgirls in betty and the belrays, a girl-group musical set in civil rights era detroit. theater for the new city (east village), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

just added: thru 2/6: experimental theater collective mabou mines’ performance initiative suite/space presents new works by cinthia chen, marcelle davies-lashley, cristina pitter, and edisa weeks. mabou mines (east village), $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

today’s the 31st of the month, which means baskin-robbins will flaunt its 31 flavors with $1.50 ice cream scoops at participating locations. >>

5pm-8 (+ 2/7, 2/14): jcat and pleiades gallery showcase artworks by 80 japanese artists for the ‘sm;)ey’ group exhibition. live painting and free sake tastings at tonight’s opening party. pleiades gallery (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: representatives from juliana v. united states, the youth constitutional climate lawsuit against the federal government, host a roundtable on changing tactics in the face of climate emergency at the new york society for ethical culture (uws). free. >>

6:30pm: blondie’s chris stein and debbie harry discuss stein’s new book of photographs, point of view: me, new york city, and the punk scene, along with creative director rob roth. a signing will follow. sva theatre (chelsea), free admission (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: screening on the centennial of jackie robinson’s birthday, documentary the other boys of summer explores civil rights in america through the lives of negro league baseball players. director lauren meyer and two players featured in the film will be in person for a discussion following. the cooper union’s frederick p. rose auditorium (east village), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: from the top: the sound of wu-tang and the art of sampling: get a breakdown of the production techniques used to make wu-tang clan’s music at a demo and discussion with hip-hop historian and african-american studies expert joe schloss. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm: national book award-winning poet and former new york times magazine poetry editor terrance hayes (american sonnets for my past) is tonight’s guest at the nyu creative writing program’s new salon reading series, hosted by deborah landau, poet and director of nyu’s creative writing program. nyu’s lillian vernon creative writers house (greenwich village), free. >>

7pm: the annual composers now festival kicks off another cycle with an evening of music of various styles by living composers at national opera center (chelsea). $20 general, $15 students/artists. >>

7-10pm: see if you recognize any of the 100 new yorkers featured in photographer jamiya wilson’s 100 faces: street portraits exhibition, opening tonight at rogue space chelsea. free (rsvp required). >>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by marty’s v burger will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit the humane league. bonus: $5 well drinks happy hour. solas (east village), free admission. >>

7:30pm (+ 2/1): arts brookfield presents the silent films / live music series, curated by wnyc’s john schaefer. over the course of two more evenings, classic silent film screenings will be accompanied by live music, including nosferatu with irene and linda buckley (thurs), and underworld with alloy orchestra (fri). brookfield place’s winter garden (fidi), free. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by kevin mcaffrey (colbert), sarah sherman (adult swim), mike bain, alison o’conner, and andrew durso. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by olivia grace (roast battle), will abeles (nbc), alex falcone, michelle slonim, and neal stastny. hosted by matt koff (the daily show) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

10pm: get cheeky at the bootylicious destiny’s child/beyoncé-themed dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>


In this installment of the popular comedy debate series, Blythe Roberson (How to Date Men When You Hate Men), Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), Kerry Coddett (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas), Bob Powers (Our Cartoon President), Mehran Khaghani (Last Comic Standing), and Jena Friedman (Soft Focus on Adult Swim) hilariously argue whether it’s easier to be married or convince a stranger to overlook your love handles. Hosted by Matthew Love. Tickets only $16 with no drink minimum.


coming up

2/1-28: try a different hot chocolate flavor every day this month at city bakery’s annual hot chocolate festival. featured flavors include salted caramel, coconut chai, creamy stout, chili pepper, darkest dark, bourbon, and more. city bakery (flatiron), prices tba. >>

2/1-28 (weekdays 8am-4pm + 5:30pm-11pm): flip for flapjacks at clinton street baking co. + restaurant’s annual pancake month, featuring a rotating menu of 14 varieties. price tba. >>

2/1-28: shaping our nation’s history: african-american achievements in television, a black history month celebration at the paley center for media, features an interactive exhibit, family activities, and special screenings highlighting significant african-american moments in television. paley center for media (midtown west), free. >>

2/1-5: the film society of lincoln center presents a yorgos lanthimos retrospective showcasing alps, dogtooth, the favourite, the killing of a sacred deer, kinetta, and the lobster. $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

2/1-3, 2/8-10: the first ever winter showcase edition of the new york asian film festival launches with the theme ‘crazy broke asians.’ sva theatre (chelsea), $15-20 general, $12-17 students/seniors. >>

2/1 1-8pm (+ 2/2 11am-6pm): refresh your wardrobe with the help of more than 80 vintage clothing + accessories dealers at the semi-annual manhattan vintage clothing show + sale. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

2/1 4pm (+ 2/2, 2/8-9): women’s project theater and colt coeur theater company present the second annual parity plays festival, a series of new play readings by female and gender non-conforming playwrights and directors. here arts center (south village), free (rsvp). >>

2/1 4pm + 7pm (thru 2/7): black panther returns to the big screen with free screenings in honor of black history month. five amc theaters in manhattan and the bronx, rsvp required. >>

2/1 4-6pm: cool carving: two large-scale ice sculptures, one of twentieth-century artist’s model audrey munson and one of the statue of liberty’s hand and torch, will be created live at madison square park and remain on display for several days as they melt. free admission. >>

2/1 6pm: olympic figure skaters johnny weir and gabrielle daleman, canadian-national champions andrew poje and kaitlyn weaver, and athletes from special olympics new york perform at the bryant park frostfest skating showcase. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

2/1 7pm (biweekly thru 5/31): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by dr. chiara mingarelli on black holes and gravitational waves, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

2/1 7pm (+ 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. >>

2/1 7pm (thru 2/3): barnfest nyc: artists making theater, dance, film, and music present works in progress developed through residencies at barn arts collective on maine’s mount desert island. cloud city (williamsburg), $10. >>

2/1 7:30pm (thru 4/21): lola star’s dreamland roller rink sets up shop at industry city through april. tonight’s party theme: ‘dancing queen.’ $18-20 includes skate rental. >>

2/1 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight’s show features kate willett, ziwe fumudoh, boris khaykin, and jaffer khan. hosted by noa osheroff and max white. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

2/1 8pm (+ 2/2): rule of 7×7: seven playwrights present new 10-minute plays that had to follow seven rules. the tank (garment district), $14 adv, $15 door (admission includes a drink). >>

2/1 8:30pm: the mid riff comedy show features bellies and laughs from rob michael hugel (fallon), khalid rahmaan (conan), lizzie martinez (funny or die), brian parise (last week tonight), amamah sardar (epic comedy), and irene fagan merrow (reductress). hosted by alissa may atkinson and lauren vino. bonus: free drink for crop top wearers. precious metal (bushwick), free. >>

2/1 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by molly austin (comedy central), calise hawkins (@midnight), fumi abe (vulture), and geoffrey asmus, with music by douglas widick (north coast). hosted by shelby taylori. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

2/1 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick features stand-up by kate willett (netflix), shane torres (conan), caitlin peluffo (colbert), robert dean (2 dope queens), andy sandford (aqua teen hunger force), and ayanna dookie (laughs). hosted by erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno. karaoke follows. free admission. >>

2/1 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show pairs pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by dina hashem (conan), anthony devito (colbert), martin urbano (kimmel), and more. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

2/1 10pm: at random access theatre’s the drunk texts (fka drunk restoration comedy), thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games, improvisation and audience participation. tonight: susanna centlivre’s 1718 play, a bold stroke for a wife. the players theatre (west village), $10 with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg. $12). >>

2/1 11pm: i ain’t afraid of no jokes. busted! the improvised ghostbusters imagines a new generation of spirit-hunters, only everything’s made up on the spot. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

2/1 11pm: london-based party r + she: the queens of hip hop and r+b returns to brooklyn for a night of dancing to fierce jams. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

2/1 11:45pm doors: come get your honey at the semi-regular this party is killing you: a night of all-robyn everything dance party. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

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