around town today

thru 10/27: this year’s art in odd places festival will present projects by women, female identifying, and non-binary artists along 14th street in manhattan 10/11-14, accompanied by a group exhibition at westbeth gallery in the west village 10/4-27. opening reception 10/4 6-8pm. free. >>

thru 10/13: 28 eight-foot accessories-inspired art installations will take over madison avenue sidewalks for obsessorize, an outdoor exhibition designed by students at school of visual arts, with an after-hours shopping party 10/4 6-8pm. >>

thru 10/7: more than 150 art spaces will open their doors to the public for the 28th annual jersey city art + studio tour, four days of art exhibits, performances, installations, curated tours, special events, childrens’ activities and more. free. >>

thru 10/6: immerse yourself in contemporary theater and performance during cuny’s 15th annual prelude festival, featuring performances, conversations, presentations, and studio visits. can’t make it? many of the events will be livestreamed. free. >>

$1 tacos, free beer, and more national taco day deals in nyc. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. west bronx recreation center (bronx). >>
let the right one in. msgr, mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>

6pm: learn the story behind iconic music videos when new york comic con presents a sneak preview of the premiere episode of music video time machine: the series, hosted by music video historian stephen pitalo and followed by a dance party. american retro bar and grill (hell’s kitchen), $10. >>

6-8pm (monthly): 16 art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

7pm: choose your player: how sci-fi and fantasy authors create legendary characters: r.a. salvatore, david pedreira, s.a. chakraborty, sarah beth durst, and richard kadrey discuss their work in a panel discussion on the ins and outs of developing compelling characters. book culture lic, free. >>

7pm (monthly): at the videotale show, performers incorporate a video element into their stories and an improv group creates new scenes inspired by them. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, meet the deplorables). the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

7pm (+ 10/6, 10/11): bronx documentary center presents its fourth annual women’s film series, featuring three stories of women fighting for just causes against incredible odds. this year’s selections, rbg, mankiller, and hooligan sparrow, will be followed by q+a with the directors. $10 general, $5 for bronx residents. >>

7pm (thru 10/8): 1,000 singers from across nyc will come together on the high line for the mile-long opera: a biography of 7 o’clock, an immersive choral work filled with personal stories about life in our rapidly changing city. free tickets were snapped up quickly, but a standby line will open at 6:30pm at gansevoort + washington sts. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 10/5 @ the players theatre): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence will perform a reading of meaneth girls or, the tragedy of regina george, a shakespearean retelling of mean girls, while the audience plays drinking games. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by katie hannigan (colbert), gabriel pacheco (siriusxm), daniel perafan (nbc), abby rosenquist, and ahri findling. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm (thursdays thru 10/25, plus a 10/31 screening of psycho): get your fix of the hitch at village east cinema’s annual hitchcocktober screening series. tonight: rear window (1954). $15. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by boris khaykin (the opposition with jordan klepper), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), jeff scheen, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): tyler fischer hosts the fish bowl comedy show, a new after hours stand up show at gotham market. tonight: andy haynes (comedy central), doogie horner (america’s got talent), charlie kasov  (mtv), nataly aukar, and sameer naseem. gotham market (fort greene), $5 with rsvp (reg. $10). >>

8:30pm (+ 10/5 7pm + 9pm): some strings attached. at the latest edition of the sinking ship productions puppet playlist series, puppeteers and musicians will present original interpretations inspired by the songs of queen. the tank (garment district), $13. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which will actually get submitted at the pulitzer surprises show. tonight’s guests include mike drucker, rachel kaly, ruby mccollister, dillon stevenson, and actual pulitzer prize-winning journalist stephen engelberg. hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). caveat (les), $8 adv, $12 door. >>


The best-selling author and pop culture powerhouse brings her “signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth” (Harper’s Bazaar) to an evening of stories curated from her selections from the most anticipated short story collection of the year, published by Houghton Mifflin. Stories will be read by Brandon J. Dirden (The Americans), Martha Plimpton (The Real O’Neals) and Zabryna Guevara (Gotham).

coming up

sponsored: the puntastically named grin and barrett comedy, a free monthly comedy show with liz barrett, is back at beauty bar this thursday, october 11. tired of comedy shows with no women? well this line up has more than just dudes (think comedians you’ve seen on comedy central, conan, the late show with stephen colbert, and ones who are up and coming). the vibe is fun, and there are raffles. reserve your seat today! >>

10/5-1/27: muggles are welcome to discover the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the harry potter stories at harry potter: a history of magic, a spellbinding exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the british library and new-york historical society, with original material from j.k. rowling’s own archives as well as costumes and set models from harry potter and the cursed child. new-york historical society museum + library (uws), $21 general, $16 seniors, $13 students. >>

10/5-21: the annual new york african restaurant week returns with 23 restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe lunch + dinner menus, plus special events and a food festival in harlem on 10/13. >>

10/5 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
boss baby. crotona park (bronx). >>
coco. kissena corridor park (flushing). >>
purple dreams. jackie robinson park (harlem). >>
white knuckle and scary movie. herbert von king park(bed-stuy). >>

10/5 6-8pm: pore over some page-turning art at the center for book arts fall exhibitions opening reception, showcasing three exhibitions of self-published photo books, modified astronomical diagrams, and more. center for book arts (flatiron), free. >>

10/5 7pm: (un)silent film night: the new school’s college of performing arts theater orchestra performs charlie chaplain’s original score to his classic silent film, modern tmes (1936). the new school’s john l. tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

10/5 7pm doors, 8pm show: metropolis burlesque presents stripp-a-lympics, a burlsesque tribute to hanna-barbera cartoons. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), $10 suggested donation. >>

10/5 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): it’s you against the music at lola star’s britney spears-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

10/5 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: daniel simonsen, ayo edebiri, srilatha rajamani, andrea allan, ashton womack, and more. hosted by noa osheroff and sam morrison. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

10/5 8pm: illuminati hotties, nervous dater, and oldsoul play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

10/5 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by evan m. williams (comedy central), tom delgado (comedy central), sarah tollemache (colbert), kenice mobley (laughs), and rufat agayev. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

10/5 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by neel nanda (kimmel), daniel simonsen (bbc), ethan simmons patterson and heather thomson, with music by caitlin cook. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

10/5 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians become authors real and imaginary and read selections from made up books at literati: a comedy show about books and the idiots who write them. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring eudora peterson (the special without brett davis), darcie wilder (literally show me a healthy person), maeve higgins (maeve in america), and sydnee washington (comedy central). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

10/5 9pm: mr. coney island 2018 lee valone and the beefsquad present madness: a drag and burlesque tribute to tim burton. sideshows by the seashore, $15. >>

10/5 9:30pm (fridays thru 11/9): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series, ‘sci-fi cine club kolkata,’ takes its inspiration from director satyajit ray’s 1960’s-era sci-fi screening club. tonight: nathan juran’s first men in the moon (1964), introduced by author aseem chhabra. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $14. >>

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