around town today

10am-9pm (thru 10/16): the first 50 customers at the new saks off 5th in sunset park will receive a sweet treat that may contain a $100 gift card. >>

6pm (monthly): dartmouth philosopher and tattoo photographer maureen eckert discusses tattoos as a personal art form at tonight’s installment of the philosophy series at cornelia street cafe (west village). $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6-8pm (thru 11/12): in a ribald nod to a 1976 satirical essay about ronald reagan, a group of artists express their feelings toward the election in the ‘why i want to f*ck donald trump’ group art show, opening tonight. joshua liner gallery (chelsea), free. >>

6-10pm: this week’s brooklyn museum free admission thursday nights programming includes access to the exhibitions, a gallery tour of the ‘who shot sports’ exhibition, and a salsa party including dancing lessons. >>

6:30pm: historian scott d. seligman reads and discusses his book tong wars: the untold story of vice, money, and murder in new york’s chinatown, a true crime story set in prohibition-era manhattan chinatown. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

7pm: the book release event for this year’s best american essays, edited by jonathan franzen, features a reading, signing, and q+a hosted by series editor robert atwan with guests alexander chee and jordan kisner. bookcourt (cobble hill), free. >>

7pm: writer emily witt explores internet dating, internet pornography, polyamory, and more in her future sex book discussion with new york magazine’s christian lorentzen. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

7pm (+ 10/14 at rough trade): get rocked on the history and impact of glam at the book launch for music journalist simon reynolds’s shock and awe: glam rock and its legacy, from the seventies to the 21st century. powerhouse arena (dumbo), free. >>

7pm: (monthly): authors read between their own lines at the behind the book reading series. this month’s words come from alexander maksik (shelter in place), tim murphy (christadora), randa jarrar (him, me, muhammad ali), and margaret malone (people like you). kgb bar (east village), 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), $10. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: creepy characters may start to look alluring at hotsy totsy’s ‘high camp soap opera’ burlesque tribute to stephen king. the slipper room (les), $10. >>

7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by mark normand (comedy central), josh gondelman (last week tonight), jeff simmermon (this american life), dina hashem, and others. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>

7:30pm (monthly): performers, writers, and regular folks tell stories about mental health (or the lack thereof) at the talk therapy storytelling + open mic show. anything goes at tonight’s open theme with an open mic guest hosted by julie polk. q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

7:30pm: howard zinn’s a people’s history of the united states is brought to life in a performance that features eve ensler, wallace shawn, hari kondabolu, toshi reagon, and more. lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

sponsored 7:30pm (thru 10/22): get tickets to new york shakespeare exchange’s ‘the rape of lucrece’ at the clemente (les) for $16 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $20). >>

7:30pm (thru 10/14): the ‘new sounds live’ music series, curated by wnyc’s john schaefer, features performances by sarah neufeld + colin stetson (thurs), and vernon reid + laraaji (fri). brookfield place winter garden (fidi), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): you’ll get complimentary homemade pie (while supplies last) at a ‘special election edition’ of the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show. this month’s guests: aparna nancherla (conan), jeffrey joseph (comedy central), erin jackson (last comic standing), sonia denis (bridgetown comedy), and jeff maurer (last week tonight). hosted by brian parise. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

8pm: big ups, greys, and yucky duster play the book release party for culture writer paula mejia’s newest edition to the 33 1/3 series on the jesus and mary chain’s 1985 debut psychocandy. aviv, $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm: (monthly): comedians and storytellers just can’t hold it in at the awkward poop… and the city storytelling show. tonight’s ill-timed tales come from jamie loftus (comedy central), jefferson bites (bare! true stories of sex, desire and romance), david arroyo (the moth storyslam winner), and sam corbin (brokelyn). bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm (thursdays thru 10/27, + 10/31): hitchcocktober, village east cinema’s annual alfred hitchcock series, celebrates the master of suspense with classic screenings each week this month. tonight: suspicion (1941). $10. >>

8pm (thurs-sun thru 10/30): drama desk-nominated radiotheatre presents its eighth annual h.p. lovecraft festival, featuring lovecraft’s stories told with an original orchestral score and sound effects. the kraine theater, $15 here (plus ticket fees, reg. $30 general, $15 students). >>

8pm (thru 10/16): you’ll swear the play’s magically changed in midsummer, tiltyard theater company’s adaptation of a midsummer night’s dream that incorporates text from every shakespeare play. the american theatre of actors’ john cullum theater (hell’s kitchen), $18 with promo code ‘changeling’ (reg. $22). >>

8pm (thru 10/16): danish dance theater performs tim rushton’s futuristic ‘black diamond’ set to the music of philip glass, alexander balanescu, and electronic music composer anders trentemøller. the joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety with their up n’ coming show at the cobra club (bushwick). tonight’s performers include joe zimmerman (john oliver), natalie jose (last comic standing), and janelle james (@midnight). free. >>

9:45pm: ‘interactive bad movie showcase’ movie messes returns in time for halloween with a screening of 1993 clunker jason goes to hell: the final friday and a costume contest with prizes. hosted by stephen kendall. syndicated (bushwick), $5. >>

10pm: comedian brooke van poppelen (hack my life, john oliver) releases her debut comedy album hard feelings at a show with additional jokes by janelle james (@midnight) and matteo lane (guy code, girl code), plus musician julian velard. rockwood music hall’s stage 3 (les), $7. >>

thru 10/16: spontaneous song or scripted snickers? this week you don’t have to choose, with the annual nyc sketchfest and the new york musical improv festival returning to the pit and the magnet theater, respectively. $5-35.

thru 10/16: the onassis cultural center new york presents antigone now, a four-day festival of music, dance, talks and film events, all pertaining to the greek play. free. >>

thru 10/16: the 40th annual margaret mead film festival, named in honor of the museum anthropologist, features virtual reality, installation art, and a variety of documentaries depicting different cultures and lifestyles. american museum of natural history (uws), $12-15 general, $10-13 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/16: the annual chelsea film festival celebrates emerging filmmakers with a focus on global issues this year. $18. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

10/14 10am-6pm fri (+ sat 10am-6pm, sun 11am-5pm): jewelry makers make a bead-line to the whole bead show, where 40 vendors will sell all kinds of beads, wire and tools for your accessory-making projects. hotel pennsylvania (midtown west), $10 (2 for $16 with printable coupon). >>

10/14 12-6pm (thru 10/16): hundreds of books, magazines, dvds, cds, and vinyl records are discounted up to 75% off at moma ps1’s annual artbook stoop sale. >>

10/14 12-8pm: la newyorkina mexican ice + sweets opens in the village with free paletas (ice pops) today. >>

10/14 7pm: kate schatz and miriam klein stahl’s illustrated book rad women worldwide: artists and athletes, pirates and punks, and other revolutionaries who shaped history launches at powerhouse arena (dumbo). free. >>

10/14 7pm (+ 10/16): little sister filmmaker zach clark, star ally sheedy, and production members do q+a following select screenings at the metrograph (les). $15. >>

10/14 7pm (thru 10/16): more than 350 artists open their doors and display their work at the 20th annual gowanus open studios this weekend, beginning with a kick-off party at dirty precious tonight. free. >>

10/14 7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): nerd nite returns with an evening of informative and entertaining presentations on a varied range of topics. tonight, hear talks on the curious and quirky lives of philosophers, death merchants, and dating dos and definite do nots. hosted by matt wasowski. $25 admission includes hetero speed dating (7pm), $10 for presentations only (8:30pm). >>

10/14 7:30pm: ashley bez and amanda baramki celebrate the premiere of their webseries same same but different with the help of comedians leah bonnema (axs tv, lady parts justice), emma willmann (colbert), lance weiss (gandhi is that you?), and robert dean (axs tv). bonus: free pizza. videology (williamsburg), free admission. >>

10/14 7:30pm (+ 10/15-16): filmmaker kelly reichardt (wendy and lucy, old joy) introduces and/or does q+a at select screenings of certain women, starring michelle williams, kristen stewart, and laura dern. ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

10/14 7:30pm (ends today): lola star’s dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s le frak center at lakeside. tonight’s season finale theme is thriller: michael jackson and halloween preview. $18 admission includes skate rental. bag check and locker rental extra. >>

10/14 7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): the steve nelson quartet and guest vocalist angela roberts perform two sets at this month’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

10/14 7:30pm, 9:30pm, midnight (thru 10/16): park slope’s union hall celebrates its 10th anniversary with a week of programming and specials, including the 90’s sing-along, the pulitzer surprises show, and a dance party tonight. free-$10. >>

10/14 8pm: the not quite midnight talk show with stand-up comedians features performances and interviews from guests jordan temple (decoded), lauren maul (dudes being dudes being dudes), katie mcvay (yell you better), adam sokol (starwipe), and tim platt (cartoon monsoon). hosted by chris calogero and courtney maginnis. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

10/14 8pm (thru 10/16): circus, nerd-cus: games, dames, and acromobiles: a nerdy circus revue offers aerial tricks, cosplay, artificial intelligence, music, magic, and more. big sky works (williamsburg), $15 adv with promo code ‘nerdybutbroke’ (reg. $25). >>

10/14 8pm doors (+ 10/15 at elvis guesthouse): dutchess says plays an album release show at shea stadium (east williamsburg) with future punx, operator, and peeling. $8. >>

10/14 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy/variety show, featuring performances by kevin seefried (laughing skull), langston kerman (comedy central), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), tommy mcnamara (seeso), sam evans, and eddie finn, plus music by rebecca vigil (your love, our musical). hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a donation jar will be passed around). >>

10/14 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. hosted by morgan pielli and lynn bixenspan. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

10/14 10pm doors: blend parties and science at the treetops mad science fair party, with sets by acid house founder dj pierre + others, absurdist science projects on display, and performances. the house of yes (bushwick), free-$25. >>

10/14 11:30pm: actual magic (chances with wolves + javelin) play a free show at baby’s all right (williamsburg). >>

10/14 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, moth grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by josh johnson (fallon), storytelling by sandi marx, improv by ‘gentrify!’ and burlesque by fem appeal + ginger twist. ucb (east village), $5. >>

10/14 midnight-ish movies:
audition @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
halloween @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
last house on the left @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
phantasm: ravager @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
scream bloody murder (friday) and daydream (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
the greasy strangler @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
the hunger (friday only) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>
train to busan @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>

10/14-16: the brooklyn horror fest hosts independent horror screenings and events across several williamsburg and greenpoint venues. $15. >>

10/14-21: the ninth annual imagine science film festival, which promotes dialogue between filmmakers and scientists in order to make science more accessible, returns with screenings, workshops, panels, and more. various venues, free-$7. >>

10/14-23: you can have films and field trips at the sixth annual wildlife conservation film festival, featuring ten days of screenings, trips, panels, and more having to do with conservation and biodiversity. various locations and prices. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get $8 tickets to see the manhattan chorale and members of the new york city chamber orchestra perform works by woo, sisask, orbán, finzi, brahms, and williams at kaufman music center’s merkin concert hall 10/18 ($35 value). >>

get tickets to chris gethard: career suicide at culture project’s lynn redgrave theater 10/15-23 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $48+). >>

take a cruise up the hudson river to bear mountain thru 11/6 for $32.50+ (plus ticket fees, reg $65+). >>

get tickets to the dog film festival at symphony space 10/15 for $3-7.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $10-15). >>

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