around town today

more than 275 nyc historic landmarks and private residences open their doors for tours and talks for the 14th annual open house new york weekend (10/15-16). while many sites are free and don’t require an appointment, reservations for those that do (for a $5 fee) open this morning at 11am. demand for these is usually high, which in previous years has caused the reservation page to run very slowly, so we recommend checking ohny’s tips here first.

6-8pm (thru 10/17): the london-ibiza collective, consisting of artists from both cities, opens its inaugural international art exhibition at s artspace gallery (les). free. >>

6-8pm (thru 12/3): the ‘black pulp!’ exhibition examines evolving perspectives of black identity in american culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through contemporary works of art and rare historical printed media. opening reception tonight. international print center new york (chelsea), free. >>

6-9pm (monthly): art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. 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 screening of beauty and the beer preceded by a beer tasting. >>

6-10pm (thru 10/8): oktoberfest comes to dumbo, with the archway under the manhattan bridge transforming into a bierhalle with music, pretzels, brats (including veggie options), virtual apple picking, and of course steins of beer.  free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

6:30pm: ‘what jew wanna eat’ blogger amy kritzer celebrates the release of her new cookbook sweet noshings with a baking demo, discussion, and tastings of various sweet treats. center for jewish history (union square), $10 general, $5 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm: elizabeth greenwood launches her darkly comic inquiry into faking your own death, the disappearance industry, and the lengths to which people will go to be reborn, playing dead: a journey through the world of death fraud. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: authors peter laurence and robert kanigel speak on the legacy of urban activist and preservationist jane jacobs (1916-2006). museum at eldridge street (les), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: kamala lopez’s new documentary equal means equal examines how women are treated by the u.s. legal system. catch a free screening followed by a panel discussion with the director and others tonight at the museum of the moving image (astoria). free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (thru 10/9): central park’s swedish cottage marionette theater and summerstage presents oltra mar, a commissioned dance and puppetry show that retells a medieval tale of two lovers separated by the sea, set to the music of finnish composer kaija saariaho. $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

7pm: can humans use their sense of smell similar to dogs, and should they? find out when alexandra horowitz discusses her new book being a dog in a conversation with author maria kalman (and the pursuit of happiness, the principles of uncertainty). mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

7pm: cartoonist, parsons professor, and ted talker ben katchor reads from and discusses cheap novelties: the pleasures of urban decay, his collection of comics strips originally published in 1991. 192 books (chelsea), free. >>

7pm (monthly): adult language school fluent city hosts screenings of essential foreign films at williamsburg’s videology and raffles off a $100 gift certificate towards group classes. this month’s feature: henri-georges clouzot’s diabolique (1955). $10. >>

7pm: the annual st. luke’s chamber ensemble subway series brings free one-hour concerts to each borough 10/15-23. catch a free sneak preview tonight at the greene space at wnyc (south village). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. tonight: columbia university astrobiologist caleb scharf and biochemist nick lane discuss life on this planet and others. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

7:30pm (every other thursday): pete’s reading series returns with readings by andrea kleine (calf) and anna solomon (leaving lucy pear, pushcart prize winner). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), $5 suggested donation. >>

7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by erik bergstrom (comedy central), harris mayersohn (colbert), bill stiteler (school drools), matt ruby, and liz barrett. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>

8pm (monthly): your guess is as good as any at match game nyc, a game-show-turned-bar-affair where participants (i.e. you) compete to match answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with a rotating cast of ‘celebrity’ guests, from burlesque performers to nerdcore hip-hop artists. hosted by tiffany leigh and chris calogero. sidewalk cafe (east village), free admission, one drink or food item minimum. >>

8pm (monthly): the pacific stand-up comedy show, hosted by the daily show writer matt koff with guest co-host emmy blotnick (@midnight), returns with performances by asterios kokkinos (the nerdist), ryan beck (comedy central), amy nico schwartz, george gordon, and jess salomon. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free (one drink or food item minimum). >>

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: the birds (1963). $10. >>

8pm (thru 10/8): in an hour-long show, the beatles present: the lord of the rings: the musical imagines what might have been if the beatles filmed a live-action movie adaptation of j.r.r. tolkien’s saga under the direction of stanley kubrick. based on a true story. the brick theater (williamsburg), $18. >>

8pm (+ 10/7): the nyu orchestra program kicks off its new season with back-to-back philharmonia and symphony performances including works by górecki, ravel and beethoven (thurs), and kodály, sibelius and liszt (fri). frederick loewe theatre (greenwich village), free. >>

8:30pm: be prepared to sit down for the long and fascinating history of toilets, from mesopotamia to today, taught by water and sanitation specialist kimberly worsham. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $10. >>

9:20pm: fireworks! keep your eyes on the skies near the liberty island area. >>

10pm: laurel halo, volvox, elon katz, and bookworms play good room (greenpoint). $12. >>

11pm (monthly): let comedians school you at woke af: a mind opening variety show, where charla lauriston (unbreakable kimmy schmidt), mary houlihan (cartoon monsoon), dylan marron (welcome to night vale), mamoudou n’diaye, and others educate you on their passions. ucb east village, $5 >>

thru 10/8: postmates gets a run for their money at the north american cycle courier championship, where 400 bike messengers race and compete in a series of events. 57 waterbury street (east williamsburg), free. >>

thru 10/9: 40 artists’ work + performances take-over public spaces all along 14th street from avenue c to the hudson river for the 12th annual art in odd places festival. this year’s theme tackles issues of race connected to politics, religion, sexuality, current events, commodification, privilege, socio-economics, and status quo. free. >>

thru 10/9: nycc presents a week of events leading up to new york comic con, including live podcasts, gaming challenges, screenings, concerts, dance parties and more. tonight: stuff you missed in history class at hudson mercantile ($12) and tales from the toybox at rock bar nyc ($5); tomorrow: rock comic con bands + batdance video dance party at littlefield ($10-12), a princess bride erotic fanfic competition at hudson mercantile ($12), ghostheads at videology ($10), and more. >>

thru 11/19: danspace project’s ‘platform 2016: lost and found’ series showcases 80 artists in 28 events, including film screenings, dance, poetry, panel discussions, a zine project, and more examining the impact of aids on generations of artists. various locations and prices. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

10/7 various times: free outdoor movies:
goosebumps, maria hernandez park (sunset park) >>
pride and prejudice and zombies, bushwick inlet park (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>

10/7 6-9pm (monthly except january): the frick collection starts a first fridays program, offering free admission and programming including talks, music, and open sketching (materials provided) the first friday evening of each month. >>

10/7 6:30pm (+ 10/11 at rough trade): author and university of east london cultural studies professor tim lawrence discusses his book on nyc’s party scene in the early 80s, life and death on the new york dance floor, 1980-83. the graduate center at cuny (midtown east), free. >>

10/7 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: space out with learning, drinks and stargazing at the astro café lecture series. tonight, dr. shawn phillips, chief of the rocket lab at the air force research laboratory, talks about his work. intrepid sea, air + space museum (pier 86), free (rsvp required). >>

10/7 7pm: forget creepy clowns. get stoked about the world of vampires at pop culture historian david j. skal’s educational evening and launch event for his new book, bram stoker: something in the blood. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $8. >>

10/7 7pm (monthly): the new york society for ethical culture (uws) hosts a screening and discussion of the ethical issues presented in the film the adventures of priscilla, queen of the desert (1987), directed by stephan elliott and starring terence stamp, hugo weaving, and guy pearce. $5 suggested donation includes snacks and beverages. >>

10/7 7pm (fri-sun thru 11/6): the museum of the moving image (astoria) hosts a complete retrospective of all of filmmaker krzysztof kieslowski‘s features, shorts, narrative and documentary films, including four posthumous works based on his unproduced screenplays. tonight, kieslowski historian and columbia university graduate film program professor annette insdorf introduces a screening of the double life of veronique, and a reception follows. $12 admission may be applied toward same-day museum admission. >>

10/7 7pm: ahead of their sold-out webster hall show on saturday, green day plays an intimate concert at rough trade (williamsburg) where the price of admission is much cheaper- just purchase the band’s new cd or lp in-store starting at 11am today, and get a wristband for entry. >>

10/7 7-9pm (thru 10/30): the awesome kongs art show features primate-inspired work by 20 artists on custom boundless brooklyn mailbox paper model kits. curated by @inprimewetrust. opening party tonight. grumpy bert (boerum hill), free. >>

10/7 7-10pm (thru 12/18): more than 20 artists created grayscale works inspired by the power of tv for the ‘television’ group art exhibition. opening reception tonight. 99¢ plus gallery (bushwick), free admission. >>

10/7 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/14): lola star’s dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s le frak center at lakeside. tonight’s theme: strangelove: new wave and goth. $18 admission includes skate rental. bag check and locker rental extra. >>

10/7 7:30pm-late (+ 10/8): the hidden valley, a two-day interactive multimedia festival presented by performance artist groups wild torus and pulsar, showcases performance and video artists with a focus on the wild and experimental. last frontier (greenpoint), $5-10 adv, $7-12 door. >>

10/7 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: dave hill’s super horny night of comedy, hosted by dave hill (this american life, tasteful nudes), features out-there jokes by julio torres (snl), ana fabrega (the jim gaffigan show, and joe pera (seth meyers), as well as some of ‘dave’s erotic short stories.’ union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

10/7 8pm (bi-monthly): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a lecture on the discovery of black holes colliding, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

10/7 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy/variety show, featuring performances by matt ruby (mtv), christi chiello (comedy central), chelsea hood (comedy central ‘comics to watch’), mike coscarelli (social villains), and conor delehanty. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a donation jar will be passed around). >>

10/7 10pm-midnight: rebecca’s, a new bushwick watering hole, opens with a free pizza and $1 drinks party tonight. >>

10/7 10pm: independent female-run erotic art and writing quarterly math magazine throws a launch party for their third issue with music, drink specials, and issues available for purchase. routine (bushwick), free. >>

10/7 midnight-ish movies:
blindman @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>
daydream (friday) and violated angels (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
house (hausu) (saturday only) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>
phantasm: ravager @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
tenebre @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
the greasy strangler @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
the room with director/writer/star tommy wiseau in person @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $17. >>
the silence of the lambs @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
train to busan @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>

10/7-2/26: ‘gay gotham: art and underground culture in new york,’ a new art exhibition at the museum of the city of new york (east harlem), features the work and ephemera of queer luminaries across decades and subcultures, such as mae west, andy warhol, and gertrude stein. suggested admission: $14 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

ticket deals

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get tickets to the nyc craft beer festival at 69th regiment armory 10/14-15 for $39-59 (plus ticket fees, reg. $55-90). >>

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

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