around town today

a run-dmc mural has gone up in the east village. >>

6-8pm: the eighth annual art for tibet exhibition and silent auction showcases work from more than 50 artists, including shepard fairey, david carson, pema rinzin and others, as well as live painting by marthalicia matarrita, music by dj keat sweat, and donation-based drinks. all proceeds from the event will benefit students for a free tibet. tibet house (chelsea), free admission. >>

6:30pm: gloria browne-marshall, professor of constitutional law at john jay college, delves into the timely issues covered her book, the voting rights war: the naacp and the ongoing struggle for justice in a discussion and signing at the schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem). free admission. >>

6:30pm doors: kate davis and seamstress play mercury lounge (les). $12. >>

🎃 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: learn about the history of the ouija board, the how and why of autopsies, and the morbidity of famous mathematicians’ lives at the morbid anatomy variety show, featuring talks from oddities co-star and antique collector mike zohn, forensic scientist jay stahl-herz, and mathematics professor michael carlisle. caveat (les), $12. >>

7pm: pulitzer prize and national book award winner colson whitehead (the underground railroad) is tonight’s guest at the nyu creative writing program’s new salon reading series, hosted by senior faculty member and national book critics circle award winner darin strauss. nyu’s lillian vernon creative writers house (greenwich village), free. >>

7:30pm: grassroots organizer and journalist l.a. kaufman presents her new book, how to read a protest: the art of organizing and resistance, which delves into the history of america’s major demonstrations, alongside surrounding issues with veteran organizer leslie cagan and new york immigration coalition director of political engagement murad awawdeh. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm: singer and writer joseph keckler will be joined in performance by a piano, violin, and percussion trio at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

just added: 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians replace beauty contestants at the little miss comedy pageant, hosted by kelsey caine (miss new york usa state finalist) and martin urbano (kimmel). bonus: free pre-show drinks (while supplies last). littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by mike recine (comedy central), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), ashley hamilton (ucb), harris alterman, and sagar bhatt. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: maneka, gobbinjr, and potted plant play the glove (bushwick). $10 donation. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: you can join in the work work work work work work at thanksgiving at the met gala: a rihanna jukebox musical starring the audience, where comedians will write a silly musical script filled with riri songs for members of the audience to perform. hosted by jo firestone, aaron jackson, and josh sharp. the cobra club (bushwick), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by ethan beach, david tveite, dan wilbur, jordan jensen, and sean patton. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9:30pm doors: death valley girls, gymshorts, and the listeners play mercury lounge (les). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

🎃 10pm: not ready to take off that costume just yet? dance it off at the dirty thursday halloween hangover dance party and costume swap. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

coming up

11/2-15: large-scale sculptures made entirely out of thousands of unopened cans of food will be on display for canstruction, the 26th annual design competition and city harvest food drive. brookfield place (wtc), free admission (donations of non-perishable food items welcome). >>

11/2-11: get your buzz on at cider week events across the city. several are free-$10. >>

11/2-4 (ongoing): the smorgasburg food market moves indoors for the season, with a new night market fridays 6pm-late at villain in williamsburg (thru 12/21) and weekends at atlantic center in fort greene (sat 11am-8pm, sun 11am-5pm thru 3/31). free admission. >>

11/2-4: irish arts center’s 10th annual poetryfest showcases poets from both sides of the atlantic over three days. friday’s opening night includes readings by padma lakshmi, zadie smith, belinda mckeon, timothy donnelly, and dan halpern ($15-40); weekend readings are free (rsvp). >>

11/2 12-7pm (+ 11/3 10am-5pm): 35-40 us and international postcard dealers gather for the bi-annual international postcard show. the watson hotel (midtown west), $7 general, free for students. >>

11/2 4pm doors, 4:45pm show: the annual new york city marathon opening ceremony celebrates the diversity of the sunday’s race with a show, a parade of nations, and a fireworks display. enter at w 63rd st + central park west. free. >>

sponsored: 11/2 6pm: the brennan center presents the new york premiere of rigged: the voter suppression playbook. narrated by jeffrey wright (hbo’s westworld), the documentary exposes how our most important right, the right to vote, is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks and political shenanigans. the screening will be followed by a q+a with wright, director tim smith, and brennan center voting experts. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

11/2 6-8pm (on view thru 12/5): david zwirner gallery (chelsea) presents diane arbus untitled, an exhibition of 66 images made by the influential photographer at residences for people with developmental disabilities between 1969 and 1971. opening reception tonight. free. >>

11/2 6-9pm: asia society celebrates diwali with a first friday evening of free admission, exhibition tours, music, beer tastings, indian street food available for purchase, and more. asia society (ues), free. >>

11/2 7pm (biweekly thru 12/14): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by steven mohammed on ultraviolet light in the universe, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

11/2 7-10pm: sva mfa photography, video and related media students display artworks at the program’s annual salon and open studio event. sva (gramercy), free. >>

11/2 7:30pm: asbury shorts usa, nyc’s longest running, non-competitive short film exhibition, presents their flagship manhattan show at nyit auditorium on broadway (uws). $15. >>

11/2 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: rojo perez (conan), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), sameer naseem (wyat cenac’s problem areas), paris sashay, and everett mcmahan. hosted by noa osheroff and kyle turner. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

11/2 8pm doors, 9pm show: smiths/morrissey and depeche mode tribute bands the sons + heirs and masters + servants present their annual cemetry gates halloween concert. the bell house (gowanus), $20 adv, $25 dos. >>

11/2 8:30pm: the mid riff comedy show features belly buttons and laughs from rebecca o’neal (2 dope queens), ian fidance (seth meyers), tom delgado (comedy central), justy dodge (gotham comedy live), and rojo perez (conan). hosted by alissa may atkinson and lauren vino. bonus: free drink for crop top wearers. precious metal (bushwick), free. >>

11/2 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by mike lebovitz (hbo), gabe pacheco (sirius xm), neko white, cara weinberger and ross benoit, with music by caitlin cook. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

11/2 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 dan chamberlain (fallon), moujan zolfaghari (last week tonight), karen chee (the new yorker), and x mayo and shenovia large (ucb). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

11/2 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features nimesh patel taping an hourlong set, plus paris sashay (bet), dina hashem (conan), and ken boyd (showtime at the apollo). hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

11/2 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. >>

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