around town today

5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show: in celebration of the apollo theater’s 85th anniversary, apollo live wire highlights the history and members of the original girl groups of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, with martha reeves (martha and the vandellas), joshie jo armstead (the ikettes), and sarah dash (patti labelle + the bluebelles) in conversation with music journalist christian john wikane. apollo theater (harlem), free (rsvp). >>

6pm: as part of the league of professional theater women’s oral history project, prolific performer angela lansbury will be joined by actor and director joe mantello to discuss her lifetime in the theater. nypl for the performing arts at lincoln center (uws), free (rsvp). >>

6pm: decade of fire, vivian vázquez irizarry and gretchen hildebran’s documentary on the policies of racism and negligence that led to the decimation the south bronx in the 1970s, screens at the bronx museum of the arts, followed by remarks made by the co-directors and producers. free. >>

6-9pm (on view weds-sun thru 12/11): street artist rae‘s new solo exhibition, ‘these daze,’ opens at 154 stanton street (les). free admission. >>

6-9pm (quarterly): explore 20+ neighborhood art spaces during the fall edition of tribeca art+culture night. free (some events charge admission and/or require separate rsvp). >>

6-9:30pm: salsa party in a museum: balmir latin dance studio hosts an evening of salsa, beginning with a class led by professional dancers and followed by live music, social dancing, and performances. brooklyn museum’s rubin pavilion (prospect heights), free admission. >>

6:30pm: the moving city: transportation infrastructures of new york, open house new york’s yearlong series of tours, talks, and other events designed to deepen public understanding about the future of transportation in nyc, presents a discussion on the campaign to turn around nyc’s bus system with janet jenkins (nycdot), mark holmes (mta dept. of buses), and stephanie burgos-veras (riders alliance). transit center (fidi), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: get spooked at tonight’s ‘haunted’-themed installment of red ink, a quarterly literary discussion series dedicated to women writers, featuring mira ptacin (poor your soul), jacquira díaz (the best american essays 2016), crystal hana kim (if you leave me), and iris marta cohen (the new yorker). curated and hosted by michele filgate. books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>

7pm (quarterly): the soul sister revue reading series, featuring established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling, asks ‘what does soul mean to you?’ hosted by phillip ammonds. von (noho), free admission (one-drink minimum). >>

7pm: enter the dimension of imagination at 60th anniversary screenings of six digitally-restored episodes of the twilight zone, plus an all-new documentary short about series creator rod serling. various locations and prices. >>

7pm (ends today): for a taste of 17th century french comedy, visit prospect park to catch samira wiley (the handmaid’s tale, orange is the new black) and dominic fumusa (nurse jackie) in two free staged readings of molière’s the school for wives. presented by moliére in the park and the prospect park alliance. the picnic house at prospect park, free. >>

7pm: embrace your inner aretha, cher, and whitney at the dirty thursday: queens of pop dance party, featuring a live performance by russian pop artist katya. house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

7-9pm: morrison hotel gallery (soho) hosts covers, an exhibition of the original imagery from more than twenty iconic album covers. opening reception tonight. free admission (rsvp). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): fill ‘er up with laughs at the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, which features a mix of pros and up-and-comers. tonight’s lineup includes sam taggart (comedy central), daniel simonsen (colbert), rob haze (fallon), sonia denis (mcsweeney’s), rachel kaly (clickhole), and francesca d’uva. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

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), $12. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): hotsy totsy burlesque boldly goes where no one has gone before—with fewer clothes—at their burlesque tribute to star trek. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): discover new music at the revolution, a performance series that spotlights three brooklyn and harlem-based artists of different genres each month. tonight: rini, wayne tucker, and jill peacock. at national sawdust (williamsburg), $15. >>

sponsored 7:30pm: revelry: slavic soul party!: fiery balkan brass and throbbing funk grooves join forces for this high-energy show with nyc’s official #1 brass band for balkansoul gypsyfunk. leonard nimoy thalia theatre at symphony space (uws). $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $30). >>

7:30pm: comedian molly brenner brings her edinburgh fringe show, i’m coming, about her long journey to finally hitting the big o at age 28, to q.e.d. (astoria). $7. >>

7:30pm: vocalist and pulitzer prize-winning composer caroline shaw teams up with the attacca quartet for a night of music for strings and voice at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm (+ 2/18): friends of mozart continues the season with a program of works by mozart, beethoven, haydn, barber, gershwin and others performed by young artists from the juilliard school at christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws). free. >>

7:30pm: grammy-nominated composer and singer theo bleckmann performs reimaginings of kate bush songs featured on his album, hello earth!, at the jewish museum (ues). $20 general, $16 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the pasta show, serving up homemade orecchiette and squash with brown butter sage sauce and stand-up by joe zimmerman (fallon), josh johnson (comedy central), chanel ali (mtv), alison leiby (the marvelous mrs. maisel writer), and guitler raphael. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by calvin cato (oxygen), charles mcbee (mtv), caitlin peluffo (colbert), pedro salinas (fox), leah bonnema (trutv), and shawn nafstad. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: bowie goes to the opera: the divas of opera on tap imagine what would happen if david bowie went to the opera, by way of a casual evening in a brooklyn dive bar. freddy’s bar and backroom (south park slope), $10 suggested donation. >>

8pm: yeah yeah yeahs drummer brian chase’s solo project, drums and drones, plays sunnyvale (east williamsburg) with support from queen elephantine and essi. $10. >>

8pm doors: stonefield, an australian rock band comprised of four sisters, comes to the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8:30pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade, katie rivard, and grant bowen share true stories about the holidays at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): life is a vocabaret at the punch-up: a variety show for word lovers, where a lineup of nyc punderdome champs will fill your night with puns, word games, etymological deep-dives, and more. hosted by sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (hq trivia), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanya. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

9:30pm doors, 10pm show: everyone’s a pop star at ziwe fumudoh’s pop show, where comedians will perform original pop songs and give pop presentations. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>


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coming up

11/15-1/26: brooklyn museum presents the u.s. debut of yasiin bey: negus, a listening installation and installation for the first recording in 10 years by the artist formerly known as mos def. $12-20 admission includes general admission to the museum. >>

11/15-12/31: during the wildlife conservation society’s annual toy drive, when you donate a new, unwrapped toy at one of the city’s four zoos or the aquarium, you’ll receive a voucher for free admission to the bronx zoo or the new york aquarium in return. >>

11/15-17: get your fill of film at these film fests and series:
• 11/15 7pm: qt shorts: an evening of queer + trans short films at the lgbt center (west village). $10 suggested donation. >>
• 11/15 7:30pm: asbury shorts at nyit auditorium on broadway (uws). $18. >>
• thru 11/17: double lens: harlem docfest. various locations, free. >>
• thru 11/17: tide film festival at bric and made in ny media center. free-$15. >>

11/15: score a free burger and fries at unami burger’s brookefield place location today. >>

11/15-16: see all the art at the international studio + curatorial program’s fall open studios (reception fri 6-9pm, open hours sat 1-7pm) and the crown heights open studios (sat 12-6pm). free.

11/15 11am-6pm: at the bac space studio showings, get a peek at works-in-progress by emerging choreographers, theater-makers, composers, and multimedia artists in residence at baryshnikov arts center (midtown west). free 9rsvp required). >>

11/15 6pm: journalism professor and author pamela newkirk discusses race in hollywood in a talk on her new book, diversity, inc., with actor regina hall, the first african american to win the ny film critics circle’s best actress award. nyu silver center (east village), free (rsvp). >>

11/15 6:30pm doors, 7pm pre-show: the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) presents a screening of alfred hitchcock’s north by northwest, with a pre-show discussion between film historian lou lemenick and giphy senior editorial manager tiffany vazquez. $15 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

11/15 7pm: contributors to pushcart prize xliv: best of the small presses 2020 will read from their selections at a book launch hosted by the writers studio. scheduled: lisa bellamy, chen chen, cally fiedorek, edward hirsch, and diane williams, with an introduction by pushcart press founder and editor bill henderson. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a signed copy of the book ($19.95) or a $15 gift card required for admission. >>

11/15 7pm: have a wheelie good time at 718 cyclery’s bike trivia night, where you can win prizes, learn about cross-country-rides, and save 25% on purchases. 718 cyclery (gowanus), free admission. >>

11/15 7pm (monthly): come out for a friendsgiving edition of the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show, featuring performances by peter murray (cbs), jeena bloom (sirius xm), pamela ross (sirius xm), chewy may, and christian dan luu. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations are welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

11/15 7pm doors, 8pm show: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. for tonight’s ‘extra dimensions’ topic, theoretical physicists prof. gregory gabadadze and prof. cumrun vafa reflect on our dimensionality, string theory, reality, and the multiverse. free (rsvp). >>

11/15 7:30pm: grammy-nominated percussionist, songwriter, and producer edwin bonilla performs selections from his new album, infinito, a contemporary tribute to classic salsa music, at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

11/15 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): host nadia pinder gets topical and interviews a group of comedians at the can i ask you something? show. for tonight’s second anniversary show, the audience is welcome to submit questions as well. featuring aparna nancherla (comedy central), karolena theresa (awkward sex and the city), ziwe fumudoh (desus + mero), rachel sennott (hbo), and rebecca robles (magnet theater). 61 local (cobble hill), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

sponsored: 11/15 8pm (+ 11/16): a pair of physically disabled artists who’ve found shared motivation present breaking + entering, an inclusive, collaborative new work by dancer/choreographer jerron herman and composer/musician molly joyce. a dance party follows each performance. danspace project (east village), $22. >>

11/15 8pm (biweekly thru 12/20): columbia astronomy outreach’s stargazing + lecture series returns with a talk by josé manuel zorrilla matilla on how astronomers use the ‘gravitational lensing’ technique to discover planets, black holes, and galaxies too faint to be seen through the strongest telescopes. q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting) follows. columbia university’s pupin hall (morningside heights), free. >>

11/15 8pm (+ 11/16 3pm at fort washington collegiate church): washington heights chamber orchestra‘s 2019-20 series of affordable concerts continues with ‘arroz con schnitzel,’ a program that combines valeria coleman’s contemporary ‘afro-cuban concerto’ with classics by mozart and schoenberg. our savior’s atonement lutheran church (washington heights),  $5 adv, $7 door. >>

11/15 8pm: beautiful monster: electronic dreampop band corbu celebrates the release of their second album with a night of ‘live performance rituals’ at ace hotel new york (flatiron). free. >>

11/15 8pm-4am (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than 30 live electronic music and visual artists. the deep end (ridgewood), free. >>

11/15 8pm doors, 9pm show: philly indie-rock band remember sports plays rough trade (williamsburg). $15. >>

11/15 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by jay jurden (fallon), liza treyger (the degenerates), rob cantrell (comedy central), jesse eiger, and thiago lima. hosted by wendy steiner. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

11/15 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): secret loft’s comedy show features sam morrison (standup nbc), daniel simonsen (colbert), boris khaykin (collegehumor), aminah imani (comedy at knitting factory), isabel hagen, and reg thomas. hosted by courtney maginnis. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

11/15 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: comedians give their best take on what a piece of art means before being schooled by a professional expert on what it truly stands for at modern whitney: a comedy panel show about art. if you van gogh, you could also have a chance to draw and have your artwork interpreted live on stage. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

11/15 9:30pm: sing it out to the best rock and grunge at secretformula’s 90’s alternative sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to two hours of music videos, participate in a dance-off, and drink themed drinks. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

11/15 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over screenings of ‘the worst movies of all time’ at chris gersbeck’s movies r dumb show. tonight, they ‘riff’ apart 1943 dracula sequel, son of dracula. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

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